* Property firms such as Housing Development & Infrastructure
Ltd gain on hopes for a pickup in demand tied to the
Diwali festival season in mid-November, a time considered
auspicious in the country.
* "Real estate stock valuations are cheap, huge difference
between stock valuations and project valuations, festive demand
is tepid but prices are not falling," said Hiten Gala, a senior
manager advisory at Brokerage Sharekhan, listing reasons for the
* HDIL surges 6 percent, DLF gains 1.9 percent while
Indiabulls Real Estate is up 3.6 percent.
(Reporting by Rafael Nam)