Indian equity markets witnessed a slight correction this week, with both the Nifty-50 index and the BSE-30 index declining by approximately 1%. The dip can be attributed to mixed global market performance, driven by concerns surrounding the US debt ceiling. Despite the overall negative sentiment, the BSE IT and BSE Realty sectors posted gains.
Shrikant Chouhan, Head of Equity Research (Retail) at Kotak Securities Ltd., provided insights into the market’s recent trends and highlighted several macro factors that indicate positive developments in India’s economy.
According to Chouhan, the week saw most sectoral indices decline, reflecting cautious sentiment among investors. However, he stressed that India’s macroeconomic indicators for April displayed signs of improvement. The country achieved record Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, witnessed improved Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) numbers, and observed a significant narrowing of the trade deficit, which reached near two-year lows. Moreover, both headline and core inflation softened sharply.
Chouhan added that foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have been net buyers of Indian equities in recent weeks, suggesting their continued confidence in the Indian market. Despite inflation moderation, the weak global growth outlook remains a persistent concern. As companies disclose their Q4FY23 results, individual stock movements will remain a key factor influencing the market.
Looking ahead, market participants will closely monitor the monsoon’s progress, as it plays a crucial role in India’s agricultural sector. In the latest update, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipates a slightly delayed monsoon onset over Kerala. This development will be significant for various industries, particularly agriculture and consumer goods, as it impacts crop cultivation and overall demand patterns.
The current market correction and global uncertainties highlight the need for investors to exercise caution and stay informed about both domestic and international factors that can influence market dynamics. Equity markets may experience fluctuations in the coming weeks as investors respond to corporate earnings announcements, macroeconomic indicators, and developments related to the monsoon.