NASDAQ Composite rose 1%, while S&P 500, FTSE and Hang Seng ended flat. Shanghai Composite and Nikkei advanced 5% and 3%, respectively.
Farm & farm inputs companies were in demand during the fortnight. Jayant Agro-Organics, Gujarat State Fertilizer & Chemicals and Punjab Chemicals & Crop Protection soared 34%, 31% and 30%, respectively.
Oil & gas companies were uneven performers. Oil & Natural Gas Corp fell 1%, while Cairn India rose 2%, and GAIL (India) & Oil India advanced 4% each. Hindustan Oil Exploration Co, however, soared 43%.