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Weekly Market Update - 12 Nov to 15 Nov 2013

Posted on the 09 November 2013 by Rupyagyan @RupyaGyan
The pre-diwali highs reached by the markets seemed unsustainable as the markets were on the negative side for four days straight. Profit booking coupled with low volumes on some days were to blame for the continuous negative streak this week. The highlights of the week are :
  • HSBC manufacturing PMI for October 2013 stays at 49.6pts. Same as September.
  • RBI moves part of OMC forex demand to the markets. 
  • Markets decline on news of better than expected US economic growth. Fears of taper return.
  • S&P maintains long term BBB- and short term A-3 rating for India. 
There were a couple of factors which led to the negative performance in the markets. At the beginning of the week itself, there were indications that the RBI may move part of OMC forex demand to the markets and start the process of unwinding of the swap window which was put in place to stabilise the rupee. This itself led to some depreciation of the rupee. Later in the week it was confirmed that about 30% to 40% of the forex demand of OMCs have been moved to the market.
Adding to speculation about the volatility that the huge OMC demand for dollars will induce in the markets, were reports of better than expected US economic data which led to fears that the QE tapering may start soon. India followed other emerging market economies to react negatively to this news.
In other developments, the HSBC manufacturing PMI for October 2013 remained at 49.6pts which still signals contraction in the economy. A score of 50 divides growth from contraction. The services sector PMI saw a marginal growth to 47.1pts which also was still indicating contraction.
The rating agency, S&P has announced that it is maintaining a long term rating of BBB- and short term rating of A-3 for now on the back of good forex reserves, low debt and a largely free-floating exchange rate. This obviously has given some relief to economists and the govt. for now. However, it has said that it maintains a negative outlook and if the post-poll govt. fails to improve the economic situation, the rating may be downgraded to junk status.
It seems that the next week will also see uncertain markets in the absence of any triggers and current correction will continue at-least to some extent. The only thing that is going upward for certain, it seems, is ISRO’s Mangalyaan.
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