Stocks end 2-week advance as ICICI drags lenders lower


The benchmark stock index capped its first weekly decline in three weeks as ICICI Bank reported its biggest drop in quarterly profit in at least 15 years as provisions for bad loans surged. ICICI and State Bank of India, the nation's biggest lenders, were the worst performers on the S&P BSE Sensex this week.

Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile-phone operator, fell the most in three weeks. Vedanta, a producer of aluminum and copper, rose for the first time in three days after its earnings report. The Sensex closed little changed after.....

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