The market update for India in February 2021, with a focus on the construction sector, is as follows.

Crude Steel production
  • Crude Steel production in India continued its steady climb, reaching 10.8 million tons in Feb 2022. This is higher than the production achieved during any month of the previous year.
  • Prices of TMT rebars increased by ~1.8% in Feb 2022. The Russia-Ukraine war is affecting international supply chains, resulting in rising in raw material prices.
Cement prices
  • After a dip in Jan 2022, Cement prices made a substantial jump in Feb 2022 by 8% to Rs. 430 per bag.
  • Crude Oil prices continued their upward march, reaching USD 103.1 per barrel in Feb 2022, driven by supply uncertainties caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Stock Market
  • The benchmarks stock market indices fell sharply by ~ 3.4% in Feb 2022.
  • Consumer Confidence Index
    • The Consumer Confidence Index of the RBI increased to an all-time high of 63.7. This indicates a recovery in the economic outlook in the eyes of consumers.
    • Gold prices increased substantially by 6% to Rs. 4,831 per gram in the month of February 2022.