Weekly Update 29th March – 02nd April

The domestic markets had a mixed week; it started weak following RBI hiking the repo and reverse repo by 25 basis points each and growing concerns from the 16-nation Euro zone—first over conflicting signals from the currency bloc on resolving Greece’s debt problems and second over Fitch Ratings lowering Portugal’s sovereign credit outlook.


But, concluded the week on green zone buoyed by continued liquidity inflow and earnings optimism; both the indices Sensex & Nifty, saw the highest closing levels in more than two years. FIIs bought stocks worth Rs 12125.81 crore this month till 25 March 2010.


On the whole, over the last few months the confidence of global & domestic investors has resulted in an excellent run up in the domestic markets. Closer home, further rate hike together with hike in CRR is expected in order to anchor inflationary expectation in the next RBI meet which is scheduled on 20th April.


Increasing capacity utilisation and rising commodity and energy prices are exerting pressure on overall inflation. Taken together, these factors heighten the risks of supply-side pressures translating into a generalised inflationary process. Food inflation in India dipped marginally falling to a five-month low.


Inflation for the Food Articles group dropped to 16.22% in the week ended March 16, as compared to 16.3% in the previous week. While it is largely anticipated that this time around the increase in interest rates would not be a spoil sport for the markets as the signs of recovery in the growth are promising. Data on Industrial production & more specifically the acceleration in the growth of the capital goods sector points to the revival of investment activity.


Expectations of the good corporate results as indicated by buoyant advance tax figures & the forecast for the southwest monsoon for 2010 is likely to play a catalyst role for the next direction of the market. On the global economic front; in a bid to restore confidence in their common currency, all 16 euro zone leaders have reportedly agreed to provide joint financial assistance to the debt-laden Greece in tandem with the IMF.

In the US front, Unemployment increased in 27 states in February and dropped in seven, a sign the labor market needs to pick up across more regions to spur consumer spending and sustain the economic recovery.


Trend of world stock markets is up though China is showing some weakness along with some weakness in commodities. US dollar index rise above 81 has brought uncertainty in world markets and the Euro zone problem in Greece is giving uncertainty to Euro. One should trade carefully in such markets. Nifty has support between 5150-5050 and Sensex between 17200-16800 levels..


Commodities are moving on their own fundamentals. Recent blow up in dollar index could not give much impact on the commodity prices as it was expected earlier in market. However, with the recent rise in dollar index, upside in commodities seems to be limited. Commodities are now expected to trade in a range after a volatile week. Expected improvement in employment data from US is likely to cap the downside. Agro commodities can perform mix. Spices, especially turmeric and pepper may trade in a range after an upside rally. Same trend may go with chana futures as well whereas guar may firm further.


Stay Tuned for More Updates :)

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