India Morning Report: Portfolio investment highs let India story dominate

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Investment percent gdp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As investment flows confirm net positive investments in India on a regular daily basis, making the total for March closer to $3 Bln or close to $150 mln per day (INR 900 Crores) , India and Indonesia keep hopes alive for Global equities and EEM flows remain negative with exits from China, Japan and Korea closing out on any hope for recovery in North Asia with China remaining dull and Japans deficit imports coming at the cost of lower Exports being kept on deficit mirroring the phase of growth investments without concurrent investing flows.

 

6590 levels obviously proved daunting for India Inc and markets returned the gains out of the morning trades after a buoyant day for equities all around, looking for new levels not belying the sad events of 2012 for Corporate India Markets stay away from Banks as markets had a big open on Monday and new levels in private sector banks seem to wait for PSU banks that continue to be neglected for their larger than life NPA sores and aches.

 

Reasons for cheering the performance of Auto and metals however still seem t o be further ahea d on the road to recovery and have hardly earned their stripes. Bank License hopefuls that still include the Aditya Birla Group and a couple of other corporate houses are probably caught unaware by the extra scrutiny imposed by the Poll panel ahead of a new government in steed at the Center. RBI has enough reason to deny corporate houses a chance to play with the banking system but it may be difficult to deny claims of available NBFC models like Aditya Birla Money ( Diversified Financial Services ) AND M&M Financial Services ( Retail unsecured/Auto Lending ) after satisfying the NOHFC structure requirements, giving the CEntral Bank a tytough decision as it probably wants to hand over no more than 4-5 new opportunities

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India Morning Report: Market takes a profit taker’s slice of pie at 6400

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English: Juuso Pykälistö (FIN) in his Peugeot 206 WRC during the 2003 Swedish Rally. Français : Juuso Pykälistö (Finlande) à bord de sa Peugeot 206 WRC au cours du Rallye de Suède édition 2003. Polski: Juuso Pykälistö (Finlandia) za kierownicą swojego Peugeota 206 WRC na trasie Rajdu Szwecji w 2003 roku. Português: Juuso Pykälistö (Finlândia) no seu Peugeot 206 WRC durante o Rali da Suécia de 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cake was of course due, it being the market anniversary at 6400, and the sharpness of the cut a reminder of the buyer knowing he was due a big hole when he exited. It is still a relatively recent add back to the Indian market equations, used to absorbing continuing profit taking without such a market wide reaction

Ofcourse, the hint was in the stock selection to the rally to 6400 (achieved) and 6500 (planned) with the markets still believing in Maruti and AllBank , parts of the rally not to move till further into the recovery. Needless to say the profit-taking candle worth a 100 points before 2 pm(250 sensex points), also wiped out any chance of a further downtick as 6200 presents a secular buying opportunity and 6220 is as good as 6180 would bring if there was another day of correction. However, the important thing to note was return of volumes even though it was in breakouts suspect to last the full weight of fundamentals testing strong fundamentally valid scrips. Tech Mahindra, M&M Financial services were up on buying and IDFC and bank candidate LIC Housing were indeed weaker instead of gaining strength yesterday,. Today might see the opposite as Powergrid continues up and to me even IDFC does not look like ready for a correction at 108, let alone 105 which should see buyers crawl back.

Cornered buyers of the rally looking to add Hero, Maruti and the PSU Banks like BOI an others may again cause a flutter once the markets reach 6350. If they decide to take up cudgels , investors and positional traders should move out of harm’s way gong to 6100 Puts, buying out their  6300 position in Puts. Also transaction costs should preclude move outs from 6500 and 6600 Calls especially as the longs have some more to look forward to , allowing them to expire such calls on the hope while buying more ATM calls if they wish to go long. The Rupee was the most hurt from the lack of new picks for the bull run, the breakdown at 64 finding bears waiting in the currency which immediately lost almost half a dollar to open at 62.40 on Friday. Fixed yields remaining at 8.8% instead of riding down to 8.5% probably signify a large shot interest even as the Taper passes by.

The unwinding in Bull Futures seem to be taking place a tick at a time so the new concentration has probably cottoned on to new interest in 6100 series as well as we can confirm after 2 pm. However if you have indeed exited (updated before 11 AM on Friday) Exits may also not reinvest in Defensives like Pharma and IT at current levels though those scrips are maintaining levels

The ICICI TAB campaign will indeed live up to its hype in 3-4 months as Banks come back to lean on retail deposits after cycling thru pressure updating on Salary and Corporate Savings accounts, as a loose ready reckoner for focus, with retail lending probably also going off a cliff in 2-3 months at the inflection in the Economy where Investment has to take over and the consumption uptick will slump hopefully without further rate hikes from the Central Bank Meanwhile with the PMI above 50 in December, Q3 looks like a good number for GDP ( having battled first seven months on negative IIP) and the IIP in January next week will still report for November which should fool no one .

The India Services MI follows on Monday likely to show an uptick as China battles another new slowdown in Export Orders which again is something India has skipped in this month’s report due Monday. We warned you on the Tata Motors trade, December sales underlining the company’s longer term woes and JLR eating up all the Cash flow for its design investments. Bullish trades will again focus on a new spine of infraco and telecom even as Voda pips the public Bharti in the battle for subscribers with a DoCoMo conversion Bharti’s 200 mln base could thus even rejuvenate flagging growth back to number 1 in a few and till then news of a recovery may have slowly trickled in to a mass of ‘hysteria’ buoyed by the coming bull earning reports

Given the continuing bottom up buying approach into the rally as it continues from 6150 levels at worst, this would be the widest base of new fundamental picks identified as winners and more of the traders’ favorites fall by the wayside, making Axis equal to ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank in the coming rallies for example and even Cadila and Glenmark correcting with the rest of the market till the new rush consolidates.

GAIL could be a great add to the defensives as well and should help if you are finally ready to rid yourself of the HCL Tech and All Bank, with me being a little uninformed on Idea and the new defensive volume breakouts TechM, M&M Financial(hopefully the information risk is not going to be staple for the market)

YES Bank and IDFC remain the continuing meme from the 2011 rallies while new fundamental picks could be bolstered by the gold bankers Muthoot and Manappuram mid-caps even as Gold does slide down in 2014 with Oil as a continuous shrinkage from the Fed bites the Gold and Oil trade. I’d still bet on LIC Hsg and Shriram

Hero’s December ‘comeback’ could be another harbinger for the goo pickup in rural trade as Bajaj Auto again underlines that Hero is the loser from the Honda sale with Honda having caught up to 300k in December at 60% of the Hero figure.

Zee could sill be a good pick in this term and Adani Ent and Adani Ports could be good shorts even as their fundamentals improve on a tiny, not just small base. Infy has tracked buyers after diping below 3500 but there isn not mor than 3-5% on the upside

India Morning Report: A tough hand dealt in the Financial Stability Report

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Loan (Photo credit: LendingMemo)

The Interconnectedness of the Indian Banking system, might have become prioritised for a global caveat emptor learnt but the Indian system has much more downside from our desi PSU style profligacy in SME lending as haircuts on even 50% of that stressed portfolio would take the government out for a long walk in the woods. Delving a little more indepth into our favorite subject, most of the stressed portfolios in India Inc’s first stress tests were found to be in Infra, Mining and Cap goods sectors or our core Infrastructure series components and those would anyway need to be treated differently than Ordinary term loans . Such loans constitue 54% of the Stressed assets identified in the FSR.

However as the Financial Stability Report remarks, there is a fundamental risk to about 60% of the credit stock in the Banking system collapsing banks even as they have primarily not created a laconic lee side for the Ghat monsoons in interbank lending primarily one supposes thru traded CDLOs and real lending on larger accounts  than derivatives without a defined underlying as in the global case. The risk as highlighted in the FSR come from defaults in lending portfolios of Banks skewed to single corporates apparently among other details one has to study from the disregard of concentration risk by lenders with the 20% to single corporate and 25% i think for group key limits to be tightened and enforced duly.

India on the other hand has to grow the Securitisation pie  from here and where the Central Bank would be trying to control INR 1.7 Tln in repayments due till 2017-18 from the next fiscal onwards (FY15->2014-15) , India would indeed face an uphill task the markets would do well to ensure they have factored in. HDFC Bank too never got that approval for added FII investments even as Axis Bank application was cleared last week(to 62%).

Back to the mundane diary of the Indian markets for the day, Markets trade leaving the upside intact as shallow trades characterise the last trading session to 2014, much like last week’s record low of INR 740 Bln in the full day of equities and derivatives trading on the NSE and BSE and Cash volumes are likely to stay below INR 30 Bln (the last week low was INR 50 Bln) probably. US and European Markets are closed on New Years Day including Fixed income markets (at least in the USA) The other thing to highlight from the watchful Fiscal Stability Report is RBI’s worries on the Growth – Inflation dynamics not working out as WPI continues above 7%  which we led with sometime in November.

Net foreign inflows continue to sweeten the deal for India inc into 2014 with a 1.5% CAD (FSR score 1.7% and a FY14 achievement score target of under 3%) and the Fisc even if the virtual spending shutdown (as in the last 4 years) from January will soon find another yawning gap even if FY 2014 indeed perks up reasonably. Hopes of a stable post election scenario have almost been crossed out in case you did not notice in the New Year’s eve  celebrations and the infra pack, high on investment hopes and leadership from IDFC, and a deleveraging trio incl GMR Infra and JP Associates with the Relinfra people facing their first AAM Party audit

Apparently new year’s eve also sees an uptick in Tata Power and Reliance , which one doubts will last esp as Tata Motors is receiving its recognition only for its minute share of the TESCO-Trent JV like in fact here was such when Starbucks burst onto the subcontinent scene. The Starbucks venture is well-defined however, and the ware tastes well, drawing in big crowds in now 3(Three) cities in India

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Redesigned logo used from 2011-present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What probably did not get highlighted but was tried earlier by RBI, also needs to be monitored for results as Foreign Banks continue to skirt the Living Wills issues at Global HQ and continue to rethink their strategy with regard to entering India. Apparently Gross NPAs will start trickling down as we long suggested but Fitch and a few others are still hoping the PSU disaster will play out to bigger stakes and at a faster rate to make a return virtually impossible ( especially if larger Government injections are requird to keep them floating – KV Kamath). However, I would just depend on the investment recovery and the credit growth performance by Private Banks and probably PNB as Deposits finally outpace credit in the last bi monthly reports on the Banking sector in Calendar 2013 and the ICDR hopefully comes back to respectable levels without Banks having to constrain such new lending in India’s recovery phase

Also don’t take me to be a cynic but Torrent and Lupin’s timed leaks about Pharma’s assault on a generic version opportunity for Cymbalta may be better timed but is still probably a few months away from translating into Dollars and one fervently hope ( and cannot claim to otherwise yet concretise) that the generic provides an opportunity to us more than the cookie cutter $200-500 mln with or without first mover advantage.

India Morning Report: When the woods are lonely, dark and deep..

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English: this is bajaj pulsar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t Flip the lid though. Markets are finally moving on last call on Expiry day, to close at 6100 in November but the standoff till yesterday taking deep positions at a sell from 6100-6000 may not transpire, the play being caught and a reaffirmation of positive  moves from 6000 usually good to  start the rally from 6000 levels.

Also, as we usually are easy to predict, Kotak Institutional picks and that of some network analysts are again the wrong crop and definitely not good for harvest. L&T a late harbinger , its results likely to lag India Inc general investment recovery ratheer than be a sign of the same.

Axis and Bajaj are good again though the banking sector must face a few questionable glances purely in market valuation terms as Tatas withdraw on the question of operating ompanies esp outside India not being allowed to make a banking company in the NOHFC guidelines. M&M also did not want to move around its Finance companies as posited in the new structure directive but the structure is sound and not getting the desired response again. Also the Foreign banks had to be given concessions despite which they are not responding to the RBI invitations

Bajaj is favored by the continuing robustness in Rural GDP even as a farmer suicide on the same Sugar support price highlights unevenness in the national picture between rural and urban areas. CV sales are down 20% affecting both NBFCs and Indusind, or the auto industry majors relying on the sector. Tata Motors ahas effectively exited the sector along with a dismal Nano launch in the retail segment

Yields keep dropping back from last week’s 9% levels , starting the day at 8.67% . Buy picks on the Power NBFCs are instead good to go, with REC and Powergrid both alternating strikes on the bulls sides IDFC will also see big buyers taking positions in the new series and the only thing stopping ICICI Bank at this point is the lack of Banks to short further with Banknifty keeping to 11200 levels albeit on expiry day

US Markets will stay out of action till Monday as Thanksgiving day is here and shopping season is seeing a lot of uptick with cheap iPhone offers

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The world’s toughest fighting man. Yet, deep inside he is just a lonely, homesick kid, praying for letters from home. – NARA – 535228 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: Lets get some money from call writing quickies – Mid November hubris

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Siège nord américain d’UBS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s probably the limited upside, but mostly the markets were pretty itchy at 6200 in the middle of the November series and so the shorts have worked out. Also importantly, none of the good to great outperformers/strong buys like YES, ITC, IDFC or Bharti and Bajaj are down except for the Bank trade again weighed by PSUs hurting Private Banks in the dominos game and ICICI Bank remains a leading call writing target . The new 2023/24 bond being released day after has meantime ensured the fixed income shorts for yields look at bonds above the critical 9% mark inciting the sceptical trade on India deepening Money markets and Fixed income trade

However, that move in mind, this market could have easily moved out of the woods at 6100 levels,  and will probably do that before end of day today. Despite UBS and Credit Lyonnaise (Bhanu Baweja , Fixed Income and Chris Wood , Strategit of favor levelsst), markets move to 5900 and not behind 6100 will be that bottomless pit one wants to avoid sticking cash in.

Power NBFCs are good buys again. The Reliance Infra trade probably also opened two way liquidity where one side of the trade is actually close to breaking its margin wall, thus tempting predators with no downside targets in mind, led by Ashwini Gujral  (perhaps unwittingly) and as I mentioned the ICICI Bank trade (SS). Currency is stable at 63 levels. Any hits to 70 levels post elections cannot be avoided as a fresh slate of CAD and Fiscal worries are definitely hard to wipe off the scoreboard without real investments, Europe cannot make and the Taper that will come. Staying invested rather than exiting with Cash and Gold is however the strategy at this time. M&M springs to mind and one fundamental intelligent strategy would be to limit exposure to depreciation stars like IT, esp third tier players like Infosys and Tech Mahindra

Those rushing to Mid Cap rerating up are also fresh out of ideas. The real factor steaming down market levels which one can separate in the meantime is the fundamental variation of the 2080 rule playing out in the mrket. Instead of just the select 20 stocks in the large caps rising we have the other 80(Eighty) being almost disbanded to permanently(seemingly) out of favor levels as evidenced by yesterday’s A-D line. This “acceleration of reform” undertaken by the market segment needing to justify shorts, is misguided and ll only bring the other 20 to shaky two way disrepute as good scrips add on unwanted volatility

Today will thus see an unwanted spike in volatility which will test these new found memes laser focussed on jst the best 12 or 20 scrips that are equated to yesterday’s “Sure things”. And, of course ( with no thought to grammar as you read this as spoken) , the bullish State Bank trade or the frustrated India shining trade post Jet Airways sell out to etihad or the lower expectations from full priced aviation going forward, SIA or Asia Airlines Tier 2 town strategy

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India Morning Report: State Bank and Maruti not the best indicators for India Inc

State Bank of India was feted for its increasing NPAs as fresh additions stoppd at a huge INR 80 Bln instead of INR134 Bln in the linked quarter and again markets celebrate banks that fail to provision correctly, while punishing the good PNB for the same. I would switch that PSU bank trade to PNB and take some of the Satte Bank trade as well. Meanwhile after a good ‘pakao’ hour with ASK, Emkay(KK) did well in its 5 minute bits of glory on ET Now as they pointed out to a few good picks a nd a flagging MAruti. We eblieve too, the December quarter would be a big shocker for those putting faith in Maruti as it posted a 295% rise in PAT on the Yen trade in the quarter just closed

Markets could be closed for Muharram tomorrow. The coming Winter session of Parliament will again get washed out in the coalition of noise. Cipla earnings erformance as usual gets lost in it being the funding trade for the market back in the bull sights

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Sachin smiling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Natco pulls off second court upset for Pharma

Natco Pharma scored again in courts, this time against a gag order requested by Teva Pharma for a generic of Copaxone, the appeals court upholding the ruling which ensures the Teva patent expires in 2014. Taro’s contribution for the quarter in the meantime was nothing to be scoffed at, and even as SPARC takes off without Taro and Pfizer contribution, Sun Pharma reports later today. Naco also makes Nexavar, a drug patent denied to Bayer in India under the compulsory licensing regime for 3% of the cost charged by Bayer.

ONGC may pay off Oil swaps in Rupees

Rajan (RGR) in the meantime talked the Rupee Swaps into Rupee as payment currency again and the Rupee is obviously back up below 63 levels. The Fixed Income markets also saw welcome buying but the rate hike is coming as any move above the 7.50% pre October was bound to trigger. I still think the MSF channel could have been 100 basis points without raising Repo rates and with Exernal debt being an overhnga nd domestic debt unlikely choice of Corporate Treasuries used to world class Cash management and Treasury Bankers, India Inc growth is tweezed harder from this rate creep

Sachin in 200th Test appearance

The Sachin 200th Test begins today with West Indies being ut in to bat and the last of India’s renowned Mumbaikars taking the crease at home near Shivaji Park where both Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar learnt their Cricket. The game has also changed tremendously in these years an Sachin will continue in a key role with Nita Ambani in the Mumbai Indians

Meanwhile the KG D6 row has granted Reliance a reprieve in that the 20% left with the firm is being reported the most lucrative and thus market will expect a quick turnaround on that 50 MMSCMD mark promise being touted in the whispers

WOTD: Tata Steel shines in Gold Earnings season, Banks shine 

Tata Steel , however was definitely the shining star even as Banks make a comeback led by State Bank and PNB and ICICI Bank on cue from 1000 levels. As SS pointed out on TV18(CNBC), Axis is definitely in the stars during midafternoon trading. YES Bank and IDFC remain on BUY lists importantly for those willing to invest for the coming 6 month bang

Tata Steel was rerated up at most brokerages, Deutsche Bank taking the cudgels for a push to 525, as the sector rerating turned into real numbers at the Steel presser. Arcelor Mittal remains subdued on European market woes but Tata Steel doubled Gross Margns with rices picking up in China and SE Asia as also domestic demand pick up form Automobiles. Steel prices in the US have firmed up and Tata Steel scored a year on year 20% growth including NAT steel in Thailand when global markets for steel grew by a robust under 5% score at 4.7%. rice realisations apart, Steel markets also favor diversified roducers like Ttata Steel for the value added flat and rolled product ranges they can produce. Apart from new flat capacity added this year the producer will also e adding capacities in Orissa in 2014 while competitors like Jindal and the erstwhile Ruia behemoth stay busy in Crude Steel volumes

Manappuram Flash Earnings Q2  FY14

Markets may go all the way to 6300 in this uptick but are unlikely to go north of that mark as results for which ever camp from state elections, murky up the coming khichdi government prospects for India to ride into the 20s

Power NBFC results yesterday were in the expected direction with 30% increase in Topline while Gold NBFC Muthoot reported a Flat quarter last week. Manaappuram reported a 11.78% margin again this quarter, o fresh disbursements of INR 50 Bln but NII significantly cut back to INR 2.5 Bln this quarter. The IIP hoo haa turned out to be a damp suib despite a 8% growth in the Core 38% as the IIP for September was a slow improvement to 2% even as the Electricity sector was back with a bang as Durables joined Cap Goods in along drawn ‘winter’ of demand led production.

One would have thought that should have seen higher Gold Loan volumes but apparently the Gold consumers are able to hold on to their holdings despite a poor economy prognostication as Gold prices remain subdued in a CAD challenged year. Global Gold prices are still headed south from last week’s 1280 levels

India Morning Report: The Morning after and the rush to October expiry, pre Diwali

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Maruti Suzuki – A Star – Reflection (Photo credit: Balaji.B)

 

Banks get a further fillip after a great policy picnic yesterday as the 7day and 14day repo allowances of 1% of NDTL rev up Balance sheets and as Chanda Kochchar explained, large projects will stay away for the extended holidays that is Q3 of the Fiscal till December and retail lending will be in high fashion, ensuring a good economic fillip to non investment GDP growth and due dimensions of a recovery with a good monsoon

 

This edition of the Morning report is late because of an exceptionally busy earnings week ( though technically i was engaged in an all-nighter on one of the better games out there)  The easy availability of government collateral apart, the Indian Banking system also enjoys, despite its overt concentration on NBFC and Real Estate Loans a still largely unsaturated map of loan portfolios with both these stakeholders whose importance cannot be underestimated in the growth cycle.

 

LIC Housing results were a great start to the rest of the week with INR 22 Bln in Topline and INr 3 Bln in Net Profits, boosting the missed Net Interest Income with other income and  as usual one of the first with their wholesale bank funding tied up. Big brother for NBFCs, Deepak Parekh led IDFC reports tomorrow while Auto scrips like Bajaj Auto and Maruti ( i do not know why) are in front of the rally that survives. Given the market predilection for selecting concentrated risk after choosing winners from a diverse basket, 6250 is already looking stressed if only in the bullish premium of the series futures being lose in the run today with merely 40 points chalked up on the Nifty,..

 

However as of now there was enough with bank stocks having come back from out of favor and apart from YES and the bigger ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank, the others, especially the badly run PS Banks with near 5% of NPAs on the Balance sheets must start receding and winners again return to glory for a move further in the same run. IT will probably return to extra attention to allow funding that leg of the rally if there is one. Pharma stocks have been up as good results pour in from challenged players like Ranbaxy and high expectations from DRL keeping away from interest in the real winners in the midcap sector

 

Bharti grew more than 5% sequentially and EBITDA margins grew 1.2% on year to 32% though a one time forex loss impacted the bottomline. Markets were quicker to shrug off the net profit miss as the Africa business , late to the party reported a 18% sequential jump to INR 70 Bln revenues, Dollar value of the Business also climbng to $1.11 Bln. Mobile Data, finally seemed to have taken off for Airtel and while India markets revenues dropped the exected  dimes to an ARPU of 192, Africa more than made up as the company wh $9.7Bln in debt had hoped. The Forex cost hit Financing expense which jumped 38% sequentially. Also Revenue per minute in voice finally grew to 36.74 p from 36.39 p in June. Growth was 13% on year in the topline

 

DLF is hurting from the pre festive season but with the continuing woes sequential growth is for Q3 is down here as well still expected to be near 10% on year in Revenue and EBITDA terms , EBITDA margins have grown to near 39% for this quarter too ( estimates from ET/Moneycontrol)

 

The currency and bond markets are still subdued though they have responded positively to the policy’s tone of finality for the direction for India Inc, open options not sunting corporate strategy into a crucial business season

 

Good returns with pricing advantage for Consumer companies and fuel decontrol cannot and will not risk the India growth story, nor is Indian currency going to be compared with the likes of Brazil, Turkey and Russia at any stage despite our structural ‘diversity’ and the unsaid inclusion worries as with other more developed democracies like the USA. PIMCO leads the return of the non ETF institutional Investors to the India story as the kitty for October inflows continues to grow ahead of tomorrows expiry which could still happen into the 6350 mark and definitely should close at 6300 as rollovers complete within yesterday today and tomorrow. Maruti should ideally return to more reasonable valuations and attention shift to M&M Bajaj and even Herocorp

 

 

 

India Morning Report: HUL divines the uptrend, shift in stock weights

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NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 – Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank; and President, Confederation of Indian Industry at the welcome lunch for the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( http://www.weforum.org )/Photo by Norbert Schiller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One part of the funding trade is of course another substitution from IT into post result scrips including private banks. Another reinforcing trend for the market is the return of interest to Mid Caps like Tata Global Beverages for the Coffee Auction expansion in their Global Supply chain effort and the Starbucks JV. More importantly however, HUL’s mid trend reinforcing of Ad spends by 24% has signaled more than return of its brands in that despite its lack of growth in soaps and detergents as in Personal Care by 16% nd in Food (9%) and Beverages (16%) , it seems to have forced the hat off ITC which has gone into a tailspin with investors likely to exit as the funding trade returns to HUL instead. Bharti is still strong however, and likely after HUL is not taken by a majority of brokers (from old times more than anything else)

 

ITC wll return to favor as an in trend consumer staples scrip as its Consumer Brands fared pretty well and they have already taken big ad spend jumps in a 2012 quarter instead. Also P&G despite its continuing domination of US markets has not ventured that strngly upon India as China walked away with most of the “Middle Class” Consumer equations leaving India’s non encouraging performance a fundamental back bone of most Global Consumer staples

 

Nifty is strong at 6150 as Monday morning sees uick exits from IT trades for another day with the bulls before the end of next week. Banknifty is finally catching on strong results and has crossed into 11000 so there is speculative interest there to take it to 12000 in a rush.

 

In Autos, CV Sales continue to scare investors and bankers, and it may hit NBFCs and Banks with Auto portfolios as well and Maruti’s recovery is pretty much incomplete with a return to barely 100,000 cars a month rate in the last two months. Justdial success was an eyeopener for sceptics but is likely a Jubilant/Talwalkars repeat in the trade being years’ ahead of the performance volumes not unlike the 2001 dotcom boom (and bust)

 

Interest returning to Metals and Energy would be a good sign for the market to retain higher volumes and move past 6400 levels for the longer term if a recovery oes come to substantiate higher EM flows that will definitely prop up Indian equities. Bonds are still twirling as yields still hope for no repo rate hikes by mid week . If there is a repo rate hike therefore yields will move further north and the Rupee in the offshore NDF market and in bank trading will lose some sheen even as other EMs catch up on the No Taper news, now becoming the new market basis for further Economic clairvoyance

 

Signing off, Essar Oil’s squeeze on GRMs to $6.98 could be in fact a positive sign for the Energy scrips as it means international prices of crude are weak and that other efficient producers(refiners) may still be able to score on their GRMs . India is not currently on Import Parity pricing but on Trade Parity ricing with 20% weightage on Exports and the Government may well ski the Ketan Parikh committee recommendations for this term.

 

ICICI Bank performance is instructively better, and Bank nifty would do well to exit all pessimistic trades shackling it for the last 2 odd months, also PSU Banks at the bottom like Union Bank esp are unlikely to return. Some among them have since jettisoned Bulk DEposits to break the negative attern in the product’s impact on the bottomline but unless REpo rates stop moving a higher cost of funds will be the norm for those in bulk deposits and LCR inspired wholesale funding only model shifts.

 

 

 

India Bank Earnings: A 20% rise in revenues for ICICI Bank, Asset quality upside not enough (Q2: FY2014)

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English: Mukesh Ambani’s house “Antilia” in Mumbai. Deutsch: Antilia – das Haus des indischen Milliardärs Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai, Indien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ICICI Bank which has continued on a lower margin growth in retail to gain just 20% topline growth will still be growing at more than 20% a year. Net Profits also grew to scale as Domestic NIMs were a tremendous 3.65% and the International Book started growing again. India’s largest Private Bank in true banking paradigms neither government owned nor still counting down to respectable CASA despite having started as a division of a Project Finance Firm, it has beaten competition from HDFC Bank in many categories except in true reach and has a real corporate book and fails in comparison with HDFC Bank’s large retail share. It’s book is predominantly mortgages in retail and its lending practices imply a bigger concern on asset quality n that portfolio as well.

Investments are more than a quarter of the Gross Interest earned after the likely HTM transfers and booked losses and  with International ‘cash’ also being put to use. Fee Income was up 20% sequentially to INR 24 Bln and 15% up on half year over FY13 as the bank seemingly wins the war for customer yield while rearing up growth, a quick way to kill criticism of its retail lending practices that will sooner than later rear up but without a margin squeeze , does not get into ‘crisis mode’ again

Net was iNR 23.5 Bln and retail credit grew at 22% with the Corporate Book also growing at above 15%. September Banks’ non food credit has grown to 18% above the 13% rate most of FY13 and will this be a good momentum for the Bank’s continuing growth. ICICI’s under 20k ATMs (19500) are same as HDFC Bank and in almost unreachable urban areas across the spectrum of SEC income classes and provides a substantial part of its retail lending book in unsecured loans , a practice missing in private Sector Indian banks. Organic portfolio grew at 27% but the need to purchase retail portfolios is only going to grow. The bank will also need to scale up outside townships as one of the two active private sector players needed to contibute to rural reach as India battles a large more than 50% nbanked population and a changing welfare regime

It suffers from a just short of INR 100 Bln in restructured assets (including current disclosed pipeline ) by FY15 and will be a significant 3-4% of the Advances and will mostly be seen as heading to NPA than to normal assets after the two years except for one or two cases that will go back after the currency stabilises, the business model still safe

The ratio of Gross NPAs though down is another mind furrowing and disturbing biggie at over 3% and NPAs wmore than twice of rival HDFC Bank ut comfortably under 1%.  The banks’ leading growth as a multiple of GDP and thus growing at more than 15%, ICICI Bank’s  Loan growth will remain close to 20% for the growth cycle as Taper is postponed and India tries to regain a better growth clip

Lifestyle Champ ITC , here or there?

ITC improved EBITDA margins to 40% in the meantime on price realisations in Tobacco even as profits from Hotels halved and FMCG returned to successive second quarter of losses ( of INR 120 mln). Net Sales were INR 77 Bln , 33 Bln from cigarettes and INR 26 Bln from consumer staples

RIL loses buyback steam

What will also reach India Morning repots next week though just a quick plug here is that Mukesh Ambani’s firms have decided to extinguish existing Treasury stock of almost INR 500 Bln and will be discontinuing buybacks

India Morning Report: No, yesterday’s mid-day rush was not enough!!

Welcome to ICICI bank Page
Welcome to ICICI bank Page (Photo credit: denharsh)

Of course, ITC and ICICI Bank will be reporting during the afternoon as well and the market closing is unlikely to be weak enough to discourage a big move possibility next week and overnight positions are unlikely except the refreshed long straddles (short put 5700 –  short call 6300-6500) and exits from 6100 shorts built up mid-week again. J Associates may see flash floods in light of the F1 race weekend but Bharti, ITC and Bajaj Auto will lead the way through to close.

Banks may be in pressure again but only because of the legacy of NPAs in BOB which built up an entire portfolio of NPAs / instead of trade receivable in a bid to export Indian Banking Capital and lending in the last two decades and PNB lone cannot stem the tide. Also the unfortunate positive attention on SBI though under a new chairperson is unlikely to escape keen valuation specific traders for more than a few trades.

The ICICI results may thus see a complex short-term trade unfolding which will beat down PSU earning expectations and correct the recent run up in undesireds except perhaps in the big-ticket PSU Banks like BOI and Canara. Taking the examples of the bottom rung from good old ET(yesterday’s op-ed pages), Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Union Bank and that other are unlikely to get picked up soon either even as they trade down to less thna half their book values as they tot up more of the impressive 2 Tln NPA in the PSU Banks

SBI’s steady stream of recoveries at INR 4 Bln this quarter is no small feat too and is no small measure contributing to the revival of the stock after Chaudhuri’s exit.

Blackrock and JP Morgan ( with a new Middle East Fixed Income Index) are leading fund managers as Europeans garner more cash from Emerging Markets in their Wealth Management saves and EEM continues to bring good tidings with a big rush in midday trades, again signalling a big push to break down the 6220 limits faced by the traders. Tech M has in the meantime done it again, extending more bad blood to investors as it loses a big renewal from BT to little known Virtusa

Powergrid results enthused the markets and would be a big draw for Foreign investors with more than 80% of its top line Net Interest income translating to profits consistently and the NII now crossing INR 40 Bln close to a quarterly $1 Bln target. Also the Power NBFCs have been fairly active in QIP debt and are a known international entity.

US Banks in the meantime walked out of one frying pan into another as the closure on some mortgage settlements was followed by an “unfavorable award” by the Fed demanding higher thn expected liquidity reserves. The ensuing collateral shortfall and rush for short-term liquidity ( of more than $200 Bln) may hopefully not impact Emerging Market portfolios as BankAm has completed most of its domestic restructuring and government intervention preventing international expansion ( with frequent non US asset sales) ebbing down

Kotak’s results yesterday were less than spectacular with deposits still less thn INR 100 Bln and NII of INR 10.24 Bln on Loan assets of INR 512 Bln ood yields ( NIMs of 4.8%) but hardly any expansion commensurate to its size, and YES Bank already more than caught up except for perhaps a few more wealth clients with Kotak (UHNI)

Fixed income yields are back to 8.6% at the close of the week ahead of the Bank Policy announcement on Wednesday. We do not think a rate hike is on the cards and are long on YES Bank as the MSF will anyway further come down by 50 bp. If instead the repo rate is indeed 7.75% and MSF thus stuck at 8.75%, then the Rupee’s refusal to complete any upward movement would have been vindicated and it may further move back to 63 levels . As of now a move to 60 still looks like on the cards for the Rupee to be vindicated as the stronger Asian currencies as the CAD shows into the good books again and PSU banks complete a two step Capital bonanza with more Capital post the retail fest from the government at the end of the quarter

The markets should close above 6150 in anticipation of the next week’s move or unwinding should hit quickly to more than a uarter of the outstanding in F&O markets. More likely it will as 6200 positions in shrt calls again go to cheaper OTM  6300s in the straddles

Also, I did forget, Will India welcome another to the Kingdom of Fries as “Burger King” heads to twon with the North India franchise of McDonalds already down to underestimating market demand for the McDonalds’ menu

India Morning Report: Another “Happy Thursday!” for the markets

Bajaj Auto was the biggest story as it expanded margins more than 1.5% to above 21%, putting behind shallow stories of losing share that have mostly affected Hero Motocorp and changed the Automobiles trade as four-wheelers dulled down in Q2 and Q3 to kill the recovery India Inc was to prescribe for the Economy.(we promised to shutout the debt deal bingo and we did, the compromise anemic as ever and the Taper posted now for post Q2 2014)

Mindtree also screeched up the noise with better margins but the coming Holiday Season quarter is likely to ascribe a sea change between Bajaj Auto and Mindtree in sales and bottomline performance

HCL Tech however completely the IT revival story with a big bang jump in top and bottomline and keeps the defensives on the speculative list for the rest of Earnings season, l likely to jump further from the 60% rise on the bourses year to date(Udate: HCLT really milked the Rupee for a EBIT nearing 24%)

Banks will remain dull and Indusind may indeed be proscribed, but with not many stuck on to bank scrips any short in banking stocks is likely to be not more than pennies

In case investors are kept away from the facts yet, most of the good companies have performed in duble digit increases in topline and profits have been strong, likely to not just outperform but fuel the rally. Bajaj Auto broke the $1 Bln quarter mark nearly and will do so comprehensively in the next two quarters itself with a INR 51 Bln topline and gross proifts at 21% plus margins

Mindtree’s $124 mln and toughening of pipelines to nearly $150 mln is good as they hibernate for the winter, Infy having started off with 5 large deal wins and TCS getting back into New Jersey’s Big Pharma offices plus another Bank/FI even as Data Centers popped up on everyone’s radars especially in Europe and HCL’s growth in the segment will be good to follow for other IT satraps If HCL does not grow the IMS business (Data Centers and Helpdesk) it is likely another stumble ahead for Indian substitution services

DCB and Heidelberg both matched up to a INR  3 Bln topline and have already been traded for coming out of a hole, in terms of performance

The Banknifty in fact is due for a buy in at 10200 levels with great bank results leading the way for India having proved itself in the quarter and the Rupee gets blamed for the expanding margins, taking the currency down again to 63 levels before it comes back and yields stabilise lower after the policy turn. MSF rates will continue lower to 8.5% mark eventually if Rajan does stick to the recommended 7.50% repo rates level and does not increase it again for the 6.5% bears in wPI

Hindi on whimsy: Akasmat(Sudden, equally apt in both up and down moves); utavala na hona(to not look too eager)

India Morning Report: Nifty treads lightly as shorts disappear (Priced to 6300+ levels )

English: The West stand of the Tata Steel Stadium.
English: The West stand of the Tata Steel Stadium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday saw 6100 losing the pins as markets drew interest from investors on good Reliance results. TCS follows. IT and Pharma  outperforming expectations similarily throughout will probably see that elusive 6400 mark to set a new Nifty record it at least seems improbably probable.  Short hedges should move up to 6600 and 68-6900 levels this week or next.  The 6300 call continues to see increasing prospects of a devolving positions as the short trade exits the market. Tata Motors, Tata Steel and Idea may remain strong except for funding trades to enter short profit positions in results calendar Private Banks remain dull as the higher interest regime and larger account restructuring news and its containment are both seen as  insufficient and unresolved.

As i write, Indusind is reporting a 37% jump in NII., largely from retail yields as NPAs were contained with market borrowings helped the profits. The cost of deposits if an issue is also likely to nettle the smaller candidates as th month’s bank policy confirms continue the higher interest rate regime.

The 6200 market will likely be reached except for a sharp negative news trend with less than 4-5% probability and will continue with IT and Pharma keeping “beat expectations” premium and Metals incl Hindalco and Tata Steel or the M&M picks counting for more buying and thus volumes of trade as the scrips also need  boost in liquidity. IDFC and YES, or Bharti, ITC and Bajaj Auto will spring any consolidated market moves. ICICI Bank is finally consolidating to positive marks and Bank Nifty may se a change of the flatlined visage before the end of the week but still unlikely.

10 year yields have hit the 8.65% level but this might just be an aberration as new securities get hocked on Friday with the 10 year adding INR 70 Bln

 

India Morning Report: A sudden change of heart(afternoon) as Banknifty breach closes up

English: Logo of Bharti
English: Logo of Bharti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It wasn’t a wren and martin breach however as the morning saw weak NPA stories slitting from private banks in the Banknifty components, but as that grouped SBI and performing PSBs such as PNB with the weak quality ethic portfolios the breach rather filled up and the traders move on the Nifty south frrom 5950 itself has been closed by the afternoon before morning FTSE and European trades took business elsewhere in the global 24 hour timeline for today’s markets.

Trade data showed exports up to $27 Bln, a nice growth dividend , though a one off in the year  also leads to shoring of sentiment as the weak India story tries to grip old India pockets in Financial centers like London, themselves struggling to make a mark in what started a s  a benign year of recovery.

EMs are back in portfolios and Services Indices n India and US are under pressure from spending cuts with Euro still hot in afternoon trades as the October FOMC passes by tonight with a mandate for Yellen. SBI got a shot in the arm after the duress long exected in the stock, as the SBI GM in place and a likely future Chairperson, Arundati Bhattacharya explained the process of shoring up quality  in detail and IT investors and other traditional India trades tried to ngulf the bank’s weak asset quality in a single south trade on all government owned banks

One still wonders if changing norms to release Government Bills and long dated bonds from controls will work for India wih such strong anti-measures from the  “India Bull” community

Also on the credits is the way Bharti managed the press bytes and the non devolvement of the story around a crushed Walmart in the run up of a Modi inspired changeover at India’s helm in the 2014 General Elections

India’s growth charts currently continue at a flat minimum under 4% and the same was confirmed by IMF in yesterday’s report leading to the morning clouds as Rupee slipped back to 62.5 levels. Since then the Deposit story is back with NRI swas and more and the Rupee is back at 61.7 levels before infy results later this week

India’s exports at $26.8 Bln were nearly $2 Bln ahead of the staid $5 Bln average rate we hit early in 2012-13 wih the plunging  bottom of the growth story and were fist signs of growth in exports let alon import substitution after the currency went thru serial pangs of double digit depreciation from 47 levels

Bharti will easily survive the retail FDI wind-down while it remainsan important ndia focus brand to own as does ITC. Yes Bank and HDFC Bank also remain great picks with a lot f investing capacity for foreigners and IDFC is catching fire again to fill any gas from “lack of confidence” in India’s branded consumption stories like Bharti, ITC or Bajaj Auto

 

India Morning Report: IDFC on way to become a financial conglomerate

IDFC Project Equity
IDFC Project Equity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If its the currency dragging equity confidence down despite the healthy capacity in the market, wel land good. If the hit is however on the asset quality situation of the banks, it would be a quicker reversal tomorrow as ICICI Bank publicises its bigger Power plant accounts (Dabhol-II) Walmart leaving India, is probably most of the impact.

IDFC already is, one of the most far reaching shadow banking institutions especially since it caught one of those fund houses in 2005 and has been actively floating new funds and operating advances thru its infra NBFC as well as PE funds and others.

 

However, the treatment of NOFHC can be proprietary and thus the only risk to their getting a Banking License as it gets into an endless loop of what can be done without the regulator cutting off the air supply. Their objectives and disparate infra rules have to be kept independent and if the company is looking for flexibility there or some sort of understanding instead as Indian houses tend to treat discussions with the regulator, it may not turn out rosy for their ambitions of a license. Its an independent NOFHC subsidiary of the other non financial services business and Financial services business has to be outside the purview of the NOFHC so it will probably be under the independent NOFHC in the most pliable case but the funding requirements at 51% f the NOFHC equity as it owns probably more than the INR 200 crores of the bank is the deciding parameter of the bank.Tthe NOFHC allows promoters with public holdings to create a tightly controlled subsidiary with RBI denominated investors including 51% from such promoters, but the independent banking compliant structure has far other important functions than just that and may not be dispensed with.

 

There is more than enough of that, with the Dept of Post also turning out to be almost operationally untenable to do the deed and get a banking license within the parameters.

 

IDFC however is one of the best candidates already operating independent projects without mixing up and unnecessarily skewing up exposures. I would proffer LIC Housing too, esp if we actually want enterprises that have the understanding to withstand and grow in the faster growing non metropolitan India. As Foreign Banks have shown earlier, regulatory standoffs are costly for the banking model, and the sooner we get off that hobby horse the better.

 

The index is faltering again and the reason is really not easy to understand esp as the Put Call Ratio is just over 1 as of Friday closing, and really not that weak that everything be unwound. Markets are anyway unlikely to go below 5800 levels for more than a nary second, and the Rupee being weaker is a pretty range bound move. The MCX saga at the commodity exchange with its e series has still to unfold perhaps

 

Infra projects being cleared faster, its still happening as we speak and is unlikely to create any CAD resecting Dollars till the May ’14 General Elections

 

 

English: Kedarnath range behind the Kedarnath ...
English: Kedarnath range behind the Kedarnath temple early morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Here comes 6000? and what the banks will do in 8.6% yield scenarios

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: magnusvk)

Apart from the unremediated concerns in the Fixed Income market, yesterday’s rally created an awareness of the potential inflow obvious to insiders earlier this year. i.e. Around the Globe, India remains the most attractive investment destination after being clamped on with the rest of the globe in recovery awaiting elections to be over here in policy action and growth parameters and local consumption and investment makes this story unique.

Infosys is also likely to deliver significant outperformance at the Q2 announcements a week later and interestinly, the markets are correcting Infy’s recent run up already to 3000 levels and that could mean one rally is due in October and even September saw 6148 based on the return of inflows.

Banks of course in the meanwhile are looking askance and a standoff with the Central Bank is in the works while Markets continue to worry about Banks other than PNB, BOI and the private Sector banks. Banks probably still look for opportunities with the currency not stabilised and may have to worry about increase in Deposit rates. The Bank Nifty churn would have been isolated easier if they had concentrated on shorting SBI which despite its distribution continues to spring a growing NPA basket every quarter instead of delivering on the retail growth and profitability they continue to tom-tom to any analyst who would spare time for management commentary

Considering that this 8.6% yield on the 10  year comes after banks got a whole Trillion and Half from non penal overnights at the Central Bank and NIMs are protected and increasing, it is quite likely a matter of concern es in the light of the Rupee strength that yields are wary of coming down

Penal rates and those new effective rates on the MSF may however still be withdrawn another inch or more on the October policy to bring the channel back to 100 bp. ( For details flip thru previous issues or ask us) PSU banks received another large Capital infusion yesterday to keep lending rates in check(SBI is funded separately)

Bajaj Auto and ITC probably continue their northward rally till the mid results change of weights while those looking for a correction in Tata Steel are likely to have given up now, while Tata Global investments may take off only after the company itself stakes out a minimum of 200 Starbucks stores ven as wholesale auctions improved pricing for India exports but output and hence export takeoff was lower

Pending infra projects are not going to take off in a hurry but 5900 levels should see both DIIs and FIIs buying and F&O interest has definitely moved up the range from 5900 to 100 &6300 than yesterday’s 5900 Call OI that signified markets ranged to 5900 levels on the upside. Gold and Silver are still negative. India and US in the meantime, the two strongest markets and recoveries continues to once again falter in Services PMI and thence composite PMI because of spending cuts

 

India Morning Report: Dead cat bounce, Earnings rebound on the horizon

NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 - Klaus Schwab, Execu...
NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 – Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank; and President, Confederation of Indian Industry at the welcome lunch for the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( http://www.weforum.org )/Photo by Norbert Schiller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends and not even one third planned government spending which anyway trends down having been minimised earlier

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report. Earnings in Q2 despite the all round scare will remain positive for the few listed corporates that carry India Inc on their shoulders The rebound in software exports in the invisibles however has strengthened the trend towards overweight IT and Pharma portfolios

Mitesh (ETNOW) as usual played a clear long with a pick on ABNuvo in cash that works much better thu the day than the Sandeep Waghle/Gujral technique of trying to short the edges of the bottom as the Dead Cat bounce holds and rejuvenates some banks (Afternoon update: Banks managed well, YES Bank shorts dened and F&O interest likely having picked up in those 6 bank series excl the banknifty index weighed by more than 2/3rds publc enterprises)

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each That is due to the reduction of th $8 Bln Gold deficit in Q1 before curbs coming down to near zero ( restricted to 20% of imports  that is not exports thru the regulations introduced concurrent with RBI’s currency control measures in monetary policy

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

India Morning Report: Dead Cat Bounce, rebounding earnings on the horizon..

Bounce(game)
Bounce(game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends.

 

 

 

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report.

 

 

 

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each

 

 

 

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

 

 

 

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

 

 

 

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

 

 

 

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Banks earnings, GDP scares markets despite inflows

English: comparative advantage in economics
English: comparative advantage in economics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The longer term investors can finally see the difference between potential and fact in India inc but are unlikely to leave in light of the comparative advantage India still holds, while trading flows may well continue to come back to India at 5900-5950 levels as markets bother with important questions across Bank earnings disaster spilling over to Private Banks despite the unlikeliness of the scenario.

Banks apart, breadth investors except for passive funds and India bulls since nineties are also likely to be worried instead of being enthused by the markets remaining bulls getting shepherded into Pharma and IT which remain defensives but are being listed only for their Rupee Depreciation advantage, and thus not a real page turner for Indiaphiles

The Rupee strength thus breaks correlation from equities and with GDP numbers likely o breach negatively in non agri sectors, the situation for Monday open is also grim as is the PCR rise in the rally till Monday/Tuesday. US yields have come down pretty low yesterday after the GDP announcement. Ambition targets are back in Gold and Silver and retail consumers might even be hoping markets ring the bear in Energy markets and Oil goes below 100, which might erase the questions rought forth by Export parity removing margins for Oil Exploration and Oil marketing Companies

Rupee raging stronger than 62 levels might also see slower additions to NRI Deposits while raining inflows on to 5950 levels was easier for all categories of India attracted offshore investors, QFIs and NRIs

However if markets expect better Auto and consumer sales performances in non durables to shore up immediate performance, then this might well b the end fof the rally. Money is staying in however and Energy and Metals are likely to be th new stars apart from the continuing rlly in Pharma. With Sun Pharma and Glenmark leading from the front today, Cipla and Lupin cannot be far behind and next week will continue this discussion of India’s prospects from much the same levels than breaking below 5800 or such as whatever possible policy measures are enacted , look positive and on eecution rather than playing to the galleries.

At this point another market created distinction may be also worthy of reminding. ICICI Bank  portfolios in loans , retail and commercial are likely as resilient and more than HDFC Bank which is already recognised among winners in the Higher interest rate scenario and the pressure on ICICI Bank may well be just the wishlist of public sector banks and DIIs and margin financed players trying to equate the inefficient public sector with the private sector counterparts.

Bharti, ITC and Bajaj Auto lead my list of high performers, while IDFC , YES and ICICI Bank may see lower levels yet but are good investments. One feels SBI is about to take a nose dive for its own follies rather than be part of the market standoff, and is not really at value levels especially as the higher interest rates hide its already bleeding NPA portfolio and the ssame is not true for PNB and some others but not UBI and BOB either. ING vysya may b a good pick but their emphasis has not returned to India and Indusind has probably already done whatever it could and will enjoy some sedate growth yet along with HDFC Bank will be scoring 20% topline and 30% bottomline growth regularly

BHEL is obviously our only turnkey project executo es in the Power sector and probably will not hit any below book value pick (from Religare) in  a hurry and at worst may prove a big struggle with the bounceback already started. One might look at Kingfisher’s example which lasted a full five years as a everything for everyone scri from 2007 – 2012 on the back of a improbable comeback and which has just started paining lenders while paying slaries yet to executive management Which remids me, heling Laloo with the Ordinance delaying incarceration due MPS suspension/exit may actually be quite a big setback for India tan imagined by a coalition government extending the courtesy

India Morning Report: The Question is if the Rupee has bottomed out

Full bloom
Full bloom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By all visible indicators of technicals, as can be seen in a shallow traded currency, the Rupee has bottomed out before hitting 63 levels after a sellfest/beatdown on Tuesday. There was no edition of the India Morning Report yesterday, but he essentials of the currency , awaiting selling pressure to find out sustainable levels, are that it will look for another step in its recovery after a potentially false decline in value since the Fed pronouncements in May.

 

 

 

Yet, we have noted that the Rupee seldom responds to Global up moves, like caused by the current global lowering of Oil price targets with any substantive moves without buyers in the currency. The Rupee thus will go back to 61 levels only from here. IF the Rupee does move back that brings blue chips and banks selling at value back in the limelight.

 

 

 

The equities moved north yesterday till they corrected mid-session and today’s move essentially will be another recovery towards 5950 levels and beyond though one is not sure that will just help F&O bulls unwind from sold puts to leave the September series wide open or bring back the bulls which is likely if the currency recovery gains steam in the afternoon. Crude has fallen further to 103 levels overnight and Brent is close to 106 levels as peace talks resume with Iran

 

Unfortunately without a catch up from banks esp the Private sector Banks, the return  of buyers into the market is now more or less questionable and that is one of the two or three big waiting games developing in market circles.

Lupin’s new deal in the USA seems oto be a sales and marketing arrangement that adds directly to the topline. Its mainline US market drug Antara has just gone generic and the company seems happy it has recovered lost sales on that front

 

 

 

Discussions on the Tata Motors’ domestc valuation being recovered by JLR $12 Bln valuation escaped some of my notice ut overall, Telco has hardly shown any change despite the blatant push in sentiment by buyers. Tata Steel remains a much better buy for 2014. In commodities, Dr Copper follows Oil south on the charts as the return of China’s production led demand fails  to rejuvenaate the sentiment as expected by us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: No Taper and Nifty on to 6100 levels

A rather unexpected reticence by the Fed, allowed Global markets to uncoil their expectations of a taper and the Indian Rupee opened at its best price of INR 61.5 today barely hours after the announcement. the shorts on banks disappeared overnight as did the opportunity in depreciation lit IT with the Banknifty finally moving 650 od d points to above 11000 today and the 7% increase in ICICI Bank to 14% in Yes Bank possibly still allowing steam in the rally to 6300+ levels and a long awaited rally in the banks with the liquidity measures likely to go away. (what if there’s no taper?)

Apart from the bigger damage to shorts on Banks, the rally has caught most by surprise and thus some may wait out for lower levels to start again, but stopping market enthusiasm at 6080 levels itself is likly to fail with the momentum of the event generated uncoiling allowing immediate 6300 levels. Also the taper remains on the horizon for the US Fed as it tries to tackle the question from a new structural cap to growth in the US and the  Rupee may be allowed to break below  to erase the damage since May

F1 Australia Grand Prix - Thursday
F1 Australia Grand Prix – Thursday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indian yields are back to 8.16% levels. ITC and  Bharti have continued investor fueled upmoves at 350 levels, while Sun Pharma and ONGC and the Energy companies rebound to 2010 levels. Investors also found the chances to get back into Hero Honda and Maruti, both of which may easily by rejected later for Bajaj Auto in the Auto/Two wheeler sector

The Rupee might close a little lower but above 62 till 4pm and in RBI trades after.

India Morning Report: Dollar Deposits refinancing may bridge CAD, What Taper, Fed?

Commodity markets are as their predilection , totally dependent on news from the Fed in a few hours and present very simple shorts in Gold (trading below 30k), Silver ( network picks to 48k, we feel the 44k mark is a long term ‘ambition’ target in the market). Fixed Income yields too are dull despite the great news of $20 Bln inflows in the remaining six weeks for the swaps on Dollar Deposits offered by the Central Bank. Also the Dollar refinancing thru Swaps has precluded any possibility of higher interest rates and raised the bar for liquidity tightening measures to remain in place longer, except that those measures remain India’s only defense to the Dollar in this situation.

A Taper announcement less than $15 Bln is very likely and that would still leave the Fed a net buyer of $70 Bln in MBS and Treasury (twist) securities. However the returning emerging flows have to the consternation of destinations like India, Turkey and even Thailand and Mexico, have again found China to be a serious option, laving India with net reallocation from ETFs alone unless faster moves create the opportunity for Indian Gilts to be part of the Global Bond Index.

Banks are ofcourse on the edge but the overall equities are happy enough to move back up to Friday levels. Globally the Dow and the S&P 500 in the US traded near all time highs intra-day at 1550 and 1709 respectively. The Banknifty and India’s fixed income yields could probably jump down a couple of notches to near 7.5% yields if not for the global question of reducing Dollar liquidity as one feels banks have been unnecessarily trading down given the advantages of a higher interest rate scenario for them Interest subvention in collateralised personal lines like Home and Auto loans also mean better margins for the banks exp Private Banks like HDFC Bank with the network and those depending on wholesale overnighters for funding like YES Bank who can finally return to supernormal profits in business, normal to Asia  than worrying about cost of funds

News was good to the markets lening on reforms in the morning. Apart from the Rajan announcements from the RBI on Home and Auto loan subvention, we also ad action reducing MCX directors from promoter Financial Technologies to one ( four earlier) and undercurrents of liberalisation in the Higher Education sector including FDI. China again rushed where angels fear to trea, taking the Property markets 8.8% higher in August month on month, with the first shoots of recovery, staring at the Asset bubble again as a credit squeeze fails to channel flows to the renegade property markets

Bank Policy Thursday could well see R Rajan starting off on reducing banks’ dependence on Government investments redcing the SLR if not CRR as well to fast track his outlined reforms

India Morning Report: It’s Monday and all’s upsy daisy in waiting

The Indian Rupee opened near 62.50 levels, a 2% jump from Friday levels well likely to follow last week’s 2.5% crawlback and the prospects of a bleary liquidity hit SuperFed becoming a scrawnyScrooge MadFed retraced as Larry Summers gave in to a Democratic caucus on the Banking Committee, incl Liz Warren and withdrew presumably in favor of Janet Yellen in the Fed changeover. The Fed will go ahead with Tapering as planned and that news is in by Wednesday. Indian Markets of course are then going to take the opportunity to break away from the global correlation and set a few ground rules for an Indian recovery. The WPI at near 6% again and the continuing pressures of the CAD and Bank reforms are likely to cause markets some sleepless nights too ahead on the turn. But before that a 6000-run as promised is nigh and mostly the mark would even be hit in today’s session itself in late afternoon trading given the Rupee level jumps are not adequately referenced in the 70-point Nifty jump in the pre open

Banks , even the lagging PSU Banks are finally in the limelight and the resulting breadth available to buyers is likely to be good tidings for the market. Reforms in the G-Sec market may well continue as caps on FIIs even without auctions are much easier today and probably reflective of the real appetite for Indian debt at $25Bln G secs and $45 Bln corporate debt now allowed to QFIs

LIC Housing is back in the news but if its that banking licence then one is not sure it is right for the market recovery esp with the 80-20 disbursal rule out of action. IDFC may be done with shorts and Power NBFCs may be ahead in the lead. As more debt reforms pick up steam and remaining restrictions on G–debt are removed, it is likely the NBFC sector’s institutions will also increase in priority for the markets. As of now effectively there is only one on the run (lquid, current) 10 year security available and it is issued by the RBI.

Really, though markets are up the traders’ picks on networks could point to the list of mid-caps just likely to gain from the liquidity rush and may not reflect any real fundamentals and is probably sign that these low mid caps list in the traders favorites needs to be changed more frequently. Notably, Voltas, Jindal Steel, UCO and Union Bank, Future Ventres and NHPC are probably candidates for non performance and “no results” in their respective sectors and will be trgeted wins as market favorites because today nothing can go wrong for the pro traders. But many other pro traders now would pick the over NBFCs and other good picks not at variancce with what Foreign desks have also short listed in the last four – five years

 

India Morning Report: 5550 and nose down, Banks give up consolidation

FO Update: Bifty(BankNifty) strangle could be a good sell so vol moves are up but one should stay away from buying bank puts individually or shorting banks per se. They are quite in line for a jump and won”t be characterised as the villains of this move

The day started well enough Banks shifting chairs with HDFC Bank and Kotak taking over the upside and ICICI Bank facing a small (less than 1%) correction and Axis Bank moving up smartly as well, but as we prognosticated, the Rupee is touchy and tus 5550 seemed like a top off, barely opening at 5573 before trending South. On the bottom again, the move is capped at 5400-50 and the Bifty could well stay above 9000 throughout esp if the Rupee manages to keep the bears happy at 67 levels itself, as the markets decide the new direction of the move in the rest of the Financial Year (Fiscal).

The Rupee has received considerable global attention it has yearned for and sellers have been keeping quiet not because of fundamentals or flows but for the attention alone. ( Any study ignoring other parameters and attending to the correlation with global fourth estate exposure would thus be able to prognosticate the new founts of pressure on the Rupee. Oil is going down and 4% GDP is post a not so tough Oil Bill prognostication at the umpteen downgrades that heralded the start of the week. IT is almost overvalued again, one windfall quarter per 25% loss in Rupee value (YTD :D)

GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates h...
GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates http://www.imf.org/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the market performers, accumulation of a disordered undervalud opportunity variety has started making itself felt in Caital Goods companies and infracos equally as Reliance industries which may look to E&P approvals in 6 different fields. Thus the sectoral technical picture is additionally cluttering the fact that no policy decisions would be forthcoming till after May 2014.

Savings in the Oil ill are coming  from the 13% share of Iranian oil, which because of shipping lines and insurance issues, are unlikely to be raised. True to form, Irnians do not really want t o use Rupee payments made to buy Indian exports except for its rice and tea demand.

Auto sales jum is more a victory for the two wheelers again, Bajaj Auto recovering Exports to 144K ths month and domestic sales on breath with value #2 Honda (301K). Maruti’s jump back to 87,000 units is still a poor performance below its run rate of 100k cars on average  pre 2010 itself. M&M tractor sales have dropped to near ZERO at 14,000 r month and Hyundai has been wiped along with Tata Motors for all the improvements in traction at GM, Ford, Toyota and VW.

Glenmark Pharma is a good pick to start the mid cap ride. Yes Bank and IDFC should e among the non controversial movers and shakers as the markets operate in an unwilling tight  rang waiting for the Rupee pain to go away. Sun Pharma will bottom out above 500 levels and start on its promise again as it builds on the INR 1 T capitalisation. The September trade data for India is due in a week

I do have a couple of questions on the detailed NH survey on housing price trends released yesterday. The 670 mln sft inventory for example seems to be a little bit of an over estimate and prices in Bangalore ,Bombay and Delhi are unlikely to move down despite huge inventories in residential , affordable, commercial rental and commercial spaces overall

Also ATF prices ( 71k per kl in Delhi and 77k per kl in Mumbai) are probability going to  strain the almost barebones domestic aviation pricing again and UDF are up for renewal. These are likely to remain hygeine factors to the India story ( low growth high cost aviation and high inventory of property) because of obvious inelasticities in the real estate pricing and the elastic nature of demand, roving a sea of red for aviation in the last decade. Thus inflation fears are probably dead in the water with Oil and Gold moving down globally.

Metals esp Tata Steel is back in the Buy lists in this run which will probably peak immediately after mid 2014 till September 2014

India Morning Report: Thursday’s bounce engenders positive weekly closing

Foreign currency reserves and gold minus exter...
Foreign currency reserves and gold minus external debt, based on 2010 data from CIA Factbook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Long targets have returned to traders even though no net position longs would be carried home at close as en early end to the bear festival on Thursday engendered a great change in mood across the three markets in Bonds and Government Debt, Currency and Equities. To remember despite  the targets for a 10000 Banknifty and a 5400 Nifty uts ale in some quarters you should not take the change in sentiment to heart too early and endanger your precious capital as markets may take less than the 4 remaining sessions to send the Nifty and Bifty(Banknifty) options south on Calls and gaining more than 300% on Puts in the spirit of Open interest remaining strongly on the short end despite the offing of short positions yesterday. Sorry about sounding pessimistic as the bounce could be meant for serious investors but such blah is unlikely to save the India oriented investors in such traps as created by this early bounce back rush by the shorts themselves.

Sorry Mitesh and best of luck to those winning daily contests on predominantly long positions on the weekly close as indices at 5400 are not overvalued but the currency run is not complete and with the propensity of correlation binding all the different markets to be true for a market yielding negative returns one must suspect shorts to outweigh longs in the market and stay away. Banks are unlikely to have serious impediments to loan volumes at higher rates Credit growth reported for the first week of August returning to above 15%, a supremum for most markets above the size of $1-2 Bln per month in new credit  Also banks are not going to be paying for the rising yields for time to come int he interests of financial stability keeping their share of GDP intact India’s FX reserves are in the bottom fold globally but a s a global Gold home market, it may continue a bounceback on days when Gold s indeed favored over withdrawal of global liquidity by OECD Central Banks with BOE Governor and BoJ unlikely to favor tightening despite the chance to follow the US into a change in stance after 5 years.

Equit y indices moving t 4700 lus will again erode value from the perfunctory jumped prices in IT s their Export oriented Metals and Pharma sectors get entrenched in investor psyche and Banks, Metals and eve Bajaj Auto, Bharti and ITC are likely to hold investor interest. Which makes it rosy peach for investments in IDFC and YES Bank while ICICI Bank may continue to list among the few advances ona daily basis making i easy for Bulls to survive the remaining stressed days till september series exits though 4700 levels could be accelerated to reach by mid September itself given the easy moves down in the Rupee by more than  a Rupee each day to the Dollar

 

India Morning Report: There is the Rupee and then the equity markets…

Map of South Asia in native languages.
Map of South Asia in native languages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Frankly, there is nothing much to hold the markets after they broke 5500 and the markets below 5000 Nifty levels are likely though still not extremely likely as values identified in the Top 20 liquid counters will probably include those already having fallen to their lowest levels of this rally’s beginnings or within 10% of the same as ITC and Bharti Airtel indicate. That also means institutional buying that has resumed in bits and pieces will characterise this market thru the breakdown. Even though Bharat Iyer of JP Morgan also put on a brave face and assumed Fixed income to be just duly following the currency mechanics, structurally markets are ready to ignore the falling Rupee between 64 and 68 once it starts that leg. I personally do not think interest rates derived from FX have any significant accurate behaviour, esp where in India both markets are relatively illiquid and dependent on key PDs for volume business

 

Though nominal growth is unlikely to be the promised 15%, shift to it sector has created an exchange that is leading scrips to oblivion and not really any structural factors as they remain exactly where we always were. Infrastructure and Metal sectors are actually at their best take off points now both for Fixed income and equity QIPs the latter a little harsh for promoters, and secondary market floats in infracos could find considerable long term investor demand soaking it up.

 

Similarly, rating agencies’ almost junk BBB-/BA2 ratings on India are in fact already indicative of this breakdown and may not need a correction giving the rating agencies to correct their now identified goodwill gap in asia esp india and South Asia, that can thence merit a suitable upward notch everytime CAD is actually brought into control. Strange, but true.

 

Fixed income markets are set to lead the way meanwhile to double digit yields on the 10 year bond already hitting 8.95% in morning trades as Rupee takes up 62.3 levels before moving on to 63.30 ( TV18/CLSA) as the next Technical target. Banks presumaly are also paying for their investment portfolio breakdown in this move and do not have fresh cash to borrow and place in the 11% short term and even the 8-9% 10 – 30 year bonds for substitution of current loss making AFS and not taking everything to HTM.

 

One year down the line, with a stable government maybe instead of hiking deposit rates we will see the yields going south again. Oil is back above $110 levels and Indian buying will comfortably take out 67 levels for the Rupee

 

 

 

India Morning Report: State Bank of India results scare, IIP for June -2.2%, $12.27 Bln Trade Deficit

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Deutsch: Taj Mahal im indischen Agra. Español: Vista del Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Français : Le Taj Mahal, à Âgrâ, en Inde. Русский: Мавзолей Тадж-Махал, Агра, Индия. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Banks growth constraints from old and new NPAs came to be the most heavily landed blow again with INR 150  Bln in fresh slippages to 2.8% Net NPAs and a 5.5% of Book in Gross NPAs for India’s largest bank as markets at 0.9 PCR look to bottoming out with 5500 Puts still popular and Futures encouragingly becoming short hedge currency again for Institutions.

SBI has managed a NIM of 3.49% this quarter and investments currently denominated in low yielding CP will significantly buffer the margins to end of this fiscal according to the Bank resident’s statement defending current results (ETNOW). Auto Sales of 131k cars and less than 11.5 mln two wheelers as MUV/SUV sales plateau and trend down in the last bulwark crumbling for the 12 months are just part of the degrowth in the economy as a whole as May IIP was revised downward to -2.8% and June IIP came in a -2.2% showing degrowth of -6% in Capital goods and taking the April June quarter to -1.1% , negating any growth from the rate cuts before the rate clamp shutter down business in July , August and probably September

Consumer durables have been double digit negative in both May and June degrowing 10.5% on year in june with non durables up robustly another 5% allowing them to improve inflation. Better news from trade with a lower import bill from less than 3 tonnes in Gold and Silver imports each makes a crawl at lower CAD possible as also more controls return to the Economy after 22 years of reform under Manmohan Singh

Dabur and other FMCG could return to strength given the consumer non durables sales upticks and continuing robust inflation in the categories even as input inflation subsides. a 9.64% CPI does not discourage category leaders HUL and ITC also from continuing to improve realisations even if the Rupee completes its move only beyond 65 levels

ONGC results were bearable though the markets are unforgiving for the iNR 200 Bln quarter as realisations are likely to remain near this quarters $40 a barrel than last year’s $45 levels and the coming investment uptick within the week could see Oilcos picking up the slack after abig fall as well and oil purchases down for the second successive month will stress the trade this month for sure.

English: Manmohan Singh, current prime ministe...
English: Manmohan Singh, current prime minister of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: Weekend results from Cipla, Sun, vs the ultimate low for india’s production statistics

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English: Generic finasteride 1mg tablets produced by Cipla India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

July and August data that comes in the next few weeks could make the data for June and an almost negative IIp at the cus p of the biggest Rupee depreciation move since May 22 seem like next to nothing in comparison as Services crash in on the devolved growth mandate and curbs on non essential imports kill any remaining Hindu growth consumption in the Economy. Auto sales reports for July from Siam are as low as 131,000. Mauritius and pakistan could robably account for more cr registrations in a day but that is not rater affecting India inc.

 

The day has started well, with the obvious move back in Power NBFCs that could well merge into any revival of demand even as investment lags in corporate India have no end in sight. The revival of demand in such services could lead the way back to growing inventories , before they become a hangman’s noose around dealerships and the robust credit is used to demand off take back to a positive IIP. Today’s IIP reports and Q2’s first GDP estimates next month could thus see their worst data to come . Cipla’s results for example showed a 17% domestic sector growth, a continuing island where branded goods in both FMCG and Pharma will continue winning share at the expense of the unorganized market in sch a slowdown and Corporate India and Banks could easily maintain a non negative topline in the September quarter

 

Hero Moto is already responding to the covering rally as if its worst is over but then that is just a n ver motivate d market looking for trading gains as sBI results bringing in the last wreath for this quarter’s rituals on a continuing mourning for unreported asset losses being absorbed into the system even as the banking system gets ready for new stresses on asset quality as interest rates rise even before the coming injections of liquidity once the rupee stabilizes, but Corporate India performance and the continuing unique growth measures of India ensuring that things do not continue n the worse vein but grow back a clip from here even bringing back investments as Savings and investments have both been cut to the bone.

 

Jyothy Labs reports another big jump in profits to 287 mln after a` 4920 mln profits from Cipla even at a bare 25% EBITDA shining as Sun Pharma’s EBITDA after a bad quarter is still a giant 44% on almost a $1 Bln in Sales but needs to be penalized for the ` 3000 mln loss this quarter from the settlement

 

 

 

India Morning Report: The weekend cometh, markets head north for the final relief rally for the week..

Detailed map of Indian national highways.
Detailed map of Indian national highways. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost like a movie building the relativity of negativity into the eigenvalues, the markets will duly uncoil in the week’s last trading session to entice investors back. Idea’s 50% PAT growth performance on 8% year/tyear growth is probably the best for the industry which makes it Idea’s seventh or eigth such hurrah ina rush order for the street. Data s now pobably double digit revenues after another 100% jump in subscribers. Infra and FT saga continue with the National Spot exchange and the IRB kind of market leverage habits of promoters showing up the small companies into veritable oblivion in 2-3 sessions indian QIPs may watch out as short term debt issuances from Indonesia failed putting markets on hold for the continuing Dollar armageddon even as dollar weakens at home in light of better growth prospects

Jubilant results won’t be so do not bother but some media houses may be back this quarter and the next as advertising revenues will likely imrove after the rush of sports events in India in the last couple depressed some revenues, ( and some other reasons, private to experts in that business sector)

IOC is down 50% from its peak in May when Banks were still in our cross hairs ( we were and are taking India up with the banks, if you sill want to snipe instead into our homes) The December 2012 closing values of IOC far too depressed and ata time markets had not recovered value in that sector, were still near 260 and today’s prices are a quarter down from there even as hikes went through in time.

Powergrid and REC are back and we will continue to use them both in the same breath and thus not in the same pair trade, which would be with “xxxx” IDFC, PFC, PTC are also all headed north but may still have hardly 55 on the downside before markets delink them from bankrupt, over leveraged infra mid-caps as earlier.

This may be your PIMCO year in India even as Al Erian recovers his Bond Fund equanimity with some including me still defining a double digit interest rate scenario in India as not improbable. PIMCO, if you recall lost two years of the crisis betting on interest rates steaming out of their ears when they were taken out by good fixed income demand for bonds in 2010 as I remember. But the Pittsburgh Pirates and PIMCO are since doing well.

Bajaj Auto correction on drop in monthly sales portends of more naysayers testing the automaker for continued sales performance above 300k in motorcycles as the peers give up sales on the auto sector’s trouble with slackened demand and an eye on primary sales inventories remaining too high at this time precluding that Vendor strategy. 6 new discovers are launched from July to December and B A is avoiding invoicing the old Discover for lower numbers this month)

Motor cycles were 280k in July 1, 295k in July 2012 and total , with exports also breaking stride equally, 320k this month

YES Bank and HDFC Bank have started recovering value, and HDFC Bank may well trace the market’s upside trips switching off during correction for a great single stock accumulation strategy for those wealth makers not interested by available SIP and STPs in Funds

 

India Morning Report: RBI Announcement brings in the relief jump

Markets, finally assured of their assessment of the long road ahead, jumped at the heartening news , though expected, of no change in monetary policy parameters from 4% CRR to 23% SLR and the bank rate temporarily at 10.25%. the Central Bank will “rollback liquidity steps in a calibrated manner” when stability returns and the yields are already south at 8.05% , Rupee climbed south at 59.75 levels but unlikely spoiling for a flight/light immediately as markets parry at yesterday’s levels but back in the green after the jump in selected stocks

The jump has of course died as he policy announcements are over, an unseemly trend, now seen twice in the last 4 years Our detailed RBI policy analysis will be available. Futures and options markets could be demotivated in volumes after the Rupee spike , still not sure of a trade after the loss of growth policy eigenvalues and a lack of a down trade in the Equities or Fixed income markets in this month. Oil payments schedules can probably be aggregated at the end of August

Credit Growth / Deposit growth projections in the quarterly review come in at 15% and 11% respectively. Banks will be unable to raise rates in either direction in a hurry. housing NBFCs seem to have lost the most, lIc housing levels at 180 unheard of and IDFC (Infra, PE, AMC) at 110 levels after a long break of nearly two years. M3 growth will be 13% as forecast today the High CAD for three years has been highlighted by outgoing Governor as a structural risk. The next RBI review will fall immediately after the expected Fed announcements of QE withdrawal in the September policy

RBI did right and is on watch but it seems that money is still pulling at the current Rupee levels as the Oil calculations get ready to upset the new equilibrium and the BoP risk comes fore much before exporters catch the new opportunities

 

 

 

Bank Results season: Its not the asset quality trails but the change in NiMs

Banks across the board got a full reprieve in Q1 (Fy 2014) as they report much better NIMs, ING improving to 3.56% up almost 10% from previous year scores because of the lower interest rates by the Central Bank. Apart from the old hat CEntral bank rebuttal to banks at this stage for refusing to  pss along the rate cuts, this strategy is not really creating any abnormal returns but would have unsqueezed banks bt for the oil triage getting the Economy back into a high rate orbit.

Also the concerns about asset quality are probably unfounded as they just try to close up books on all doubtful assets and this quarter’s anomalous jump of 50% at HDFC Bank and more at ING vysya is likely just a result of that

Retail Banks have obviously been running higher NIMS like 4.4% at HDfc bank and cllose to 4% at Axis, but they also hide a lot of retail pain in their bigger balance sheets that can be shown by segmenting the cost of funding also appropriately for the retail book

 

India Morning Report: Markets steady, India facing uphill task

Bajaj
Bajaj (Photo credit: Chandra Marsono)

 

The Indices opened barely in the red after a dull week of Economic data . Trade deficit reported under a $10 Bln for June as Gold imports were blocked out but Inflation on CPI climbed back to 10% in a precursor to fuel inflation expected now to climb back from a barely settled in period of less than 6 months as the drop in Oil is destroyed by the 12% depreciation in the currency. The depleted Forex reserves are already a qustion for the Rupee and the negative IIP for the month is unfortunately unlikely to give confidence in the comeback. Consumption being defeated, one is not sure of the reasons for continuing retail inflation with foo inflation at 12% leading the charge currently.

 

IIP showed a more than 10% contraction in durables Production index and negative growth year/year for non durables as well. WPI for June has also come in below 5% again And while monetary policy will be challenged by the prospects of inflation and depreciation , consumption is actually flling making infation an easy target to even prospects of deflation in terms of sentiment continuing negative in the economy. Investment is yet to come back to the Economy has become a challeneg desite a Forward FDI policy esp for Defence and Telecom on the cards.

 

Auto Sales are down almost 10% on year at 139000 cars and 55 lower for two whelers and though markets continue to treat Bajaj and Hero equally one can see performance for Hero worsening in the war with erstwhile partner Honda in the market and Bajaj has maintained euanimity in shares and market segments nonetheless.

 

Unfortunately apart from the results of this quarter one also does not see further uptick in Exports immediately. Banks despite the low 13.7% growth in Credit for the month of May/June remain fairly healthy in the selected layer as we have pointed out here and Bank  Nifty remains a great pick at 11600 levels markets keeping value priced in line with the economic sentiment

 

Last week, the India Morning Report could not be posted and the same may not be available from Tuesday or Wednesday till the end of the market week on Friday when the trade data and CPI was posted. For JP Morgan and Wells Fargo results refer to advantages.us. Indian Banks report this week and we will be covering Indusind’s results of last week later with YES Bank performance

 

 

 

India Morning Report: India regains investment preference in Asia, builds on 5900

English: This picture has been taken at the Sa...
English: This picture has been taken at the Satya Bharti School. It shows the education system and children’s life at the school. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets had a choppy week early on in India but with selling having refused to resume and Asian markets keeping a comeback worked into the numbers meant the Dollar indices poised to jump at 83 going into the next week. In thus phase however Dollar may again lose the tight negative correlation to Asian equities especially again in India which has managed to climb down the volatility beanstalk while steadily gaining 50 points yesterday and another 50 points at open today.

Many out of favour scrips from Metals to the yet to be prioritised realty are now at their technical support levels meaning they will mostly support positive moves ad may even lead one out of 5 days in the positive next week. .The jobs report in the US morning will of course propel the Dollar but the likelihood of that momentum taking down Asian markets has receded with the yen keeping counsel near 100 and Asian automakers not seeing tariff barriers in the US traded away

Oil prices are unlikely to continue north despite demand led reductions in inventory in the US as refineries remain underfed and the Egypt tensions are resolved
Banks are poised comfortably at 11250 levels and the Banknifty straddle has worked wonders in localising discounting for bad debt PSUs to SBI and BOB among the still expected to perform members of the Index . Thus further PSU bank attrition of business and bad debt spirals will unlikely stop the rally from taking root in banks next week and ths leading the Indian Nifty 50 back to 6000 levels albeit for a trading largesse. Pharma sector picks like cipla and Lupin continue to have much to offer and trading down in Sun Pharma may ot have large index effects ( expected as exports are succeeding at competition) iT scrips are much in a bind of low profitability even as immigration reform fades away and 12% in Rupee depreciation fails to make earnings forecasts positive ahead of next week.
Bajaj Auto, IDFC and Powergrid could be good picks at current levels though RBI signals have already discounted PSU applicants for bank licenses including PFC. PTC is also dong well without a banking license to its name and REC may trade to lower 190 levels but is likely a good pick at these levels all on their standalone performance and undiluted by the market added momentum in June for Banking preference. YES Bank is a great pick at these levels and supernary promoter interests are unlikely to be material to the bank’s professional management as is the prospect of 100% FDI in leading lights in the sector. Telcos will probably get 100% FDI approval sooner than later and Aviation’s experience with Jet Etihad is likely to remain positive and accretive to value ton the whole. Lupin’s pipeline of 100= drugs continues to underline the block profits in generics witha low barrier definition of blockbusters and no big stories in the us market nonetheless and similarily with Cadilla, Orchid and Stride Arcolabs.
More importantly consumption winners heading for no man’s land ( Trading at lifetime highs seen mathematically breaking new ground with positive momentum trading) with ITC, United Spirits and eve HUL and Bharti likely to head off the “no investment” led dull prospects at India in story, expected still to be worth much more 6 months down the line. While HUL has shown already that shorts were wrong, once results expectations are correctly warded off by Telco promoters sunil mittal and co, Bharti may also be seen in the light of its quasi global brand and investment expectations and thus gain from reducing debt on new investment rules in fDI and in required infrastructure debt accounting

The Rupee thus is free to depreciate but in a small range around the 60 mark.

 

India Morning Report: Auto exports pick up at Bajaj, PFC, L&T and IDFC lead plays

The headline tries to get at the difference in the consolidating market of now vs. that of three years ago in a similar situation i.e. within this cycle as the prospects of infracos having taken a nosedive and that of auto sales having hit a rock or two still have not dented or revived the case for an explosion of demand and the few selected beneficiaries in each sector. As always the moves are helped by Banking, in this case new bank licences even as Bharti, ITC and YES retain investor interest but have lost their lead as momentum creators in the market. Jet Airways was repurposed by Tony Fernandes’ claims countering Jet’s path to growth in the last 10 years taking unused Tier 2 cities and airports as model bases for its expansion starting at 3 aircraft and proposing to add 10 aircraft a year. Vodafone’s unilateral attempts on the other hand remain wierd and misrepresented to say the least s they make no sense of price or commodity in question probably trying to get a buy one take one free from the judicial process with the tax case still not settled on the m&a either.

at Airasia fair
at Airasia fair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Energy, brokerages try to play catch up and set a mini trend but with 10-12 more hikes in diesel any fundamental rerating except the positive drfit up ensconced currently is unlikely. UBS upgraded BPCL and Citi downgraded ONGC to neutral. In Auto xports, Maruti continus to scare with losing the plot over old established exports continuing 2 years after the shift t diesel and D’sire models in the Gurgaon and Manesar plants but the MNCs and two wheeler/three wheeler companies ride growing marking of production to exports

But back to index based investors and statistics, now would be the time to reassess the significance of India in Asia and global indices though company based weights have been switched around earlier in April. Volatility should subside and give rise to a positive volatility based move sooner than later after core growth was par for May at 2.3% and Energy prices were realigned without protest. Global Oil and gold prices continue to trace lows and new banks from muthoot finance or others however be unable to get out of the success of their nbfc counterparts while establishing retail having to take existing operations to the bank.

That should also mean more new licences as each of the 26 is also a regional in one way or the other apart from leading from one business segment.And, importantly there is still chance for finance m&a albeit after grant of licences, while Sundaram finance /Shriram finance continue to try and refashion their book to get RBI’s nod currently not available for the deleterious mix o securities from refi considerations. India may ass this lull for ECB finance sooner than later as it materialises that the rupee level is unlikely to improve and thence investors, already back for the ride may get to cook more for the gravy train than 2012 offered.

Also, a note to sovereign asian investrs, this could be the last chance to get into the India story at these levels, and more attractive with a weak rupee as these funds hld more of foreign currency than local currency losers in fixed income and currency

India Morning Report: Chidambaram kicks off mmtc 9.33% divestment

Banking District
Banking District (Photo credit: bsterling)

MMTC might be a success but the market is not putting much score by the Fin Min /CEA appearance in the media today while Banks have finally given way after a 45 day wait. One notes the posit by market makers that value retention by the select scrips already counted as good is not doing much for wider portfolios as most had treated this climb as the milestone before the rally and not the rally itself and does no in any way would have resulted in  a bubble.

Also the Rupee being stronger yesterday, the overall month long move across currency and equities seems to be trying to compensate the news view that India has survived the move in Asia as was the norm in the oughts or the reform rich period before that and has somehow become a threshold for Emerging markets portfolios as and when dictated by the once a year or fewer occasions of a rupee correction and is unlikely to again preclude the fact or erase the sustenance shown by Indian equities as a class because of the depth of our markets even as Nikkei, Hangseng and Korean markets lose heavily on each currency move because of the less than dozen companies going around for Korea at least and the richness of fixed income portfolios one can safely assume in the bigger markets in Nikkei and Hongkong

The Stanchart reference to inflation risk however remains misplaced as Oil prices are still very unlikely to trend up again

However, staying on the mundane market data for the daily report, Indian equities are losing all expectations of political stability and any positive rally till september as the year’s second half will offer first hope of growth or economic performanceThe import limitation on Gold in the meantime does not impact MMTC plans in Gold and thus strengthens the public channels for Gold trade in India ahead of its disinvestment exercise

Meanwhile FDI flows in China, India and Brazil have been more robust than any other class for all global investors even as Russia scraped the bottom of the barrel bringing the BRIC average growth below 0 for the year. Markets in Asia will continue to lead exits but as the speculative portion from India has been wished away almost immediately, not much move south in bonds or in equities remains and as can be seen in any current charts, Indian yields are down in the same 5 week period and will continue to trend down for the year. Banks, ITC and IDFC remain good investments as also Bajaj Auto, all mentioned except ITC having lost their share of speculative investors / price premiums already.

Shorts on Adani Enterprises are well placed while Gujral again has mentioned buys on Lupin and Cipla / Lupin are real return stories of 2013 from here as Sun Pharma finally pays out 805 of its cash for the settlement with Pfizer/Takeda

India Morning Report: Bank shine again yields to Yes Bank and ICICI Bank, IDFC and quality promoters in

It gives you the feeling of “every thing is right with the world again”. It is not deja vu. It is the latest round of banking licences and yesterday’s guidelines with a lot of fine print was given the green signal by the government,. The reason it is why everything is alright with the world again? A corny one as i fettered in between remunerative careers and higher education can see the trees off the woods. The trees claiming India’s recovery has broken down. And the trees are too close for comfort. This 2012-13 boost of liquidity in the markets is on the bink of withdrawal, India despite being a sticky destination , likely to e among the first to lose money once the Fed ntention is firmed up because of its ow weightage among the Asian markets. Others have different barriers to High frequency trading and other Hedge fund and global bank strategies also and asia is likely left with root long term investing stock by Q1 2014. The long term trading caital stock however favors India continuingly and the new banks with 10 year promoter track record and financial businesses consoidated under a single NOHFC may shorten the wait and watch period by having established promoters spend 18 onths after aprovl to get into the thick of things and thus sustain investment interest from the get go. Yes Bank and ICICI Bank remain more transparent exapls of a growing banking business which have more or less stuck by the new regime and along with HDFC Bank and HDFC represent the growing size of Indian resurgence as global participation by the big banks is negated by the requirements of new Capital for india ringfencing it as it must in line with other non US/European operations for the same banks

 

BofA ML’s revision of India’s GDP growth to 6% and 6.8% in fy14 and 15 will likely pass away unnoticed as RBI already has pared forecasts of FY14 to 5.7% and no autos are not turning around in june or september quarters. Especially of concern is the continuing accumulation of volatile interest around Hero moto as just OTM options at 1700 strike have barey pared premium to 40 despite the stock’s hitting 1670 at closing yesterday and that is what sets off the infinite loop of disinterested traders willing to exit India markets again and again, which on must guard. however able the stock may be in terms of blocking out shorts, the markets have no other mechanism to furrow out that excess premium in the 1700 strike and that ungainly thought is what makes it a tiring build for India Inc. One must recognise that waiting fast and furious for the auto sales to come back is not the deal and “another massive upsurge” is not just around the corner.

 

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Unfortunately while such corners of FNO interest fail to hit other bellwethers like ITC, certain speculative favorites that have repeatedly created a phantom Bombay Club of Tier 2 Indian promoters continue to get to block entire trading series in whichever front month is appied in this case the June series. Bajaj Auto has shown better resilience in performance and similarily there are others like the banks and candidates mmentioned above that  an sustain higher series interest Changes in preference to Diesel ad other such changes in the structure of the markets may not allow customers to respond to falling oil prices and a market still not accepting ford and chevy produce or even japanese cars except toyota after a short honeymoon with hyundai in the last two decades unable to afford quick model changes while xports may pick up for all players incl nissan. VW’s probably happy enogh playing at the premium end making this large consumer market a “niche” structurally

 

Deal canvas was also extremely pretty in India with Axiata getting a play in Idea as Idea looks to divest the Tower business to its partner. Birla’s interest in a bank is also sustained despite the refusal of RBI to allow JVs with other promoters for a bank NoFHC. Sun TV results make it extremely likely that the DTH/TV software sectors finally rise in scale to cater to the highly lucratve fast growing market in India but they ar einstead likely to scurry around for a bank which RBI can handle . Bajaj finserv and Bajaj Finance are perhas close to a NOFHC structure already and can jump right in with the branch structure of the Fincos as with M&M. REC and LICHFL may likely not be allowed by RBI. In Deals, nyse Euronext has exited MCX as well. Concerns around Orchid’s 2010 sale to Hospira in Chennai may dissipate allowing it to pursue the other unit sales in due course. PFC is in the meantime picking up stakes in NCC for some infra projects in power and highways which must help NCC. LB holdings and WIpro are others in what seems to be the new gold rush circa 2013-14,th one day//week/month when all deal announcements almost com close to complete the years takings for the banks as the recovery is well close to drying up. Axis bank seems to have lost the deal truck to SCB and even Citi this year in India as even HSBC is not getting its share of deal cash in the medium sized QIP rush and a flurry of infra debt reduction. S&P/McGraw Hill’s interest in crisil to 75% is heartening to note but one though unwillingly must raise the specter of a going private transaction for the increasingly clouded suture view of the global rating agency

 

The Rupee is yet not done its move down likely to 57 and beyond though most of the move has played out.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: A late last minute judgement call but that pair trade was ill advised

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6th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ET finally let the cat out of the bag but a bit late as the Bank nifty short was paired to the indices in a copycat move of a trade that worked in the 4700-5300 down India jamboree of 2010 then 2011 and then 2012 as well. Anyway it is afternoon as most of my readers realise my busy ness in th emorning with struggles for food and hearth taking over the life and times of accomplished investing advice and career counseling for the world of investment banking. Ph. D seats in India are few as well and a preeminent shortage of goods could well price that education much higher than it is today, the doctors 9 though i m yet to get in) still on the periphery of business and academia preferring stolid credentials to maintain ranks and bag enough fees to supplemennt honored careers in banking and finance (most of them)

Anyway here’s wishing them better luck for the pair trade next time and here’s wishing you use the contact form below to discuss and disect India, Finance, and anything else you think makes sense

No break from trading this week as another broking NBFC tops $400 mln in quarterly revenues following IIFL efforts yesterday and with broking revenues not dipping in one of the most inactive lulls of equity trading in recent times.

Dr Reddy’s results look nippier solely on last year’s poor Q4 but revenues rose nearly 30% at INR 33.4 Bln , annual results topping 20% on Sales and still 18% on profits across at least 2 bad quarters out of 4 reported. Generics accounted for INR 82 Bln out of 111bln in Sales. GVK power results this afternoon were wierdly out of whack with some tussle forming with APTRANSCO while GMR seems to be progressing along expected lines on cutting debt.

Nothing of note from Novartis or Pfizer yesterday Given the wierd secrecy arround mnc accounts one cannot immediately comment on 90% of their profits (Novartis) being from other income and being (un)affected by transfer pricing

Anyway the wind out of shorts jumped Wednesday indices to 6150 and markets are trading a t their highest level since 2011 while the rupee from trades on Monday continues to stay around 54.80 and expiry is going to be easy for long traders in options , shorting options now key to an ever changing vocabulary for our middle tof the tail at BPOs earning seven figure salaries or hoping to make some disposable spreads through trading, hear hear..( Three fat tail events discussed in here, find them and write to me for a mid week mania contest entry, your favorite candy ata favorite coffee place for prizes)

India Morning Report: Private Banks paying for PSU heresy

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Bank nifty private bank leaders were again targeted as investors refused to let the index give up its gains. Those locked into long PSU strategies remained headed for negative gains in the 2013 cycle and switching trades also not being available, as a measure of respite seemingly, unwitting profitable counterparts were targeted by those prefering the short side of the target at nifty near 6100 and banks are unable to resist these sharp cuts with most other new longs since April not including banks. To wit, Indian Bank is trading in positive territory being one of the few whose positive uptick in Q4 results fully recovered the profit habit in the eyes of investors. Canara ‘s NPAs for examply stayed above 2.6% headed for a 3% cut in assets and negating any other income of the bank.

New positive offshoots from Infra and results from Karnataka elections that firmed up chances of a stable regime the next five years till 2019 also indicate a firming up of price levels for a success to be feted by equities in Indian markets. All Capital markets look to move unidirectionally in the first few months of confirmation of recovery as fixed income markets celebrate a new 10 year bond and yields move closer to 7.25% levels Strange opinions from Goldman Sachs take over the small screen though as the broker’s opinion tries to spread /believe recovery has spread to stocks like L&T and Apollo Tyres, which both seem to look askance yet and well may lose steam to winners forom metals and minerals first as those look more positively geared up for a recvovery than these GS recommendations

Meanwhile IDFC has hit a late stride on the bull run and DIIs including bulk buyers like LIC look to be stuck with purchases at these or higher levels except for a later correction to 5900 and not more than that

Germany’s IIP data meanwhile only helps our belief that the Euro has taken the proverbial high road, any lack of recovery in the 17 Euro countries unlikely to disturb the currency’s upward trend beyond 1.36 ( hsbc target0 or other higher targets near 1.45 even as any meaningful recovery in the 17 country economic zone or progress on closer union may also well be ruled out after German elections till 2018.

Disinvestment mandates to achieve promoter compliance with sebi requirements (GSK Consumer, HUL) seems to have rung the cash registers at HSBC as the banks good results earlier this week, also showed its great pipeline in Asia, theonly one including both China and India.

 

India Morning Report: And the market survives a cut to 5900

Tried and tested , yet new mechanisms of 2013

Of course, the markets could still decide to browbea

English: Wordmark of Tata Steel
English: Wordmark of Tata Steel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

t the equities segment further from here despite the mild recovery at the end of the session. As of now my plans for going to Ahmedabad are on course and the indian Ph D programs are getting better lookie loos again with Ahmedabad “Management” ranked in the Top 100. More importantly for the markets, delivery based buying cannot be expected to ramp up in this rally as retail investors are not just stung by 2008 as journalists perceive or want to name the shroud, but are infinitely better placed by investing in inflationary spending than in equities for the future canvas.

Mutual Funds, Insurance and Bank savings still come next and pretty importantly yesterday’s negative IIP score and a near 11% CPI inflation clip ( more than 11% decidedly in urban areas, but thats just the trend) are unlikely to matter to this question of volumes. A slowdown in bank deposits could be an interesting quasi middle management at 100s of growing India corporates and IT investors could take to watching as it mirrors the real response to the production slowdown even as investment makes a faltering return to the Indian Economy and the Savings Investment gap recedes.

sinbadRevival of fortunes in steel seem to have hit an “early call” WALL a new block and tackle strategy likely to hit traders nah speculators in the F&O segment and though I normally desist but the morning call on JP Associates straddle buy invites my derisory attention by the spades. The JP Associates stock is unlikely to tank from 71-75 levels and if one expects action in the scrip in this series further it would be a clear positive, likely kicking off the pre budget mini rally instead of the rally we were going to have at the start of the series. Of course those promoting this market hiccup were the ones betting on fundamentals instead and thus calling off the big pre budget move.

Are Sun Pharma and TCS yet Defensives?

Much as Consumer goods led by HUL had been lumped in Defensives with Pharma, so also today while Pharma while awaiting the Domestic breakout remains defensive as a sector, stocks like Glenmark and Stride Arcolabs aren’t and Sun Pharma is probably unlikely  to last in the Defensives list too long (it ould not be shifted on account of Taro, however)

Similarily IT as a sector and TCS as a defensive remain sectoral strategies or more Big Pig strategies at the start of the macro uptrend where Trendlines can be drawn and in such moves as are in 2013, the stock probably would move out as a mainstream investment much like Infosys earlier. Either way those watching for a bottomed out markets are right in prognosing the comfort moves in stocks like TCS and Sun as a likely vote for no Bull run than the other way around and thus the to get cast in the same leagues as HUL, Sterlite and SESA which would be the Defensives the markets could ascribe. While Axis Bank may not get rebranded as the ‘defensive’ for 2013’s mini moves, Airtel still likely will be as the corporate gets shafted out of bull only and 130-30 portfolios for lack of a volatility linked move in the stock

Tata Steel

Meanwhile the Tata Steel calls are good to sell off probably as JSPL and SAIL indicated a slowness in the sector which is to be shed in 2013 and 2014 so it is also the time for buying this defensive as well for Domestic fund houses avoiding buying for so long since August as they get another Start of Rally point to invest surpluses.

Banks say meeooww

Banks are the move I am waiting for as PSU banks finally acquiesce to getting re-rated instead of trying trading jumps to catch up with the gap created by the NPL imbroglio in the last six months at Banknifty 13500. Thus the move from 12,400 on the Banknifty and it is not made today, will be a decisive one as Public Policy recedes and Finance takes over as the bete noir of the India Comeback strategy for 2020 and beyond.

 

Bank Results Season (India Earnings): ICICI Bank flashes positivity for a Nifty re-rating

While not beating expectations, ICICI Bank’s improving fortunes, better retail traction and control on NPAs seem to have paid off for it to score the #2 bank in the country soon aheadof PNB and HDFC Bank (Pvt sector)  with NII coming to INR 37 bln in the quarter and Other income INR 22 bln (standalone) , mainly advisory, dividend and fees and charges in commercial and retail banking totting up from its tarried state two years ago. Since, foreign banks have virtually skipped the Indian unsecured market making a fresh start. CASA has dropped in 2012, with even PNB scoring just 38% in CASA. At their best performance, ICICI Bank CDS still trade at near default scores of 160 bps

With the bank likely to report hawkish NPA policy compared to the PSU units looking to cop out of provisioning at the first sign of improvement, its profit growth in the Q3 of FY 2013 being flashed is indeed muted on year, but much better than the Q4 of previous fiscal and improving in course of the eyar but missing YOY growth except at a 30% growth in NII and just 20% profit growth even in Operating profit terms.

However the bank has already shown the required scale to jump into an imprtant #2 position in all parameters. (Rest after the management advice on the Q3 results)

 

 

Bank Earnings India: YES Bank expected to grow to required size (Q3 FY2013)

Organic growth component of the bank’s strategy has shaped up well and even the despondent NIMs shaping up into a firm 3% mark this quarter as the bank ramps up on savings and Tier I Capital thru QIPs. The bank’s loan book probably increased Corporate exposure vis-a-vis its Agri book and the Provisions have thence grown by more than twice as required at INR 0.56 Bln but the bank has brought down Gross NPAs to 0.30% of the book and net NPAs even lower.

The bank states in the earnings conference that any rate cuts will accrue to NIMs CASA is nearly 20% growing from 17.3% to 18.3% and NII is well above average even for a mid sized companies at INR 5.63 Bln and Net income at INR 3.42 bln. for a book of a target possibly closer to INR 60 bln for the bank the growth in NIM is probably stating that the bank is about to hit the big league as is obvious from is well-rounded scores in management and corporate responsibility though its early single line focus still makes it an outsider in Corp loan syndicates.

Bajaj Auto results are on the wire.

India Morning Report: Some New Shoots , Some Old Short Stuff..Nifty Rolls Right In 2013

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English: Logo of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Category:Goldman Sachs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some interesting first moves from Bankers seemed to be on in Pre Budget parleys on Monday with Bankers looking for tax wrteoffs on loan NPLs to encourage new fair practices and bankers emerging with a Commodity Transaction Tax to help the government tide over losses from the ensuing discontinuation of STT as Securities Turnover has stagnated since 2009 despite the market being in the bull orbit for over 6 months

Meanwhile the first novel biologic from Biocon has been approved for marketing in the US. Itolizumab’s successful clearing by the Indian DGCI after meeting the treatment score for primary and secondary endpoints in the treatment’s clinical trials. A read of the last investor presentation in April shows that the company will find best market openings in Mylan’s oncology drugs and this new psoriasis treatment in global and US markets while keeping pace with Global partnerships in Syngene with big pharma and obviously growing in the Diabetes treatment segment which has been growing equally well in 2012 even after a good 3-5 years globally.

One wonders though why coverage has been initiated seemingly in private banks with sell calls on HDFC Bank again probably just because of hopes of a rate cut receding before the release of comprehensive production data. Selling is however unabated in PSU banks and they  make big shorts with good targets while the Banknifty, Nifty and even the other bull/bear picks on networks today like Renuka Sugar seem like well left alone including any bump in Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse /Morgan Stanley backed Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel or other stories. Nifty 7000 wis more exploratory than a serious accusation by the sell side team at GS and Banks Pharma and Retail consumer (discretionary incl ITC not HUL) remain firecatchers in the rally(ies) to come in 2013. We ourselves expect GS has underplayed China and even Indonesia in the Asia spreadsheet released yesterday (Check ET of date) Defensives from mining stocks are especially looking ripe for accumulation in portfolio giants allocated to this side of the Himalayas

Meanwhile Kaya (Marico’s hair and skin care saloon business) and Spencers ( RPG’s Food world led retail superstore business) ill be spun off into listed IPOs in 2013. kaya is a part of Marico’s core operations and Spencers is apparently ready to be spun off from the CESC utility balance sheet for the Goenka team

 

The Delisting trotternama gets investors again!

Investors expectedly got blindsided by companies choosing not to buy back and delist their India subsidiaries even as stocks crashed in Honeywell on news of the change in plans. The stock run up had more than something to do with the correction and the decision and is a common conundrum for many MNC arms in the country not wanting to continue in the listed subsidiary business model but cowered by the price of delisting for the less than 15% stake in many cases that is priced high in expectations of a block buy back

An ET stat compilation of date shows thomas Cook, Kennametal, BOC, Sharp and Astrrazeneca already showing strains and having probably arrived at a new management decision crashing prices on the local exchanges bringing back the buy back option for those unable to envisage a further stake sale here it  is more sizable than the 1.43 nmln shares required to be put in the OFS by Blue star and may again skew the probablility of an OFS.

The regulator SEBI is unlikely to further  stand by patiently as  the delisting stories have been coninuing for almost 10 years in many cases as the FDI regime has become more open on business models espoused by Wholly owned subsidiaries.

One foreign bank also listeed in India after the crisis broke but banks have been avoiding creating a new risk silo for India , neer licence operating only CIB franchises and avoiding retail business altogether

Bluestar and Honeywell are pricing their delisting Offer for sale in the markets to get the stakes down to 75% removing them from the target delisting universe.

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Coca-Cola: Millions to Washington Politicians, Billions to Invest in China (g1a2d0040c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

Bank Results Season: India Earnings (The Old and Weak) Will India jettison its Public sector behemoths as instruments of policy [SBI Q2 FY2013]

The deterioration in asset quality though well within control at SBI to 5.15% or INR 491 B does not meet management statements of no more deterioration in asset quality. The written off loans of INR 14.92 B and reducing provisions of INR 18.5 B from INR 22.73 B a quarter ago raise questions of capacity and capaability even as the Central bank has obliged with CRR cuts and the bank continues to manage the loest deposit base in the country ith the status as largest bank int he country borne in measure by share of loan assets and the size of asset book  as well as the market share computations for the sector in both retail and SME/corporate banking

However a future for India Financial Services may need to have a larger NBFC role designed aas per the latest policy documents or otherwise continue privatising bank franchises and allowing new banks with rural and priority mandates make the competition tougher whence sucha weak showing by SBI with only 5% growth in NII below INR 110 B for the quarter makes ita tough pill for the market to swallow. However, the current macroeconomic revival may let other banks pick up the slack and allow investors to ignore this quarter’s SBI records while the markets again take a fact check on how good the India story is.

Net profits for the quarter are INR 36 B ahead of estimates by more than 5% but the stock will drag the Banknifty in the current run with management guidance not being welcome. The year on year groth in profits does meet the benchmark of 30% at a 25% score bu tthat  is on a low base from underperformance after the bad loan cliff ensnared the bank

REstructurd loans are INR 46.94 B or 5% of the loan book roughly Additional slippages are INR 85 B compared to INR 103B last quarter (linked/seq)  but recoveries are also up by nearly 17% at INR 14.3B The loan book has grown to INR 9.56 T

 

Bank Results Season: Shriram Transport Finance Jumps On Leasing Growth

Income of INR 1594 B produced a record INR 3.37B profits for the banker wannabe as Shriram Transport relied on Leasing Income to replace the more lending business friendly Gross and Net interest income. In its core Truck leasng business the industry leader is still moving all the gravy with a dominant 50% market share. Consolidated Net profit is INR 3.67 B

Meanwhile Indian and European brokerages (Credit Suisse) have been upping the ante on the operator since results were announced . Its anual EPS is now riding near 60 at INR 29.14 and the growth clip of 20% of topline and 30% of PAT is likely to be an easy win for the future Bank. Off book AUMs are increasing especially in Q3 with bilaterals to banks making 80% of its securitisation in FY12

The retail market is inspiring improving NIMs for Shriram. Management commentary highlights changes in priority sector definitions to also improve Shriram’s relationships with banks. It had only INR 400 crores in Q2 securitised against an improving market volume of InR 34 B till mid October. Net NPAs are a high 2.89% but have been declining steadily int he last 3-4 quarters from above 3%

Shriram is apparently waiting to season its new leased assets to benefit from an increase to Off book AUMs and tweak new securitisation agreements to the more adaptable PTC mode where credit enhancements are still allowed ( disallowed on direct assignment) while the latest cap of 8% lending rate on priority sector characterisation of a loan might be also apossible change without due pressure on profits as its market leader status allows to maintain and improve NIMs

 

India Morning Report: Another Week, Another Level (5650)

The week closed right 2 points next to the week before last levels on the Nifty and the Bank nifty is technically still able to maintain 11600 levels at its current 11585 banknifty score. The result, humdrum existence for those who thrived on the growth in India inc translating into indices moving up in a definite trend if not by leaps and bounds. An humdrum existence probably made interesting by surgical precision of tv series’ characters in our “day to day lives”  including the clinical refusal to a date for candle light dinner with hubby dears like us.

 

Anyway, equally critical and probably funny is how another batch of shorts is out from market practitioners in a clear derisory preview of a Monday which should be extremely bullish at its key 5650 support on a Monday in the beginning of a series after such a reshuffle. It is likely my bet that the markets are up a 100 points on the Sensex today but that has been precluded by any such move likely snowballing in such aforementioned general climate into a 450 point move or the Nifty similarily running up closer to 90 points. The unlikeliness of the NIfty moiving into such comfortable orbits makes today’s moves limited. Of course there is a faint probability and thus a skew in the favor of a definite move down in terms of risk rewards because of the low probability, which means markets decide to take the south direction today for keeps is rather unlikely fortunately and not unfortunately as followers of risk reward charts might imagine.

 

Really if you deciphered that all, you are likely still less bright than my daughter whose schools reopen tomorrow as markets continue in a range bound equation for the growth in EBITDA this quarter which the TOI reports at 27% for index companiies having reported and includes FMCG and Cement while not giving the thumbs up to the 20% deprecation led 30% eyarly growth in IT and Pharma revenues. Net result, no picks are good for bigger and better exposures in ICICIBANK, IDFC and YESBANK which remain winners of the trend to Indian victory equation (Political and Business largesse and influence on the region)

 

And apparently I would not be inventing any quantitative constructs for such clear diction ona complexly meandering subject when I do start my fellowship at Bangalore/Ahmedabad later next year.

 

Banks however are likely to get more finegrained classification , the subject area being clearly defined and pushed by growth parameters from the potential of the unbanked and the unbranded to the potential of global competitiveness brought by globalising of the Indian Banking brands, no tthe outpost business we do to debilitate the banking brand from India today.

I for one would also give Duvvoori Rao a break and a C-Off for Chidu too instead of forcing anyone on a rate cut.

 

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Monday Monday (Photo credit: soonerpa)

 

 

Bank Results Season (India Earnings) : Earnings surprise: ICICI Bank processes a few more growth triggers for Q2 2013

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icici bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Net Profits have grown to a never before INR 19.60 B or $376.92M for the bank as Net Interest Income climbed to INR 33.71 B or $648.27 M with Treasury income of INR 1.72B helped other income to INR17.91 B  all growing at more than 30% over the year ago quarter. Q1 2013 growth was a little subdued in the middle of the near contraction in the Indian Economy on year but still a sequential improvement on March quarter to INR18.15B. The current Q2 2013 is therefore a sequential gain of 7.33% and even with a near 20% rate of growth in credit CAR including Tier II has inched up to less than 19% Deccan Chronicle ‘s INR 5B exposure was added to bad debt taking Net NPas up sharply to 0.78% from 0.71% in Q2

The bank is looking at bringing $1B in NII itself every quarter in less than 2 years and with Fee Income of INR 179 B year to date is likely going to manage a superior profitability with good NIMs on a loan book closing on to INR 3 Tln

The bank added a INR 5 B media industry account as NPA and i s otherwise unperturbed by the current sector massacre from bad loan provisioning PNB also proved results today and was able to grow credit and deposits by more than 17% on year Though public sector PNB has lost grip on profits, its cost of deposits at less than 7% might be a hearty target for a bank such as ICICI Bank not shy of wholesale deposits.

ICICI Bank has met competitive pressures from Private banks to grow its Deposits to INR 2.9 Tln which means total assets are over INR 3.3 Tln earning NIMs of 3% Savings rewards and social banking go a long way in improving its brand with retail depositors. Savings deposits have grown to INR 810B and 70% of that is retail (Chanda Kochar answers in analyst meet) Advances are INR 2.75 Tln, credit growing at 18%, retail at 14% (mortgages 14% and Cars 27%) with International starting regrowing credit portfolio at 6%

Kotak Bank in the meantime has grown CASA to a respectable 27% and YES Bank also ~20% with a 6/7% interest rate peg for retail depositors. NIMs are smaller at the smaller banks like Kotak and YES

 

 

Pre Closing Trading Strategies – And We Said The Rally Maybe Could Not Hold Off Friday

 

As suspected/expected depending on your lingua franca and the youth in your team, Markets survived 5500 so well that they could not keep their hands off a big rally into the weekend, ending Friday with a likely 150 point  gain on the Nifty and a 400 point gain on the BankNifty. AxisBank is finally1120 and so Monday opening will unlikely see a straight line improvement from 5700 levels exp the Bank nifty ripe for a few points of bargaining.

As commentators hae mentioned and has been obvious in the last few days, buying has in fact become more frenzied as institutions realise India will be the last minute pronounced outperformer int he region despite the bad news economics continuing not even till the bottom in April but as recently asa week back when the IIP dat came out at 0.1% aand prompted another string of Growth GDP forecast downgrades to 5.5%

Most of these commentators have a bad eye or shall we say long lost cousins that seem to find their favor in the amrket rally as the obvious ones defy commentary. However the Banks and Infracos remain the sectors to invest in and again a Hobson’s choice for institutions still waiting for the elusive dip. Also healthcare could indeed come back as the second leg of the rally given that Infracos were almost simultaneous in their move with banks. I am an investor in RELINFRA so that is one stock I can eagerly mention as a bull weather friend.  JETAIRWAYS IS ripe for those not locked in and roving eyes might still catch these and heath scrips like SUN at new levels for a big run. ITC would be a dream pick but more accumulation is likely as the market tries to find time for mid cap consumer companies probably even VIPIND

 

India Late Monday Morning Report – September 10, 2012 – Billed the next Superpower, India likes to trudge alone.

 

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The One hour saturday session did not help nor the coming Liikanen report in the EU scare banks and investors on the Asia story as Monday began apparently without due cause or available discretion. Not to give in to rabid bursts of disgusted incompetence but, india remains patiently in wait to distinguish itself from the Asia story and though stocks will trudge up to 5500, Banks from Europe could be otherwise occupied in the coming opportunity of the Spanish liquidity event as unlimited bank buying replaces and supercedes all current monetary supports and back in Bangalore Infosys catches the scenic express from

 

An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad
An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Zurich buying SAP and product house Lodestone. The Swiss Lodestone ‘s 850 consultants do not work for bugger or private banking clients but in manufactuing and automotive verticals with it also missing the in fashion healthcare business of the scenic Alpsdespite being in Swiss.

 

The Liikanen review needless to say, adopts a lot of the Volcker and specifically it pays heed to the Britishconstituency and perhaps brings UK closer to agreeing with the EU on Financial sector reform for all in one size fits all as the struggling EC wants to. Vickers had recommended and had been approved for a new proposition in UK banks limiting trading assets and non business banking assets from participation of retail banking capital However anyone with trading assets less than 5% of (RWA?) assets could keep the trading business in the same company

 

Meanwhile a new staying power has apparently been reached for the Jobs exodus as a less than 100k nonfarm payroll addition in the August report from the BLS did not cause much accidents while we were away unless the Euro shuts down in European trading n a couple of hours.

 

The Saturday session was evetless and the Index has hardly moved shape or sectoral preferences from

 

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Bank of America Plaza (Photo credit: Frank Kehren)

 

Friday. However, banks completed a little ceremony where Dun & Bradstreet asserted HDFC Bank as a overall no. 1 bank for Fiscal 2010-11 and ICICI Bank and SBI split 3 awards each across categories with SCB winning the best Foreign bank ( parameters incl Quality of Assets) and Citi the best Foreign bank in retail ( old hat, new takers?)

 

 

 

The 11AM Update – Results return ING to 3.3% NIM grade

 

ING Vysya remained the only bank to enjoy the margin upgrade from the sloth in the Fixed income markets even though its Amsterdam nerve centre remains otherwise occupied and hardly interested in the Sub continent retail banking pump up.

Net profits are up 38% Deposit growth slower as usual at 15% keeping CASA at 33% Th ebank seems to have eked out a large improvement in expenses , maybe not branch set up but other not sustainable savings and the bank was still able to bump up the provision cover to 90% Net NPAs have halved as it remains interested in select c orporates only Total income is still auniquely tiny INR 514 Crores (527 branches and 446 ATMs )

CDR has grown but gross advances are a total INR240 B, like indusind of the past failing to give confidence on scale or participation

YES is expected to grow NII to around a 28% annual rate Banknifty no available at 10250

 

So, why don’t you think Dynamic provisioning norms will hurt banks?

 

 

 

It is just a proposal at this juncture but we would be pushing as many good bankers for the provisions on standard assets to be adopted so the NPAs can be taken out of this subset of provisions and expensed off at least. As of now the proposal is still raw in its details requiring banks to keep additionl provisions including for foreign branches which are still leveraged on structured plays for each loan\

 

Current proposals start off with introducing provisioning on restructured loans specifying that such restructurings should have more skin from the promoters, lessening pressure on banks from the bankrupt promoters and adding a possibility of debt recovery before preference share conversion is forced and then giving it to years before adding specific provisions to that. This is overall a discipline that may be disavoed only by a fe Public sector banks depending on their portfolios

 

 

 

 

India Earnings Season: (Bank Results Season) Axis reports NII jump to INR 21.80 B

 

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Axis Bank Dream Home Festival 18th & 19th March 2012 at Hotel Pride, University Road, ShivajiNagar, Pune 411 005 – 2 (Photo credit: Ravi Karandeekar)

 

Axis tried to drown itself on results to break the jinxed 5200 levels but the results brought in more buying as the Topline jumped the usual 20% + on year and Net profits have held sequentially as well as on June 11. Net Interest Income is up almost 30% at INR 21.8B Net income is up 22% on the year. Gross NPAs are 1,06% , no further improvement but despite the school of hard knocks the bank comes from that is a best in class performance from the bank incl the CAR of 13% and Net NPAs are 0.31%

Net profit beat expectations. Net NPAs are 6 B from 4.73 B in March and was expected. Provisions have grown on a low base and INR 2.59 B is not the end of story and ill rise in future quarters even before Dynamic provisioning is sneaked in

The Loan portfolio is up to INR 1.7 T and that’s creditable 30% growth over June 2011 while retail portfolio has started ticking up its share after the bank’s thrust in cards and unsecured loans to INR40B or 24% of the portfolio. Both ICICIBanka nd orking Capital Experts HDFCBAnk have 50% of their assets in retail.

I am recommending buy before close of market hours today and adding to existing ICICIBANK and HDFCBANK portfolios. SBI may be sold on results as well

 

 

 

Basel 3 requirements for India Banks

India’s banks already satisfy a core Tire I 8% criteria so a move on to a Tier I 9% criteria which RBI proposes would be an easy task and not need INR 1.5 T of cash as ET and some experts have suggested. It also means however that India will again choose to face BIS with “Country specific requirements” to completely do away with complicated RA considerations. Apparently Goldman Sachs agrees that India’s banks do not need much to get to the Basel III requirement too. However in defense of those who cooked up requirements a typical global bank would get charged 1.5-2% of its Asset book when it moves to the new Basel III RWA regime, sometimes even more.

That means that Basel 2 and Basel 2.5 ratios for banks have to be far more than 10% for them to consider being safe for Basel 3 even after inter bank capital is cancelled . That at once identifies the different challenge for global banks who have been surviving on 20-30% components of Capital coming from other bank issues , each scratching the other’s back and that it fortunately is not a systemic problem in India where inter bank exposures are far more limited and measured against specific deals

Budget Impact: Good opportunity to add back banks

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Banks slide in face of credit deterioration statement pending from rating agencies and international banking waiting on budget not helped by continuing concerns over fiscal discipline post budget, Mean expectation will likely move to a position that without measures Fisc not 5.1% but 6.1%.

Banks hit hard include PSE banks and SBI on NPA concerns.

However trading momentum on downside can help investors get in as banks remain stars in the coming 8% growth binge once the fisc charter adjusts to the new gap , and no inflation overruns helps us crosss the hump in the first 6 months

Esp HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank among the larger banks and mid cap banks post results for Q1 But downtrend may not be stemmed immediately , buy in small quantities.

Foreign Banks in India: DBS grows its #3 market to $4.7 bln

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Foreign Banks in India: DBS grows its #3 market to $4.7 bln

DBS assets in India grew to INR 237 bln according to results discussed by CEO Piyush Gupta and reported in ET. The bank is hoping that subsidiarisation nod from the RBI will come with better branch infrastrcture hopes for the bank. ING Vysya and Indusind bank would compare in size with DBS with INR 335 bln in assets

The bank has 12 branches in India. DBS has a 10% Temasek holding. It has 39 branches in Indonesia and 15 in China (wikipedia)

Piyush Gupta operates from Taipei ahile DBS counts Singapore and Hongkong as its largest markets.

India and Singapore operate in each others territory thru the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement including GIC and Temasek holdings in India and tenets on free transfer of information between the two nations including banking wealth questions

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Bank Policy Tuesday: Policy Rates unchanged, CRR cut by 0.5%

Banks might pull back on the liquidity window, Apparently RBI was not worried on the missuse of the additional liquidity  in the constrained liquidity conditions. India’s CRR is now less than 6% at 5.5% and is likely to stay at the lower rates

FY12 GDP forecast cut to 7%. Inflation target of 7% likely to be met but fuel and imported inflation remains high

NDTL Values are nearer $1.2 Tln or INR 64 lakh crores, releasng 32,000 crores

RBI ofcourse still talks abt Manufactured pdts inflatn as area of concern

PMEAC may have bridged MOF expectations to RBI despite a clear mandate to RBI on the subject. We have advocated CRR/SLR cuts to lower levels and many banks have even asked for abolition of CRR to a  lower global Reserve requirements ratio of less than 20% against the now 29.5% incl 24% SLR which has however been denied by the PMEAC , MOF and RBI and banks themselves keep more than the required in Central Baank securities over and aboe the 30%. As and when these securities are actually released, much more can be fed into liquidity which the Centrsal Bank attempts thru NIBD status for these securities with it.

 

India Earnings season: (Bank Results Season) : Axis grows NPA beyond expectations

As usual the NPAs of 687 cr or 6.87 bln would be marked to high growth in some long term analysis with NIMs still 3.75% and gross NPAs still 1.10%

CAR also seems ok-ish and not too great at 11.78% Can’t match the growth in NPAs to a PCR of 87.7%, harddly management attempt at efficiency, likely an anachronism. Write offs as expected never went near

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even 2-3% of net worth with a NPAT of 11.5 bln above expectations. NII is 21.4 bln and growth in sales is 23% (incl other income) Asset book must have grown largely in retail

I am ready to short every fin stock at 5050, probably results season is good but the marks have been reached

Playing on India’s FX rate? RBI is monitoring your treasury again!

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In a ‘blow’ to liberalisation as old as old wives tales from Delhi ki bhatti, RBI let out a warning from its bag as old hands from Foreign bank desks set out to build treasury positions in Rupee with out Import / Export obligations on behalf of compoany treasuries throughout the country. Right now it may be simpler derivatives, even forwards and cash to play on the weakness in the rupee as the finite returns have quite an attraction for corporate treasuries wilfully blocked from Money maret lending to banks or excessive ticketing in money market mutual funds.

the citi scam of 2010 used such monies thru personal accounts of the bankers concerned in the Equity Capital Markets segment


Business Standard
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The rupee has depreciated nearly 16 percent in 2011 against the U.S. dollar.

“RBI was aware that many foreign banks were encouraging speculation in the market. But it could not take any action as most of these trades were done offshore outside its regulatory purview. There was a meeting last month where RBI issued oral warning to some of these banks,” a source privy to the discussions with the regulator, told the paper.

Most of these trades were done taking advantage of the difference between the forward premium rate in India and the offshore non-deliverable forward market rates, the report said.

The RBI, on December 15, reduced the net overnight open position limit (NOOPL) of authorised dealers in the foreign exchange market with immediate effect, potentially reducing capacity of market participants for taking trading positions.

India Bond Impact ( Fixed Income Report) : RBI sticks to CRR, likely no cuts in CRR, SLR

India GateRBI stuck to its plan for India’s monetary policy not bowing to FI market commentators and probably internal pulls as it refused to consider reserve requirements cuts like China in the period it waits out a bottoming of inflation expectations before considering interest rate cuts

The CRR is 6% currently except for CBLO, ACU (overseas USD holdings) , Offshore banking units NDTL and inter Bank liabilities where a 3% CRR is avered. The MSF lends to banks already including their SLR liabilities as allowed collateral at the upper limit of the rate corridor set by RBI, at 9-9.5%

RBI has already conducted OMOs to stabilise liquidity int he market and may be on the watch for unwanted liquidity influx from new QE in US/Europe and UK in that order

Market pressure on yields pushed them below 8.4% as the Electronic trading platforms traded thrice the daily average in the new year at INR 278 bln daily or INR27,800 cr daily, still avery low amount compared to inter bank trading volumes

Moody’s rating upgrade to P-3 allows india some leeway in apportioning its Reserves again as short term liabilities for Corporates keep increasing

Why liquidity should not be banks’ poison (alone)!

Central Banks worldwide, our RBI included are busy providing Reserve Requirement cuts and Emergency liquidity mop ups to ensure inter bank market fluidity and avoid a situation like for Italy and Belgium, Spain and others last November in Europe.

The ongoing Euro crisis is not just the cause of this drying up, but in fact few would probably bother to

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remember that 2008 was a result of this extreme loss of liquidity. why that happened and why banks are wrongly considering themselves only for the liquidity charter or seedings is that inordinate rush to fund the entire banking assets with inter bank overnighters. RBS included 70% of Capital from short term sources when it went down in 2007, Lehman did not get a Fed licence to add liquidity as Capital for its next balance sheet when it ran out of collateral in September 2008.

Deutsche Bank and BofA are still selling assets to add capital back not because the bar was raised by the governments to Tier I capital but in these cases just because they relied entirely on overnight markets ( BofA means the investment bank with a banking licence in Merrill Lynch too) and after sales of $50 bln in assets, the bank still needs another equal amount from non available Capital to survive.

Deleveraging thus is as much a response to clampdowns on use of inter bank notes as long term capital for Basel 3 requirements as anything else. Above all behind a well regulated bank, pointed out by Menaka here, is the new realisation that you can’t leave on the neighbour’s bread all year and need to absolve yourself of the charter to provide continuous liquidity to markets. Banks should focus on long term lending and matching sources of funding to the tenure of the funding they do than just sit on liquidity windows pressuring themselves and the banking system.

Also as we mentioned in our popular series in October and by Simon on WSJ

 Banks currently hold capital well in excess of regulatory standards, but that is due to pressure from markets, not regulators, who gave banks until 2019 to meet the new Basel III rules. There isn’t much point in regulators extending this deadline, and it would probably undermine confidence if they did. Reducing capital weights on business lending might help but is currently illegal under European law.

Why liquidity should not be banks’ poison (alone)!

Central Banks worldwide, our RBI included are busy providing Reserve Requirement cuts and Emergency liquidity mop ups to ensure inter bank market fluidity and avoid a situation like for Italy and Belgium, Spain and others last November in Europe. 

The ongoing Euro crisis is not just the cause of this drying up, but in fact few would probably bother to remember that 2008 was a result of this extreme loss of liquidity. why that happened and why banks are wrongly considering themselves only for the liquidity charter or seedings is that inordinate rush to fund the entire banking assets with inter bank overnighters. RBs included 70% of Capital from short term sources when it went down in 2007, Lehman did not get a Fed licence to add liquidity as Capital for its next balance sheet when it ran out of collateral in September 2008.

Deutsche Bank and BofA are still selling assets to add capital back not because the bar wad raised by the governments to Tier I capital but in these cases just because they relied entirely on overnight markets ( BofA means the investment bank with a banking licence in Merrill Lynch too) and after sales of $50 bln in assets, the bank still needs another equal amount from non available Capital to survive.

Deleveraging thus is as much a response to clampdowns on use of inter bank notes as long term capital for Bassel 3 requirements as anything else. Above all behind a well regulated bank, pointed out by Menaka here, is the new realisation that you can’t leave on the neighbour’s bread all year and need to absolve yourself of the charter to provide continuous liquidity to markets. Banks should focus on long term lenbding and matching sources of funding to the tenure of the funding they do than just sit on liquidity windows pressuring themselves and the banking system

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