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Trends on the SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index in India with a loss of 165 points

April 25, 2022 / 07:06 AM IST

The market is expected to open in the red as trends on the SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index with a loss of 165 points.

The Sensex dropped more than 700 points to 57,197, while the Nifty plunged 221 points to 17,172 to form a bearish candle on the daily charts, indicating a trend favouring bears. For the week, the Nifty saw long-legged Doji pattern on the weekly scale as the index lost nearly 2 percent.

As per the pivot charts, the key support for the Nifty is at 17,109, followed by 17,046. If the index moves up, the key resistance levels to watch out for are 17,275 and 17,378.

Stay tuned to Moneycontrol to find out what happens in the currency and equity markets today. We have collated a list of important headlines across news platforms which could impact Indian as well as international markets:

US Markets

Wall Street tumbled more than 2.5 percent on Friday, ensuring the three main benchmarks ended in negative territory for the week, as surprise earnings news and increased certainty around aggressive near-term interest rate rises took its toll on investors.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 981.36 points, or 2.82 percent, to 33,811.4, the S&P 500 lost 121.88 points, or 2.77 percent, to 4,271.78 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 335.36 points, or 2.55 percent, to 12,839.29.

Asian Markets

Shares in Asia-Pacific fell on Monday following a sell-off on Wall Street on Friday. Japan’s Nikkei 225′s dropped 2.08 percent in early trade on Monday, while the Topix declined 1.79 percent. In South Korea, the Kospi slid 1.25 percent and the Kosdaq was down 1.69 percent.

SGX Nifty

Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a gap-down opening for the broader index in India with a loss of 165 points. The Nifty futures were trading around 17,015 levels on the Singaporean exchange.

FPIs withdraw Rs 12,300 crore from equities in April on US Fed rate hike fears

Fears of an aggressive rate hike by the US Fed continue to dent investor sentiments with foreign investors pulling out nearly Rs 12,300 crore from the Indian equity market so far this month.

Going forward, foreign flows into Indian equities could continue to be under pressure due to an imminent rate hike by the US Fed, uncertainty surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war, volatile crude prices, high domestic inflation numbers and weak quarterly results, experts said.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) remained net sellers for six months to March 2022, withdrawing a massive net amount of Rs 1.48 lakh crore from equities. These were largely on the back of anticipation of a rate hike by the US Federal Reserve and due to the deteriorating geopolitical environment following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Results on April 25

Tatva Chintan Pharma Chem, Tata Investment Corporation, Century Textiles & Industries, Eveready Industries India, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation, Mahindra CIE Automotive, Meghmani Finechem, Arihant Capital Markets, Artson Engineering, Automotive Stampings & Assemblies, Axita Cotton, Divyashakti, Maharashtra Scooters, Snowman Logistics, Steel Exchange India, Sylph Technologies, Triveni Enterprises and VTM.

FII and DII data

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have net sold shares worth Rs 2,461.72 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) net bought shares worth Rs 1,602.35 crore on April 22, NSE provisional data shows.

Reliance recalls $3.4-billion Future assets deal after secured creditors vote against scheme

The $3.4 billion deal to take over the retail assets of Future Retail Ltd (FRL) cannot be implemented as the company's secured creditors have "voted against the scheme", Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) informed the stock exchanges on April 23.

The regulatory filing comes in the backdrop of voting conducted by FRL amongst its shareholders and creditors on the scheme to transfer its assets to Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIL.

Future group has intimated the results of the voting on the scheme of arrangement by their shareholders and creditors at their respective meetings, Reliance said.

ECB policymakers keen for quick end to bond buys, early rate hike

European Central Bank policymakers are keen to end their bond purchase scheme at the earliest possible moment and raise interest rates as soon as July but certainly no later than September, nine sources familiar with ECB thinking told Reuters.

The ECB has been removing stimulus at the slowest possible pace this year but a surge in inflation is now putting pressure on policymakers to end their nearly decade-long experiment with unconventional support.

The big obstacle so far has been that longer-term forecasts still showed inflation falling back below the ECB's 2% target but fresh estimates shared with policymakers at their April 14 meeting showed even 2024 inflation over target, several of the sources said.

UBS trims India's growth forecast to 7% as global macro risks worsen

UBS cut India's 2022-23 economic growth forecast by 70 basis points to 7 percent on Friday, citing slowing global growth due to high commodity prices, and weak local demand because of energy price hikes, inflationary pressures and a struggling labour market.

The downgrade comes a week after the World Bank lowered its economic growth forecast for India and the whole South Asia, citing worsening supply bottlenecks and rising inflation risks along with the Ukraine crisis.

India's oil import bill doubles to $119 billion in FY22

India's crude oil import bill nearly doubled to $119 billion in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, as energy prices soared globally following the return of demand and war in Ukraine.

India, the world's third biggest oil consuming and importing nation, spent $119.2 billion in 2021-22 (April 2021 to March 2022), up from $62.2 billion in the previous fiscal year, according to data from the oil ministry's Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell (PPAC).

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With inputs from Reuters & other agencies
Sandip Das
first published: Apr 25, 2022 06:35 am