The S&P BSE Sensex and theNifty50 reported double-digit return for the third consecutive financial year (FY19) - rallying 17 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively. During FY18, both the indices had moved up 11.3 per cent and 10.2 per cent, respectively.
The gain in the current financial year (FY19) was led by financials, information technology (IT), fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors and Reliance Industries (RIL).
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"The rise in markets currently looks like a catch-up rally just before the 2019 general elections, especially in the case of private banks which are making new highs. NBFC stocks which took a beating post the ILFS crisis have bounced back. On the global economic front, concerns remain as regards rising oil prices and a slowdown in the global economy, which may impact investor sentiments,” said Hemang Jani, Head - Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.
Winners and Losers
Among individual stocks, Bajaj Finance, RIL and Axis Bank have rallied over 50 per cent each, while ICICI Bank, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, State Bank of India (SBI) and Hindustan Unilever gained in the range of 28 per cent to 42 per cent during FY19.
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On the other hand, Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL), Jet Airways (India), Vodafone Idea, Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, Reliance Infrastructure, PC Jeweller, Manpasand Beverages and Indiabulls Real Estate are among the top losers that saw their market value dip over 50 per cent in FY19.
However, liquidity distress in the country’s capital markets, triggered by the default in September 2018 of IL&FS, saw the midcap and smallcap indices recorded their worst performance since FY12.
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The S&P BSE Midcap lost 3 per cent, while the S&P BSE Smallcap has slipped 12 per cent so far in FY19. In the past two fiscals, both these indices had rallied 50 per cent and 61 per cent, respectively, as compared to 30 per cent rise in the benchmark Sensex.
Autos in reverse gear
Sector-wise, auto (down 22 per cent) and metal (down 15 per cent) indices have been the worst performers. Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki India, Eicher Motors and Ashok Leyland from automobile sector tanked between 25 and 47 per cent during FY19.
MHCV (medium & heavy commercial vehicle) growth dragged in October-December quarter (Q3FY19), primarily due to the liquidity crunch at non-banking financial institutions (NBFC) along with an increase in official maximum load carrying capacity of heavy vehicles that adversely affected the demand of heavy tonnage trucks.
The slowdown also impacted the auto-ancillary sector (auto components and tyres). Analysts expect the growth to remain subdued for another two quarters before recovering in Q3FY20, as pre-buying would start before BSVI implementation in April 2020.
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