scorecardresearchMarket Wrap: No respite for market; Sensex falls 365 points, Nifty ends at 16,300

Market Wrap: No respite for market; Sensex falls 365 points, Nifty ends at 16,300

Updated: 09 May 2022, 04:38 PM IST
TL;DR.

  • Concerns over rate hikes are weighing on sentiment and investors fear more aggressive hikes in the coming months thanks to the soaring inflation which is expected to remain elevated primarily due to the ongoing Ukraine war.

Sensex opened 647 points down at 54,188.21 and fell 918 points in intraday trade to 53,918.02. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Sensex opened 647 points down at 54,188.21 and fell 918 points in intraday trade to 53,918.02. Photo Credit: Pixabay

There was no respite for the market from the present headwinds as the domestic equities remained under pressure on May 9, tracking weak global cues, as investors continued offloading riskier equities amid concerns over rate hikes, geopolitical tensions, dollar's rise, and lockdowns in Shanghai.

Concerns over rate hikes are weighing on sentiment and investors fear more aggressive hikes in the coming months thanks to the soaring inflation which is expected to remain elevated primarily due to the ongoing Ukraine war.

As reported by Reuters, "Ukrainian officials said heavy fighting was underway in eastern Ukraine and warned people to take cover from expected missile strikes as Moscow marked the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two."

The dollar jumped to a fresh two-decade high while the rupee fell to a fresh all-time low at 77.53 in the trade before ending 55 paise lower at 77.46 per dollar and India's 10-year bond yield rose 0.30 percent to 7.47. Crude oil benchmark Brent Crude eased but traded above the $110 a barrel mark.

Kotak Securities pointed out that the sharp jump in domestic bond yields over the past few weeks has kept the yield gap at high levels despite a moderate correction in the market.

The slowdown in China is also a major concern that is making investors nervous. Covid-led lockdowns in China have raised fears that global growth will slow down significantly this year.

Sensex opened 647 points down at 54,188.21 and fell 918 points in intraday trade to 53,918.02. The index, however, pared losses and closed 365 points, or 0.67 percent, lower at 54,470.67 with 13 stocks in the green and 17 stocks in the red.

Shares of Power Grid, HCL Tech, Infosys, Maruti and Bajaj Finserv ended as the top gainers in the Sensex index while Reliance Industries, IndusInd Bank, Nestle, Tata Steel and Tech Mahindra ended as the top laggards.

Mid and smallcaps continued underperforming as the Midcap and smallcap indices closed 1.89 percent and 1.67 percent down, respectively.

Among the sectors, utilities, power, oil & gas and energy indices fell more than 2 percent each. Telecom and teck indices rose 0.45 percent each.

"The market continued its downward rally amid lingering concerns over the weakening rupee, global interest rate hikes and tightening lockdowns in China. The relentless rise in the US dollar index owing to interest rate hikes and rising US treasury yield hammered investors' risk appetite. Strong US jobs data indicated possibilities of faster rate hikes forcing investors to opt for safe-haven assets," Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services pointed out.

"Mixed Q4 earnings are further adding to the negativity. We reiterate our view to focus on shorting opportunities on the rise until we see some sign of reversal. On the index front, support is intact at 16,000 in Nifty and the 16,550-16,650 zone would act as an immediate hurdle," said Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking.

Kotak Securities said valuations are starting to become more reasonable through a combination of price and time correction over the past seven-eight months although they are still high on an absolute basis for ‘growth’ and ’quality’ largecap and mid-cap. stocks. Valuations are quite reasonable for financials and ‘value’ stocks.

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First Published: 09 May 2022, 04:38 PM IST