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India Markets Weekahead: Hope rally ends, but not the India story

February 14, 2016

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When markets came crashing down last week, it seemed like January 2008 all over again. A global rout, alarming slippages by public sector banks and disastrous corporate Q3 results pushed the Nifty down 6.8 percent, with mid- and small-cap stocks taking the brunt of the selloff. The triggering of margin calls also accentuated selling pressure and it seemed a number of long-term investors were throwing in the towel as the Nifty closed at 6,980.
Bombay Stock Exchange building is pictured next to police van in MumbaiSentiments across the globe dampened after the Federal Reserve said global economic turmoil and a massive selloff in equity markets could spook the U.S. economy. Crude touched a 12-year low on fears of higher stockpiles. The stock market risk-off resulted in a gold rally of 18 percent this year, driving prices to a high of $1,247 an ounce. Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors pressed the sell button, offloading stocks worth $413 million. Support from domestic institutional investors was ineffective with shares worth $258 million bought during the week.

India Markets Weekahead: Wait for market consolidation

February 7, 2016

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A gap-up on Thursday and a follow-up rally on Friday helped the Nifty move closer to the crucial 7,500 mark in what was a highly volatile week. Following a recovery in global stocks triggered by reduced expectations of further U.S. Fed rate hikes this calendar year, the index managed to recoup its intra-week losses.

India Markets Weekahead: Poised for a rally

January 31, 2016

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sensex1.jpgA sharp recovery towards the end of the week helped the Nifty gain nearly 2 percent to close above 7,550. Positions were lighter after derivatives expiry and the markets seemed to be looking at the bright side after a steep correction despite lacklustre corporate results and a weakening rupee. FIIs continued their selling spree with net selling of $171.5 million.

India Markets Weekahead: Time to move from debt to equity

January 24, 2016

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is pictured next to a police van in Mumbai, India, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

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: Survival of the fittest

January 17, 2016

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India Markets Weekahead: China weighs, but Nifty could rise

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

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

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

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: Look for bargains during the Christmas sale

December 13, 2015

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The stock market remained weak with the Nifty closing 2.2 percent lower at 7,610 last week. Investors were on tenterhooks over the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in parliament. Global markets were watchful of the crucial U.S. Federal Reserve meet that will decide the course of a rate hike cycle. Chinese trade data exhibited weakness for the fifth consecutive month, adding to nervousness.