This Week in a nutshell (Oct 24th to Oct 28th)
This week was a truncated one on account of Diwali. NIFTY opened the week on 25th October at 17,794 and closed on 28th October at 17,786. The 50WMA of 17,061 may act as a key support level, while the recent weekly high of 17,838 may act as key resistance for the index.
Among the sectoral indices, PSU Bank (+5%), Auto (+4%) and PSE (+3.5%) were the top gainers while FMCG (-0.7%), Media (-0.4%) were the losers in the week.
- The Monetary Policy Committee will meet again on November 3rd, according to the central bank. According to an RBI statement, the meeting would be held in accordance with RBI Act Section 45ZN, which describes the actions the central bank may take if it fails to achieve the inflation target.
- California-based company, Apple Inc’s revenue and profit both topped analysts’ estimates despite sales of iPhones and services being softer than expected last quarter. High levels of inflation and a slowdown in consumer spending are expected to impact the growth prospects of the company in the near term.
- Following a meeting with King Charles III, Rishi Sunak, the leader of the Conservative Party, was sworn in as prime minister of the United Kingdom on Tuesday, according to a statement sent by Downing Street late on Monday.
- Oil’s weekly gain was curtailed as investors stayed away from risky investments due to the deteriorating outlook for China and the global economy as a whole. As a risk-off mood extended over larger markets on Friday, West Texas Intermediate fell to about $88 per barrel. Investors’ expectations that Beijing will prolong its time to abandon Covid Zero are dimming China’s economic development prospects, while the economies of France and Spain shrank in Europe.
- The US markets bounced back after a series of bear market lows as tech shares rallied followed by Apple’s earnings release that topped analysts’ estimates. US’s economic data also contributed to positive investor sentiments as it revealed that the Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation is making some headway. The fourth consecutive rate increase of 75 basis points by the Fed is still anticipated by economists to take place next week.
- FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) turned net buyers this week, selling shares worth Rs 39,860 mn. DII (Domestic Institutional Investors) were net sellers, buying shares worth Rs 12,400 mn.
Things to watch out for next week
- We expect markets to continue volatile as a result of investor reactions to earnings releases and macroeconomic news such as supply-related constraints, interest rate hikes, and rising inflation.
- The monthly auto volume data from companies like Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki, and Tata Motors will be watched. Commentaries about festive demand, export business from auto companies are expected to give some idea about the domestic and international economic recovery.
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