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India Markets Weekahead: China weighs, but Nifty could rise

By Ambareesh Baliga
January 10, 2016

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Markets across the world had one of their worst opening weeks ever on rising concerns of a global economic slowdown led by China and geopolitical concerns in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test. In India, the Nifty index ended the week at 7,601, down 4.5 percent.

India Markets Weekahead: Starting the New Year on a positive note

By Ambareesh Baliga
January 3, 2016

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Markets inched up about 1 percent in a dull week with the Nifty closing at 7,963. The low participation was on account of holidays for major institutions and volumes remained low.

Markets Yearahead – Spotlight to be on India in 2016

By Ambareesh Baliga
December 27, 2015

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The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is pictured next to a police van in Mumbai, India, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India Markets Weekahead: Stocks to consolidate with limited downside

By Ambareesh Baliga
December 20, 2015

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Markets staged a spirited recovery during the week with the Nifty ending at 7,762, up 2 percent and comfortably in the support band of 7,750-7,800.  Indexes were mainly influenced by the U.S Federal Reserve’s rate decision and the government’s mid-year economic review.

India Markets Weekahead: Time to cherry pick as markets react to Bihar

By Ambareesh Baliga
November 8, 2015

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The election result in Bihar would influence investors in the coming week. Voters have given a clear mandate to the “Mahagathbandhan” partnership of the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance. Market expectations of Modi’s alliance winning in Bihar were tapering over the last few days and exit polls also pointed towards a tightly fought election — but a rout had not been expected. A gap down opening on Monday is foretold.

India Markets Weekahead: Bihar to decide near-term course

By Ambareesh Baliga
November 1, 2015

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A man looks at a screen across the road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai February 6, 2014.The Nifty saw losses every trading day during the week to close 2.8 percent lower at 8,065. Derivative contract expiry, disappointing September quarter earnings, worries that the BJP-led alliance may not do well in the Bihar election and indications of rate hike by the U.S. Fed in December contributed to market jitters.

India Markets Weekahead: Worst behind us, but bull run not quite here yet

By Ambareesh Baliga
October 10, 2015

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The Nifty closed the week up nearly 3 percent at a seven-week high of  8,189, comfortably above the psychologically important support level of 8,000. The rally was supported by global markets that turned bullish on expectations of U.S. interest rates remaining low for longer than previously thought, amid weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data and a surprise rally by commodities. Closer home, sound bites from New Delhi seem to suggest the government wants to be seen as being proactive to mend the economy.

India Markets Weekahead: Monetary policy to decide trend

By Ambareesh Baliga
September 27, 2015

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Volatility marked the truncated trading week ahead of the derivative contract expiry, and a 3.5 percent drop for the Nifty early on followed by a spirited bounce-back midweek left a number of market participants confused. The index ended the week with a loss of 1.42 percent at 7,868.

India Markets Weekahead: Mid-caps will be in action amid consolidation

By Ambareesh Baliga
September 20, 2015

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A trader works underneath a television screen showing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announcing that the Federal Reserve will leave interest rates unchanged on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York September 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  The U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to hold rates came as a relief for Asian markets, especially in India where the Nifty ended the week at 7,982, or 2.5 percent higher. However, U.S. and European markets corrected sharply on Friday due to Fed chief Janet Yellen’s comments over China’s economic slowdown.

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.