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Dalal Street Gears Up: Key Events Driving Sensex and Nifty This Week

Get ready for a busy week on Dalal Street! This article explores key domestic and global factors that may influence the performance of Sensex and Nifty. From India's bank loan growth data to the US Fed's interest rate decision, here's what investors need to watch.

Dalal Street Gears Up: Key Events Driving Sensex and Nifty This Week

The Indian stock market ended last week on a downbeat note, mirroring global anxieties over rising US inflation and weak domestic industrial production data. The Nifty 50, a key benchmark index, witnessed a decline of over 2%. However, this week promises to be action-packed with crucial economic data releases both domestically and internationally that are likely to set the market direction for Sensex and Nifty.


 

Indian Economic Data in Focus

Domestic investors will be keenly watching several data points scheduled for release this week. The much-awaited HSBC Composite PMI Flash, HSBC Manufacturing PMI Flash, and HSBC Services PMI Flash data are expected to be released on March 21st. These Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) surveys provide valuable insights into business activity across various sectors of the economy. A strong PMI reading indicates expansion, while a weak reading suggests contraction.

 

Another critical data point to consider is India's foreign exchange reserves and deposit & bank loan growth data, slated for release on March 22nd. The country's forex reserves have been steadily increasing, reaching $625.63 billion on March 1st. This healthy level of reserves provides a buffer against external economic shocks. Bank loan growth data will be crucial for gauging the health of the Indian banking sector and overall economic activity.

 

US Market Data: A Global Influence

The global market environment will also play a significant role in shaping the performance of Dalal Street this week. Investors across the globe will be closely following key data releases from the US, the world's largest economy.

 

The week kicks off with the NAHB Housing Market Index on March 18th, followed by Building Permits Prel and Redbook data on March 19th. These indicators provide insights into the health of the US housing market and consumer spending, respectively.

 

However, the main event of the week will undoubtedly be the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on March 20th. The Fed's interest rate decision and accompanying economic projections will be keenly watched by investors worldwide. Any hint of a shift in the Fed's monetary policy stance could significantly impact global financial markets, including Dalal Street.

 

Market Outlook: Experts Weigh In

Market experts are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming week. Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, highlights the contrasting performances of Asian and European markets. While Asian markets mirrored Wall Street's decline due to concerns over US inflation, European markets continued their winning streak, fueled by expectations of easing interest rates in the eurozone.

 

Jasani emphasizes the importance of the upcoming FOMC meeting, which could provide clues on the timing of future interest rate cuts in the US. He also points out that India's widening trade deficit, although concerning, is partially offset by strong export growth.

 

Technical Analysis: Nifty and Bank Nifty Under Scrutiny

The technical outlook for Nifty suggests potential headwinds. Jasani observes that Nifty snapped its four-week winning streak on March 15th and formed a bearish engulfing pattern on weekly charts. This technical indicator suggests a potential decline. He identifies support levels at 21861 and 21750, and resistance levels at 22203 and 22405.

 

The Bank Nifty index also displayed indecision last week, forming a doji candle on technical charts. According to Rupak De, Senior Technical & Derivative Analyst at LKP Securities, immediate resistance for the Bank Nifty lies at 47000, coinciding with the 20-day moving average (20DMA). A break above this level could signal an upward trend, while a breach below the support level of 46500-46300 could intensify selling pressure.

 

A Week of High Anticipation

This week promises to be a data-driven rollercoaster ride for Dalal Street. Investors should closely monitor both domestic and international economic releases, particularly the FOMC meeting and PMI data. Understanding the technical analysis of Nifty and Bank Nifty can also provide valuable insights into potential price movements. By staying informed and adopting a prudent approach, investors can navigate the upcoming market fluctuations and make informed investment decisions.

 


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