In the last four sessions alone, the Sensex has lost 3.4%, but fell 0.06% so far in 2019, while the Nifty is down 1.59% in 2019. The Sensex has now fallen 10.5% from its all-time high of 40,312.07 on 3 June. The Nifty is down 11.6% from its all-time high of 12,103.05. The market value of Indian companies now stands at ₹138.54 trillion.
Analysts said the recent fall signals uneasiness among market participants looking for major steps to arrest the economic slowdown. Investors have also been concerned over slowing consumer demand and tax shortfalls. According to a PTI report, the government has missed the tax collection target by a wide margin in April-September. Against a steep 17.5% higher tax collection budgeted for the full year, the government could mop up only 4.7% more so far this year,
with the direct tax kitty growing to ₹5.50 trillion as on 17 September, up from ₹5.25 trillion a year-ago.
“The market correction is mainly due to global uncertainties, outcome of the trade war between the US and China, while the pace of rate cut by the US Federal Reserve is also likely to slow down as indicated by the central bank,” said Shibani Kurian, head-equity research, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Kurian said volatility will continue for a while, but there’s opportunity in the long term. “FIIs may look for markets with higher growth potentials. Outcome of Indian government spending may be visible in the second half of FY20, while rural consumption growth may be uplifted by good monsoon and festivals.”
Weighing on the overall sentiment was the US Fed’s commentary. The Fed’s doubts
about the need for rate cuts, highlighting recent signs of strength in the US economy, may not be good news for emerging markets like India. However, Fed chairman Jerome Powell later said if the economy weakens, they would lower rates.
The Fed has slashed interest rates by 25 bps to sustain a record-long economic expansion, but signalled a higher bar to further cuts in borrowing costs, eliciting quick rebuke from President Donald Trump. Higher interest rates in the US generally lead to outflow of foreign funds from emerging markets, considered to be riskier assets, while it may be a reversal of funds outflow to EMs in case of lower interest rates in the US.
The impact of US rate action on India would be indirect, Care Ratings said. “The monetary policy committee
would be looking at the inflation trajectory, as well as growth possibilities, when taking a call on interest rates. While the Fed rate cut and ECB’s QE would add weight to the ‘lower the interest rate’ slogan, it is more likely that it would be a domestic assessment that leads to a rate decision. Lower rates in US could at the margin would make emerging markets more attractive for foreign investors ...,” it said in a note on 19 September.
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