The world of equities seems to have opted for a bargain-basement sale. The BSE Sensex which scaled the dizzy heights of 21,000 points in January 2008 is today testing 10,000 and nobody is sure if the bottom has been found.
“Nowhere in the world are we close to a bottom. Put your money in a safe bank at 9 pct and forget about the stock market for the next two years,” Shankar Sharma, Joint Managing Director of First Global, told Reuters.
If that’s the case, one wonders if the response pattern will change to the Reuters Money question – Where do you see the Sensex by Diwali??
High-profile equities investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala who had advised Indian investors to keep away from the stock markets as early as November 2007 declined comment on the current situation.
The Indian stock markets have been on a downward spiral for the past 8 months and more and bellwether stocks like Reliance Industries, ICICI, Infosys have taken a serious hammering at the bourses. Some equities analysts do see this as a good opportunity to buy and build a good portfolio for the future.