Indian equity markets continued to sway with the domestic/international news flows and government actions for the second successive month. CNX Nifty and S&P BSE Sensex fell 3.65% and 3.38% respectively owing to weak domestic cues like a below normal monsoon prediction by India Meteorological Department (IMD), minimum alternate tax issues for FIIs and disappointing quarterly earnings from IT majors. Bigger losses were avoided after Moody’s Investor Services revised India’s sovereign rating outlook to “Positive” from “Stable” but have maintained the rating at the lowest investment grade. Hopes of another rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its April policy meet also lent buoy, but the central bank preferred to keep rates unchanged. Investors also cheered encouraging domestic industrial production and CPI inflation data. Major international and domestic institutions are optimistic about the growth potential of the Indian economy due to the government’s initiatives of the past one year and a decline in inflation and crude oil prices. The World Bank has projected India’s economic growth at 7.5% for the current financial year FY16 and at 8% by 2017-18. In May, the equity markets are likely to be guided by corporate results with FII investments and domestic macro-economic data continuing to influence the market direction.
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Dinesh Kumar Khara
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer