Commuters walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai. Reuters
The Indian equity markets is set to face another volatile week ahead, as the ongoing flight of foreign funds is expected to continue on the back of latest taxation surcharge on the super rich category along with subdued quarterly earning numbers.
Strong gains by index major Infosys and Sun Pharma aided the Sensex in advancing over 160 points on Monday. Infosys hit its all-time high level with 7.2 per cent gain on the back of strong numbers in its quarterly results
Looking like the last day of the losing streak for the markets, Thursday’s trading session, however, proved no different that the developments over the past five days.
The contribution of core digital sectors like information technology-business process management (IT-BPM), digital communications, and electronics manufacturing to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may increase from seven per cent in 2017-18 to eight to 10 per cent in 2025, says a new report from McKinsey Global Institute.
Sterling fell 0.51% to $1.2751 against the dollar, the lowest level since July 24 while the pound was down 0.25% against the European common currency at 92 pence.
Spot gold fell 0.9% to $1,895.38 per ounce by 0738 GMT. Prices fell more than 3% to $1,882.70 on Monday, the lowest level since Aug. 12. US gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,900.20 on Tuesday.
Stocks sold off on Monday and the currency market saw "risk-off" moves, with the dollar index climbing to its highest in six-weeks.
Brent crude futures edged 3 cents, or 0.1%, lower to $41.41 a barrel at 0637 GMT, reversing earlier small gains. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for October, due to expire on Tuesday, slipped 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $39.27 a barrel. The more active November contract shed 3 cents, or 0.1%, to $39.51.