Money on the markets
A maturing market amid the mayhem
The BSE Sensex erased early morning gains of over 2 percent and ended 1.46 percent down on Wednesday as weak sentiments across Asia downplayed investor sentiments.
The Sensex closed 4.9 percent higher on Friday to post its biggest rise in three months, as investor confidence was bolstered by a jump in other Asian markets following positive news from the United States.
The benchmark closed 412.86 points up at 8756.61, supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries (up 6.6percent), ICICI Bank (up 8.6 percent) and Infosys (up 5.6 percent).
After gaining nearly 2 percent during trade, the benchmark index pared gains and closed just 80.5 points higher at 8902, as cuts in factory gate duty and service tax triggered short covering ahead of the expiry of monthly derivatives contracts.
The day belonged to auto and metal stocks, which appeared attractive on expectation the duty cuts on Tuesday will boost sales.
The BSE Auto Index closed 3 percent higher and the BSE Metal Index ended 1.2 percent up. Apollo Tyres, Tata Motors (trucks) and Ashok Leyland have slashed prices after yesterday’s announcement.
The times they are a changin’, and indeed they have. For better or for worse, I am not sure, but what has changed is the way we look at making money from money.
Call it what you may — credit crisis, crisis of confidence, financial tsunami, meltdown — erosion of wealth is never good news. And rattled markets often lead to political turmoil and even shift in power.