Equity markets in the emerging market sphere are celebrating after the US Federal Reserve’s statement issued on July 31. The Fed’s statement, that the US economy grew at a modest than expected pace in the first half, has been taken as a sign that the Quantitative Easing ‘taper’ is nowhere in sight. They may be right but they should also pay heed to the Fed’s statement about the improving health of the US economy, and if upcoming indicators point to a recovery on expected lines then the Fed may commence a taper.
Indian stock markets will open today, sharply up. That’s no startling prediction, Asian markets that have already opened have gained and India will be no different. Monday and Tuesday saw India re-coupling with global markets, with the Sensex closing at 16730, down 17% from a week ago.
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The week that went by saw the Fed cut rates by 50 basis points, more than what anyone anticipated. That sparked off rejoicing in global and Indian equity markets, and the local benchmark, the BSE Sensex crossed the 16,000-mark.