2. January 2014 - A roller coaster ride The first month of 2014 has been a roller coaster ride for Dalal Street, on the back of international as well as domestic factors.
3. Sensex & Nifty The BSE Sensex fell below the 20,000-levels in the first ten days of the month, before hitting a new life-time high later in the month. However, the rally did not sustain and the benchmark index ended the month near 20,500-levels. The NSE Nifty too ended up 3.45% lower.
4. Foreign Investments For the first time in many months, foreign investors put more money in debt instruments than the equity market. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought $2.061 billion (Rs 1260.86 crore) in the debt market and $124 million (Rs 71.43 crore) in equities.
5. Quarterly Results The key factor that moved markets were the December quarter earnings announcement by companies. While the results of most Sensex companies met Street expectations, financial performance has been weighed down by an increase in costs and poor demand. However, a few laggards like ICICI Bank and Maruti Suzuki worried investors about the prospects for the banking and auto sectors.
6. RBI: Monetary Policy Review Another key factor was the surprise move by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to hike interest rates in its monetary policy review citing high inflation.
7. International Developments The US central bank Federal Reserve finally cut down its bondpurchase programme by $10 billion. This put pressure on markets worldwide. Worries about a slowdown in China and the fall in emerging market currencies like Argentina and Turkey too influenced global markets. This, in turn, pulled down markets back home. However, India was relatively less affected by the weak global cues.
8. Government Meanwhile, the government announced a cut in LPG prices. Any such measures which would increase the governments fiscal burden would be closely monitored ahead of the general elections.
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