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  • Aug 26, 2000

    Stock markets edge up

    The week saw both the BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty rise by around a percent and a half. The sentiment in the markets was largely buoyant as foreign investors continued to pump in money. Infact, so far in August, they have invested in excess of Rs 15 bn. The buoyancy in the markets can also be attributed to renewed interest among mutual funds.

      

    August has marked a turnaround in investments by both the mutual funds and FIIs (both had been large sellers in June and July). The change in sentiment has been attributed to attractive valuations in the domestic market and the improving economic climate. Further, the decision by the Fed to leave rates unchanged benefited the investment climate.

    However, the markets did have their fair share of concerns. The situation in Kashmir (although cooling down now) and the rising crude prices are two key areas of concern. In case of the latter the government is as yet deliberating on moves to reduce the deficit in the oil pool account. As mentioned earlier, the only solution is an increase in fuel prices. Such a move will have a short-term impact on corporate profitability. Inflation too could jerk up from present levels.

    In coming days, investors will be carefully tracking FII investments. Any slowdown could adversely affect sentiment. Also, they will be looking for some hint from the government regarding the measures it plans to take to reduce the deficit in the oil pool account. Both these factors have the capacity to derail the improving market scenario.

     

     

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