On October 25, the Nifty 50 and Sensex closed negatively for the fifth consecutive session, primarily due to mixed global cues and concerns related to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Investors were uneasy about riskier equities, and unimpressive Q2 earnings, along with gains in US Treasury yields, also weighed on market sentiment. The ongoing Israel-Hamas war raised uncertainties and concerns about the potential impact on global central banks’ efforts to curb inflation, especially regarding crude


oil prices. If the conflict escalates into a larger regional crisis, it could further affect the global


economy.Nifty 50 closed at 19,122.15, down 160 points (0.83%), and the Sensex ended at 64,049.06, down 523 points (0.81%). Mid and small-cap indices also experienced significant losses, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices falling by 0.52% and 0.77%, respectively. Overall market capitalization dropped by approximately ₹14.6 lakh crore in 

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the five sessions.Tata Steel, Coal India, and Hindalco were the top gainers in the Nifty index, while Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, Adani Enterprises, and SBI Life Insurance Company were among the top losers. Most sectoral indices ended in the red, except for Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty Metal. Experts noted that the geopolitical situation in the Middle East, rising bond yields, and fluctuations in crude oil prices, among 

other factors, have contributed to investor caution. The Nifty’s technical analysis indicated a negative trend and a possible drift towards 19,000.

Personal opinion:

Given the uncertainties in the market due to the Israel-Hamas conflict and other economic factors, a cautious investment approach is wise. Investors should prioritize diversification and monitor geopolitical developments closely.

Large-cap stocks appear more resilient in this volatile environment. Technical indicators suggest a negative trend, so risk management is essential. Staying informed and adapting to

changing market conditions is key.