The BSE signage is seen through foliage in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg)

Weekly Wrap: Sensex, Nifty Resume Gains Amid Polls, Global Slowdown

Indian equity indices resumed their weekly gains after a blip amid ongoing polls in the world’s largest democracy and a slowdown in global growth.

The S&P BSE Sensex gained 0.96 percent to end the week at 39,140.28 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index rose 0.94 percent to close at 11,752.80. The benchmarks also clocked fresh intra-day highs during the period.

Weekly Wrap: Sensex, Nifty Resume Gains Amid Polls, Global Slowdown

“Despite the Nifty’s gains during the truncated week, most Asian markets ended in negative as Japanese manufacturing activity contracted,” said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research at HDFC Securities. “New export orders fell at the fastest pace in almost three years, signalling slow global demand remains a major pressure point,” he said in a statement.

Jimeet Modi, founder and chief executive officer at SAMCO Securities, said markets were expected to remain subdued and under pressure at least till the election season is over. The volatility, however, will continue to remain on the higher side due to “knee-jerk reactions” of the ongoing earnings season, Modi said in a separate statement.

The Nifty 50 is currently in an unchartered territory and touched a new high of 11,856. Charts indicate that previous resistance levels have formed a new support for the Nifty at levels of 11,730 and if markets continue to weaken further, it means that there will be failure to go above the new high attained. Hence, traders must book profits in over-bought counters and not initiate any fresh longs at the current moment.
Jimeet Modi, Founder And CEO, SAMCO Securities

How The Broader Market Performed

The NSE Nifty 500 Index gained 0.66 percent during the week, led by gains in PC Jeweller Ltd. and Adani Green Energy Ltd.

Sectoral Performance

Seven of the 11 sectoral gauges compiled by the National Stock Exchange advanced during the week, led by a 2.2 percent gain in the NSE Nifty Auto Index. On the other hand, the NSE Nifty PSU Bank Index was the top loser, down 2.7 percent.

How The Rupee Fared

The Indian rupee ended higher against the U.S. dollar for the second straight week. The domestic unit gained 0.10 percent to close at 69.35 against the greenback, becoming the Asia’s second-best currency.

(as of 6:40 p.m. on April 18)

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