India Morning Report: Just a new Cabinet in play, Markets joust at 7200

There is virtually no reason for markets to hold the new 7200 levels on the Nifty or 24200 levels on the Sensex so there is always  chance that 7100 is reached again in the coming 2-3 weeks, but global markets are agog with the news of a new government in India and there are even some stray rumors of FDI being redirected from China to the Indian basket. However as a few that have rerated markets to 8000 levels would appreciate and Nomura does not in rerating of the growth target to 6.5%, the new Modi trade as yet does not encompass any change in fundamentals of the Economy as it awaits the qualification of India strategies with real strategy motifs from the new PM.

The FII sell trade on the index however as we explained already is a likely deepening of their bets on India as they exit naked index bets and return to stock specific bets while exiting cyclicals ( Citi – Pharma, Consumer Staples, Metals) . Goldman Sachs again, a good index revision to 8300 however no retail investors should be encouraged to enter the markets at these levels, those in play already inside whence the index crossed 6700 levels.

Markets as expected, open slightly positive after a rush to Mt. 7200 on Friday and now sustaining the range between 7100-7400 before fundamentals and a real government allow the move out to 7500 and then only one can say what the new peak for the markets shall be and where it will end in 2014 likely above 7700 and 25000 on th Sensex an easy target . Markets reached 25k mid afternoon on Friday. Global markets in the meantime see the FTSE stopped below 7000 as it along with the European plays changes the fundamentals of the Bull trade from European growth at home to Global growth and the bond trade exits. European markets will now rise on the weakness of the Euro having peaked out their slow growth memes at the 1.40 marks on the Euro. The SU markets after a scary ride down all week closed near 16,500 and still retain a bullish meme or too but only if the Bond trade stops doubling down every week, ten year yields still headed south even as retail reports a buoyant quarter this week.

The currency is headed below 58 with another 30 paisa gain at open to 58.50 even as Arun Shoruie gets another chancce at an Economic portfolio. It is a little discouraging ( intellectually) that the voting masses do not appreciate anyone with real qualifications, though one does not yet mind a man of the masses taking reign as he brings promise of long term stability and thus at least hope of turning the regular recovery to 6% into a big decade for India and India inc,

It almost seems superstition ( see our predilection series’ of 2011) for markets to stand on a 9:2 Advance Decline ratio after having lopped of the steep head of the trade on Friday when the markets understandingly rose 5% mid day to above 7500, allowing analysts to comfortably bat for India bull markets even after the great seeming froth in equities ont he back of a 336 seat win for the NDA. Banknifty hit 15k in Friday trades and the bigger better banks including the 2000 vintage Yes Bank too will continue to reap the gains of renewed investor confidence , allowing Yes Bank to trade around 600 levels and ICICI Bank perhaps 1500 levels as HDFC Bank is already at 800. Market earnings should be taken at around 375 for the Nifty and 1400 for the Sensex as the markets have moved on since August last year and India inc continues to perform.

A great bull run will probably stay stopped in its tracks for a couple of months as consumer staples stop rising even as inflation remains high with consumption the oonly growing GDP component. However as growth takes hold, it is desired (as Riddham Desai makes a case for it on CNBC tv18) that the %of GDP attributed to wages decline in favor of % of GDP attributed to Profits. That would also imply that consumption share of GDP that may keep growing will have lesser role to play as real investments finally make the GDP shine for India a sterling part of selling the new Modi model of global business. However , my takeaway remains that it may be difficult to undermine the role of Pharma, Exports and even FMCG/staples/Non durables in future Indian growth and performances from the sector may well continue to lead sentiment into 2016 giving the market consolidation a reason to not change baskets but remain stock specific after having chosen their favorite banks. China in fact continues to bat for a new dispensation that allows deeper domestic consumption markets where Japan has already moved after a first few futile months, and though analysts and funds start chasing China and Japan almost simultaneously with much bigger commitments, India will scor ehigher than its own previous benchmarks on Foreign inflows and markets will continue to lead business here.

India Morning Report: And here’s how we do not make a bubble?

sinbadThe run in IT stocks , sudden and abrupt also might be a harbinger of not so good tidings as stupid money, unusually attributed to ingenuous retail investors in the Indian markets by experts ( of for my juniors, it is culturally appropriate to attribute to senior experts) , rushes in. It is nevertheless a cultural folly (run retail investors are coming) that is the Indian quirk bringing the need for caution into play faster than others. However Puts have moved on their markers as well from 6800 which lost 800k in OI yesterday to 7000 which gained 550k, making the Ringconfidence indicator at 70% (RingConfidence=OIaddinmidpointofnewrange/OIaddinmidpointofoldrange, just invented here) give us confidence in the rally having moved on with speed, but also rising too fast even as market Vols fell 20% on Monday itself to 30% on the India VIX. The rise is probably the result of a market segment trying to accelerate profit taking in the markets, earlier expected to be at the end of 2014. The usual rollover ringConfidence for example in the period since 2004 has been 59-63% highly unsatisfactory in my personal opinion but perhaps more pragmatic than the usually faster optiions track where traders having doubled down and not found the markets expensive, are already in waiting with 7100 sold puts gaining currency overnight

Not only will the market thus become cautious over today, it will probably chew (not eschew) on the additional inflows in the markets now till the DIIs go back to being net buyers, having taken a slice out yesterday ( INR 6 Bln) Given a mix of caution and optimism, this could improbably not unlikely, try to extend the market range on the Nifty and the Sensex further at least for end 2014 if due pragmatism lasts, and may thus keep rising if it is possible without IT. IT sector at this point is under threat from the stronger currency and though markets are trying to replicate an earlier era’s confidence in face of a strengthening currency, a complete superimposition of 2004 is likely seen as foolhardy and will be beaten down esp if market is seen as ripe for profittaking in the real rally scrips , in the cyclical sectors. The Euro’s weakness and new stimulus may have driven buoyancy in sentiment on the IT crowd, but the same is also not sustainable, barely enough to take the bulwark sector out of the dumps, not for a new surge of growth as Infy’s public spectacle of restructuring management is emulated by others in rebadging units and recent acquisitions non eof them including HCL creating real new business in the past few quarters and after due consolidation below par compared to the nineties, still living the Java era long past.

PSU banks and DRL proved that bad earnings stories will remain part and parcel of the market fabric, the let down from PNB and BOB sharp and while PNB suffered for making late provisions, with profits down 30%, it also failed with new restructuring worth INR 44 Bln and slippages of nearly INR 20 Bln in a single quarter. PNB’s Gross NPAs are now 5.2% while BOB has reduced Gross NPAs to under 3% stemming the rot even as both PSY biggies reported less than lukewarm Net Interest Income growth from loans. PNB has not sold any of its burgeoning bad assets to ARCONs while BOB has sold INR3.94 Bln this quarter with more to come. both banks will likely be supported by large recoveries as well as the market environment improves.

However bad earnings are unlikely to be tolerated by the markets, even for BOB with a 10% growth in income or nearly flat profits not a sign of good business and private banks will continue to rerate the PSU companions out ont he Banknifty which has nearly peaked as expected at 14300 levels albeit for a breather.

The coming budget among other new policy pronouncements will likely see a rechristening of new welfare schemes to replace the UPA deals. Banks and cyclicals will likely strengthen their leads in the market post budget ( and post the 2014 World Cup in Rio) Bharti and ITC thus seem perfect candidates to get ou tof the defensive clutch slow track as the revoery numbers come in.

Power NBFCs seem to be getting a tad over optimistic but may be duly rewarded with the budget focussing on low hanging fruit in infrastructure. However, a real rally is likely to ensue in IDFC, Relinfra and JP Associates, with GMR, GVK and these three depending on new financing options to deleverage their current balance sheet.

DRL’s performance is unlikely to weigh down on the sectors performance which is still underpriced given the real domestic market opportunity and the flip out from the continuing patent crossovers into generics thru 2016

Currency and Bond markets will continue buoyancuy when markets open at 9 AM, with other Asian markets also getting into recovery mode post elections and in the case of Japan, discounting the coming El Nino, also important for India’s agri-economy

Again it is improbable but not unlikely that markets hit 7500 on Friday itself before counting is over. If you are still looking for hugely mispriced opportunities looking at India much like Russia and Poland of the eighties and nineties, you can probably just wait for Maruti to hit 2200-2300 whence it would be a delicious short with SBI. Maruti has apparently started down and so even if you like me have not been tracking the stock you can get in on shorts, though the overall market remains positive through today and tomorrow, the ubiquitous A-D line going 3:1 on this slow day.

GolBoot (GoldmanSachs) has sold its stake in M&M felling the puppet’s streak, while Kotak is celebrating a probably unactioned and filed Nayak report recommending banks be incorporated in the Companies Act, allowing it not pare its stake as PSU banks ignore the report recommending a NOHFC structure not unlike the Chinese Huijin with govt stake below 50% and age limits for CEOs and WTDs in Banks both public and private.

Immediately, though the error margin mentioned in the various exit polls is larger, it will not likely be a harbinger of uncertainty but more for the mascency of the science in India, their will also be post noise and due scandal on cooked figures no more than is the ritual commonplace in established research markets like the USA. Did you know even Global Beer sales have no record before 1992 and thus the data’s margin of error remains bigger and unwieldy allowing for science to be inspired by personalities and perspicacious commentary. Equally improbable, and yet not unlikely, is a flare up in Oil prices, as the tab starts ticking up , threatening to jeopardise the fiscal balance with the new government eager to show down the performance  of the UPA though the continuing increase in Diesel prices is great news.

India Morning Report: Sorry Bears and Cartels, Bulls are still hiding in the Indian woodwork

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Network analysts sitting on lower support levels and betting short on most new blue chips having seen the infracos slide, are in for another shocker as the march series looks to inch closer to 5600 on expiry day before closing out comfortably ahead of August 2012 levels. Both Sukhani continue on the second month of watchful short betting SS targetting YES Bank further from today while Bharti and some others responded in kind to the lack of interest to back the market interest to significant lower levels but the buls seem to have won on real strength of fund inflows for the time being. Markets will correct but not by much in April and while the upside was capped to 5850 levels by the weakness that just means the lowside is still as high as 5550 even for safe investors and 5500 puts should be real rich making sells for bullish investors. (We personally are not conflicted by any position here)

 

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

 

BRICS Development Bank aside, which we look to fund the Indian Infrastructure gap in due course, India inc starts off results season in a week and its profitability scores that already improved on identified sectoral leaders in Q3, are the ones that will be identified with the successful India story and not the politicking as enough stability and forward looking governance is guaranteed by incumbent ministers if not the party flags.

 

The Rupee keeps most of its strength in the new series and the may series may give pointers on the new range for the currency as Fixed income yields cross back into the 8+ range having lost the rate cut and pushed the bank to the reverse repo rate on the corrridor

 

Given the strength of equities and currency going in, profitability concerns of consumption and auto plays should be watched closely for bear victories even as IT forecasts and IT results will remain damp and not affect sentiment. Healthcare could lead stocks nose down but not up even if it maintains good profitability and revenue growth and any weakness in bank performance including Q1 FY14 forecasts will be a deal breaker.

 

Infra debt funds have indeed taken off and execution perofrmance of projects still hanging will come intpo play on the bourses also in Q3 FY14, QIP fund raising shifting out from infra and bank fund raising to NBFC or Capital expansion plays across manufacturing and services businesses with CDS holding sub 200 levels , a great performance for an isolated Asian performer.

 

 

Morning Trading Strategies – India September 10-14, 2012 (Day 2 – Tuesday)

 

State Bank of India Logo
State Bank of India Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

No do not do that. though smaller targets that Ashwini Gujral has suggested work, you never know which short won’t work and thats a good investment on the long you are switching. Of course I refer to the markets enticing show of what’s left in India anyway and exiting by the back door for the show is over kind of morning with dear networks taking turns on shorts for day traders. Yes Bank could very well come back to 320 and IDFC has already shown enough to stick to 122 levels than go back to 114 both indicating that the supposed over emphasis on both banking and infrastructure financing is unlikely to go away and REC and PFC are already at encouraging levels for an uother upmove.

 

We do not expect markets to go for the South side vacation day traders are so fervently hoping for.

 

We do not expect markets to go for the South side vacation day traders are so fervently hoping for.

 

ITC is a buy again at 253-257,  More IDFC can be accumulated at cirrent prices, ICICI Bank is a good buy but the stock ill run below 900 on some quick performance concerns regarding expectations on NPA portfolios, and restructurings as well as business segment portfolios the firm operates without any regard for the consistent high NIMs  and quality credit pull to the franchise.  SBI stock similarly awaits a big bang news before a new positive target thus making a good upmove unlikely while big news is unlikely in this quarter or next, banks having stabilised a volatile operating scenario

 

 

 

India / Asia Deal News and Prospects

The Anna movement has fizzled out without a viable political color, NaMo and Nimo apparently not good for a national calling and Rahul Gandhi not coming out to take charge, the old generation moving on has also provided pause for those of us born in the 70s as more entry line recrutiting takes salaries , if any , to 20 somethings and no growth industry replaces againg telecom infrastructure stories banks amnaging to gro credit to NBFC, Real estate (Affordable Housing) and other services industries.

FDI collars for old sectors, new banks and growth calls for the pack waiting for work yet still snagging salaries at IPL linked marketing companies, erstwhile growing BPO and It companies or NPA hit PSU banks are yet a year or more away. Not much is expected from IIP data and Manufacturing Output growth data on Wednesday while Friday’s WPI data and that of FX reserves is unlikely to move decisively either, yet not be in the rut, WPI having improved for the last three-four months. European inflation data is likely to be worse today when most nations report than tomorrow when Italy and Sweden are scheduled to report while key South Korean, Russian and Aussie data speeden the recovery by the currencies against the dollar.

AT THE TIME OF THE LAST SUCH STASIS IN THE MID90s WE DID NOT SEE COCACOLA QUIT OR KFC INTRODUCE VEGGIE MENUS BUT MANY LEFT INDIAN SHORES FOR A “PAN ASIAN” PRESENCE and as of now the European Banks are leading the same trend even as their future stays inextricably linked to the Asian movers and shakers.

MEANWHILE Heineken’s Asian Deal has generated interest for real estate reasons as well, with the makers of Tiger Beer and F&N juices also owning the largest property on Singapore’s Orchard Road, worth 50% more than Tiger Beer’s sale proceeds.

Also Kingfisher has moved on from probable and hope ful to near certain death as it keeps the skeletal senior management onboarded at a cost of INR 675 Crs according to a ET weekend report.

InDIA MORNING REPORT SEPTEMBER 07, 2012: Global Liquidity Moves and a crunch in China

English: Bharat Swati (BHEL Swati) is an India...
English: Bharat Swati (BHEL Swati) is an Indian two-seat training monoplane designed by the Technical Centre of Directorate General of Civil Aviation and built by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As GSAM and a few others will willingly admit over the air, there is no return on your investment in China for a few more months. Of course the most important news of this market and it is affecting pre open rates as we speak is the Central bank liquidity thrust which has started in earnest even before the last obstacles toa Spanish bailout have been removed from ESM approvals to Spain’s own assessment and formal request. Bond buying in the 1-3 yr range by the ECB was announced at the monthly ECB meeting yesterday and was good news fo those already picking up 7% and 5.5% bargains in Spanish and Italian bonds. The resulting liquiddity esp as China is crushed under its own policy weight of the last twenty years is more investments in India.

However sooner or later more backing will be required for this rally as the BHEL and SAIL disinvestments look ticklishly unlikely despite Chidu’s best face on it. Bank nifty should be an important gainer if not today, tomorrow as 9850 was an important point of support.

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Fixed Income Report: India back as flavor of the year

Global sentiment has again turned in favor of India as a leader of the trend of survival led growth, thaat is bleeding the best of developed world markets dry with expectations of QE fuelled growth that are increasinglytemporary growth humps on the chart and trending down like a dampening whale’s breath on each injection of liquiidity.

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Put in simpler terms the yields from $100 in first round of QE is probably as much from $230 in the second round and now that most have more than $1000 invested and are getting half the strength expected to continues in housing and treasury markets, the Indian yields are good to be shopped leading a trend down, though RBI was also mopping extra liquidity out from the markets in today’s run

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Where’s everything headed, then?

We as india writers have pushed out everything with insight in the last three four years, short of  the unworthy Indian infrastructure which could not attract even $100 bln in Gross investments yet with two debt funds of $3 bln each and some older established PEs like Macquarie and 3i and the Govt of India grants of INR 750 bln. Short because Indian Infrastructure sector with all the public enterprises involved is very short on the details and as it works without meaningful graft like the Telecoms, the Roads, Power, Aviation and Ports infrastructure continue to work with construction companies like our FMCG sector works with $500 mln brands from HUL, P&G and ITC and we are the wrong ones because we criticise something as if it was the end of the road for the sectors in each case and nothing else going to happen because it is not.

At least that is also what the Dy Governor of the RBI, Subir Gokarn seems to feel if we read into his new timetable to plan out Capital Convertibility for India. FDI in India has always been able to attract the bigger dollars irrespective of investors’ fascination with issues like the retroactive introduction of taxability of transactions and the impossibility of investing more than tokens of currency in our banking sector with restrictions of M&A or the recent failure of FDI in multi brand retail/ defence, healthcare and aviation.

The true problem comes in India’s cultural intractability compared to China or Signapore or others total rolling out of the Carpet for the bbigger dollar including the State sponsorship of the project, and not an immobilised set of half dozen land reform and Tax reform bills, and the Private state and comsumer acceptance of that way of life that the investment unwittingly imports itself with. Being open to cultural transfusion, this is a real anachronism always heaped on  the middling old politicians who could not run coalitions but it runs deeper as the next few generations will find out.

Probably what we need to bring in each sector is like the perfect storm, at least two representative investor in each such sector, like probably Yum with KFC and Pizza Hut and Tata Global – Starbucks and or Dominos with the Bhartiyas where there are unlikely to be any hiccups with all three biting the bullet and all government departments, consumers and politicians able to sell and compare. I would even aver that the 2g  experiment is still very much a success for the FDI story right now. A similar base exists in Banking where the world’s Top Banks are increasingly looking to Asia and India in particular to roll out bigger base staff or the magic wands that the local and global Harry Potters need to win the magical sorcerers over at state and center.

Whether it is International Quality standards for Highways or structured products in Banking, Indians more than other s are Comparison shoppers who like to think their Point-Of-View is appreciated and part and parcel of the product/standard unlike others who let FDI build a parallel Eco system, much like empty highways and cities outside Bejing while the Eastern corridor esp  around Beijing keeps cars stuck in Traffic queues that take three days to move from end to end, or even more

The simplification stated in that, is to be taken with the usual detailed quid pro quos and the details of a contract like bringing the capabilities to service rural consumers becoming a new reality for banks, auto and credit card and durables/discretionary sector plays from Pizza to That larger personal loan than the $500 on my Kissan Credit Card.

THE INDIA BUDGET 2012: Healthcare, Education and the Rest?

New National Urban Health Mission mooted, NRLM (Rural Literacy ) allocation increased

AAjivika women self help – bank credit -> extended interest subvention ( eff rate 4%)

NRHM allocation INR 208 bln

Addendum: India to get its own Huijin as holding company for Bank Capital 

National Credit Guarantee Fund for Youth, Rural Development Fund!, National Social Assistance increased by 37%, INR 255 bln allocated for Right to Education, INR 200 bln for Rural Infra Devlpt Fund

Kolkata water purification and Kerala Agri separate allocation, Hissar allocation allocation (, Hyderabad ..NCAER INR 1 bln and lesser INR 0.15 bln for NCAER and a Pali language research center ( India is diverse, definition of weaker sections is even more diverse)

Avlblty of residential qtrs for Central Police Forces (8000 units) and separate allocation for Office bldgs ( INR 10-20 bln each)

AAdhaar platform – compulsory Id for all above 18, used for beneficiary accounts…

Black Money Control: 82 DTAA, 17 TIEs signed, 33rd signatory of Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters,

Defence Outlay of INR 1.95 Tln or $39 bln higher significantly

Benami Transaction Prohibition Bill to replace 1988 act

Narcotics control provisions to be also updated

Rest Tax performance after study, review and analysis

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