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Sensex touching 50,000 was not a question of
'whether' but 'when'
The number 50 has a lot of significance. Hitting the age of 50 is an important landmark in everyone’s life. Fifty
weeks of run was the dream of every movie producer and actor till OTT platforms took over. A golden wedding
anniversary confirms how successful a marriage has been…… and so on.
Similarly, Sensex touching 50,000 was not a question of ‘whether’ – but ‘when’? Just about 10 months back on
March 23 we were staring at 25,000 and nobody’s wildest projections would have indicated 50,000 so soon as
indicated in my earlier article – Expect the Unexpected in stock markets.
However, an analyst always looks for data and logic despite the fact that the markets have a mind of their own.
And that’s currently driven by cheap liquidity with FIIs and over-confident Robinhood investors whose numbers
have now soared to more than 10 mn. Markets are extremely stretched with market cap exceeding 115% of GDP
with an expensive PE Ratio of 40x. Fiscal Deficit could show record divergence from the budgeted figures.
RBI governor’s warning that gross NPAs in the banking system can shoot up to 14.8% by September 2021 doesn’t
seem to deter investors. Maruti, the auto sector leader having more than 50% market share, has stated that recent
buying was more of latent and festive demand which may not continue for too long. Despite this, auto sector
continues to boom.
Looking at the macro number, GST seems to be among the few data points which are encouraging. It could be a
result of better compliance. The direct tax collections have been lower, divestment has been abysmal despite
booming markets and the surging oil prices have put a cork on further milking of the retail petroleum sector.
Additionally, the stimulus package and now the vaccination drive will further put pressure on government finances.
With the Budget looming around the corner, the finance minister wouldn’t be left with much choice but to increase
collection sources. A