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India Markets Weekahead: Data to drive stocks

By Ambareesh Baliga
August 30, 2015

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A turbulent week saw the Nifty closing down 3.6 percent at 8,002, but this seems a marginal loss considering Monday’s intraday crash where the index touched a low of 7,667, its sharpest fall in 30 months. The week saw net selling to the tune of $1.9 billion by foreign portfolio investors with mid- and small-caps facing the maximum brunt.

As China slows, India has what it takes provided it strengthens defences

By Pranjul Bhandari
August 27, 2015

There is a complex web of interconnectedness between a slowing China, a recovering India, a restless exchange rate, and elusive exports. However, as we parse through these, a single message emerges – structural reforms to strengthen domestic markets may more than offset possible disruptions caused by an economic slowdown in China.

India Markets Weekahead: Be greedy when others are fearful

By Ambareesh Baliga
August 23, 2015

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Brokers trade on computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai

It was a week of contrasts with the Nifty trying to break above 8,500 levels during the first three days till cracks appeared on Thursday, which led to a sharp fall. Though the index recovered to about 8,300 from the lows of 8,235, there was an underlying fear that adverse international sentiments may have an overbearing effect on India’s markets.

Markets Weekahead: Short on cues, high on sentiment

By Ambareesh Baliga
August 16, 2015

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The Nifty closed the week slightly lower at 8,518 but markets were volatile and threatened to break 8,350 levels before a spirited rally. Hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ahead of its September monetary policy review and chances of a special parliament session for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill turned sentiment positive even as global cues remained weak.

India Markets Weekahead: Correction on the cards

By Ambareesh Baliga
August 9, 2015

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Markets remained flattish throughout the week in the absence of any trigger after the RBI maintained status quo on repo rates, with the Nifty ending up around 0.4 percent at 8,564.

India Markets Weekahead: Another opportunity to lighten commitments

By Ambareesh Baliga
August 2, 2015

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Markets had a volatile July series expiry, and a spate of events like the monsoon session of parliament, the U.S. Fed meeting and June quarter results kept stocks edgy.

No economic case for another rate cut soon

By Rupa Rege Nitsure
July 30, 2015

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There is no doubt that India’s growth has not picked up in line with expectations. In fact, most activity indicators — whether it’s manufacturing growth, corporate earnings, power generation, passenger vehicle sales, exports growth or non-food credit offtake of commercial banks — have shown increasing weakness in recent months.

Kalam saw India as a knowledge superpower – Narendra Modi

By Guest Contributor
July 28, 2015

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised former President Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, remembering the example set by the childhood newspaper vendor who rose to prominence as driver of India’s nuclear weapon and missile programme before becoming president in 2002. Modi writes about Kalam’s commitment to “freedom, development and strength.” The full opinion piece follows here.)

India Markets Weekahead: Parliament session holds the key

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 26, 2015

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India Markets Weekahead: Better safe than sorry

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 19, 2015

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