Indian stock market is trading near its lifetime high and investor community is waiting for results. While many market and technical analysts have downplayed the role of politics and have said that Indian economy is strong, there is growing concern over the next government in India.
The ongoing elections have created an uncertainty in the mind of investors. Markets are staying range-bound and waiting for election outcomes on 16 May.
The business community favors a stable government. There is growing consensus that the major opposition party BJP could make the next government. However, the AAP factor could spoil the BJP campaign. Many regional parties have also decided to keep BJP out of power. The future of the country will depend on the number of seats NDA combine will get in the elections.
Among Indian stocks, major gainers on Friday were Tata Power, Ambuja Cements, Lupin, BPCL and HCL Tech. Among major losers were Jindal Steel, Tata Steel, Larsen, Sesa Sterlite and Maruti Suzuki.
The earnings season has some positive surprises for investors. While automobile sector is suffering due to lower sales, Bajaj Auto has managed to increase its market share to 20 percent compared to 17 percent in December.
Indian Stock market slipped on Monday after a very good start for the New Year 2013. Stock market experts are still positive about the movement of the Indian stock market. Goldman Sachs has given positive rating for Indian and Chinese markets.
BSE Sensex closed 93 points lower at 19691 and NSE Nifty closed 27 points lower at 5988. Among major losers in today’s trade were Larsen, Jaiprakash Associates, HDFC and HUL.
Goldman Sachs has given a strong guidance for Indian stock markets with 7000 as target for NSE Nifty by the year end. The brokerage house has upgraded the GDP growth for Asian region to 6.9 compared to earlier estimates of 6.2 per cent.
Bajaj Auto MD has expressed worries over lower sales in auto sector. He has pointed that Bajaj Auto expects flat sales in year 2013.
Major gainers in today’s session were BPCL, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla and Tata Steel.
Indian Stock Market closed marginally lower after hovering in negative territory for the trading session. European markets closed marginally higher compared to previous closing. BSE Sensex was down by 22 points at 19453 during the closing bell.
USD gained further ground compared to Indian currency. USD-INR was trading at 54.85. Euro was also trading strong at 72.81. Euro is near its all time high compared to Indian currency.
Among major gainers in today’s session were metal stocks. Hindalco gained 2.35% to close at Rs 132. Jindal Steel gained 2.2%. Tata Steel was also higher by 1.77% at Rs 431.
Major losers included Ambuja Cements, Sun Pharma, BPCL and Jaiprakash Associates.
Among major companies, Reliance, ONGC, ITC and Coal India closed flat. TCS gained Rs 19.4 to close the day at Rs 1252.
The banking amendment bill received final approval in the parliament today. BJP has retained similar number of seats in Gujarat. Congress won 36 seats in Himachal Pradesh.