Benchmark indices saw another spectacular run, with the Nifty breaching the 10,000 points with ease this week. The indices gained more than 6 per cent for the week and may see even higher levels when trading resumes on Monday.
The US markets soared on Friday, after an unexpected surge in U.S. jobs raised hope that the economy is starting to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the tech heavy NASDAQ jumped in trade and hit a new record high. The Dow was up 6.8% for the week, while the S&P 500 gained 4.9% and the Nasdaq Composite was up 3.4%.
This means that the Indian markets would now react on Monday and it's highly possible that we could see some fresh buying support. The rally in all probability would be led by banking stocks.
Record covid 19 cases a concern
The record number of Covid 19 cases is a matter of concern. In fact, India is seeing Covid 19 cases, hitting new highs everyday. India now has the sixth largest infections in the world and on Saturday, infections totalled nearly 10,000 cases. This might have some bearing on the markets in the coming days.
While European countries and the US are witnessing negligible amount of cases, India is witnessing a steady rise. If the trend continues it might be a dampener for the markets.
Results season almost over
The results season is now almost over. State Bank of India one of the last of the bigwigs to declare its results, reported a good set of numbers, which beat expectations. This might lead to some positive momentum further on Monday in banking stocks.
At the moment, it looks clear that the trend is positive and it is unlikely that the same would be broken. Investors who are looking of holding stocks for a period of 3-5 years are likely to benefit. While corporate results would be bad for FY 2020-21, there could be solid growth in 2021-22, which should augur well for those willing to hold onto shares for a couple of years.
In the next few weeks, global cues would assume significance. The world markets are also seeing a strong rally, especially the European markets. In fact, the German markets are just a few per centage points away from hitting record highs.
The global momentum is also unlikely to change anytime soon. As for those who missed the strong rally, it would be advisable to buy on dips.