Reuters - The BSE Sensex on Monday posted its worst monthly fall in more than two years, tracking weak global markets as anti-government protests in Egypt led to risk aversion, with inflation and rate rise fears further dampening sentiment.
Michael Johnston submits:The anti-government protests in the streets of Egypt have dominated the headlines for the last week, as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have continued to push for the resignation of their long-standing president. While the protests have been generally peaceful to this point, the demonstrations have cast an uncertain future over the north African country.
Equitymaster submits: Indian stock markets had an extremely weak session today attributed to negative global cues. The BSE-Sensex closed below the psychological 18,000 barrier for the first time since the start of the new financial year 2011-12 (FY12). The markets opened in the red and selling pressure pushed the indices well below the dotted line.
Equitymaster submits: All attempts to claw back into the positive territory during the closing hours were thwarted and consequently, the benchmark indices in the Indian stock market ended the first day of the week in the red. BSE-Sensex (ISXIF.PK) edged lower by around 140 points, also ending below 19k whereas NSE-Nifty closed around 50 points below its previous closing.
Equitymaster submits: In a weak start to the New Year, the BSE-Sensex was amongst the lowest gainers in Asia today. Metal and consumer durables stocks saw good buying interest. But, IT and auto stocks did not see much enthusiasm. The BSE Sensex closed the session higher by around 52 points (up 0.25%), whereas NSE-Nifty saw a 23 points gain (up 0.5%).
Equitymaster submits: While Indian markets maintained their winning streak today as well, this time it was the turn of FMCG stocks that led the rise. The Sensex is just a whiff (0.5%) away from the 20,000 levels. Banking stocks, which were the heroes of the previous week, performed the worst today. On the broader BSE, almost two stocks gained for every one that closed in the negative.
Equitymaster submits: After a reasonably strong start today, the Indian markets succumbed to investor anxiety about the upcoming earnings season. As the session progressed, heightened profit booking pressure on the heavyweights drew the indices closer to the dotted line. By the final hour, the selling activity pushed the BSE Sensex into the red. While the BSE Sensex closed lower by around 14 points, the NSE Nifty remained flattish (gains of around 5 points).