We had mentioned in last week’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex might struggle to go up. The major indices were trading flat on a weekly basis with minor gains/ losses on account of a wait and watch attitude on the part of investors. The markets were waiting for clarity on interest rates from the Federal Reserve and global cues. The weekly trends of the major indices are given in the table below:
Bearish global cues, along with disappointing domestic macro-economic data and a weak rupee, dragged the key Indian equity markets lower on Monday. Consequently, the key indices traded in the red during the mid-afternoon session, as heavy selling pressure was witnessed in banking, automobile and capital goods stocks. Initially, on Monday, the key indices opened on a weak note, in sync with their Asian peers and a lower close of the US stock on last Friday. Asian stocks receded as investors were cautious ahead of the US FOMC's (Federal Open Market Committee) rate setting meeting which is slated to start on Tuesday. Further, lower crude oil prices and a weak rupee dented key indices. Besides, the upcoming domestic macro-economic inflation data -- Consumer Price Index (CPI) -- stroked volatility. A rise in CPI inflation may further reduce chances of a future rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In addition, poor data on industrial production which was released after market hours on Friday last week weighed heavy on sentiments.
With international oil prices climbing back to over $50 levels, driving around on cheap fuel seems to be a thing of the past though there is no danger of "hard times" as yet, Assocham said on Sunday. "While the crude oil prices have shot up by about 20% in the last few months, the auto fuel prices at the filling stations have increased between 12%-18% in different cities, depending on the state levies," said the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India. "A sharp increase in the retail prices of automobile fuel, particularly diesel, will have a cascading impact on the prices of a large number of consumer items, building the inflationary pressure and making the task of the Reserve Bank of India difficult in moderating the interest rates," it added.
Disappointing inflation data, along with negative global cues, depressed the Indian equity markets on Tuesday. Consequently, the key indices of the Indian equity markets traded in the red during the mid-afternoon session, as selling pressure was witnessed in information technology (IT), oil and gas, and automobile stocks. Investors were disappointed as Consumer Price Index (CPI) which was released after market hours on Monday showed an upward trajectory. Even the other major domestic macro-economic inflation data -- Wholesale Price Index (WPI) -- stroked volatility, as it showed a second month of rise.
Further, investors were seen cautious ahead of the US FOMC's (Federal Open Market Committee) rate setting meet. A hike in the US interest rate is expected to lead FPIs (Foreign Portfolio Investors) away from emerging markets such as India. Besides the US FOMC, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and the Bank of England are slated to conduct their monetary policy meets this week. Lower crude oil prices and a weak rupee also dented key indices.
Value buying, key economic decisions and a strong rupee lifted the Indian equity markets on Wednesday as healthy buying was witnessed in capital goods, banking, and automobile stocks. In contrast, the BSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bears -- with 1,546 declines and 952 advances. Value buying, after five consecutive days of falling share prices, triggered short covering which supported prices, point out market analysts.
Consumer electrical and electronics appliances maker V-Guard Industries Ltd is expanding its kitchen product range by launching gas stoves while its new voltage stabiliser factory at Sikkim will go on stream soon, said a senior company official. "We will soon launch gas stoves there by expanding our kitchen product range. Further, our new voltage stabiliser factory at Sikkim will go on stream soon. The expansion of our wire capacity at Coimbatore facility will also be completed soon," V Ramachandran, director and chief operating officer, told IANS on Wednesday. He was here to launch the Rs1,862-crore revenue company's new intelligent water heater branded Verano, that can be operated from anywhere in the world with a smart phone. Currently, the company sells kitchen items like induction cooktops and mixers. The company’s shares closed at Rs1,317.95, up 0.81% on the BSE.
Some policy decisions and a strong rupee lifted the Indian equity markets on Wednesday as healthy buying was witnessed in capital goods, banking, and automobile stocks. In contrast, the BSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bears -- with 1,546 declines and 952 advances. Value buying, after five consecutive days of falling share prices, triggered short covering which supported prices, point out market analysts.
Negative global cues spooked key Indian equity markets on Thursday. Heavy selling pressure was witnessed in banking, automobile and capital goods stocks. The cautiousness showed by the Fed chairperson on keeping the key interest rates unchanged have depressed the global markets, pointed out market analysts. The BSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bears -- with 1,633 declines and 965 advances.
On Friday, positive global cues, along with value buying and a strong rupee, buoyed the Indian equity markets. Consequently, the key indices closed in the green before which they had slipped into the negative territory due to selling pressure. Nonetheless, a relief rally in Europe, coupled with domestic short covering helped the benchmark indices to pare their losses in the last half an hour of the day's trade. Even healthy macro-economic data on current account deficit (CAD) lent support to the equity markets' upward movement. The CAD narrowed sharply to $0.3 billion or 0.1% of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2015-16. Besides, higher global crude oil prices, value buying and short covering supported prices.