India Morning Report: The rest of the week is bullish again

indiaGiven Pfizer and US Authorities continuing crackdown on drugs from India ( Pfizers fake drugs lab featured Ranbaxy on Bloomberg yesterday, 100M users (see ET)  did not vote for Ranbaxy and founder Dilip Sangvi definitely has an uphill task trying to convert his $4 B revenue acquisition of Ranbaxy into a paying deal. The price even at Rs 447 was probably a face saver for Indian Phartma as Indian pharma contitnues the quest for bigger stories in the $200 mln – $500 mln molecule categories and even more and the US generics story also relies on academia to cut the costs of innovationand drug delievry with and without Obamacare.

As of now however, prices of Sun Pharma continue their rally as Ranbaxy finally stabilises at 447 (offer price) and markets look to complete their pre poll rally with benefactor Modi piping up some hot Indian curry to Foreign investors around the world. Recovery in consumption is not converting to better Auto sales apparently and poll time spend also seems to be down witht he fortunes of the Congress known well in advance.

In Financial Services and Banks, the IDFC story has multiple positives even as the markets nurse a big bruised ego from RGR’s matter of fact disposition of other applications and the Infra Financing story for India inc seems to be back on track, the Indian welfare state a survivor of other political questions as BJP promises to bring back rural employment and education schemes.

Stories like Bharti and ITC are unlikely to lose because of the changes in Political fortunes while the Pharma and It story probably come under the scanner being at market peaks and the Rupee responding in the NDF market to more than inspired business inflows and remittances from labour abroad.

The movements in JP Power., JSW Power (Nasik and Maha areas arnd Jabalpur?)  and obviously Adani Power ( Amit Shah connection) are interesting and likely to be back int he limelight as news on the business channels remains on target for a big 7000 breakout and is safe for a 6800 score by far, markets continuing to test the levels after each 100 odd points of rise, studying the ramifications and choosing a select dozen every 100 pointswith shorts back in Kotak and Hero Motors. BHEL and SAIL seem to continue to be short favorites and their fortunes and that of IDBI Bank are unlikely to be affected by market direction now.

The best derivatives strategy remains to sell puts at this point for probably 6500 levels on the safe side, markets likely to signall enough if the breach below 6450 levels in 2014. Buying risk may seem tobe in, but new investors are likely to be priced out by the constant rain checks and risk buyers from early 2014 will continue to be rewarded till end 2014 if they stick around.

JP Associates is unlikely to move upop from 56 historically a support for the stock as it continues its tortuous strategy of deleveraging its listed stock

Bank credit growth remains steady at 12-13% and deposit growth continues to outpace, leaving the changing GDP target forlorn at new higher levels and the GDP performance for 2014 and Q1 2015 unlikely to hit above 5%

Market highs around 7000 levels are however already justified by continued double digit earnings growth by top performers.

 

 

India Morning Report: Portfolio investment highs let India story dominate

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Investment percent gdp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

 

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

 

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

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India Morning Report: 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: Markets will breathe easier at 6300

Many market commentator see further moves north as highly unlikely and it does seem markets have done a fair bit already including the choppy start to 2014 as buying overwhelmed short trades. However one does not see any of the selected scrips losing much from current price levels. The Ukraine crisis fade had much to do with the afternoon bullishness and fresh buying will be allowed at lower levels in most of yesterday’s increases. Pharma and Infra trades may yet break out again with Pharma yet to take off, Cipla the ‘only’ big positive trade continuing to dominate sectoral picks. IT scrips finally yielded ground with HCL falling a few notches as market spine trades keeping interest in the stock finally seem to have exited the ‘always trying’ bellwether

New affordable housing targets in China as US and China complete their budget exercises point to the realities of the new post crisis economic melee as US Arms spending takes a backseat and China continues to increase its Defence hawkishness and faces increased executive flight risks from the Smog. Australian GDP gave the Asian markets much to cheer pre dating a secular return of investors to Asia even as China is finally deprioritised at some bigger investment houses

At home, one is still foxed by the marginalisation of LK Advani in the BJP as frankly NaMo seems a little banged up for the big job and AAP is well, a one issue pony. ( at best a canard) The fate of General Elections also thus has to be separated from that of the markets as India’s residual growth and any strategic direction will never be delivered by the Legislative arm given the state of our politics. Inspiration may be missing from the Executive or the Bureaucrat/Technocrat nexus but there is still momentum for the populace per se and India remains the best bet in global equities in such confusing times, making do with a much smalller stock of FDI for it knows its limitations. Our advantages in the English language could compare to an additional factor production given the dominance of Services and along with our expertise in more intricate subjects of the business management disciplines , we can well fashion as many competitive advantages any corporation needs to win globally as required Rajnath Singh returning to Public service will be NaMo’s other card but Congress and SP have got no leg to stand on even as the issue of the State’s division holds extreme potential before it also becomes a BJP manifesto dashboard line item.

And Nitish finally replies after 6 days on page 17 (TOI-Blr)

Seeing as NaMo’s other credentials being weak are still the best bet, Nitish finally gatecrashed onto national topics, catching his favorite Paswan in his horns. Meanwhile,  NMDC has corrected more than 17% and apparently has stable lows at 110 levels to allow further accumulation post the new CERC regime in progress with the 2014 guidelines. The Power quartet had a great start yesterday as expected and may strengthen the trend in the Power sector going forward even as cyclicals try to start back for the longer trek to the top uninterrrupted by market momentum taking the index for a roller coaster ride, including the Energy infrastructure stocks and the powerful Consumer staples like Bharti and ITC which arenot going to retreat in the bull scenario while remaining a defensive bulwark

Private Banks remain the most important component of India Bull portfolios with YES Bank leading the charge yesterday and Kotak taking a breather in the secular run. ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank continue to capture market share on and off the bourses from the embattled SBI and BOB pointing to the limits of an upward move in a side like PNB even in this critical move for the bankers, as PNB continues to show good profitability

Nadar is finally offloading HCL stock as his offspring looks to focus on the Education and philanthropy sectors even as both listed and unlisted Tech  and Outsourcing businesses battle the problem of employee commute in a society where broadband connectivity is unlikely to bring any solace or a formalised structure for the telecommuting options. India thus, retains one of the greater habits of managing to jump over bigger social potholes and non lasting technologies. ( in practice i guess with cities = potholes 😉

VIX trades apparently careened over from 15 levels itsel fin Tuesday trading back to mmatching US Vol levels at 14 as the Ukraine issue was wiped off investor tables.

The Great Indian Premier Tennis League Auctions

In other unlisted business, The mega sports franchises era continued untethered with Tennis joining the ranks of other popular sports making a commercial comeback as a four location auction saw  Mumbai grabbing the top three in Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray at $2 million each ( less than $2 for Djokovic and Murray)

Ecommerce has enticed Walmart to India too, even as PE players move on to above par valuations after a year of job cuts and enthusiastic middle/senior management recruitment at Management school campuses and Amazon opening its second FC in India in Bangalore

The Dell Foundation makes a return to Indian shores after the Gates Foundation confined itself to outright charity in limited indian programmes. The Dell foundation will be backing a BOP Private equity set up Intellegrow.

ET also headlines India pharmas second attempt to break into higher market shares in US generics in Complex molecules that could well go to the PE companies given the investment required and the uncertainty of time horizons ill suiting listed companies like DRL or Lupin.

Aviation revenue miles are likely picking up in the final month of Fiscal 2014 and Fixed income markets also likely to accelerate demand led price increases bringing down yields as Crude becomes a bear trade and Indian currency moves up on redenomination of the dollar forecasts down for the year in 2014. Policy Day in two weeks is unlikely to be busy for the Reserve Bank of india though the Central Bank may choose to exercise a rate hie whence the yields will come back to 9 levels before investments make a mark in the Indian recovery still flatlined below 5%

 

India Morning Report: Markets start the Maruti short 1 month down

As expected, indices are holding and the degradation of Maruti’s role in Suzuki strategy has finally clicked into real trades early morning, that will probably keep the broader indices on an even keel, Maruti no longer a portfolio pick despite a 50% share of market and being the listed representation of quick and easy Indian growth components ( not many left there) as protected cash flows fail to assuage investors

A $2 Trillion GDP really bloated up India’s old economy bottlenecks and one needs to gravy the Indian infrastructure boat, but with hot money and leveraged inconscientous promoters the only steed, it is unlikely markets will try for that 7000 index just today

Cash equities have a lot to catch up with on the Futures that closed at a grainy premium, but I am not sure volumes are still low or if only one player is around, as India with 200% of GDP in equities, has deeper markets than most other Emerging markets including Korea and Singapore who still have a story to tell.

The traders picks continue to show six old timers without a growth strategy and apart from regular stories of restructuring on 1 or 2 of those stocks most others like Tata Elxsi may not be good trade picks either way

If markets are so indiscriminate and all mice come out to play on Friday before the weekend, there may be some reason to looking at short picks when they open dstarted in August and now for two months of 2014

I still worry about the Tech Mahindra story, apart from the possibility that they are playing with another i-banker to get the deal flow into a continuous stream. KPIT is a good pick but then insiders know when and till where 🙂 as PE picks up stake in the fast growth play with legs in embedded/systems programming/chip design and the normal outsourcing meat still available form more than one sector and not having been wasted on product /enterprise investments like at infy or wipro

Those foreign funds still underweight india will not get another chance to come and invest in India and may likely underperform Asia benchmarks at the end of the year, like HSBC Securities

Banks are hot again in this segment, and SBI shorts will strike before the end of next week as interest spreads across Pharma and some Consumer

In unlisted business, IIMA infra naming rights story headlined in ET is a late thing but a good start. One hopes there is also a base endowment fund when the Subsidies are let go from this sector. The Annual ioutgo from the HRD ministry could have well come for each institution from a single/individual endowment

StannCs back in an indiabull avatar but one wonders if there are beaten down sectors left this time for late entrants. Most Foreign investors who stayed invested over 2013 are going to score much higher this time onwards and one hopes this can become a doable tradition for the indian markets finally rid of old time ponies and bad trades in a new era

Unlisted Captives of Global Auto companies have the best chance to make a statement and increase Expoprts traction from India as Ford gets on it.

The Rupee has nowhere to go after hitting 62 from the up and Gold is stuck too even if they try to reverse the bear trend with some late late buying as markets can grab the precious metal at 30k levels itself for a good short and adding to equity trades

Indian residential and enterprise ( Retail Malls and Offices etc)  sector has some potential to add new inventory, last years smaller sales not having added new inventories at all. Chances of Bajaj Auto in the 2-wheelers producing positive surprises in next months data have increased but traders are right in clamping down on Hero, Bajaj and TVS as February data is released into the last months of deteriorating production conditions over most of the manufacturing sector as IIP uptick will include a negligible contribution from manufacturing. A new bite, though, the residential construction intel comes from one of our steel producers. Not the way to go , India so there iwll be another sad story down some months but I guess Jindal (JSPL) was a dead story anyway

India Morning Report: Foreign Interest steps up to confirm the boom to 6250

FII buying, now adding debt segment purchases over the last week follows on a 10-12 session consolidation in the current play on Index Option hedges and Stock Futures bidding they have initiated as a class. At this juncture the trend needs further confirmation too and borrowing on the same strategies would make much more sense in a secular trend, strengthening their overall importance in the market as they are indeed the larger players right now, the DIIs having taken a counter-cyclical opinion as always to balance the steed and likely not buying beyond the coming 6250 levels.

Even if the DII opinion does change for all investor classes buying together one needs to remain watchful and the markets will continue to strengthen their skew towards rewarding longer term investors despite the volatility at 14 levels, an extreme low for the Indian markets and all increase in volatility negating any good part of volatility. I.e. The future of the stock markets is now interlinked with all trading margins being defined by shorts and all long gains going to investors if we just look at the definition of volatility and its reward for risk.  A new Liquidity index in the Derivatives segment of the NSE consolidates price trends across the 15  most liquid derivatives underlyings and the index is now 6 months old.

Trading longs again probably negate all their advantages with a backing of almost ready to be shorted posts like L&T and SBI, which is the reason I brought in this more technical discussion for the morning Report readers. Markets open near 6200 levels on the index as markets broke out of the bear hold by breaking 6100 earlier last week.  To fess, I was still hoping for India to prove Good volatility and I would warn others  naive enough that this is not going to be so in this rally.

PNB will likely respond easier after the call auction ended as SBI investors back off and PSUs including larger entities like Bank of Baroda remain short fuses. Banknifty remains mildly positive, lending health to the trend going up and consolidating as India outscores in the Gloom quarter of 2014, down apparently only 2% compared to other Global markets and Dow having a nice return back sustaining a comeback as snow fades away in Neverland, USA, USA continuing the dream recovery.

TCS is due for a rally but Infy’s rerating looking to ride up to 4000 levels seems to signal the coming badging of the sector as a passive defensive again with the Rupee making a comeback

HSBC global results were a great comeback, though analysts following the stock did not expect Q4 to flip globally into lower revenues and while the bank remains the bigger player in India and China, it is focussing on the UK market comeback this year, UK also having ducked the continuing gloom in Euroland.

In other unlisted business, reusing quick reports from Trading Economics, FDI inflows are expected to continue to be a strong $2 Bln a little over 50 times lower than neighbourly flows into China, but in terms of Western FDI , that number is much more equitable and ocoupled with a domestic market and domestic depth in India makes for a more Economic bang in the Indian recovery seeding which now strengthens into consolidation.

Ford is ramping up its small SUV production for Export markets this year in Chennai and Nissan and GM may be forced to follow earlier than usual in 2014 itself if the global markets have indeed completed a overall cauterisation of their expectations of a bullish recovery breakout.  They have earlier over stepped in 2010 in equities and frequent breakdowns of recovery memes since 2012 have indeed made such prognostications more cautious , lending more credence to them for investors hoping to break new ground across Global opportunity.

The G20 Australia 2014 remained a hub of big activity last week. Despite the almost fully ‘denatured’ (pardon the pun) irrelevance of the G20 ( compare with a technical irreverence like applying the law of diminishing marginal utility here, and I am on holy ground) , RGR did force the conference into adopting a aggressive reconciliation towards supporting global monetary policy coordination and the Rupee has responded strongly this week. Rajan said , “International monetary cooperation has now broken…”

I like this definition for India’s new apolitical elite, used for RGR (link): impeccably credentialed , elite.

Meanwhile, polls in Delhi confirmed AAP holds sway in any new election. Modi’s claim to India seems to be weak at the point of Gujarat vs India Inc and if Congress does consolidate around the thoughts of a Jairam Ramesh (IBN Live, Sardesai interview) it could have a real chance of at least getting the right issues to coalesce around in the campaign for the General elections. On separation of Telangana and Hyderabad II into separate states, J Ramesh reminded the editor that State reorganisation is an unqualified mandate. I recommend that the word juxtapositions apart, the only way Telangana becomes a reality and the reform beat maintained is if the issue is indeed followed up quickly with active voicing of the cause of breakup of UP, the monstrous state with 75 districts and 800 blocks. Also, yes Economic development in TN and Kerala have been equally promising if not better than the Gujarat model and this could definitely weaken the economic bloc coalescing around a non sartorial, non erudite Modi who seems to be potently  walking around with a foot in his mouth as much as Rahul himself. I believe Advanu would have been a better choice for BJP too. And Congress , waiting to welcome an even younger lot with Rahul who may not all be able to pull off tags of ‘ able administrators’ make it a  ever extending churn block for India Inc ready to forget any hopes of a consolidated political establishment as the Open democracy treads the path to a Top 3 GDP country by 2050

The US mid terms similarly could still turn out to be a facesaving exercise for the Democrats reeling at their lowest ratings just before the mid terms and the chances are about even to Rahul Gandhi actually coming back to lead He will probably take a back seat from Parliamentary politics if his party does land rights to the Opposition benches.

India Morning Report: Markets retain new bullish memes (again to 6100)

Markets will close above 6100 again but later afternoon sessions may see more enthusiasm as good economic data could be followed by expected passive investor moves and new EEM flows to show likely coming trends.

HDFC Bank is up and out of the 600-680 move with new targets to probably near 750 levels. Banks will expectedly support the next upmove too, ICICI Bank having made up new routes to at least 1030 levels, probably 1070 A look at some fund portfolios , interestingly shows Axis is indeed out of favor and Infy in a different block of memory unlikely to provide any traders with gains or hedges as it corrects to 3600 levels. Apollo Tyres, India Cements and JP Associates added open interest yesterday as main trends broke tin the nifty drop from 6150 to below 6100 levels. Sree Renuka stake sale does not seem like a trade at all, being a long known and expected unloading by the promoter. Open offer is apparently at a discount but Wilmar is immediattely extinguishing debt worth INR 12 Bln. Bharti is a great buy again in positional trades from 295 levels. Bajaj Auto will likely continue to 1950 levels for a stab at a quick double (century) The Adani Port move you heard today is so true,its the INR 80 Bln JNPT contract.

Japan is celebrating a bullish candle early in the morning as Chinese manufacturing, along expected lines, brushes near contraction levels. Fed minutes from January showed the Fed agreeable to  changing the unemployment targets and thus somemembers eagerness to discuss increasin gthe short term fed rate will likely be ignored as markets start up after a 5-10% cut since the new year. However on the flip side for India, the risk of an inflated Oil bill has increased. External Commercial Borrowing Markets are open for India Inc to increase disposition from, the CAD averted, but the small packet of Coporate External debt, now unsettling India policy markets. Fixed Income Markets and Currency markets would recover from yesterdays dip as the recovery unfolds into a more tangible item of import than just hope traded by domestic equity and consumption markets. KKR is also providing transformational capital in a new (presser in ET) bid, that could soon be emulated by SBI and ICICI as restructured assets hit a new high in the banking system.

A new endeavour at the Central Bank could see proposals to accept some or all the changes reccommended by the FSLRC. The recommendation, are likely to further aim to bridge the gap between Private sector growth memes and the larger PSU counterparts with capacity building and skills development (HR) guidelines

G20 is up later this week, IMF taking the opportunity to underline that currency concerns remain, obviating any choice of policy leadership for India at another G20 edition, India the easiest dog to put down in the revolt of the EM manger. ( twisted, yet really twisted, paraplegic choice and execution of simile (not stimuli) The Ukraine Hryvnia, the Korean Won  and the turkish lira are likely to be the largest exceptions not part of the mainstream in G20 trades and will be dominating the agenda, not to forget the Singapore Dollar which remains a unique economic substitute for the whole block ( try a whole fat analysis) and mexico a member but likely to stay silent too as Australia lead this round (2014)

Jet Airways’ loss in a sedate Airlines quarter, even as its etihad deal now hangs fire  at the Compat ( like the CCI but just the Appellate Tribunal) Jet has loans of INR 104 Bln as of this quarter, hardly $1.7 Bln but apparently 7X of the other nearest competitor. its market share is now less than 20% as it waits for deal approval. The INR 2.85 Bln loss a INR 3.60 Bln deterioration from its year ago profitable quarter, leaving unlisted IndiGo the winner with Sale and Leaseback economics still leaving maintenance bills manageable and the airline scoring on all the busy metro routes. Air Asia is likely to change that if it is allowed to fly. That would be concomitant with changes in regulation allowing all these Indian fliers to book international routes without a track record’ compulsion(Two dogs in the dogfight, Indigo and Jet, why are others even flying? – significant business case and consulting win with free markets allowing portfolio rationalisation).

And as Facebook found its Twitter-alike acquisition for mobile messaging that paid its promoters $19 Bln, India media look to another expat manager in the pile of 55 employees for the India story and there is as usual one solitary reaper, digging away in that bee hive(ant hill)

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has taken stewardship at IIM Bangalore as Chairman of the Board . IIM also recently saw a new Director joining back from Boston University ( Sushil Vachani)

In other unlisted business, why wouldn’t a new Pharma business story with unlisted Capital or a PE try to fund a great Pharma business , not from a decade old Pharma attempts in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad but elsewhere. Cost of Equity in India is no longer that cheap as the Pharma market still offers unique advantages to scaled businesses in Export markets and domestically, while current entrants are likely limited by the $500 mln market for each generic molecule,a similar cap for the domestic market too, based on a limit to branded volumes in each drug. The model would definitely be more Chinese if it happened but it could really expand the market opportunity both at home and in the US and Europe

How about new moves in the big retail pie, which despite its propensity for political disaster, is still available in at least 4 states. One reason, hitting continuing entrepreneurship as India stands on a big comeback, holding India back would be the virtual withdrawal of Foreign banks from India, assets now down to 7% of the banking system, esp the unlikelihood of a public markets led such revolution makes it imperative that the easy flow of foreign capital to India be capitalised on.

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: Vote on Account does not offer anything by definition

Not to be dismissive of other efforts to research quantised discernible notes in the market, we have beaten others hands down with the preciseness of each sentence seemingly in a complicated human language. And we are not artificial intelligence, just something more  populations can understand. However, that is all a predilection of becoming  part of a deluge unless we can remember the basics. Like 6100 yesterday, 6050 today and stuck at 6250 again. Or for the currency it is an even simpler, 62.50 and broken till 63.00 now returning to break 62 on the upside, waiting to break till 61 to start a trading move in that dead market Foreign investors pass by with just a tenth of the allocation to the China which would be enough impetus for investment I guess.  That is adding the currency noted going out of circulation bringing in additional thicker statistics streams of returning investments instead of churned velocity without disposition, which remains the only unexplained flow for many developed and EMs. Meanwhile India posted a latest velocity of another 12.5% and growth of 4.9% kept WPI ticking under at 5.5% , inflation at 8.8% (and still high to merit 8% rates for the RBI policy (India’s Central Bank)

Now to get thru the market open again, HCL Tech is done, L&T is not coming back so soon, having clarified there si no better financials in the old heavy pipeline they keep carrying in New Orders. However, the note of caution from Kotak does not translate into a correction in the markets, as it is a known flaw, using subsidy deferral on the way to an improved performance and as we have always maintained to PC’s weaker arm, its not anything to forget to talk of.

Banknifty is at 10,250 but their seems to be a dearth of substitution for older SBI folios, because SBI has to go down to 1250 levels ( broader guess) bottoming out near 1280 ( our estimate – not to be confused with the statistical mark of MLE). HDFC Bank is up and out of 640 levels but no 645 it is..Pharma should not have been a defensive trade, esp as Bharti and ITC remain powered on apart from the IT scrips which can keep current levels once HCLT returns to 1400 levels. I have faith in ICICI Bank surprising in the post speech trade if India’s Financials are surmised as feasible, though it is just necessary expenditure for the six month period going forward and the Macro economic review has already been celebrated. A smaller gross borrowing figure for instance , may not be possible as that may be the only accommodating flag for the noise of governance to come. Also it would be a shame in my mostly moderate opinion otherwise, ( cooked to become the mainstream o-pin-onion like other examples of better business leaders than the half cooked Modis and Rahuls of today) if PSU banks join in the rally just for their survival has been noted by additional Capital for FY15 in this month again confirmed in any allocations. YES Bank and IDFC remain mainline (first leads) not for this bull segment but for the secular bull cycle that remains.

Nifty i s actually having a hard time at 6080 and will not drift down but 6100 is the new bear dominance levels, mostly because the media presence as Citi explains ( in that elusive to understand bid for retail investors here) requires reusing old hat ( from this trend) and the market tone is still as 6250 the normal would have been but that is a likely illusion in the distance, with markets using the distance again and again to tone down , letting shorts bound them up and show the futility of expectiung an overnight renaissance in the Indian Fixed income Markets. StanChart in the meantime has sell side macro posting the VoA precursor on ET Now since AM, looking at Government freeze to show the numbers.

I’ll leave that unedited para  in, just because I have things to do before I come back to edit it. It is just a Morning report. I may not be writing in the vote on Account speech or the dictum,

The markets may not break down, mercifully, for lack of reason to celebrate, a not new feature of beating down equities at their own, esp cognisant to those who bank promoters accounts and promoters’ who play their equity to death in a monetary degrowth, which now runs an extended life with a defined taper even with a reduced nozzle draining out the dumped in steroids, in the recognizance that US was critical and that most of excess liquidity remains excess. I wonder if one coming from my free markets background can make enough morbid adjustments, but one knows one must to explain how taking care of the trifecta is not done by just that phase of liquidity and now by the withdrawal of the same. One does note also the 16 mln unemployed uncounted in US estimates when declaring a successful 6.5% unemployment statistic from the same.

I like Crompton Greaves for the capex trade, old Mid Cap plays will be sideline for the 2010 IPO brigade in most cases. The fisc will score the most points when it reports a positive surprise. The FM should not aim for FY 2015 without thinking up options and should look to a fat target as we have probably over reached in the current fiscal itself. I would even let him off at a 4.5% target and that will not get BJP any further advantage.

Post Vote On Account satisfaction, Congress is going to be a quick disappearing loser in the elections, BJP winning it however would be disturbing not to India’s soul, cause there was not any in the conventional modern world definition of it, but it is can only be a rude awakening to India in a few years, however growth will churn in any government, because of the strong basis on which we stand up and shout for more, and the bureaucracy , the technocrats ( non outsourcing) and Private investors / Business will remain the agents of  this growth. Bank lending will never be a constraint and there is no wishing away corruption. One can even learn the vast cycles of it in local, regional and International Sales processes, and is not a equivocal nodding to suffering , nor a socialistic bite of suffrage that will make it the topic at the corporate dinner buffet.

explains: in the middle above is used as colloq/sms for explanations

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