‘Sell in May and Go Away’ strategy unlikely this year: Experts

NEW DELHI: The stock market adage ‘Sell in May and Go Away’ is likely to be proved wrong this year amid the euphoria over hopes of reform-oriented government at the Centre post general elections, and consistent foreign fund inflows, experts said.
“This popular market saying may not work this time as Indian markets are doing good. Global markets are also supportive. May 16 will be the deciding day. Markets may see high volatility, but no major selling is likely,” said Ashika Stock Brokers, Research Head, Paras Bothra. Barring last year, stock markets witnessed selling in May in the previous three years.
The benchmark Sensex had tumbled 6.26% in May 2012. In 2011, the index lost 2.6% and in 2010 it fell by 2.53%.
The Sensex, however, had gained 24.53 points in May 2013.
“Minor correction may happen this month but no major selling is likely to happen…’Sell in May and Go Away’ may not happen this time,” said Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, Research Head, Alex Mathews. “If BJP comes to power after elections, it will be taken as a signal for stability in the economy and stock markets will take it very positively and a significant upside could be seen which will take market to completely new higher levels,” Rohit Gadia, Founder and CEO, CapitalVia Global Research Limited said.
The levels may be as high as 7,300-7,800 gradually in Nifty, he added.
The BSE benchmark Sensex has gained 1,247.12 points or 5.89% so far this year. —PTI