Stock market movement prior and after Lok Sabha election

By | April 26, 2014 5:46 pm

In our last post Nifty reaction to Lok Sabha election results we had a discussion on various scenarios which are possible. Lets discuss who can an “Investor” also use the Lok Sabha election event to rejig portfolio.

In an election year, equities usually go up in the run-up to elections, and Market will always give Thumb to clear mandate the trend continues.

Data since 1991 show that equity markets usually go up before general elections. Barring 2004, when they fell 11 per cent in three months prior to the elections, they have risen before all elections since 1991-24 per cent ahead of 1991 polls, 7 per cent in 1996, 6 per cent in 1998, 14 per cent in 1999 and 27 per cent in 2009 as shown in below chart.

3 Month return

The interesting thing is that most of the times the trend continues after the elections as well, so for investor waiting for a correction or dip should be cautious as market may not give any dip if Modiji becomes the PM of the country.

Another important observation which came out of study is market like clear mandate and stable government and rally continues and if we have coalition or unstable government comes to power  market corrects in 3 month period.

  • Equity markets rose 44 per cent in three months after the P.V. Narasimha Rao government came to power in 1991.
  • 15 per cent after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power in 1999.
  • 32 per cent after the United Progressive Alliance won in 2009.
  • Market fell 8 per cent in three months after the Third Front formed government in 1996.
  • Market fell 12 per cent after the BJP formed a government in 1999.
  • Market fell 3% when UPA-1 came to power.

Sectoral Performance is also shown below



Clearly High Beta Sector are the flavor of Investor/trader.  So if Modiji becomes PM, Realty,Metals stock will be in focus on traders/investor radar. This time PSU’s stocks should also be on radar, as revival of economy PSU’s will benefit the most.

From fundamental perceptive also  Sensex crossing 21,000 , Sensex was trading at a 12-month forward price-to-earnings multiple of 24.6 times but today at 22,600 Sensex was trading at a 12-month forward price-to-earnings multiple of 19.6 times which is quiet reasonable and lot of scope for upside.

9 thoughts on “Stock market movement prior and after Lok Sabha election

  1. rahul

    Bramesh Sir,
    Last time in 2009 elections Larsen & Tubro also gave 40% return post election result so do you think Infra as a space is also good for investment/trading

  2. jayesh

    thanks for the nice info, my question in can i buy call & put before 16th may to get the profits from market movement after election results are declared

    thanks in advance

  3. Ritesh

    Bramesh Ji,

    What happens if BJP doesn’t achieve the 272 target…instead they get 170-180 …and Congress forms Govt with 3rd Front ??


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