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  • In a first, the Supreme Court recognizes marital rape, although for the limited purpose of allowing married women the right of abortion up to 24 weeks if they conceived as a result of forced sex by their husbands
  • Air India cuts discounts on base fare to students and senior citizens from 50% to 25%
  • Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijay Singh are being touted as frontrunners to take on Shashi Tharoor in the elections for the post of Congress president
  • Sonia Gandhi will decide who will be Rajasthan CM if she feels there is a need to change guard after the near-rebellion by MLAs in the state
  • Ashok Gehlot bowed out of the race for being Congress president after meeting Sonia Gandhi
  • India has moved to the 40th spot in the innovation index, up 6 spots from last year
  • DGGI has alleged that top insurance companies, banks and NBFCs has committed a fraud of Rs 800cr by claiming input tax credit without underlying supplies
  • The Centre will borrow Rs 10000cr less than planned earlier due to good revenue collections
  • At $23.9bn, India's current account deficit widened to 2.8% in Q1, the worst in four years
  • Stocks continue to flounder on Thursday: Sensex sheds 188 points to 56409 and Nifty 40 points to 16818
  • The 36th National Games were declared open on Thusrday by PM Modi in front of a record crowd in Motera near Ahmedabad
  • Jasprit Bumrah most likely to miss T20 World Cup due to recurrence of back injury
  • PFI's political wing, the SDPI is on EC radar and action will follow soon if discrepancies are detected
  • Ashok Gehlot to meet Sonia Gandhi today, says all issues will be sorted out soon
  • Referring to the PFI ban, most Muslim organizations ask the government to take similar action against right wings organizations like the RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and the like
In a landmark order, Supreme Court rules that all women, married or unmarried, are entitled to safe and legal abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy as per the MTP Act
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Stocks on Boil: Tread Cautiously

By Ashwini Agarwal
First publised on 2017-07-11 07:18:06

The stock exchanges finally seem to have shaken off the indecisive phase to enter the grip of the bulls. Or have they? If appearances were ever deceptive, the record levels of Nifty and Sensex now are very much so. For, despite the Nifty closing at 9771 points and the Sensex at 31715, the volumes were thin across the board. This effectively means that just a few traders – and trades - are jacking up the prices. It obviously does not mean that the bourses are being rigged, for all the other sector-wise indices were also on fire and selling pressure was not witnessed at higher levels. If bears wanted control, they could have sold at higher levels. That would have made for healthier volumes. But that was not the case.

Some analysts are predicting a swift and sure march towards 10000 while others are skeptical, mainly due to lack of volumes in trading. But take a look at the smaller indices on Monday. Despite trading on the NSE remaining suspended for close to three hours, all indices except the BSE FMCG, showed healthy gains. Nifty bank and Nifty IT were the largest gainers while the market romance with midcaps seems to have tapered off with the said index gaining only 99 points in a fired up market. Previously, midcaps used to outperform the wider market by healthy margins.

In such a scenario, traders are advised to adopt a wait and watch policy. They should book profits in stocks that are ruling at levels that make for unrealistically high prices while hold for stocks that have seen higher prices than ruling at present. In any case, if the Nifty slips below 9700 again, there will be panic selling by those buying at current levels. It is a tricky market and moving with the herd can land people in a lot of trouble.