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India Market Weekahead – Time to start buying

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May is typically a bear month for the stock markets as players often look to take advantage of the adage, ‘sell in May and go away’. Before going on vacation, I was expecting the markets to correct to levels of 5000/5050 but was pleasantly surprised to see the crack leading to around 4800 levels. All the negative factors compounded over the past few weeks gave momentum to the ‘sell’ sentiment which remained jittery over the fate of Greece after an inconclusive election.

Weighing on sentiment is a growing sense among investors that the euro zone debt crisis is aggravating, further fuelled by fears of a Greek euro exit and the deteriorating health of the Spanish banking system. There will be fears surrounding any contagion effect if Greece did exit the European Union. Investors continued to reduce positions in riskier assets, leading to a fall in oil prices and a drop to a 4-month low for spot gold, while lifting the dollar which tends to be seen as a safe haven in times of heightened uncertainty.

Facebook Inc priced its initial public offering at $38 per share, giving the world’s No. 1 online social network a $104 billion valuation in the third largest offering in U.S. history. However, it disappointed investors with a tepid market debut on Friday. Shares rose a scant 0.6 percent — nowhere near expectations for double-digit gains on the first trading day.

India Market Weekahead – Time to “sell in May and go away”?

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Markets were jolted this week by news that Standard & Poor’s cut India’s long-term rating outlook to negative from stable, citing slowing growth and a ballooning current account deficit. The negative outlook signals at least a one-in-three likelihood of the downgrade of India’s sovereign rating within the next 24 months.

India Market Weekahead – Volatile market within a narrow range

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A sharper-than-expected cut of 50 basis points in the repo rate boosted the benchmark indices early during the week. However, as expected, the Nifty could not gain higher than 5350 as apprehensions about the limited scope of further rate cuts suppressed sentiment.

Global cues likely to dominate market

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The Indian market ended with minor gains in a truncated week as data showing slowdown in growth in the services sector in March and weak global stocks hurt sentiment.

India Market Weekahead: Brace for volatility within a range

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It was a topsy-turvy week for markets as the benchmark indices hovered between positive and negative territory to finally end with a loss of 0.7 percent. A lacklustre budget initially triggered the weakness followed by a spate of negative events resulting in a fifth consecutive week of decline for the markets. The newly appointed railway minister’s move to roll back fares also unnerved investors.

India Market Weekahead: Global markets, FII action to be primary drivers

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It was a flattish close for the markets in what was supposed to be an eventful week. But the biggest event — the budget – turned out to be a non-event.

It’s Budget week but be ready to book profits

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The markets ended in negative territory for the third straight week after the ruling Congress party suffered a setback in the recently held assembly elections, clouding the government’s ability to push major economic reforms. However, a sharp pullback of 2 percent seen on Friday saved the indexes from suffering major losses.

Brace for volatility, but utilise opportunity

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After a 21 percent run so far this year due to unabated liquidity flow, markets paused for two weeks in a row with a cut of close to 5 percent. Data showing a slowdown in GDP growth in Q3 December spooked investors while macroeconomic worries arising from high oil prices also weighed on sentiments.

India Market Weekahead: Need for caution as correction may be steep

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The Nifty extended its rally for the seventh consecutive week to touch 5600, returning 3 pct for the week and making it one of the best market rallies in recent times. The bourse continued to show strength on signs that euro zone officials would approve a long-awaited bailout for Greece next week to avoid any disorderly default.

‘Sense of disbelief’ in markets to extend current rally

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As they say, it is always darkest before the dawn. Equity markets seem to be the finest proponents of this axiom. They have a habit of surprising investors. What we have seen so far in 2012 sums it up pretty well.

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