Expert Zone

India Markets Weekahead: Look for bargains during the Christmas sale

December 13, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

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.

India Markets Weekahead: Stock up for the new year

December 6, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The Nifty corrected sharply by about 2 percent for the week to close below the crucial 7,800 mark on heightened prospects of a U.S interest rate hike in the coming days. Sentiment was also hit after the rupee fell to its lowest level in more than two years as it headed towards 67 against the dollar. FIIs sold equities worth $382 million over the past five trading sessions while DIIs bought stocks worth $385 million.

India Markets Weekahead: We’ve reached the bottom, time to go long

November 22, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) A man looks at a screen across a road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. Indian shares fell more than 2 percent on Monday, heading for their biggest daily decline in nearly a month as Greece looked set to default on its debt repayment this week, sparking concerns about foreign selling in emerging markets. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTX1I8E4

A man looks at a screen across a road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India Markets Weekahead: Be greedy when street is fearful

November 15, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

A man looks at a screen across a road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

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

November 8, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

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

November 1, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

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: Time to book some profits

October 25, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Indian shares marked their fourth consecutive week of gains with the Nifty adding 0.70 percent at 8,295, a notch below the crucial 8,300 levels. Encouraging corporate results and support from global indices helped markets stay higher.

India Markets Weekahead: Outlook positive, but stay cautious

October 18, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

A spirited rally late on Friday saw the Nifty close 0.5 percent higher at 8,238. The index otherwise traded in a narrow range of 8,100-8,200 throughout the week. A mix of disappointing corporate results on one hand and stimulus hopes in China and Japan on the other offset each other.

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

September 20, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

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: Be greedy when others are fearful

August 23, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

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.