Indian small and mid-cap indices outshine Sensex with over 26% gains

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Indian small and mid-cap indices outshine Sensex with over 26% gains
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Over the past year, the BSE MidCap and BSE SmallCap indices have seen a significant rise, surging over 26% and 29%, respectively. This robust performance has greatly outpaced the BSE Sensex 's gain of just 7%, leading to substantial wealth generation for investors in domestic equity markets.

HDFC Securities has identified promising investment opportunities in sectors such as materials, pharma, oil & gas, and small finance banks. They have recommended stocks such as Dr Reddy's Laboratories (NYSE: RDY ), Equitas Small Finance Bank (NS: EQUI ), Godrej Industries (NS: GODI ), Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals, Kalpataru Projects International, Reliance Industries (NS: RELI ), and United Spirits (NS: UNSP ) due to their strong fundamentals.

The impressive performance of the Indian economy has attracted both domestic and international capital. Foreign institutional investors have purchased shares worth over ₹1.40 lakh crore (INR100 crore = approx. USD12 million) in the past year.

In a move that could potentially attract $20-30 billion into India's domestic debt market, JP Morgan announced it will add Indian G-Sec to its Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets suite from June 2024. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) has upgraded India to "standout overweight" due to improving economic and earnings growth.

However, challenges remain on the horizon. Persistent inflation, high interest rates, and geopolitical conflicts such as the Israel-Hamas conflict could impact market sentiment. The outcomes of central and state elections will also be closely monitored in this volatile environment.

Despite these potential headwinds, positive macroeconomic indicators provide some optimism. These include GST collections, PMI Manufacturing and Services, direct tax collections, and a manageable current account deficit.

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