Foreign funds, rate cut could extend equities rally
Sectors likely to benefit from the fall in interest rates and consumer-oriented businesses are likely to be in pole position to capitalise on the impending rate cut. These are, therefore, likely to be at the forefront of the potential rally on the bourses in the coming weeks, which could set the tone for secondary market activity early into 2013, coming on the back of an extremely favourable, albeit volatile 2012.
The basis for optimism is this. Even as the markets have rallied sharply since the middle of this year, valuations continue to look attractive on a historical basis. The BSE Sensex trades at close to 16 times estimated earnings, compared with 11.6 for Brazilís Bovespa, 9.6 for Chinaís Shanghai Composite and 5.5 for Russiaís Micex, according to Reuters data for the first week of December.
THE FII FRENZY
Despite the sharp slowdown in the Indian economy this year, the benchmark 30-share Sensex has surged over 25 per cent till mid-December this year on the back of strong buying by foreign institutional investors and optimism surrounding the governmentís reform efforts.
During the current year, FII inflows of slightly over $22 billion drove up share prices sharply, compared to a 22 per cent dip in 2011. The surge in the benchmark equity indices came
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