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Equity markets surged higher
Equity Market Outlook
Equity market indices surged higher on the back of a resounding victory for the ruling party in the key state elections, combined with strong FII
inflows. BSE Sensex and NSE CNX Nifty traded strong during the month and were up 3.1% & 3.3% respectively, while the mid and small cap
indices outperformed the large cap indices for the third month running. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were up 4% and 5.4% respectively
during the month.
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory in the assembly elections for the key state of Uttar Pradesh, an outcome that was keenly
followed by the market participants. BJP and its allies formed governments in 4 out of 5 states that went to polls during this assembly election
Goods and Services Tax (GST) is now closer to reality with the Lok Sabha approving four supplementary legislations, though clarity on thefinal products classification under the four different tax slabs is still awaited. As part of finalising the operational aspects, the GST Counciltentatively approved four sets of rules on aspects like invoice and payment apart from the five sets of rules approved earlier. The governmentis working with an implementation date of 01 July 2017.
It was a strong month on the Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) flows front with about USD 5.14 bn of net inflows, recording a 77- month highon the monthly net inflows figure. The YTD net inflows from the FII segment now stands at an impressive figure of about USD 6.69 bn. Therewas a reversal in the net inflows trend from the Domestic Institutional Investors (DII) segment though, as they turned net sellers after 6consecutive months of net inflows.
The INR saw further appreciation versus the USD (up 2.8% MoM) and closed at 64.85 to the USD, a level last seen during Oct / Nov 2015period. From the recent peak levels seen during Nov 2016, the INR has seen an appreciation of about 6%.
FII segment saw substantial net inflows, registering a multi-year high on the monthly inflows during March 2017. FIIs net bought equities
worth about USD 5.14 bn during the month and this has taken their YTD tally to about USD 6.69 bn of net inflows. The Domestic Institutional
Investors (DIIs) on the other hand continued to see a similar trend of net inflows from MFs and outflows from the Insurers. However, the net
inflows trend seen from the DIIs reversed after 6 months and the segment saw net outflows to the tune of about USD 654 mn, as the domestic
insurers saw net outflows of about USD 1.3 bn. The MFs on the other hand saw net inflows of about USD 651 mn for the month. On YTD basis,
MF segment has seen net inflows of about USD 1.72 bn, while the insurance segment has seen net outflows to the tune of about USD 1.54
On expected lines, the US federal reserve in its March meeting decided on a 25 bps rate hike, that took the federal funds rate range between
0.75% - 1%. This was the third rate hike since December 2015 and signals from the meeting suggested that there could be two more rate
hikes in 2017. March saw global equities edge higher for a fifth straight month with the MSCI AC World Index rising by 0.8% (this index is up
5.9% on YTD basis), supported by a continuation of upbeat economic data releases, and a slightly more dovish tone from the March Federal
Reserve meeting than expected. Within Developed Markets, US equities traded flat during the month, on the back of the uncertainty over the
policy outlook under the new administration, as well as lower oil prices due to renewed supply glut concerns. Lack of clarity in the US policy
also pushed the US dollar lower against most major currencies.
Global Economic Scenario
Institutional Fund Flows
After a strong performance during the first quarter of the calendar year, equity markets are currently trading slightly above the historicalaverages. The BSE Sensex has gained an impressive 11.2% on a CYTD basis, while the Nifty has moved up by 12.1% for the same period.Both BSE Midcap & Smallcap indices have outperformed the market indices and are up 17.2% & 19.8% respectively for the Jan-Mar 2017quarter. Looking ahead, the key factors to consider would be the GST implementation timeline, the progress of the monsoon (there has beena prediction of a below normal monsoon this year by a private agency) and how the 4QFY17 earnings season will pan out given that themarkets are currently trading slightly above the historical averages.
Moving into FY 2018, we expect a continuation of the economic recovery process domestically, led by better margins due to lower input andinterest costs and followed by a volume recovery. Government led investment spending and urban consumption are likely to lead with privatesector investments and rural consumption contributing later. On the policy front, Government has done its fair bit to improve the investmentenvironment and the GST, a mega tax reform is now closer to reality. The ruling party at the centre has done well in the recent state assemblyelections, especially in the key state of Uttar Pradesh and this is likely to provide it with the political capital to pursue and implement economicreforms more aggressively. Risks are in the form of market valuations trending above historical averages and the chances of a deficientrainfall during this monsoon season. External news flow would also influence market performance in the near term, as the recent rally in themarkets was supported by strong FII inflows.
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Source: Bloomberg; Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
Sensex Nifty BSE200 BSE500 BSE
Indices Performance - Mar 2017
Index of Industrial Production (IIP)
IIP YoY Growth (New Series; base 2004- 05)
Economic Events and Data
Index Of Industrial Production (IIP)
RBI Policy Status Quo; policy corridor narrowed
While RBI retained the policy rate (Repo rate) at 6.25% with a neutral stance, the main action was narrowing the policy corridor to +/- 25bp
from +/- 50 bps on the consideration that this would bring the overnight rates closer to policy rate. Recent surplus liquidity situation has
resulted in overnight rates being materially below the call rates. Liquidity is expected to be managed with a mix of various instruments such as
reverse repos, term repos, Open Market Operations (OMOs) and Cash Management Bills (CMBs). Policy action has been driven by
persistently higher core Consumer Price Index (CPI) with upside risks driven by El Nino, impact of 7th Pay commission, loan waivers and
commodity prices and gradual closing of output gap with economic growth.
IIP - India - IIP grew by 2.7% in January versus the previous reading of -0.4% reconfirming the transitory impact of demonetisation. This is
primarily lead by capital goods and consumer durables production. Capital goods saw a growth of 11.2% in January and consumer durables
also bounced back to a growth of 8.1% MoM.
Marginal increase in CPI inflation, demonetisation impact on veg prices continues
CPI - India
Trade deficit Narrows driven by exports
- CPI accelerated to 3.65% as compared to 3.2% seen in January. The increase is contributed by sugar and fruits. Vegetables
inflation seems to have bottomed. Commodity prices have also contributed to higher inflation. Core inflation is marginally lower to 4.75% as
compared to 4.9% in the previous months.
- WPI accelerated to 6.55% as compared to 5.2% in January. The pickup is broad based across all components. Food inflation
was led by fruits and vegetables indica