India Morning Report: It’s the banks, stupid!

The January series, with three days to go in the New Year, has started optimistically and apparently is in no hurry to trade. however within the two trading sessions including the first 15 minutes of today, Banknifty has already managed to 11600 levels without undue weightage to the losing PSUs. That being the target no one probably wanted to exit the 70% of India’s banking in PSU Banks forever not served by the State Bank of India or the PNB recognised as winners earlier separating them from the sick pack.

But given this start on the Banknifty this time, one would expand the role of the Private Sector banks in this rally to 13500 where one first probably evaluates its value score in terms of future March 2015 earnings

Meantime, Havells and Idea seem to be the scrips to nod to given their position in the trend and coming FY results as December numbers get reported only after two weeks and more hints are sought towards the Fiscal close where India would assess its gap in Economic terms as well, having assumed at the start of April that they would be much closer to a 6% GDP recovery

The infraco trade will like to preempt more hopeful whispers from North and South Block, the fate of the Congress government precariously hanging in balance and the hope outlasting the pushing back of most important decisions and any spending to post elections, a Vote on account coming in February to last the interim period

India certainly batted the 2nd Test well but with rains likely to spoil two more days of that game, its a virtual close to the year on a less than even score having barely eked out  a draw in the first to save face.

Happy-New-Year-2014-HD-Wallpaper

 

The LNG hike in Delhi seems to be a good marketing strategem launch timed to last throughout 2014 and players in IGL , GAIL and Reliance that starts producing under the new price from April 2014 sales. Diesel cos lasted most of yesterday with more than 1-3% gains fo rthe reported news of increasing the gap closing of diesel subsidies at INR 10 per Liter

Food inflation has shifted from Onions to potatoes, but will tick down the overall cPI before the fuel inflation statrts up in Q2 FY15

 

India Morning Report: Markets not ready to move from Vol lows Mr/Ms Short

A handicraft shop in Delhi-India
A handicraft shop in Delhi-India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Assuming a generic Mr Short in the market has been playing on the increase in volatility from lows of around 17 on Friday before last, he is still fishing for trouble and not getting much though the short strangle is paying the 6200 range(only in a very liquid market, and almost excluded the Nifty series too allowing only the sold puts most of the traction,( see Thursday report) and in fact continuing to burn sold call positions ( Calls written) as the markets move up on filtering out of bad news, post Taper and with the Indian policy and election juggernaut still finding surprising positives including the resignation of a Minister close to the DMK (Jayanthi Natarajan, is from TN) and a government with an unwilling, waylaid partner in the INC in the state of Delhi.

Buyers will likely be encouraged by the Rupee’s boost back from the 62.5 levels as government coffers will go on an eminent shutdown in Q4 holding down the fisc and may even include what markets would consider very surprising if indeed any infra projects and companies celebrate real news moving them on. The recovery is short, helped by the tough interest rate scenario extending well into 2014 and the EMBI entry pending, leading to Bond investors filling up their index linked quotas from elsewhere in Asia. (EMBI == Emerging Markets Bond Index, from both JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, though HSBC is the biggest debt player in both Europe and Asia right now)

Indian Banks are probably thinking of ramping up the Transaction Banking/Trade Finance motif again and will again be squeezed by experts like HSBC and StanChart with Deutsche in Asia overall and by PSUs catering to (synonymous with: stuck with) Export SMEs domestically, Indian credit growth lag nullifying any growth vectors in the India Inc business and relying on Housing and Auto loan portfolios, which could probably over 2014-2018 also mean a growth trend in securitisation, more amenable to retail credit once available in bulk.

But back to the day’s report, few buyers, fewer large ticket deals ( anything more than 1000 shares) but no sellers and a drought for Call writers as the 6500 Calls remain OTM hedges and 6300 becomes ATM/ITM Finally though the probability of an uptrend is a finite 10% and above and can be assumed till as high as 1 in 3 from here. The remaining 2 in 3 remains a downtrend but is mostly going to be like a slow, very slow and thick cloud of smog floating down on the cities, making bull traders also disappointingly unable to breathe in much profits.

However that slow lazy market is probably still preferable to the One sneeze games, which may get to come back to the market in a last chance in this week’s 5 sessions.   ( Assuming moves of around 100 Nifty points and more in mostly the South direction from 6250 accorded by the mood of the network commentators and encouraged by Prop traders and brokers who have themselves been run out of the Crystal Ball.

A wierd yet surefire save from Team India on Day 5 of the IND- SA Test may lend to the fogginess of the market participants but was good for both BJP and Cong supporters and the now infamous 1 in 3 a political vote that voted in AAP in Delhi

IDFC is a good pick for the week, Tata Global too, and infracos may be chosen  in advisement with your bankers/brokers. As recommended last week, Bank nifty did not break below and starts the week at near 11400 levels, with HDFC Bank, Axis and ICICI Bank getting bullish picks. Infy may not thus make the biggest stock in the Nifty 50 with markets changing it to a funding trade till it starts moving u in strength again but probably not below 3400 at any time

Aside:Khobragade?

The Khobragade episodes has probably seen the media opinions at their most lacklustre on both sides despite the vain attempt by NY Times to misunderstand everything done on both sides and the continuing desire of the Indian diplomats to make it a case of total amnesty. The pluses however, India takes a strong stand and gets its way to move the US Corps from their longstanding desire to keep India as the one team that plays low and slow to insignificant in all standoffs and Two Preet Bharara overplaying his hand allowing US Civil and Political Executive to root for and get more protectionism. Both are unfortunately basics we should have started with at the turn of the crisis and protectionism should have been sliding now to allow US any chance of exceeding 3% growth along with a weaker dollar, both impossible to assume from here for everyone.  India and China now reap the demographic dividend with US remaining an economic ally regardless, India getting sidelined in the growth story by a China gaining currency #2 for its pegged Yuan more egg on the Indian version of the Silk route

India Morning Report: What a 7000 index(Nifty) means for India Inc!

Gold Bar and Investment Jewelry
Gold Bar and Investment Jewelry (Photo credit: epSos.de)

As Neelkanth Misra mentions very credibly on TV18 and CNN IBN, coalitions v. stable governments were never a questions for India Inc and as we have avered since 2007 on these forums, India has been a story run despite politicos in power , as much by the burueaucratic mandate of the time as the populist opinion of what the market economy will and can do.

The latter of course is more uneasy on the shoulders of a government but as a democracy we are habituated to arguing out our investment and business decisions deciding the underlying philosophy for example, the extent of WTO requirements or the Tax regime in the current milieu which are longstanding items awaiting a market verdict even if a fractured government or a single largest party wants to decide. That also means the young ones are communal / secular agnostic probably.

A schematic map of the Indian Railway network
A schematic map of the Indian Railway network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 6800 mark if it comes in this rally may be just a market verdict and a bubble rally to boot without investment spending kicking in, but the same levels would be underpricing Indian markets in 12 months when investments are underway a s corporate earnings have shown. I think that weight is enough for one day’s business. To Neelkanths(Credit Suisse)  credit too, if Powergrid indeed commissions in TN and Andhra, the Indian GDP based on contribution from just that Southern grid will shoot for the skies

Meanwhile another journo got the better of my market specialist verdict,catching that the more leveraged the trade, the better its performance. By the end of the first flush of 5% increases in banks and all other stocks, one was able to catch HDIL and realty not doing well as also Stride Arcolabs hitting the lower circuits, (down 10% at 10 am)

Rupee finally appreciates this morning to 61.50 targets and Gold investors have been satisfied by the BJP’s coming , growing the metal to 32k levels in these few trades.

Delhi’s 67% turnout is another India investment indicator that has hit the scenes and well, in defence of the incumbent which delivered at the State level, Delhi-ites might still see a AAP – Cong coalition post counts as BJP  is a pariah even for the Anti corruption front that has probably garnered the 20% of the vote that educated Indians had stayed in vacillation , having to vote for politicians ( not just a half joke, probably i would go all the way on this one)

The Nifty rally is strong, Banknifty leading again, and as Banknifty is a well traded index ( or one mis spell may say trading index) it will likely return after a big rise to same 11,000-11500 leves for a new rush of bullish trades as this rally lasts the mile. PNB leads with ICICI Bank on the Private sector side and bulls seem to be cornered in YES Bank for the same election reasons, otherwise I do not see any capped upside in YES Bank either. Axis, ICICI Bank and PNB are all good for a 10% jump from today’s 9.20  levels itself(or 9 am when 6400 was tagged on the index in the pre open)  but if other PSU cranks, muddy the Banknifty at higher levels instead with a sharp irrational step up, they might see lower targets around 1150 for ICICI and still atleast 650 for PNB

Even a vote or BJP might be just a part of India’s reform behemoth, having carried India thru fiscal and industrial reforms more in hope than in action in the first flush of growth from 1998-2007. India is very different from other EMs and even China with an autocratic government despite attempts by even passive investors to blur the differences. Witness the Apple China Mobile deal (rumored) and the comparitive with an Airtel – Apple deal in terms of what volumes mean for Apple.

Investment cycle will also remain weak under the new government for some time but as we mentioned any 7000 level on the Nifty 50 will be a value play within 12 -18 months of these levels signed into this rally by the markets L&T is a slow elephant but the Power sector would showcase a great score, REC may have topped off  and Powergrid ready to carry the rush with PFC, PTC and others and as the requirement of the sector more Financing power and utilitiy pricing power (12% /16% CERC pacts) or mega power signings

On the global front the Euro has started moving up in vain obstinacy as contraction and deflation strikes in tandem in the Euro 17 and the overall 27 nations that encompass the European effort, double signing into the deflation and the Yuan has taken over from Euro in all important trade finance contracts, making the competition between HSBC(volumes), Deutsche Bank(!dealmaking!) and StanChart(price) that make up the Asia carveout

Professional Disclaimers and Opinion/Fact checks: We agree with only 8 of the Goldman Sachs dozen ond one o of five featured Credit Suisse picks in this rally as published in November and December 2013(today on tv18 for Credit Suisse references). 

The Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the residence ...
The Rashtrapati Bhawan which is the residence of the President Of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: It’s Conferencing time again, do India advisors need the Brain Buzz

View of Hilton Towers Mumbai
View of Hilton Towers Mumbai (Photo credit: Swami Stream)

The Kent RO India Economic Conclave(ET//ETNOW), probably reminds other Indiaphiles of the Autoclaves and Indian barbecues as the Delhi Winters approach. Indian (Mughlai) Barbies of course last all year and the take off on that name is rather steeply silly, but not as silly as those Modi’fying Indian polity or still relying on Bankrupt European franchises not just in India but even in US where European Banks try to claim the upcycle again just for having reached the bottom of the valuation pile in investor opinion.

It signals that people are listening to more than the seldom heard refrain earlier that US Bonds are headed for the 4% mark on the 10-year Treasuries, Goldman Sachs having updated their opinion and with US equities starting from record 16000 levels finally after 5 years other equity assets around the globe are also finding favour. India must be enthused because even without the Enclaves or any agro encomium (at the new WTO round in the ‘hood), India weights will remain ahead of European bank investments, HY Bonds in the US that continue to come back however will be something EMs and India cannot compete against.

I-Banks stocks are a good pick if your portfolio does not have overseas diversification yet, with Investing in fashion and rising by the EM watermark rate of 30% growth at least in the first 6 months. Again, these flows including US high yield and specific picks in Global equities do not compete with India flows, while Asia credit remains at its most constrained sufficiently tempting even without European QE to keep the arbitrage for Asian treasuries and an umbrella from Domestic Interest rates is always readily available, not threatening the CAD in any of these South Asian / ASEAN SE economies that seem to bring more relief to Chinese investors and pro reform governments. The winners however in the I Banks are HSBC and Goldman Sachs and other stronger names, and one should be careful to whom one listens and sets the morning alarm with.

FIPB approvals have come in for Singapore Airlines – Tata Air joint venture and Religare which will invest as holding company from the island state.

Another quick silly update: The linkages of urban and even rural India to radio as a media have again spiked into something tasty and a medicine to nail the hubris, without having to drink and drive, even as new year celebraions come around the bend in Lutyens’ Delhi and elsewhere. Home is where the heart is, they say, esp when the RJ is handing out your favorite Mall freebies and movie Tickets with Muscle and oomph.

A small slide in from Gold to near 31k marks just on the news of 40% investment demand of last year returning. Gold season is tough for Financial discipline. UCO Baank results? give them a pass and stay with BOI and PNB, and you must get short on SBI to save the India Fund you have been planning. Buy IDFC, trade YES Bank and ITC because you have already bought and no there are no retail investors to count in the Indian markets the residuall INR 50 Bln turnover of the class probably counting professionals in the trade, since the first 95 circulars from SEBI cut out sub brokers and MLM chains from Indian Financial Markets. QFIs have still not taken much to directly investing in India and apparently there is still something to be done about it..

Modi? Bad experiment!

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Hotel room, Hyatt Regency Delhi (Photo credit: John The Geologist)

India Morning Report: 6220, then, true bottom, market move up please.

Namma Metro
Namma Metro (Photo credit: ashwin kumar)

More impressive than Horn OK Please, but then two wheeler riders deserve beter(sic?!) or not, National Highways are safer for Trucks and Four Wheelers and so no, this headline is not about the mow down of two wheelers or by two /three wheelers in the urban meltdown. The 1000 odd rich families in the People’s Republic are treated with such disdain twice as vitriolic as attributed to the rowdies on Indian roads and they are definitely equally cognizant of the traffic rules as the four wheelers. As I write S&P seems to have marked India’s rating to stable.

More often than not, these urban snarls on the way to work have lately been marked by spots of new construction hanging because of bankrupt cities and states or other EPA/non EPA but documentation relation bottlenecks the construction crew is pretty used to. The BMRTC however, continues to break the mould in setting the benchmark for delayed and inept project handling, while the Bangalore Metro remains the only pristine mass transport crew in the world, after 15 months for nothing else but the 3.5 km distance it covers in totality to the CBD.

A “Dadi Balsara” inspiration that could work for the city and other Indian cities, is to break Bangalore into 3 different urban entities, not a loose conglomerate /federation of municipal divisions/organisations like in Delhi but cities with passports , if required, to travel in between. Singapore has managed very well with the urban transport problem and along with the Scandinavian cities that started it, London and Singapore remain great examples of how to create and grow a city infrastucture and plan urban Transport

But then, I am in the 9 to 5 mold like most Indian 18-40s and more or less wait for work to come to me because that is the smart thing to do.

English: COMPULSORY SOUND HORN sign
English: COMPULSORY SOUND HORN sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets are dull, lifeless and the nose is pointing up as 6220 held and will declaim into the biggest rally yet as Earnings season successes have put the GDP growth residual to the crisis into a proper perspective, India becoming one of the most undervalued domains and like US equities, the depth of the market gets its own sponsors while Currency and Fixed Income woes almost strike a t will, the lull taking again a single seller to push a sharp toll on the incumbents, the currency lopping a wide ball to 63 and yields kissing 9% . The RE60 quadricycle will be good for the Indian soul and perhaps sponsors like Prince RJ will even push for it to displace the 800 (in the minds). Bajaj Auto, suffered a setback despite  adding export numbers in October as markets remain uneducated about its portfolio and expectations are at variance spurred by the single line item hope of the return of Hero in this Festive season. Three wheeler sales are strong again and M&M is making a comeback in the Global Auto sector citizenry where they have made a unique impact ( not from 60s history but here and now)

Those who watched it will be carrying it home as Rajeev Gowda handed the BJP and CNN IBN an apt rejoinder on the Poll /Survey action initiated by the CEC ahead of state and General elections. Results season is over not just in the USA but here as well. The remaining PSU banks and Dhanalakshmi Bank and Dena Bank report over the weekend. Next week sees more MNC Pharma results and Sun and Stride Arco labs  report big earnings quarters, Sun Pharma closing on the 14th. Both Cipla and Sun Pharma report on the 13th and Sun could wait for 14th morning before appearing on the networks as Stride Arcolabs reports. Tata Global (Starbucks) reports with the Reliance pack on Tuesday/Wednesday

RBI guidelines on Foreign banks entering thru the WOS structure plug in the statutory gaps  but cannot more than show their good faith and welcoming arms for Foreign banks who are already staring at cutting themselves out of more regulatory capital holes cropping up to bear the expense of global expansion hitherto unfathomable in an industry used to being welcomed on the strength of an opaque global HQ without farming Capital to such “territories” Even as the regulations are required and Indian Bank sector will expand and mature with a growing debt franchise , India has already been bracketed into an “exotic” category with the likes of Brazil for its reliance on traditional lending products in the credit basket and the split from shadow banking ties or one still believes even the lack of depth in wholesale funding. Also none see India as a pioneer for having always kept the inter bank market to a minimum as global banks fight the war with regulators for drying up the inter bank market. Credit continues to contract in Europe at near double digit levels, the single most factor affecting banks even as they stabilise the new era of growth and the best in class retain double-digit RoEs.

India Morning Report: IT’s the big short.(Inching towards that 6100 mark, to inch back to 6000~)

English: WCAM- 3 locomotive at Kurla . It is D...
English: WCAM- 3 locomotive at Kurla . It is Designed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inching towards that 6100 mark, to inch back to 6000~

Markets never had such a foggy idea of where they were going having just cut up all paths withs chances of an India recovery but yet fogged by the fact that there is hardly any other choice if you exit India as a Foreign investor. US markets in fact have much the same prognosis ahead of the QE withdrawal as most of the money staying in any markets would unlikely move between markets. In fact Indian debt is back in “currency” as a new auction for buying rights saw the permits from the Central Bank covered to $4.33 Bln (@60INR=1USD) However, exits for indian debt since the fateful announcement in May were a humongous $10 Bln and RBI auctions have been unattended last when they thought banks would respond to excess liquidity mop up initiated in response to the FX crisis

Yesterday’s measures go further, es the ingenious channeling of Gold imports, committing a fifth to exports and assigned to custom bonded warehouses. mports are allowed for Gold businesses only but should fairly benefit the Economy from here after the thud from the extreme shock in June that dd bring the trade deficit back 40% to $12 B for the month

Markets and commentators seem to be losing faith in Cap Goods “monopolies” in India like BHEL who are fairly regular in printing bad numbers every three- four quarters and as banks have bottomed out, the short trade would start from any such market reaction to bad results, good results already baked in. L&T’s results for example seem spectacularly bad for market sentiment despite the Capital Goods major stuck with the same pipeline for well on 9 quarters now as it has been highlighting frequently and deterioration was probably unfortunately still not baked in

The GST reform may not be done but as ET reports on the front page the Capital NCR state of Delhi is finally getting bar codes to track elusive alcohol revenues , an important arsenal of funding for States in the Indian Federal system. in the southern idyll of Karnatak, in fact alcohol lees and extra state duties on fuels ( esp Petrol) make more than 90% of the budget’s income streams

Mid Day update; IT sector seems to be set up for the big fall as markets drop the dollar factor and go back to business left in value from the big move to IT last month. The IT short could well start before the expiry as IT stocks are not big in derivative trades esp with TechM, KPIT and infoedge not getting th bg speculators who play in derivatives

Also Walmart, Carrefour and tesco ventures in India may finally be closer to expanding statewise as the policymakers write in a waiver to 30% local supplier clauses allowing them to go for their preferred favorite supplier strategies sheltering them for producing exclusively for them, much a good thing for the supply chain deficiencies in the country

In stocks, you should have been long banks and you could hold from here. You can also keep longs in ITC, Bharti, Bajaj Auto and IDFC irrespective of current levels. At 6100 , the markets will head south for having run out of reasons to stay up and make room for a few margin trades on the short but expiry may well happen above 6000 levels as the ‘comeback’ trade (sic!) would just try and get a fai trade for shorts before closing up again with select stocks and sectors really sparse in this deep and big market, making impact opportunities a likely opportunity for those with 1005 data access. if you are game, you should look for changes in liquidity impact of the NSE 500 stocks and probably a dozen will show up interesting changes in trend to pounce upon. Those stocks toking up and ready to go downhill may also be camouflaged especially if you see large volumes in trades as prices go down on sustained basis(more than 2-3 days of this week )

Sorry Ashwini(ETNOW), going short ain’t so easy if you are betting on India, much like its hindu rate of growth, the nations stocks are probably stuck at these levels unable to channelise a trend

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


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 via moneycontrol.com

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.

Indo-Japan trade data

Japan hardly imports $30 bln annually from India an dis almost entirely dependen to n Chinese imports for its local economy. However it has been developing India with annual Capital investments of INR 90 bln or $2 bln and an almost equal amount of INR 88 bln or another $ 2 bln in development aid this year.

Japan is providing $4.5 bln in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor looking a  developing more than 12 new citiies on the route amongside the larger Dedicated Freight Corridor which encompasses the nation across its two legs Delhi – Kolata and Delhi Mumbai,. The Eastern corridor of the DFC itself costs $10 bln while the DMIC is envisaged to cost $90 bln. The freight corridpor speeds up our Logistics gap while the DMIC undertakes urbanisation in new zones to catch up with the China equation

The Japanese and Indian governments agreed Wednesday to set up a three-year, $15 billion bilateral currency swap line in an effort to buttress their economies against Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

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The new swap line–five times the previous arrangement, which expired in early summer–follows a Japan-South Korea deal in October to boost their bilateral swap pact to $70 billion from $13 billion.

The moves signal spreading doubts among Asian economic powerhouses about the ability of European leaders to fix their problems anytime soon.

Air India’s 787 purchases – Can India get a Aircraft leasing corp now?

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There is definitely a case for an independent agency to warehouse the leases for big Aircraft carriers and / or facilitate a sale for Boeing and Airbus by taking on a Sale and earning on our books from the Lease to Air India and even private Aircraft. I am probably just shooting from the hip and details can work out to prove or disprove the project.

However, such an agency will make an income stream permanent, serve the national cause with the right budget in the right hole and find an income stream for eithe r Banks / or State companies as a aircraft leasing corporation

Currently 27 aircraft ( Dreamliners albeit not the 8 series) are on oder with Airlines/international agencies using the Sale and Leaseback option for Air India with the carrier paying the rentals. It is definitely convenient for Air india and serves the cause of modernising the fleet. According to DNA, even as the government stands ground , still waiting to approve the deal, 11 aircraft are scheduled into Air India’s roster next year for 4500 hours each from Delhi / Mumbai..For at least one return sector per day ( flying 12-13  hours per day)

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