Weekly Update 2nd – 6th August 2010

Asian markets saw buying as more than half of the companies that announced results in the MSCI Asia Pacific Index have exceeded the analyst’s estimates, boosting confidence about the strength of the recovery. U.S. economy expanded at a 2.4 percent annual pace in the second quarter less than forecast, indicating that the world largest economy will see a moderate recovery.

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The jobless recovery is curbing household purchases as consumer spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy rose 1.6 percent in last quarter, compared with a 1.9 percent rate in the previous three months. U.S. financial system recovery is fragile and as per IMF stress tests banks may need as much as $76 billion in capital. In India, as per expectations RBI hiked the policy rates and indicated that monetary steps will continue in order to moderate inflationary pressures.

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RBI chief said that despite of the monetary measures, monsoon rains would play a critical role in moderating food prices. Now RBI will release eight monetary policy statements in a year that will cut short the time of monetary policy adjustments. The central Bank also revised its estimates for inflation and economic growth to 6 percent and 8.5 percent from earlier estimates of 5 percent and 8 percent respectively.

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The annual monsoon rains bounced back from a 17-percent deficit in the previous week to 38 percent above normal in the week to 28 July 2010.Heavy, well distributed showers in the past week helped total rainfall rise to normal during July have raised the farm sector prospects thereby indicating a pickup in rural demand.

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Till now the results announced so far have shown a mixed picture with some disappointment coming from the large caps.The combined net profit of a total of 1,085 companies declined 12.6 percent to `47280 crore on 23.1 percent increase in sales to 609368 crore in Q1 June 2010 over Q1 June 2009. Going next week some of the top companies like SBI, Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, Tata steel, etc will announce their quarterly numbers and would help in setting the undertone of the market.

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Indian Stock Markets are holding on to the gains though the momentum for rise is lacking. But the world stock markets are slowly inching up with base metals commodities also showing strength. The rise in Rupee and the midcap stocks rally in the week gone by gives a hope of further rally. It seems the market would take a clearer direction in the coming week. Nifty has support between 5315-5250 levels and Sensex between 17700-17500 levels.

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It is quite visible that good corporate earnings have propped up the sentiments of financial market and commodity is not an exception. Hence we have seen that capital inflow switched to riskier asset from safe asset like gold and dollar index.

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Base metals are the major beneficiary and they are trading at multi months high whereas crude is reacting on stocks pile up in US and ignoring other positive cues. If positive outcome of economic indicators and earnings continue to come in near future then all base metals will trade in a range with upside bias and vice a versa.

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Even in crude oil some lower level buying may occur this week. Expect further fall in gold and if it breaches the mark of 17500 then we may see some spurt in physical buying. In agro commodities, spices may trade in a range on mix fundamentals.

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