Indian market indices Sensex and Nifty continued to remain under pressure for the second day on fears that surging oil prices could impact economic recovery. At day’s lows, the Sensex fell over 700 points to 36,419 while Nifty slumped below 10,800. The Indian rupee also extended losses today, falling to 71.97 against the US dollar. Banking, auto, metal and IT stocks led the losses in Indian markets today. Market volatility India VIX, which is commonly known as fear gauge, surged 7% to 15.99. At the close, Sensex settled at 36,481, down 642 points, while Nifty ended 1.7% lower at 10,817.
Here are 10 updates from India’s stock markets:
1) Hero MotoCorp slumped 6.2%, Tata Motors 5%, Axis Bank 4.8%, Tata Steel 4.6%, Maruti Suzuki 4.4%, SBI 3.7%, and Bajaj Auto 3.4%. HDFC, M&M, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank fell between 2% and 3%.
2) Analysts say that a jump in oil prices could hurt the recovery in the economy after GDP growth for the June quarter fell to a six-year low of 5%.
3) India’s current account and fiscal deficit could take a hit if oil prices continue to rise after the attack, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das had said on Monday.
4) Oil prices remained near 4-month highs today with the market remaining on tenterhooks over the threat of a military response to attacks on Saudi Arabian crude oil facilities that halved the kingdom’s output and prompted a price spike. Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter and has been the supplier of last resort for decades.
5) On Monday, the oil prices surged nearly 20% in intraday trading in response to the attacks, the biggest jump in almost 30 years.
6) “The sharp surge in crude oil prices has definitely impacted sentiments as it has an adverse impact on Indian economy. Going forward, investors would keep a close watch on geo-political developments as any further escalation could take oil prices even higher and it would be detrimental for Indian markets and economy,” said Ajit Mishra vice president for research at Religare Broking.
7) Also on the radar is US Fed’s policy announcement tomorrow. However, Mishra says that commentary on growth and rate outlook would be a key factor to watch out for. On the domestic front, he adds, the recent announcements of new measures to boost economy are positive, but the expectations of GST rate cut are high, especially for the auto sector.
8) “The GST meet is scheduled on September 20. Hence, given the current scenario, we expect the markets would remain volatile in the near term,” he added.
9) Oil marketers BPCL, Indian Oil and HPCL extended losses to a second day, shedding 2.5% to 4%.
10) Trading companies MMTC Ltd plunged 17% and State Trading Corporation of India Ltd tanked 20% today after trade minister Piyush Goyal today said the government will shut down state-owned trading companies such as State Trading Corporation (STC), Project and Equipment Corporation (PEC) and MMTC one by one as “the government has no business of remaining in such businesses”.