Shares of cement companies and sugar companies advanced 11% each, while shares of banks and trading companies rose 5% each. Stocks of pharmaceuticals companies, printing & publishing companies and glass companies fell 3% each. Stocks of paints companies declined 4%.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas fell marginally to 5.18% in February 2016, from 5.69% in January 2016. Inflation in urban areas fell to 4.30% in February, from 4.81% in January. Food inflation in urban areas fell to 4.37% in February, from 6.23% in January. In urban areas, prices of vegetables declined by 1.97% since last year. Inflation related to fuel & power decreased to 1.75% in February, from 3.09% in January. Inflation for housing increased to 5.33%. Inflation for clothing hovered around 4%; for miscellaneous items, it increased to 3.53% in February from 3% in January.