Markets logged modest gains in a volatile and eventful trading week in which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised rates for the first time in four years while maintaining a neutral stance.
Indian stock markets were optimistic during the week as crude oil prices dropped and the rupee recovered. Investors’ mood also tracked positive global cues as U.S. President Donald Trump revived a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Indian shares logged in minor gains in a highly volatile week with the Nifty moving in a 200-point range. The mood was initially cautious on rising oil prices and a weakening rupee.
Just when markets were ready for their next upward move and the Nifty was positioning itself to touch the 11,000 level again, political uncertainty in Karnataka and a confluence of weak global cues punctured the rally. Fears that the RBI may hike rates in the near term due to a rise in core inflation also dented sentiments.
Indian stocks resumed their upward journey as global markets rebounded on softer-than-anticipated U.S. inflation, which alleviated worries of faster rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Investors also welcomed continued moves between the U.S. and North Korea to reduce tensions.
Indian shares snapped five straight weeks of gains due to weak global cues and cautiousness during the second leg of the earnings season. Markets were also overbought after the long rally. The Nifty ended the week lower by 0.69 percent at 10,618, with mid-cap and small-cap indices continuing to underperform.
Markets began the May derivative series on an optimistic note with key indices witnessing a sharp surge on Friday. Sentiments were boosted by the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade, where the two countries vowed “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula.
India’s benchmark indices clocked their longest weekly gains in nearly three months even as trade tensions and geopolitical concerns remained in the background.
Markets remained firm during the week despite trade and geo-political tensions. The Nifty gained in all five trading sessions – the first time since November 2017 - and ended the week 150 points higher at 10,480.
Global markets gyrated to trade war concerns as China announced that it would be implementing new tariffs on American products in response to levies announced by U.S. President Donald Trump. However, investors later resorted to buying on news of possible trade negotiations between the world’s two biggest economies.
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