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Weekly Indian Market Commentary - Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013

To say that markets were volatile would be an understatement this week. Sensex lost around 700 points in first three days and gained 600 in last two. This week highlights were new lows made by rupee and RBI turning dovish (throwing in the towel?) and attempting easing liquidity in the market after a spell of tightening measures to fight the currency decline (which didn't work of course, but RBI did claim victory!). Sensex and Nifty ended this week down 0.4% and 0.7% respectively, while CNX Midcap was down 1.6%.

Monday - Sensex down by 1.6%, Nifty down by 1.7%, Midcap down by 1.9%
Markets continue to plunge as investors voted with their feet as currency fell to its new all-time low of 62.81 vs. USD. Govt's move of clearing few investment projects worth Rs.1,100bn was unable to provide any support to the market.

Tuesday - Sensex down by 0.3%, Nifty down by 0.2%, Midcap down by 0.6%
Investors' worries seem not to be abating as any of the RBI measures have failed to stem rupee declines. So far, Indian IT and Pharma stocks have been able to save investors from full scale carnage in the markets.

Wednesday - Sensex down by 1.9%, Nifty down by 1.8%, Midcap down by 1.5%
A fresh low of 64.55 a dollar made by rupee prompted investors to even exit and book profits on their IT and Pharma stocks. RBI, in a bid to ease liquidity in the system and reduce long-term cost of borrowing announced purchase of Rs80bn worth of bonds in the market on Aug 23 and may buy more if required. This RBI action came as a breather to banks and banking stocks rallied amid the falling market.

Thursday - Sensex up by 2.3%, Nifty up by 2.0%, Midcap up by 1.1%
Tape turned green for the first time this week as RBI signaled change in its monetary stance. RBI also stated that its measures on short-term policy rates have stained their objectives, which send a positive signal to the market indicating no more tightening in short term. Bullish sentiment in the market overcame the Fed announcement on continuing tapering of its QE and new low made by rupee against the dollar.

Friday - Sensex up by 1.1%, Nifty up by 1.2%, Midcap up by 1.2%
Markets continued their previous day's upside momentum as investors rushed to bargain hunting especially in capital goods sector, which has been facing lot of bearishness owing to delay in large scale projects in the country and abroad and increase in cost of borrowings.