Sensex ends lower; posts biggest weekly gain in six
Indian shares ended lower on Friday, retreating from record highs hit this week as investors booked profits ahead of a long weekend, but indexes still posted their biggest weekly gain in six.
MUMBAI Gold importers in India booked deals for the peak wedding season as prices stayed near their lowest level in a month, eyeing the key parliament vote on entry of foreign super markets and its impact on the rupee.
The wedding season, which started in September and peaked last month, will continue until early January. Gold is an essential part of gifts during the season in India, the world's top gold buyer.
"Reasonable activity is there at these levels... people are eyeing the FDI retail vote in the parliament, which could lead to appreciation in the rupee, if it goes through," said a dealer with a private bullion importing bank in Mumbai,
People are targeting 30,500 rupees level seen during Diwali or in early November, the dealer said.
The most-active gold for February delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was 0.16 percent higher at 31,417 rupees per 10 grams at 0925 GMT, recovering partly from previous session's low of 31,345 rupees, the lowest since November 6.
A stronger rupee kept a lid on gains. The rupee plays an important role in determining the landed cost of the dollar-quoted yellow metal.
* Silver for March delivery was 0.69 percent higher at 62,939 rupees per kg, recovering from previous day's low of 62,425 rupees, a level last seen on November 16.
(Reporting by Siddesh Mayenkar; Editing by Anand Basu)
MUMBAI Federal Bank , a mid-sized private sector lender, is targeting a net interest margin of 3.25 percent in the fiscal year that began in April by focusing on growing its books, improving loan recovery and deposit portfolio, its chief executive officer said.