Nifty50 Stocks are at 52-Week Lows amid COVID-19 Fall. Should We Buy?

Nifty50 Stocks are at 52-Week Lows amid COVID-19 Fall. Should You Buy?

The Nifty50 large-cap stocks are now in the tank amid coronavirus pandemic which has a contusing effect on Indian stock market. The ongoing panic selling in the equity market due to the virus outbreak has spared none. The selling intensity level is so high that wasn’t witnessed in the last decade. In last month, the foreign investors have so far sold equity worth of Rs. 60,000 crore approx. The foreign institutional investors have sold more than purchased in the Indian capital markets. The Nifty50 index has down by 30 per cent from its record high of 12,430 levels on January 30, 2020.

As a result, more than 90 per cent of Nifty50 stocks are at their 52-week lows. Out of 50 companies, 45 companies have hit their year low amid the havoc of coronavirus outbreak across the globe, as per the data collated on April 01, 2020.

Nifty50: Stocks with 52-Week Lows & Last 30-Days Performance

Symbol LTP 52-Week Low Date 30 Days Change (%)
HEROMOTOCO 1636.00 1475.00 24 Mar 20 -17.18
BAJAJ-AUTO 2043.00 1788.65 24 Mar 20 -26.83
BAJFINANCE 2226.00 2100.00 31 Mar 20 -48.95
TITAN 934.90 720.90 24 Mar 20 -24.86
COALINDIA 139.70 119.20 26 Mar 20 -17.51
DRREDDY 3102.00 2351.20 14 Aug 19 6.76
EICHERMOT 12990.00 12725.00 01 Apr 20 -23.65
TATASTEEL 266.35 250.85 30 Mar 20 -26.75
GAIL 75.70 65.00 13 Mar20 -24.03
MARUTI 4229.00 4030.00 24 Mar 20 -32.71
GRASIM 469.00 385.05 25 Mar 20 -29.84
POWERGRID 156.00 122.15 18 Mar 20 -14.99
ADANIPORTS 246.10 203.00 23 Mar 20 -27.76
BAJAJAFISV 4491.00 4160.25 24 Mar 20 -49.62
CIPLA 413.55 355.30 13 Mar 20 2.89
JSWSTEEL 143.00 136.10 30 Mar 20 -39.15
SUNPHARMA 344.35 312.00 30 Mar 20 -6.81
ZEEL 121.00 114.00 25 Mar 20 -48.26
INDUSINDBK 342.50 235.55 24 Mar 20 -68.26
VEDL 63.00 60.20 30 Mar 20 -43.22
RELIANCE 1084.00 875.65 23 Mar 20 -17.64
IOC 79.45 74.45 30 Mar 20 -23.57
HDFC 1588.00 1473.45 24 Mar 20 -27.14
ITC 166.65 134.60 13 Mar 20 -14.67
ULTRACEMCO 3142.00 2910.00 25 Mar 20 -24.14
INFRATEL 154.55 120.05 19 Mar 20 -28.73
NTPC 81.30 73.20 23 Mar 20 -21.75
ONGC 65.90 50.00 13 Mar 20 -26.04
M&M 274.60 245.40 25 Mar 20 -40.08
ASIANPAINT 1604.80 1291.25 09 Jul 19 -10.19
HDFCBANK 829.55 738.75 24 Mar 20 -29.68
ICICIBANK 311.50 268.30 24 Mar 20 -38.45
NESTLEIND 15670.00 10120.05 14 May 19 -2.73
LT 775.55 661.00 25 Mar 20 -33.19
WIPRO 188.65 159.40 19 Mar 20 -14.56
HINDALCO 91.70 84.90 23 Mar 20 -38.76
BHARTIARTL 422.00 305.18 18 Apr 19 -18.59
TATAMOTORS 67.95 63.50 24 Mar 20 -45.81
BPCL 302.95 252.00 24 Mar 20 -26.53
BRITANNIA 2563.55 2100.00 23 Mar 20 -13.07
HCLTECH 414.65 375.25 19 Mar 20 -24.57
SBIN 187.00 173.25 24 Mar 20 -34.93
HINDUNILVR 2179.00 1650.00 05 Apr 19 0.91
SHREECEM 16523.00 16068.15 23 Mar 20 -28.29
INFY 603.90 509.25 19 Mar 20 -18.51
UPL 307.00 240.15 23 Mar 20 -40.31
TCS 1714.00 1506.05 13 Mar 20 -14.36
AXISBANK 355.50 286.00 25 Mar 20 -48.04
KOTAKBANK 1183.50 1001.00 19 Mar 20 -25.98
TECHM 512.35 471.40 23 Mar 20 -31.19

As per data available till 01 April 2020.

As you can see, most of the companies that are listed in Nifty50 index are blue-chip companies, the companies that are leaders in their respective sector and recognized for performing well even at the adverse economic situations. However, such blue-chip companies are in blue right now, many are trading at their 52-week lows.

Now, the question is, Nifty50 Stocks are at 52-Week Lows amid the Coronavirus outbreak. So, should we buy these stocks for long-term investment?

If we look at the last 30-days performance then many stocks have fallen more than 40 per cents such as Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, Zeel Entertainment, IndusInd Bank, Vedanta, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Infosys, and Axis Bank.

Reason behind Fall in Nifty50 Stocks

When the COVID-19 first struck, it was only assumed that China was only affected. But, once it crosses the globe, the FIIs and FPIs anticipated slower growth rate ahead. And when the disease crossed the continents and countries over February and March, including India, FIIs and FPIs sold massively. On top of that, the 21-days lockdown added the fears amongst investors for weak economic growth.

The panic selling witnessed amongst domestic investors and foreign investors to exit the emerging markets and go for safer options. The intensity was so high that the levels weren’t witnessed in the last 10 years.

As the Indian equity market is dominated by the foreign investors’ participation, when they start pulling money out of the market, the Nifty lost more than 50 per cent. Meanwhile, some stocks are going through turmoil due to industry-specific issues.

So, it is clear that the volatility seems to be present within the market for some time amid coronavirus outbreak or at least till the time a vaccine is not developed to counter the disease.

Should We Buy to Make Long-term Investments?

As the outbreak is still denting the capital markets of India, the situation is not likely to recover and the uncertainty expected to remain in the market as long as the cases keep coming. However, investors who are looking to make long-term investments for more than 5 to 10 years shouldn’t be trying to figure out the bottom instead select the fundamentally strong stocks to make the investments. Most of the Nifty50 stocks are available at the discounted prices and fundamentally strong in a manner that when the market starts to recover, they make healthy returns in upcoming years.

Besides, the blue-chip companies have the tendency to change the market movements. A rupee-cost averaging can benefit investors with long-term goals to make huge profits in the upcoming years. But, investors to invest for 2-3 years should be very careful as the uncertainty over the virus outbreak likely to remain in the market.

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