Rising dollex spells bad news for Nifty

The US dollar index is trading at four-year high surpassing 85 levels on the upside on Thursday. The dollar index tracks greenback movement against six other major currencies. The current rally in dollar index is sparked by faster US economic growth pushing the US Federal Reserve closer to raise interest rates while the slowdown in Europe and Japan has forced central bankers to increase stimulus and boost liquidity. 

As seen from the chart, the Nifty has negative correlation with the dollar index. Indian equity market banks heavily on foreign fund inflows and strength in US dollar index would accentuate selling in equities by FIIs.

The Indian rupee closed at 7-week low in trade on Thursday. FIIs have sold shares worth close to Rs 3000 crore in last three days. It would be premature to say that a deeper correction is underway but one should keep a close look at dollar index before starting bottom-fishing in the market.

-Riken Mehta (Follow me on Twitter @mehtariken)

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