This week in a nutshell (6th – 9th September)Maitreyee Vaishampayan
NIFTY opened the week on 6th September at 17,399 and ended the truncated week at 17,369 on 9th September. The index made a weekly loss of 0.2%. On the upside, 17,378 might be a critical level to watch for. On the downside, 16,451 might act as a support. The RSI (82) indicates the index is in the overbought zone.
- World stocks hit fresh record highs on Tuesday on growing bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will push back tapering its bond purchases and keep its expansive policy for the near term. The latest rally, which started after Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s dovish speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium in August, received a further boost from a surprisingly soft U.S. payrolls report on Friday. The U.S. economy created 235,000 jobs in August, the fewest in seven months as hiring in the leisure and hospitality sectors stalled, reducing expectations that the Fed will opt for an early tapering of its monthly bond purchases.
- Investors were caught by surprise by a sudden rally in the benchmark 10-year Indian bond yield. In the previous week (ended 3rd September), the yield had dropped ten basis points, the biggest weekly drop since April. There was a quick turn of sentiment after the benchmark 10-year bond yield rose to its highest since March. The sentiment change was aided by 1QFY22 GDP growth which grew ~20% YoY albeit on a low base and global market cues. The rally in the bond yield was led by mutual fund investors and overseas investors. The spike in overseas investors’ interest could be attributed to the appreciation of INR against USD. (Source: Bloomberg Quint Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/a-surprise-bond-rally-sweeps-over-india-as-global-funds-pile-in )
- The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has introduced an optional T+1 settlement cycle for the market, which will come into effect from January 1, 2022. The T+1 cycle means settlements will have to be cleared within one day of the actual transactions taking place. A switch to the T+1 settlement cycle is expected to boost market liquidity and trading turnover while reducing settlement risk and broker defaults. While this move could be beneficial for the domestic investors, foreign investors may face challenges adjusting to this system due to time zone differences. While the regulator has come up with the new settlement cycle, the onus is on the exchanges if they want to opt for the shorter cycle.
- The monthly data for life insurance premiums collected by companies was released by the Life Insurance Council. The industry reported a 3% YoY increase in the New Business Premiums (NBP) collected, led by private players. This growth comes after the NBP collected reported a decline of 11% YoY in July-21.
- Stocks ended lower Friday, with major indexes booking weekly losses as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 extended a losing streak to five sessions. Investors said uncertainty around the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 hung over markets this week as investors also weighed the timing of the Federal Reserve’s eventual tapering of its monthly bond purchases. The slide left the Dow down 2.2% for the week, while the S&P 500 suffered a 1.7% fall and the Nasdaq declined 1.6%.
- Institutional activity trends reversed this week compared to last week. Foreign institutional investors (FII) turned sellers with an outflow of Rs 11,139mn. Domestic institutional investors (DII) tuned buyers with an inflow of Rs 11,160mn.
Things to watch out for next week
- The Indian CPI and WPI data are expected next week. A key indicator for measuring the changes in purchasing trends and inflation.
- As the result season has drawn to a close, the developments from Wall Street will be the guiding force for the Dalal Street.
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