India Morning Report: Market correction sows signs of split down the middle?

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English: Human Capital Investment Model!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The correction from yesterday’s opening highs continued into Tuesday, as markets have opened with Banknifty below 12000.

What has transpired is that the correction and the realisation of the individual mixed fortunes of investment sector favorites like L&T and BHEL have combined with a strain of distraction from the recovery as investments into the real economy continue to lag and the same has seeped into the other Capital investment beneficiaries including drilling and project engineering stocks like ABAN and others, forcing the markets into a rumination on whether markets will resume any bullish candles in the remaining days of the week settling in at 6350 levels for most of the interest additions till mid series. Pressure on markets will however ease as Put Call Ratios trundle up on every such small reaction and saturated markets will only unwind shorts. Thermax is definitely on a stronger wicket compare to other Capex companies

The FII portfolios had added $5 bln of flows in the market rally since September, all being attributed to a BJP vote and change in government since Sunday but the production data coming towards the end of the week and the RBI rate hike designs may likely be sullying the recovery for the markets. The Fixed Income yields are down again to 8.88% after showing the strong surprise in splitting from a strong rupee back into the historic strong Currency /Bond markets stream at 8.88% yields after Rupee also lost most of the gains at 61.25 in the morning’s trade.

The RBI’s cause to not live with Inflation seems surprising as also the increased likelihood to get the MSF higher to 9% in next week’s announcement with a corresponding 25 bp hike. However as Rajat Monga points out in CNBC TV18 snippets, the banks are quite comfortable with the current liquidity given the policy rates and the bond markets at 9%

NTPC struck 10% lower after CERC guidelines announced take Power Reform to a new level. NTPC has been utilising the gap period making up for unavailable guidelines by showing tax activism towards consumers which has been hit b the regulator primarily as it also moves towards Generation based incentives

CERC reforms have hit ancient contract ridden NTPC which continued to charge differential tax rates to customers while paying lower rates at a much later time , an arbitrage blocked by new CERC guidelnes. Distcos will not be impacted as much with Hydro projects enjoying a 35 year useful life along with the Distcos and Powergrid will be connecting the South grid adding Power to shortage marred Andhra and TN

Comment period lasts till Mid Jan for these guidelines whence other clauses impacting the Power companies will be clarified but do not impact the ROE assured by CERC for 12% on older PPAs and up to 16% on newer pricing including PPAs

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India Morning Report: Powergrid 78 Crore shares on offer, LIC and IDFC better picks

A bond from the Dutch East India Company, dati...
A bond from the Dutch East India Company, dating from 7 November 1623, for the amount of 2,400 florins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rupee in the meantime and the bond markets again showed up weaker to announce that India investors remain Hedge funds and non standard  investors ( read hot money) already exited commitments when day began (  on any day) even as the US taper possibilities receded ahead of Jobs data but bond investors sold out just to drive the point home to the US Fed as well, keeping their pressure on after being denied a just reward for having supported the Fed when they expected the taper to start in August – September. The Divestment program is likely to continue in Coal India/BHEL (5% on offer). The Oil swaps window has been closed by the RBI in light of required action being completed ( Second Quarter Q2 economic data near the end)

The quality of India investors in the offshore markets/or of the so called Foreign Institutional investors aside, Indian markets enjoyed remaining flat in the session up to 11 am (We try to make the India Morning Report before 9:45 on most days) and ahead of the European markets enjoying a year end surge of interest as US gets Holiday fever.

Powergrid seems to be well received though no data is available yet for the first of its three investor days. Retail investors can continue to apply on Friday. Post issue purchases in Powergrid are also likely to stack u despite institutions having saved up on trading in the stock for this week of buying, and one can accumulate the stock with excellent India business prospects. The additional 7.8bln shares men 1.9 mln new F&O lots in the NSE. In the US markets in derivatives in Chicago that would have been 78 mln new lots of F&O contracts possible on the available floating stock itself. F&O shorts in Powergrid and colgate currently are likely to peter out and are bullish with individual series’ like Glenmark that is powering ahead already

LIC Housing and IDFC have finally become part of hot pick baskets and infact one or both will be de rigour in all market portfolios including those with stock derivatives strategies as both are actively traded, value investors may still find game in the two that can really build up volumes in play to the period till at least June 2014 when they might lose the value tag eventually.

6250 seems to be a good mark for a breather and may even break the monotonic correlation with Currency and Bond markets allowing RBI to consider more options than a rate hike threat for markets governance. Auto sales reports were as disappointing as post Festival month readings could be with people also postponing purchase decisions to the new year in India and the CV/Truck segments crashing through compared to last year. Traders 20 scouring reveals good shoting skeet in NMDC, GMDC and TN Newsprint (ETNOW, Lancelot D Cunha, Rakesh Gandhi)

Stocks like Lupin and M&M fin also show restless investors in the trading tick showing south while Rel Cap and Rel Infra are back in the good books. As of now Tata Steel continues to just about outperform Tata Motors but soon it may be immaterial to play Tata Motors anyway as Global steel markets relax a vice like bear grip and stabilise with some Chinese Demand pushing up. Commodities including metals are also bottomed out as end of month Chinese data confirms a better November

Exports are stronger even as Domestic Auto markets slow but the winer would be Bajaj Auto and not Tata Motors from our vantage point. The wai for a mid-cap boom seems to coincide with other rtail traders entering markets

The Trade deficit for the quarter was an almost non existent with remittances helping the CAD to a low $5 Bln or 1.2% but the Rupee seems more under slag for equities which will continue to move up regardless. Rupee thus cannot be pushed down now either with full Oil demand in play. Q2 also saw Debt outflows at $5.7 Bln in the quarter though Equity inflows according to Bloomberg ( carrying the GOI press release) are upwards of $17 Bln

This may cler the way for the Rupee rally eventually as Exports showed up above $81 Bln this quarter and imports stayed under last year’s usurius figures of competin growth beating Exports additions as Gold imports remained virtually stopped at under $4 Bln in its biggest market, global rices continuing to hold $1245 marks. Indian trade deficit at an average of less than $12 Bln may see this as the botom in the years to curb when Gold import curbs would be lifted. That reduces the prospects of any Rupee rally

Also, though no affecting any listed stocks Unitech has completed asset transfer to Telenor for the uninor licenses according to reports

A news report (ET ) yesterday highlighted the change in investor tastes in Auto as Bajaj Auto has grown 6X times from 2008/9 while Hero enterprises has exited Honda and grown 1.5X times to now equalise at 800 levels. The pair trades if anyone dared in the initial period probably because of the changeover for Hero are still a fair trade for years to come as Bajaj comes out with a 20% + motorcycle share with much better margin stories. Hero has announced a new JV with Magneti Marelli

 

India Morning Report: State Bank gets ready to report with PNB carnage still fresh

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

 

PNB ofcourse claimed to stabilise NPAs again but with INR 50 Bln more in restructured assets that are  now INR335 Bln on the Books, the bank has lost a lot of investor stars in this quarter. However, the bank seems to have acted as per strategy to release larger NPLs ramping up provisioning and so even though Profits were lower, the NIMs are 3.47% an industry best and NPAs at 3%  might yet be excusable keeping the bank firmly in our buy list aheadof Bank of Baroda. PNB bulk deposits are down a huge 2/3rds  at INR 220 Bln from more Than INR 900 Bln

 

State Bank will report much lower than expectations however as market expectations onthe scrip have been unnecessarily optimistic, its being in the buy lists always a function of its special charter and its exposure to SME always a much more risky diet for investors than even BOB, BOI and NB but the bank is the biggest in India and has been trying with great returns for its size in the retail lending markets, not in NRI deposits

 

PNB will continue trading higher provisions for lower PAT as the coverage is still 55%, lower than others in India and the only risk factor is its high reliance on the restructured book which for PSU banks has turned out to be  window dressing game, skeletons of which cupboard may be expected to be found industry wide in a couple of yearswhen they are reclassified a s NPA instead of standard assets. PNB may perform better at that time when actual results are available  and its Treasury revenues ( Gross of INR 339 Bln) remain best in class

 

Currency and Bond markets are still twirled up in a tizzy and the Dollar Index at 81 levels may continue to rise though confirmation of continuing EM inflows will change the sentiment positively. Indices flagged off below 6000 levels and Sensex may well see sub 20k levels keeping short itches alive this week after a seeming end of the line earlier in the week as trade data was seen in the right light. 11 more sessions in this series which hidden to most, has even seen Ashwini Gujral and the Institutions change their staple trades, IDFC and YES back in lay as mainstream sentiment carriers

 

I for one consider the State Bank to be fair valued at more around 1400 levels, a purveyor of bad asset quality for whicht he rub off on PNB and BOI is almost unfair and that the State Bank can be punished isolatedly instead of crowding each and every constituent of the Banknifty

 

Food inflation should e allowed to continue at 10-12% levels the CPI component having come in at 12.56% yesterday. The IIP at 2% was well below what could be and expectations cannot be lowered to where the series presupposes to lie in the coming election months. Tata Power has irrationally picked up its pair with RPOWR and Reliance Inra again, turning south after Reliance boosted its results fr the companies earlier this week

 

 

 

Budget Impact (Fixed Income Report) – Hold your horses on the report Card

The instinct is to laud the report card but the chink in financing is obvious and yields are already moving up in a bid to force a rate cut this tim ebyu april. . yield now at 8.41 % Bonds could be a great investment if youy were sure of a peak but I am sure investors have started buying again in small quantities.

Tax revenue increases are fair, the subsidy bill seems to be an adhoc set of assumptions currently with no reform in sight and diesel pricing or any other real decisions not taken and not likely to be taken in which case yields could continue rising for some more time before important investments are made in the bond market.

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India Bond Impact(Fixed Income report): No Please don’t cut rates, RBI

Bond yields have cut to less than 8.2% on the 2021 and 2022 10 year bonds and less than 8.5% on the 2032 20 year bond while markets are in a tizzy running commentary on RBI cutting rates ahead of the policy announcement tomorrow. However the bond markets per se have a lot of mature buyers who are pretty confident of no cut in rates and an early start will take yields down much faster from here tomorrow in pure volatility speak if the Guv’nor does change gears on his stated policy early. However our outlook with rating agencies being stable we have definitely grown into a bigger more liquid bond market esp with good returns for gilt investors in the last quarter.

Yields should firm up at slightly higher after the policy announcement tomorrow either immediately or int he next one month before the March announcements of rate cuts hit the wires.

RBI has also repeatedly clarified that no CRR cuts are likely and it has allowed the use of the MSF with SLR collateral , the same may be reitereated tomorrow

India Bond Impact: Inverted yield Curve, inflation turns nose down

With inflation falling, the inverted yield curve ( 10 year yield a point below the short term 8.7% yield) could well be a good thing for india. the rupee depreciation could however keep imported inflation hot for India’s traders and manufacturers, esp as the Fuel basket is still up on the high ledge at 15.5% . The livemint Friday report has good data to back its inferences too, but even if we do not follow the RBI copybook ( playbook elsewhere 🙂 )  and set our own inflation target it could well go under 6% as and when Fuel also tackles the base effect. Prices have stabilised and bond market liquidity healthier as seen in the 8.7% yields at the short and long end a good 25 basis points below the yonder peak of two weeks ago.

For investors yields coming down on the inflation ride mean large inflows into bond and then gilt funds to shore up the neglected funds industry where AUM has dropped from 7.5 Tln in 2009 /2010 to 6.75 Tln this year a slow deterioration as all the bank rolled money for money market mutual funds was exited. For banks and large treasuries however, with the money market fund closed and RBI auctions likely to be discontinued, there would be a limbo while they decide where to deploy their idle cash for quick gains, perhaps in longer term Floating funds eventually

Rate cuts could come sooner, therefore the talk of recession as Capital4 author Deepak Shenoy highlights back in June could well be baloney. In our case inverted curves mean that banks can use that extra tey keep with RBI even if CRR cuts are not effected and bring back the short rate as and when IIP improves based on lower inflation. Believe me, no one else has the luxury of 40% of the banking system’s funds lying with the Central Bank anywhere int he world even if you could go back a hundred years thru the hyperinflation cycles in Germany and LatAm or the recession cycles in Brazil and Venezuela and Russia

China has a more well defined shadow banking system, our own professionals torn between the brand of organised businesses and stock markets and the penny pinching savings they need to build a home nest. We still have a cash based economy like Italy’s south which will apparently keep adding to our tax basket at its own pace regardless of how many investigative journaliusts or how many amnesty schemes are created and expired 56 new tax treaties later there is no inflow from that system into the economy and our taxed remain the lower percent population of the country. Typically, these factors influence the fixed income market which moves on the supply and demand of money, but that shadow cushion in China and elsewhere ( incl in Europe where it has yielded  a15% tax on Swiss deposits) is much more in control

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