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India markets weekahead: Moody’s rating, inflation to set the tone

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The week that went by was quite a turbulent one as domestic and international factors dampened market sentiments, resulting in a 2.1 pct decline in Nifty in what was a truncated trading week. We were saved from a possible savage cut on Thursday as it was a market holiday.

The index of industrial production for September grew by 1.9 pct versus 3.6 pct the previous month, slightly below market expectations. Steep declines in the capital goods and mining segments dragged the IIP down. In addition, the trade deficit widened to a four-year high, increasing to $19.6 billion according to October data.

Moody’s downgraded the Indian banking sector outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’ triggering investors to dump banking stocks. To add to woes, the 10-year benchmark bond yield approached 9 pct levels. Lower bond prices may result in MTM losses to the banks’ G-Sec portfolio. Consequently, key banking counters such SBI, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank saw a sharp sell-off bringing prices to attractive levels.

India markets weekahead: New range for markets but scepticism abounds

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Markets finally came out of the range last week with the Nifty breaking the 5200/5250 resistance after a positive outcome to the long-awaited plan to resolve the European debt crisis. The plans included a ‘haircut’ of 50 pct on Greek debt, an increase to the size of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), and a 9 pct core capital threshold for European banks.

Markets weekahead: Infosys results, IIP data to determine trend

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The Nifty regained the 4,900 mark after plunging to approximately 4,750 levels during the week, as Indian indices played catch-up with a rally in global indices later in the week on hopes that Europe will recapitalise its banks to tame the euro zone debt crisis.

Truncated but action-packed week

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Markets displayed a spell of volatility in derivatives expiry week as the Nifty continued to remain below the psychological 5,000 mark. Continued uncertainty on the European economic situation, likely muted-to-weak Q2 Sept corporate earnings and weak global stocks weighed on market sentiment.

India Markets Weekahead: Savage correction but time to buy

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Markets succumbed to selling pressure and the Nifty corrected to nearly 4,800 levels taking YTD losses to 20 pct. Two key events dominated the markets this week, namely the falling rupee and ‘operation twist’ by the U.S. Fed.

India Markets Weekahead: World stocks, RBI policy expectation to dictate trend

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As indicated in the previous week’s column, Nifty respected support levels of 4750/4800 and rebounded to 5000+ levels in a truncated yet action-packed week.

Indian stocks: Paradise for value investors

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The BSE Sensex romance with the 16,000 level seems to have been rekindled, with the Sensex closing below it on August 26, after a gap of more than 18 months during which it touched a high of 21,109 (missing the all-time high of 21,207 by a whisker).

Next week crucial as markets at tipping point

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The Nifty finally gave in to selling pressure and fell below 4,800 in spite of a fragile attempt to hold on to those levels during the week.

Political implications of Lokpal bill to weigh on markets

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Indian stock markets continued to languish with benchmark indices down by 4 pct for the week and 13 pct for the month. Global stock markets crashed on fears of a recession in the U.S. combined with debt troubles in Europe.

India markets weekahead: High inflation, fear of rate hikes to make markets jittery

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Markets continued to go on a losing spree with benchmark indices in India falling further by 2.6 pct. As if the axing of the U.S. rating was not enough, talks of a France credit rating downgrade lingered, chopping around 4 pct from global indices in a single day during the week.

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