.The United States maintains its position as the world’s largest equity market, boasting a market cap of almost $48 trillion, followed by China with $9.7 trillion and Japan with $6 trillion.
Bloomberg data reveals that India’s market cap has witnessed a remarkable 15% increase this calendar year, outpacing China’s 5 per cent erosion in market cap. The United States leads the top-10 market cap club with a growth rate of 17 per cent, surpassing India’s impressive 15 per cent
The collective global market cap has grown by 10 per cent this year, reaching $106 trillion.
Indian Market Dynamics:
The surge in market cap is attributed to gains in mid- and small-cap stocks, which now contribute 40% to India’s market cap, up from 35 per cent at the beginning of the financial year.
From April 1, India’s market cap has risen by 27 per cent, with the top 100 companies experiencing a 17 per cent growth to Rs 195 trillion, and those outside the top 100 witnessing a substantial 46% surge to Rs 133 trillion.
Analysts suggest that achieving the $4 trillion market cap milestone enhances India’s image as a prominent market in the Asia and Emerging Market (EM) basket.
India’s robust earnings, macro stability, and strong domestic flows contribute to its status as a standout market. Several foreign brokerages, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and CLSA, have recommended higher allocation to India in the EM and Asia Pacific (APAC) basket despite relatively high valuations.
Sunil Koul, APAC Equity Strategist at Goldman Sachs, highlights India’s favorable structural growth prospects in the region, projecting a robust GDP growth of 6.3% year-on-year in 2024. India’s resilience to external macroeconomic factors, such as prolonged higher interest rates, persistent dollar strength, lower China growth, and geopolitical uncertainty, positions it as a relatively less sensitive market to these external shocks.
Ridham Desai, MD & Head of Research at Morgan Stanley India, notes that India’s correlation of returns with global equities is decreasing, indicating lower susceptibility to global market trends. However, Desai emphasises that India, as a significant stock market in terms of capitalization on a global scale, cannot entirely deviate from global equity market trends. The market’s absolute returns could be influenced by softer global markets or coincide with relative underperformance in a strong global bull market.
Foreign brokerages, including Goldman Sachs, have recently upgraded their stance on the Indian markets to ‘overweight,’ underscoring India’s structural growth prospects and resilience amid external economic challenges.
In conclusion, India’s achievement of the $4 trillion market cap milestone signifies a remarkable financial feat, solidifying its position among the world’s leading equity markets.
The nation’s economic strengths, coupled with favourable global recommendations, underscore India’s significance as a go-to market in the Asia and Emerging Market landscape. As India continues to navigate the dynamic global economic landscape, its resilience and growth potential position it as a key player in the international financial arena.