Brokers monitor financial data on computer screens on a trading floor in London, U.K., on June 8, 2017. (Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Weekly Wrap: Sensex, Nifty Extend Gains Amid Rising India-Pakistan Tensions

Indian equity benchmarks ended higher for the second consecutive week amid rising tensions between Indian and Pakistan.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.54 percent this week to end the week at 36,063.81 and the NSE Nifty 50 ended 0.67 percent higher at 10,863.50.

Weekly Wrap: Sensex, Nifty Extend Gains Amid  Rising India-Pakistan Tensions

“The benchmark indices started the week on a strong note led by positive developments between U.S.-China. However, the rally was short lived as geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan took centre stage,” Jayant Manglik, president at Religare Broking said.

“The signs of de-escalation of tensions and supportive global cues led to a healthy rally in Indian markets on the last day of the week, thus helping the Nifty and Sensex to close with gains,” he said.

Manglik expect markets to remain volatile in the near term. “Signs of de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan is encouraging for Indian markets. However, any negative news on this front going forward would keep the markets volatile,” he said, adding that the progress on U.S.-China trade war, crude oil and currency movement would be actively tracked by the investors.

The Nifty Index is consolidating within the range of 10,730-10,930, Debabrata Bhattacharjee, head of research at CapitalAim said, adding there is a tug war between the bulls and bears around 200 DMA level, where the bears seem to prevail. “Nifty benchmark is looking in a range bound trade ahead in the near and medium term.”

The support for the index in the lower side is 10,730-10,700 while it can face resistance around 10,900-10,950. A sustainable move above 10,950 could form more bullishness in the near term towards 11,000 or 11,200 level.
Debabrata Bhattacharjee, Head of Research, CapitalAim   

The broader market index represented by the NSE Nifty 500 also rose for the second straight week to end 1.32 percent higher—led by Adani Power Ltd. and Sadbhav Engineering Ltd.

Nine out of the 11 sectoral gauges compiled by the National Stock Exchange advanced, led by the NSE Nifty Media Index’s 6.3 percent rally. On the flip side, the NSE Nifty Realty Index was the top loser, down 1.2 percent.

The Indian rupee ended higher for the fourth consecutive week, its longest weekly gaining streak in over a year. The home currency appreciated 0.32 percent this week to end at 70.91 against the U.S. dollar, making it the second-best Asian currency performer during the period.

Big Talking Points Of This Week

  • Indian air strike destroys terror camp in Pakistan.
  • Pakistani jets violate Indian air space in Kashmir, arrest pilot.
  • More than 50 percent chance of normal monsoon this year, says Skymet.
  • RBI releases three more banks from Prompt Corrective Action Framework.
  • India’s GDP growth moderates to 6.6 percent pulling down economic expansion In 2018-19.
  • Trump says he walked out on Kim after U.S. demands were rejected at Hanoi.
  • North Korea’s Kim vows to meet Trump again after Hanoi Summit collapse.
  • U.K.'s Theresa May to consider delay to Brexit date.
  • Kishore Biyani brings world’s largest convenience store chain 7-Eleven to India.
  • Founder Naresh Goyal agrees to step down as Jet Airways chairman.
  • Trump hands Xi breathing room on economy with deadline extension.
  • Tata explores options for struggling Jaguar-Land Rover.
  • Animal spirits suggest tame start for India economy in 2019.
  • E-Wallets: Death by a thousand KYCs.

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Key Data To Watch Next Week

  • March 5: Nikkei Services PMI for February.
  • March 5: Nikkei India Composite PMI for February.
  • March 5-29: Bop Current account balance for the fourth quarter.