Banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), auto and infrastructure stocks were among the stronger performers at the bourses in calendar 2012, as the National Stock Exchange's (NSE) 50-stock index Nifty jumped 36.56 per cent and the Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-stock sensitive index or Sensex rose 25 per cent between December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
|The best of Nifty, 2012|
|Stock||Price: Dec 31, 2011 (Rs)||Price: Dec 31, 2012 (Rs)||Returns (%)|
|Ultra Tech Cement||1,167||1,986||70|
|Closing price source: NSE|
Axis Bank gave the highest return among banks at 68 per cent and ICICI Bank returned 66 per cent. While ICICI Bank's stock price stood at Rs 1,138 from Rs 685, Axis Bank moved from Rs 808 to Rs 1,357. HDFC Bank returned 59 per cent to its investors, the stock price moved from Rs 427 to Rs 679.
Maruti Suzuki was the next best auto stock in the Nifty, after Tata Motors, the stock price moved from Rs 918 to Rs 1,490, up 62 per cent. Infrastructure major L&T stock moved up to Rs 1,607 from Rs 995, up nearly 62 per cent. Lastly, HCL Tech gave nearly 60 per cent as the stock moved up from Rs 388 to Rs 619.