In the fortnight from 1st to 15th June, 2018 U.S.and
European markets gained while the Asian peers declined. Trade war concerns lingered on with fresh altercations between U.S. and
- International Market
Positive economic data gave U.S. markets a fillip, but souring trade negotiations with China kept investors on their toes. The U.S. Federal
Reserve (Fed) increased interest rates and took a hawkish stance on future rate hikes.
European markets largely remained positive after European Central Bank ECB revealed plans to wrap up its bond purchases at the end of the
Asian markets largely remained under pressure during the period except for the Japanese markets. U.S. imposed deep tariffs on Chinese imports
and China retaliated with threats of similar measures from its side.
- Indian Market
Indian equity markets closed on a positive note during the period. Markets initially rejoiced after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
maintained its neutral stance and remained positive towards the economic growth of the country.
The banking sector lost ground with the non-performing assets problem making investors anxious. The Monetary Policy Committee raised interest
rates amid rising inflation.
A weak rupee helped the IT sector register gains and a company share buy-back decision was cheered by investors.
The consumer sector inched down during the period under review which may be attributed to profit booking in sector specific stocks.
The rupee got many reasons to gain -- upbeat economic data, new rules around foreign holding in Indian companies, and MPC retaining its
neutral stance. However, the currency lost ground over rising crude oil prices, improved U.S. retail sales, and U.S. hawkish
Source: MFI Explorer
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