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Markets Weekahead: After new Modi govt, correction to continue for a few weeks

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After a dream run for markets, we witnessed a correction last week with the Nifty declining about 1.86 percent to close at 7,229. The smaller stocks also paused — the NSE mid-cap index lost about 4.5 percent.

Incidentally, India entered the top 10 markets in terms of market capitalization and we should soon cross the market capitalization of US $ 1.5 trillion once the upswing resumes.

Till late last week, it looked that the honeymoon would continue for a while. But, neither politics nor markets remain in a constant mode. The markets seem to have discounted the best possible scenario of implementation of manifesto promises and the economy getting back on growth path.

PM Modi greets Harsimrat Kaur Badal after she took her oath of office as a cabinet minister at the presidential palace in New Delhi The first signs of correction were seen on Monday before the swearing-in of the new council of ministers – the reaction seemed inverse of the May 9 movement when the markets seemed to have got the whiff of the exit polls and a new rally had started. Now, the first phase of the welcome rally seems to be over and we should be entering into a phase of consolidation.

Sharp fall in Nifty: Understanding flash crash, algo trading

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Global markets have witnessed flash crashes in the recent past, the most famous one being on May 6, 2010 when U.S. markets dropped 600 points in a matter of minutes, only to recover later. But the one which we witnessed Friday on the National Stock Exchange resulted in the market being shut for a while.

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