Sensex snaps 2-day losing streak; Nifty ends week above 10,050; IOC, HPCL zoom


The benchmark indices erased entire losses to settle near day’s high thanks to gains in metal, oil & gas and banking stocks, while the pharma index was the sole sectoral loser. Almost all constituents of the Nifty pharma index, which shed as much as 2.5% intraday, were in red.

The Sensex ended at 32,325, up 87 points, while the Nifty50 closed at 10,066, up 52 points. Both indices settled the week marginally higher.

Metals and oil marketing companies also led support to the market but the correction in Reliance Industries and healthcare stocks capped gains. Equity benchmarks opened lower and remained range bound till recovery in later part of the session.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap outperformed to gain 0.6%, while the BSE Smallcap index settled little changed.

The breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative. On the BSE, 1,388 shares fell and 1,198 shares rose. A total of 172 shares remained unchanged.

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Reblog: Five golden rules to always be in profit when you invest in equities


After a rally of more than 8 per cent in the first two months of 2017, voices have become louder on Dalal Street that the benchmark equity indices may touch fresh all-time highs in the coming weeks.

The 30-share BSE Sensex surged 2,186 points, or 8.21 per cent, to 28,812 on February 27 from 26,626 on December 30, 2016.

The momentum may remain positive in the long run, as India could see a rating upgrade in the coming months on account of a slew of reforms by the government, including an ambitious plan to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

GST is expected to improve tax compliance in the medium term besides removing barriers to investment, particularly for foreign direct investment. It will also improve the ease of doing business.

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Reblog – The Week Ahead (Week beginning August 8, 2016)


The original blog post is written by Hemant Parikh and can be found here.

RBI’s policy outcome, corporate earnings and macroeconomic data to dictate trend.

Next batch of Q1 June 2016 corporate results, progress of monsoon rains, macroeconomic data, trends in global markets, investment by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs), the movement of rupee against the dollar and crude oil price movement will dictate market trend in the near term.

The major domestic event in the upcoming week is the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) third bi-monthly monetary policy meeting scheduled on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. The central bank had left its benchmark repo rate unchanged at 6.5% at its last meeting.

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