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This Week in a Nutshell (May 24 to May 28th)

Technical Talks

NIFTY opened the week on 24th May at 15,211 and closed on 28th May at 15,453 just shy of the record high of 15,469. It made a weekly gain of 1.6%. The index is trading above all DMAs of 14,913 which might act as a support. RSI (14) 66 indicates the index may face resistance going ahead from these levels.

Weekly highlights

  • Indian equity bourses ended with strong gains as encouraging quarterly earnings and positive global cues boosted investors’ sentiment. The moderation in daily new COVID-19 cases in India also improved risk sentiments. The Nifty index settled at a record-closing high. Broader markets underperformed key benchmarks during the week.
  • Domestic rating agency ICRA on Monday, 24 May 2021, forecasted a 2% GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2020-21, and a 7.3% contraction for the full fiscal year. According to the agency, the 2% projected GDP growth will help the economy avoid a double-dip recession as indicated by the National Statistical Office (NSO) for the fourth quarter. 
  • The Commerce and Industry Ministry said that Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in India grew 19% to $59.64 billion during 2020-21 on account of measures taken by the government on the fronts of policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business. The total FDI, including equity, reinvested earnings and capital, rose 10% to the “highest ever” of $81.72 billion during 2020-21 as against $74.39 billion in 2019-20.
  • The balance sheet size of RBI increased by ~7% for the year ended 31 March 2021, mainly reflecting its liquidity and foreign exchange operations. From this year onwards, RBI has changed the accounting year to April – March from July-June earlier. RBI transferred Rs 99,122 crore as surplus to the central government for the nine months ended March 31.
  • A gauge for U.S. manufacturing activity that surged to a record high this month along with the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week as layoffs subsided. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 406,000 for the week lowest since March 2020.
  • Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net buyers of Indian equities of Rs. 20,400 mn, against net selling of Rs 17,540 mn in the previous week. Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) were net sellers of Rs 3,240 mn, as compared to last week’s selling of Rs. 13,180 mn.

  Things to watch out

  • India Reported its 45 day low of daily covid cases at 1.73 Lakh, Reduction in cases and hope of lockdown ease pushed the market to record highs this week. It will be interesting to see if this momentum drives the indices upward or if any correction is imminent.
  • The monthly volume data for Auto companies will be released next week. This will be critical to gauge the impact of lockdowns imposed in certain states in India.    

This week in a nutshell (April 19th to April 23rd)

Technical talks

NIFTY opened the week on 19thApril at 14,307and closed on 23rd April at 14,341, a marginal increase of 0.2%.NIFTY has been hovering around the 100 DMA of 14,374 throughout the week. This remains the crucial level to watch out for before moving in either direction.

Weekly highlights

  • FIIs continued their selling spree with a net outflow of Rs 49,870 mn during the week. DIIs continued to be net buyers as they pumped in Rs 62,250 mn in the week.
  • The daily rise in covid-19 cases in India reached a record on 22ndApril when the number crossed 0.33 mn. This is the highest number of new cases recorded in a single day in the world. Several Indian states have imposed stricter restrictions or lockdowns in response. The worsening conditions have led to volatility in the equity markets.
  • Government of India announced the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive will start from 1st May 2021. Everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get vaccinated. Amidst concerns over shortage of vaccines, producers have been asked to ramp up production. This is a developing scenario as there are also concerns regarding raw material procurement from the US.
  • US Equity indices came off from their record highs oflast week. The indices ended the week on a lower note as reports indicated that President Biden will propose to significantly increase capital gains tax for wealthy individuals.
  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) reported March monthly business figures for life insurers. The industry New Business Premium (NBP) grew by 71% YoY. Mar-20 was a low base due to Covid-19 led disruption. For the quarter 4QFY21, the NBP growth was 35% YoY.

Things to watch out for next week

  • The ongoing 4QFY21 result season will gain traction next week as several big companies across sectors start to report quarterly numbers. Managements’ comments over the business impact of second wave of Covid-19 will be important.