Shares of telecom services companies rose 2%, while shares of consumer products companies, building materials companies, glass companies and paints companies ended flat. Stocks of paper companies and sugar companies declined 8% each. Stocks of packaging companies declined 9%.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas rose to 5.61% in December 2015, from 5.41% in November. Inflation in rural areas increased to 6.32% in December from 5.95% in November. Food inflation in rural areas rose to 6.57% from 6% over the same period. In rural areas, prices of vegetables increased by 3.99% year-on-year, in December. Inflation related to fuel & power was lower at 6.98% compared with 7.08% in November. Inflation for pulses increased to 39.47% in December from 38.38% in November. Inflation for clothing declined, marginally, to 7.11% in December from 7.14% in November.