Markets descend from record highs, profit bookings subdue sentiments (Roundup)


Mumbai, Sep 17 | India’s key stock indices closed in the red on Friday as profit booking subdued sentiments after three consecutive sessions of rise.

Both key indices — S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 — ended in the red after making intra-day record highs.

Both key indices had a gap-up opening, following which the Sensex crossed the 59,700 mark, while Nifty breached the 17,790 level.

Sector-wise, metals, realty, power, oil and gas and healthcare stocks fell the most whereas telecom and bank stocks rose the most.

The S&P BSE Sensex closed the day’s trade at 59,015.89 points, lower by 125.27 points, or 0.21 per cent, from its previous close.

NSE Nifty50 ended the day’s trade in the red. It fell to 17,585.15 points, lower by 44.35 points, or 0.25 per cent, from its previous close.

“Nifty snapped a three-day winning streak on September 17 and ended marginally in the red,” HDFC Securities’ Head of Retail Research, Deepak Jasani said.

“Nifty opened gap up and rose making fresh record highs helped by banking stocks post the bad bank sovereign guarantee announcement on Thursday evening. After making an intra day high at 11 a.m., it started to fall.”

Motilal Oswal Financial Services’ Head, Retail Research, Siddhartha Khemka, said: “Equity markets opened gap up and touched yet another new high, before witnessing profit booking in the latter half of the session. The indices settled in marginal red, snapping its three-day winning streak.”

“The fall was more pronounced in the broader markets as it tanked over 1 per cent, thus, underperforming the benchmarks.”

LKP Securities’ Head of Research, S. Ranganathan, said: “While the pace of vaccinations and encouraging export data helped bulls get closer to the 60K mark amidst the FTSE & MSCI rebalancing of flows, profit taking took away all the gains ahead of the GST Council meet.”

“Even as the BFSI biggies held fort today, the cut in the ‘Small & Midcap’ indices weakened market breadth as was evident in the ‘Advance-Decline’ ratio at close today.”

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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