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BSE mkt cap hits record high; CEO Ashish Chauhan says exchange adding nearly 1 lakh investors daily
The market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies hit $3 trillion for the first time ever. At the close of trade on May 24, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies stood at Rs 2,18,94,202.30 crore (USD 3 trillion).
The investor base has increased from 5 crore to 6.9 crore (YoY), said Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO of BSE. Speaking to CNBC-TV18, he added that the long term journey of India has just begun.
“If you look at the number of investors, in last one year alone we added more than 35 percent of investors. So effectively we went from close to 5 crore to now almost 7 crore investors today. We are adding pretty much 50,000 to 1 lakh investor’s everyday on the BSE markets,” he said.
He also said that the CAGR of market capitalisation of BSE listed companies has grown by 19 percent in the last 19 years.
“If you look at last 19 years, from 2002 to 2021, the CAGR of the market capitalisation of BSE listed companies has grown by 19 percent out of which 6 percent is by new addition like IPO, rights, and bonus. 13 percent is by the index and if you add 2 percent of the dividend yield, then the index will give you 15 percent CAGR. The remaining 6 percent is showing new wealth creation and that is what BSE specialises in,” Chauhan said.
Oil Prices steady
Oil prices were steady on Wednesday as concerns a possible resumption in Iranian supply would cause a glut were offset by hopes for stronger US fuel demand after a drop in weekly inventory estimates by the American Petroleum Institute. Brent crude oil futures for July gained 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, to USD 68.70 a barrel by 0102 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for July was at USD 66.05 a barrel, down 2 cents.
Both benchmarks edged higher on Tuesday, ending at their highest levels in a week, amid hopes for rising demand from the approach of the northern hemisphere’s summer driving season and lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
US crude oil and fuel inventories fell last week, according to two market sources, citing API figures on Tuesday.
Crude stocks fell by 439,000 barrels in the week ended May 21. Gasoline inventories fell by 2 million barrels and distillate stocks fell by 5.1 million barrels, the data showed, according to the sources.
”The API data was good, but investors were paying more attention to the Iran talks because the impact from possible return of Iranian oil to the market is more significant,” said Kazuhiko Saito, chief analyst at commodities broker Fujitomi Co.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday he was optimistic over Tehran reaching an agreement soon at talks with world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal, although Iran’s top negotiator cautioned that serious issues remained.
Indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran have resumed in Vienna this week after Tehran and the UN nuclear agency extended a monitoring agreement on the Middle Eastern country’s atomic program.
Iran and global powers have negotiated in Vienna since April to work out steps that Tehran and Washington must take on sanctions and nuclear activities to return to full compliance with Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact with world powers. Analysts have said Iran could provide about 1 million to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in additional oil supply if a deal is struck and sanctions lifted
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