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Weekly Musings – Index performance for week ended April 12, 2024

14 Apr 2024 , 07:15 PM


The massive sell-off on Friday was somewhat surprising considering that the data flows were positive and even the FPIs were net buyers in the week to the tune of $1,641 Million in Indian equities. The Friday sell-off was so sharp that it wiped out the entire gains of the week, leading to the Nifty and Sensex closing virtually flat for the week. Here are 3 things to note about the stock market performance in the week.

  1. The late sell-off was caused by the spike in the US bond yields and the dollar index. In fact, the dollar index spiked above 106 levels, which led to concerns that emerging market currencies may weaken sharply. In addition, the US markets were getting reconciled to the reality that rate cuts in the US may only start around September, with even the doves like Neil Kashkari of the US Fed starting to sound very hawkish.
  2. One thing that stood was that while the mainline indices like the Nifty and Sensex corrected sharply on Friday, the small cap and mid-cap indices managed to close the week with reasonable gains. In terms of sectoral performance, oil & gas and autos flattered while IT an FMCG were under pressure. Banks closed the week flat.

The next big thing to watch is whether FPI inflows sustain in the coming week and if fresh allocations to India are positive.


The coming week has some key data points to watch out for. Here are 5 data points that will be closely tracked by the markets in the coming week.

  • The India trade data will be of interest. Once again, the services trade surplus is expected to offset the merchandise trad deficit. If that is the case, then India may be headed for current account deficit (CAD) at under 1% of GDP for FY24. That would be a big positive boost for the equity markets.
  • RBI will announce the minutes of the MPC meeting on Friday. While the undertone is likely to remain ambivalent on the rates front, the markets would be more interested to know the commentary of the MPC members on growth and inflation.
  • The dollar index had spooked the markets in the previous week and that would be the key factor to watch out for in the coming week. It is already at above 106, and close to 107 levels, which has been crossed only thrice in the past.
  • The week will be of interest for the progress on the quarterly results. Last week, TCS saw profits beating expectations but revenues falling short. The coming week will see more results that will set the tone for the market direction and the valuation tone.
  • Crude oil prices have stabilized around $90/bbl, but the situation in the Middle East and West Asia is extremely volatile. If the unrest spreads to the Arab peninsula and to the strait of Hormuz, the impact on crude oil prices would be rather pronounced.

Apart from the above, the next week will also track the FPI flows, fresh allocations as well as the wholesale inflation data.


The table captures the movement of the BSE SENSEX 30 for the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Open High Low Close
12-Apr-24 74,889.64 74,951.88 74,189.31 74,244.90
11-Apr-24 74,953.96 75,105.14 74,807.55 75,038.15
10-Apr-24 74,953.96 75,105.14 74,807.55 75,038.15
09-Apr-24 75,124.28 75,124.28 74,603.37 74,683.70
08-Apr-24 74,555.44 74,869.30 74,410.07 74,742.50
05-Apr-24 74,287.02 74,361.11 73,946.92 74,248.22
  Weekly Returns +0.00%

Data Source: BSE

Sensex closed just 2 points higher. You can say it was an absolutely flat close. Sensex touched a high of 75,124, but closed the week at 74,245 levels after the sharp sell-off on Friday. The Sensex did cross the 75,000 mark on 2 out of the 4 trading sessions during the week. Overall, Sensex gained just 2 points this week, with most of the gains offset on Friday. The real action on the BSE was on the smaller stocks, not on the Sensex stocks.


The table captures the movement of Nifty 50 index in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 22,677.40 22,726.45 22,503.75 22,519.40
11-Apr-24 22,720.25 22,775.70 22,673.70 22,753.80
10-Apr-24 22,720.25 22,775.70 22,673.70 22,753.80
09-Apr-24 22,765.10 22,768.40 22,612.25 22,642.75
08-Apr-24 22,578.35 22,697.30 22,550.35 22,666.30
05-Apr-24 22,486.40 22,537.60 22,427.60 22,513.70
  Weekly Returns +0.03%

Data Source: NSE

Nifty closed the week with gains of just 6 points, despite FPIs net buying $1,641 Million in equities during the week. FPI inflows in the current week were twice the outflows in the previous 3 weeks. In terms of sectoral show; oil & gas and IT showed smart gains, while IT and FMCG were under pressure. However, with VIX at the level of 11.5, the risks are not too high and it remains a buy on dips market. Q4 results will hold the key to Nifty journey.


The table captures the movement of Nifty Next 50 for the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 63,377.30 63,735.35 62,987.60 63,067.85
11-Apr-24 63,030.90 63,460.85 63,020.10 63,325.45
10-Apr-24 63,030.90 63,460.85 63,020.10 63,325.45
09-Apr-24 63,240.00 63,256.50 62,500.15 62,794.05
08-Apr-24 63,097.50 63,242.85 62,861.35 62,993.60
05-Apr-24 62,209.65 62,734.75 62,019.30 62,696.10
  Weekly Returns +0.59%

Data Source: NSE

The Nifty Next 50 is positioned somewhere between Nifty and the smaller stocks. In a market where Nifty is more about Beta and smaller stocks are about risky alpha, Nifty Next-50 offers the perfect middle path. This week, the index gained +0.59%. The Nifty Next 50 is the list of 50 companies with potential to become Nifty companies in the near future. During the week, Nifty Next-50 touched a high of 63,735 levels but closed at 63,068; largely due to the sharp Friday sell-off. The Next 50 gained 372 points during the week.


The table captures the movement of Nifty Mid-Cap 100 in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 50,339.20 50,590.20 50,022.05 50,067.55
11-Apr-24 50,075.40 50,443.15 49,963.20 50,380.40
10-Apr-24 50,075.40 50,443.15 49,963.20 50,380.40
09-Apr-24 50,279.10 50,309.60 49,744.15 49,894.70
08-Apr-24 50,355.55 50,361.05 49,760.25 50,041.40
05-Apr-24 49,791.75 50,058.55 49,678.75 50,022.85
  Weekly Returns +0.09%

Data Source: NSE

In the last few weeks, the Nifty Mid-Cap 100 had shown smart gains and recovered from the tax farming sell-off in March. However, in the latest week, the mid-cap index gained just about 45 points, but managed to close the week above the 50,000 mark. In the light of the frenetic gains in mid-caps in the last 3 weeks, this week may be called relatively tepid. Mid-cap stocks also tend to be vulnerable to high crude prices and volatility in the USDINR, and that is likely to be an overhang on the mid-sized stocks in the coming weeks.


The table captures movement of Nifty Small Cap 100 in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 16,562.45 16,653.30 16,473.95 16,496.40
11-Apr-24 16,500.05 16,593.10 16,403.75 16,571.40
10-Apr-24 16,500.05 16,593.10 16,403.75 16,571.40
09-Apr-24 16,508.60 16,556.75 16,357.45 16,451.90
08-Apr-24 16,466.80 16,485.60 16,360.25 16,407.05
05-Apr-24 16,229.25 16,375.55 16,171.05 16,355.35
  Weekly Returns +0.86%

Data Source: NSE

The small cap index rallied for the fourth week in a row. It seems to have put the devils of March behind. After gaining around 10% in the last 3 weeks, the small cap index added another 86 bps to its rally. With this rally, the small cap index has recouped most of its losses in the last two months of fiscal year 2024. While valuation concerns remain on small cap stocks, the retail interest continues to be in these stocks. With massive financialization of savings, the preference for small caps is here to stay.


The table below captures the movement of BANKNIFTY in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 48,671.20 48,882.65 48,477.55 48,564.55
11-Apr-24 48,879.55 49,057.40 48,669.25 48,986.60
10-Apr-24 48,879.55 49,057.40 48,669.25 48,986.60
09-Apr-24 48,810.80 48,960.75 48,568.25 48,730.55
08-Apr-24 48,586.75 48,716.95 48,424.65 48,581.70
05-Apr-24 48,104.65 48,557.40 47,894.50 48,493.05
  Weekly Returns +0.15%

Data Source: NSE

After the stellar gains of 2.9% returns in the previous week on the Bank Nifty, the current week was a lot more subdued with just 15 bps rise in the week. Like the Nifty and the Sensex, the Bank Nifty also saw a sharp sell-off on Friday after Fed looked very likely to delay rate cuts to September 2024. The one concern for banks has been the rapid growth in the C/D ratio, which means they may have to offer higher rates on deposits.


The table captures the movement of Nifty IT index in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 35,222.55 35,363.60 34,980.85 35,018.10
11-Apr-24 35,191.15 35,350.60 34,952.25 35,293.15
10-Apr-24 35,191.15 35,350.60 34,952.25 35,293.15
09-Apr-24 35,241.90 35,568.80 35,002.80 35,079.35
08-Apr-24 35,381.00 35,429.95 35,018.60 35,064.15
05-Apr-24 35,331.80 35,371.10 35,146.50 35,247.90
  Weekly Returns -0.65%

Data Source: NSE

The IT index has been volatile in the last few weeks, but this week it again came under pressure and gave up 65 bps for the week. The sell-off in IT stocks came after the tepid guidance by Accenture. However, with TCS giving out good numbers, the true picture of IT companies will be out with the Q4 results. One must not forget that that Indian IT industry has a natural advantage of flexibility, adaptability, and pricing over global peers. However, there are concerns that IT spending could take a hit in 2024.


The table captures the Nifty Oil & Gas index for the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 11,787.75 11,818.75 11,629.45 11,647.75
11-Apr-24 11,649.30 11,858.65 11,644.70 11,793.05
10-Apr-24 11,649.30 11,858.65 11,644.70 11,793.05
09-Apr-24 11,709.00 11,717.60 11,573.15 11,618.70
08-Apr-24 11,545.10 11,705.15 11,543.30 11,670.50
05-Apr-24 11,466.20 11,538.00 11,371.35 11,503.65
  Weekly Returns +1.25%

Data Source: NSE

Last week, oil & gas stocks were muted due to the windfall tax concerns, but that is behind now. There are concerns over oil price volatility in the Brent markets but what should favour oil stocks is that oil prices look all set to remain robust for some time now. That is likely to be positive for the upstream oil companies and for the oil refiners, which constitute the bulk of the Indian oil & gas market cap.


The table captures the movement of Nifty Auto index in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 21,985.80 22,076.20 21,834.45 21,851.30
11-Apr-24 22,081.45 22,148.85 21,920.80 21,985.15
10-Apr-24 22,081.45 22,148.85 21,920.80 21,985.15
09-Apr-24 22,185.80 22,238.25 21,921.65 21,999.35
08-Apr-24 21,662.15 22,102.05 21,642.90 22,067.95
05-Apr-24 21,597.85 21,651.35 21,539.25 21,600.90
  Weekly Returns +1.16%

Data Source: NSE

The Nifty Auto Index had gained 7% in last 3 weeks and this week it added another 116 bps of gains. Even as the US Fed has been ambivalent, the rate sensitives are hoping that the RBI may surprise with a rate cut earlier. RBI policy indicates that the RBI may not consider rate cuts till the full budget is presented in July 2024. However, the auto sector continues to stay optimistic on this front.


The table captures the movement of Nifty FMCG index in the week to April 12, 2024.

Date Low High Low Close
12-Apr-24 54,244.45 54,275.60 53,653.45 53,701.40
11-Apr-24 53,869.60 54,370.50 53,601.35 54,290.90
10-Apr-24 53,869.60 54,370.50 53,601.35 54,290.90
09-Apr-24 54,081.10 54,091.35 53,552.65 53,629.35
08-Apr-24 54,100.25 54,228.90 53,902.45 53,966.05
05-Apr-24 53,718.20 54,094.50 53,569.65 53,925.95
  Weekly Returns -0.42%

Data Source: NSE

The FMCG sector has been under consistent pressure in recent week. The latest week saw FMCG sector losing another 42 bps. FMCG may be a good defensive bet and consumption proxy, but there are concerns too. Weak rural demand and higher crude prices are playing spoilsport in the FMCG rally. With rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and West Asia, crude prices are the primary concern for FMCG stocks.

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