After an impressive surge in recent months, the Indian stock market has entered a phase of consolidation, as forecasted by financial analysts. Despite the anticipated cooling off, the overall mood in the market remains optimistic.
Date: Aug 01, 2023
Place: New Delhi, India
In the trading session on August 1, the Indian equity market exhibited a flat performance. The benchmark indices – the Sensex and the Nifty – were down by 58.15 points (0.09 percent) and 21.10 points (0.11 percent) respectively, resting at 66,469.52 and 19,732.70 points. The narrow fluctuation of these indices underscores the cautious mood of investors who are thought to be securing some of their profits following the recent bullish trend.
Analysts have suggested that this deceleration was largely expected. The market’s relative tranquility today occurred despite encouraging signals from global markets, indicating that domestic factors are driving current investor behavior.
Still, the overall positive sentiment remained. This is supported by the fact that more stocks advanced than declined, with 1,893 shares climbing, 1,180 falling, and 138 remaining static.
Prashanth Tapse, Senior VP (Research) at Mehta Equities, pointed out that the key drivers of this persistent optimism include potential economic stimulus in China and the increasing likelihood of a soft landing for the US economy.
However, market watchers agree that solid confirmation of continued market strength would require the Nifty to close above the 19,887 mark. Meanwhile, the Bank Nifty’s major inter-week obstacle stands at the 46,370 mark.
Coal India led the gains among Nifty 50 companies, surging about 5 percent due to a rise in coal demand and production in July. NTPC, Tech Mahindra, and Eicher Motors also made significant gains. M&M shares rose nearly 2 percent following the announcement of the company’s plans to set up an electric vehicle battery testing facility and a crash test facility in Tamil Nadu.
Some notable market activity was seen in the auto sector following the release of July’s monthly sales figures. UPL, India Pesticides, and Power Grid shares took a hit due to poor quarterly performance. Conversely, Go Fashion, Bosch, HG Infra, and Butterfly Gandhimathi shares surged on the back of their strong Q1 reports.
Sector-wise, banks, energy, and infrastructures were muted, while information technology, pharmaceuticals, and automobile stocks experienced minor upticks.
Within the broader market, smaller companies outperformed their larger counterparts. The Nifty Smallcap 100 index rose by 0.8 percent, while the Nifty Midcap 100 made a marginal gain of 0.1 percent.
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Source- Mint, Money Control, Financial Express