Market may open positive on strong Asian markets

KS Badri Narayanan Chennai | Updated on April 13, 2021

‘The second wave of Covid 19 could jeopardise India’s economic revival and the overall impact will have to be ascertained’

After a Black Monday, markets are expected to be cautious even as the SGX Nifty point to a gap-up opening on Tuesday. Weak economy data and rising number of Covid-19 cases will keep the market in a range, said analysts.

The Index for Industrial production (IIP) contracted 3.6 per cent in February while consumer price index or retail inflation rose to 5.52 per cent in March.

Also read: Asian markets cautious ahead of US earnings and inflation data

The SGX Nifty is currently ruling at 14,403 (8 am IST) against Nifty Futures’ close of 14,343.25, signalling a 60-point gap-up opening. While the US markets closed weak overnight, most Asian markets are up almost 1 per cent in early trade on Tuesday.

“IIP contracted further in February 2021 in line with the weakening of some other leading indicators in the last few months. The economic indicators of the last few months are being watched very carefully to see at what level India’s growth momentum is sustained, after the pent-up demand is taken care of. The second wave of Covid 19 could jeopardise India’s economic revival and the overall impact will have to be ascertained,” said Rajani Sinha, Chief Economist & National Director – Research, Knight Frank India.

Inflation surged expectedly in March 21 with the headline print coming in at 5.52 per cent after 5.03 per cent in February 21. The expected surge in inflation was due to an unfavourable base effect, albeit with a milder sequential increase, led by core inflation, said Emkay Global Research.

Mohit Ralhan, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, TIW Private Equity, said: “The Indian equity market has been under pressure after hitting an all-time high in mid-February. The short-term sentiments have got dampened due to rise in Covid-19 cases and expectation of a further lockdown. This is the start of the earnings season and the market will take future direction from the earnings announcements. Most of the companies are likely to have a positive commentary FY22, which should help the market to bounce back.”

Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities, said while sentimentally there is little to expect in terms of bounces, some positive news on the Covid-19 or on its vaccination front could provide a respite, howsoever temporary.

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Published on April 13, 2021

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