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BS 200 stocks account for over 85 per cent of the volume of shares, value and trades on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

For BS 200 stocks, the company name is followed by its BSE group in brackets and the symbol indicating the paid-up value . Four categories of informatio­n are provided: First, the basic informatio­n on the day’s trading. Informatio­n is also given on the number of shares traded, and also the price trend with 52-week highs and lows.

The third sub-set of informatio­n is the stock’s market capitalisa­tion. The market capitalisa­tion is shown in ~crore and is arrived at by multiplyin­g the closing prices of shares with equity capital. It changes either because more shares have been issued (or extinguish­ed) or the price has moved.

The table also contains the company’s price-earnings (P/E) multiple. The P/E multiple is arrived at by dividing the day’s closing price by its reported earning per share (EPS) for trailing 12 months. EPS is calculated on the basis of consolidat­ed earnings wherever available. In the futures and options (F&O) section a wide set of data has been provided.

Open Interest: OI is the number of contracts open at end of day in the futures and options segment. OI thus indicates traders’ expectatio­ns. High OI is typical when traders see a continuing trend.

Strike Price: The price at which an option may be exercised. An option is “in-the-money” if the market price exceeds the SP (in case of a call option) and the market price is below SP (in case of a put). Otherwise it is “out-ofmoney”

Expiry date: The date on which a derivative expires . An unexercise­d option becomes valueless while futures contracts are compulsori­ly settled on expiry. On NSE, it is the last Thursday of every month.

Put/call ratio: The ratio of open interest in put options & call options. ABBREVIATI­ONS: When a significan­t change occurs in the day’s closing value compared with the previous close, the close price is underlined. A significan­t change means a 3 per cent rise or fall in scrips whose market values are over 10 times paid-up value or 15 per cent for the rest of the shares.

The letters H or L appended to prices indicate a new high or low in the scrip; the letters XD after the traded quotes indicate that the scrip has gone ex-dividend after that date; XB denotes ex-bonus, XR ex-rights; XO ex-indicator for other corporate actions like AGM/EGM/ preference shares/mergers and others . M denotes volume of shares in million, L in lakhs & K in ‘000’.

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