According to sources the benchmark BSE Sensex surrendered early gains Wednesday to end in the negative terrain after a 600 point swing amid escalating cross border tension between India and Pakistan. Investor sentiment took a beating after Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors, experts said.
After opening on a positive note, the 30 share Sensex swung over 600 points as it turned volatile triggered by across the market selling by participants, finally settling 68.28 points, or 0.19 per cent, lower at 35,905.43. The gauge had lost 239.67 points Tuesday. In similar movement, the 50-share Nifty ended 28.65 points, or 0.26 per cent, lower to 10,806.65. Intra-day, it moved between 10,939.70 and 10,751.20. Hemang Jani, Head - Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas said "Indian market ended the day in the red after a volatile session as tension between India Pakistan escalated further”.
One can expect the market to be volatile for the next few days as the political environment comes under pressure. Investors will remain cautious and look for clarity on the cross border tension, adding that there is need to understand that the fundamentals of the Indian market continue to remain strong. The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated 25 paise to 71.32 after touching a low of 71.49 against the dollar.
SEBI permitted mutual funds to participate in all exchange-traded commodities derivatives (ETCDs) Reportedly Mutual fund houses so far were not permitted to invest in commodities other than gold. At most, a few fund houses had thematic funds investing in the equity of companies engaged in the commodities business. But that is set to change with SEBI issuing final guidelines on May 21, 2019, permitting MFs to invest in exchange-traded commodity derivatives, with an aim to deepen the nascent commodity market.
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