Bulls stage Rs 17 trn recovery as worries about NDA forming govt ease

English | 06 June, 2024 | 09:49 AM
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The benchmark indices on Wednesday recouped over half the losses they suffered on the Lok Sabha election results day, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s coalition partners reasserted their support for the next government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The equity markets also benefited from bargain-hunting and short-covering following a tumultuous Tuesday. The Nifty 50 closed the session at 22,620, marking a gain of 736 points, or 3.4 per cent. This was the biggest single-day gain since February 1, 2021. The Sensex, meanwhile, ended the session at 74,382, surging by 2,303 points or 3.2 per cent. This uptick was the Sensex’s best single-day gain since the exit polls suggested that the BJP would secure a comfortable majority.

The latest rebound helped a recovery of over Rs 13.2 trillion in market capitalisation, following the worst-ever Rs 31 trillion rout seen a day earlier.

The Sensex and the Nifty 50 had previously crashed by 6 per cent on Tuesday after the BJP, on its own, failed to cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in the Lok Sabha. The India Vix, a measure of market volatility, fell 29.4 per cent to 18.8 on Tuesday after recording its highest single-day rise in two years in a previous session.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) continued to be net sellers, offloading shares worth Rs 5,656 crore, while domestic institutions seized the opportunity to buy shares, acquiring stocks worth Rs 4,555 crore. This dynamic between FPIs and domestic institutions is a key factor in the market's performance and reflects the current sentiment among these investor groups. Market players attributed this choppiness to uncertainty surrou­n­­­ding the election results and government formation. They suggested the volatility would subside if there were no further negative surprises regarding the continuity of Modi as prime minister.

On Wednesday, during a National Democratic Alliance meeting, all BJP allies, including the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Janata Dal (United), pledged their support for forming the new government.  This helped to alleviate investor concerns about the continuity of the regime.

However, concerns about the government’s ability to enact politically challenging reform measures continue to weigh on investors’ minds. Sunil Thirumalai, executive director, GEM Equity Strategist at UBS, wrote: “While political stability should help ensure continuity in policy agenda, we see the risk of populist bias in the third term (targeted towards lower-income strata) and change in economic policy dynamics with tougher reforms getting pushed further out.”

Market analysts have suggested that the election verdict could lead to a re-evaluation of investment strategies, particularly towards certain stocks in capital goods, electric utilities, and PSUs. This shift in focus could potentially reshape the investment landscape in these sectors.

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