Monday, May 20, 2013

Market downtrends, Infosys tax issues!

Investors in India are well aware of the positive and negative surprises of the volatile market. After four days of consecutive rise, indices of both the Indian bourses fell from near two and half year high. While the sensex fell 62.14 points (0.31 percent) to end at 20,223.98, the Nifty fell 30.40 points (0.49 percent) to end at 6,156.90.

Among the major losers were banks led by ICICI Bank; profit booking of rate sensitive stocks led to the fall. Drug makers were equally hit with the government’s announcement of a new drug pricing policy, directed towards increasing the number of drugs (subject to price caps) considered essential.

On the other hand, Infosys Ltd is creating news related to tax issues. The country’s second largest software services provider is all geared up to challenge the Indian income tax authorities of their raising of a tax demand of 5.77 billion rupees earlier this month.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The big market downtrend and inflation slowdown!

Delivering surprises are but humdrum affairs for both the indices of the Indian bourses. A positive sentiment pervaded across the Indian market when the sensex crossed the 20,000 mark. And then, it declined 2.14 percent to end at 19,691.67 today. The Nifty exhibited a similar downtrend, falling 2.08 percent to end at 5,980.45.

The biggest loser was ITC Ltd. that slumped by 5.2 percent on profit booking. Amid other major losers is TCS, falling by 2.6 percent on continued apprehension about a US immigration bill. It was indeed a panicky situation for investors and stock brokers alike.

Meanwhile, another breaking market news is CPI data or India's annual consumer price inflation slowing to 9.39 percent for the second straight month in April. While food prices mounted an annual 10.61 percent in April against 10.61 percent in March, consumer prices went up 10.39 percent in March. Inflation recorded in April eased to 5.50 percent, its lowest level since November 2009.