Global crude prices
Status: $99.80 (Rs 3,992) per barrel
Impact: Rising crude prices (which have topped $100 per barrel on intraday trade) are playing spoilsport.
It’s bad news for the economy as an oil price hike is now a certainty.
Rising oil prices are expected to fuel inflation, which will weaken RBI’s resolve to ease interest rates, at least in the short term.
Status: $1.38 billion (Rs 5,520 crore) in December 2007
Impact: There has been a decline in the net FII inflows over the last two months due to the US subprime crisis.
In fact, the high return (almost 40-45 per cent) given by the Indian market has also stretched valuations quite a bit.
However, the consensus on D-Street is that more FII inflows will happen in 2008.
— Compiled by Anand Adhikari