India Morning Report: Nifty futures still above 6500

Infy is available at 3350 in case you are looking at gaps in your portfolio. The twin shock to Sun Pharms from the US FDA however, broke the proverbial Camel’s back, big sharp falls in both together taking ou t the bulls hopes ( as i n fact the bulls ar e in no particular hurry) Probably from the stock specificness of the new rally in both the Dow and the India Nifty, above old highs and resilient to most investor breakdowns a fair smattering of geo political uncertainty laying the groundwork for such tests of both indices in the last few weeks, that now the indices are called by a set of unrelated stocks, not part of any index necessarily and sector led predictions still valid independently as also to  a certain extent stock specific upsides.

Downsides and new buying levels are likely restricted to the bad news dozen, currently the set including just Sun Pharma, Infy, Maruti , L&T, even Hero and a couple of the last week’s  weak entrees like Tech Mahindra which would also put traders in a likely soup.  shorts do continue in infy but one wonders if anything more than 3200-50 levels on the low side are possible. It is probably also a reaction to unrly traders looking for a fllight to quality indepeendent traditional favorites losing a lot of times in this rally with the short traders

HDFC, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank for example continue to nestle new levels and find no dearth of long investors. SBI could have more traders like me waiting to pounce on the fresh chance for shorts to below 1300 as its NPLs are not done. Bharti like others has been able to raise quick debt this week and IDFC with the Power NBFCs remain a good story , fresh longs waiting for the couple of bad ones to play out as they are pure trades on fundamentally strong ideas and potentially unlimited longs would not change their current levels ( unlimited institutional appetite ) unless the trade wanted a clear push and will likely compelete to 128-130 levels

Fixed Income Markets will likely find a day between today and Tuesday to factor in a little more good news of the CPI and IIP scores before responding to policy day’s volatile hopes with a strong top in rates under 9% as rate cuts are  ruled out. The MCX and NSEL slugfest continues in the background, as decorous solutions to the problem seem to leave some unsatisfied yet. FTIL and MCX promoter shareholding has been redenominated as Public and a rights issue is in the offing, the book building sentiment showing in these parrying moves. A deal to sell down that holding of FTIL and MCX is still a long way to go

The Astrazeneca delisting seems to have finally seen the right levels for the stock as the last rally in listed shares starts , heightened hopes marked by FIIs holding a big block of 15% in the stock. ITC seems to be a t the top of the range and a trade from 342 to 325 levels is likely. Despite today’s defensive buys investors should avoid Titan, ttk or Jubilant Foods or even aviation picks like Jet Airways. Bharti on the other hand will see buying at thhese levels of 300 itself and not recede much beyond 290 levels at worst

The market rally will likely continue if not this afternoon then on Monday afternoon with buys firmly holding on, with better than any other rally’s chances of retaining permanent levels as the market bottom has definitely moved up to an even 50900 – 6000 ruling out further cuts int he select stocks that have created and added fresh demand in this rally, markets having carefully shucked out PSU banks, construction and other leveraged plays with no fundamental performance locks on them. The Rupee can move back from the Friday’s 61.50 levels almost immediately

Crompton Greaves turns out to be headed for the chopping block, a potential sale likely to bring in a good uncertainty for investors in the stock. PE investors like Blackrock who is strong on issuing debt to promoters trying to tide over the bad economy are already providing fresh debt to the Avantha team

In other Unlisted business, we are a little fogged as we cannot determine what happened to the FIPB meeting on March 6, to discuss Braun and Destimoney among others. The sensitive handling of the Election Code issues had clearly seen there would be no controversy regarding this meeting despite impending elections

Commodity investors (HNWI) are unlikely to be able to return to longs with the slump in that sector heightened after a half hearted attempt by gold and Oil early this year.

Investors should continue to pile into longs in their choiceportfolio including scrips like CESC, Arvind Mills and Jubilant Life ( Looks like a quick trade can get buyers Arvind at 135 -140 levels)

India Morning Report: Markets gain confidence in the rally above 6500

As expected on Monday, irrespective of weaker global cues as the Dow travels back from new highs on weak Chinese follow through, sold puts have moved up midweek to 6400 levels on way to making a bottom support at 6500 itself before the end of the week. Mislaid punts in old Economy stocks like L&T and Maruti provide market shorts ready ‘bakras’ to support bigger longs in the rally segment favorites with PSU banks, tired from all the browbeating are also ready for a short short and BOB is teetering at new 650 levels in March.

BPCL turned out to be the surprise winner as ET Now also highlighted, gaining 20% in 2014 as PMCs and Oilcos caught up with neglected mispricing in the first six months of the rally from the Rupee’s endless bottoming in the last week of August as the Rupee leads the global charge to stay relevant in a post taper world.

Along with the continuing winning stock specific plays in all the new consumer stories of 2010, Just Dial’s F&O inauguration may well be one of the sterling performances that mark a lifetime winner as Titan, Maruti and L&T head for the dumps.

SGX Nifty  continues without a hint following Nifty to its close yesterday unable tpo provide cues to the Indian markets as FIIs continue buying, adding another INR 14-15 Bln on Tuesday. Asian markets opened exceptionally weaker after a Dow falll overnight as they remain sensitive tio the situation in China and need a significant depreciation in the Yen in 2014.

IDFC remains a superb trade and the expected corrections in ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank and thus the Banknifty continue to elude any other buyers waiting as the stocks remain poised for a big upward push from 1100 and 720 levels, FII trades switching the bottom of their range to 6400, writing 6400 puts even as Naked 6800 and 6900 calls continue to get more OI now instead of Call writers who can see the end of the rally before taking a position despite higher PCRs.  A hidden Short Straddle/Strangle ranging the market between 6400-6600 may well win the day ( Bloomberg F&O had a 6300-6800 recommendation on the 12:45) in March though it is still not the recommended trade, Call writers likely though to be not penalised with global volatilities at extreme lows . L&T Finance could likely catch fire from here as goroudns are laid for the trade on new bank licences limiting itself to just key candidates.

Only 35% of Indian Cars are compliant with new mileage efficiency norms applicable from 2016. Exports are down not just in Precious metals and Jewelry but also in Pharmaceuticals. From all visible indicators, Hotels and Airlines are coping well putting the almost recessionary two year spell behind them with double digit rate increases and new fare discounts respectively. EIA yesterday also confirmed that Crude prices will remain low till end 2015 at least while Natural Gas is likely showing an uptick even as Copper leads the metals down as usual at the start of a new Chinese year spooking the browbeaten sector needlessly before the murky waters provide real hints in Chinese take outs two months from here.

Questions on Indian Exports however, seem real as Indian Exports refuse to break the strangle hold /saturation around $27 Bln a month mark and FDA continues to eye Indian export consignments with due suspicion. FIIs may also be done with debt buys in India for this segment. One has a feeling the next month’s elections may not return a unique government mandate but are likely to see the biggest turnout in recent history, with more foreign Observers looking on curiously, Crimea and Turkey, not tomention China and Russia underlining the unique prism of stability offered by India.

IIP and CPI data releases during the day set the ebullient tone for Policy day next Tuesday /Wednesday for Governor Rajan.

India Morning Report: At the top, VIX = 18, NSE Nifty = 6535

DIIs are again trying to correct the market levels hoping for a bigger correction sooner than expected as markets having scripted a recovery trade from all time highs of 6500 level look to executing the same fueled by FII investments. Hopes of a mild correction in Banknifty continue as trades from 12000 levels in Banknifty are also stymied by the lack of positive PSU trades, SBI and BOB still counting as fundamentally short picks. PSU Bank Capital plans are likely to strain Government finances as Insurance companies also reach their sector exposure limit of 25%. It remains inadvisable to increase sector exposure levels from 25% as well and the problem is likely to get complicated as many PSU banks are unlikely to stop NPA accumulation at the 100 bln mark they magically topped up to in December 2013.

Meanwhile the Powercos (Distcos) supplying to Delhi have a long expected bonanza in regulatory assets allowed to be claimed by the State Regulator (DERC) (–see BS lead of date )but apparently the price rise and yield is already been priced into Rel Infra and Tata Power ( Tulsiani)

The VIX trade in the meantime flies off the handle at a tepid 18, the move from 14 to 18 completed in all of two trading sessions on Friday and Monday as Option writers finally got busier and naked calls and shorts covered out at Monday highs and markets continue upward. The PCR also is likely to be stretched at best to 1.30 and till then considerably larger highs could be established for the markets to return toa as indeed foreign buying of INR 16 Bln on Monday is likely to be followed by more such thrugh this week with many shortlisted stocks showing new stamina including Bajaj Auto which is likely to go up to 2050 levels if not 2150, Bharti which is still at  305 levels and can trade up to 335-345

Buying opportunities in ICICI Bank and HDFC bank would be grabbed by the markets though shorts re likely to succeed in Axis Bank as well, with its NPA and management problems unresolved. IDFC is one of the rare scrips that offers liquid trades witha 20% range from current levels on the long side to under 130 levels and YES Bank is also still a big gap from its earleir high valuations of 6000 valued  on the same economic scenarios back in 2011 as India repeats its unique performance twice within th single minded slow plodding recovery after the banks broke in 2008

Reliance however seems saturated at 855 levels and GAIL seems to have been ignored unnecessarily at 355 levels as Pharma is likely to be ignored till the end of the week Cipla headed to below 350 levels, Sun to 580 and probable 1950 marks for DRL while domestic producers with an export portfolio like Glenmark, Cadila and Aurobindo Pharma are likely to get a fresh batch o f long term investors from current levels itself

The Rupee’s trades at below 61 levels , opening at 60.70 in the morning are likely to be followed by better and lower yields in the Bond markets as investors follow the currency buying with some debt investments in India and hopes for an investment cycle upside to India increase with easier availability of “ECB” debt

One should choose pedigree and portfolio when choosing infra stocks and not follow for leveraged small promoters as deal wins in the space almost threaten the existence of such corporates instead of improving their chances given the debt raising limitations

Infy and TCS are already topped up in investor portfolios and current falls are fundamental revaluations and not much institutional trading is likely happening in the two stocks right now

The 2010 consumer flotation offers including Talwalkars, Prestige , Page and LL remain premium stocks with Thomas Cook for FIIS looking at sectoral picks

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Markets start the day at all-time highs from 6400

Though, it could have been better for the fundamentals, markets have not caught up to earnings increases over the last decade and will probably keep the gains in this weeks rally as the Rupee finally responds to buying and moves back to 61 levels without showing signs of tiring. As it moves further along to the top of its range to the 60 mark, consolidating yesterdays gains over another week, the currency does have a limited headroom as the Dollar Index is trading below 80.

Banknifty and IDFC are keeping their gains and moving north even as the indices savor a moment at the top and a lot of the individual stock memes switch , with Energy and Pharma both offering unique ignored opportunities that may well be taken up, without ruling out the better consumer scrips consolidating to new price levels or for ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank ( including a final decision on its cross holding by HDFC , still pending for renewal of its Foreing investor limit)

In Consumer we continue to back Bharti , ITC and Bajaj Auto. Yes Bank seems to be popping the champagne again, while the real estate pack will lead the way back for a quicker correction if interest in the sector runs up a bigger tab

ITC may again start up from 320 levels , if you are a trader and need to offload the stock currently. Bharti seems to have a new partner in sight for its retail JV( which I will tell you later why is not the ideal reason for backing the stock, like its financial foray earlier) but there are more fundamental reasons for owning the stock

Exiting DRL is a good idea at these levels

A lot of cash stocks have steam trading much below their lifetime highs despite good fundamentals like GAIL while the PCR is also a bland less than 0.9 with PUt OI still being extinguished , probably a precursor to Puts being written as confidence in new levels increases in the Indian markets , as they lead a global equity rally with the Dow a little behind as it is already at record highs. Markets have a long week ahead next week before 6400 Put writing becomes economic and the markets rewrite 2014 forecasts.

India Morning Report: Markets continues the ra-ra-rally to 6350; Business as usual strikes

The Rupee has finally moved into 61.50 marks, investor interest in the tech quartet unruffled by a climbing currency as Dollar indices moved to their lowest levels. The Banknifty is squarely above 11,150 marks on Thursday in an eventful week for bulls, enjoying a cash and positive calls led market supremacy over the cagey watchful investors with BJP backers having decided 200 seats in the National Parliament was worth a celebration too in the face of defating th eBears, an opportunity that does not come by regularly in every market segment and cannot be passed over.

PNB is back near 600 levels and the short trades are gone from even Maruti and others for the moment, likely to come back any time now below 6400 levels itself once the Put Call ration reaches 0.75-0.80. One hopes the shorts come in Index Options and not entirely in Index Futures or worse continuing in individual stock series.

To my mind PSUs like BOB are already looking overpriced again with their asset quality woes not done and BOB likely to be among the PSU strikes leading the way down, with a news driven exit in Adani remaining a probability after a quick rally in the same as this rally segment will unlikely see the one sided euphoria in Jubilant and Titan in 2010. The markets apparentlt kick into gear for welcoming the change in aviation rules allowing International flight without fleet and footprint restriction

Bajaj Auto still has a rally left for brave longs at 2020 levels, using Maruti to torque the trade ( Buy Bajaj Auto Sell Maruti) and starting a similar trade in Hero at 1850 levels ( unlikely to get lower levels int he same) The Trade will likely last thru any index led direction for the market. Index moves are matched tick for tick by the new LIX 15 showing the hold of rare liquid stocks on the market. Markets will correct once pre elections or immediately after results so broader interest can rride on the secular move to 7000 warranted by FY14 earnings and FY15 forecasts even in absence of a recovery

The Cement stock rally indeed seems a little too precocious even this late, as expat commentators would dig their heels in to say in three months time when the GDP recovery led trades start a final swing at old 6400 levels Construction and RE stocks should be avoided.

Your pharma portfolio picks may see a sneaked in ride as markets consolidate, as IDFC finally crosses back into the Century plus marks, both Glenmark and Cadila coming back stronger ona Green only map day for the markets , twice in this week

Time is probably ripe for selling in IT now esp with Infy at 3900 levels. Media scrips have again seen older bullish levels in an almost hidden move on an all green day hiding poor Sun TV(no longer media)  in plain sight with more secular picks like ENIL (Mirchi) and Zee

Bharti is back at 280 levels and the big trade in the stock could take it quickly back to 335 levels , GAIL and ITC is also a long only pick at current levels

India Morning Report: Did investors buy into the Rupee last week, and the Suntory deal

Friday’s  closing rushes on the Rupee trade could be just another chimera as the China miasma refuses to scare foreing investors from China and other shallow EMs renamed MINTs. China also reported an improved Services PMI implying the trade situation could improve for it and its partners including Aussie, USA and India. However, things overall continue to look bleak for global growth as dependent on legs of growth in China and Europe.

Europe has been importing more, however, esp as Germany probably focusees on its own consumption for a small break after a Target imposed halcyon end to 2013. Rates are likely unchanged in Central Bank announcements and Global liquidity reprieve trades, may be ephemeral at best as Yellen returns to post snow recovery prognostications to hopefully continue along the same taper gradient $10 Bln in each policy date.

However, not to be confused by the Global Economy’s internecine interactive brusqueness, the India trade remains a leader for the Global benign trend continuing in Equities and HY debt this year and is likely to turn in better performances on the bourses than any other.

The 4.7% GDP score was not so bad except that it included at its best form, not more than 6% contribution from Services. As expected, Agriculture did not continue an extended rebound from Q2 and thus contributed to an overall disappointment for policy watchers with Governor RGR still on the edge of another couple of rate hikes and CPI close to plateauing out at a high 8% itself

Radico Khaitan is one of the bigger winners as the Equity trade in India opens to new bull scenarios, we choosing to watch after every 100 points as traders fill up the gaps and bears might give up most of their extraordinary gains in the following 6 monthsas they take each plateau of waiting for more investors as an inordinate sign of weakness or overconfidence having nbrought the hcicken count home to roost

Volatility remains at an extended low and the PCR below 1, implies one should batten down the hatches as most price levels on your choice investments would carry very little risk on sold puts . SBI and Maruti also proffer extraordinary choice to traders that need financing and are not selling puts ans positional shorts in both continue to dig for lost Mayan Gold, making it at least a year or 1200 levels before they exit with profittaking trades.

JP Associates may be out of the index but is a great plus trade ( opnly post redenomination of the Nifty) while Adani Enterpricses catches supplementary caucus support from the Adani Port bull trade. GAIL may still not make it to mainstrem positional trades or transition into a defensive but we reccommend buying the stock with IDFC and YES, while ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank individually will carry the Banknifty, PSU shorts making the Index tradea patchy non performing long

Foreign buyers saw $2.2 Bln in gross trading on the NSE itself on Friday. The return of bank investors and trading rooms including StanChart and HSBC to the bull trade on the Rupee, counld confirm secular up trades in Asia even as China gets ready for a currency depreciation battle. However, first order of business would be to observe if equities can keep up with the smaller selling that remains part of the trade in the first half of the week as markets start the series at fresh new highs of 6277.

The Sun Pharma and Hindalco trades should catch fire by the middle of the week in that scenario as mainline picks remain good for the goo but new buyers may not get them at better levels . Bharti , ITC and Bajaj Auto continue to hold strength in the consumer investments story and Services PMI returnign tot he green likely for 2014 means aviation, trade and tourism could critically support the good guys from here. The LIC and ONGC/OIL buys for BHEL and IOC are confirmed but sectoral trades aer non existent on either side. Pharma’s big week returning to substitute IT is the one certainty and not an immediate bulltrade so more consolidation is likely this wek esp if the Pharma trade does not kick in. The inevitable short trade on Hero as it yields ground to a bad February sales data will only land blows till 1850 levels as the news f the recovery should kick in the sector after new excise reduction and recovery in buying from March

India Morning Report: Les deux ex machina, et vous? Les fou de cirque n’est pa!

In singular, it would be the Ghost of the machine or the fool in the circus. A market of course has more than one of everything. Apart from that there is cricket too, where India turn a win opportunity into a clarion call to stay awake

Markets ‘jumped’ overnight to 6080 levels at the close, with US markets closed on Monday. The VIX trade is back again, 2 weeks from expiry, ( though the last week in Indian monthly expiry is usually the busiest in contrast to more deeper US and European markets that trade weekly expiries and expire by the Friday for Third Saturday in monthlies staying untraded the last week as most of the busy series are in the “next” month or new weeklies.

The banks are back with a bang but the Bank nifty trade is a good strangle range pick , even a sold straddle will give you a decent range (as Ashwini reccommended yesterday) as PSUs and SBI get exchanged out for new buys in ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Yes. While one is not sure of Kotak, PNB definitely has enough detractors yet despite the great performance with controlled NPAs and fully provisioned balance sheets at begin of year allowing improving provisions while releasing profits. That means PNB might again be a buy after the big run to 550 levels is cut on profit-taking.

I”d try a short in Kotak and let you know what happens. IDFC, Bharti  and ITC are great picks and starting from the bottom of the trading range while the Power NBFCs are ready for a move as well.

Bajaj Auto gets first mention on the Excise giveaways from PC’s last presentation, which was technically just a Vote on Account.

Excise Cuts on SUVs and Medium and Large Cars to 20% and 24% mean the gains in market will start for all automakers including the listed Maruti. The markets preferred Hero management coming out after the excise cut, but with Hero also biting a lost mandate for a grip back, Bajaj is still better off with Egypt exports hit by the import ban meaning less than 100K units to be recovered from the drop in excise duties.

The Indian Macro is easily the best poised for most fiscal adjustments to be burdened at this time and the VOA optimism could well prove to be PC’s gift to the parent Congress party in its new roles after the Elections as a fiscal deficit target of INR 5.3 T is not a shakedown or bleeding optimism in the projected Indian Balance Sheet. The nominal rates of growth at $1.10 T base in FY13 we assume may yield $1.26T and $1.44T targets for FY14 and FY15, that may very well be any other number at the realistic 11% nominal ( achieved in FY14, LV-CNBC) and 13% in FY15. However the 4.1% target look daunting esp as Food subsidies have been duly increased to INR 110,000 Crores (1.1T) and Energy subsidies understated at even INR 650 Bln (65000 crores) with INR 850 Bln scored in FY14 after the deferral.

A great Fisc performance thus at 4.6% will be greatly rewarded by the markets esp that includes INR 2.46 T and INR 1.8T only from Tax revenues but shows 100% achievement of Divestment (INR 400 Bln ) and Spectrum sale targets (INR 600 bln) and the new government make the usual drop down ravines for itsel fin beating the other government’s VoA, before trying to dump comparisons in the new Budget post general elections, All inall, not a great day in parliament for the new government as it would never sound better than boring humdrum in the whirring engines of growth that have to take over this year. A last note on India Macro stems from the continuing dissociation of Investment levels in the GDP at 34% from the true investment which has barely just hit 5% growth and mostly in the Consumer areas. Unconstrained Bank lending continues to remain available in India and interest rates are likely to continue down from here at a fair rate, allowing Fixed Income portfolios a bigger boost

There however is no comparison of the difference between any remaining expectations on Infrastructure investment in India and real participation to any other subject to kickstart India’s new millenium story, yet to begin after in stalled in 2009 and infra funds have to prove versatility in financing the new projects still blamed on bureaucrats or the Congress. None of the private cos as the markets have shown they realise, are in any position to take new project debt into these balance sheets at GMR, Relinfra or JP Associates and conventional bank lending is not the answer for them

Kejriwal and AAP brought the AAM AAdmi back but failed in their mandate by leaving from the aisles before the start of Act I.

Energy cos are getting the best possible deal with INR 1.1 T in payments despite the deferrals with more than INR 800 Bln already paid out , so they should have already been discounting much better levels, at least 250 for IOC for example as the fiscal did see a consistent unburdening of the energy infrastructure and a more rewarding marketplace, even as the Power regime gets more competitive

India Morning Report: Agricultural subsidies are a Global Constant, bullish trend remains

U-Car 2014

Sugar Export markets ar unlikely to ruffle any other segment of the market as the issue of agricultural subsidies was settled for good in the latest renewals by Asia and EMs led by India and continuing noise on farm subsidies are likely to be brushed off by most including customers of Indian sugar. The government has approved a INR 3.3K subsidy for 4 mln tonnes of Exports of sugar in February and March.

Of course, India’s battle with Export competitiveness is past most winnable battles and we are just increasing our tendency to be a worthless ( in terms of premium) commodity exporter, as is the wont of most resource Economies as well with far more disastrous Economic consequences like Brazil and Indonesia.

India will never be confused with the likes of the same despite setting at 4.5% and 4.9% growth in two consecutive years of GDP growth and a 25% decline in currency repeated twice in a block of 10 years, a far mitigating circumstance than Brazil or Turkey’s Economic history and one could have also included China in that list but for the almost independence of policy and execution in a democratic form of government.

India equities maintain a bullish trend ( to 6100) as a cognition of far reaching reforms did barely enough to pick outstanding dozen or so large Cap companies, usually more than enough for any broad market to survive.  The missing depth cannot come overnight and Investors are more than satisfied with the new crop of 2010 IPOs in the Consumer sector including Thomas Cook now dealt with, and Page and LL continuing older trends. That also means scrips like ttk , Titan and others that do not represent the broader market will not recover interest and those with very wide off the mark correlations to sectoral growth will not be propped up despite weak governance and order book issues at L&T and BHEL. Crompton Greaves trade is likely to sustain as the Investments and Capital Expenditure segments of the GDP stay in focus.

The Rupee started early yesterday catching the advantage of depth and domestic markets back to the Indian Debt and Equity capital markets, as a US long term bond auction also registered a new faith in reduced tapering promised by the Fed, allowing Global investors following the risk money to come in without the wait and watch chip reducing their participation

Citi is betting this will transpire in India having come out on the CAD front after extended delays and qualifying others dependence on Foreign debt skewing the CAD dependence factor, however it likely to be secular Dollar dependence worries for such resource Economies which will again qualify India ahead of the “EM Basket” and China as well in this year, though on a smaller order of magnitude of FDI flows.

I would also think the Tata Motors bull trade is vulnerable to falling off sooner. However, immediately Cipla’s results have extended the trade in both Hero and Tata Motors apart from individual stockpicking decisions.Cipla reported margins that are 600 basis points lower.

India Morning Report: Markets listless orphaned by a Superbowl

Superbowl sold tickets for cheap in the snow

Asian Markets are closed today and lack of Foreign investor interest on Monday Morning leaves an India open totally listless at 6100 levels and falling again, struggling after a brief respite at 6050 last week. IDFC results were inconsequential along expected lines with no fresh disbursements in this financial year but the stock has only upside left at 93 levels where it closed last week post results as it remains the only empowered player not dependent on infra approvals and a fresh book of loans in the pipe likely. Loans continued to make a better ratio of all NII at the Bank as spreads showed up resilient despite a bad interest rate environment in the nine month period reported.  Retail interest aside, the stock will remain on Institutional buy lists for time to come. It’s large provisions also make it a great equity investment with the Provisions unlikely to be called and can always be reduced prudently. Non interest income remains slave to PE principal and proprietary trading business

The Rupee starts the weak on such rumors where the deciding NDF market actually feeding on the panic mindset in low trading volumes and the onshore markets trade down but only for the morning after as the Superbowl even that draws a 200 mln audience in the US and around the world has ended minutes ago and investors will be back to a market fairly under priced by the recent pitai (hustle-bustle/buffeting not to be confused with the sage of Omaha’s investing interest)  Bank Rate will remain higher for the majority of 2014 , the prospect of rate cuts being pushed back and there being no prospects of improved transmission of monetary policy with yields pushing for higher dollar depreciation despite the RBI efforts to clamp liquidity which has time and again proved more amenable to intuitive policy than a counter intuitive rate hike move to tackle measures outside Central Bank policy. However corporates borrowing in ECB might actually be able to break the ice in terms of getting older level low rates and break the impasse eventually with increased investments (starting to flow in consumption sectors) and RBI , maintaining a new inflation hawk stance would likely have to hike rats further after the 200 Marginal channel cation and announce a veritable change in stance on rates first.

REC had started up Friday and Powergrid should join in after mi d-day if the sentiment indeed looks up. The Equity rally in the Global Markets hit a big snag in January and that is holding markets back awaiting  a confirmation of investor interest with FDI having exited Emerging markets like Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and Indonesia in a hurry with Turkey coming in midweek last to raise rates by 4% to near 12%. Goldman Sachs is in trouble again having started their own EM investments in losses having chosen MINT’s obfuscated markets and a deep and dead in the water China over India’s liquidity given the cross winds. The Rand(South Africa)  also closed above 11 to the Dollar for the first time in January.

However Emerging markets sentiment is likely to get into it in a couple of quarters from here and India will remain one of the best performing destinations having been unaffected in the post taper trade in January if it maintains 6100 levels or at least stays above 6000 levels

PNB scored great results having come in counter cyclically on raising provisions in a known strategy and NPAs under control in a rapidly deteriorating market sentiment for Banks shoring up investors to its ferry/rafters and trades 10% higher at 550 levels still a strong buy. Banknifty starts the week near a low at 10150 and is good for the trade up but one should be watchful with ugly quotes (in both the 10000 and 10500 series) in the bid auction market still holding an initiating trader to ransom with option writers playing ultra safe.

IT stocks are still overbought and Infy should retrace 3600 levels and even TCS should come down to realistic levels (but already at 2200 levels) as the IT/Outsourcing axis is not coming out as the GDP’s saviour this time either. Volatility levels are hardly material at 16 in the current rally agains 14 in the previous segment in December ’13

Energy stocks should start the climb back as and when markets stabilise, GAIL having  started the year smartly. Glenmark and Cipla/Lupin lead the Pharma rally that continues despite an ugly breakdown in Ranbaxy and Sun Pharma. We still do not believe in a robust Arvind Ltd comeback on USPA and other new limited franchises inroduced by the team since 2011. Tata Global Beverages remains a hold but the magic is still in 100% go it alone investments in India ( which are still a far cry from the carte blanche leading to exchange rate breakdowns in LatAm and SE Asia in recent EM history) Aurobindo Pharma on results and Lupin on announcements today provide good portolio picks along with Glenmark which has only $500 mln in overseas debt and among companies tapping a continuing generic opportunity in 2014 with a new pipeline

Interest in the IPL in the meantime continues strong esp evincing interest from global players in the playing XI and a fresh re-auction for all the 8 franchises picking up steam soon after the spectrum auction closes. ING and OBC related good Q3 tales as were also employing covering strategies but have not started lending/stopped losing on NPAs. Yes Bank may not fall back to 280 levels and accumulation is advised at current 300 levels. The BOI /BOB story broke down in January itself as we foretold with both banks still addding NPAs in droves. ICICI Bank’s INR 45 Bln ( including INR 30 Bln pie in restructuring) included the bank can survive the pressures with relative ease having also been proactive on definitions than the PSU penchant for playing it by the ear and losing continuously losing investor confidence and investor money as far as its favorite proprietary traders are concerned who lose another constituency in an unplanned bull attack with construction stocks Dlf and unitech still in a free fall after the ill advised run

Energy Markets react positively Midday

Gas stocks reacted positively as Petronet LNG produce became free to sell to industrial users and IGL and other domestic distributors esp IGL getting commitments to cheaper Domestic LNG in the new pricing regime. This also means domestic CNG in all markets including Mumbai where already 100% domestic gas was supplied prices of CNG and PNG were reduced by 30% and 20% while increasing IGL margins. Petronet imports LNG and will no longer be getting custom from IGL which Delhi used upto 33% imported gas

The move was a n expected one with a new Minister coming back (Moily ) in a sensitive election year . Moily is also expected to facilitate large project clearances with changes at th e Ministry of Environment (EPA Act bottlenecks)

GAIL shares the good news as renewed pressures on its subsidy costs will likely subside as it supplies to city gas companies and others at new revised rates and the policy is deemed stable after LPG quotas to residences have increased to 12 cylinders per year and gas TX likely to increase volumes with good results reported Thursday

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