A volatile week for Indian markets as every rise was being sold into but the bulls managed to gain some control on March 19 after days of selloff. Both the Sensex and the Nifty50 closed below their crucial support levels, raising concerns about a fresh selloff in the coming week.
The Sensex fell 1.8 percent, while the Nifty was down 1.9 percent for the week ended March 19 but it was the small & midcap space that saw a carnage. The BSE midcap was down 2.59 percent, while the smallcap index closed with losses of 3.4 percent for the week ended March 19.
As many as 31 stocks in the BSE500 index fell 10-30 percent. These include Raymond, Tata Coffee, IDBI Bank, Dish TV, Tanla Platforms, Bank of India, Future Retail, and Bliss GVS Pharma.
Global cues turned negative following a spike in the US bond yields and a surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe, including India, leading to some bit of profit-taking at higher levels.
“Yield on US 10-year notes, which has risen sharply in the past seven weeks on growth expectations, hovered near a 14-month peak at $ 1.742 percent,” said a Reuters report.
The US 10-year treasury note yield (were) highest in over 14 months. The sharp rise has been driven by a spread of triggers such as inflation and economic recovery, Palka Chopra, Senior Vice President, Master Capital Services told Moneycontrol.
“Treasury bonds are considered to be the safest investment and investors generally invest in treasury bonds in times of economic recession. When the economy shows a sign of recovery, investors shift their focus towards risky assets. This triggers a selloff in bonds,” Chopra said.
Energy, banks, healthcare, private banks, infra and capital goods sectors declined 3-5 percent, while buying was seen in FMCG, power, and telecom indices
“Markets are currently undergoing a sector rotation and laggards from the previous few months could be new themes to play,” Nirali Shah, Head- Equity Research, Samco Securities, told Moneycontrol.
“Stocks which have undergone a correction in the recent pressure could also see buying. FMCG and pharma can see good momentum going forward,” she said.
Foreign institutional investors (FII) continue to remain net buyers in the cash segment of the Indian equity markets. FIIs were net buyers for more than Rs 9000 crore so far in March, while domestic institutional investors were net sellers for more than Rs 4,400 crore in the same period.
“While FIIs were net buyers in the cash segment, DIIs and retailers have been selling in this market after being spooked by the rising 10-year treasury bond yields and rising inflation,” Shah said.
The Nifty has broken the range of 14,450-15,350 and if the bears continue to dominate, then the index may retest 14,400.
The Nifty closed at 14744, down 1.9 percent amid elevated volatility during the week. “We expect the Nifty to trade with positive bias in the range of 14,400-15,000 in coming weeks. Hence any decline should not be construed as negative rather an incremental buying opportunity,” Dharmesh Shah, Head–Technical, ICICI direct, told Moneycontrol.
“A decisive close above the psychological 15,000-mark would confirm the conclusion of ongoing corrective phase with an extended target of 15,300,” he said.
IT, pharma and FMCG sectors were better placed on relative rankings and risk-reward parameters and were expected to outperform, Shah said.
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