Most Indian Stocks Fall as Coronavirus Cases Top 10 Million

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Most Indian stocks fell as investors assessed heady valuations and new virus cases ahead of the winter holidays.

The S&P BSE Sensex was little changed at 46,966.57 as of 10:09 a.m. in Mumbai, as about two stocks fell for each one that rose. The NSE Nifty 50 Index lost 0.1%. Both measures extended record highs with gains of almost 2% last week, marking theirlongest weekly winning streaks since April 2019.

Street earnings growth expectations arehigh and market valuations are at a peak at a time that prospects of growth revival aren’t robust enough, Nomura Holdings Inc. analyst Saion Mukherjee said in a note published Saturday.

“The impact of the pandemic on consumers is large, and credit growth and spreads are far from indicating a sanguine outlook,” he wrote.

196,295 in U.S.Most new cases today

+11% Change in MSCI World Index of global stocks since Wuhan lockdown, Jan. 23

-0.​8095 Change in U.S. treasury bond yield since Wuhan lockdown, Jan. 23

3.​7% Global GDP Tracker (annualized), Nov.


Virus infections havecrossed the 10 million mark in the world’s second-largest hotspot as India awaits several emergency vaccine approvals. Meanwhile, monetary policy membersunanimously voted to keep interest rates lower to battle a recession, overlooking high inflation, according to minutes of the Dec. 2-4 meeting released Friday.

The yield on the most-traded 5.77% 2030 sovereign bond rose one basis point to 5.97% while the rupee weakened 0.2% to 73.7263 per dollar.

The Numbers

  • Eleven out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. declined, with a gauge of auto stocks falling the most
  • Nineteen Sensex shares fell, while eleven rose
    • ICICI Bank Ltd. was the biggest drag on the index and dropped 1.8%, while Larsen & Toubro Ltd. contributed most to the index advance, rising 3.3%

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    — With assistance by Kartik Goyal

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