By Linus Garg
First publised on 2022-06-14 03:02:02
After a slide of 1069 points on Friday, the Sensex went down by 1456 points on Monday. The two-session carnage has wiped out more than Rs 9 lakh crore investor wealth. Such was the across-the-board sell-off that among the major shares, only Nestle India was in the green and all other shares tumbled by 2-4%. The broader Nifty slid by 427 points to 15774. The carnage was witnessed across sectors with banking, IT and metals leading the slide.
Experts said that with FIIs taking funds out of India as there is a chance that the US Fed will go for a good rate hike and squeeze out money from the system due to the record inflation in US, the Indian markets will mirror what is happening in bourses worldwide. After fears of stagflation being stoked by some economists, the sentiment has soured and investors are looking for safer investment instruments. With overnight sell-off in US markets, the outlook for Indian markets remains negative on Tuesday too.
But the Indian economy, despite elevated inflation, is showing signs of growth although the pace seems to have slackened. As per recent numbers, it is the fastest growing major economy in the world and although consumer demand has still not picked up, the outlook remains positive. But inflation, supply chain disruptions and high commodity and crude prices can play spoilers and that is why the confidence in the stock market is taking a beating.
Yet, if one has a long term outlook, there are many stocks that are now available at a bargain. But one will have to do proper research and invest with care. The bottom has not been reached yet and investors should wait. Remember, this is the time when one will be flooded with text messages from unverified sources asking one to buy this or that share at a bargain with a promise of astronomical rise in a short time. Steer clear of falling into such traps. Invest wisely.