Money on the markets
A maturing market amid the mayhem
The Sensex closed at 15,670 on Friday, the highest since mid June 2008, while the Nifty index closed at tad below 4,650, a mark closely watched by market participants.
Optimism has swept investors around the globe with good corporate results raising hopes that the worst of the financial crisis might be over.
In India, 82 percent of companies covered by a study by the ET Intelligence Group reported net profits compared with 70-72 percent in the previous three quarters.
As the market rallied on Friday, as many as 100 stocks on the Bombay Stock Exchange touched their 52-week highs. The list included some top companies like Bajaj Auto, BHEL, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Power and ITC.
Patni Computer, the top gainer in the index, rose over 12 percent after the company announced a 14 percent rise in Q1 profits. A company official said it will seek acquisitions in Europe and the Asia-Pacific to help lower its dependence on the United States.
A lacklustre day for the market, but a good day for realty stocks.
The BSE real estate index made smart gains of nearly 4.6 percent on Tuesday, a day after the finance minister made additional budget proposals that could benefit the common man.
Pranab Mukherjee proposed a 1 percent interest subsidy on home loans up to one million rupees for one year and tax breaks for developers if they complete real estate projects by March 2012.
Reliance Industries, India’s top listed company, struggled on the first trading day of the week after posting disappointing results on Friday.
The energy major slipped 3.7 percent to close at 1939 rupees, dragging the BSE Oil & Gas Index down 3 percent.
The benchmark’s rise was led by Infosys Technologies, ONGC and Tata Steel, which were up in the range 2-6 percent.
A lot of comparisons are made between China and India but there are myriad differences between the two developing nations — some wide, some not so wide. It would be a huge mistake to believe the two markets and economies are developing along similar lines, or indeed, behaving in the same way, particularly the financial markets.
Take the respective stock markets. The first chart shows the last decade of both India’s benchmark SENSEX stock index and China’s Shanghai Composite. One thing that is immediately evident is that the Composite outperformed India by a long way in the run-up to the very overblown highs. In fact, using 2005 as a starting point it put on a staggering 380 percent while the SENSEX managed 225 percent over the same period.
Reliance Industries, which has an over 14 percent weight in the benchmark, led the fall, slipping over 2 percent to 1,959 rupees. ITC, ONGC and BHEL were the other contributors.
The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,257 to an intra-day low of 14,994, and finally closed 94 points higher at 15,103. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.3 percent higher at 4586.