Stock Market Trades Down for 5th Consecutive Session Amid Israel-Iran Conflict


by Sandip Das on 19 April 2024,  5 min read


The Indian stock market experienced a downturn for the fifth consecutive session on April 19, 2024. This decline coincided with reports indicating that Israel had initiated fresh missile strikes on Iran, triggering a surge in oil and gold prices amidst growing concerns about the global economy.

By 12:10 PM, the Nifty index had declined by 71 points to reach 21,924.80, while the Sensex had dropped by 204 points, settling at 72,284.20. During this time, approximately 1,263 stocks witnessed gains, while 2,333 recorded losses and 137 remained unchanged.

Across various sectors, with the exception of FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods), all others were grappling with losses, with PSU Bank, Realty, IT, and Media sectors experiencing declines of over 1 percent each.

Both the BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices slipped by up to 1 percent. Meanwhile, the India VIX, an index measuring near-term volatility, surged by 5 percent to reach 13.64.

As events unfolded in the Middle East, global markets also turned bleak on April 19. Equity futures linked to the US market plunged into negative territory, with Dow Jones Futures witnessing a drop of over 400 points, followed by a decline of 200 points in NASDAQ Futures.

In other regions, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index led losses in Asian markets with a decline of over 3 percent, while South Korea’s Kospi index was down by 2 percent, and Australia’s S&P 200 index experienced a 1 percent drop during morning trading.

On the commodity front, oil prices surged amidst reports of Israel’s attack on Iran. Both Brent Crude and WTI Crude prices saw a 3 percent increase, reaching $90 per barrel and $85 per barrel, respectively.

In the backdrop of geopolitical tensions and their impact on financial markets, investors were navigating a landscape fraught with uncertainty. The Indian stock market’s downward trend reflected broader concerns about the ramifications of escalating conflicts in the Middle East on global economic stability.

Market participants closely monitored developments in the geopolitical arena, as any escalation could potentially disrupt oil supplies and trigger wider economic repercussions. Additionally, the ripple effects of heightened tensions were felt across various asset classes, including equities, commodities, and currencies.

The volatility in global markets underscored the interconnectedness of economies and the vulnerability of financial markets to geopolitical shocks. Investors remained vigilant, adjusting their portfolios in response to evolving geopolitical dynamics and their potential impact on market sentiment and asset prices.

Amidst the prevailing uncertainty, market participants sought refuge in safe-haven assets such as gold, whose prices surged alongside oil amid geopolitical tensions. The surge in gold prices reflected investors’ flight to safety as they sought to hedge against geopolitical risks and market volatility.

Against this backdrop, policymakers and central banks faced the challenging task of maintaining financial stability and restoring investor confidence amidst heightened geopolitical uncertainty. Central banks closely monitored developments in financial markets and stood ready to intervene if necessary to mitigate any adverse impacts on economic stability.

As geopolitical tensions continued to simmer, market participants remained on edge, closely monitoring developments and their potential implications for global markets. The evolving geopolitical landscape underscored the importance of risk management and diversification in navigating uncertain times and preserving capital in volatile markets.

Asian Markets:

Asian shares and bond yields sank on Friday while safe-haven currencies, gold and crude oil jumped after reports Israel attacked Iran in a continuing series of assaults that have increased concerns of a wider Middle East conflict. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares dropped 2 percent, after earlier diving as much as 2.6 percent. US stock futures pointed 1 percent lower, retracing part of an initial 1.7 percent slide, according to a Reuters report.

Stocks in Action

Bajaj Auto:

Bajaj Auto exhibited robust financial performance in the fourth quarter, surpassing market expectations. However, despite this positive outcome, its shares experienced a decline of over 3 percent to Rs 8729.35 on April 19. It was also the top Nifty50 loser. This downward trend stemmed from concerns regarding the stock’s price, which had already exceeded brokerage target estimates, leading to perceived overvaluation.

Although brokerages commended the stellar earnings report for January-March, many maintained a ‘sell’ rating on Bajaj Auto, citing target prices significantly lower than the current market value. There’s a prevailing caution regarding the sustainability of the stock’s upward momentum, as analysts anticipate a gradual erosion of its recent gains, attributing this to the fact that most of the positive factors have already been factored into the price, according to a report.


Infosys shares slipped 2 percent in trade after the IT services major upset the Street with lower revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2024. Infosys reported a revenue of Rs 37,923 crore for the three months ended March, according to an exchange filing on April 18, falling short of analysts’ projection of Rs 38,413 crore, based on an average of 13 brokerage estimates. The net profit came in at Rs 7,969 crore, growing 30.5 percent over the previous quarter driven by income tax refunds, but overall missed analysts’ estimates.


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