This Week in a Nutshell (14th-18th March)Rutuja Chavan
NIFTY opened the week on 14th March at 16,646 and ended at 17,287 on 17th March. NIFTY gained 1.8% throughout the week. The next support and resistance levels for the index would be 16,711 and 17,380 respectively.
All the sectoral indices gained this week, with Financial Services (+6.8%), Bank (+5.7%), and Auto (+5.6%) being the gainers.
- The retail inflation rate in India – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)- came in at 6.07% in February 2022 as compared to 5.93% in February 2021. Commodity prices are expected to remain at elevated levels due to the geopolitical tensions disrupting supply chains and rising costs.
- Russia-Ukraine update: Ukraine has warned that peace negotiations could last for weeks and said evacuations of combat zones continued, with another 5,000 people leaving Mariupol. Russia repeated a threat to target arms convoys sent by the US and its allies.
- After losing ground for 5 consecutive days in the hopes of Russia-Ukraine coming to some sort of agreement, WTI crude settled above US$100/barrel on 18th March after negotiations between Russia and Ukraine deteriorated. Oil prices are expected to remain volatile till there’s some resolution on what Russia’s ultimate goal is.
- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates by 25bps for the first time since 2018 and laid out an aggressive plan to push borrowing costs to restrictive levels. Investors in the US seemed to shrug off the initial jitters of the rate hike as Feds Chair Jerome Powell said the economy is strong enough to weather the rate hikes and maintain its current strong hiring and wage growth.
- The Bank of England on Thursday hiked its main interest rate to its pre-pandemic level by 0.25%, the third increase in a row, to battle decades-high inflation. K. inflation hit a 30-year high in January and is expected to rise further as Russia’s invasion keeps energy prices high.
- NASDAQ (+2%) and S&P500 (+1%) rallied for the fourth consecutive session on Friday as Fed met market expectations by starting its rate-hiking cycle on Wednesday.
- The foreign institutional investors (FII) turned buyers this week and bought equities worth Rs 16,860 mn. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) continued to be buyers and bought equities worth Rs 12,900mn.
Things to watch out for next week
- The geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine are expected to continue impacting supply chains, high commodity prices, and volatility in crude oil prices.
- In India, the next few weeks are expected to be quiet on the corporate front as companies will be in a silent period before the announcement of the FY22 earnings.
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