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India Markets Weekahead: Testing times ahead as fear engulfs markets

By Ambareesh Baliga
September 6, 2015

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A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Markets had their worst weekly fall in about four years with the Nifty closing at a 13-month low of 7,655 amid weak global cues and disappointing domestic data. Even the government’s decision to waive retrospective imposition of a minimum alternative tax (MAT) affecting foreign funds failed to lift investor sentiments. Foreign portfolio investors continued to sell heavily, resulting in net outflow of $470 million.

In defence of the defensives: Why IT, pharma stocks are not pariahs

By Mukesh Agarwal
April 21, 2014

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Expectation that the ongoing general election will throw up a stable government has spurred a return to risk in domestic equities. The consequent rally has meant those favoured defensives of the sluggish times – information technology and pharma stocks – received a shearing.

India Markets Weekahead: Markets move into pre-election rally

By Ambareesh Baliga
March 9, 2014

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A spectacular rally in the last few days has put the market in a pre-election mode, buoyant with hopes of a stable and reform-oriented government. Led by institutional buying and the resultant short squeeze, the markets rallied more than 3 percent in the last two trading sessions – closing the week at 6526, a record high for Nifty. The markets seemed to have moved into a new territory with metals, realty, banking, capital goods, infrastructure and energy sectors participating in the rally.