Demonetization fails to dampen returns, market shows steady progress
The BSE Sensex performed remarkably this year marking a return of 17% where it oscillated between a low of 24523.20 on April 2016 and a peak of 29824.62 this year.
In the previous financial year, the Sensex had faced a plunge of 9.36 per cent, which was its worse performance in almost two decades and it saw almost 50% decline in select stocks.
Where it soared and where it faltered
The Fixed Deposit interest rate compounded yearly stood at around 7%.
In the mutual funds front the highest returning sectors were Banking at 41.30% and Infrastructure at 30.17%
The Indian Sensex, it appears is running at tandem with the Chinese market, with Hang Seng index also showing return of 17%.
Gainers, losers and all added together
The top gainer of the market was Maruti Suzuki which saw a steep rise of 59.70% while Sun Pharma stood as the biggest laggard (down 15.33%).
In a general overview of the BSE Sensex top 30 chart, around 22 stocks made advances this year whereas 8 stocks showed a marked decline.
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Demonetization,however, altered investing patterns
However, due to cash crunch sectors such as real estate and gold slumped.
It should be noted here that real estate and gold are traditionally the investments that were allegedly used to stash ill-gotten wealth.
Physical cash to cashless, it's not a very bumpy ride
Demonetization, so far, has had a limited effect on the Indian economy and economists are of the belief that the same momentum can be maintained in FY18.
As India goes cashless and corporate earnings recover from a period of sluggish activity, earnings of blue chip companies are anticipated to mark a turnaround and help the valuation of their stocks.
Word of caution to the investors
There is, however, caution in the wind on how the GST will affect the market post July. While GST is probably one of the biggest tax reforms in the country, there are fears that improper execution could stunt economic growth.
In the global front, policies taken by the Trump administration, on how the Brexit move pans out will also have a say on economy.
Monsoon may yet play havoc on the economy
One more reason to be wary is the arrival of monsoon. Private sector forecaster SkyMet has already given a cautious outlook for Monsoon.
Rain or the lack of it will have a major effect on inflation in India, which is dependent on the 'rain god' for irrigation purposes.
Higher inflation can hurt corporate earnings for companies' dependent or strongly linked to agri-sectors.
The bull and bear market
In FY18, investors are expected to be bullish on private banks, consumer-related sectors like FMCG. On closer watch will be sectors that are affected by the mood of global markets.
At present the outlook is bearish on information technology, pharma and telecom sectors. The real estate sector, once a market darling, is still not looking up as yet.
What is with the bull and bear?
Bull-ish and Bear-ish are used often to define the stock market. It is a symbolic reference on how the particular animal attacks on its opponents. If the market is upbeat, it is a bull market; if its down, it is a bear market.
It's going to be a good year, financially
Equity markets pegged to perform well with proper capital flow via foreign investors and domestic mutual funds.
There is no major upset looming as of yet and the projections show that the market is acting steady despite demonetization.
Therefore, as for now, all predictions are betting on the Indian economy to keep and improve on the current pace and to perform well on FY18.
Sensitive index of the largest traded stocks
The word Sensex stands for sensitive index and was allegedly coined by Deepak Motwani, an analyst way back in 1989 to denote the 30 largest well established, financially sound and most actively traded stocks that represents the various industrial sectors on this platform.