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Understanding the Holi and Good Friday Closures in India’s Stock Exchanges

This week, India’s stock market participants brace for a unique schedule due to the festive closures for Holi and Good Friday. With the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) shutting down operations on Monday for Holi and again on Friday for Good Friday, traders anticipate a condensed week of trading activity. Market movements are likely to be influenced by international developments and the actions of overseas investors during this shortened period. The anticipation of fluctuating sessions is heightened by the approaching expiry of monthly derivatives contracts on Thursday.

On the holiday front, the Indian equity markets take a break to celebrate Holi on Monday, with activities halting across key segments such as equities, derivatives, and securities lending and borrowing (SLB). The commodity markets, including the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), will pause during the morning but will resume post 5:00 PM IST. Noteworthy, the forthcoming stock market holiday calendar also marks Good Friday on March 29, with additional closures in April for Eid-Ul-Fitr and Ram Navami.

In a recap of last week’s market performance, sectors like real estate, automobiles, and metals showcased strong rebounds, buoyed by optimistic comments from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Despite the overall market uplift, the technology sector faced a downturn, reflecting over a 6% loss.

As traders and investors gear up for a week of limited trading days, the focus remains on how market trends and investor sentiment will adapt to the festive interruptions and the crucial derivatives expiry. With expert voices cautioning about potential volatility and subdued trading volumes, the market’s direction hangs in balance amidst festive cheer and strategic financial planning.

Rugmini Dinu