Updated on: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 08:54 AM IST

Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a positive start for stock market index

Asian stocks followed a rebound in the US after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reassured investors the central bank will tackle inflation to extend the economic expansion./Representational image |

Asian stocks followed a rebound in the US after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reassured investors the central bank will tackle inflation to extend the economic expansion./Representational image |


Trends on the SGX Nifty indicate a positive start for the index. Indian markets could open higher in line with positive Asian markets today and higher US markets on Tuesday, said Deepak Jasani, Head-Retail Research, HDFC Securities.

Mohit Nigam, Head - PMS, Hem Securities, said, "Benchmark Indices are expected to open on a positive note as suggested by trends on SGX Nifty. Both European and US markets closed in green. Asian markets are giving strong positive signals.

"Stupendous earning season outlook along with positive expectations from annual budget is driving the markets despite the exponential rise in COVID cases in the country.

"On the technical front, the key resistance levels for Nifty50 are 18,100 followed by 18,150 and on the downside 17990 followed by 17920 can act as strong support. Key resistance and support levels for Bank Nifty are 38,620 and 38,150 respectively."

Nifty closed higher for the third consecutive session on January 11. At close, Nifty was up 0.29 percent or 52.5 points at 18055.7.

Nifty has shown deceleration in the upward momentum on January 11 with advance decline ratio turning slightly negative. This could be an indication of the trend getting mature. However there are yet no reversal signs. 17,945-1,8210 could be the band for the Nifty in the near-term.

Asian stocks rebound

Asian stocks followed a rebound in the US after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reassured investors the central bank will tackle inflation to extend the economic expansion. Investors were relieved that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's testimony to Congress did not include any major surprises.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1 percent to a one-month high, led by a 3.5 percent jump for tech stocks in Hong Kong. Japan's Nikkei rose 1.9 percent.

US stocks close higher

US stocks ended higher Tuesday, with tech-related shares extending a bounce from the previous session, as investors appeared to take testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in stride as they looked for clues to the pace of future rate increases and other plans for tightening monetary policy in 2022.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 183.15 points, or 0.51 percent, to 36,252.02, the S&P 500 gained 42.78 points, or 0.92 percent, to 4,713.07 and the Nasdaq Composite added 210.62 points, or 1.41 percent, to 15,153.45, Reuters said. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 recorded their best sessions of 2022, rising 1.4 perand 0.9 percent, respectively.

US economy can handle COVID-19 surge, says Fed Chairman

Major US stock benchmarks ended higher after investors digested Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing on his nomination to serve a second term. Powell told a congressional hearing on his confirmation for a second term at the helm of the central bank that the economy could handle the COVID-19 surge and tighter monetary policy.

Powell painted a picture of a soft landing for the economy as the Fed moves to remove emergency stimulus measures and begin raising interest rates, even as market participants increasingly expect the central bank to move much more aggressively than previously anticipated after inflation proved hotter and much more persistent than policy makers had predicted.

The yield on the US 10-year Treasury note fell 3.4 basis points to 1.745 percent.

China inflation up

China's factory-gate inflation rose more slowly than expected in December as the government took steps to contain lofty raw material prices. The producer price index (PPI) climbed 10.3 percent from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement. Economists in a Reuters poll had expected the PPI index to gain 11.1 percent after a 12.9 percent rise in November. China's consumer price index (CPI) grew 1.5 percent year-on-year in December. Economists in a Reuters poll had expected a 1.8 percent uptick, after a 2.3 percent increase in November.

Dollar declines to weakest level since November

The dollar slid to its weakest since November against major peers on Wednesday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said it may take several months to make a decision on running down the central bank's $9 trillion balance sheet, Reuters said. In testimony at his renomination hearing, Powll said the US economy was ready for higher interest rates and a runoff of its asset holdings - dubbed quantitative tightening (QT) - to combat inflation.

Stocks to watch out for

India's top three IT companies i.e., Tata Consultancy Service, Wipro and Infosys will announce their Q3FY2022 results today. The three IT heavyweights are announcing their results on the same day for the first time in their operating history. Good numbers can be expected on the back of robust client demand, Nigam said.

Results today

Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Indbank Merchant Banking Services, Ind Bank Housing, KD Leisures, Kome-On Communication, NB Footwear, Pradhin, Roselabs Finance, Tinna Rubber and Infrastructure, and Virinchi will release quarterly earnings today on January 12.

Four stocks under F&O ban

Four stocks – Delta Corp, Indiabulls Housing Finance, Vodafone Idea, and RBL Bank – are under the F&O ban for January 12.

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Published on: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 08:44 AM IST