Stock Exchanges in IndiaThere are two major stock exchanges in India:
History of Stock Exchanges in IndiaIndia’s and Asia’s oldest exchange started around 140 years ago under a banyan tree.Five stock brokers started buying and selling shares under a banyan tree in front of the Mumbai Town Hall. Two decades later, in 1854 as the number of brokers increased a small group was formed at Dalal Street named ‘The Native Share & Stock Brokers Association. Today, it is known as the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).BSE has a cooler younger brother named The National Stock Exchange. It was founded in 1992 after the Indian financial markets suffered a setback due to the Harshad Mehta scam that hit the Bombay Stock Exchange. The government of India decided to establish NSE. It was based on recommendations made by the High Powered Study Group.The aim of establishing NSE was to provide equal access to investors from all across the nation which made participating in the stock markets easier.
The Stock Market IndexesEach stock exchange in India has its own index. The indexes give us a clear understanding of how the stock markets are performing.There are two main market indexes in India.
- The S&P BSE Sensex represents the 30 largest Indian companies listed on the Bombay stock exchange.
- CNX Nifty 50 represents the 50 largest Indian companies listed on the National Stock exchange.
The Practical use of the IndexLet us now see how the indexes are used by investors and traders.
1. Informational PurposesThe stock market indexes reflect the general market trend.If the index is positive, it means investors and traders are optimistic about the future. It is shown with a green arrow facing upwards.If the index is negative, it means investors and traders are pessimistic about the future. It is shown with a red arrow facing downwards.For example, the Nifty value on the 1st of January 2021 was 14,049 and the value as of 16th February 2021 was 15,431. This represents a positive shift of 1,382 points.This indicates that between 1st January 2021 to 16th February 2021, investors and traders were optimistic about the economic future.
2. BenchmarkingThe indexes act as a benchmark for the returns you generate.Let us assume that in the last year, you had invested Rs 1,00,000 in a mutual fund with Nifty as a benchmark index and generated a return of Rs 30,000.On the other hand, Nifty moved from 12,119 to 15,431 points in the last year generating a return of 33%How do you think your fund has performed?Your fund has underperformed the market by 3%.Without the indexes, you cannot really figure out how your fund has performed as per the markets. The objective is always to outperform the index and generate higher returns.
3. TradingTrading by forecasting the index is probably one of the most popular uses of the index. Majority of the trader’s trade with the view of making profits as the market fluctuates.Traders predict how the markets would react to the economy or general state of affairs.For example, imagine the latest situation. At 11:00 AM, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was expected to deliver the budget speech.An hour before the announcement the Nifty index is at 13,758 points. If the expected budget is favourable to the nation's economy, naturally the index would move up.So to trade, you may want to buy the index at 13,758 and as the market moves up to 14,300 points you can book profits.
Index construction methodologyNow as we know that Nifty consist of 50 stocks and Sensex consists of 30 stocks from different sectors. The Index tracks the behaviour of a portfolio of the largest blue-chip companies and most liquid Indian securities.For a stock to include in the index, it should qualify certain criteria. If it fails to maintain the criteria, the stock gets replaced by another stock.Also, each stock in the index has a certain weightage. Weightage refers to how much importance a certain stock has in the index gets compared to the others.To know more about the Free Float methodology of Nifty - Click here
How does the index assign the weightage to the stock?In the Indian stock exchange, a free-float market capitalization method is followed. The larger the market capitalization of a company, the higher is the weightage it gets in the index.Free float market capitalization = Total number of shares outstanding in the market * the stock price.Outstanding shares are the total number of shares issued by a company to its investors.Let us understand Free float market capitalization with an example.Let’s say Orange Ltd has 100 shares outstanding in the market, and the stock price is at 50 then the free-float market cap of Orange Ltd is 100*50 = Rs. 5,000.
Here is a list of 30 stocks of BSE Sensex:
|SR NO.||COMPANY||INDUSTRY||MARKET PRICE(Rs)||FREE FLOATADJ. FACTOR|
|15||KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK||BANKING||1,937.30||0.7|
Sector specific IndicesApart from Nifty and Sensex, we have sector specific indices which represent the movements of each sector. For example, the Bank Nifty on NSE represents the sentiment of companies specific to the banking industry.
Here is a list of Sector Specific indices:
|Nifty PSU Bank||2,465|
|Nifty Fin Service||16,747|
|Nifty Pvt Bank||19,066|
|Nifty Finserv 25/50||16,369|