NIFTY opened the week on 20th December at 16,824 and closed on 24th December at 17,004. It gained 1.1% during the week. The index is trading below its 10DMA of 17,057 which might act as a resistance. On the downside, the 16,971 level might act as a support. The RSI (44), and MACD turning downward suggests a possible decline.
- The US indices closed the week in green as investors speculated that the spreading Covid Omicron variant may not adversely affect human health, businesses and lockdown-like situations might not arise, and hence the stock buying picked up. S&P 500 was up by 2.3%, Nasdaq 100 by 3.2%, and Dow Jones by 1.7%.
- The Turkish currency lira tumbled to a record low after its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to continue cutting interest rates, referring to the Islamic ban of high-interest rates as a basis of his policy. The president feels that Turkey can free itself from reliance on foreign capital flows by abandoning policies that prioritized higher interest rates and strong inflows.
- The Indian government reduced the import tax on refined palm oil to 12.5%, from earlier 17.5%, in an effort to cool near-record high vegetable oil prices. This would make refined palm oil more attractive than crude palm oil for Indian buyers.
- Sebi suspended futures and options trading for one year in chana, mustard seed, crude palm oil, moong, paddy (basmati), wheat and soybean and its derivatives. This has not only led to a fall in prices of these commodities, but also to scaling back of inventories by traders, who say the flow of imports will slow down since they do not have a hedging platform.
- Zee Entertainment Enterprises (Zee) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) signed a definitive agreement that will let the two merge their networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. The merged entity will have a 27% market share of the general entertainment space. After the completion of the deal, Sony Sony Pictures Entertainment will hold a 50.86% stake in the combined entity, the promoters of Zee will hold a 3.99% stake and the remaining shareholders of Zee will hold a 45.15% in the merged entity.
- Tata Motors has incorporated Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited (TPEML), a wholly-owned subsidiary that is involved in the manufacturing of electric motor vehicles, with an initial capital of Rs 7000 mn.
- FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) were net sellers of shares worth Rs 65890 mn and DII (Domestic Institutional Investors) were net buyers of shares worth Rs 69156 mn this week.
Things to watch out for next week
- As investors around the world seem to be cautious about the Fed’s announcement of three 25 bps increase in interest rates in CY 2022, we may see a further sell-off in Indian stocks next week by the FIIs.We may see a reduction in the level of activity as most investors in the US and Europe are away on holidays.
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