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: Nifty futures still above 6500

Infy is available at 3350 in case you are looking at gaps in your portfolio. The twin shock to Sun Pharms from the US FDA however, broke the proverbial Camel’s back, big sharp falls in both together taking ou t the bulls hopes ( as i n fact the bulls ar e in no particular hurry) Probably from the stock specificness of the new rally in both the Dow and the India Nifty, above old highs and resilient to most investor breakdowns a fair smattering of geo political uncertainty laying the groundwork for such tests of both indices in the last few weeks, that now the indices are called by a set of unrelated stocks, not part of any index necessarily and sector led predictions still valid independently as also to  a certain extent stock specific upsides.

Downsides and new buying levels are likely restricted to the bad news dozen, currently the set including just Sun Pharma, Infy, Maruti , L&T, even Hero and a couple of the last week’s  weak entrees like Tech Mahindra which would also put traders in a likely soup.  shorts do continue in infy but one wonders if anything more than 3200-50 levels on the low side are possible. It is probably also a reaction to unrly traders looking for a fllight to quality indepeendent traditional favorites losing a lot of times in this rally with the short traders

HDFC, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank for example continue to nestle new levels and find no dearth of long investors. SBI could have more traders like me waiting to pounce on the fresh chance for shorts to below 1300 as its NPLs are not done. Bharti like others has been able to raise quick debt this week and IDFC with the Power NBFCs remain a good story , fresh longs waiting for the couple of bad ones to play out as they are pure trades on fundamentally strong ideas and potentially unlimited longs would not change their current levels ( unlimited institutional appetite ) unless the trade wanted a clear push and will likely compelete to 128-130 levels

Fixed Income Markets will likely find a day between today and Tuesday to factor in a little more good news of the CPI and IIP scores before responding to policy day’s volatile hopes with a strong top in rates under 9% as rate cuts are  ruled out. The MCX and NSEL slugfest continues in the background, as decorous solutions to the problem seem to leave some unsatisfied yet. FTIL and MCX promoter shareholding has been redenominated as Public and a rights issue is in the offing, the book building sentiment showing in these parrying moves. A deal to sell down that holding of FTIL and MCX is still a long way to go

The Astrazeneca delisting seems to have finally seen the right levels for the stock as the last rally in listed shares starts , heightened hopes marked by FIIs holding a big block of 15% in the stock. ITC seems to be a t the top of the range and a trade from 342 to 325 levels is likely. Despite today’s defensive buys investors should avoid Titan, ttk or Jubilant Foods or even aviation picks like Jet Airways. Bharti on the other hand will see buying at thhese levels of 300 itself and not recede much beyond 290 levels at worst

The market rally will likely continue if not this afternoon then on Monday afternoon with buys firmly holding on, with better than any other rally’s chances of retaining permanent levels as the market bottom has definitely moved up to an even 50900 – 6000 ruling out further cuts int he select stocks that have created and added fresh demand in this rally, markets having carefully shucked out PSU banks, construction and other leveraged plays with no fundamental performance locks on them. The Rupee can move back from the Friday’s 61.50 levels almost immediately

Crompton Greaves turns out to be headed for the chopping block, a potential sale likely to bring in a good uncertainty for investors in the stock. PE investors like Blackrock who is strong on issuing debt to promoters trying to tide over the bad economy are already providing fresh debt to the Avantha team

In other Unlisted business, we are a little fogged as we cannot determine what happened to the FIPB meeting on March 6, to discuss Braun and Destimoney among others. The sensitive handling of the Election Code issues had clearly seen there would be no controversy regarding this meeting despite impending elections

Commodity investors (HNWI) are unlikely to be able to return to longs with the slump in that sector heightened after a half hearted attempt by gold and Oil early this year.

Investors should continue to pile into longs in their choiceportfolio including scrips like CESC, Arvind Mills and Jubilant Life ( Looks like a quick trade can get buyers Arvind at 135 -140 levels)

India Morning Report: Banks keep investment cycle hopes “flying”

PSU Banks have mostly reached the highest expected NPA levels at INR 100 Bln each even as SBI discovers the choice to sell off current NPAs in the market, giving it enough tailwinds for the stock to catch up to rally leaders as ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank work to renewed targets after a buoyant Friday when the Banknifty’s 600 points led the index rise to above 6500. Asia opens much lower as China’s first targeted trade deficit makes it on lower exports, confusing markets looking at the same as a weak signal for other Asian and Australian exports to China.

The indices can now apparently score their new peak much before General elections are counted opn May 16, 2013 and a new government sworn in. The market is however not looking to correct anytime soon even as the PCR has ticked back to 1.16 on the Index and call options at 6400 and 6500 unqind with Puts and option hedges switching to writers and volatility for the overall markets still barely above 15, despite the big move up all of last week

Investment stocks getting delivery attention ( CNBC TV18) like Ashok Leyland and JP Associates, still lag behind immediate trading up potential in Eicher and Crompton Greaves, old stalwarts since the reform story of the 90s propeled India into investment portfolios. The weakest link in the market spine still seems to be heady interest in margin devolved Real estate and construction stocks  a little ahead of the real conversion in investment interest in India outside equities. The Pharma sector sees buying interest returning with shorts in DRL, Ranbaxy and Cipla countering excessive defensive runs by delivery buyers earlier in 2014.

Continuing short covering does not preclude higher levels in ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, with FII investment cycle also updated in Mannapuram Finance and indices now continuing further consolidation and increases in levels on use of index hedges converting to written puts at even 6500 levels by the end of the week despite it being a new high for the Indian markets starting the week with easier 6200 expiries if the markets continue to showcase buying strength as delivery interest in many undervakued index components and blue chips keeps up new bullish levels in the market. BOB almost seems like as good  a short candidate till 550 levels as DRL or Ranbaxy on Monday Morning

If markets ignore the steady stream of buying and keep 6500 levels it would definitely point to a better 2014 overall , however  an improbable choice would be a sharper run right away for quick profit- taking at below 7000 levels followed by a sharp correction ( Ashwini Gujral on ET Now had our ‘improbable’ prediction today morning)

SGX Nifty was unable to lead the trend over the weekend and waits for the Monday open at cash levels of the index. Apparently the Mid Cap index has on cue broken thru 50 DMA levels on Friday as well, broadening the rally as most index components and blue chips also continue to trade far below their final potential given the anemic recovery and continuing threats of a rate hike

SBI may also continue to react downward but the broader markets may not turn the same into an overall red tick recovering by the afternoon’s closing trades keeping 6500 marks to start the week. YES and the Power NBFCs could be still stronger with IDFC as buyers are likely to find their value case appealing for investment accumulation and Kotak likely to ride lower ticks to its 665 levels with Indusind Bank. ITC again looks like its not going anywhere at 335 levels while buying should continue in Barti all week irrespective of market trends

The Rupee remains stuck at 61 levels unable to move beyond that Friday peak and Fixed income markets continue to trade india debt a t 8.8% allowing more buyers to lock in that rate for India buys much before any Bond index entry is firmed up with current FII investment limits in Indian Gilts and other bonds good enough for now.

I agree, private sector banks will again be available at lower levels for buyers to come in the afternoon

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: (Closed for Shivaratri) Markets hoping to be tested again at 6250 in the new series

At 6240 levels the market achieved yesterday itself, another round of consolidation is due for the markets and with the second round of investing in November having attracted Passive fund investors while the active foreign interests remain bought in, Indian markets unlike China batting on euphemisms and an opaque economy non responsive to new stimuli, India will retain most of the bull interest as it proved at 6000 levels and then two consecutive bump ups in a testy 2014 start .

The March F&O series may see more active Foreign interest returning, but it remains to be seen if markets can continue from here. In any case, markets will increase the propensity to remain flat and one suspects the new correction that laziness induces next week, may be short lived till a volatility of 18 is reached before deep corrections are completed in individual stocks closest to heavy overvaluation, namely the SBI, BOB and other PSU Bank trades among others

I don’t believe India’s increased short term foreign debt situation is causing any fresh payment problems as Oil has decidedly planned to start a bear trade globally and in India and hot money or NDF mispricing does not seem to have the desired hook on the trend, as markets might indeed get a positive pricing kicker from the NDF markets on the currency as long as Oil trades lower and a commodities bearish cycle licks in across the broader spectrum , esp those in demand in China where domestic production has not only suffered but been officially deprioritised.

Indian Fixed Income Markets seem to agree with Governor Rajan that CPI may not trend lower as the Governor sets his sights on an ambitious training target program for inflation thru required government diktat to support the Urjit Patel report. From all signs, however RGR is a pragmatist and given that India will anyway continue under the spectre of high 9% bank rate scenarios, additional rate hikes may actually hit more targeted spots on the consumer inflation , but banks are unlikely to have increased transmission of the available liquidity to the broader markets in terms of reducing extraordinary deposits and increasing effective velocity of money as the investment cycle awaits other signals. RBI also completed paperwork on CDS issuance in Corporate paper ( IG and HY) while the market continues to look for th esecular India pull to deepen India’s debt and Fixed income markets

Expiry 2 pm trades on Wednesday had not seen a sharper cut, but the markets could easily turn any new 6250 positions of sold puts into short interest could have tanked the market back below 6200 levels to watch for as expiry otherwise is a dull newsless affair, the above discussion being mere undercurrents the markets have faced for more than 2 years now. Markets are closed for Shivaratri today

Energy cos, like the OMCs retain a default rating of BBB- . Sahara promoter, Subrata Ray got a rude shock on the delivered judgement yesterday as the court issued him a non bailable warrant and ADB signed a new road project in the backwaters of Chhattisgarh.

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.

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India Morning Report: India’s flipsyde from global correlation markets independence

All its successful recognition as a unique misstep of policy in trunk Asia investing, still leaves India a unique place in the sun, inviting specific negative correlation from trades and investors in asset markets, marking its independence streak. However, this is just a improbable hypothesis and an unlikely share for the Morning Report (in this form ) except that Dow’s 100 point rush closing yesterday is overshadowed currently by India’s own woeful exits with the Nifty streaking a negative 80 points making the Rupee start this positive Asia morning at the bottom of its current range. Likely this is the stage NDF price discovery also tail lights trends to be in extreme discovery actions and the Rupee easily could have been at 61 levels here with trade purchases and sales in the same range as earlier years Gold would be thus in a greater rush to complete a mini rally in the reduced taper euphoria.

I am apparently getting ducked on Kejriwal and Pepper spray much like I expect Independent Women careerists to, in the office today.  But markets could have easily ignored it and celebrated the successful Spectrum auctions and the India recovery data linked with global news of India’s importance in winning 2014 portfolios. India CPI ended under 9% as the urban CPI receded well into the background while IIP was almost positive with its 189 index score a big jump on the previous month apart from the strong consistent jump in utilities.

A secular Telecom industry uptrend excluding unlisted Vodafone (in India) , is likely after the media rounds prepare a consistent analysis of all players, both Idea and Jio(Rel) having bid INR 100-110 Bln, Jio adding monopoly of 1800 waves in its repertoire against Bharti which with Voda, focussed on winning back existing markets and prepare grounds for improved pricing. Idea having won price conversion over, is unlikely to create another loss making value bid in the retail markets.

In more humane form, India again loses its advantage as it starts off the recovery with an expensive rate hike, a shallow debt market and a doubloon of proprietary traders mesmerized with no good corporates and an officious monitoring and handshake philosophy engrained in Asian culture its common denominator with other closed end markets allowing a 5X US Dollar impact and shallow development hubs. India’s WPI announcements are likely to be near 5.5% .

SBI reports midday with another INR 6 Bln in provisions for pension, INR 25 Bln increase in provisions and INR 85 Bln from an ever expanding restructured asset pipeline in this quarter again but the stock will react further post earnings tipping off a expectations rally at its nadir as it comes out improving the NIM expectations in a better rate environment for lenders from 3.19% in the previous quarter.

ONGC proved great results yesterday along expected lines, profits to 71 Bln , sales at 208 Bln just 1% off last year’s data in the 30% increase in Net profit(28%). Realisations will improve substantially in the current year. Q3 realizations having dropped 4% at below $46  before depreciation earnings. Subsidy expense was more than INR 100 Bln up 10% making the 30% jump more creditable. The company may however get squeezed this quarter as the government defers subsidies with the fisc coming into an expected range.

SEBI added lines of caution on Executive compensation, independent Directors, Women Directors, public succession plans and a mandatory whistle blower policy into the Corporate Governance Code. Along expected lines, The listing agreements at the Stock exchanges will be updated immediately.

Employee stock options have been withdrawn for independent directors and nominee directors are not permitted the dual role of independent directors (DNA India, ETNow).

IT’s attempt to woo the markets with forecasts are likely to fall on deaf years as markets already topped the range on a half rush for new Rupee levels now more likely to be equated back with outsourcing jobs as Pharma breaks out in a good couple of years.

Apparently the stock of debt in Telecom, that can be shared publicly is more than INR 2,000 Bln.

In unlisted business, Kiwis have been bundled out for 192 and India will make sure it has one overseas win in its belt this time after a thorough bashing in all forms of the gamme. RCBs fortunes will be interesting to follow in the IPL with 4 marquee players and none of the local stars like Manish Pandey and Karun Nair.(TOI Blr) Lankans were ignored for an English Summer. Faf du Plessis went back to Chennai as the Gurunath investigation proceeds. Ben Hilfenhaus, will be the likely winner in relatively new entrants this year with TV Networks and Captains working towards the same objectives, Beuran Hendricks winning the Owners’ curse taking in another quality seamer. Dravid shaking down Nathan Coulter’s bid agst Delhi. The list on cricket next atill includes only CSK rosters, duh!

KKR had some money left over too after picking Manish and Debabrata (Ist Round Mitchell Johnson) while Kings XI and The Royals probably walked off , purses safe from prying eyes. This time, even as Shikhar Dhawan is down under, Sehwag bats for Punjab who have Shaun Marsh. KKR got most of the RCB slough offs after the  Fished Fisher dug himself out 

Royals kept Watson, Binny and Rahane, while Mumbai bid in Corey Andersen, Hussey and the Zed.

India Morning Report: Agricultural subsidies are a Global Constant, bullish trend remains

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Sugar Export markets ar unlikely to ruffle any other segment of the market as the issue of agricultural subsidies was settled for good in the latest renewals by Asia and EMs led by India and continuing noise on farm subsidies are likely to be brushed off by most including customers of Indian sugar. The government has approved a INR 3.3K subsidy for 4 mln tonnes of Exports of sugar in February and March.

Of course, India’s battle with Export competitiveness is past most winnable battles and we are just increasing our tendency to be a worthless ( in terms of premium) commodity exporter, as is the wont of most resource Economies as well with far more disastrous Economic consequences like Brazil and Indonesia.

India will never be confused with the likes of the same despite setting at 4.5% and 4.9% growth in two consecutive years of GDP growth and a 25% decline in currency repeated twice in a block of 10 years, a far mitigating circumstance than Brazil or Turkey’s Economic history and one could have also included China in that list but for the almost independence of policy and execution in a democratic form of government.

India equities maintain a bullish trend ( to 6100) as a cognition of far reaching reforms did barely enough to pick outstanding dozen or so large Cap companies, usually more than enough for any broad market to survive.  The missing depth cannot come overnight and Investors are more than satisfied with the new crop of 2010 IPOs in the Consumer sector including Thomas Cook now dealt with, and Page and LL continuing older trends. That also means scrips like ttk , Titan and others that do not represent the broader market will not recover interest and those with very wide off the mark correlations to sectoral growth will not be propped up despite weak governance and order book issues at L&T and BHEL. Crompton Greaves trade is likely to sustain as the Investments and Capital Expenditure segments of the GDP stay in focus.

The Rupee started early yesterday catching the advantage of depth and domestic markets back to the Indian Debt and Equity capital markets, as a US long term bond auction also registered a new faith in reduced tapering promised by the Fed, allowing Global investors following the risk money to come in without the wait and watch chip reducing their participation

Citi is betting this will transpire in India having come out on the CAD front after extended delays and qualifying others dependence on Foreign debt skewing the CAD dependence factor, however it likely to be secular Dollar dependence worries for such resource Economies which will again qualify India ahead of the “EM Basket” and China as well in this year, though on a smaller order of magnitude of FDI flows.

I would also think the Tata Motors bull trade is vulnerable to falling off sooner. However, immediately Cipla’s results have extended the trade in both Hero and Tata Motors apart from individual stockpicking decisions.Cipla reported margins that are 600 basis points lower.

India Morning Report: Tata Motors rebound, Markets still headed for 6100

The rally  in Tata Motors has been on and yes we would still be advocating fresh shorts on the stock. A bonanza in Tata Motors on JLR gaining strength remains the story of the day, with no news on bank licenses. Anand Sinha apparently is staying on till April just to ensure things are not done in a tearing hurry and news from yesterday’s session is awaited.

JP Associates apparently been in a two stock portfolio with Tata Motors, dropping precipitously even as Bank Nifty starts the day at 10250. Results from Dhanlakshmi Bank were not good. ENIL(Radio Mirchi) encouraging and TV18/Raghav Bahl also encouraging

JP Associates apparently could not manage earnings expectations well, leaving doubts if there is more to come inn pressure on the bottomline

Bajaj Auto is up and PNB is holding 550. Crude prices seem to have been exceptionally buoyant on the sly and a good bit of short is coming in Oil futures. The markets are still headed north as broader Bear strategies continue to create space for buying in the selected folios. Sun Pharma seems to be good for being on the buy list even at 624 levels. MCX and CFTC in the meantime cannot do enough to bring confidence back in the largest asset trades

IDFC and YES are as  good as Cipla, Lupin with Glenmark and Cadila  making a complete portfolio. Longs in SBI need to continue to be careful. Shorts in Kotak remain exclusive in the banking sector holes. Jyothy’s EXO round seems to be on a dho daala spree.

NMDC raised sales (37%) and profits, 20% on iron ore comeback

Sells on Bharti Airtel are going to be sad fails at  303 levels with the stock likely making new support at the worst at 295-98 levels Buys on IGL are not exuberance based alone and shorts are ill advised

ET Now’s suspect list for the Daily show remains ‘Pakau’ and uninspiring relying on Mitesh and Ashwini ( Bear Mama?) . CNBC 18’s Top 10 feature at 8 am is a great show.

HDFC Bank is in the middle of its 600-680 range and ICICI Bank well priced around 970 levels before index action takes up one or both the stocks. Pfaff on the winner’s curse is not going to make the real price degradation in the retail Telecom market go away. Telecom and Aviation have historically proved unprofitable with volume players shutting out sustainable pricing windows and Reliance JIO is again going to score the walls with ugly graffiti for the search for BOP without profits

India Morning Report: IT’s missing pizzazz, Auro Pharma strikes Cymbalta gold

Courtesy: BioSpectrum Asia

While the markets renew interest on Friday to get ready for the battle of wits at 6100-6150 levels, Banknifty has moved into gear with good boy PNB ceding its additional upside from 550 levels and SBI continuing down near cracking below 1500. Private Banks see Kotak going down too with Marico and Godrej losing the barely viable Western(Maha/Goa) branding attempts , consumers rejecting being shortchanged as a way of life. That leaves both ICICI Bank andHDFC Bank with YES and probably Axis but for its NPA woes. Aurobindo Pharma’s wins were mostly likely for the gains in Cymbalta and that’s a big molecule to crack.

The Foreign investors however bite into its market pie despite a 10% indicated gain at the open. Jubilant Life is also returning 3% at the open. In Banks, as desired by the broader markets BOB and BOI have also been shucked out, though the turn of events has apparently got Ashwini and proprietary traders’ older generations into a tizzy in the markets proactively readying themselves for a blood bath monday

Bullish picks in YES Bank, ITC  and Bharti continue to plough open interest as short interest is extinguished in droves before a new bite. Shorts were down 10% in REC even as PFC stole the limelight with great scores , unfortunately pushing the Powergrid story to the back. The Power and other infrastructure stories thus remain orphaned by the impracticality of raising larger equity or single entity debt for the mega project financing requirements of India Inc and specialist Finance like IDFC instead gets more important not less.

PNB remains a buy, Axis will probably continue down with BOI, BOB and grandpa SBI. The correction in Power Finance is probably understandable after the big gains overnight. Ambit Capital again agrees with us on the rate cuts remaining in RGR’s coat pockets to conjure due braking for the inflation express.

Bajaj Auto is back again but pairs would require new designs probably mixing Tata Motors into the trade as Hero exits a long term bear view on the stock. The Bajaj Auto story as pioneer however, much awaited by shortchanged Western region industry, is definitely back with a bang along with banks, with performers in banks waiting to be rewarding after marginalising of the Foreign banks in the Business and Consumer sectors

MNC Pharma will probably get into this rally for more than spectator gallery participation. The Infotech trade is unlikely to be back though opportunity for shorts in the sector or on the flip side for cadgy immature ET reporting in print is probably extinguished (opportunity)

Spectrum auctions, unlike reported yesterday have indeed turned out to be an exercise in budget restraint , bidding well for the Indian Telecom sector as Vodafone returns as a 100% owned business. Total Bids have still brought in the desired INR 500 Bln per budget targets and it was a big ask to have completed successfully with the prudence now reflecting in Telco strategies necessitating the delays in the process where Government was on the verge of bankrupting telcos with its greed.

The Gas companies will be on the good side whatever happens on Monday and some bad boys like Jet Airways have probably bottomed out while midcaps like Talwalkars, Prestige, LL and Page continue without breaking even as Pizzas break speed with Pizza Hut taking back 30% growth on completion of capex spends in new restaurants.

Thomas Cook and Sterling remain a bad story post merger with lots of work to do including printing restated financials, probably still required once the combined operations on board. The IT clawback is a temporary mirage and the sector should be avoirobably hiring plans will be postponed again as the Visa sanctions come back owith immigration reforms on tap in the US

If indeed Bear on Monday , one should retreat into Auto and stay invested in quality stocks identified here over the last year

In other unlisted business, Twitter results serve as warning to those assuming bigger volume pies from the SMAC crowd, the social space inherently low value except for big advertisers and Corporate Business with Facebook and Linkedin

Look ahead to a grand theater attraction as Disney’s Frozen takes the world by storm and ESPN after global success proceeds with better redefinition in India as well. Time for someone to get another update from Aubon pain and the QSR ilk?

The rupee is trading consecutively improved levels at 62.30 and yields are still hoping to cross 9% apparently though if we start angling for ECB debt we could score tighter spreads and renewed growth could indeed be aan easy story again for India Inc

India Morning Report: There is no hope trade in sight

But I’d say keep accumulating as the indices break through a critical 6000 mark. Many blue chips, like in global markets offer extreme value in buys even as the speculative trade fails to take off on a delayed recovery.  Gujarat’s downfall over the small matter of a receding poverty line not helping the cause of the markets rich BJP is a puerile coincidence for the markets, but correspondingly there is no Congress faction left in the markets to buno the tanabana, Markets selling the stable BJP proposition backing out for an increased negative momentum(undesirably sharp)  on the downward side

The IT trade coming into profit taking for the almost first time except for a pre results redenomination, there ae buyers out there who are ok with the premium on Infy to a low 3475 market price and HCL Tech is good for a move of Rs 100 or more. Thus if all sectors move together like the Tuesday open, markets could see almost unheard of hlevels receding to 2012 levels no longer required by the New Dolla r prices. That also means these exits will cascade the Rupee even as it holds at 62.50 to 63 levels , that being a new fresh level for the currency. However it is still possible that with DIIs coming back as markets sell off that the gradual sell off can indeed turnaround and complete the prophesied ( by certan others , also old hands) pre election rally in India. The sell trade on ITC will likely never exit 290 levels an such picks abound with limited downside even in the correction which will confuse buyers into making losing commitments so a wait and watch is necessary. F&O markets return back to index only specials and i the downmove is to be arrested by Vols at 14 this will be a small enough move, but that is unlikely leaving vols (India Vix) ranging between 14 and 16 till the first buyers return whence new VIX levels would only see increasing volatility

However as we were stock specific going up and DIIs look for bargains to pick up pieces, there are gaps in how the markets will rebuild momentum most buyers holding on to prior 2013 selections including the new Aurobindo and Sun Pharma trades( a great defensive for mopping up your prop liquidity) in IDFC at 90, ICICI Bank almost ready at 930 levels ( the next levels are around 871), Yes Bank ( bottom at 267 will likely not reach the same so accumulating should be ready  – like a dark pool premium),  Bajaj Auto, ITC, Bharti and no – not ttk and titan currently as there is much more going down in that specific market despite the penchant of the self funded margin traders in our domestic brokerages like Angel, SMC and Centrum including the overlap with commodities wealth accounts. There will be no dlf trade north, none in Jubilant foods, titan or ttk and none in HDIL or unitech much later. Axis Bank’s orphaned again being misused in the prior rallies, leaving nay of the F&O speculators heading there at great risk from those targeting their brand of stupidity after getting on the right investments. Trading as a game may try not to suffer though sharp bear phases and quick bull recoveries are not ruled out with brokers and traders living the cricket dictum of well left alone even for great value picks in Midcaps The trades are mostly in Spreads, Bear spreads in your choice made by buying Puts at the just OTM (ATM-OTM>= 0) and selling a lower put to part fund the trade. Bull spreads, which wold be due n a couple of weeks, go bought Call just OTM (ITM-OTM>=0) which reflects better liquidity as well and thus better premiums, and partly funded by distant OTM Calls ( nly one or two will have  tested and liquid quotes where you do not pay excess liquidity spreads)

 

India Morning Report: Markets listless orphaned by a Superbowl

Superbowl sold tickets for cheap in the snow

Asian Markets are closed today and lack of Foreign investor interest on Monday Morning leaves an India open totally listless at 6100 levels and falling again, struggling after a brief respite at 6050 last week. IDFC results were inconsequential along expected lines with no fresh disbursements in this financial year but the stock has only upside left at 93 levels where it closed last week post results as it remains the only empowered player not dependent on infra approvals and a fresh book of loans in the pipe likely. Loans continued to make a better ratio of all NII at the Bank as spreads showed up resilient despite a bad interest rate environment in the nine month period reported.  Retail interest aside, the stock will remain on Institutional buy lists for time to come. It’s large provisions also make it a great equity investment with the Provisions unlikely to be called and can always be reduced prudently. Non interest income remains slave to PE principal and proprietary trading business

The Rupee starts the weak on such rumors where the deciding NDF market actually feeding on the panic mindset in low trading volumes and the onshore markets trade down but only for the morning after as the Superbowl even that draws a 200 mln audience in the US and around the world has ended minutes ago and investors will be back to a market fairly under priced by the recent pitai (hustle-bustle/buffeting not to be confused with the sage of Omaha’s investing interest)  Bank Rate will remain higher for the majority of 2014 , the prospect of rate cuts being pushed back and there being no prospects of improved transmission of monetary policy with yields pushing for higher dollar depreciation despite the RBI efforts to clamp liquidity which has time and again proved more amenable to intuitive policy than a counter intuitive rate hike move to tackle measures outside Central Bank policy. However corporates borrowing in ECB might actually be able to break the ice in terms of getting older level low rates and break the impasse eventually with increased investments (starting to flow in consumption sectors) and RBI , maintaining a new inflation hawk stance would likely have to hike rats further after the 200 Marginal channel cation and announce a veritable change in stance on rates first.

REC had started up Friday and Powergrid should join in after mi d-day if the sentiment indeed looks up. The Equity rally in the Global Markets hit a big snag in January and that is holding markets back awaiting  a confirmation of investor interest with FDI having exited Emerging markets like Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and Indonesia in a hurry with Turkey coming in midweek last to raise rates by 4% to near 12%. Goldman Sachs is in trouble again having started their own EM investments in losses having chosen MINT’s obfuscated markets and a deep and dead in the water China over India’s liquidity given the cross winds. The Rand(South Africa)  also closed above 11 to the Dollar for the first time in January.

However Emerging markets sentiment is likely to get into it in a couple of quarters from here and India will remain one of the best performing destinations having been unaffected in the post taper trade in January if it maintains 6100 levels or at least stays above 6000 levels

PNB scored great results having come in counter cyclically on raising provisions in a known strategy and NPAs under control in a rapidly deteriorating market sentiment for Banks shoring up investors to its ferry/rafters and trades 10% higher at 550 levels still a strong buy. Banknifty starts the week near a low at 10150 and is good for the trade up but one should be watchful with ugly quotes (in both the 10000 and 10500 series) in the bid auction market still holding an initiating trader to ransom with option writers playing ultra safe.

IT stocks are still overbought and Infy should retrace 3600 levels and even TCS should come down to realistic levels (but already at 2200 levels) as the IT/Outsourcing axis is not coming out as the GDP’s saviour this time either. Volatility levels are hardly material at 16 in the current rally agains 14 in the previous segment in December ’13

Energy stocks should start the climb back as and when markets stabilise, GAIL having  started the year smartly. Glenmark and Cipla/Lupin lead the Pharma rally that continues despite an ugly breakdown in Ranbaxy and Sun Pharma. We still do not believe in a robust Arvind Ltd comeback on USPA and other new limited franchises inroduced by the team since 2011. Tata Global Beverages remains a hold but the magic is still in 100% go it alone investments in India ( which are still a far cry from the carte blanche leading to exchange rate breakdowns in LatAm and SE Asia in recent EM history) Aurobindo Pharma on results and Lupin on announcements today provide good portolio picks along with Glenmark which has only $500 mln in overseas debt and among companies tapping a continuing generic opportunity in 2014 with a new pipeline

Interest in the IPL in the meantime continues strong esp evincing interest from global players in the playing XI and a fresh re-auction for all the 8 franchises picking up steam soon after the spectrum auction closes. ING and OBC related good Q3 tales as were also employing covering strategies but have not started lending/stopped losing on NPAs. Yes Bank may not fall back to 280 levels and accumulation is advised at current 300 levels. The BOI /BOB story broke down in January itself as we foretold with both banks still addding NPAs in droves. ICICI Bank’s INR 45 Bln ( including INR 30 Bln pie in restructuring) included the bank can survive the pressures with relative ease having also been proactive on definitions than the PSU penchant for playing it by the ear and losing continuously losing investor confidence and investor money as far as its favorite proprietary traders are concerned who lose another constituency in an unplanned bull attack with construction stocks Dlf and unitech still in a free fall after the ill advised run

Energy Markets react positively Midday

Gas stocks reacted positively as Petronet LNG produce became free to sell to industrial users and IGL and other domestic distributors esp IGL getting commitments to cheaper Domestic LNG in the new pricing regime. This also means domestic CNG in all markets including Mumbai where already 100% domestic gas was supplied prices of CNG and PNG were reduced by 30% and 20% while increasing IGL margins. Petronet imports LNG and will no longer be getting custom from IGL which Delhi used upto 33% imported gas

The move was a n expected one with a new Minister coming back (Moily ) in a sensitive election year . Moily is also expected to facilitate large project clearances with changes at th e Ministry of Environment (EPA Act bottlenecks)

GAIL shares the good news as renewed pressures on its subsidy costs will likely subside as it supplies to city gas companies and others at new revised rates and the policy is deemed stable after LPG quotas to residences have increased to 12 cylinders per year and gas TX likely to increase volumes with good results reported Thursday

India Morning Report: Expiry, Policy jump, Vettel at Airtel and a difference between Ukraine, Turkey and India

sinbadThe overnight return of the Emerging Markets this morning in ASia was none helped along by continuing waiting for news on the Taper Wednesday but India’s own policy will be stable, stoic and yet enough to motivate the markets ith the Banknifty at 10,500 laying the grounds for a bull trap that might finally work after ages.

Bears got the markets at 6200 again, the fall below 6170 precipitated mostly by Rollover computations in jeopardy. Maruti’s lookahead to today’s earnings may have helped but we think that performance remains sub par and there is more yen volatility on the horizon, trades continuing from 100 or stronger levels on the Yen back to the original 110 target for the year. The GDP forecast in today’s published review has barely any chance to score to 4% in April let alone any number RBI may still hope for in the policy. Banks should continue expanding NIMs despite the HFS effect loaded in Q4/H2 with easy liquidity and yields stuck in almost non-existent liquidity cuts which continue to be required for the same reason.

Indian Exports have inched close to the $325 Bln target and definitely do not need additional level punched in by hot money or market sponsoring of IT non-performance as the new India peak. The markets will thus expire at higher levels after running to close to 6300 again if not higher, the momentum on the positive side jumped by crossing over 6200 and 6250 levels. Volatility barely hit 19 yesterday and ‘proprietary’  longs in the eternal ghouls of  shucked out old fabric like DLF, JP Power, HDIL and Ranbaxy and Apollo Tyre showed up with more than 10% cuts in OI in each easy pickings for daily bears when a brief surge in panic put paid to a lot of outstanding long trades on Monday

Idea’s ARPU score improved to 169 again ( been a little volatile since 2009 including the last 5 recovering quarters) and es I do believe the full margined Indiabulls is close to being the scum that plays the hurt wheat in a festival of crushing chaff just in 6 hours and some few of trading.

Thankfully, including HSBC there are still a few advisors and boutique investors left out there that already under stand a difference between India and the Turkeys, Ukraines and even the Rand trades of South Africa.  Mexico’s recovery again is being clubbed with a fully private island (economically) of Thailand and that probably means the depth there is much weaker as most EM investors stay fully stunk in China, Russia and even Brazil. A glaring difference in most is the ease with which investors engender volatility in the Economy, Japan and India resilient to the charm

Tata Motors’ tailspin could continue as there are barely any reasons including Ralf X’s designer JLR bets for buying and investing in the stock. Tata Steel seems to have run out again waiting for the jump back in metals for further gains in Steel, which could steel ( silly, naive me) if construction in infrastructure picks up or being confused with a residential construction and auto slump  that is also extending the slump in Cement and other manufaturing bets, closer to a deflation in the core than one might think ( seriously just preppy talk)

Glenmark is up 10% from its recent all-time lows at 500 and GAIL shows a lot of promise. Today’s trades have finally rewarded IDFC and not beat it down with the Jhabla trades in chicanery beat down in a half day yesterday morning in Unitech and DLF

I respect both above for example but only when thy are near creating performance  and they definitely are not quasi- bets in private infrastructure holding on to an inelastic line created by their pricing power and always illiquid markets despite a surfeit of available built up real estate. Aswini as usual back in the morning with a straight face after recomending bear trades n BTST at closing yesterday but 6135 was certainly out of whack yesterday itself and markets did refuse to move north at closing despite every reason.

Gopal Vittal gets anointed as CEO and MD at Bharti Airtel and Formula 1 season is not so far away. Students and Analysts at work should not follow the woefully fashy and flashy titling on the report.

India Morning Report: 6250 again, naturally! O-O O-O

Asian markets do tick down slightly probably because of no Commerce in the financial sector as US markets are closed.

Even without anything much happening locally, The Chinese GDP underperformance at 7.7% was unlikely to be the markets’ concern here our export markets in China safe and the 9.6% production improvement and signs of bullish trades in Copper and other metals. India’s 6% forecast is hopelessly over optimistic and thanks to the networks avoiding the entire China update the fact of FDI non interest is unlikely to bear on market sentiment, and today, and in all 2014, this is a good thing! WPI hit a sharp floor at 6.1% and may breach much lower lewels with core inflation already below 2% Core inflation was basically flat.

In the midst of results season, the positive surprise markets did not expect and despite attempts will continue to be marginalized, is Wipro’s back to back second quarter of gains of 27% on year on profits but F&O markets are trading that and the last weeks IT news pretty feverishly /robustly. However, this interest is mostly maintaining shadows of activity while the Bank stocks get reassessed yet again. The realization that Markets were going to hold 6250 was all too evident in the one way candle of Friday, the 6 hours of sloping down, accelerating wantonly almost after 1430 hrs to achieve 6250 marks

Interestingly, a well-developed hedge fun industry would certainly have seen a short strategy for IT esp on WIPRO from some entrepreneurial trader after this bout of strong results, esp with WIPRO tempting fate and unlikely to beat history ( like Morgan Stanley did, Friday night)

Bajaj Auto and IDFC are my longs this week and will probably score very high as new funds enter the market and get earmarked to the new universe of stocks added in the buy lists ( ET’s Volume breakout series is a helpful ready reckoner, but I doubt you’ll easily find those mix tapes /snips on the ET Now carousel. Go figure)

Actavis may be a strong boost for Aurobindo with almost $8 in earnings in the last four quarters. However Aurobindo is buying its European operations with a EV of $1 Bln apparently ( $320 mln in annual sales) and obviously an easy divestment for ACT and the news has seen a $14 or 8% jump in the week’s trading in the US. After hours trading added $2 on the news . The synergies come from the operations tie -up with the 200 strong pipeline at Actavis

Gold’s busy start in this year’s trades, enthuse Indians but they have traded less of the metal under clampdown driving prices down in 2013 and the story is likely to repeat from a higher watermark below 30,000 this week

Comm stocks lead the indices back after a quick crash mid week on ticker news. Isn’t Debt trading news looming from the Central Bank?  Meanwhile if IRFs had been actively traded the rates started the great slide from 8.8% levels and would probably close  a 100 bp lower in due course whence RBI will return to relaxing the 7.5% Reporate ( excluding the 7.75% last tick forced on by the new Governor) Floating Funds would have a few investors more and any survivors of regulations may have new FMPs to this sector, but will likely be late again. Meanwhile the 10 year can well trade below 8.5% this week.

Energy stocks looked good for this week as well, but it seems there is a new LPG subsidy likely on the ticker for them. Kotak and a host of mid-caps report tomorrow and Dabur and M&M(Fin) follow HDFC with Biocon also reporting on Wednesday.

Midcap indices will probably harness a lot of gains in the week, none of them ready for a harvest of Sell on news tomorrow or Wednesday Avoid the L&T trade tomorrow unless you are fairly clued in to a tepid results expectation in the market

Edelweiss also reports Friday but the crown in the jewel should be Glenmark, that has already up since last week from 500 levels

India Morning Report: Why exactly is IOC available so cheaply?

Of course, Infy will lead the bullish breakout on the Index, and the profit prognosis again at a Cons INR 28.75 Bln is much more to look forward to than the Cons Revenues of INR 130 Bln but the dip in Revenue growth , braked to 0.5% on Q2 Dollar data is still probably excusable. The jump from Infy to the Earnings season that starts in earnest next week.

However, IOC is as expected delayed on the divestment news but mainly because the Oil ministry got the fangs to file a dissent note as the Energy co’s price has slumped to lower than 200 (on the average of prev 6 month closing prices) There are many benefits to divestment and in fact a bargain such as IOC at these prices would be an investor bonanza par extraordinaire. BPCL (up 7%) and HPCL(up 3% probably) gain on the news of the delay but the question to who are the agencies involved in muting the price performance of India’s best navratna after ONGC remains important to answer unfortunately for the BJP fueled markets and the outgoing Congress government

The Delhi Power audit will also ensnare Relinfra as it owns 2 out of 3 Delhi Power distcos with more than 30 mln subscribers and three-quarters of the Peak Demand. Delhi takes in a huge 7.5GW of Power Capacity of the installed 130 GW nationally but the share is much larger in utilised Power capacity

The Pharma companies, the other beneficiary of India’s global largess in currency trading, will also be busy making aggressive deals in the US Pharma market while rejuvenating their domestic Pharma businesses, with Torrent and Auro completing deals this quarter in Elder (domestic) and Celon.  Lupin delivered another USFDA win along expected lines with Twynsta generic being allowed to both Lupin and Torrent. Fresh buying is impossible even in Lupin, Cadila ( 850-1350 nah?)

The market is not really ranged and while Infy may not be able to envelop all India expectations ever again at the start of the results season, it still clears most markers impeding a new rally post earnings. Bank earnings deliver the second infusion of realistic optimism on India Inc in a few days when the upward edges of the range are exected to stand up to better levels. Meanwhile Infy should crawl to the top of its 3400-3650 range benefitting the rare speculator who punted positively for them , most having to square out written calls, even as the markets face resistance offered by such shorts and Infy sets the grounds for more positive surprises down the line with NRN back at the helm. The changes in the Executive would be the easiest to explain.

A problem of plenty as I use images from Google with the syndicated image burner feed disappearing from WP?? 😉

The RBI governor would be probably hoping that the month end policy becomes a non-event considering the positive mpact just from holding rates and the challenges from inflation growing by his side. BofA’s Axis Bank ugrade may still be too little and too late as Axis battles NPA spam with PNB , counted for its days with the PSU crowd

Indices should not see a meltdown thus at 6150 and you should get one bang out of the score if you sell 6100 Puts getting cheaper by the minute at the open and even 6200 ones. If you cover them do cover them with buys in the OTM range(buy) at 6700 ( assuming 6500 in  a close future top of the market ) The bottom of the index range should thus become more volatile funding the shorts glued in to the market bearing down for over 6 weeks now but they will probably tire out this time, Vol allowing a long-range upside on its own nevertheless as India VIX continues to ride low on a stuck to the tea leaves recovery, which will still trend higher and not lower like in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy-New-Year-2014-HD-Wallpaper

 

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

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

 

India Morning Report: Another US FDA bird hit, US GDP caught with high inventories, Markets broadening base

World map showing GDP real growth rates for 20...
World map showing GDP real growth rates for 2010. CIA world factbook estimateshttps://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2003rank.html as of Januay 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jubilant Life got another US FDA warning taking it closer to the brink though the numbers in the same year (two) may not suggest deepening of in its case a contract manufacturing problem and the plant is located in the USA

 

In the meantime a flat market keeps its promises to the India VIX after a big ‘corrective’ rally yesterday bringing the bull trend forth to another dead in the water lay up at 6250. The US GDP report yesterday was the second successive sub 2% score with inventories taking it to 2.4% in September(for June 2013)  with a 0.4% contribution and 3.6% in December estimates counting 1.8% from inventories in the September quarter. More on the US markets impact ahead of the all important Jobs report at advantages.us

 

Asia and US trends will be the next to break correlation with the India equities, that have corrected most other vulnerabilities with continuing inflows and a 100% vote on chances of a recovery from here. Rate hikes also are behind insular shield for this market as are even coalition credentials despite the markets correlating this BJP win with a bullish market’s highest scores. 6000 levels offer almost single digit index PE within the year and Energy and Metals are ready to support a bigger sustained rally momentum while Bank Nifty seems to be discriminating between the riht banks and the wrong banks without the markets showing strains of very few good stocks as FMCG and Pharma also continue to have backers and brownfield FDI regulations have been recently firmed up while Pfizer and Wyeth merger in India puts more domestic competition on the cards. The first good sized shorts on HCL have appeared even as the Rupee remains ranged at 61-62 levels unnerved by the non story of steps for a fiscal deficit bridge, which from Reagan’s days seems to be again left to the market performance to cover, all expenses being important and budget cuts or clampdowns signs of ceding to another government

 

CLSA remains on the losing side with a seat on the fence and to us a tell-tale indicator is preferring Hero over Bajaj in these market conditions, most such investors and commentators that still prefer the Hero stock preferring to see themselves as waiting it out

 

Powergrid remains open for a great investment opportunity for retail. Just Dial ‘s great success will definitely rejuvenate stories like Prestige, Jubilant (Dominos’ India being its second largest market globally beating the UK) , Talwalkars and even Prestige which remained in most buy lists during the period when Jubliant was still seen as over valued

 

The Power NBFCs remain another isle of prosperity in the compromise between various market factions (opinions, nothing sinister) and with Bank lending revival meaning better traction for NBFCs and banks with distribution power, the banking and financial services sector may offer investors willing to jump in without waiting for decisions like New Bank Licences or overtly waylaid by the habitual topping up of PSU coffers by the government admittedly on time despite H2 pressures on the Expenditure side as it revises its divestment targets upward. India’s GDP reports had good signs with Electricity and GAs picking up 8% in Q2

 

PFC, REC, ITC, Bharti, IDFC and LIC (Housing) remain thus the favorite weekly and positional trade picks.  As mentioned sometimes earlier, Traders on the networks (Network analysts) have cornered on trader specfic plays that seem to be any good company will do kind of trades powered by ‘old hands’ but we do not have expectations from trades in USL, TVS, ttk , Wipro, L&T or BHEL at these levels. We would also prefer SBI get derated before it damages market expectations in sweeping strokes with its abysmal performance bells ahead in the next two quarters or even more. Adani is back in play with all the Adani stocks including ADANIENT, Adani Power and other

 

JP associates is a little silent as has become customary after the first lead of any new trend rally since 2008 but infracos look like getting back in the game hopefully enough for leveraged promoters to exit at fair value else the same can truly damage the markets later. I am not sure if trades in Siemens and HDFC (not the bank) are ready to dial in but Tech Mahindra would be a conviction SELL and i would not touch KPIT and Persistent but they seem to be ready for a big swing up

 

Oil prices will follow Gold’s euphoric comeback into the upper sphere where it starts hurting the Indi story soon, but may again remain weak because of the overall commodities cycle as Europe leads the way down and the Chinese recovery may yet again be short-lived without export markets, which also caps Indian exports in Copper Silver and non-agri commodities.

 

Cipla and Lupin would be good trades on the long side.

 

Futures and Options continue to see volatility trades in straddles ( Buy Put and Call on the same strikes ) but the Nifty seems to be giving strangles ( not Vol sells traditionally but profitable in a flat market) an equal premium so those not in the inner ring or actively monitoring terminals should  wait for better levels in the Banknifty series before jumping or sell Puts at 6100-6200 levels on the Nifty

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

India Morning Report: A GDP score of 4.8%, financial services up, tourism fading?, The Jet Etihad minority opinion(onion?)

Monsoon Clouds
Monsoon Clouds (Photo credit: Intrepid wanderer)

The GDP report was an easy one with Industrial production no longer  a riddle but  a low 2% still below potential as manufacturing remains muted. Services sector GDP could have been above 7% led by the revival in Banking and Financial Services and hence lending, however it was not just Hospitality sector, which is going thru a low in line with a Global slowdown, but also in Community and Personal & Social services that the GDP for the sector and thence the overall report was muted. Mining and Agriculture have recovered though expectations were probably higher in market watchers. Gold price for example have not really fallen from $1240 levels, supporting their way of a Hindu rate of growth/recovery like old days and furrowing my eyebrows while assessing if the recovery has indeed begun can actually remain muted after the 6 months markets are willing to wait

While utilities also jumped back , both Financial services and Utilities (Elect. & Gas) coming back to near double digit scores for Q2 FY14, the Community services cut could point to further pressure from Government spending coming down. The HSBC PMI for November has returned to a positive 51 ( 10.30 AM update)

Budgets for NREGA and other Welfare schemes have been cut with a reduction of INR 100 Bln in the rural development ministry and INR 50 Bln in the Ministry for  Human Capital but the current Fiscal Deficit target of INR 5.45 Trillion (Rupees Lakh Crores) has already been spent to 84% of the target in the Fiscal period from April to October, leaving the last four months exceptionally painful, even as public spending is up to nearly 30% more than the Planning Commission contributions in the budget or INR 600 Bln with the October deficit itself at INR 300 Bln.

While India’s Capex companies look outside India for elusive new orders, (L&T/BHEL) welfare spending will now taper off if deficit is to be reined in even as Electoral spending profligate and wilful, takes over for political equations that remain murky and public spats making the BJP/JD/Congress campaign closest to spaghetti /cesspools more recently associated with Banana republics/Southern partners in Euro(pe)

 However, with other reasons seen as impacting Banking profits the well timed thrust for Banking stocks is weaker this morning and the 6350 target itself may remain an elusive slow mountain but shorts also have time to mull and wait. A word of caution that might have filtered through earlier from us, the sector substitutes chosen , except for Crompton Greaves /Greaves Cotton ( just maybe!) remain almost as wild an imagination as 20 years ago when FII franchises and brokerages had  a hard time keeping the India story transparent or represented in Listed stocks

Markets might consider moving back after the news is traded to 6250 levels (GDP at 4.8%) further expectations of an even better Agri GDP cannot be relied upon but the India investment story rekindled in the post June rally is safe and thriving though on lower volumes till January and may not even engender a big jump back in the Rupee from 62 levels, waiting for the Q3 / December earnings season after Bonuses have been announced /distributed in MNC India

A jump trade in Private Banks incl ICICI Bank and YES Bank is probable in the afternoon, the other option being stronger infracos and we sill do not think Dabur and Marico can replace ITC and Bharti though HUL is on the other side of the trend as an almost defensive again with core inflation in control from the GDP arguments above and pricing power in retail extending to domestic pharma as well before the quintessential control from Government pushes its way in. Wonderfully, the Diesel decontrol is moving on nicely without a break as Diesel prices close up to 60 levels and the Oil ill discussions for this fiscal are probably over leaving the Energy companies in cahoots with the Metals on the strongly bullish stocks led by Tata Steel. Tata Motors and Maruti attempts to breakthrough last week, will be the genesis of the immediate correction(in consonance with Mitesh Thakkar , ETNOW)

The Jaswant Thada mausoleum in Jodhpur, Rajast...
The Jaswant Thada mausoleum in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India in the early morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Idea may also benefit from the weaker spectrum prices as the government strengthens its revenue shortfalls with the Powergrid mega FPO going online tomorrow.

USD remains weaker, making bears at UBS and CLSA a worried lot ( if they have actually ut any money into biting the Rupee on their pessimistic prognostications) and Crude at its lowest has fully enjoyed the Rupee weakness, turning to 6000 at similar levels when it battled 4500 a quarter ago. So who is going to the first dozen to really move into rural, assuming the first three slots are HDFC Banks and the Automobile Finance companies that started in 2009? Yields may dip below 8.5% to the final top of this rally before stabilising around Governor’s further refinment of the maintenance policy for FY14 and FY15 as recovery is awaited

CCI okays Jet Etihad Deal

A lovely informed review of the Jet Etihad deal, on our favorite The Firm (CNBC) and other forums shows the combinations Commish, Anurag Goyal left in the lurch as the CCI went to great lengths to ignore trouble brewing from the deal. After the deal, Jet keeps 50% of share in flights from Delhi to Abu Dhabi and 55% from Mumbai while its dropping of Dubai means big trouble in the sector flying from Kochi/Trivandrum to Dubai where it had a 69% share. The Majority opinion assumes a 2 hour reach criteria to assume a single market across Abu Dhabi , Dubai and Sharjah, showing th limitations of  20 years of hyper growth having left in official mindsets especially as such ‘arcane’ topics are probably not as interesting a conversation in Delhi and Mumbai despite the attempt a t modernity

Road to the Monsoon
Road to the Monsoon (Photo credit: Karthick Makka)

India Morning Report: The “growth-inflation dynamic” is getting flustered by the rates

English: The Classic view of Saving & Investment.
English: The Classic view of Saving & Investment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the equity markets are back from 6000 levels making up for those missing trading days last week, starting the week at 6150 levels, an ongoing investor conference revealed the likely India bull among banks getting the short trade for not being able to lend in Europe. CLSA Chris Woods asserting that the challenged growth inflation dynamic has not stopped inflows into the country. Similar assertions from Barclays in the morning, who quite track to our Top dozen picks as revealed in the last two-three months (previous trades though in very similar scrips are NOT ACTIVE) underline the fatality of Indian policy as presented to the new generation by Foreign investors coming to India at the bottom of the global cycle.

As we have written before India could well find a way like the Phillips cuve in Keynesian Economics to survive n the high interest Economy, but those waiting for a revival or reveling in China’s continuing misery would have realised by now that India having chosen to jump rates in October is now intractably going to ride up the spiral killing off any motivation for investment growth from the bank rates while the rate differential continues to press on the ECB borrowings and increaase pressure on the deficit. One way we still think, out of this spiral was to learn the importance of holding rates and a HOLD at 7.50% would have done the trick. India’s diagramming in the investment /Savings trade are rather inelastic on loan fund supplies or demand in the main stem however and so growth will go on.

However, in the meantime, WPI has hit 7% and so there will be more rate hikes not impacting the residual growth GDP. Rest of Asia struggles as well with Israel cutting its GDP scored in September to 2% and the Oil economies or Africa the only refuge for high growth dependent Capital businesses. India with or without the Modi-nomists has done precious little to ramp on to the unaided infrastructure growth and is barely getting back to fiscal discipline with ratings still stuck in the 80s mode regardless of reform. The etihad $450 mln + investment in Jet including the 24% stake has taken agan crucial time off the managements available turnaround strip an India Inc is also running out of time stuck at 5% growth levels, now probably locked in till June 2014 without an escape hatch

JP Associates is a prime example of price negotiations being a sordid affair in India, Manoj Gaur doing well to hold on to deals on its Cement plants and others despite the markets probably looking for an even better price on the sale. The rresults showed again continuing growth without improvement in the CEment business. Monssoons good impact on grain and thus any residual impact on lowering inflation is again a sordid wait seeing as it is unlikely to stop the farmers or traders from spiraling up our food prices for the time being. CNBC 18 did a good focus spot on Pharma stocks in the morning, and they are doing well in this cycle, including Cipla and Lupin, the still funding trade stocks and IPCA it seems has rerated to 17-18 PER multiples. I hope they have a new drug or corporate news on the horizon. Again on inflation FinMin so can’t do anything about imroving supply lines for agri in this nation

ITC is finally back up again from 310 levels itself and is a good trade. IDFC is done till the election frenzy despite the Fin Min noise for infracos which unfortunately are still running their family businesses on the margin trade of their own stock. Network commentators have underestimated performance potential in Yes Bank and overestimated it in State Bank. The Maruti trade though is back as the Yen spirals down(up) into the hundreds again for a likely couple of months, taking care of the whole quarter

Automobile expors are doing well again so JAnuary will be quite a celebration of the tough times with Consumer Staples (Non discretionary, food and other FMCG) able to avoid pressures to reduce margins and not pass on input costs.

Last but not the leas, we are not issuing more Buys on Tata Steel but it remains a Biggie on the Buy lists and those deciding to take profits with the Domestic institutions at 380-90 levels will likely be deprived of the real cream on the cone.

India Morning Report: Markets consolidate to new 6350 range/top

Beijing subway
Beijing subway (Photo credit: doubleaf)

 

The IT correction of last week already got used into the 6200 mark as positive results keep positive momentum on global news for the Dollar backing off. As BGI (Blackrock) and Vanguard welcome back funds into Emerging markets US yields and Bond Funds may not get that much investor interest returning and markets like Korea and India should thus be beneficiaries in the ensuing inflows to ‘EMs’

 

Thus ‘uncomplexed’ the flow however is likely to still not be emboldened by the fears of an asset bubble in China as  further improvement of House prices by more than 15 and 16% in Beijing and Shanghai keeps China the easiest target for Hot money flows probably now getting more focus on to its fixed rate currency. Thus an unforeseen window for pressures n the currency though the currency-markets hedge is no longer holding and correlation between equities and currencies will be kept by the broader money flows of whatever magnitude

 

Metals are a good pick for Macquarie which is among the few doubling down on IT post results with the rupee at 61-62

 

YES Bank will likely bring back bigger and better position trades to the Banknifty which is right now sprawled between ‘PSU having been whacked too hard’ strategy and ‘Private banks being the only worth’ bidders who for some reason are getting shorted on ICICI Bank, the bank’s own dealers likely not to blame. ITC and ING Vysya will follow the lead of the banks as most select scrips in portfolios are not adding further positions otherwise except for further small window trades in the delta to the Top from here. Is more discussion on RWA arrangements in India possible because though instruments are merely traditional ones predominantly, Basel III treatment could possibly be more rigorous and Indian Banks are mostly getting a free ride except for the large move to NPAs which is limited to bad quality portfolios.  A Bank promoter for instance recently suggested he has only 3% Tier II Capital and 13-14% Tier I Capital which is true for this particular bank and showcases the thinking on Capital /Leverage in India and the potential for the banks to grow having come thus far in an untapped market and running at 3X the GDP in growth in lending if a little focus is maintained on bank governance

 

HDFC posted a perfect quarter except for the Bank dividend having already been distributed in the First quarter dipping the expected NII to a posted INR 18.14 Bln. The year on year growth is safe and sold loans constitute less than 10% of their outstanding book while still earning the bank 129 basis points. NIMs increase for the institution through the year and the first quarter’s 3.9% increased to 4.1% yesterday(as of September 2013)

 

The news of a fund crunch in Jet Airways or the CBI action thus far proceeding against KM Birla and other industrialists is likely to become the focus of the “Bad India, Dull India” news flow and may merit immediate policy action but overall market participants are well aware of the limitations of policy action from an outgoing government. FIPB was also postponed for day after tomorrow having approved INR 33 Bln worth almost a month ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Energy cos can rise despite Export parity?

Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Pu...
Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity-PPP), per capita, as a function of per capita Toes. Year 2004. Data available online at http://www.iea.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the numbers the Kirit Parikh committee is dealing with. Export parity is going to impact GRMs by $2.30 per barrel. However, other things being the same (KP) we agree with Quant broking that Oilcos are the major drivers apart from the metals in the new bull run as 5750 settles in after F&O unwinding (hopefully). Quant Broking also reminded us of the important fact which markets latched on to in 2005 and forgot in the melee on the Dollar and the depleting growth rates since.

BPCL has managed to keep a very low price to Book multiple I would add that it also has a better cost base though the numbers have to come from a research desk hour. In reserves according to Quant, BPCL scores upto $200 bln in reserves wich allow it to be a god enough for portfolios even as the rush is already on in IOC on the strong Dollar. BPCL is es superior in btter ROI diversification thru available capital and retail distribution not available to IOC

Coal and other weak Corp governance stories keep falling through on easy catches by incoming investors avoiding a bigger standoff not unlike the Vodafone GAAR standoff in the same President’s times. admittedly, India’s unsuitability has become a more understood variable globally. However we stick to the view that it is still a better non OECD destination than any other BRICS or other markets including China and the Turkey s or Russia and Brazil with obvious fiscal holes that cannot be equated to India’s intractable sub 4% minimum

Again one on the flip side finds the idea that Maruti and M&M can thus be sold on the idea of expanding rural markets laughable though HDFC Bank would be a good idea , eve within auto loans if not for its overall rural and small town breadth, even as PSUs continue with their traditional problems.

Real estate inventory levels are scary and the market (working) definition of real estate as a market whose asset prices cannot come down because of along other things costs and commitments already incurred, make asset bubbles a fertile ground for research even here despite a healthy domestic consumption share and lower incidence of flipping with potential for more salaried young upper class buying better homes than anywhere else except China’s metros.

The other is the big solution of the CAD which has suddenly hit the saffron wannabe ET ( probably because it hates FDI in media or being stuck with sick company notices like the rest of the Indian newspapers)

Though the inflow rush is obvious, the lowering of invisibles in the import bill, the imported services, may not be good for the Economy nor a reason to not know India and would take a lot of time to uncover in terms of components and future trends. The traded deficit contributing so well that the Credit Suisse forecasts or others of just $50 Bln deficit including the public planned target of $70 Bln are both scary in their matter-of-fact-ness as well. The coming rush of export growth in the period to March even as Advance tax receipts fall and SME portfolios at SBI hit large NPAs would only disclose more skeletons in India Inc’s cabinet even as one of the world’s deepest Financial markets seems to rely the least on Corporate product for its GDP

The Rupee however, has seemingly bottomed at these weak 62.80-63 levels an may well rise back to 60 when these performance improvements land on the commentary and analysis streams in just a few days after September data becomes available ( Right now Q1 data is being release for GDP and Trade on the consolidated quarter basis)

India Morning Report: Banks earnings, GDP scares markets despite inflows

English: comparative advantage in economics
English: comparative advantage in economics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The longer term investors can finally see the difference between potential and fact in India inc but are unlikely to leave in light of the comparative advantage India still holds, while trading flows may well continue to come back to India at 5900-5950 levels as markets bother with important questions across Bank earnings disaster spilling over to Private Banks despite the unlikeliness of the scenario.

Banks apart, breadth investors except for passive funds and India bulls since nineties are also likely to be worried instead of being enthused by the markets remaining bulls getting shepherded into Pharma and IT which remain defensives but are being listed only for their Rupee Depreciation advantage, and thus not a real page turner for Indiaphiles

The Rupee strength thus breaks correlation from equities and with GDP numbers likely o breach negatively in non agri sectors, the situation for Monday open is also grim as is the PCR rise in the rally till Monday/Tuesday. US yields have come down pretty low yesterday after the GDP announcement. Ambition targets are back in Gold and Silver and retail consumers might even be hoping markets ring the bear in Energy markets and Oil goes below 100, which might erase the questions rought forth by Export parity removing margins for Oil Exploration and Oil marketing Companies

Rupee raging stronger than 62 levels might also see slower additions to NRI Deposits while raining inflows on to 5950 levels was easier for all categories of India attracted offshore investors, QFIs and NRIs

However if markets expect better Auto and consumer sales performances in non durables to shore up immediate performance, then this might well b the end fof the rally. Money is staying in however and Energy and Metals are likely to be th new stars apart from the continuing rlly in Pharma. With Sun Pharma and Glenmark leading from the front today, Cipla and Lupin cannot be far behind and next week will continue this discussion of India’s prospects from much the same levels than breaking below 5800 or such as whatever possible policy measures are enacted , look positive and on eecution rather than playing to the galleries.

At this point another market created distinction may be also worthy of reminding. ICICI Bank  portfolios in loans , retail and commercial are likely as resilient and more than HDFC Bank which is already recognised among winners in the Higher interest rate scenario and the pressure on ICICI Bank may well be just the wishlist of public sector banks and DIIs and margin financed players trying to equate the inefficient public sector with the private sector counterparts.

Bharti, ITC and Bajaj Auto lead my list of high performers, while IDFC , YES and ICICI Bank may see lower levels yet but are good investments. One feels SBI is about to take a nose dive for its own follies rather than be part of the market standoff, and is not really at value levels especially as the higher interest rates hide its already bleeding NPA portfolio and the ssame is not true for PNB and some others but not UBI and BOB either. ING vysya may b a good pick but their emphasis has not returned to India and Indusind has probably already done whatever it could and will enjoy some sedate growth yet along with HDFC Bank will be scoring 20% topline and 30% bottomline growth regularly

BHEL is obviously our only turnkey project executo es in the Power sector and probably will not hit any below book value pick (from Religare) in  a hurry and at worst may prove a big struggle with the bounceback already started. One might look at Kingfisher’s example which lasted a full five years as a everything for everyone scri from 2007 – 2012 on the back of a improbable comeback and which has just started paining lenders while paying slaries yet to executive management Which remids me, heling Laloo with the Ordinance delaying incarceration due MPS suspension/exit may actually be quite a big setback for India tan imagined by a coalition government extending the courtesy

India Morning Report : Rally snarled by a lack of fundamental strength (seen earlier)

English: World GDP growth rate and GDP growth ...
English: World GDP growth rate and GDP growth rate of total OECD countries. Data source: World Bank Group and OECD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the Indian growth rate will be beyond the reach of most emerging markets and outside the projected future rates for any OECD countries, the growth in GDP below 5% and the return of food inflation is scotching confidence in the markets as it waits on edge for  the Tapering news to go by and Emerging flows to return allocations to India.

Unfortunately today’s report come after closing of day’s markets, a day when the Rupee also snaked down unnecessarily biting its nails on the supply bottleneck hit food inflation which will also probably become the legacy of the Food Security Bill later. The stakes – to get India’s growth rates back to 7.5% and keep inflation in check. With core inflation below 2% the onion inflation index cannot be allowed to influence further investments in India

Our note however can still remind investors that not just Consumer Durables but the consumer staples sector, offers a unique opportunity in India among the listed scrips and current 30X multiples in the sector may be no sign of investor saturation as bellwethers like ITC and Bharti are rare publicly listed behemoths in the sector which have also successfully avoided the defensive tags unlike the Pharms biggie Cipla where investors move after things come full cycle at Ranbaxy and European CPG pioneer HUL, now an old story for India Inc. Others in the sector are either privately owned or multinationals and pricing power remains in this sector, with its packaging strategies and working capital cycle flexibility in brand selling working them the advantage required to absorb supply chain inflation and raise prices at the right time.

The other story of the morning was the inelastic August Demand for Full fare airlines as the price increases amounting to more than 60% on the Delhi Bombay sector even in he best fare book-ahead rate plans could not stop passenger traffic from returning to a positive 3.3% growth in August. Such ricing power is important in this market where Oil is a major component of the import bill.

As usual it may als be prudent to realise also that India of tomorrow is unlikely to return to the same power ahead growth strategies that worked from 2001-2007 , the meat of the post reform era growth and that the required infra and other capx growth has to wait for the May 2014 elections to complete and that will not stop inflows to India, making the brakes in the market to 5800 a mere hiccup as long as the Taper is an expected number and flows return to Indian sovereign debt as it attempts to brake the shackles keeping it from the Global Bond index  and to Indian equities on reallocation

 

India Morning Report: The Capital Goods chimera fools no one

Markets settled in to a subdued Friday even as the now almost regular double feature jump in Capital Goods sub indices in the IIP caused IIP to flare up to a 2.6% closelt following June’s 1.8% growth. Though the jump in Core industries reported last week too signifes a likely higher mark for GDP than the June bottom, the jump in IIP itself needs to be ignored with care as the Capital Goods number in the positive is now habitually likely followed by an equally sharpp negative in the August series when it is reported next month or at least before the October festivities mask production growth, if any For those interested, such volatile jumps are a regular in the Durables orders data series in the US and the component of Aircraft orders for example is thus repored separately rather diligently than a black box number up 5% once and -5% the next month almost without reason

Industry investments are not back and thus markets have given in to high PCRs (Put Call Ratios) retreating to 5800 levels in the Friday Morning trade. .Another consumption major McDonalds and on assumes the continuing saga of Walmart signify strained battle lines between Global majors and those who know India at the helm, all in the name of corruption and many other equally obvious slogans India panders to in the global arena ( Without being best at any) Connaught Plaza, seemingly owns not many restaurants and McDonalds obviously as always wants to be unfair while buying out reality partners an moving to another hase of growth,. The valuation battle will be difficult to disengage for any private company but a $100 mln ballpark looks more  feasible than the company sponsored $10 or $300 mln valuations and it is going to be a long battle. Walmart too is apparently not driven by valuation in its current revisit of the decision to Invest in India, at stake the Best Price business with $500 mln turnover and a prospective equity buy in Easy Day which will allow Walmart to become a household name in India

The Rupee is not getting any sponsors this week beyond the 64 mark, but with indices nearer 5750 or 5800 n Monday, it might be another bullish week of te Indian Rupee making up to the benchmark EM currency moves which are more than 10% smaller than India’s 25% move since May 21 in the absence of any buying or sustained investment into the Indian Economy

India’s Mid Cap IT like KIT and MindTree could probably use his time to gainfully grow in size but Enterprise space growth is definitely overdone for them and bigwig Indian outsourcing. IBM is exiting India CRM (Voice) centres too but in a misguided bid to grow portfolio profitability without a synergistic picture as is the Elephant’s wont.

Power NBFCs started the week well an may well help the banks lead Indian equities into the 6300+ zone as the dismal days are following a very standard script and business could be booming before you know it without improving the Savings rate at an all time low of 30% currently

BTW, the PMO mentioned most PSEs (94%) have hit the Capex targets for the June quarter and Government expenditure, well targeted could keep us generating that sub 4% peg of growth on which Private sector investment may build. It’s a long weekend though and Oil could also be at a much lower level on Monday

 

India Morning Report: 5550 and nose down, Banks give up consolidation

FO Update: Bifty(BankNifty) strangle could be a good sell so vol moves are up but one should stay away from buying bank puts individually or shorting banks per se. They are quite in line for a jump and won”t be characterised as the villains of this move

The day started well enough Banks shifting chairs with HDFC Bank and Kotak taking over the upside and ICICI Bank facing a small (less than 1%) correction and Axis Bank moving up smartly as well, but as we prognosticated, the Rupee is touchy and tus 5550 seemed like a top off, barely opening at 5573 before trending South. On the bottom again, the move is capped at 5400-50 and the Bifty could well stay above 9000 throughout esp if the Rupee manages to keep the bears happy at 67 levels itself, as the markets decide the new direction of the move in the rest of the Financial Year (Fiscal).

The Rupee has received considerable global attention it has yearned for and sellers have been keeping quiet not because of fundamentals or flows but for the attention alone. ( Any study ignoring other parameters and attending to the correlation with global fourth estate exposure would thus be able to prognosticate the new founts of pressure on the Rupee. Oil is going down and 4% GDP is post a not so tough Oil Bill prognostication at the umpteen downgrades that heralded the start of the week. IT is almost overvalued again, one windfall quarter per 25% loss in Rupee value (YTD :D)

GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates h...
GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates http://www.imf.org/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the market performers, accumulation of a disordered undervalud opportunity variety has started making itself felt in Caital Goods companies and infracos equally as Reliance industries which may look to E&P approvals in 6 different fields. Thus the sectoral technical picture is additionally cluttering the fact that no policy decisions would be forthcoming till after May 2014.

Savings in the Oil ill are coming  from the 13% share of Iranian oil, which because of shipping lines and insurance issues, are unlikely to be raised. True to form, Irnians do not really want t o use Rupee payments made to buy Indian exports except for its rice and tea demand.

Auto sales jum is more a victory for the two wheelers again, Bajaj Auto recovering Exports to 144K ths month and domestic sales on breath with value #2 Honda (301K). Maruti’s jump back to 87,000 units is still a poor performance below its run rate of 100k cars on average  pre 2010 itself. M&M tractor sales have dropped to near ZERO at 14,000 r month and Hyundai has been wiped along with Tata Motors for all the improvements in traction at GM, Ford, Toyota and VW.

Glenmark Pharma is a good pick to start the mid cap ride. Yes Bank and IDFC should e among the non controversial movers and shakers as the markets operate in an unwilling tight  rang waiting for the Rupee pain to go away. Sun Pharma will bottom out above 500 levels and start on its promise again as it builds on the INR 1 T capitalisation. The September trade data for India is due in a week

I do have a couple of questions on the detailed NH survey on housing price trends released yesterday. The 670 mln sft inventory for example seems to be a little bit of an over estimate and prices in Bangalore ,Bombay and Delhi are unlikely to move down despite huge inventories in residential , affordable, commercial rental and commercial spaces overall

Also ATF prices ( 71k per kl in Delhi and 77k per kl in Mumbai) are probability going to  strain the almost barebones domestic aviation pricing again and UDF are up for renewal. These are likely to remain hygeine factors to the India story ( low growth high cost aviation and high inventory of property) because of obvious inelasticities in the real estate pricing and the elastic nature of demand, roving a sea of red for aviation in the last decade. Thus inflation fears are probably dead in the water with Oil and Gold moving down globally.

Metals esp Tata Steel is back in the Buy lists in this run which will probably peak immediately after mid 2014 till September 2014

India Morning Report: Rupee at 66, GDP Growth at 4% and Interest Rates at 9%

Unknowingly for those of the common Indians and even market commentators across long term and sort term watchers, India has again stabilised around rates at 9% and The Rupee after a 23% move ( which was completed in a month) finally pulling up a notch of two at 66. Interest rates are at 9% and the markets bounceback on Monday Morning seems actually sustainable.

The earlier volatility ending stops at 9% rates and 4% growth were ofcourse around quarterly growth lows, Markets and Central Bank almost decided on a bounceback on the unfortunate low, but this 4% pitch seems to be likely now for a whole year of growth concerns at India Inc.

Again markets did show resilience in responding to the new Oil Swaps on Thursday with equities stopping the down rush at 5400 itself, but there is no forward momentum now except as EM weightages again cause money to flow back into the same selected investments which popped off selling because of reduced value causing weightage overflows on EM equity portfolios.

A war has  been averted though Assad Bashar is o n the loose in the Middle East and Indian Oil is still at a minimal risk from the geopolitics of the last surviving dictatorships in Oil.

In sectoral terms as ET data would like us to believe, interest isback as much in Textiles as in Banks and Finance companies. IDFC and Banks will lead the show from here ofcourse andas Ambit Capital suggested, it is still a little early for interest in Autos but it will eventually happen for FMCG investors. Chinese Shadow Banking woes could affect the slightly positive outlook from here for Exports. It’ ood to see the Banks having started te day at 9200 levels again on the Bifty (Banknifty). It was a bad month for Autos, Exports and the currency but we already know that.

Again, rage of motion at this time could just be crimping up on the 50 share index as at 5500 it has broken down just last week and that would mean this stabilisation could have engendered a big fall but for EM inflows returning in a couple of months.

No, the hike in Diesel and Petrol prices are of significantly less positive value than the shutdown of fresh investments in Exploration and Production ( see a list of Projects from Reliance which need Government investment in today’s ET) and similar non events in infrastructure more tough fo India Inc than the Food and Land Bills progress, though the markets’ are not disappointed

For the Agricultural shot in the arm in GDP calcultions, a reminder that our expor markets in any agricommodity are not price incsensitive and have mostly shown a declining share of Indian exports.

 

India Morning Report: The next sharp move in the Rupee is still nigh

The Oil wars are and with US Supplies stockpile engendering a highlighted war equation, the situation could turn grim. This Friday closing is thus not like the other weekly closes in terms of markets losing short positions and trades, and it may instead see profit booking in larger dollops. One assumes therefore the sharp increase in Open interest would remain with the likes of HDIL and Sun TV and the banks open interest would continue to rise much more slowly and the 5400 cap could in those trading terms alone, define the entire September series hitting the wall at 5300 in favor of short interest to pick up once the market dips from 5400 to those levels, which has started off on a clean plate, only longs rolling over.

The advantages to shorts rolling over are the market pricing more finely in those conditions with the added liquidity(depth) to trades with the premium esp in the Indian market removing rational investor interest rather soon in the Futures and Options derivatives markets. Witness, even in the currency the only trades that made it were structured Double or Quits and higher multiples.. excluding even a lucrative CDS market in India Bonds and Sovereign. Oil swaps come with the caveat that payment problems exist to the same extent with International payment systems complying with bans es for Iran and one can assume Syria

Airtel Digital TV Review [Updated]
Airtel Digital TV Review [Updated] (Photo credit: code_martial)
One can assume also that after a 14% cut in FMCG in August, ITC’s ‘comeback’ would also bring back interest in brands like Bharti ‘Airtel’. Though GDP Q2 data would not be a trigger and long interest remain with such undervaluation

The 75 target for the currency is here from BofA ML and as I said below 68 the box is from 70 to 77-78 levels before the market interest outlasts any post analysis of the fll. Those thus aking this 68 level an occassion for post analysis would likely be lost even without any sizable crossfire in the battleground! Lets face it we actually need exports to grow a sizable bit in response to any depreciation for more than IT profits of the next quarter for India Inc

Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India Morning Report: Weekend results from Cipla, Sun, vs the ultimate low for india’s production statistics

English: Generic finasteride 1mg tablets produ...
English: Generic finasteride 1mg tablets produced by Cipla India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

July and August data that comes in the next few weeks could make the data for June and an almost negative IIp at the cus p of the biggest Rupee depreciation move since May 22 seem like next to nothing in comparison as Services crash in on the devolved growth mandate and curbs on non essential imports kill any remaining Hindu growth consumption in the Economy. Auto sales reports for July from Siam are as low as 131,000. Mauritius and pakistan could robably account for more cr registrations in a day but that is not rater affecting India inc.

 

The day has started well, with the obvious move back in Power NBFCs that could well merge into any revival of demand even as investment lags in corporate India have no end in sight. The revival of demand in such services could lead the way back to growing inventories , before they become a hangman’s noose around dealerships and the robust credit is used to demand off take back to a positive IIP. Today’s IIP reports and Q2’s first GDP estimates next month could thus see their worst data to come . Cipla’s results for example showed a 17% domestic sector growth, a continuing island where branded goods in both FMCG and Pharma will continue winning share at the expense of the unorganized market in sch a slowdown and Corporate India and Banks could easily maintain a non negative topline in the September quarter

 

Hero Moto is already responding to the covering rally as if its worst is over but then that is just a n ver motivate d market looking for trading gains as sBI results bringing in the last wreath for this quarter’s rituals on a continuing mourning for unreported asset losses being absorbed into the system even as the banking system gets ready for new stresses on asset quality as interest rates rise even before the coming injections of liquidity once the rupee stabilizes, but Corporate India performance and the continuing unique growth measures of India ensuring that things do not continue n the worse vein but grow back a clip from here even bringing back investments as Savings and investments have both been cut to the bone.

 

Jyothy Labs reports another big jump in profits to 287 mln after a` 4920 mln profits from Cipla even at a bare 25% EBITDA shining as Sun Pharma’s EBITDA after a bad quarter is still a giant 44% on almost a $1 Bln in Sales but needs to be penalized for the ` 3000 mln loss this quarter from the settlement

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Rupee still juggling the trap mechanics as water boards up

HDFC Bank
HDFC Bank (Photo credit: [s e l v i n])
 With FDI pronouncements unlikely and more than $170 bln in debt redemptions due in FY 2014, the more policy makers dither on shoring up FX reserves with bond offerings the more the risk to the currency from flat international trade and eager money flow watchers finding it a tempting investment with a small investment and a big payout in percent returns.

However, it is today (and just today’s trade likely) only that the lackadaisical equity moves still risk a big rupee downside as equities are sustaining a large 6000 level in light of the real reassessment of Indian prospects as a flurry of GDP downgrades continue. The cyclical reinforcement of this downside risk aka in Latam and east Asian examples of the past is unlikely as equities are strong and the depth is likely to see the markets after a good show by HDFC Bank yesterday and a likely par for the course from TCS this morning.

Though longs would have to wait for their time , further shorts in this market esp on the banks are unlikely to bear fruit. The money market investments made through mutual funds amount to an expected INR 1.6 Trillion and the Central Bank has immediately provided a reserved window of liquidity for these mutual funds to a sizable INR250 Bln as redemption pressure resumed on Monday/Tuesday. Yields hit 85 on Tuesday market open in the short term instruments but rbi lending to banks is at a minimum of 10.25%

With Foreign banks also reducing their footprint in light of Global Banking regulation of Capital and ringfencing, which exactly are wholesale players in India in the non PSU, well managed banks!! HDFC also reports today and axis a 4%+ margin again on its retail portfolio strength

India Morning Report: GDP forecasts look for their pound of flesh, india inc reports (This week in Asia on The Banking and Strategy Initiative: advantages.us)

The old RBI Building in Mumbai
The old RBI Building in Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Reserve Bank of India pulled up the bank lending rates for its MSF (the emergency lending by RBI at the top of the rate channel prescribed) from 8.25% to 10.25% yesterday and networks are agog with the presumptive lockdown on India’s money markets esp inter bank liquidity finally pushing the short end of the term structure up a couple of hoops to 8.15% at the open as visible in one year forwards.

In sum, though equities will keep a small range around a ower bound 5900 and above, strangles are already priced near 0 at 138 for the short 5900 puts, 6000 calls showing trades to be unremunerative for this week and the profit making probaility of this depleted range is tenuous both fro m the tightness of the range and the inherent balance engineered in the markets giving way to any bull/bear at the slightest pretext

RBA had earlier shown in its minutes released that they considered the rate cuts to be done with, triggering a conventional run on the Dollar in that currency bringing it up by 1% . The Rupee has opened 1.5% stronger in morning trades but as pressure from Economist desks builds up to a crescendo and GDP forecasts are cut 75-100bps at Morgan Stanley among others to near 5% for 2014, we are witnessing a characteristic one time correction as policy locks in to the only possible market view while hoping for a trade led recovery down the line and acts on the limited dollar trade that continues to cause disruptions in our Economic cycle especially related to our dependence on imported fuels

Traders would hardly have been in place for the correction on Thursday and Friday as the markets are still positively rewarding good results which when they com are as big as over 20% sales and bottomline growth on a regular basis. However , the downward move also lacks momentum and like the rupee in the other direction, equities will only trade up the rest of the day after opening 100 points down on the Nifty. Some longer term shorts may stay in as characteristic hedges performed over the weekend and Monday when indices opened down today in differential performance terms to trading positions and long investment portfolios. ETF outflows from Emerging markets were just under $10 Bln in June with $6 Bln exiting the iShares MSCI EM fund but that is still 1 in 10 of the funds and funds will continue to be sticky in India where the growth paradigm is still relatively safe on th ground despite the consumption led industrial production going negative marking the toughest bottom for Indian prospects. Manufacturing makes less than 20% of India’s GDP but is on par with Exports and Global trade lacking growth claws would unhinge the one sided growth story that has always precluded a deeper range of opinions on India from global commentators instead shined by China.

India’s equity markets being deep makes it impossible for hot money to follow on this morning’s run and even as the spike in Fixed income markets unhinges bank business models the problems will likely be fied with a continuing positive bias before the end of the week unlike such runs in other Asian markets like indonesia, Korea or Thailand However a bottom in bank stocks is yet not known or targeted and ther emay be no directional trades in the interest sensitive sectors in India

 

Rupee impact: The Free fall continues, small snag on equities

A world map of countries by gross domestic pro...
A world map of countries by gross domestic product at purchasing power parity per capita in 2007 from the International Monetary Fund. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unfortunately, with India inc again adding only probably less than 10% of its External Borrowing Capacity in debt, the Rupee and the equity markets have consequently snagged on the  Asian free fall, and now pro bably rupee has a trading target of 4-5% in this move to achieve the new 2014 equilibrium. While the stabiity is currently lacking it is primarily because for the Rupee it is not a daily volatility that is germaine to the currency markets and the trading range is much smaller than the other asian markets while it is still not picked upa s foil to the ultimate managed currency the Yuan which is a precipitating event of greed in the “Currency Wars” mechanism

Having said that, if one were to herewith propose a new rupee exchange with its limited degrees of freedom, the government cannot and should not bother about stepping in till even 65 levels and find meanwhile a longer run solution to the CAD, while the markets will take the Rupee down to 65 and fundamentally destroy the entropy required for recovery to resume in the aftermath and while it may be a jurassic/triassic notion of yore , destory the eigenvalues of Purchasing power parity much before the global market engagement is  increased   to a true equilibrium.

Mumbo jumbo apart 58.50 should hold because of the stability of governance and the defeat of inflation but if it is whirled through the week, it will tip to 60-61 levels and thence may not ever return to anywhere near Friday exchange levels because the fifth of GDP that is exports will straddle the rupee for the remaining term of FY14 for Global trade agreements for the year

Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Pu...
Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity-PPP), per capita, as a function of per capita Toes. Year 2004. Data available online at http://www.iea.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the equities front, today’s event of correlation in moves actually mirrors the hidden correlation in capital moving out primarily from debt and in probably a stabilised form of market prediction from JP Morgan asking that the recovery bottom has not happened and will happen till now. While the RBi therefore is discouraged from rate action next Monday, it has put in motion a cascade of rate cuts which it must follow through and avoid running into damage control esp as Fixed income Markets will continue yielding lower on higher demand despite FIIs leaving Indian debt in the first pike exit of QE linked withdrawal from Asia as the lowest volatile investment and thus unlikely to produce ‘abnormal profits equated with Asia’. The PPP map of the world in the meantime as reproduced here from a long left to be updated web provider of images shows the fast losing relevance of this indicator and probaby needs a trading measure to it to harness its gains.

 

India Morning Report: Bring it on, said the citizens to the grizzled

The palaver of a broken market ready to tip off uncertain highs is catching strength this time but the bulls still have it having technically exchanged stock weights skilfully as new funds were available everyday. of course none of it makes sense if no one believes in the recovery. All liquidity infusions are a case in point, belief driving the US engine out of the morass again and again

However the Banknifty breakout confirms the bull run beyond 6100. We need to understand that PNB results yesterday with Net NPAs quite creditable at 2.37% for such a behemoth. The most glaring misunderstanding of the Indian market still comes from Bharath Iyer’s team at JP Morgan and others at Bank of America and Credit Suisse desks as they maintain SELL/underweight on this behemoth which though PSU has still managed to weather the big NPA electric storms and is now helping Industry ski with abandon. Unwittingly, CLSA loosely modeled on the same state friendly structure in France, had a desk here rooting for PNB after results yesterday as the only one upgrading PNB but PNB underlines what it promised last quarter that it will definitely show up with green shoots on its assets this quarter aiding the expected India Inc led recoevry. also notably missing the point is those missing the come back equating PNB rising as the same as PSUs rising previously, more than a decade ago an epithet accorded to SBI. The correction in bogey PSU banks unable to come back is due and should exclude the UBI, the Canaras and the Syndicate banks even OBC and perhaps Federal and SIB on the private sector have not done enough inorganically to merit positive attention when wwannabe banks are available

Production data today could be led by another jump in Consumer durables and a not so wild cut in mining as we get into the trenches for a q2 GDP rush on the global markets . Korea still struggles with the weak yen induced failures as Korea and Australia sign on rate cuts and Korea adds liquidity to get jobs back in another novel rendition of mint printed liquidity

Australia ofcourse is in a double bind with imported inflation and no regional relations except for its customers in mainland China who don’t care much for the goods right now. Good shorts on the India markets come from understanding markets at 6400 and that underwrites that these last 300 points top off the nifty’s run for right now. Again, if the market remains slow and mostly steady from here, we have not heard the last from the bulls and it is definitely not a weakness as now markets are stable at higher volatility levels showing inherent confidence in the recovery.

 

RBI policy announcement May 2013: Repo rate cut to 7.25% CRR unchanged

Yields on the 2022 bonds moved down 5 bp to 7.77% in pre policy trading and kept the gains as RBI announced the expected cut of 25 basis points in the Repo rate despite macroeconomic concerns in a bid to sledgehammer the supply side weaknesses that have disabled policy transmission and kept illiquid markets near the marginal standing facility rates and the higher reverse repo rate which correspondingly moves down to 8.25%., The RBI emergency lending rates (MSF) are exactly 7.75%

The response follows a weak macroeconomic assessment yesterday and the hawkish tone though warranted has brought markets down to 5950 levels. markets correspondingly ill understand that “RBI has played true to form” *(ET lead on ET Now) and finally keep the faith in the economy after having been ebullient on the expectation of this rate cut. RB has cut the growth forecast on the GDP in this fiscal — FY 14 to 6% and inflation target is a 5.5% for this fiscal. The Macro review also highlighted that CAD is likely a risk till is funded by external capital flows (read new foreign debt)

The presser after the announcement focuses on the issues of liquidity and continued omo support from RBI

 

India Morning Report: Global investors look to India after India Inc outperforms expectations

IDFC Project Equity
IDFC Project Equity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A quick re-rating of the F&O market in the early trades yesterday meant that writers of the 6000 call had a hurried exit from trades and very few have tried to cap the maarket already at 6100 or any other digits as the markets actually show signs of a breakout. The low volumes of MCX SX are perhaps an open invitation for the short club to try something faster and tighter in F&O trading on that exchange but with index trading not open yet, it is unlikely to have any impact and in this predominantly Asian leg of the bull tour, it is unlikely they will get past petty strategies to break up the trading interest up while 1 in 3 rating agencies have already fallen into the usual rut of calling for India’s derating showing up our lack of faith in India as another 90 days look set to pass without any execution bombs and those analysts and short side traders aree undoubtedly still just waiting for actual policy and roll out execution announcements which can then accordingly be belittled for giving them a leg to stan din the crowded room . Givcen that it is used by most large media as well, the tac has become almost respectable but is painfully obvious and can usually be shot down with larger negative consequences for purveyors like these rating agencies

However the disconnect between investors, foreign brokerages and domestic traders only joints shows up mercilessly as a red flashing risk factor with domestic traders sticking to corporate governance unfriendly scrips and sectors like fertiliser and sugar before policy announcement or choosing unknown branding successes like Sintex (‘pani ki tankiyan jinme jang nahi lagta’) for shorts on a stable market suitably gaining strength for a small pre budget week rally

This rally has a new keeper

Bajaj FinCos (Bajaj Finance and Bajaj FinServ-insco) came into favor largely yesterday as the banks’ tandem with infracos which will lead the new rise of the indian indices has largely been lost with Indian banks ramping up on the strength of the domestic market and their robust balance sheets which will be of use to foreign investors. Infracos led by IDFC have seemingly won a few more partisan traders to their side in this current rally on its trading strengths and while ICICI Bank and IDFC will both rise, PMEAC and RBI favored NBFCs like M&M and Bajaj are more likely to be important investments for the fund hungry infracos and their new leg up post budget.

Budget announcements have come into play but after the unlikeliness of DTC and GST rollouts has already been debated and the futility of unassigning another INR 100 bln odd to infrastructure and prioritising sub sectors is argued out , mostly there is just a wish that PC succeeds in billing down the fisc and the government borrowing in the coming fiscal.

India’s equity friendly outlook carries the day

India remains the only big market ready for a rally and global equities get ready for a sharp cut. The first two months of the quarter substantially shored up business volumes and profits at Hedge funds, PE companies (?? we are as much mystified by it ) and Big 4 investment banks . The global Bank rally being another three month away is probably the reason why this cut could become sharper as UK recession and US tempering down of growth at near 2% GDP levels demonise stable markets. The early global moves in the euro give it one high Six flags slide to come down in and Flash PMIs today from Europe, underlining their inability to survive with 20% lower budgets, tough love for banking and devaluation by the yen esp as competition in Capital Goods exports is considered.

It’s sorry, Indian coffee trades down

Currency wars having been a no show given every FM’s need to follow in the steps of Japan’s Abe sooner than later, Indian currency continues to resist strength on silly excuses woven into the fabric of markets structure as Exports like Coffee suffer a double whammy from India in volumes as production is more than 20% lower and value as indian coffee quality has apparently not registered favor with quality international buyers. Meanwhile Asian coffee offers hope to Indian exporters as Mustard, palmolein (Crude Palm Oil imports) and Onions fall 20%, 33% and 20% respectively to allow CPI and food inflation barometers to cool down or at least not ratchet up the fiscal bill for India Inc. Government borrowing is in control and yields have held at 7.8% desspite the small cut and the unlikely prospects of a cut in the next 6 months

India Morning Report: Why not a 50 bp cut now, and is Glenmark the new blue chip

Does Rao have room to cut rates

 

Yesterday’s hawkish review ahead of today’s policy meeting and announcement was very clear about the CAD reaching 5.3% with another reduction in the Central Bank’s conservative GDP pronouncement. However, inflationary pressures have ebbed and since the Central Bank realises the importance of doing away with the spectre of a recession, now hinging on a rate cut with Credit growth stuck at a low 15% despite the gap from Deposits that grew 11% in the week ending Dec 28.

 

That it does, also means that the rate could well be a good 50 bps, accelerating the dissemination of liquidity and growth from financial easing in the Economy and allowing RBI another breather to study inflation in detail over the period till June when the next rate cut would become due. one wonders though if like bank desks have forecast, India can actuall live to the top of this Economic cycle with only 100 basis points in cuts or even 150 bp till March 2014

 

Axis Bank Mega QIP garners $2 bln

 

Axis being the speculators’ pick for arbitrage and weightage balancing on both Nifty and Banknifty,    the effects of its improving fundamanetals with a large $1-1.5 bln Capital infusion are going to be important momentum providers to the Nifty and as it fortuitously looks like it will not result in Cats and Dogs moving up with both Educomp and Jubilant foods lying low ( the latter having lost its coin purely on speculative traders’ dime), it would mean longer term Capital taking over some of the remaining float at Axis Bank and others in thelarger Mid Cap categories like Yes Bank ( who have changing ownership on the FII ‘float’ as a downside risk after having Rabobank exit)

 

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Glenmark reports Q3 results on high expectations – ‘Enriching shareholders’

 

The deep pipeline at Glenmark with 46 ANDAs to go in the US market and 82 products already authorised its growth at double the industry rate fof 12% in the first nine months of 2012 ill only be exceeded by itself again in this quarter and lead to probably a count in the Top 10 pharma companies and even the Top 5 in the foreseeable future.

 

A healthy 25% of the portfolio seems to be domestic market driven and unlike other market observers we do not believe such 35% growth as it achieved in India in Q2 is likely to be beaten by others in the Industry depending on new compulsory licensing and expensive generics for the Indian market as portals for explosive growth

 

The domestic market remains likely to reward Diabetes solutions and normal OTC and low value prescription medicine manufacturers with volumes and growth from the current pathetic $2.5 B mark in 2011-12 

 

Glenmark pharm in the meantime is prescribed for having broken the barriers with consistent 20% Topline and 30% Net profit growth parameters.

 

 

 

India Currency Report: Rupee catches the leg back up for Asia

Korean Won’s early lead in the currency scores in 2013 was blockaded by reports of a failed GDP revival in the Economy last week, while seemingly Asian currencies have kept the sell down of dollar more widesread than the Yen. While European banks do not have large operationsin ‘Asia anymore, many of their important clients and Global Transaction business originate in Asia.

The buoyancy in Asian currencies therefore is likely here to stay putting Asian exportes in a bind but Export volumes, already at all time lows with shutdowns in China ( for commodity exporters) and Europe ( for Consumer goods and more price sensitive exports) in 2011 and 2012 are unlikely to fall through from here and may be able to sustain on the rising currency.

Indian Rupee is likely to stick around its neww range between 53 -55 and if it does use this opportunity to break from 53 on up, it would be because Oil is tracking down in the Global markets.

After having factored America’s Oil independence in a falling through till late 2012, Oil prices have recovered, Brent as of npow keeping its “transport cost spread” from the West Texas WTI Crude rates Thai and Malay economies are already worried about rising currencies while Singapore is likely benefitted by the rising Sing Dollar and looks to reap some benefits from the post crisis Change agenda.

The main agenda item supporting a high recovery in Asian currencies is of course the reopening of trade wwith China as it helps other consumer Economies from both North and South Europe and developed Pacific nations including Australia to revive imports as they plod towards a non recession 2013 with GDP contraction decimated by the brilliant move up in Germany’ s Services PMI last week though the currency market’s deccisions to discount growth in the UK look to shoot the Asian moves in the foot as any such speculative recovery will have to support a stronger Pound also and not just the Euro which is stable at 1.345. The Pound fell to 1.5800 levels Friday but should be looking to come back to 1.62 in the course of the year and the Dollar index likely to remain above 80 with the Yen crossing into the 100 s vs the Dollar.

In local reasons, India’s rupee was helped by the global inflows caused by optimistic readings of recovery as Diesel was decontroled with a pledge to increase prices by 20% for retail in the next 15-20 months ( To reach bulk levels of 56 per liter as for bulk buyers)

India Morning Report: More Fiscal uncliff, more detachment for India Inc ( Re Global Auto Sales)

Village Sasan
Village Sasan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fundamental structural changes notwithstanding rating agencies globally keep getting the same standalone cues for India and India fortunately or unfortunately remains studiedly isolated out of world karma.

For instance, the new Dy governor of the RBI, Urjit Patel might have a hard time marrying the global recovery in auto sales with India’s first Chinese imports and the M&M resurgence as part of any global trend even as China runs ahead to a 19 mln Cars in 2013 projected higher than all of Europe

But then inflation is unlikely to go away as a critical agenda item soon and another is the return of Net Investment by Corporates in Infra or otherwise ( I heard the Infrastructure Commission has been redesignated as the inter ministerial committee on Investment or some such thing, equally incapable of moving the 1000 odd projects waiting for final approval(s) for financial closure and take off. )

The Rupee in the meantime responded to the great optimism in the PMI data and reform cues even as details continue to elude and the question of criminalised politics, a tell tale barometer high mark of inactivity on the horizon become the key issues of the day despite shorts trying for a quick comeback from the new 6000 mark and probably encouraged to journey up their stakes on the ennui coming into the new year.

Lupin and Glenmark remain good picks in Healthcare and Ranga committee’s answers for future Energy projects and thus Gas pricing get closer to being implemented. Reliance Power has already crossed the hurdle where it can now repurpose coal allotted to Sasan to working projects including units at Sasan. The Diesel subsidy degrowth thru steep increases may see light of day only in the second half of the year while the 30% + deceleration in Gold imports by nearly 50 Tonnes per month is apparently not enough for the Indian currency to come back meaning Gold smuggling may have further skewed the data.

Stride Arcolabs also celebrates another good day on the bourses, we also remain optimistic for banks even at a 12800 Nifty to keep getting rewarded for being private sector performance and get questioned for being PSU unless you are PNB or BOB and we hear BOI. The last two could not hold on to any semblance of performance in the last quarterly results either and PNB itself is struggling with increasing NPLs while others seem to be dead in the water including Canara, Syndicate and UBI & UBI.

Credit card spending (ttm November 2012) has recovered but is still 20% below 2007-08 levels and more encouragingly Debit Cards seem here to stay. MNC banks have restarted consumer credit operations as ell but their market share remains below 5% including their strong Corporate Credit business and strctured risk sold to corporate treasuries

Education and Healthcare spending are unlikely to cross the 1.5% mark of GDP for annual spends till the end of the current plan period in 2015. The more things change, the more they remian the same.

India Morning Report: Go pork on your investments said the offended unsaved friend..

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport: interior view
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport: interior view (Photo credit: Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection)

 

..not that the traders had any worthwhile savings. Both Savings and investments have been down for india inc in the last 4 years and the trend has not recovered despite India standing out as a n island of prosperity relative to the global carnage. However, the whole Dickensian/Edwardian or Premchand ridden spectre ripe for a Saki short is really just in the wind because of not Services Economy GDP being down on the bend disparaging India’s lead but DIIs or others who missed the bus in August are not the only ones aiting now. Most traders have been out of deployable cash including the first edition foreign brokers’ clients who were the original invested Capital at 5000 and 5300 level but nothing a normal profit taking and reinvestment cycle would not solve.

 

Those retail investors are not likely to come again as even if they did some profit taking it was not available in their accounts for reinvesting and that also holds for any infracos / construction companies and their promoters or mid cap promoters running their banking on margin economics and unable to plough back if any of their plays have recovered. Yet, any sign of a short is likely to get quashed, tha’s all will happen in this market probably over the next 3 months till a bout of finally too untenable 2013 projections will drop the bottom out of the correction around still likely 6200 levels.

 

Blight

 

However, close calling on the indices every minute not being required, is still probably 4-5 years to go as trends are big and easily discernible (to the naked eye) and investible additions to Mutual Funds and Insurance savings are unlikely to be anything but concurrent to that except for active tax nationalism guiding a few more investment rupees to the insurance cos who thankfully report more new business from SME and MSME /Prop businesses and salaried employees who realise the enormity of the nest egg requirement now in 2012 even compared to 2002 when a big rally and a 8-9% boom of annual real GDP growth had barely kept India in the hunt.

 

Valreson

 

The leather hunt we are now part of, definitely is a sign that we are precluded from all those portfolios that are banking on inspirational growth or a viable threat to China while policy agendas from the nineties will continue to have items unrequited till now and enabled by weak governments standing on a strong constitution and thankfully apolitically activating bureaucracy that is also able to handle and changing mandates from the people but which mandates have literally all been ridden to the borderline of it cannot matter in all possible ways with or without coalitions and third fronts.

 

saving and spending
saving and spending (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

 

Save Money
Save Money (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

 

 

 

India Economic Upgrade destroyed in time for a questionable “manufacturing revolution”!!

Image representing Infosys Technologies as dep...
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The Indian Services GDP is probably in threat as India loses its leadership of the incipient global Services sector growth, where it now enjoys a barely positive PMI at 52 after a big slide from 54 in October and instead the remaining almost vestigial 18% of Indian GDP that is manufacturing has taken pride of place with a more than 54 clip in the PMI sub indices in November, leading KV Kamath, an industry doyen one would not belittle or argue to claim apparently that India’s manufacturing sector is resurgent. Which again, reminds of some other key mistakes from organisations like India Inc’s ICICI Bank and Infosys which have made other such weak claims earlier in the nineties and the noughts while using other selling strategies to actually gain power of mind and mindspace over the budding markets they have indubitably created.

Not that market development has gained any recognition in the meantime but there are many other areas not forgetting major discrepant growth inputs missing from India Inc like our FMCG sector and Retail where both branded output is still stuck at 15% of market after two decades of reforms and is not growing share of voice or market even at a resurgent and well nigh bharat consuming and growing at twice the pace of Urban India albeit with unbridled inflation in urban India than any other reason to blame.

icici bank
icici bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is the real consumption franchise anywhere near increasing and is any growth in manufacturing paradigms really possible. One should be careful in using carrots for a generally more educated and access powere urban and rural market in India before making such superfluous conclusions the mainstay or athe retort you have as a personage of voice int he Indyustry and in the nation that is busy pinning down its real core advantages and probably needs more focus on items of Services, Welfare and Infrastructure than Construction and whatever manufacturing we need here to survive.

English: K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Ch...
English: K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICCI Bank; President, Confederation of Indian Industry, speaks at a plenary session titled Risks to India’s Economy in a Post-Crisis World held at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: Yes, a resurgent festive season and the earnings were WOW!

October's Palette
October’s Palette (Photo credit: dibytes)

will it, won’t it. A flavour thats missing from most mature markets and though SEA markets might still like to flatter JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs for their unlisted and pre IPO equity investments in these frontier markets and the shallower yet tepidly multi bagging SEA markets, the big moolah is in India and thats where most Foreign investors are headed again with the trade winds during Winter.

The US holiday season may be a little marred by the disasters on East Coast with Hurricane Sandy causing $2 B illion a day New York City to buckle under with never ending losses ( of 20% of the daily GDP) we trundle forth after a big ‘flat off’ September and October as the Twowheeler sales data for October pours in. Bajaj Auto starts the day off with a 411,000 sales figure including a 50000 three whler sales across all markets topping its best performance in twao wheelers in October alone with 62,000 Boxers, 155,000 Discovers and 85,000 Pulsars electrifying the market and Hero ‘s resurgence may not stem its market share losses but definitely brings back volumes and margins to that business.

Across the shores, Coke is powered by the Indian Festive season too, though Intel suffers from emptying assembly lines in the December quarter as Atom cannot ramp up to the steep increase in mobile form factors and Sales . Intel alone has lost margins of close to 10-15% in the December quarter to a measly 55% as Apple also takes a rain check on global volumes.

India’s smaller stories on the other hand have the robustness to climb to bigger budgets in Advertising, marketing and promotions and bring the house down with digitization also , with a little official help hitting the required numbers in the metros and increaasing the known C&S market by almost 50% and accruing immediate subscription revenues of an additional 20% to the cable players and available new market share to Satellite players as well.

Retail and Aviation FDI maybe robust stories as well as they seem to have started off on a surer footing though at the infuriating pace India is well cordoned foff for in global investment books. Earnings reports continue to underwrite a consumer and healthcare stock boom in this rally as the banks continue on robust credt growth after the additional provisioning also destroyed the banknifty members except the private banks

Did you know that it would take $1.5 Tln from the Federal Government to take US Trsry interest rates back above 2%.The resulting weakness in the Dollar is also likely to continue thru 2013 and mean that the 105000 Marutis sold in October will come at a much steeper cost to the compan y int he coming months but it seems to be a season for the price hikes everyone had been stalling and Rupee’s strength might well recover all the margin Maruti needs while letting the sun rise in the east again over Japan

India Morning Report: I Would Not Worry About India’s Growth – India Finds A Value Blue Chip

PMI: Silvy #1
PMI: Silvy #1 (Photo credit: iksamenajang)

 

Now that China has confrimed in October data that there is a real recovery with HSBC PMI closest to the growth paradigm’s 50 mark, at 49.5 Indian core sector’s growth at more than 5% across a 13% jump in Coal production and 21% in Cement in October alongwith jump in Electricity and myriad other ‘core’ businesses including oil gas and steel means it would be a healthy PMI tracing the only other positive PMI among the world’s large Economies in the US and Net Exports as trade makes 18% of our GDP and the deficit stays in check with Oil imports cheaper even if demand for the same rise might also rise along with the definite growth clip on Services PMI

 

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

 

Meanwhile Fraport exits GMR Banagalore Airport at a fair profit and again GMR might forego on the offer to buy more of that Airport’s stake as India Inc gets ready for a ruch of Infraco orders which hold the ticket to its banking and GDP prosperity or India just might lose the edge it has with a 5% GDP growth and an early lead on recovery. Funds inflow have already exceeded $8bln this rally from July and with China at multi year ows in the stock markets any extra weightage for china may be absorbed without due transfers from other markets leaving more inflows marked to New Delhi/Mumbai from FII and FDI proposals

 

At this stage the Goldman Sachs and JP Morgans of the world might reconsider their predilection with Frontier markets and China before LATAM indeed does make a comeback capping the benefits to South Asia and India. Korea however should see more investments too, including Indian businesses oto whom cost of credit remains manageable.

 

Tata Motors in the meantime got flagged by Pandya and Sumeet Jain at Goldman Sachs India for doubling to a ~ INR 500 target or double the market cap at INR 1.7 Tln based on a new Jaguar aluminium chassis/engine as the stock mirrors its latest market China’s Economic performance and Landrover sales get even stevens at only 27,000 units per month

 

Both TaMo and Starbucks fed Tata Global remain on analyst radars as seeming corporate governance issues look to snip the investment led potential dscoveries from outgoing Chair Ratan Tata’s teams.

 

GMR Malé International Airport Private Limited...
GMR Malé International Airport Private Limited (GMIAL) Office (Photo credit: Ibrahim Asad’s PHotography)

 

Reliance’s big ticket investments for D6 with BP and more importantly its seeming victories in the bid to raise the price of Gas from its units remain new mysteries speculators get to capitalise on but the uptick is brilliantly pre done as the noise of future rate cyuts bring the market out of the sulky pout.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Rebuilding the India Inc dream

The first quarter of profits after 5 quarters growing bottomline by 15% on the index companies a good base price for Gold and a palatable range of Oil prices sounds promising and data enticing enough for one to reconsider the possibility of India growing at its normal clip instead of a sub 6% growth in a not so distant future.

The 110 odd infrastructure projects including low and hgh value road projects and prestigious and commercially groundbreaking ports, gridco and other Infrastructure projects are likely in final stages of a policy intervention currently with the Cabinet. Though they come at the end of a barrage of policy action still awaiting execution and KFA failure is more the current corporate branding influence for India Inc, the execution of these projects could enable by itself a INR 1.1 T in GDP accruals from construction and a likely 10% jump on the nominal and not the real effective GDP at 2004 prices or whichever base year is current.

Banking credit is steady and growing at 15% and if indeed investors still bet on a rate cut at the end of October, then in all probability the only possibility is of an unanticipated market failure and so the markets will have to rise to the occasion without moping much more at 5650. A fall from 5650 to loer level is again only faintly probable after dull days stretch out at least one day after the current series expiry thus the market pre expiry unwittingly again offers great buying opportunities in the otherwise scarce and right valued large cap universe back with good earnings from ITC,IDFC and ICICI BANK to YES BANK, ORCHID and even STRIDE ARCOLAB which has solved the FCCB issues and FX issues in the quarter with realised Net profit hit but not detrimentally to the company’s prospects. Sun Pharma’s issues in the US market also add to the current opportunity for buying and current levels of scerips like HDFCBANK and again ICICIBANK will likely in fact become a bottom for the coming rally which may bide its time till policy announcements including Bank Policy Tuesday are over this month and some of next.(ICICI Bank is up 3% since writing)

 

India Morning Report October 12, 2012: The Correction Continues Into The Weekend Close!

Also, India Closing Report (October 08-12, 2012)

The 5650 mark holding, markets see saw with two up days on Tuesdaya nd Thursday and rejuvenating interest in South East Asia and China with Chinese banks agains ppushed into increasing credit outlays at lower rates.

Portfolio investments in Inida have shown interest at current index levels between 5650 and 5675 and as expected rerating has seen knowledge of internals coming tot he fore with the JP group scrips making a late rally since midweek leading with JP Power and JP Infra but more pertinently, superior stock selection showing in Dr Reddys Sun Pharma, Bajaj Auto vs Hero Motocorp and even Maruit Suzuki. Healthcare uptrend continues with market expansion and 30% plus growth in Healthcare sector moving more investments to the sector while lowering hopes in Consumer Discretionary and Non Discretionary (FMCG)  leading to more movement towards ITC and Baja Auto and the returning bulls in Jubilant Foods as Yum foods plans for India and that of P&G find few listed companies for the bidding consumption wars.

The Power NBFCs incl REC and Powergrid (plus PFC and PTC) are on cue for the SEB Bad debt while SBI’s derating on 25 stock of restructured debt staying to cause heartburn even as sector scrips from NBFCs, M&M Financial, Bajaj and LIC Housing taking up the slack and ICICI Banka nd HSFC Bank moving into position for bumper results. Infosys seems to have avoided the Friday morning rush to prove its results on the investorate and the weekend will get busy rerating India’s old numero uno in GDP contribution, the IT Services and offshoring sector.

Infy reported lower Rupee revenue growth with less than INR 100B in Q2 Revenues and the USD revenue or the Net Profit weakness did not help them. The bargain price of Infy questionably could be below 2000 and not the current 2300 as management takes over the dias with network broadcasters. EBIT’s actually fallen sequentially despite the good Rupee Dollar Conversion in the quarter A rerating of the annual Dollar growth in revenues ( constant currency down to 5.7%) acould not be balanced by increase in wages. 98.58 B INR revenues up only 2% sequentially or $1.797 B in USD terms down from conservative estimates.

 

India Afternoon Report: Sensex winds down to an Expiry Thursday

 

icici bank
icici bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nothing much happened though we missed the morning report because of the Bangalore early morning traffic and associated hassles. if you were one  of those who did not miss the Morning report then you ar elikely one of the associated reasons this blog and these reports are not dropping in on time or making such a difference e all make. So all of you out there do start missing anything we miss and get a little verbose on it when you do.

 

The markets ofcourse know its time to unwind traders itching to but no one is really ready to exit at these levels nor are they going to lgo low enough to trigger buying from those who wait.

 

The dichotomy between the investing priorities of the FIIs and the DIIs was obvious as ICICI Pru started unwinding on consumption initiating sell coverage on FMCG and consumption plays while FIIs and investors look for more market expansion plays in the wake of retail FDI each listed stock unfortunately quasi indicator for almost the sector than the promoter or the business strength esp at plays like Britannia Marico and Dabur even VIP almost undifferentiaated behind Jubilant and Titan.

 

Healthcare accumulation is what we root for and is already happening at more than just European banks and erstwhile short heavy india baiters. S&P reratings have helped the cause of the crrection and the result is a 30 point sorrection still above 5650 and a tad under 18400 for the Sensex.

 

Here anyway is the outlook for next week after expiry, tentative buying in banks 2 days out of 5 and a rally day run by a big hefty for the banks who have increased their contribution to the GDP to nearly 10% and banking assets with their continuous 16-20% growth esp with policy segueways for infra funding making infra stock of credit more than two fifths of the 45-50 Trillion credit stock we run to from a 44 T start of the deficit heavy fiscal.

 

 

 

Late Morning Trading Strategies: July 11, 2012

English: The photograph is of SBI Mumbai Main ...
English: The photograph is of SBI Mumbai Main Branch building taken after sunset to capture the glorious architecture of the gothic styled building that was built during the Raj. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buy GAIL at 355, IDFC at or below 140, buy ICICIBANK and AXISBANK for at least one more jump

SBI, ITC and HDFCBANK are buys, CIPLA and BAJAJ AUTO are the immediate defensives that will stay positive and up, HEROMOTO may keep the uptrend

IT companies are not going to get anything fromt his depreciation, Only if MindTree could correct to 636 and I could Invest in growth instead.

RCOM is a big buy with CDMA out of licensing costs fallout

Rid yourself of strangles and straddles, volatility is going to be very low and then very high when it moves, If you sell a 5500 call and 5300 put for example you already don’t make even 70 and then it could be out of both of these ranges in a jiffy, if instead you straddle for immediate move out of 5300 with a put ancd call buy or 5400, if you prefer ( hich may hand you better breathing space) the volatility may stay down from 15-16 to even 12 and lower

No QE, no dollar depreciation

The Euro ready to give way from 1.27 levels to 1.26 levels, it is unlikely that the Dollar would get brow beaten and the Dollar Index rising would mean the Rupee continues to settle to new final lows as no fresh probability to assuage the larger revenue deficits in India is seen. However, in a few days our imports will actually start getting cheaper and impacting a lower core inflation. When that will translate into CPI inflation improvements or actual action on the Diesel and Fertiliser subsidy programs is anyone’s guess. The currency is unlikely to benefit from small fills / corrections on the Fertiliser policy. Yields in the fixed income market run north to 8.22% levels too meaning more room for the Dollar to take up

Aviation stocks were back for a fleeting moment when the up trend was in acton Monday, but a Dollar depreciation seems to have put out prospects on them in these uncertain policy times. India specific political reasons like NDA have largely become dried up wallflowers but a hope of Manmohan Singh getting FM portfolio being dashed might still mean more pain for the Rupee. Of course with a majority of the GDP benefitted by the Rupee the stock market might start seeing the Depreciation ride as more fun than pain.

Dollar remains a safe haven and Treasuries continue to surge south on yields.

The India PM Report – S&P forces the blues on to India

English: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the ...
English: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Opening Plenary – Resillient india: 25 years of Economic and Social Progress. Participants captured during the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2009 held in New Delhi, 8-10 November 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India’s first risk on rally in a long time has probably been nipped in the bud effectively by the S&P announcements ahead of the IIP data for what is likely the worst quarter for the Indian Economy Credit Suisse joins us in suggesting June’s numbers would not be good but that the next few months are unlikely to be as bad as Pranab steps out to Raisina Hill from the Congress stable and Manmohan Singh itches to take control and bring in a 1 Tln worth of projects back in the reckoning

The Rupee will suffer all week and thus equities will have to stay away from tracking the upside they had started on in the morning earlier as S&P gets ready to probably convert the negative outlook into a lasting downgrade that takes India below BBB- It won’ t be the first time S&P has pre- empted a downgrade based on the last of a string of bad results for the Indian Economy as it also holds a unregulated negative bias and wants to play catch up with other global downgrades more than review the reasons set in the outlook for a downgrade/upgrade. Brazil and Russia are both at BBB after frequent downgrade. Brazil has cut interest rates 6- times since August 2011 and GDP is still contracting as of June 2012. If the downgrade does not happen it would be because indian liquidity problem long solved has taken interest rates to a low of 8.1% and after a rate cut this weekend the interest rates would trend down below 8% before growth also responds. The problems of the CAD and the Fisc have hardly been solved but are unlikely to see any deterioration and political inaction is unlikely to take our costs or the fiscal and current deficit to any worse levels. For Fiscal 2013 we would repair the deficits to at least 5.5% and 3.5% despite the political inaction.  The correction of the currency to 56+ levels factors in the current deficit led correction and from here fiscal measures like a n increase of more than 10% in Petrol/Gasoline prices at the pump that take care of some of the Oil import led creeps on to fiscal discipline

Q4 GDP at 5.4% Full year at 6.5%

Not Bad for India Inc as the Dollar Support also clamps on and 4900 holds on the indices. The usual suspects, Agriculture at 1.4%, Mining at 4% and positive unlike the last IIP data report with overall GDP growth at 5% having probably been factored in already in the last emergency reratings by the Big Four on the indian Economy Q4 2011 was upgraded to 9.2% almost a point ahead of earlier data, and the base effect will likely be pronounced in Q2 as well. Some hope for investment growth has been noted with larger FDI in Q2 and an uptick in infrastructure and mining that could translate into a sustainable growth rate too.

this is a likely bottom too but individual quatrter performances now increasingly depend on support from the ever present Electricity , Utilities and Social Services with the Traverl and Transportation components which are the ones that perform every quarter. Hopefull, some lessons have been learnt for the longer run as well.

The India IIP Report (February 2012)

Capital Goods production came at 10.6% , Electricity came at 8% but Composite IIP came at 4.1% up from less than 2% in January(1.14%) with Manufacturing at 4% overall. IIP is still at the lower end of the possible range. Janiary was revised down from 6.8% on sugar production data

Capital Goods and Electricity are back to highs after a -2.6% and 3.2% data scores for January 2012 Markets largely ignored the volatile data as Fenb and March GDP is already assumed to be further lower than December 2011. Consumer and durables data show great contraction 9available as inference)

Meanwhile the INR 40 bln infusion inoto Air India is hardly likely to suffice for the megalith which has run down its entire equity

 

THE INDIA BUDGET 2012: Subsidies and Extra Tax revenues

Spectrum Auctions INR 400 bln

Other Telecom Auctions and revenue INR 582.17 bln

Food Subsidy INR 750 bln

Fuel Subsidy a new low of INR 435 bln ( frm 33% -50% drop on 2012?>achieved not targeted???)

Disinvestment Revenues INR 300 bln

Fetiliser Subsidy INR 605 bln

Reactions: Pie in the sky except spectrum and divestment

THE INDIA BUDGET 2012: Tax Proposals, Personal Taxes, Service Tax, Corporate Taxes

Personal Tax exemptions increased and top slab increased so an Income of INR 1.1 mln now worth INR 163k in Taxes except surcharge with INR 200k-500k taxed at 10% , and above 1 mln at 30%

Addl INR 5000 for Health Insurance. Int on SB Accounts exempt up to 10k of interest.
 
Part A also mentioned subsidies just to complete the picture. fiscal Deficit achieved is 5.9% and target for FY13 is 5.1% with a 2% cap being considered on subsidies..unlikely) Comprehensive analysis to follow after the weekend.

Corporate Expenditure on Specified list incl Cold Chains etc increased to 150% deduction on basis of expenditure

Corporate R&D Expenditure exempted to 200% till 2017, International Income exempted for one year so it can be declared ( incl incident Indirect Taxes like Service Tax)

Service Tax based on negative list that includes copyright revenue to bollywood ( incl music) Service Tax rate increased to 12%

Share of Services in GDP is 59%

Indirect Taxes:

Diesel Cars – Advalorem rate of 27% from 22%

Excise slab 12% instead of 10%

TAX Collections lower by INR 330 bln in FY12 despite Service Tax collections

Customs: Overall gross increased b y INR 270 bln, INR 50 bln reduced thru exemptions. Net Indirect Tax collections target up INR 420 bln ( so excise up INR 170 bln), and Net Overall Tax target up INR 411 bln

Reduced

Coffee Plantation machinery 10% to 5%

Greenhouses and many other agri and storage machinery from 7.5% to 5% and 5% to 2.5%

SECURITY TRANSACTION TAX incidence reduced to 0.1% for Delivery trades from 0.25%

To encourage Capex  machinery list – Customs decreased by 67%(2 in 3) from 7.5% to 2.5%

BCD on Plant &Machinery for Iron ore also included, Steel Industry on Coating material (7.5% to 2.5%)

Weaving – P&M to 2.5%   and all Textile Machinery to special rate of 5% and many other customs duty reductions in Textiles industry

Part B remains announcer of broad policy stresses thru rate tweaking e.g. Textiles, investment rate

Service tax target increased by 50% (INR 187 bln)

CVD(5%) exemption to life saving drugs

Exemptions on Hybrid Cars ( not even 1000 units sold) extended to battery packs

(iPads and TVs) LCDs and LEDs exempt from customs. Customs on bicycles increased to punitive 30%

(Aviation)Aircraft parts Basic Customs duty exempted

(Cars >1600cc) Duties hiked

(Gold) Customs duty increased. Unbranded jewelry also included in 30% rate on imports

THE INDIA BUDGET 2012: Banking for All, Infrastructure and Industrial Development

70,000 habitations have been covered successfully in Swabhimaan. to be extended to all habitations of Pop>1000 in NE and hilly states and Pop>2000 else where

PPP investment reliance to continue , INR250 bln of INR 500 bln expected from Private Sector. Irrigation,

61 [the big mac index]

Dams, Fertilisers , Oil &Gas, LNG Storage, Telecom Towers and Eqpt all added to list of items for Viability Gap Funding of ProjectsSelf Reliance in the Defence Sector

Reaction: Where will the money come from

INR 100 bln for NHAI, and IRDL, INR 100 BLN for Power Sector and INR 50 Bln for Small sscale and other institutions

Propose INR 600 bln of infrastructure Bonds

IIFCL – Credit Enhancements and Takeout Finance provision, PPP projects.

NMP for 10 crore Jobs and 25% of GDP contribution

Reaction: Pie in the sky

Some longwinded comment on Coal provision, FM hurriyng thru. Power impact missed by this blog/spreadsheet

MoST to award 7000 kms under NHDP , 40% higher from 5000 kms last year

PPP in Road construction

FDI of 50% in Air Transport and MRO under active consideration

Central Assistance on INR 185 bln and Japanese $4.5 bln  for DMIC projects

National Housing Fund to INR 40 bln. Interest subvention of 1% extended for affordable housing

THE INDIA BUDGET 2012: Food Security moved to #1 priority

Food subsidies will be provided for in full. Other subsidies will be provided to the extent the ecnomy can bear the impact.

Services growth in the year highest at near 9% , Industry less than 4%

Need to address Black money not explained yet.

Mysore (Cash instead of LPG subsidy to account) Alwar and North East (Aadhaar) pilots mentioned for change in subsidy transmission mechanism

Propose to restrict subsidies to 2% of GDP

Reactions: Maruti down on expectations of Diesel SAD/ Excise increase of 10%

Reactions: Banks up on services performance, once tax proposals cleared banks will lead big rally

GST mooted for August 2012

DTC will come. (when!)

Divestment of $3 bln ach vs target of $8 bln in FY12. New TGT $6 Bln (INR 300 bln)

PSE government stake limit set at 51%

(I think Times Now will be carried by Reuters globally for Budget statement)

RG Equity Saving Scheme deduction of 50% upto 50000k investment in Direct Equities upto Salary of 3 Lacs

Qualified Foreign investors to be allowed access to bond markets ddirectly. Electronic voting for shareholders at exchanges , no tlimited to AGMs but for all decision making

PFRDA , Banking laws Amnd , and insurance Bill will be moved in this session

MFI Bill, NHB Bill, SIDBI Bill, NABARD 2012, Regional Banks 2012, Public Debt Management bill 2012 also to be moved this year

INR 154.88 bln for PSE Banks and NABARD


2012 India Economic Survey

Inflation 6.5-7 % by March

Recommends Fixed rate of Diesel subsidy /Litre

FY12 Growth at 6.9% ( as per Advance Estimates , GDP to INR 52.5Tln )

Survey projects 7.6% +/- 0.25% for FY2013

FY14 Growth seen at 8.6%

Inflation may fall even below 6.5% in FY13 but Monetary policy needs to adjust to fluctuationsin Oil and adjust prices regularly

Again in repeat from last year, Petrol pricing neds to be based on a transparent formula.

India needs fiscal consolidation and spending curbs in 2013 >> ..and inflation may tick down further does not match again and no investment in the Economy right now

Sustained high rates may hurt reality,and services sector

Inflationary forecasts at elevated levels building on the reverse base effect probably from FY12 to FY13 but that is slower demand led lower tack for inflation at its worst

Trade Deficit of 8% a matter of concern and FDI in retail important ( Multi Brand without local sourcing restrictions – Our additions in bold/italics)

Bravo: We are moving forward on Direct transfers of Subsidies for Food and kerosene (sorry AAdhar)

Land Acquisition Issues vital

Infra Finance a key concern

Need Aggressive stand to check rupee volatiliy but constrained by size of reserves

Deficit expansion due to lower Revenues not just subsidies

Recommend Customers pay for Higher crude prices – Sure!

We doubt though employment conditions have improved (monsterindia_ ) and depression in growth may jump the savings cables but the survey expects: Savings and Capital Formation expected to rise!

See slippage in FY12 Fiscal Deficit Target –

WHILE Proceed without MidTerm

DO 

Murder;

Mayhem;

Fiscal Profligacy

REPEAT 

Fiscal + Fiscal +1

UNTIL DEficit = 8% and Mamta = Laloo = Nitish/50 (2%) – NAMO*3/2 

(***FOR NEW TARGET OF FISC = 4%***)


Verdict: Why is growth back when we are in fiscal profligacy without investment

more special duties and fine tweaking of excise rates tomorrow instead of tackling reform in budget yet striving for stretched revenues

Bank Policy Tuesday: Policy Rates unchanged, CRR cut by 0.5%

Banks might pull back on the liquidity window, Apparently RBI was not worried on the missuse of the additional liquidity  in the constrained liquidity conditions. India’s CRR is now less than 6% at 5.5% and is likely to stay at the lower rates

FY12 GDP forecast cut to 7%. Inflation target of 7% likely to be met but fuel and imported inflation remains high

NDTL Values are nearer $1.2 Tln or INR 64 lakh crores, releasng 32,000 crores

RBI ofcourse still talks abt Manufactured pdts inflatn as area of concern

PMEAC may have bridged MOF expectations to RBI despite a clear mandate to RBI on the subject. We have advocated CRR/SLR cuts to lower levels and many banks have even asked for abolition of CRR to a  lower global Reserve requirements ratio of less than 20% against the now 29.5% incl 24% SLR which has however been denied by the PMEAC , MOF and RBI and banks themselves keep more than the required in Central Baank securities over and aboe the 30%. As and when these securities are actually released, much more can be fed into liquidity which the Centrsal Bank attempts thru NIBD status for these securities with it.

 

Setting Services for Revenue balancing

Introduction of a negative list in GST for Service Tax was put into place Monday. This means the states are

Tax
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now arguing for a 100% revenue share of all that is taxable by states in services. That means Finance Miniistry is being pushed into a corner with direvct revenue collection by states replacing central allocations and that does mean weaknesses in the tax structure from adhocism at state level that undeniably plagues India’s Federated loosely held together coalition of forces. The supremacy of the Centre in India’s democracy is much of the reason for its stability despite the apparent political fragmentation counting political risk as so important in this region.

However on the plus side, Service Tax as proportion of revenues is a good 29% this year and the tax would compensate for the over $6-7 bln in levies foregone on Petrol and Diesel in concessions made this year. The overall indirect tax revenue target of INR 4 Tln or $80 bln will be easily outperformed as available from the 9 month performance of 75% of the exact INR 3.92 Tln target. Services being 63% of the GDP this contribution can easily be increased to 35%. Economists target the negative list rationalisation as adding 3-4% to Service Tax share. SErvice Tax target for the year at INR 820 bln(HT) is likely to be crossed to INR 1.2 tln ( INR 1.1 Lakh crore in 2011-12) at INR 500 bln in the first six months as we surmised earlier.

The negative list is defined as all items on which tax cannot be charged and once the states demand is dropped it can move forward to include specific emergency services and thus tax luxury train travel, or house rent exceeding 100,000 specifically without administration hassles and doubt over what falls into the tax net. A negative list clears the way for tax officers and assessees to determine without undue benefits / losses on the account of paying taxes and counting rightful revenues

Revenue and Expenses to GDP 1993-2007
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With only 22 on the negative list in the original CBEC fdraft ( concept paper link), not including construction but including second class train travel for example, all Services can be duly taxed in proportion to their GDP contribution and any other extra burden on Excise , customs and thence even Direct taxes be rationalised. If the negative list is put in place, 40% of the services will be taxed and the share of Service tax in the revenue mix will shoot up. The negative list will excliude infra projects and single dwelling units, second class travel

States expect to get good revenues from Health and Fitness services, Entertainment ( maybe increase the footprint of entertainment districts to stay open after midnight too), Air conditioned restaurants and Construction payments to contractors currently untaxed in the last two cases for low rate s on food and a general lack of accountability in the latter(HT)

India Infrastructure: HSBC, ADB funding to bring up $ 1 bln debt fund

India’s first infrastructure debt fund is well on its way with the $1 bln corpus mooted by IIFCL successfully

Infrastructure improvements
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siloed for a launch of the fund in February 2012. the first fund will include IIFCL participation to 26% or $260 mln only as Asian Development Fund and HSBC chip in with $250 mln each for a 25% stake. LIC and IDBI get to participate in the fund with $140 mln and $100 mln each

As a mutual fund the Infrastructure Development Fund, first proposed by the MOFFIN in the 2011 Budget, will invest in debt of the infracos , allowed 90% by its mutual fund charter

The government is infusing the INR 10 bln required by IIFCL the first of India’s public infrastructure funding vehicles set up by the Indian Budget of nearly 6 years back and has failed to tak eoff while Pwer finance companies also set up by the govt and IDFC in the private sector have

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picked up the funding requirements and turned in a few successful projects each with a good interest margin on each sale.

The debt fund is part of the 12th plan charter to ensure at least INR 1 Tln (Rs One Lakh Crores) in infrastrcture funding primarily via PPP projects if required and ensuring Private participation to close the Infrastructure Financing gap for the country.. India’s overall financing gap coul dbe as large a INR 2.5 Tln or 4% of its GDP

India IPO: No retail, no gains

Even as QFIs allocation and direct investment by foreigners become India’s crowning glory, its IPO markets seem to have rutted into a big logjam ahead of action by SEBI to revise regulations for verificaation of IPO mechanics and catching 5 promoters and investment bankers for manipulation.

According to Assocham, separately the 26% FDI in Pension funds could add $166 bln in investments and management participation by established funds could also increase the local funds for Pension schemes by

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an equal amount. The $320 bln odd would be 30% of India’s GDP and would greatly add to the 14% of GDP coming to mutual funds currently, another market which has plateaued early

The IPO markets could thus remain liquid but with a record of 2 out of 3 IPOs losing 50% of the investment, it is unlikely that retail will wean away from bank deposits and the great capital appreciation in Fixed Income as and when yields fall off the cliff and bank conditions are eased in a couple of months. Already yields are down 50 bp since November.

IPOs helped mobilise $16 bln in 2010 and only $3 bln in 2011 ( based on ET data, pg 9)

This year will again be a much higher amount albeit due to PSE divestment  even as buy back guidelines get finalised for this month

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