In recent times, Indian shares soared slightly, led by earnings in banking and public sector proceeding stocks as financiers awaited the result of a cabinet meeting and retail price rise data. Wall Street futures and Asian stocks fell, as surging concerns that the U.S.-China trade talks are delaying and concern about deepening unrest in Hong Kong impacted the demand for risky assets. Reportedly, the country’s industrial output dropped at the fastest rate in last 6 Years in September, adding to a string of weak pointers that indicates India’s economic dropdown is deep-rooted and interest rate curbs alone might not be sufficient to restore growth.
A.K. Prabhakar—Head of Research at IDBI Capital, Mumbai—said, “Financiers are anticipating the details on stake sale in some PSUs (public sector undertakings) from cabinet meeting. In spite of the bad statistics, the market has not responded negatively as the decline was already priced in. Now, shareholders are expecting the administration to reduce taxes and aid in ease of doing business.” The rupee waned to 71.71 alongside dollar. The markets awaited CPI (consumer price index) data. The NSE Nifty 50 index surged by 0.2% and settled at 11,936, while the S&P BSE Sensex advanced by 0.1% at 40,386.
On a related note, recently, factory productivity dropped by 4.3% that was lowest in the last 8 Years. India’s industrial production squeezed for the straight consecutive month in September, which is its worst performance in the cycle that started in April 2012, emphasizing the constant structural slowdown in the financial system and firming up prospects of further economic easing in the next month with slight indications of a turnaround. As per the IIP (Index of Industrial Production), factory productivity reduced by 4.3% in September. The decline was higher than the 1.4% lessening reported in August, indicating that the financial system might have slumped ahead during the second quarter of the present financial year. The industrial production surged by 4.6% in September 2018.