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It’s Budget week but be ready to book profits

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

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.

Contrary to popular belief of a Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, the SP’s landslide victory resulted in the Congress being relegated. The less-than-impressive performance of the Congress would lead to the government pushing through more populist measures in a desperate bid to woo voters before the next general elections. If that happens, the Indian economy could further sink into a downward spiral, further wrecking the country’s finances.

Coming back to the stock markets, the primary markets got a booster with the stellar performance of the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) offering. The issue that had got subscribed 54 times got listed with a hefty premium of 38 percent over the issue price of 1,032 rupees. This goes to show that if priced correctly with sufficient money left on the table for investors, a public offering can sail through quite well. At current prices, MCX is available at 19x its FY13E EPS of 70 rupees. The key risk on the regulatory front is the probable introduction of commodity transaction tax in the upcoming budget, which could hamper trading volumes. Given the recent sharp gains, investors could book out partial profits at current levels.

Brace for volatility, but utilise opportunity

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

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 views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

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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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

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.

India Market Weekahead: Too good to last much longer

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The market has continued its upward move for the sixth consecutive week, gaining over 15 pct in 2012 and 20 pct over its December bottom without any worthwhile correction. The excellent market rally during the past few weeks is helped by global liquidity and strong FII inflows. However, mild profit booking was seen as the Nifty approached the all important resistance zone of 5400-5450.

Sensex on the bounce

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The year 2012 has begun well for the stock market. In just six weeks, the Sensex was up 13 percent which made up more than a half of the fall in the previous 52 weeks. Will this trend survive the rest of the year?

India Market Weekahead: Use opportunity to partially book profits

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

Markets surged over 2 pct during the week and are up 14 pct YTD driven by liquidity inflows from foreign investors, a CRR cut by the RBI, hopes of interest rate cuts in coming months, positive economic data and the government’s intention to kick-start the process on the policy front. The rally was unaffected by the court verdict on the 2G scam and the indices resumed an upward march.

India Market Weekahead: Time to take profits but increase exposure on correction

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The markets extended a winning streak and gained 3 pct during the week driven by strong inflows from foreign institutional investors, a decent set of quarterly numbers from key companies, positive news flows on the policy front and the RBI decision to cut cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 50 basis points.

India Market Weekahead: RBI policy holds the key

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

Markets extended a rally for the third consecutive week led by strong FII inflows. FIIs have pumped in $1.2 billion so far this year as risk sentiment stabilised after several European debt auctions saw lower borrowing rates and overwhelming demand. Improvement in U.S. economic data, rupee appreciation and December quarter earnings exceeding lower expectations helped the market rally nearly 8 pct in three weeks.

Start topping up portfolio on correction

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

Indian equities have posted a good show so far this year with gains of around 5 pct. Receding euro zone debt worries and a stronger-than-expected growth in industrial production in November have strengthened investors’ sentiment. Food inflation continued to show a negative trend which also aided sentiment.

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