Indian Stock Market Wrap: Interim Budget Effect, Nifty And Sensex Traded Flat

Indian stock market

February 1, 2023

New Delhi, India

Stock Market Highlights

The Indian stock market witnessed fluctuations post the announcement of the Interim Budget for the financial year 2024/25, with the Sensex and Nifty displaying volatility. Global markets, particularly in Asia, faced challenges following a late drop in Wall Street. Key players such as Paytm and Adani Ports experienced notable shifts.

Volatility in Domestic Markets:

Losses in banking sectors weighed heavily on the Sensex and Nifty, causing both indices to turn volatile. Paytm shares plummeted by 20% after the Reserve Bank of India imposed restrictions on its payments bank. Read more

Both the indices Sensex and Nifty closed at respectively 71,645.30 down −106.81 

Sectoral Trends and Top Performers: Maruti Suzuki, Power Grid Corporation, Cipla, and SBI Life Insurance emerged as top gainers, while L&T, Dr Reddy’s Labs, ONGC, Grasim Industries, and UltraTech Cement faced losses. Insurance companies, including SBI Life, HDFC Life, and ICICI Lombard, reported strong earnings for Q3, leading to positive market reactions.

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Global Economic Indicators:

Asian shares faltered amid uncertainties, fueled by concerns over the timeline for US interest rate cuts. The US market experienced a decline after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell suggested a delay in rate cuts, impacting the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq.

Oil Prices and Economic Signals: Global oil prices climbed, supported by the Federal Reserve’s signals of potential rate cuts. Additionally, China’s measures to support its property market contributed to the positive trend. Brent and WTI oil futures remained stable.

Corporate Earnings Highlights: Dr Lal PathLabs reported a robust 54% YoY increase in net profit for Q3, with a 10% rise in revenue. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone posted a remarkable 68% surge in consolidated net profit for the October-December quarter, driven by increased cargo volumes.

Government Focus on Infrastructure: The Indian government’s budget for FY25 prioritizes rapid infrastructure growth, particularly in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, with increased capital expenditure allocations.

Also Read: India’s Interim Budget 2024: Fiscal Discipline, Social Welfare, and Digital Access

Conclusion: The Indian stock market responds dynamically to domestic and global influences, with a mix of sector-specific performances. Investors navigate uncertainties as they monitor government policies, corporate earnings, and global economic trends.


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