India Morning Report: The gradual Taper encourages a rally, India indescribable yet?

English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay.
English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India seems to be locking itself into a no man’s land as the nations punters join the global hordes celebrating the slow Taper on Bernanke’s going away announcements yesterday. ET Now in the meantime has continued with finding obscure (GRE: obfuscation..) commentators on key event dates. CNBC 18 wins again. The issue we are raising is at a different dimension(d-axis) than the assumed obstinacy to be different or that of even the fundamentals of a recovery being spelled differently this side of the Himalayas.

Meanwhile what is looking risky even as Asia applauds the thinking behind the taper, that India’s currency markets try the haywire trade still hoping for an aftermath in the Rupee as the Rupee opens to 62.30 levels. Equities will start the day at 6250 levels and while others posit a rannge of 6200-6350 , the day might yet spring a surprise or two before noon trades. Anyway equities are back above 6200 and GMR is back among large bidders even as they exit Istanbul. Also, NSEL promoters in J Shah and Financial Technologies have been duly censured and MCX would soon be owned buy another consortium of Indian Institutions. Taper could have been abslutely a non news in the Indian currency markets too and the open quotes are a sign that shallow trading costs a lot in adverse selection prmiums to the currency’s bid ask spread.

HDFC Bank’s application for  increasing FII limits to 49% pends with Axis Bank’s application for a relaxation in a similar ceiling and both will be leading bullish plays today.  Assuming that currency markets just wanted to explore the possibility of a significant negative impact of global liquidity being withdrawn , India’s preeminence as a investing destination in the new post crisis world stands. The $34 Bln in FCNR deposits aart, because the Infrastructure situation in the country is unlikely to improve from current vies of coalition governments even for the BJP, the risk remains that India investments will remain confined to a NDF market in currency , smalleer Indiab Bull boutiques with no presence otherwise and at best at 50% of the pace China specific and China sympathetic investments in South East Asia. Singapore and Korea too are not looking for more than a flagship investment or two to artner with India in ther growth run. However, none of that impacts the fundamentals of India Inc and the rally we have outlined since August is rel and given US and European Banks and institutions will increasingly be constrained in the coming months given other investment and Capital constraints, or the recalcitrant DIIs recognising any new levels, Real investors have to sustain this rally, neither retail nor from OECD institutions.

The Yen also got a boost from the Taper trade, while India and other trade partners have increased trade with China in the last few months over its traditional partners as both Industry growth charters in China including European imports and Resource exports from Australia and Brazil have been sidelined in the build up to lower trade surpluses and higher retail growth expanding not just Landrover but also our franchises from Cotton and Agri exports and a new market for Management and Consulting Services in China and South East Asia.

The Taper past ( it will last till September 2014) and India starting on a recovery path, markets have to recognise the Depth in India as speculators continue to keep coming back to old favorites that were not more than tangentially aligned to the new Global equations like the frog that sips back everytime he succeeds in taking a new step or two to get out of the well

11 AM Update: (I agree with SS on CNBC 18 again), One should just wait out the falling knives and start buying towards the close of day today after 1400 hrs instead of the rush to sell 6200 calls or especially Axis and ICICI Bank Calls which are well worth buying (ATM) 

Fixed Income markets contrary to expectations of the 8.75% yield on the Ten year bond losing again because of Fiscal impacts in the last quarter of the year, may in fact move back behind 8.5% lines as Spending cuts materialise to balance out the missing $$$ in Rvenues and Disinvestment charges ( which may still come out on top) However equity indices will depend on only inflows into the select basket of scrips including Bharti and ITC in FMCG and IDFC , ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and YES Bank, or other midcap selections outside earlier.  The Power NBFC trading range for example is a very wonderful opportunity for those willing to wait and watch on India.

Indian Pharma seems to be retaining market interest as $200 mm molecules have more than a dozen opportunities every year in a 2012-2016 period even after the first few Big patents have come and gone as more than 30 $ 5 bln patents expire. Teva’s first few generic applications being rejected upholding current patents in the USA may also not stop them from coming out on the winning side in revenues on the vast US market opportunity, while  Indian domestic business is still less than $10 Bln and probably can grow 5-6 times from here.

Banknifty has a bottom at 11200 so today’s snap southward may not hold after 1400 hours in closing trades before the last session of the week tomorrow. Gold swipes big losses in today’s trade as the Global liquidity shrinkage impacts runaway trades in Precious metals led by Gold and one assumes even Crude and Real Estate markets at least outside the USA. However, even limited trading volumes for importers, ne does not expect India investors allowing anyone here a win with significant short trades in the metal. International prices of Gold may well breach the $1000 per pound mark. They are currently trading at $1200 post taper announcements.

 

Bank Policy Wednesday: India stands PAT on rates in December

Even as RBI shows concern about the retail inflation, it has probably factored in the welfare sustenance supply chain requirement that has necessitated a higher tick of Food inflation likely to last till 2015. Even though the jump in core inflation to 2.66% has reached worrying levels, the RGR regime has played it on the level, standing by the current Bank rate at 7.75% . As banks have already moved off the higher MSF lending or the last quarter, banks would anyway be unaffected by the lack of change but the markets can seriously take the impending rally’s mechanics from here .

The FOMC reports later in the India day, closer to midnight when they can , we agree, start with an early taper. However, The Fed meeting is likely to also be a sendoff for Ben Bernanke and so any such major policy announcements may be skipped for Janet Yellen to attend to in February, April or even June 2014 and as the Fed has managed so adroitly, the Taper would not mean tightening. Though the Dollar remains weak, the Taper is unlikely to still avoid the Dollar strengthening into a vise like grip on the US own Economy.

On India’s Policy announcement, the 7.5% mark would have been even better but as noticed concerns on Food and Primary inflation are real and may spill over to Core inflation unless kept in check. The RBI Governor notes that Vegetable prices that jumed 99% in the Friday WPI report may fall sharply.

Yesterday’s Review noted, in the overall scenario

In India, the pick-up in real GDP growth in Q2 of 2013-14, albeit modest, was driven largely by robust growth of agricultural activity, supported by an improvement in net exports. However, the weakness in industrial activity persisting into Q3, still lacklustre lead indicators of services and subdued domestic consumption demand suggest continuing headwinds to growth. Tightening government spending in Q4 to meet budget projections will add to these headwinds. In this context, the revival of stalled investment, especially in the projects cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Investment, will be critical.

Banks have garnered $34 Billion from FCNR Deposits and India’s FX reserves have jumped at a $5 Bln every week from $277 Bln odd at the end of November and now at $291 Bln. RBI continues to flag the negative output gap and even a slowdown in Services

Also factored into the December decision is the virtual shutdown in Spending by the Government from January as revenues remain not so robust, which would strain interbank liquidity (LV?CNBC18)

It is good that RBI has returned to not being overtly reactive to the inflationary economy and GDP in March could have a larger chunk of the good news premium Indian data has been lacking since the year began.

Bank Policy Tuesday: RBI Governor completes policy action

inflation
inflation (Photo credit: SalFalko)

With the forced liquidity constraints as the currency devolved on the nation in June ( after May 21 announcement) RBI was stuck in the middle of a rate cut leg of its policy to encourage growth. Already hampered by banks using Central Bank liquidity to the extent of INR 2 Tln instead of market, the Central bank’s rate hike onsequently in September even as the MSF hikes were redacted and brought back to the normal line may finally break the back of the markets on the verge of a bullish move from 6200.

The only inflation out of control however is the Food inflation which may not respond to any rate hikes and this rate hike may just be a mechanistic response continuing since Duvvoori Rao demitted office to stabilise the higher rate environment, in which case India may old these levels for a good six months, and in developed markets this new intermediate leg could have lasted years, till the rate cuts can begin again.

Meanwhile consumer staples will continue to see large double digit price increases to correct 2-3 years of suppressed marketing budgets and pricin pressures unrequited to keep basic sales growth alive in consumer markets

The announced policy steps however will increase bank rates and as retail lending has reounded such increases are largely going to be absorbed by consumers and however will have had debatable impacts on fueling furthr inflation now controlled by bank rates. NBFC business is already looking better in consumer durables with a clampdown on 0 interest loans and while that may not segment the market in favor of first time durable buyers that have been an absent quantity fooling marketers and policymakers, it will continue to better control the negative output gap with more advantages for NBFC lending even for banks that have already relied a fair portion of their portfolio on the sector at the expense of obviating the real winning consumer sectors or industry sectors winning n the changed scenario

RBI hiked rates 25 bp and MSF channel has returned to 100 bp over the repo rate clearing the path for a return to the Repo rate as the Bank rate.. WPI forecast has been banded to the central bank’s comfort zone as 6-7%. GDP growth is updatd to 5% for FY 2014

The banks lead the Nifty comeback post policy action as they assume the deed is done and currency will consolidate around 61-62 levels before going back to the trade deficit control led highs nearer 60-61 levels The sponsored rally ost policy is however blushingly even across non actors and non performers in the banks bunched with YES Bank, ICICI Bank and even HDFC Bank and Axis Bank. IDFC has recovered its morning deficit too. BOB is up 15 pointsand BOI is in the positive with Pharma/result candidate DRL also staging a mini rally. The short on LIC Housing ahead of results has also disappeared and tomorrow’s results are likely to see fat positives as sentiment needs a good build up and inflows ontinue to allow market makers to perform as such and the Financials are likely to reward investors who stuck through the unreasonable 2 months pre the last MSF related policy action. Further policy action unless embargoed by inflation is likely to stay with seeing the bank rate climb down from the current MSF 8.75% to the Repo rate of 7.75% ( The Revese Repo is 6.75% where  RBI issues new collateral securities)

 

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: 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: banks weaker in the new week. Market affirms Capped below 5500

 

Fortune (magazine)
Fortune (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As we digressed from networked opinion on Tursday / Friday, there is no such thing as the 5500 mark for the market as leaching gets underway. Barings PE in the mean time made a play for a 135 per share valuation for Hexaware, the only Fortune 500 roster which has never operationalized a growth strategy meaningfully. Apparently growth is already underway at Hexaware and this is not a play at capping India’s further Dollar erosion led woes in the future or a transparent play at India’s notorious inefficiency stability motive. A Hexaware and a KPIT do gain disproportionately from the Dollar’s move against the Rupee as they price transparently and Hexaware also has untamed T&M contracts that price at competitive levels onsite and thus remained Dollar heavy, unhedged at least n the nineties. Most others have lost the Mid Cap IT space from investing in product and premium services and/or Indian Rupee/Output based pricing still capped in the$50 mln realised deal values after years of wooing.

 

Banks got cut mercilessly waiting for the HTM circular (SBI, is waiting as always) and saliently otherwise:

 

The Bifty(BankNifty)’s ‘stuck-up-pance’ at 9400 saved the straddles on the Nifty which you should have sold if you were in the market after the first hour in the morning.

 

The rupee is starting the new climb again as the Rbi loses room to intervene and stays away after this week.

 

No, these are not conventional range bound trades.

 

Yes, we did not anticipate the market to wait so assiduously for Thursday expir which can now assumed to be the final plan.

 

No, being quiet is not a bad strategy.

 

Yes, the big roller from the Fed as they leave Jackson Hole is on target and I am trying to figure out why $10 Bln is a good start apart from that everyone knows that number.

 

It is that $12 Bln would be too fast and $20 Bln a virtual unending panic, $8 Bln an equally good vote of confidence and any number below $5 Bln not enough to redact(the literary device for fabricated on paper) the surfeit of liquidity let loose on everyone. But then thats just because we started with $10 Bln. That just means the Fed would be buying $75Bln worth , and that should be a good start for equities to break into a done and bring back confidence in EM economy investments only at the end of one such full cycle of investments which may be as short as 2 months in US markets but for another sell down in bonds(domestically)

 

Held to Maturity classification clears the grounds for banks to carry bonds while double digit rates reign. !0 year yields are still rising in India and policy rates stand at risk of being increased too after the liquidity crisis is hung

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Markets staying the course as US responds to GDP

US Markets reaffirmed their commitment to stronger equity markets going north from here as the Fed noted inflation concerns on its latest FoMC release. Of course US is worried about falling for the stagflation/deflation trap before withdrawing excess liquidity, while Global markets having been awash in that liquidity without it reaching industry, reacted by exiting US Bond investments in a hurry.

The Indian impact due to Oil and FX is still unfolding and today the Rupee made further inroads from the 61 levels of yesterday while Oil might remain low priced for times to come because of the ‘disturbing’ innovations entering higher shipments of the same into the high seas from the erstwhile importing only US oil industry.

The difference between Brent and WTi has vanished too and thus crude mechanics may not be able to force the desired course esp for the global economy if India can withstand the onslaught for a few more months and in fact strengthen from here.

July auto sales are down 21% for M&M including exports, as are two wheeler sales with the deep cuts across the industry but an improvement over June as Bajaj Auto remains above 300,000 motorcycles for the monthand honda would have gained the continuing depletions in Hero Moto that has moved down to 490,000

BOB NIMs have come at 2.4% and the ain is not going away for time to come.  The indices at 5750 have again exchanged productive businesses to the downside correction bringing back supernary outsourcing valuations with HCL counting its frst inr 250 Bln score in revenues across the full year.

Banks are a great trade and investment as 5750 holds and though traders that finally saw the rush from shorts in the green may not be able to start new shorts from the weekend trades Friday before great Volumes return in the next weeks. As mentioned yesterday FIIs are already covering index shorts on the hedges.

The Goldman Sachs downgrade does not match its own long term review of the currency pinnin g65 to 2016, a fairly bullish evaluation and investors would continue to bit at these levels strengthening their exposure askets to india which have remained underweighted probably related to finer point correlations and larger unlisted opportunities available in east Asia and others including Mongolia and turkey that must return to normal eigen values after the beat down because of political rushes showing up governance in a bad light

 

India Morning Report: A ferocious return to the nineties, and bye Mr Singh?

The Nifty Nineties
The Nifty Nineties (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ajay Srivastava of dimensions woke me to another nineties dictum we used to abide by. The higher the interest rates, the more money for the banks to make. Of course the transition will be difficult but it may well happen that while the markets readjust sharply (and hence the ferocious return above may well be antsy pantsy horrific and squeamishly fragile)

The Dollar has finally found its match of the Indian Hockey team’s heydeys. But before we go for the corny stuff, the details as we see it. interest rate margins will expand as banks , esp midcaps start the healing process for themselves by raising lending rates (YES has increased base rate today by 25 bp) The capital markets will continue to slide but once the banks break their downtick as the rupee’s downtick will continue beyond such levels till even periliously close to the 70s whether India’s sovereign bonds borrowed in rupees or dollars.

Banks as they are wont to, will soon be found readjusting faster and in a position to look at the bright side of things as India Inc wakes up to the new levels to operate International business at, and markets will even return to celebrate another round of robust reported results from Bharti today morning.

Double digit rates are probably not so tough for India Inc but that move has definitely failed for the Central bank and for the Fin Min. However the UPA/Congress has had  a few laughs in the last few days and its still not party time for the NaMo face to take over the Indian mindset.

Indices are probably not going below 5300 levels but those looking for a return to 5800 may be a little buzzed by unwanted attention (and crank calls, maybe) to their person and offices. Markets will probably wait to rise back (and will keep falling as opposed to nursing the morning’s wounds) till the close of week operations but FIIs had probably started closing out their hedge positions last week and yesterday so the indices will know how much exactly the rupee exchange matters. however at this end of the business cycle, credit growth is definitely unhindered from here. Also it is a relief  to see DLF fall back to 150 levels , though at a very broad market cost as the distinction between infrastructure investment and constrction growth finally gets encilled in on other India experts. Funnily enough even REC is also 150 levels right now as NBFCs will get boxed in by their banks again the fastest, in the most efficient leg of the rate transmission workaround and banks will also probably reassess the advantages f having increased monetary transmission to retail and wholesale markets as they had ample liquidity for more than 12 months whence rate cuts cycle was squeezed. rupee well nigh opened to 61 levels in the morning nd it is atleast one market where the droping vlues have not poduced many losers yet (ha ha!)

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