Sensex marginally up 18 points
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National and regional leaders of the ruling Congress party will meet outside New Delhi to look at party strategy ahead of state and national elections in 2013/2014.
Earnings on Friday: State Bank of India, Tata Steel, Coal India, Hindustan Petroleum Corp , Bharat Petroleum Corp, Indian Oil Corp
India's foreign reserves data (1130 GMT)
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Diageo Plc was close to a deal for a stake in Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya's United Spirits Ltd after months of talks, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, with a deal likely to be announced as soon as Friday.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd rejected a $1.2 billion takeover offer from Indian Hotels Co Ltd as too cheap and appointed a new chief executive, saying that it was confident of its prospects as an independent company.
Oil & Natural Gas Corp.'s quarterly profit dropped more than 30 percent because of a sharp rise in the discount it has to give state refiners even as crude prices fell.
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) lagged expectations despite a 12 percent rise in quarterly profit, as lower sales and higher input costs capped gains.
India will pay 300 billion rupees ($5.5 billion) to state-owned fuel retailers forced to sell
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