by- Jayant Manglik, President of Retail Distribution at Religare Securities Limited
Indian stock market is expected to witness volatility as traders roll over positions in the futures & options (F&O) segment, while movement in crude oil prices linked to the Iraq unrest and the progress of monsoon will set the tone this week.
Some of the other factors that are likely to impact stock market movement include, trend in global equity markets and investment activity of foreign institutional investors. On Friday, the Sensex ended at 25,105.51 and the Nifty at 7,511.45 — both values being respective two-week lows.
“The derivative expiry of June month F&O contracts is scheduled in the coming week so volatility would continue to remain on the higher side. Traders are advised to avoid over leveraged positions and high beta counters,” Religare Securities President-retail distribution Jayant Manglik said.
The near-month June 2014 F&O contract expires on Thursday, 26 June, 2014.
Meanwhile, trading could also be influenced by the progress of monsoon as rains holds key for food production. Concerns are rife that poor rains this year will send prices higher and add to the problems faced by the government.
“The monsoon has covered half of the country four days behind the usual schedule. All India seasonal rainfall from 1 to 18 June 2014 was 45 per cent below long period average and below than average monsoon is a key concern for the markets going ahead,” Manglik added.
Supply concerns due to ongoing violence in Iraq has pushed up oil prices with Brent variety trading near USD 115/barrel mark, triggering macroeconomic worries for India which imports the majority of its crude oil needs.
In US next week, the macro economic calendar includes releases on durable goods orders for May, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index and several important housing indicators, including new home sales, existing home sales and the Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
For second successive week, the benchmark sensitive indices — Sensex and Nifty — ended in the negative zone as caution prevailed over the growing unrest in Iraq choking oil supplies and a weak monsoon stunting economic revival.
For the week, the Sensex fell 122.66 points after it shed 168.29 points in the previous period. The Nifty weakened by 30.65 points for the week ended June 20, after dropping 41.30 points in the week before that.
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