National News Of India Nov 28, 2008 Indian Investors Show Legendary Resilience
“It was a terrific day of resilience with the investor community sending a very positive signal of sanity and rationality and their faith in the long-term story of India,” Jagannadham Thunuguntla, director of the country’s fourth largest share brokerage house, the SMC Group, told IANS.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Indian investors show legendary resilience, push equities into green
Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) with Indian equities market ending marginally in the green Friday,
Indian investors once again proved their resilience in the face of terror and sent out a strong and
positive signal to the world that they still have full confidence in the long-term India growth
story. Despite terrorists claiming at least 125 innocent lives and holding the country’s financial
capital to gun for more than 43 hours, the 30-share benchmark sensitive index (Sensex) of the
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) finished at 9,092.72, up 66.00 points or 0.73 percent from its
previous close at 9,026.72 points.
“It was a terrific day of resilience with the investor community sending a very positive signal of
sanity and rationality and their faith in the long-term story of India,” Jagannadham
Thunuguntla, director of the country’s fourth largest share brokerage house, the SMC Group,
The broader-based 50-share S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) too closed
higher at 2,755.10, up 2.85 points or 0.10 percent from its previous close at 2,752.25 points.
The BSE midcap too ended higher at 2,885.76, up 8.38 points or 0.29 percent from its previous
close at 2,877.38 points.
The BSE smallcap, however, ended marginally in the red at 3,304.61, down 10.28 percent or
0.31 percent from its previous close at 3,333.42 points.
The Sensex opened lower at 8,889.18 and despite showing some volatility within a narrow range,
clearly displayed the same underlying resilience of Indian investors by soon moving into the
positive zone to hit an inter-day high of 9,157.62, more than 130 points higher than the previous
close, and then finally ended at its closing value.
Sectorally, information technology, telecommunication, entertainment and media and
technology, automobiles and fast moving consumer goods were the major gainers.
Realty, metals, public sector units and oil and gas were the major losers.
The top gainers were Tata Consultancy Services, up 5.89 percent followed by Bharat Heavy
Electrical Ltd., up 4.78 percent, Infosys Technologies, up 4.49 percent and Mahindra and
Mahindra Ltd., up 4.47 percent.
The top losers were Reliance Infrastructure, down 3.26 percent, Larsen and Toubro, down 3.14
percent, Grasim Industries, down 3.03 percent and National Thermal Power Corp, down 2.86
Some 915 stocks or 43.72 percent advanced, 1,114 stocks or 53.23 percent declined and 64
stocks or 3.06 percent remained unchanged.
Markets reopened Friday at the normal time but under ‘Z’ category security - usually reserved
for VVIPs - after remaining closed Thursday following the unprecedented terror attack on the
country’s financial capital and capital of western India state of Maharashtra.
State Chief Minister Vilasrao Desmukh had, however, expressed dissatisfaction Thursday that
market authorities and the market regulator had decided to keep markets closed Thursday. Terror
should not be allowed to disrupt business, was his view.
As markets were closed Thursday, the monthly settlement of futures and options trade had to be
deferred to Friday.
This also had a bearing on keeping the markets open Friday as two consecutive days of closure
would have further eroded investor confidence and almost surely would have sent the markets
into a tailspin when it opened Monday, analysts said.
“This would have been unfair to those holding long positions as they would then have run up
huge losses while those holding short positions would have made unfair profits,” Thunuguntla
Overnight global clues were positive with a key index of the New York Stock Exchange
finishing 3.2 percent higher Thursday and the Nasdaq index too ended 4.6 percent higher.
Asian markets too ended with gains Friday with the Nikkei, the key index of the Tokyo Stock
Exchange, finishing 1.66 percent higher and the Hang Seng, key index of the Hong Kong Stock
Exchange, closing 2.48 percent higher.
“Today was the day for settlement of futures and options trade and although this is usually the
big issue that drives markets on such days, today’s movements were clearly dominated by the
need to send out a positive signal given the terror attacks,” Thunuguntla said.
“Even foreign institutional investors realize that terrorism is today a global issue and is not India-
specific and, therefore, there is no need to quit India on this issue,” he said.
“After all, everyone still recognizes that India is a very attractive market and the bear market that
we are seeing now is only because of the unprecedented conditions prevailing in the global
financial and economic sectors,” he added.
Having dealt with the terror factor today, markets should return to business as usual next week,
driven by fundamentals, analysts said.