The Indian stock markets ended the week lower over the past week. 2 broad market developments seem to have shaped this. Inflation data in India suggested that inflation is kicking in – as consumer price inflation and wholesale price inflation, both came in higher than the previous month numbers.
Secondly, the US federal reserve met this week and even though they kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged, they suggested that they will hike interest rates from 2023 – a year earlier than was expected before.
Before moving into further details about the market, here’s your quote of the week…
Quote of the week
“Wealth isn’t primarily determined by investment performance, but by investor behaviour.”
India’s Wholesale Price Inflation (WPI) rose by about 12.94% YoY in May 2021, coming in higher than last month’s 10.49%. This was the highest wholesale inflation rate since December 1998, amid low base effect last year – when the coronavirus pandemic weighed on demand and prices.
The annual consumer inflation rate (CPI) in India increased to 6.3% in May of 2021 – the highest in 6 months, from a downwardly revised 4.23% in April. Figures came well above market forecasts of 5.3%, as higher global commodity prices including crude, edible oils and gold weighed.
India’s trade deficit (imports minus exports) stood at $6.28 billion in May 2021. This is more than double last year’s figure of $3.51 billion – which was India’s lowest trade gap and was due to the pandemic taking a toll on global demand.
Deposit growth, which measures the growth in commercial bank deposits, stood at 9.9% in the fortnight ended June 4th, 2021 when compared to the same period last year.
Loan growth, which measures the growth in commercial bank loans, stood at 5.70% in the fortnight ended June 4th, 2021 when compared to the same period last year.
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That’s a wrap for this week. Take care, and happy investing! 🙂