Looming US Fed rate hike drags markets down as investors remain cautious

Looming US Fed rate hike drags markets down as investors remain cautious
Indian stock markets slipped on Wednesday ahead of an expected rate hike by the US FedBCCL
  • The upcoming US Fed rate hike has dampened stock market sentiments, with Indian markets slipping today.
  • Sector-wise, FMCG outperformed the market, with energy making gains as well.
  • Most other sectors, including infrastructure, power, telecom and IT slipped.
  • Analysts believe the US Fed rate outcome and weekly expiry of options tomorrow could increase volatility in the markets.
Indian stock markets dipped following negative cues in global markets and a looming US Fed rate hike later today.

The benchmark Nifty50 index slipped 0.6% to 17,718 points while Sensex slipped 0.4% to 59,457 points. The overall sentiment was also skewed on the negative spectrum, with only 573 companies in the green on NSE, while 1,402 companies registered declines.

The top gainers were from the FMCG sector – Britannia was the biggest gainer, surging 3.2%, while HUL and ITC gained nearly 1.5% each.

Amongst the top five losers, two were cement companies – Shree Cement, and UltraTech Cement. Shree Cements lost the most with a 5.2% decline, while UltraTech fell 2.6%.

Sector-wise, FMCG, and Oil & Gas were the two major gainers, while infrastructure, construction, power, telecom, and IT all registered declines.


“The benchmark indices witnessed range-bound activity. Among sectors, the metal index corrected sharply, shed over 2% whereas the FMCG index outperformed, rallied over 1%. Technically, on daily and intraday charts, the index has formed a lower top formation which is broadly negative,” said Shrikant Chouhan, head of equity research (retail), Kotak Securities.

The range-bound activity suggests cautiousness amongst investors, who are awaiting the outcome of the two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

“Market awaits the widely expected interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve in its bid to squash the highest inflation in decades. The FOMC is largely expected to raise its main lending rate by 75 basis points when it concludes its two-day meeting later today, though a hike of 100 basis points may lead to a steep correction around the global equity markets,” said Devarsh Vakil, deputy head of retail research, HDFC Securities.

Top gainersChangeTop losersChange
Britannia3.15%Shree Cements-5.24%
HUL1.55%Adani Ports-3.85%
ITC1.47%IndusInd Bank-3.15%
Apollo Hospital1%UltraTech Cement-2.64%
Coal India0.74%Power Grid Corp-2.43%

Source: NSE

Analysts believe that the US Fed’s rate hike and the weekly expiry of options tomorrow could add to the volatility in the markets.

“Markets will first react to the Fed meet outcome in early trades on Thursday. Besides, the scheduled weekly expiry would add to the volatility. Amid all, indications are in the favour of further consolidation,” said Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking.


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