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Sensex shrugs off COVID concerns, outperforms major world indices

Many of the world’s major indices ended with losses in the April 17-May17 period, the Sensex and France’s CAC bucked the trend, rising 1.53 percent and 1.28 percent, respectively.

May 18, 2021 / 03:18 PM IST
Globally, equity markets have remained volatile as a surge in coronavirus cases in India and several other countries has raised questions over the pace of economic recovery. While many of the major world indices traded negative during the April 17-May17 period, the Indian benchmark Sensex and France’s CAC 40 were the outliers, gaining 1.53 percent and 1.28 percent, respectively. Indian markets’ performance in recent weeks has surprised many, with some saying they were far removed from ground reality. Others have read it as resilience and a nod to India’s growth prospects. Daily infections and deaths touched a record high as the second wave pounded India. The numbers have begun to decline in recent days but concerns remain for rural areas.
Globally, equity markets have remained volatile as a surge in coronavirus cases in India and several other countries has raised questions over the pace of economic recovery. While many of the world's major indices ended negative in the April 17-May 17 period, the Indian benchmark Sensex and France’s CAC 40 were the outliers, gaining 1.53 percent and 1.28 percent, respectively.

The performance of Indian markets in recent weeks has surprised many, with some saying they were far removed from ground reality. Others have read it as resilience and a nod to India’s growth prospects. Daily infections and deaths touched a record high as the second wave pounded India. The numbers have begun to decline in recent days but concerns remain for rural areas.
BSE Sensex | In the past one month, the index has gained 1.53 percent to 49,580.73 on May 17, 2021 from 48832.03 on April 16, 2021.
BSE Sensex | In the past month, the index has risen 1.53 percent to 49,580.73 on May 17, 2021 from 48,832.03 on April 16, 2021.
France - CAC 40 | In the past one month, the index has gained 1.28 percent to 6,367.35 on May 17, 2021 from 6287.07 on April 16, 2021.
France's CAC 40 | In the past month, the index gained 1.28 percent to end at 6,367.35 on May 17, 2021 from 6,287.07 on April 16, 2021.
Dow Jones | In the past one month, the index has gained 0.37 percent to 34,327.79 on May 17, 2021 from 34,200.67 on April 16, 2021.
United States' Dow Jones | In the past month, the index has risen 0.37 percent to 34,327.79 on May 17, 2021 from 34,200.67 on April 16, 2021.
FTSE 100 | In the past one month, the index has gained 0.19 percent to 7,032.85 on May 17, 2021 from 7019.53 on April 16, 2021.
United Kingdom's FTSE 100 | In the past month, the index has gained 0.19 percent to rise to 7,032.85 on May 17, 2021 from 7,019.53 on April 16, 2021.
DAX
Germany's DAX | The index has slipped 0.41 percent to 15,396.62 on May 17, 2021 from 15,459.75 on April 16, 2021.
KOSPI | In the past one month, the index has slipped 2.00 percent to 3,134.52 on May 17, 2021 from 3198.62 on April 16, 2021.
Korea's KOSPI | The Korean index slipped 2 percent to 3,134.52 on May 17, 2021 from 3,198.62 on April 16, 2021.
Hong Kong - Hang Seng | In the past one month, the index has slipped -2.68 percent to 28,194.09 on May 17, 2021 from 28969.71 on April 16, 2021.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng | In the past month, the index has declined 2.68 percent to 28,194.09 on May 17, 2021 from 28,969.71 on April 16, 2021.
United States' Nasdaq | In the past month, the index has slipped 4.79 percent to 13,379.05 on May 17, 2021 from 14,052.34 on April 16, 2021.
United States' Nasdaq | In the past month, the index has slipped 4.79 percent to 13,379.05 on May 17, 2021 from 14,052.34 on April 16, 2021.
Nikkei 225 | In the past one month, the index has tumbled 6.26 percent to 27,824.83 on May 17, 2021 from 29, 683.37 on April 16, 2021.
Japan's Nikkei 225 | In the past month, the index has tumbled 6.26 percent to 27,824.83 on May 17, 2021 from 29, 683.37 on April 16, 2021.
Ritesh Presswala Research Analyst at Moneycontrol
first published: May 18, 2021 03:18 pm
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