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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India Morning Report: Lets get some money from call writing quickies – Mid November hubris

Siège nord américain d'UBS
Siège nord américain d’UBS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s probably the limited upside, but mostly the markets were pretty itchy at 6200 in the middle of the November series and so the shorts have worked out. Also importantly, none of the good to great outperformers/strong buys like YES, ITC, IDFC or Bharti and Bajaj are down except for the Bank trade again weighed by PSUs hurting Private Banks in the dominos game and ICICI Bank remains a leading call writing target . The new 2023/24 bond being released day after has meantime ensured the fixed income shorts for yields look at bonds above the critical 9% mark inciting the sceptical trade on India deepening Money markets and Fixed income trade

However, that move in mind, this market could have easily moved out of the woods at 6100 levels,  and will probably do that before end of day today. Despite UBS and Credit Lyonnaise (Bhanu Baweja , Fixed Income and Chris Wood , Strategit of favor levelsst), markets move to 5900 and not behind 6100 will be that bottomless pit one wants to avoid sticking cash in.

Power NBFCs are good buys again. The Reliance Infra trade probably also opened two way liquidity where one side of the trade is actually close to breaking its margin wall, thus tempting predators with no downside targets in mind, led by Ashwini Gujral  (perhaps unwittingly) and as I mentioned the ICICI Bank trade (SS). Currency is stable at 63 levels. Any hits to 70 levels post elections cannot be avoided as a fresh slate of CAD and Fiscal worries are definitely hard to wipe off the scoreboard without real investments, Europe cannot make and the Taper that will come. Staying invested rather than exiting with Cash and Gold is however the strategy at this time. M&M springs to mind and one fundamental intelligent strategy would be to limit exposure to depreciation stars like IT, esp third tier players like Infosys and Tech Mahindra

Those rushing to Mid Cap rerating up are also fresh out of ideas. The real factor steaming down market levels which one can separate in the meantime is the fundamental variation of the 2080 rule playing out in the mrket. Instead of just the select 20 stocks in the large caps rising we have the other 80(Eighty) being almost disbanded to permanently(seemingly) out of favor levels as evidenced by yesterday’s A-D line. This “acceleration of reform” undertaken by the market segment needing to justify shorts, is misguided and ll only bring the other 20 to shaky two way disrepute as good scrips add on unwanted volatility

Today will thus see an unwanted spike in volatility which will test these new found memes laser focussed on jst the best 12 or 20 scrips that are equated to yesterday’s “Sure things”. And, of course ( with no thought to grammar as you read this as spoken) , the bullish State Bank trade or the frustrated India shining trade post Jet Airways sell out to etihad or the lower expectations from full priced aviation going forward, SIA or Asia Airlines Tier 2 town strategy

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India Morning Report: The President of Rollbacks, and the nadir of the Rupee

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In an extreme show of brinksmanship..India has been taken for a ride by speculators and brought back in an equally unorthodox fashion. Depending on the moolah you get from your editor and or Academic Dean or the strength of the victuals of your audience and that of your economics philosophy, the average high end Economist could turn this review into a one a month policy piece. Any number of breaks can be introduced in the sentence we started with to fill the essay, Ajay Shah for example saying (TV18) “none of it was required” and again falling through the cracks of mainstream and outliers alike among Economists. In any other normal Economic critique of philosophy, one would have added a qualifier “likeminded” before Economists here.

(sic!) Thence we avoid the other tricks of the trade to assume a daily weight to each day’s weights and wait to lookback on this month in a decade and hopefully for that our parsimonious allocation of just a Morning report time-length shall justify the deeper review whenever we do return to full time writing. Right now, Economic necessity of this individual calls.

And in that light, The Rupee hit 64, yields hit 9.5% and like a rubber band returned to pre-crisis yields of below 9% yesterday itself and 8.33% today showing trades have returned to the 10 year bond. Active Demand returning to Fixed Income of course means the Rupee move is a goner and thus one should assume, we will remain at these 63 levels for years to come before the next deep cut moves the currency related victuals of the Economy by double digits again. Incompetency of Exports apart, that takes care of India Inc’s static export volume issues on keel , the government has managed to turn the trick with Government spending too, focusing on the growth in Services in Q2, ET reminding us in time in today’s op-ed pages inside

Another funny one has been the markets stuck up attitude toward, India has FX reserves, it should use it’ almost like a mouse trap the NSEL was, (for unaccounted cash in wholesale transactions). Money stock has largely returned to the mainstream economy through Financial devices alone and it is hardly a coordinated supercomputer timed perfect metamorphosing of the India problem and its solution.

The markets can in the meantime thankfully return to investing in banks, PSU banks likely to score on their 20% of book(Advances) in homeloans. BTW, Rajan is silent because he takes reins formally in September. The King Chidambaram and President Pranab in the meantime look askance at the sharp turn because it does no bring in a single dollar inflow. imagine the glee of reformer in queue Narendra Modi and his ilk

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India Morning Report: There is the Rupee and then the equity markets…

Map of South Asia in native languages.
Map of South Asia in native languages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Frankly, there is nothing much to hold the markets after they broke 5500 and the markets below 5000 Nifty levels are likely though still not extremely likely as values identified in the Top 20 liquid counters will probably include those already having fallen to their lowest levels of this rally’s beginnings or within 10% of the same as ITC and Bharti Airtel indicate. That also means institutional buying that has resumed in bits and pieces will characterise this market thru the breakdown. Even though Bharat Iyer of JP Morgan also put on a brave face and assumed Fixed income to be just duly following the currency mechanics, structurally markets are ready to ignore the falling Rupee between 64 and 68 once it starts that leg. I personally do not think interest rates derived from FX have any significant accurate behaviour, esp where in India both markets are relatively illiquid and dependent on key PDs for volume business

 

Though nominal growth is unlikely to be the promised 15%, shift to it sector has created an exchange that is leading scrips to oblivion and not really any structural factors as they remain exactly where we always were. Infrastructure and Metal sectors are actually at their best take off points now both for Fixed income and equity QIPs the latter a little harsh for promoters, and secondary market floats in infracos could find considerable long term investor demand soaking it up.

 

Similarly, rating agencies’ almost junk BBB-/BA2 ratings on India are in fact already indicative of this breakdown and may not need a correction giving the rating agencies to correct their now identified goodwill gap in asia esp india and South Asia, that can thence merit a suitable upward notch everytime CAD is actually brought into control. Strange, but true.

 

Fixed income markets are set to lead the way meanwhile to double digit yields on the 10 year bond already hitting 8.95% in morning trades as Rupee takes up 62.3 levels before moving on to 63.30 ( TV18/CLSA) as the next Technical target. Banks presumaly are also paying for their investment portfolio breakdown in this move and do not have fresh cash to borrow and place in the 11% short term and even the 8-9% 10 – 30 year bonds for substitution of current loss making AFS and not taking everything to HTM.

 

One year down the line, with a stable government maybe instead of hiking deposit rates we will see the yields going south again. Oil is back above $110 levels and Indian buying will comfortably take out 67 levels for the Rupee

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Sorry Bears and Cartels, Bulls are still hiding in the Indian woodwork

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Network analysts sitting on lower support levels and betting short on most new blue chips having seen the infracos slide, are in for another shocker as the march series looks to inch closer to 5600 on expiry day before closing out comfortably ahead of August 2012 levels. Both Sukhani continue on the second month of watchful short betting SS targetting YES Bank further from today while Bharti and some others responded in kind to the lack of interest to back the market interest to significant lower levels but the buls seem to have won on real strength of fund inflows for the time being. Markets will correct but not by much in April and while the upside was capped to 5850 levels by the weakness that just means the lowside is still as high as 5550 even for safe investors and 5500 puts should be real rich making sells for bullish investors. (We personally are not conflicted by any position here)

 

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

 

BRICS Development Bank aside, which we look to fund the Indian Infrastructure gap in due course, India inc starts off results season in a week and its profitability scores that already improved on identified sectoral leaders in Q3, are the ones that will be identified with the successful India story and not the politicking as enough stability and forward looking governance is guaranteed by incumbent ministers if not the party flags.

 

The Rupee keeps most of its strength in the new series and the may series may give pointers on the new range for the currency as Fixed income yields cross back into the 8+ range having lost the rate cut and pushed the bank to the reverse repo rate on the corrridor

 

Given the strength of equities and currency going in, profitability concerns of consumption and auto plays should be watched closely for bear victories even as IT forecasts and IT results will remain damp and not affect sentiment. Healthcare could lead stocks nose down but not up even if it maintains good profitability and revenue growth and any weakness in bank performance including Q1 FY14 forecasts will be a deal breaker.

 

Infra debt funds have indeed taken off and execution perofrmance of projects still hanging will come intpo play on the bourses also in Q3 FY14, QIP fund raising shifting out from infra and bank fund raising to NBFC or Capital expansion plays across manufacturing and services businesses with CDS holding sub 200 levels , a great performance for an isolated Asian performer.

 

 

India Morning Report: How wealth now hates equities for keeps..

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stock market (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

 

Globally emerging Markets have become a unique asset class and the first month of 2013 was as sunny as the latter part of 2012 in terms of asset flows. US enters a period of so-so uncertainity in equities a stronger currency on the anvil to stew the growth equation for the largest democracy, and not mirrorred in the Yen’s ever increasing appetite hitting a weak 94 /95 against the Dollar last week enroute to par economics.

 

However predominantly from investor behaviour on MCX’ new segment highlighted in launch yesterday with volumes of just 1.1 bln it is obvious that wealth that favors Oil speculation, Fixed income, Currency and Commodities is wary of this simple growth paradigm advocated by equities and even when it invests in growth it by passes the “stock market” dream with much more muscle than any lip services its banks pay to the segment. Though at Goldman Sachs and European houses, equities trading for clients till forms a substantive segment of business, back int he country and in real markets Equities are failing to entice banks, institutions and retail wealth equally miserably.  (Nifty bottom is capped at 5800 at its worst intraday moment and can be bought)

 

It is possible that ironing out execution flaws and goading institutions to trade the segment in due course will bring volumes to India’s newest stock exchange, but it is unlikely that equities get any more weightage in this large wealth market already lening on just that precious drop of gold more than anything else and addedly missing its calling in the global markets with shallow and reefy fixed income, currency and even commodities markets though courtesy of MCS we have volume leadership in key contracts.

 

Structured Term investing probably brought the equity paradigm to oratory finery professed by the rich and the nouveau rich, giving them cleaner mirrors into what they wanted and perhaps their disregarding risk is what made them pliable which would be a pity as that market is unlikely to be permitted to grow that size again as Derivatives would go into regulatory scrutiny in more regime than those like Singapore and China willing to publish new regulatory regimes with large chinks int he armor, but that in turn just crimps the prospects of banks rOE and those seeking employment predominantly in Finance in Banks and other fund investors (

 

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The original Private Equity Council logo in use from the formation of the organization through September 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

shadow banking). All classes of non bank investors including Private Equity though Hedge funds still trade in equity at almost negative returns, have shunned Equity markets underlining the need to perhapds reinvent the paradigm, which iss till more understandable and germaine to capital flows than even the post Bretton woods world and its currency wars

 

The Stride Arcolabs deal with Pfizzer at 8X Sales at under $2 bln highlights the efficiency of Dealmaking and Secondary equities esegments are but a highlight of the equity charaacter that allows such Capital flows to underwrite the growth in both G10, G20 and the emerging economies

 

 

Fixed Income Report: Credit Policy tuesday likely unsatisfactory

It just hit me that with the fixed Income markets moving so tenuously, the yields of 8.44% ruling on 10?Y today will likely be wiped out within 2 weeks of the trading after a 25 bp rate cut, as markets also expect yields to go back to even 9% and RBI unlikely to follow up with OMOs so diligently after the rate cut.

The Rupee fortunately has a lot of head room in the new range , coming in to policy week at above 51, with March GDP likely to stay near 6% than 6.9%

Fixed Income Report: India back as flavor of the year

Global sentiment has again turned in favor of India as a leader of the trend of survival led growth, thaat is bleeding the best of developed world markets dry with expectations of QE fuelled growth that are increasinglytemporary growth humps on the chart and trending down like a dampening whale’s breath on each injection of liquiidity.

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Put in simpler terms the yields from $100 in first round of QE is probably as much from $230 in the second round and now that most have more than $1000 invested and are getting half the strength expected to continues in housing and treasury markets, the Indian yields are good to be shopped leading a trend down, though RBI was also mopping extra liquidity out from the markets in today’s run

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Indian spices (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fixed Income Report(Feb 20, 2012): Bond yields scarily poised or just rangebound (India bond Impact)

Inflation data from the CPI index considered more carefully in global monetary policy is ready  with the CSO declaring data from tomorrow ( see last paragraph)

However as we pointed out in a post minutes ago, the Fixed income yields are almost tentatively poised at 8.2% with the markets a primary reason for the tentativeness as the urge to speculate comes to town on Indianomics. India’s OMOs last week of INR 120 bln and the CRR chop to be worth INR 360 bln has not materialised, the inflation at a comfortable below 7% figure may rear its head again soon as manufactured goods indices are not dipping that well, staying nearly 8%

The 10 year at 8.2 % ansd the 12 and 15  year at 8.52% and 8.55% show the yield curve having steepened bu twith no CDS and swaps market with spread unnecessarily compensating to junk levels without liquidity for the market makers to fine tune the action, FIIs are unlikely to come bareback into a new Asian market. Even new bond issue bankers are getting a quarter of the fee last year.

According to Arjun P in the DNA analysis

Liquidity tightened by `56,000 crore last week with the system borrowing `167,000 crore from RBI on a daily average basis. The rising liquidity pressure led to the RBI buying government bonds in OMOs.

That’s INR 560 bln out of the window even as banks move rates down and RBI borrowing now all corrected to 9.5% the designated MSF by RBI getting higher than India’s high trade deficit and nearer 5 times banks could have released from their Central Bank acocunt after the CRR cut, almost all of it could easily be explained as amounts banks have in excess deposits with the RBI. Banks are moving to cut loan rates, having made affirmative stateements and SBI having seen as reducing Edu loan rates in the press.

The point is that the rates are precipitously poised on yield as rate cuts are months away and moves down could hit growth badly while yields moving up back to 8.5% ont he 10 year bond will necessitate the overtly stretched government finances to arrannge for another OMO

Last but not the least Oil has moved up to $120 levels one spike to $150 likely and 12% of our supply in Iranian oil in as mucha  threat as also half our rice exports and many in tea and fruita and vegetables to Iran. The Afghanistani Oil we have planned for also travels thru Iranian ports huh! wow.

Inflation data on the CPI series is in for the first time as a yearly series becomes available from Tomorrow, and likely coming in near 8% ( watch the lovely rural vs urban vs composite chart at livemint.com) , instead of the feared 10% unless there is another spike in January data. As of December the rural indices have moved to 115 and the composite 113.9 data available from January 2011 when rural was 107 and composite 106. The urban sub index started from 104 in Jan 2011 and ended last year at 112.4

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