Shanghai Composite, Bovespa and Hang Seng advanced 7%, 3% and 2%, respectively. NASDAQ Composite and Korean Composite rose 1% each.
Cement companies were in demand during the fortnight. KCP, Mangalam Cement, Saurashtra Cement and OCL India advanced 25%, 24%, 22% and 16%, respectively. India Cements and Gujarat Sidhee rose 13% each.
Pharmaceutical companies were punished. Lupin and Sharon Bio-Medicine declined 17% each. Pfizer, Anuh Pharma, Mangalam Drugs & Organics and Nectar Lifesciences fell 14%, 13%, 10% and 9%, respectively.