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Sensex on the bounce

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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?

In 2011, the market had come into the firm grip of the bears and the Sensex was down 23 percent. Surely, many other markets had also underperformed. But the Indian market was hit much harder possibly because it has greater exposure to FIIs. The recovery of the stock market in January-February was mainly the correction of the excessive fall.

The Indian market is sensitive to FII investment which, last year, was influenced more by risk aversion from fears about European sovereign debt default, more particularly of Greece. Consequently, in 2011 there was a net $357 million outflow of FII investment. In 2010, the net inflow was $29.4 billion.

India Market Weekahead: Use opportunity to partially book profits

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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 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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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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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.

Volatile but undecided markets, awaiting cues

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Trading for the New Year began on a positive note after the government’s decision to allow foreign nationals to invest directly in the country’s listed companies and after data showed a sharp improvement in manufacturing activity in December.

India Market Weekahead: Testing times but patience to be rewarded

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Key indices witnessed a deep cut this week with the Nifty falling below the psychologically important support level of 4700 for the first time since November 2009. Experts have begun predicting a crash and rightly so, as all the levers of the economy have gone for a toss with pessimistic news flows. So the moot question is whether the market has discounted all the negatives? If yes, then why are Indian markets underperforming global counterparts week after week?

2012 – Boom or Doom?

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What a year 2011 has been. Except certain commodities such as gold and oil, every other asset class has been hit. With Sensex down more than 20 pct YTD, 10 year g-sec yields up by almost 1 pct and rupee down by almost 14 pct against the dollar, it has been a poor year for investors. This was caused by a bout of strong global risk aversion led by the European sovereign debt crisis, high inflation in emerging markets and consequent monetary tightening, and lack of proper policy action in India. The only salvation came from commodities such as oil (up almost 26 pct in rupee terms) and gold (up almost 38 pct in rupee terms).

India Market Weekahead: Economic data to provide cues

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After a sharp bounceback last week, Indian markets were not able to hold on to the gains and corrected by 3.7 pct during the week. The overall tone remained bearish on domestic concerns revolving around the government’s inability to push through key reforms and uncertainty over the Euro debt crisis and over the outcome of the European Union (EU) summit.

India Market Weekahead: EU summit, pace of local reforms to drive markets

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After falling to a new two-year low the previous week, the markets reversed a downtrend and benchmark indices logged their best weekly gain since July 2009.

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