India Morning Report: IDFC gets a bank license, India goes to Polls, Sun buys Ranbaxy for $4B

Though the trend is no longer on the up and up, BS revealing that IT and Pharma earnings have reached 20% of India Inc scorecards in 2013, doubling in 3 years on the depreciation dragon that caused a 14% run on the rupee just in the December Quarter. Meanwhile the Rupee is ratcheting back to 55 levels. According to RGR, the threatening levels of the Rupee appreciation start near 55 where it is overvalued to even 50. Remittances from the Middle East are flowing in mercilessly , leveraged by 5% loans in dubai and Abu dhabi as NRIs continue to fuel the investment boom’s precursors almost like any other Fed stimulus (QE)

However, as traders picks have shown in the week gone by, almost all shorts have been closed out and a further upmove for stoicks is not ruled out from here even as PSU banks and leveraged realty stocks like DLF remain outside the reach of good news and hence hold back most of the trading capital. As mentioned on Friday, March closed with $3 Bln inflows and almost two thirds is in Debt. A modi rally pre elections is scored in at 7000 as he steps closer to an absolute majority but it may prove over ambitious even for the NaMo juggernaut and markets may accede to pleas for a reaction this week before or after 6800 instead of hitting 7000 before counting closes on May 12. Assam and other NE states go to polls today

Bank Nifty has done creditably in this rally at 12550, without flatulent acccession by PSU stocks that have tripled NPAs ionthe Banking system adding INR 65 Bln NPLs to INR 3 T in Gross NPAs this quarter. Apparently metals continued advancing last week on news of a Vedanta upgrade to stable by Moodys, finally a piece of good news for the merged Sesa Sterlite and the acquired Hindustan Zinc

Arun Shourie and Arun Jaitley made the customary election time appearances for the party and are unlikely to be part of the governance framework in a Modi government that  has also sidelined MM Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh ( standing as independent from Barmer)  and son, even as LK Advani made a reasonable comeback on Modi’s behalf on the weekend as Modi asks for a personal vote for PM in the final stage. Sonia and Rahul also continue through a tough election schedule, made grueling more by continuous adds in Election surveys and a virtual estoppel on government business

IDFC’s bank license is indeed welcome for the strong business model of the company but as it starts running up to a grueling 18 month schedule to conform to all guidelines required for executing its license, most investors will be watching at current levels as a plan for reducing FII stakes to 49% is also confirmed within the new NOHFC structure for the bank. Bandhan was the other licensee. Most NBFCs in the fray including L&T finance which fully well knew the limitations a year ago, led the mid week breakdown as the RBI points to existing NBFCs and corporates to explore a differentiated licensing model. Policy day macroeconomic report for the quarter showed a limited recovery underlining the unlikelihood of any further improvements in RBI stance as recovery remains limited to fringes of the economy and a panic over the incoming government’s reform stance slowly takes hold during the crucial polling month

The mega deal announcement by Sun Pharma, taking it off its Japanese buyers for $4 Bln is still being digested by the market as the ramifications are mostly negative for Sun Pharma unless the game plan from the group is cogent and quick acting

Yes Bank is still a buy at 423 levels. Market indices are likely to continue adding straddles in the 6500+ ranges this week, unlikely to allow a sharp correction except for other news.

 

 

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: At the top, VIX = 18, NSE Nifty = 6535

DIIs are again trying to correct the market levels hoping for a bigger correction sooner than expected as markets having scripted a recovery trade from all time highs of 6500 level look to executing the same fueled by FII investments. Hopes of a mild correction in Banknifty continue as trades from 12000 levels in Banknifty are also stymied by the lack of positive PSU trades, SBI and BOB still counting as fundamentally short picks. PSU Bank Capital plans are likely to strain Government finances as Insurance companies also reach their sector exposure limit of 25%. It remains inadvisable to increase sector exposure levels from 25% as well and the problem is likely to get complicated as many PSU banks are unlikely to stop NPA accumulation at the 100 bln mark they magically topped up to in December 2013.

Meanwhile the Powercos (Distcos) supplying to Delhi have a long expected bonanza in regulatory assets allowed to be claimed by the State Regulator (DERC) (–see BS lead of date )but apparently the price rise and yield is already been priced into Rel Infra and Tata Power ( Tulsiani)

The VIX trade in the meantime flies off the handle at a tepid 18, the move from 14 to 18 completed in all of two trading sessions on Friday and Monday as Option writers finally got busier and naked calls and shorts covered out at Monday highs and markets continue upward. The PCR also is likely to be stretched at best to 1.30 and till then considerably larger highs could be established for the markets to return toa as indeed foreign buying of INR 16 Bln on Monday is likely to be followed by more such thrugh this week with many shortlisted stocks showing new stamina including Bajaj Auto which is likely to go up to 2050 levels if not 2150, Bharti which is still at  305 levels and can trade up to 335-345

Buying opportunities in ICICI Bank and HDFC bank would be grabbed by the markets though shorts re likely to succeed in Axis Bank as well, with its NPA and management problems unresolved. IDFC is one of the rare scrips that offers liquid trades witha 20% range from current levels on the long side to under 130 levels and YES Bank is also still a big gap from its earleir high valuations of 6000 valued  on the same economic scenarios back in 2011 as India repeats its unique performance twice within th single minded slow plodding recovery after the banks broke in 2008

Reliance however seems saturated at 855 levels and GAIL seems to have been ignored unnecessarily at 355 levels as Pharma is likely to be ignored till the end of the week Cipla headed to below 350 levels, Sun to 580 and probable 1950 marks for DRL while domestic producers with an export portfolio like Glenmark, Cadila and Aurobindo Pharma are likely to get a fresh batch o f long term investors from current levels itself

The Rupee’s trades at below 61 levels , opening at 60.70 in the morning are likely to be followed by better and lower yields in the Bond markets as investors follow the currency buying with some debt investments in India and hopes for an investment cycle upside to India increase with easier availability of “ECB” debt

One should choose pedigree and portfolio when choosing infra stocks and not follow for leveraged small promoters as deal wins in the space almost threaten the existence of such corporates instead of improving their chances given the debt raising limitations

Infy and TCS are already topped up in investor portfolios and current falls are fundamental revaluations and not much institutional trading is likely happening in the two stocks right now

The 2010 consumer flotation offers including Talwalkars, Prestige , Page and LL remain premium stocks with Thomas Cook for FIIS looking at sectoral picks

 

 

 

 

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 start the day at all-time highs from 6400

Though, it could have been better for the fundamentals, markets have not caught up to earnings increases over the last decade and will probably keep the gains in this weeks rally as the Rupee finally responds to buying and moves back to 61 levels without showing signs of tiring. As it moves further along to the top of its range to the 60 mark, consolidating yesterdays gains over another week, the currency does have a limited headroom as the Dollar Index is trading below 80.

Banknifty and IDFC are keeping their gains and moving north even as the indices savor a moment at the top and a lot of the individual stock memes switch , with Energy and Pharma both offering unique ignored opportunities that may well be taken up, without ruling out the better consumer scrips consolidating to new price levels or for ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank ( including a final decision on its cross holding by HDFC , still pending for renewal of its Foreing investor limit)

In Consumer we continue to back Bharti , ITC and Bajaj Auto. Yes Bank seems to be popping the champagne again, while the real estate pack will lead the way back for a quicker correction if interest in the sector runs up a bigger tab

ITC may again start up from 320 levels , if you are a trader and need to offload the stock currently. Bharti seems to have a new partner in sight for its retail JV( which I will tell you later why is not the ideal reason for backing the stock, like its financial foray earlier) but there are more fundamental reasons for owning the stock

Exiting DRL is a good idea at these levels

A lot of cash stocks have steam trading much below their lifetime highs despite good fundamentals like GAIL while the PCR is also a bland less than 0.9 with PUt OI still being extinguished , probably a precursor to Puts being written as confidence in new levels increases in the Indian markets , as they lead a global equity rally with the Dow a little behind as it is already at record highs. Markets have a long week ahead next week before 6400 Put writing becomes economic and the markets rewrite 2014 forecasts.

India Morning Report: Did investors buy into the Rupee last week, and the Suntory deal

Friday’s  closing rushes on the Rupee trade could be just another chimera as the China miasma refuses to scare foreing investors from China and other shallow EMs renamed MINTs. China also reported an improved Services PMI implying the trade situation could improve for it and its partners including Aussie, USA and India. However, things overall continue to look bleak for global growth as dependent on legs of growth in China and Europe.

Europe has been importing more, however, esp as Germany probably focusees on its own consumption for a small break after a Target imposed halcyon end to 2013. Rates are likely unchanged in Central Bank announcements and Global liquidity reprieve trades, may be ephemeral at best as Yellen returns to post snow recovery prognostications to hopefully continue along the same taper gradient $10 Bln in each policy date.

However, not to be confused by the Global Economy’s internecine interactive brusqueness, the India trade remains a leader for the Global benign trend continuing in Equities and HY debt this year and is likely to turn in better performances on the bourses than any other.

The 4.7% GDP score was not so bad except that it included at its best form, not more than 6% contribution from Services. As expected, Agriculture did not continue an extended rebound from Q2 and thus contributed to an overall disappointment for policy watchers with Governor RGR still on the edge of another couple of rate hikes and CPI close to plateauing out at a high 8% itself

Radico Khaitan is one of the bigger winners as the Equity trade in India opens to new bull scenarios, we choosing to watch after every 100 points as traders fill up the gaps and bears might give up most of their extraordinary gains in the following 6 monthsas they take each plateau of waiting for more investors as an inordinate sign of weakness or overconfidence having nbrought the hcicken count home to roost

Volatility remains at an extended low and the PCR below 1, implies one should batten down the hatches as most price levels on your choice investments would carry very little risk on sold puts . SBI and Maruti also proffer extraordinary choice to traders that need financing and are not selling puts ans positional shorts in both continue to dig for lost Mayan Gold, making it at least a year or 1200 levels before they exit with profittaking trades.

JP Associates may be out of the index but is a great plus trade ( opnly post redenomination of the Nifty) while Adani Enterpricses catches supplementary caucus support from the Adani Port bull trade. GAIL may still not make it to mainstrem positional trades or transition into a defensive but we reccommend buying the stock with IDFC and YES, while ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank individually will carry the Banknifty, PSU shorts making the Index tradea patchy non performing long

Foreign buyers saw $2.2 Bln in gross trading on the NSE itself on Friday. The return of bank investors and trading rooms including StanChart and HSBC to the bull trade on the Rupee, counld confirm secular up trades in Asia even as China gets ready for a currency depreciation battle. However, first order of business would be to observe if equities can keep up with the smaller selling that remains part of the trade in the first half of the week as markets start the series at fresh new highs of 6277.

The Sun Pharma and Hindalco trades should catch fire by the middle of the week in that scenario as mainline picks remain good for the goo but new buyers may not get them at better levels . Bharti , ITC and Bajaj Auto continue to hold strength in the consumer investments story and Services PMI returnign tot he green likely for 2014 means aviation, trade and tourism could critically support the good guys from here. The LIC and ONGC/OIL buys for BHEL and IOC are confirmed but sectoral trades aer non existent on either side. Pharma’s big week returning to substitute IT is the one certainty and not an immediate bulltrade so more consolidation is likely this wek esp if the Pharma trade does not kick in. The inevitable short trade on Hero as it yields ground to a bad February sales data will only land blows till 1850 levels as the news f the recovery should kick in the sector after new excise reduction and recovery in buying from March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India Morning Report: Vote on Account does not offer anything by definition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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: Markets digest a rate hike and the new Maruti equation

India Auto ExpoYou heard it in 2009, Suzuki may go it alone:

The 7th Maruti Suzuki plant in Gujarat adding capacities to its 1.75 mln cars from Gurgaon and Manesar which has already seen union troubles in the North, will actually belong to Suzuki in a new Wholly owned subsidiary and as royalty terms have not changed the new production available from Gujarat in 2015 will improve MSIL’s margins. MSIL already is the dominant component of Suzuki’s global sales. The markets are however punishing Maruti for the loss of faith , the automaker springing the surprise from its ranks mid afternoon yesterday. Today’s morning quotes will be 20% lower and likely fall a further 5% tomorrow though 1200 is improbable. A Suzuki coming into India alone means it may be planning exiting its Maruti investment except for its commitments to successive Indian governments over the years. Maruti trade is being closed within this series as speculators likely get ready for a short trade in the new series after having been farmed in the construction sector. The Gujarat plant will supply only to Maruti production

Biocon is back in Volume breakouts from the switchout in cash

Rate Hike

Markets will likely digest the rate hike given good liquidity, as mentioned in Bank Policy Tuesday yesterday however the 8.5% and lower yields will now wait till end 2014 and at least one quarter of good growth with strong positive investments. The higher rate environment may not translate into higher retail rates and credit expansion may also not be threatened, but was it required? Yields did move separately from Currency markets before policy and thus Policy rate hikes squeezed the exchange rate back to 62.50 levels

Airtel again, Idea bhi

Airtel is definitely back in the mix, changes at the top likely positive even for Manoj Kohli who finally moves to the new businesses invested from the Telecom win for the Mittals over the years. Idea’s ARPU gains despite revenue per minute dying means both Idea and RCOM are also likely to see long trades and Bharti remains the back bone of he market as IT and Pharma break down. Tomorrow would probably be ITC again and the day after that Bharti

Bharti PAT is up 20% on quarter and ARPUs to 195 frm 192 spectrum auctions stamp their market print on Feb 03 and Feb04(post announcements). Africa ARPUs are up 10c to $5.80 or INR 360.

Sell 6100 Puts

If you are finally tired of shorting the market and Ashwini baiting from your camp you may join in too but ahead of expiry, 6100 uts are likely to look tempting and markets will close 6100 with such a huge magnitude of newsflow  getting hope trades shucked off by early market moves last week and shorts on DLF , Unitech and HDIL would likely be the biggest winners of the series. The days trading would likely see a similar mood sneaking into 6200 uts , which however is a function of the other market forces discussed with a 40 point increase in NIFTY being par and leaves tthe markets at 6160 and markets may not want to control further BEAR GREED till todays close whence the 6200 trade still rewards that additional risk

Banks are a big buy

10,600 seems to have done it for the Banknifty and investors are likely to stay glued to ICICI and HDFC Bank on the rise. Axis Bank fell 3% yesterday at the fag end of the correction ( on markets breakdown post Maruti announcements) ICICI Bank reports with India Starbucks (Tata Global) . Starbucks ma also prefer a new 100% investment in India after 25 stores have opened with Tatas.

After ICICI Bank’s clean sweep today, tomorrow will see earnings from Hero sandwiched by Bank of India and SBT and after the Adani and IDFC reports on Friday we close out earnings season with a fairly robust performance, near 20% profit growth still standard fare for the biggies.

Other Results

REC, M&M and Cox & Kings report on the 14th of Feb, ILFS Transpo, Page (and Lovable?) and Finolex Cable on 12th and Bombay Dyeing on the 13th. Lovable is doing well in the trade prioritiising for the New FMCG adds in 2010 IPOs

India Morning Report: Predictably rational in the face of regional panic

Coulda’ Woulda’ Arvind Mayaram FDI, Note extinguishing before 2005 (25%) and others

While Goldman Sachs may have repeatedly missed good calls for the search for a political establishment in India, India per se knows better, discounting global EM troubles with considerable ease even as the Rupee inched up to 63. India should also probably try and make a bottom for the markets around 6200 itself, correcting SGX Nifty in those regular moves every year as EM withdrawals again translate into a wonderful opportunity for the second half of the year and India leading the hopefuls in market performance with fund investors probably again going to China and other markets just for rueing the missed opportunity? However that may eventually turn out, the Rupee faces considerable pressure and the RBI policy , a non event as expected, would not definitely reduce the pressure on the Currency. The worst culprit would be the deficit ridden Yen, apparently stimulus itself having lost momentum after month 1 last year having never come back. The second month of a huge trading deficit would imply that BOJ’s encouraging monthly perusal of the Economy just encouraged bond investors into JGBs and they are going strong for now.

There are not really ready funds/positions that can be withdrawn in this rally in India that apparently not just broke stride but flattened all kinks in the new year. Seriously for those feeding the panic though, Ranbaxy? buy trades? honesty now..Similarily failing countries facing high risk of default only count Turkey, Ukraine and Argentina, Venezuela and before that Brazil and Russia having recently faded from trading memories , dataless on India without trading in its bonds counting to CDS data yet, Korea similarily trading a very liquid 70 bp

Sensex is safe at 20800 levels and the Nifty safer at 6100 levels but that is almost totally out of the ball park if and only if markets are actually waiting for Foreign investors to reward India immediately for behaving stoically, which hoefully will not be the case when we close the week on Friday. Global market commentary should see those countin gHousehold debt abd Card spending in sovereign leverage counts receding again in 2014 but Student Loa mounds remain avalable high peak panic buttons back in the US.

Meanwhile Indian cash equities should continue to see accumulation, we still continuing in IDFC, Yes, ICICI Bank and ITC, Bajaj Auto and Bharti. GMR and infracos continue to deleverage and the rising valuations may not be able to bail them out before they complete that deleveraging extending the government’s troubles in looking at Public Private options for financing infrastructure, ever falling behind. The fiscal is already expected to come at 5.4% and is likely to improve from there, that unfed hope being snuffed out in this move on the Rupee( as expected , Turkey and some other currencies have already followed double digit losses after the yen refused to go back below 105 ( to 110)

Tickker updates before 9:30 am include Glenmark not revising guidance (debt at $500mln) and launching Crofelemer and all of Goldman’s merrymen could muster in their five years of India sponsored India bashing was to shuck out one Opto circuits from te ile, having bought 26% stake in the same.

We regret Karl Slym’s death as reported in the Morning headlines. Stay away from F&O baniding of the index and the 6000/6100 puts are no where being fully priced to write/sell safely

Bank Policy Tuesday would likely show india flows an economic condition stabilising with a health Liquidity position and no threats to the CAD with WI likely to fall again post policy on ag gained from the Vegetable price drop in November

Glenmark’s up 4% on 10 am trades (featured EarningsTalk/cxotalk on ET Now)

India Morning Report: Out; KPIT, Biocon, M&M Finl, L&T? In; Sun Pharma, HDFC

Of course the trade that earns is a good Bharti as ITC catches a breath at 322-326 levels and HUL tries to crowd the space after good results across the seas at its headquarters. However, positional trades on ITC are advised, we still like IDFC and Yes, ICICI Bank’s journey is a bit in the clear after HDFC’s straightforward increase in spreads to 220 points on the yield curve turning south across all points. A lot of “Sell on Results” shucked out in the pre open indicators (Call Auctions and if they are trustworthy? right now we are pretty stabilised on the morning indicators on bid and offer prices you”ll get in the market hours)

We would advise, that viewers and ET Now still learn to ignore Volume breakouts between 9:15 and 9:30 as the price uptick in that first flush is usually recovered with a correction easily assigned in markets in the midst of a positive rally. Thus we do not believe in the Larsen technicals either and they should rest this one esp with the bad prognosis. L&T’s dismal domestic scores preference in the Indian markets is a lagging Indicator for the Indian Economy and its being a Capex churn probably a function of the pipeline at best and payment collection habits not a pointer of the Economy returned to Normal that the markets are forcing on it.

Biocon is  agreat pick after the “Sell on Results ” shock,. At least it is apparent that new investors did not join the Biocon rush after results which are due today. Those Mid Cap IT stocks still in the ring, better have a story to tell with the PCR still not crossing into overbought signals but the market still tired at old highs and the 8% after fatigue for the Indian charts M&M results are 0% higher on NII in rural catchments. HDFC profit was up 12%.

Barclays, CLSA and GS are already tepid on L&T but these levels are definitely not the stock’s ultintisurfeitmate bottom. No sign of bulls there or the turnaroo. Similarily for Kotak, who cannot perform as a company but shorting it remains uncharted territory. Is it right, BEES ETFs are back in play? check the volume ludes. and check the bottomline as always. Chill pill for qualuudes?..an extra u to coin my own word

Indian Pharma remains the great big bet for this rally as its market characteristics have truly changed and the Indian players have ramped up on the business of generics at least with cheap strategies for the $200 mln molecules and more in case of First movers post patent removal.

SBI is still uncomfortable at 1650 and looks ripe for Sell on rallies at these levels again.  I’d pick up Bajaj Auto again in pair trades as the trading range bottoms out again, not so unlikely at 1900 levels itself. I for one am ready to add Glenmark and ICICI Bank to big trades right away but waiting for a confirmaiton and the 6320 cap likely remains

The AAP charts can probably prove pre-cognitive abilities as donations that peaked in the new year damped out a week before the (Somnath) Bharti chapters made a big event splash India bulls Home loans are back with INR 6.95 B and PAT at INR 3.95 B, Loan books of INR 390 B are hopefully in process of reaching a better denominator in a large unbanked market like India. Axis Bank could pick up where it left off but investors do not expect any NPA debacles in that neck of the woods, sufficiently loudly demarcated as out of PSU

In Policy matters, the CPI linked benchmark idea, we will assume , was another committee suggestion ( someone converted us, right?). Affordable accommodation units and Prop rights(garden variety TDRs) in Mumbai RE did take off but have not grown as a class.

In unlisted business, opening as a secular class in the Morning Report, AS in including both Global Corps and Unlisted PE business or the unincorporated merchants and Franchisee business we prefer Mike Fries in the Global Charts (Charter Comm – Liberty Global)than the local entry of frozen processed fries(McCain), and that is a definite final No from India for McCain as it follows in Gujarat after McDonalds’ merchant production for its restaurants . The price points will be out of reach and the consumption uneconomical for Vikas Mittal’s new effort. Walmart’s independent beginning on the other hand is another new victor of he Indian sweepstakes and should ramp up faster in the next 3-4 years. Amazon FCs are in Bangalore

Tata Global rush trade classifieds are back again but no corrections this month, unless someone starts up a maruti while its running!

Oh ya,  I have finally come around. India’s problem is/was feting Jim o Neil. It’s a wonder he came back despite betting bigger on China and biting a big fat Turkey. (I have to watch how much to put in the Morning ReporT)

zee entertainment below 2odma is a false and stock is a great investment. do not pair trade in US cash equities if and when you head there to advise or trade. stay invested in cash and speculate in f&o. rice exports at 2.3 MT in rice couldn’t possibly have peaked already did they? are the quota clamps back in place or no surplus production? krbl trades may follow real-time exports/orders in the next 2 quarters

Did you see Biocon’s brush with the NHAI in the Bangalore Mirror today? Taking medians out on NHAI highways is definitely a surefire way to asininely jugaad India’s hind out of global competition. Biocon sales (updating at 10 AM post Keki Mistry of HDFC) are a 7 B for the quarter and R&D spends seem still subdued because of other limitations at INR 1.02 B but none of that should count against the investment. Principal Global may end up showing us how corp governance and voice on the board are still a flexible parameter for India portfolios as we move towards harnessing and integrating the NDF currency markets into the mainstream And hey that Thomas Bata protege is still walking, so there’s no (h)urry!

O Gao, Jan Jan (ko Chhua) Janjivan(badla)

Ashwini contributing to his own sells by recommending 6300 put sells, that’s backslapping yourself twice over as Puts have anyway likely over priced themselves out of investors by today’s close and that does not make investing on te bull side defensible today. so the shorts are likely having a needless hope surplus till Friday in the pouring rain.

PSU Bank Dividends are more than justified, if the Banking Secy needs any props and tempting fate by linking to February Capital re-infusions and Banks’ demand for reduction of free ATM transactions per month should be denied aand the number of free transactions should be increased.

India Morning Report: It was Kotak meeting its maker again! (6250 again, naturally)

Thus the market turns south from 6320 levels though there is nothing to bother the market much.

Kotak’s mid afternoon tryst(just the 9 month report) could not shake off the market assumption that Kotak’s business is all but done and that does not bode well for it in an unbanked India Q3 results showed a grand INR 35 B in fees and INR 34.92 B in Net Interest Income yet again, not counting minute variations. Adding insult to injury, where the bank almost categorically does not expect to grow any of these businesses were the unravelling NPAs on a small portfolio

Improving NIMs at Kotak are heartening and CASA is up 22% on year. The split of the Advances column is a heartening reminder to others like Yes and Indusind evenly split across Corporate, Commercial and Retail (INR 20 B) and NIMs are much better at 4.9%

HCLT in the meantime has hooked up with CSC for Application Services Delivery centers in Bangalore and Chennai. SAP continues to explore India in the mid market Enterprise space with partner innovations. IBM recently sold Daksh back to local operators

Korean GDP releases later today will probably again reset India’s FDI expectations. Bank Policy Tuesday may appreciate the inflation correction and the increasing deposits in India’s coffers coupled with Government Borrowing turning out better than expected. Foreign Reserves are hardly comfortable but higher than usual allowing RBI to spend a couple of Dollars last week (January 5) on exchange adjustment. Bank Credit update will continue to show better growth.

HDFC , Dabur and Biocon may keep viewership glued to trading software and TV releases again. Arvind and Tech Mahindra are among the fabled Volume Breakouts of the season but we won’t be looking at them till FY16 as the model and the Distribution kinks for the former are still suspect. Aurobindo Pharma has post announcement made the splash on news count into hard stock price increases and will likely hold new levels. Biocon , if you believe in a generic thread of Indian Pharma , could still be the Indian Infy/TCS depending on your version of the morning coffee.

I am still buying IDFC and YesBank. Power NBFCs come out jst before their results break or in 2 weeks as the rest of the breakers are in town with M&M Fin joining Volume Breakouts today before earnings. CESC also sees a higher clip of returns on breakout. no Zensar isn’t making it anywhere..Lupin is still bussing up and let me know the others, it’s busy season outside the markets. 6315 was holding at 10 even with the Kiwis in trouble

Network Analysts or Gang of Analysts will do better with Lovable and Page Ind(no pun intended) as the scrips move into gear after the post ipo run meshed with a consumer rush and a dearth of supply in good stocks in 2010 . Prestige , Talwalkars and JP Associates are good for l.t. accumulation. PVR hasn’t wound down so the pie for I Sec finally broke out of the clouds and will keep growing (till it rains burgers and purple juice?)

Cymbalta apparently is a Torrent Pharma revenue which posted a good INR 10 B revenues yesterday. We haven’t captured its jumping fortunes earlier, Torrent Power sharing an equally unique business advantage in the utilities space (serving Ahd and Surat)

Davos streams on cnbc and or Bloomberg(us) could have well waited for saturday programming or the interview settings could have been suitablly upgraded from luxury breaks to business interviews for those at work

At 11am, I am shorting BOB, the 6300 calls are so cheap the 6300 straddle is the BIG WIN(Ashwini/etNOW)

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: Gold Loan Norms for Muthoot & Mannapuram, Infy at 3400

Markets at 6200. Nothing would seem to have changed during our 2 day break this week, but for the fact that markets after declaring tiredness have found the will to come back to 6200 from a dip , probably to catch some Deliverable trades in the wind down as the Shorts get their day but most are bought into the 6000-6300 range. Option ladders have given way to Bear/Bull spreads and cheaper strategies of any combination in OTM Calls ranging a 6200 with a 1:@ ratio call ( from namesake Amit) with 6300 ( neutral on cash) or  a similar strategy on puts at 5900 (ITM) sold to higher Puts bought near the range as the markets are not excessively bullish (6100-6200)

Meanwhile, true to last week’s draw ins to our short list, Sun Pharma and Lupin/Cipla/Aurobindo have taken off/ are ready for a big run discounted for the weakness of the rupee being their marker as the Rupee is at the bottom of the range at 62.1-62.4 alternately. Divis’ is a great pick and Cadila is still in but some market movers would put Glenmark on watch with profit booking in place. Ashwini is off Jubilant Food again for the same reason maybe, but he is trying Jai Corp today I managed to note. Aurobindo is still good but I fail to understand the hankering for Ranbaxy again with promoters from Japan raising the issue of misinformation and misgovernance publicly

In the Zee vs PVR vs Eros /BIG and the rest again I find the PVR cosmopolitan equation still daunting and Zee the only balanced out performer despite attempts by Sun TV and the sports czars like Sahara and Kingfisher. Private Equity has a chance to prove itself again in India in Entertainment, Media and Education, the Y sectors but as of now has come out only in select E Commerce venutures in over a decade

Muthoot and Manappuram would be great plays even after this first CB. As per the new guidelines, LTV has been rolled back to 75% allowing both to lend more on existing accounts and having also gained the RBI seal of approval for moderating portfolios.  Disbursals are still by cheque for high value cases ( Same INR 100,000 benchmark) Apparently Ownership Affidavits have specifically recommended by the RBI as NBFCs probably pressure customers /claim troubled custom for original receipts for Gold more than 20 gm

IT firms would probably end the correction as Infosys result day is now key with Infy at 3400 levels. Both Product platforms and Consulting have failed to take off for the new no. 3 of Indian IT. However buy in select Mid cap ventures ( for the same tired reason, MindTree is still an in) continues as the Rupee story has unfurled. The smart correction to 3480 may be safe but the range remains between 3420-3480  and any new rally pre-results would likely be sold back to these levels. Similarily the short on YES Bank (Mitesh) may again fail as Banks manage to boost their share outlook on Private sector and credit performance in this week after a very dull prognosis again prompted the pick by Mitesh Thakkar (TGT: 340) and others. YES will still be a good buy and IDFC is again available at 102 levels so both should be bought into at these levels. YES commentary would be key as Indusind retail portfolio gets colored by being mostly in the sharply down CV sector. ICICI Bank may not keep the elevated 1050 /800 levels in earnings season this quarterly review but will remain higher and be guarantors of Indian performance both in markets and in the overall Economy with IIP and GDP rates still subdued and inflation a big part of the continuing growth imperative

Except for trades on exceptional earnings and sell on news, select stock picking remains the order of the day, going into earnings season next week.  Infy for example will suffer if the promised margin expansion of 100 bp and higher guidance for the full year is not delivered with or without commentary on taking out the Executive council from the company’s governance model. Bajaj Auto may see new highs as it remains important in portfolios with new picks in the other Bombay car/auto maker M&M. Bharti and ITC continue to see some exits but have more or less become nerve centers of a trading move despite the expanding dichotomy between Mid-Caps and the Large Caps

India would be happy enough with $30 Bln stock of FDI in the Calendar year 2014 as well and marekt expectations do not include any redefining execution elements into the stolid infrastructure story nor any PSU ETF can bring bank PSU investors or the BJP euphoria in a hurry. T2 has been commissioned in MIL in time howeevr, taking capacities to 40 mln passengers per year, while KIA is already expended into T1A with an overall capacity of 25 Mln pass per annum. GVK in the meanwhile , tries the land monetisation plan first at MIA while GMR continues to consolidate international and national bids ( Hyd and Bangalore) in it aviation subsidiary, the only post MRT/Metro good news for the sector now four years into its relaunched modernisation drive, where BJP assumed it will get the mandate to do better, but it looks likely that the electorate saw it was equally impossible before the Election mania picks up (after the Vote on Account).

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India Morning Report: A tough hand dealt in the Financial Stability Report

Loan
Loan (Photo credit: LendingMemo)

The Interconnectedness of the Indian Banking system, might have become prioritised for a global caveat emptor learnt but the Indian system has much more downside from our desi PSU style profligacy in SME lending as haircuts on even 50% of that stressed portfolio would take the government out for a long walk in the woods. Delving a little more indepth into our favorite subject, most of the stressed portfolios in India Inc’s first stress tests were found to be in Infra, Mining and Cap goods sectors or our core Infrastructure series components and those would anyway need to be treated differently than Ordinary term loans . Such loans constitue 54% of the Stressed assets identified in the FSR.

However as the Financial Stability Report remarks, there is a fundamental risk to about 60% of the credit stock in the Banking system collapsing banks even as they have primarily not created a laconic lee side for the Ghat monsoons in interbank lending primarily one supposes thru traded CDLOs and real lending on larger accounts  than derivatives without a defined underlying as in the global case. The risk as highlighted in the FSR come from defaults in lending portfolios of Banks skewed to single corporates apparently among other details one has to study from the disregard of concentration risk by lenders with the 20% to single corporate and 25% i think for group key limits to be tightened and enforced duly.

India on the other hand has to grow the Securitisation pie  from here and where the Central Bank would be trying to control INR 1.7 Tln in repayments due till 2017-18 from the next fiscal onwards (FY15->2014-15) , India would indeed face an uphill task the markets would do well to ensure they have factored in. HDFC Bank too never got that approval for added FII investments even as Axis Bank application was cleared last week(to 62%).

Back to the mundane diary of the Indian markets for the day, Markets trade leaving the upside intact as shallow trades characterise the last trading session to 2014, much like last week’s record low of INR 740 Bln in the full day of equities and derivatives trading on the NSE and BSE and Cash volumes are likely to stay below INR 30 Bln (the last week low was INR 50 Bln) probably. US and European Markets are closed on New Years Day including Fixed income markets (at least in the USA) The other thing to highlight from the watchful Fiscal Stability Report is RBI’s worries on the Growth – Inflation dynamics not working out as WPI continues above 7%  which we led with sometime in November.

Net foreign inflows continue to sweeten the deal for India inc into 2014 with a 1.5% CAD (FSR score 1.7% and a FY14 achievement score target of under 3%) and the Fisc even if the virtual spending shutdown (as in the last 4 years) from January will soon find another yawning gap even if FY 2014 indeed perks up reasonably. Hopes of a stable post election scenario have almost been crossed out in case you did not notice in the New Year’s eve  celebrations and the infra pack, high on investment hopes and leadership from IDFC, and a deleveraging trio incl GMR Infra and JP Associates with the Relinfra people facing their first AAM Party audit

Apparently new year’s eve also sees an uptick in Tata Power and Reliance , which one doubts will last esp as Tata Motors is receiving its recognition only for its minute share of the TESCO-Trent JV like in fact here was such when Starbucks burst onto the subcontinent scene. The Starbucks venture is well-defined however, and the ware tastes well, drawing in big crowds in now 3(Three) cities in India

Redesigned logo used from 2011-present.
Redesigned logo used from 2011-present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What probably did not get highlighted but was tried earlier by RBI, also needs to be monitored for results as Foreign Banks continue to skirt the Living Wills issues at Global HQ and continue to rethink their strategy with regard to entering India. Apparently Gross NPAs will start trickling down as we long suggested but Fitch and a few others are still hoping the PSU disaster will play out to bigger stakes and at a faster rate to make a return virtually impossible ( especially if larger Government injections are requird to keep them floating – KV Kamath). However, I would just depend on the investment recovery and the credit growth performance by Private Banks and probably PNB as Deposits finally outpace credit in the last bi monthly reports on the Banking sector in Calendar 2013 and the ICDR hopefully comes back to respectable levels without Banks having to constrain such new lending in India’s recovery phase

Also don’t take me to be a cynic but Torrent and Lupin’s timed leaks about Pharma’s assault on a generic version opportunity for Cymbalta may be better timed but is still probably a few months away from translating into Dollars and one fervently hope ( and cannot claim to otherwise yet concretise) that the generic provides an opportunity to us more than the cookie cutter $200-500 mln with or without first mover advantage.

India Morning Report: Energy Cos, FMCG follow into the bull segment in January

English: tata steel lake black and white effect
English: tata steel lake black and white effect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The news of breaking thru to better levels in the next segment have started crystallising on expiry day as OMCs and  Tata Global catch up while Aurobindo is a strong candidate to become the trader sentiment fundng stock as it battles the challenges from a local branch of the US FDA in its new avatar(US FDA’s new avatar)

Divis’ is another if you think it needs a scratch to win the Pharma segment in 2014. However there still is significant (75% +) investment upside in stocks like Cipla, Lupin and even Sun and Dr Reddy even as they review their competitiveness in the blue sky territory (Ashwini/ET on Aurobindo) for their stock prices.

Mining and Metals are not going to get a broad rally and may sustain bear interest but Tata Steel and a few others are definitely heading for a better future, Jindal Steel on the flip side continuing into the nether. IOC  and BPCL could be strong picks, HPCL having compensated for the lack of interest within the sector in 2012.

The long stretch at 6200  now sees thinning out PSU bank trades and new investors looking for the non Quantum broking “hidden gems” i.e. analysed not in this block of 5 years but surviving the negative glare other trader favorites have been subjected to as Bank and Dealer trading rooms get increasingly traded out of the select short list making the back bone of the as always overall positive prognostication for the Indian Markets as a steady uptrend of more than 15% gain in 2014 has been divined for the overall markets. 

However the FMCG jump backs identified in Talwalkars, and Jubilant or even real estate newbies in listed trade like Prestige or earlier RKJ picks NCC have already shown their limited stamina in such rallies and the same applies to a McLeod Russel or any other such Midcap picks and Tata Global will probably lead a pack of 6-10 such winners . Others likely to be included in such a cross section of winners would be the winning infra trade from IRB, Lanco and even the blue chp pick IDFC,  and another from GVK, GMR and Reliance Infra on better leverage news in 2014. The ones rejected for quitting on the bank licence race or just trying include Shriram Transport and LIC Housing. ITC and Bharti are not good for the day but remain part of this segment of winners to provide fairweight to sucha trending portfolio unlikely to be able to depend on Maruti or Axis Bank (probably just because it was tired by traders thru excessive lay in 2011 slurring it as a bulwark of the bada$$ trader instead of India’s flagship trade) Punjab National Bank alone is making up for the required breadth in Banknifty underlying/components along with the usual volumes in SBI. Seemingly, Powergrid is also nearing a FII limit at its current aproved 24% part of the overall sectoral limit.

The Power NBFCs are good for the rush, HDFC Bank is not out of favor and REC and PFC continue to lead this other mrket spine overall, but the other spine/splines(if you read) would come back in Powergrid and GAIL. As mentioned earlier the L&T and BHELs (esp the latter) or the metal and mining Hindalco and Hind Zinc may not provide such an alternate portfolio enough weight to survive the daily storm in 2014

Also, on the overall, like Reliance in the earlier years from 2005-2010, one should stay away from a Kingfisher like future looming for Tata Motors as cash gets reinvested at luxe rices into JLR and it is fully matted in domestic markets

 

India Morning Report: Rollovers underline a strong Thursday close, Merry Christmas India

English: Eugene Fama receiving the inaugural M...
English: Eugene Fama receiving the inaugural Morgan Stanley-American Finance Association Award from Rick Green (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inflows have been strong in second half of the Calendar year and Net Exports have been rising (nice, Manishi RayChoudhuri/TV18) . RGR was a brave face as he shot down the traders bamboozling him and the follow up interviews by the Guv on both CNBC India and ET NOW are great hits but without Investment to the real sectors and not real estate or Financial markets the return to 7% growth levels is a shard unwritten.

I hope he can stay off some future rate hikes too even as the auto sector underlines that the recovery has not happened tomorrow or this month(January) either. Fixed income yields still have a chance to return to 8.5% but then thats me hoping in counter balance to markets hoping for free money on a tree, any tree! (lolz)

New Open Interest at the start of this week even makes a 6500 close to the series possible but probably we will stay at around 6350, no less. HDFC Fund”s INR 150 mln-200 mln purchase of the Morgan Stanley funds is like showing up how tough it is and will be ,  while hiding the almost nationalisation part of the transaction, allowing a stuck Foreign fund an exit from an incalcitrant (Recalcitrant plus contumacious plus that commission factor?) market it is unable to grow not unlike Fidelity as entry loads bring bak the downselling to th slow growing asset markets that have still grown from INR 5.5 Tln before the crisis to almost INR 8 Tln today, the indexes barely having moved on the round trips in between. HDFC Fund’ last big buyout was when it got the top performing Zurich funds and till now has been masticating these previous transactions without any growth and is unlikely to start growing from here despite the 400,000 new customer accounts left high and dry. Market sentiment is indeed positive and getting better and may the DIIs forever looking for a bargain keep cash and money markets running to good demand for Indian paper.

Back in equities, the markets are busy rolling over their bullish positions on the penultimate day of trading in the series and the shorts have to probably fall out except for the 6500-6800 Calls on the Nifty which can be written with certainty till expiry, now predominantly in the January series, given the markets are eager because of the safeplaying, to turn boring January into a contest of Fireworks from both bulls and bears but probably with a 6300 bottom till some big negative news plays out not counting out inflation as Rural CPI may still sike and Vegetable inflation may still fall behind the news of prices going down last month

YES is a great buy even without a new IFC contract signing, IFC’s co lending probably its most profitable program in the subcontinent and its return augurs well in the last decade and more in jumping up Investment in India but with intthe currency hanging it will probably take a few more Dollars from them to move the trend to the Indian waters this time around. Hopefully, EXIM Bank does not need allocations from the Government in this quarter either to move export credit and keep double digit growth in Exports on track even as the gains from a gold clampdown disappear

Individual stocks

The sells on Jubilant Foods may not be needed for substitution of ITC into buy portfolios betting on the recovery nor do straddles get anything in the 6300-6500 range in January ( Ashwini still out of depth a little like the DIIs without a correction, though there  has never been any benefit to markets in acceding o their demand for lower levels , tabs , whatever. Interesting downtick in Volatility this week, One thought/heard positive volatility had disappeared totally. The only remaining downside risk to the market now building up is the jump in Canar Bank stock and such investors and advisors now again rooting for select PSU bank stocks.

Update price not disclosed, the MF purchase cost HDFC Funds upward of 4% of Debt fund AUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

India Morning Report: TESCO gets in the door, Another rally on the brink and a few kinks in the Bank Armor

Whatever be the State of the Bank Champions, Banknifty has bottomed out at 11,200 effectively esp with HDFC Bank hollowing out the tube on a 2% cut in MSCI weight to just above 5%. Coming back to the fundamentals then, it’s a beautiful morning when Banks and lendees have to get into line for a little justice being served. Though ET very adroitly , slipped out of mentioning any of the technical line items by the NPA sub-Comm at RBI Headquarters, the NPA guidelines will go a long way towards getting the banks to wake up to a new, faster era where they cannot use just proximity to the promoter as cause for underwriting. Specific colour coding of the timeline to NPA forces a beautiful transparency onto the banking system.

Currently Banks are prone to getting CDR notices around the 90-day deadline when the loan assets sour into NPA and the current accounts with more than an INR 100 Lac overdraft exist in such plenty that they are not duly raised as line items fraught with default risk for the bank. RBI draft guidelines also propose red flagging the Promoters and Directors of such businesses that are prone to turn purple in 90 days from the first Default so they are not wont to hop from enterprise to enterprise or engage lending officers into such a scheme that encourages adverse selection.

Au Bon Pain logo.
Au Bon Pain logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ET actually would be one such enterprise forever on the brink that has to prove its Financials and its intentions and has limited its own borrowing capacity but that may not be interfering with editorial ethics and it is not unlikely however that the same will be one of the discussions in this CDR friendly patch of Indian Banking’s jump across Futures and Fortunes from the casual officiousness of the nineties to the brisk professionalism with Corporate , SME and Retail borrowers in the 21 st Century post a global crisis

A last rate hike is coming and the rest can be entered in the post policy announcement today, in a few minutes as markets last without any cash trading in the first hour and some.

The IOC divestment is good news even as Markets drive the stock down to possibly the lowest realisaations from the stake sale. The Trizivir approval is coming through for Lupin while  the same USFDA has akso approved Lupin and four others including Sun and DRL for Cymbalta($5-6 Bln per year) generics in the US domestic market (anti depressants ) Sun’s SPARC lost a generic application (LV/CNBC18)

Auchan
Auchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IDFC and ICICI Bank as mentioned yesterday have righted the price trend amidships. If you are looking  at other rate sensiives suriving the coing high interest regime and leading thus this India recovery, apart from ITC whose core business showcases highly inelastic high demand for its products any consumer staple business especially in Foods is an equally good proxy as Food inflation will continue strongly thriu 2014 whether rate hike or not and GDP growth restrictions continue to bracket very few non performers except the NPA ridden PSU Banks. NPAs in the system rightly would correctly jump to 16% of the assets in the high rate scenario

And yeah, I belong to the minority that likes the sharp reaction from India to US trapping of Devyani Khobragade. Even PPP does not cover half the gap between Service costs in the US and in India

TESCO right timed its entry apparently in JV with Trent. The London based retailer is a welcome substitute for Walmart in a touchy state -Center source of friction in an iportant policy hot pocket. TESCO lands in Maharashtra and Karnataka with its first two Large Format stores ( though thyey are really bigger than the Auchan Hypermarket format) Other non stock market related news for retail came from the otherwise listed Spencers’ owners RP-Sanjiv Goenka who are taking Bangalore’s own Au Bon Pain national. They are the first Master Franchise looking to own all the coming India ‘stores’ of the Coffee/Sandwich chain (QSR). Apparently national footprint for Au bon Pain entails more 1800 sft investments whereas they have rationalised on size in home district of Bangalore except for the flagship restaurant on MG Road

The Bank Policy Date goes by without a change in rates as the RBI advises against an over reaction to the good news while they wait for data

India Morning Report: Icky Spider on the Wall, why is this the fairest of all?

Česky: short straddle
Česky: short straddle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An unheard limerick, coined by yours truly, till some claim is authenticated on the same, roposes the current scenario and the base reasons for the same vacillating non volatility trade winning 6200 mark again. We had planned a kudos for the F&O analyst for proposing the 6100-6300 straddle ( Sold put – sold call) after Vol (India Vix) reported a low 15-17 score befor the weekend and 17 on Thursday. Though the Economic data is baked in however, the index challenged by us to stay the course around 6200, is finally hanging on to its gains after some again ventured freely on the shorts ( even the short straddle is a double short but bets the markets are ranged in 6100-6300. If the markets indeed die at 6200 the strategy would be a magic marker for the India F&O market that will be a good point of reference to repeat in any new intermediate cycle  or waiting time as the case may be. However as of now, the strategy is a little stuck in the mud. Also when switching this strategy in a bull market currently, one can even sell twice the 6200 puts as the never yet suggested bull exit indeed comes to fruition

Long Straddles won the day marginally(Long 6100 call, Long 6300 Put) and Sold 6200 calls are also in the money over the weekend( Open-Open comparisons) The 6300 Call has come down from 270 to 30 from last Monday (Open – Open)  though OI has decreased in the market after a hopeful Friday Ramp by a 3/13 ratio and sold calls would have generated

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An option payoff diagram for a long straddle p...
An option payoff diagram for a long straddle position (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

INR 24,000 per 2 lots (100 Nifty underlying) as vol has disappeared from intra trend highs and turnover is steady though considerably lower than the bunched OI at 6200. A 6100-6300 short straddle would have gained 1300/- from Friday Open to Monday Open with the 6100 Put losing 700/- [All calculations made at the same 2 lots = 100 Nifty underlying each leg of the straddle].  A long 6100CE/6300PE straddle would bother an INR 26.1K investment and would have been worth INR 23.4 K on Monday morning.

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Good volumes have been traded in Havell ( as the Morning report comes to you late today for unspecified reasons) as the scrip gets select attention. Similarly NB, PFC and other select universe scrips have seen important moves from Friday levels upwards even as Nifty Calls seem to specify maturity of the short Calls especially at 6100 (still at a premium above 100)

The Rupee closed at 61.75 on Friday and is a t similar levels in Monday afternoon trades and both banks and infracos have seen significant moves after a 25bp rate hike has been priced in by the markets at 8.9% yields as the Bond Index entry for India issues is also under review

The Tech M sale announced last week as Executive (insider sales) Vineet Nayyar, exited half his shares ( Sale of 500,000 shares) timed perfectly with the peak price for the stock and as we expect bigger shorts in the scrip , one should expect the longs on IT to continue iling into the doddering scrip nevertheless.

The Title reference, to dig into the simile, shows up the underlying insane spells in the India markets, showing u more in skeletal volumes and defining why retail and even Domestic institutions have been priced out of this market..I am still to design any research around such a proposition, but it is likely not difficult. Let me know if any of you try.

Tomorrow might be much the same after a second day that the Market opened near 6200 and returned to 6150 before closing trades were executed. HDFC Bank has hit a 49% foreign investor ceiling nd is  losing purely for lack o f allowed buyers today. PSU Bank investors will not be returning for a significant part of 2014.

India Morning Report: I wonder if this freewheeling, Really is an enlightening thing (Dubious , Vikram Seth, NDTV 2013-12-14)

English: syndicates @ work
English: syndicates @ work (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Homage to Sec 377 controversies apart, it also expresses the universal angst and one shot propositions(Sec 377) that refuse to delineate the difference between the Buys and the Sells and the Holds and the currency and the coin) SELL THAT MIDCAP now (and come back another day)

The markets tried again in the Pre Open today and will sooner than later again snare buyers on a higher price near 6200 but till that happens, Bulls having just defended 6000 levels in the Option premium market, not underwriting 6100 or even 6200 that they had started last Monday on, it leaves an uncertain gap in between.

Market buying will of course definitely ride a 6.5% WPI data in November riding the gain from Core industries lasting around 2% for almost the entire year now, and Primary Articles skewing the deal with a 15% tick, also underwriting that retail inflation is not wont to come down at all in the coming two years of a changed fiscal and political regime either. In India, we follow the natural order of things, yes and in the long run we are all dead , definitely, but increasing rates because Onions can finally be sold for  a better price, it is more autistic than you think and once we are part of a Global Bond index, such follies will get a force multiplier we do not worry about / or disavow when we make that policy.

GSK deal again caught buyers on both sides even as a 30% arbitrage was available on the GSK Pharma stock which closed on Friday at 2400 levels as GSK Consumer tumbles from speculators exiting at 4500 levels. Both scrips are closer to the offer at 2950 and 3500 respectively in the pre 9.30 trades on Monday. Any open offer in GSK Consumer will unlikely exceed 3400 and may even be lesser after the INR 64 Bln is spent on GSK Pharma. Apparently the Midcap deal buying Elder off Torrent leaves Elder with the low margin API business and Torrent stock is unhappy about the value bought over while Elder stock is not so happy about he cash coming in/debt closing out.

Anyway, before we proceed, the other starting up sub text today was Sell the Midcap. A sure fire winner of a strategy given the markets vacillation, as those who are Hungry are bound to die till they are served with Capital inputs and Market responses that allow a rally

Wednesday’s rate hike will probably peak out the ill advised strategy ad retail inflation will continue to iron out the poor gap even if the government can’t spend and hopefully no party feels like lifting the Gold curbs too soon. Europe’s death spiral should wean out some hot money before he Euro peak s out but the Dollar will continue south and thus the taper threat will pass off unnoticed by the non market watchers in the middle of the week. Did you notice the flurry of big bank settlements that have passed us by in November?

India will act decisively to set the global context in 2014 reflecting the markets outperforming in 2014 while US markets follow tamely yet maintain last year highs. The Europe sell off about to begin soon, will leave us unaffected giving the world another chance to dig theimselves in, but ignored india will manage with another $20 Bln – $40 Bln in portfolio adds in 2014 as US Bond yields rise to meet the challenges of a real world.

Also Ashwini is a the cusp of a rash with all his misplaced bear picks again, and you should buy into the banks now. I go with SS(CNBC18) decision on the trading rink, markets waiting at 6175 at 9:35 for the confirmation that 6150 bottom holds and markets will move up thence. All that shucking, it is finally closed so the good guys we all noticed are set to move up ( and no IT moves are expected from here),. ALso, th last headline PSU Bank investors are not coming back, holds.

HDFC Bank ticked in the early bull report on Advance Tx, but then HDFC Bank was always expected to headline bigger growth numbers than the rest and it may well be the contraindication leading India Inc to slower revenues for the third running quarter

Any others eager to read the Drama Queen by Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, it’s a good idea this broadbasing of Indians’ views on their own history

Achha, what’s the deal – Jaspal Bindra wants clarifications on Subsidiarisation? HSBC, StanC < Citi and that other, will they ever come back in India and China retail or is it just Transaction Banking now

India Morning Report: Will India follow the midweek ‘Global Gotchas’ now?

Chinese Bank of China
Chinese Bank of China (Photo credit: epSos.de)

The small budget deal ‘induced’ sell off in US equities as markets talked big about another expectation of a grand bargain gone south was a chimera and institutions maintained trading volumes in the last month of business. Level watchers probably look for any excuse to start off the markets in 2014 in a position to beat the hitting target level under 10% gain estimates for 2014 and is nothing ore than the correction as a big rally build up ensued since November in the Global markets. However, Global and Asian impact correlation aside, markets are due for a bigger move south from India itself to the 6250 levels as the NSE universe of stocks has been totally blindsided remaining the same in the current shucking of picks.

Most good picks maintained their levels in the open and the NSE A/D line continues to show deeper gashes while the BSE transient update continues to hold the open as around 45% advances at 320-400 on last watch

With Capital outlays lagging business recovery, the 38% IIP reported in the core industries ( Infra index) lost the entire 8% and in September while the trade data was positive on yesterday’s release (updated yesterday’s report)

The inflation data will remain strong and so RBI will likely continue with its contraindicated stance of increasing rates into the recovery till Capex comes back ( well into the second half of 2014 ::CY). HDFC Bank leads gainers as ICICI Bank and Axis gets into consolidation while YES and other midcaps react to the economic indicators expected to shoot back up into December’s reports from the gainsaying we have had around a recovery.

The bitcoin logo
The bitcoin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bitcoin has made big inroads in the meantime on the global scene if you want your computing time to be used seriously while waiting and we remain on the verge of over-thinking in the rally instead of neglecting weak vacillating December cues from global markets with the Indian Rupee caught on the precipice.

A 9% interest rate is not doing anything great from the Bank and Auto led cyclicals either and not surprisingly at such a time the Bajaj Auto – Hero pair trade has reversed to favour Hero probably to catch up to the gains made by Bajaj Auto in the secular cycle though Hero continues to cede share to Honda in the two wheeler business and this will be estopped in two months to the secular pair trade favoring Bajaj Auto after the markets right the discount on Hero’s final achievements of a sharply focussed new strategy in the Honda break aftermath

IDFC remains a great investment pick and markets are unlikely to follow this day’s downtick into Thursday as markets correct the desire to correlation. Some market watchers already see no further FII inflows to add to the $17 Bln already entered into in this Calendar Year (most of it since April)

Paper Heroes Location 2
Paper Heroes Location 2 (Photo credit: roadkillbuddha)

India Morning Report: Volatility(India VIX) has another 40% upside, the last series is a rush

Maruti Temple
Maruti Temple (Photo credit: Terry Hassan)

When markets opened yesterday, the PCR reported was an even stevens at 1.0 and the rush for Open interest additions in All calls from 6200-6800 or all puts from 5800 to 6200 by writers meant the VIX continued to jump in a flat market remaining at 6200.

The trend continues today and with a bull spread easily assimilated, Bullish positions will accrue in the flat market till the written calls can jump the markets near a 1.2 PCR level which means actually a lot of money to be made in this derivative series in the last month of the Calendar year as the Dow unwinds most of the gains in the previous two weeks.

Indian markets will drift but look like making all time highs sooner than later as the bottom catches up with 6200 while the VIX continues its move up. If you notice, in the calls for a saturated market the buy calls today are  a distinct extension of the same stock selection begun in August 2013.

PNB has finally been given the green light wth its better provisioning implying a bigger bull weight to the stock esp as PSU banks remain a big no and that means a lot of exits. The market saturation commentators probably used the SBI series to make the point but the same is more an indication of a fundamental disavowal from the State Bank stock as it remains a primary conduit in the highlighted Asset quality factors Fitch underlined in yesterday’s report to 15% NPL levels by March 2015.

ICICI Bank remains a buy on longer terms and if indeed it is available cheaper from 1080 levels it will be at the erstwhile 1035 for the day traders and accumulators Delhi goes to the polls tonight and next Monday counts will be in from the State Polls, lending  strategic beginning for the incumbent Congress and probably its last chance even as Modi makes a fool of his self in oratory and may cut his speaking engagements towasrds the end so his work record can be taken to the elections. A distinctly uneasy feeling to hear that sound of voice and it is likely to set in as a big fail for BJP on the national stage in some vaguely deviant way wihth a confused young electorate holding the keys to the next Government in Delhi ( Centre, not state)

Back in the cash markets, stocks selected are likely to gain fast colors soon as the Manthan is almost over and equity inflows substitute bond outflows near the next inflation rate hike as Money supply remains subdued and counters the rate hike rate cut philosophy underlining the wider disenchantment with trying and making money esp in India and the recovery looks to run sharer this quarter bringing banks back into mainstream picks without the PSU weighted Banknifty dragging individual winners

HDFC Bank has also suffered in the negative sentiment in aut markets and while the CV market and its loan portfolios like NBFCs and Indusind Bank remain sluggish and give of fthe all pervasive urge to cut weights in India, the rest of the retail Auto markets and Finance majors are probably set fro an upturn. November sales were especially cruel on Maruti and even Hyundai even as Ford rested on a steamed u 4000 units i export, resulting in almost 12k units for the month near its best yet.

Domestic shares of auto companies continue to shrink for everyone vbecause of the troubles with buying a Hyundai a Tata motor product like the Nano or anyther Three cheers to Darashaw Technicals for catching the exit point in HCL Tech. Notice again, the veracity nd the preponderence of select buy calls showing the winners of India Inc, this is the time to build the portfolio. Motherson Sumi(speaking on ETNOW) is one of the select auto ancilliary mid caps that will also build a market catch all in this specific turnaround time with strong order books and improving margins.

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 mechanics of T-2 trading, USFDA, GMP withdrawal

In the spirit of all that is wrong with overseas monitoring of drug manufacturers and the known woes of overseas drug manufacturers quality plans, Wednesday started with a bang for Wockhardt as the GMP certification was withdrawn by European agencies last week and USFDA followed up with an Import Alert. Apart from hurting an export rich sector of the much tarnished Indian Economy, it remains an isolated play in the day’s trading.

However despite ranging puts and increasing percentage of the next series participation in Options etc now appearing towards the end of the series, the waning decisiveness of the Nifty may continue into December as markets deign to rally intraday and close above 6100 as Monday forecasted an easy reach for the same. Slow and sluggish markets despite the strong rate recovery action in the bond markets in the illusion of changing from old benchmark to the new has kept shorts in business. Markets are on wait before pushing the Banknifty in the last two sessions back to 11k levels. The Banknifty levels are definitely encouraging for a rollover induced good beginnings to the historically over priced next series (December in this case)

However back to things that can be read as making sense and are a watermark for the next events in India’s robust Financial markets, seldom confused with the Fragile Five before the preponderence of retail investor targeting left only Institutional actors in play over emphasising index trades as the only safe flows.

The December series again will continue the experimentation with sectors trying to avoid known good plays in Energy and Metals as brokers and agents seem to have set a high benchmark of participation while trying a little of this and that and that will impact rollovers as Index options go out of play and passive funds remain shortlisted on a very high ground with ITC, Bharti, IDFC and Banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and YES alongwith Axis Bank and LIC Housing Fin.

Traders are also unlikely to let LIC Hsg off without it reaching below 200 levels so buying should be attempted only around 197 levels and if 196 breaks then 192-4 levels. REC, PFC and PTC have also made investor lists only though they execute perfect range trades between 188-221 for REC and corresponding levels in other scrips. Cipla and Sun Pharma remain good scrapbook material for traders too and trading will return to the banks if robust flows are to be had in the markets while FMCG, Pharma and Energy and Metals present strong sectoral opportunities.

Despite the new midcap entrant Just Dial and Jyothi Labs where prices are robust if not trading volumes, Midcaps remain a Notice to stay away from India with the inability of research to overcome stop and start news flow and sensitivity to just one factor in most individual midcaps that keeps money from following the opportunity

However the mechanics of the T-2 trade, remain to find the level at which to screech into the next series optimum levels or in more mature months with broader flows optimum entry levels which usually allow shorts a large window to stand in, but once they are caught playing with fire, there would be no stopping this market having just woken up to an Indian recovery around the corner. Investment flows looking to be the harbinger however is a cruel fallacy esp as it lets investors on to the Capex companies like L&T and BHEL which in line with Global conditions are nowhere near their recovery with flagging order books and delayed execution.

Remember Modi is only one of the shortlisted candidates in the POTY sweepstakes at Time Magazine (Person of the Year). Investment positions should continue to be advised strongly in IDFC, ITC and the selected Banks you trade. Also Tech MAhindra may be an easy exit from MSCI too after an easy entry this week, within the next 6 months and markets wshould note missing fundamentals in pushing volumes into any such specific counter as it brngs a laser focus on to the players, used to making a mover out of a Satyam or a Rolta. Most money flows have safety in following Corporate Governance reports and big contract losses do not help as the commodity marke flexibility does not spill over to equities or even Real estate any longer.

Lupin, Cadila and Glenmark continue to get quick drug approvals and also make the cut for bigger investments

India Morning Report: The Morning after and the rush to October expiry, pre Diwali

Maruti Suzuki - A Star - Reflection
Maruti Suzuki – A Star – Reflection (Photo credit: Balaji.B)

 

Banks get a further fillip after a great policy picnic yesterday as the 7day and 14day repo allowances of 1% of NDTL rev up Balance sheets and as Chanda Kochchar explained, large projects will stay away for the extended holidays that is Q3 of the Fiscal till December and retail lending will be in high fashion, ensuring a good economic fillip to non investment GDP growth and due dimensions of a recovery with a good monsoon

 

This edition of the Morning report is late because of an exceptionally busy earnings week ( though technically i was engaged in an all-nighter on one of the better games out there)  The easy availability of government collateral apart, the Indian Banking system also enjoys, despite its overt concentration on NBFC and Real Estate Loans a still largely unsaturated map of loan portfolios with both these stakeholders whose importance cannot be underestimated in the growth cycle.

 

LIC Housing results were a great start to the rest of the week with INR 22 Bln in Topline and INr 3 Bln in Net Profits, boosting the missed Net Interest Income with other income and  as usual one of the first with their wholesale bank funding tied up. Big brother for NBFCs, Deepak Parekh led IDFC reports tomorrow while Auto scrips like Bajaj Auto and Maruti ( i do not know why) are in front of the rally that survives. Given the market predilection for selecting concentrated risk after choosing winners from a diverse basket, 6250 is already looking stressed if only in the bullish premium of the series futures being lose in the run today with merely 40 points chalked up on the Nifty,..

 

However as of now there was enough with bank stocks having come back from out of favor and apart from YES and the bigger ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank, the others, especially the badly run PS Banks with near 5% of NPAs on the Balance sheets must start receding and winners again return to glory for a move further in the same run. IT will probably return to extra attention to allow funding that leg of the rally if there is one. Pharma stocks have been up as good results pour in from challenged players like Ranbaxy and high expectations from DRL keeping away from interest in the real winners in the midcap sector

 

Bharti grew more than 5% sequentially and EBITDA margins grew 1.2% on year to 32% though a one time forex loss impacted the bottomline. Markets were quicker to shrug off the net profit miss as the Africa business , late to the party reported a 18% sequential jump to INR 70 Bln revenues, Dollar value of the Business also climbng to $1.11 Bln. Mobile Data, finally seemed to have taken off for Airtel and while India markets revenues dropped the exected  dimes to an ARPU of 192, Africa more than made up as the company wh $9.7Bln in debt had hoped. The Forex cost hit Financing expense which jumped 38% sequentially. Also Revenue per minute in voice finally grew to 36.74 p from 36.39 p in June. Growth was 13% on year in the topline

 

DLF is hurting from the pre festive season but with the continuing woes sequential growth is for Q3 is down here as well still expected to be near 10% on year in Revenue and EBITDA terms , EBITDA margins have grown to near 39% for this quarter too ( estimates from ET/Moneycontrol)

 

The currency and bond markets are still subdued though they have responded positively to the policy’s tone of finality for the direction for India Inc, open options not sunting corporate strategy into a crucial business season

 

Good returns with pricing advantage for Consumer companies and fuel decontrol cannot and will not risk the India growth story, nor is Indian currency going to be compared with the likes of Brazil, Turkey and Russia at any stage despite our structural ‘diversity’ and the unsaid inclusion worries as with other more developed democracies like the USA. PIMCO leads the return of the non ETF institutional Investors to the India story as the kitty for October inflows continues to grow ahead of tomorrows expiry which could still happen into the 6350 mark and definitely should close at 6300 as rollovers complete within yesterday today and tomorrow. Maruti should ideally return to more reasonable valuations and attention shift to M&M Bajaj and even Herocorp

 

 

 

Bank Policy Tuesday: RBI Governor completes policy action

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inflation (Photo credit: SalFalko)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

India Bank Earnings: A 20% rise in revenues for ICICI Bank, Asset quality upside not enough (Q2: FY2014)

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English: Mukesh Ambani’s house “Antilia” in Mumbai. Deutsch: Antilia – das Haus des indischen Milliardärs Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai, Indien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ICICI Bank which has continued on a lower margin growth in retail to gain just 20% topline growth will still be growing at more than 20% a year. Net Profits also grew to scale as Domestic NIMs were a tremendous 3.65% and the International Book started growing again. India’s largest Private Bank in true banking paradigms neither government owned nor still counting down to respectable CASA despite having started as a division of a Project Finance Firm, it has beaten competition from HDFC Bank in many categories except in true reach and has a real corporate book and fails in comparison with HDFC Bank’s large retail share. It’s book is predominantly mortgages in retail and its lending practices imply a bigger concern on asset quality n that portfolio as well.

Investments are more than a quarter of the Gross Interest earned after the likely HTM transfers and booked losses and  with International ‘cash’ also being put to use. Fee Income was up 20% sequentially to INR 24 Bln and 15% up on half year over FY13 as the bank seemingly wins the war for customer yield while rearing up growth, a quick way to kill criticism of its retail lending practices that will sooner than later rear up but without a margin squeeze , does not get into ‘crisis mode’ again

Net was iNR 23.5 Bln and retail credit grew at 22% with the Corporate Book also growing at above 15%. September Banks’ non food credit has grown to 18% above the 13% rate most of FY13 and will this be a good momentum for the Bank’s continuing growth. ICICI’s under 20k ATMs (19500) are same as HDFC Bank and in almost unreachable urban areas across the spectrum of SEC income classes and provides a substantial part of its retail lending book in unsecured loans , a practice missing in private Sector Indian banks. Organic portfolio grew at 27% but the need to purchase retail portfolios is only going to grow. The bank will also need to scale up outside townships as one of the two active private sector players needed to contibute to rural reach as India battles a large more than 50% nbanked population and a changing welfare regime

It suffers from a just short of INR 100 Bln in restructured assets (including current disclosed pipeline ) by FY15 and will be a significant 3-4% of the Advances and will mostly be seen as heading to NPA than to normal assets after the two years except for one or two cases that will go back after the currency stabilises, the business model still safe

The ratio of Gross NPAs though down is another mind furrowing and disturbing biggie at over 3% and NPAs wmore than twice of rival HDFC Bank ut comfortably under 1%.  The banks’ leading growth as a multiple of GDP and thus growing at more than 15%, ICICI Bank’s  Loan growth will remain close to 20% for the growth cycle as Taper is postponed and India tries to regain a better growth clip

Lifestyle Champ ITC , here or there?

ITC improved EBITDA margins to 40% in the meantime on price realisations in Tobacco even as profits from Hotels halved and FMCG returned to successive second quarter of losses ( of INR 120 mln). Net Sales were INR 77 Bln , 33 Bln from cigarettes and INR 26 Bln from consumer staples

RIL loses buyback steam

What will also reach India Morning repots next week though just a quick plug here is that Mukesh Ambani’s firms have decided to extinguish existing Treasury stock of almost INR 500 Bln and will be discontinuing buybacks

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

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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: Bank Deals, 6350 targets, Decisive Earnings and No Taper but Overdone IT?

NSE building at BKC, Mumbai
NSE building at BKC, Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The markets are of course steadying themselves as data shows (Analyst speak on ET) that cross currency hedges for FIIs also induced a short hedge on equity to prop rupee positions and that unwinding thus has emptied the rally by 6200. However as noted by a few others, this point is no longer the ‘death of the rally’ and the markets are enthused by the better earnings this quarter. Also as noted Nomura has bought a stake in Karnataka Bank and the offshoot of that is the trade in Federal Bank another correctly sized target for Foreign banks and institutions buying out Indian Banks with Federal Bank rising another 16% today , making it 5 sessions in a row. The higher US rates have already started a correction in Indian equities and could provide the fuel for a cascade correction at these levels but the Taper has shifted out. Rupee remains weak on th way down because of an almost closed market for the currency with a big hole for those wanting to make money while its gains are limited when the Dollar index goes even lower from current levels the Rupee starting the week at below 61.50 levels on robable profit taking showing this weakness, though Economically it is far superior to Turkey and the South African Rand

 

The Dollar will be moving south and as currency and equities both share the spoils and incite EM flows India will return to consumption and infracos in equities as well with banks holding and then leading the ensuing rally. Airlines have reported heady seat volume growth in both August and September and the Festive season months would absorb the high increase in seat pricing if not produce positive growth

 

However some stocks may see changing eigenvalues as investors come in with a different charter of preferences and the 6100 levels may still be maintained. PNB has started off in the Banknifty components as HDFC Bank watches on the sidelines. ICICI Bank has also responded at the right time while Axis Bank produced a great show, 25% higher on bottomline and an equally bg jump on topline based on growth in retail and cards, while its corporate book also outperformed bigger competitors

 

In size terms Axis is overvalued compared to its less than NII Of INR30Bln this quarter and profits of INR 13.62 Bln which though compare well with HDFC Bank of 4 quarters ago, meaning it has made some inroads only on the gross profit share among banks Gross and Net NPAs grew in size compared to its portfolio at 1.1% and 0.33% for the half year

 

IT will also be back in the second surge of the rally as we mentioned on Friday. The Forbes list of 50 most powerful women saw Chanda Kochchar(ICICI Bank) and Chitra Ramakrishna(NSE) counting fo rthe highest Indian contributions

 

Markets will remain careful at these levels esp throughout today for a big sharp exit from select investors to restart the upline trade but the scenario likely is of markets staying above 6080 /6150 levels in this leg Bajaj Auto and ITC are still gaining investors at current levels and a Bharti correction may lead the  switch trade if a mild correction decides to extend the rally at current levels

 

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India Morning Report: Bank Deals, 6350 targets, Decisive Earnings and No Taper

 

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The markets are of course steadying themselves as data shows (Analyst speak on ET) that cross currency hedges for FIIS also induced a short hedge on equity to prop rupee positions and that unwinding thus has emptied the rally by 6200. However as noted by a few others, this point is no longer the ‘death of the rally’ and the markets are enthused by the better earnings this quarter. Also as noted Nomura has bought a stake in Karnataka Bank and the offshoot of that is the trade in Federal Bank another correctly sized target for Foreign banks and institutions buying out Indian Banks with Federal Bank rising another 16% today , making it 5 sessions in a row.

 

The Dollar will be moving south and as currency and equities both share the spoils and incite EM flows India will return to consumption and infracos in equities as well with banks holding and then leading the ensuing rally. Airlines have reported heady seat volume growth in both August and September and the Festive season months would absorb the high increase in seat pricing if not produce positive growth

 

However some stocks may see changing eigenvalues as investors come in with a different charter of preferences and the 6100 levels may still be maintained. PNB has started off in the Banknifty components as HDFC Bank watches on the sidelines. ICICI Bank has also responded at the right time while Axis Bank produced a great show, 25% higher on bottomline and an equally bg jump on topline based on growth in retail and cards, while its corporate book also outperformed bigger competitors

 

In size terms Axis is overvalued compared to its less than NII Of INR30Bln this quarter and profits of INR 13.62 Bln which

 

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though compare well with HDFC Bank of 4 quarters ago, meaning it has made some inroads only on the gross profit share among banks Gross and Net NPAs grew in size compared to its portfolio at 1.1% and 0.33% for the half year

 

IT will also be back in the second surge of the rally as we mentioned on Friday. The Forbes list of 50 most powerful women saw Chanda Kochchar(ICICI Bank) and Chitra Ramakrishna(NSE) counting fo rthe highest Indian contributions

 

Markets will remain careful at these levels esp throughout today for a big sharp exit from select investors to restart the upline trade but the scenario likely is of markets staying above 6080 /6150 levels in this leg Bajaj Auto and ITC are still gaining investors at current levels and a Bharti correction may lead the  switch trade if a mild correction decides to extend the rally at current levels

 

 

 

India Morning Report: It’s a Eid Holiday! AAP votes and the beadth of career progression in India

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Banking District (Photo credit: bsterling)

It’s the first half of the Festive Season wth Navratras and Vijaydashami followed by Eid accounting for school closures and Eid today , usually lost in the break , accounting for a Market Holiday as it does every year in the middle of the week. As usual the reminder that US also had a short week for markets but it was closed for Columbus Day on Monday and it would have been a longer weekend if we adopted such a rationalisation. It is however what worries me that I will take up only today as it is probably more nettlesome  now or at least I can imagine so.

The AAP will get a new fractured coalition in place in New Delhi and even as Bennett Coleman and others tackle the problem of sufficient workforce of college educated journalists, there are oher fractious developments that all arise from the same problems of all and sundry from every discipline xcused to violently fish market into any discussion stopping them from learning about any subject coherently and destroying the remaining memes for growth. This is not the bloomberg/Google video meme but the meme on the flip side of the Breadth of career progression as the first step of primacy of education is more deeply entrenched than statistics would admit to India Inc. That problem of statistics aside, the youth in urban centers are definitely a step closer to youth in cosmopolitan centers than they were and probably as the rural hinterland always keept ties of commerce with small towns the Indian villarge is more a part of the highway story now than it was before the days of 3 PL (GPS/RFID) Logistics and Satellite TV

Consumption data aside, rural inflation is still under 10% and though one can imagine the editorial changing perhaps claiming to a new generation ( that appears for CAT within a month), ducking HDFC Bank ‘s sterling results under the TCS performance was probably more than just a journalistic travesty. HDFC Bank performance was a good showing esp as Derivatives volumes has clipped up to INR 5 Bln in volumes and securitisaion though much maligned can relaly spread liqudity around. The Bank showcased a  bottom of the  cycle 16% retail in growth even as NBFCs like Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Finance jumped lending and bottomlines like any other growth quarter , ensuring the success of festive season this month and next with the big Deepavali celebrations and then the roll into Christmas and New Year with school holidays.

HDFC Bank may have lost cosmopolitan markets but has not lost its magic and keeps the 30% bottomline growth faith within a reasonable band because of its power of distribution keeping the primacy of retail in the bank at 53% share even as Corporate and Institutional Bank steps up to the plate. Going further into the 20s it would not hurt the bank to get an existence outside ‘branch banking’

‘Siwai ki kheer’ is always a welcome break on Eid and though larger family celebrations are passe in the overall meme of urbanisation, there are hangouts and the 0% durable loans esp on smartphones and cheap car loans ,  and Bollywood will help in no small measure.

Results season is active today with Bajaj Auto, INOX, MindTree and Heidelberg Cement taking pride of place in almost every hourly slot in the day. Unfortunately we do not have results radio.

India Bank Earnings: HDFC Bank Q2 2013 jumps 30% on year

HDFC Bank Net Income jumped INR 420 crores to INR 1982 crores after a bigger jump to 1560 crores in the year ago September quarter, NII was a healthy INR 44.73 Bln, provisions reducing to less than 4 Bln down 20% and Gross NPAs seemingly under control at 1.1%

CAR is down at 14.6% hopefully as the bank put more capital to lending from a linked quarter low of 15.5%. The NII is a 1% higher over June 2013 to INR 44.7 Bln and the NIMs have stayed at 4.3% over the 4.6% score in June 2013.

Nothing else would have changed in the bank strategy implying a steady 20% plus growth in credit but for the economy scraping the roads on its last legs(wheels) and HDFC Bank gets under the flak /slag button the bank earnings game show (much deserved for skewing and shilling the India growth equation)

They had improved growth in the retail book by 25% in the June quarter  and 15% in the corporate book. The Corp book has very recently returned into growth again after MSF rates were cut and TCS posted a cycling 23% growth in quarterly arnings after a bad Q2, i’ll let you decide if that is worth taking banks out of the Page 1 as we scrape legacy for 5% of the Global outsourcing market in TCS and Cognisant.(and Infosys)

Consumption data aside, rural inflation is still under 10% and though one can imagine the editorial changing perhaps claiming to a new generation ( that appears for CAT within a month), ducking HDFC Bank ‘s sterling results under the TCS performance was probably more than just a journalistic travesty. HDFC Bank performance was a good showing esp as Derivatives volumes has clipped up to INR 5 Bln in volumes and securitisaion though much maligned can relaly spread liqudity around. The Bank showcased a  bottom of the  cycle 16% retail in growth even as NBFCs like Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Finance jumped lending and bottomlines like any other growth quarter , ensuring the success of festive season this month and next with the big Deepavali celebrations and then the roll into Christmas and New Year with school holidays.

HDFC Bank may have lost cosmopolitan markets but has not lost its magic and keeps the 30% bottomline growth faith within a reasonable band because of its power of distribution keeping the primacy of retail in the bank at 53% share even as Corporate and Institutional Bank steps up to the plate. Going further into the 20s it would not hurt the bank to get an existence outside ‘branch banking’

India Morning Report: Infosys still chooses to report into the weekend

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One of the Software Development Blocks of Infosys Technologies Ltd., Pune, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

After a big jump in pre-morning and post pre-open trading in Infosys, the scrip is registering ‘voters’ for the big positive result tomorrow. That it happens is the hope the rally prospects are living on as investors settle for the stable India an Asian investors nod into the markets after the heady May-September trades finally settled the issue of India being unique with a 25% depreciation of currency that has thence lost almost half its value in depreciation.

 

The Rupee will thus finally head to pre-60 levels and the Janet Yellen trade may push the markets further into rosy cheer, before a forced taper does tick in as Janet Yellen may still prove in a surprise for the markets. Yet, the news of the taper is fading away and US could remain overlevered to shelter its overlevered households and keep the consumption ticker running as inflation remains intuitively positive to growth. That could serve as example to India down the road though the comparison is still too wide off the mark except for specificities India shares with everyone (as usual)

 

Even as the Rupee moves back into stride, expected tomorrow an EBIT improvement at Infy and an expansion in guidance/rater as guidance has already been updated multiple times, a discouragement to those positing further muted guidance may still be required

 

The Bennett Coleman machine TOI mentions IIMs (and IITs, probably)  are facing employment pressures again , sneakily close to reports of net employment increases back at the IT offspring of India including Wipro, HCL and the MNC offices seeded here after a long success rate of the earlier growth phase. Accenture did break trend to show jump in consulting more than outsourcing revenue this time but outsourcing trends have been showing up everyone else again, seemingly the only strategy outside server management that has a direct proven impact on global profits

 

Yields jumped down still refusing to, but picking up real demand (hopefully) as the Rupee criss-crosses between 61.5 and 62.5 at an unnoticed fury of changing positional trades. The trades, still in ITC, Bharti, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDFC and probably YES as YES slides into 340-350 levels again for the results season starting tomorrow.

 

As noted, EMs like India, without the IT story per se are ready to take the year to a positive close esp. as the worst India could do is 4% growth

 

 

 

India Morning Report: IDFC on way to become a financial conglomerate

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

 

If its the currency dragging equity confidence down despite the healthy capacity in the market, wel land good. If the hit is however on the asset quality situation of the banks, it would be a quicker reversal tomorrow as ICICI Bank publicises its bigger Power plant accounts (Dabhol-II) Walmart leaving India, is probably most of the impact.

IDFC already is, one of the most far reaching shadow banking institutions especially since it caught one of those fund houses in 2005 and has been actively floating new funds and operating advances thru its infra NBFC as well as PE funds and others.

 

However, the treatment of NOFHC can be proprietary and thus the only risk to their getting a Banking License as it gets into an endless loop of what can be done without the regulator cutting off the air supply. Their objectives and disparate infra rules have to be kept independent and if the company is looking for flexibility there or some sort of understanding instead as Indian houses tend to treat discussions with the regulator, it may not turn out rosy for their ambitions of a license. Its an independent NOFHC subsidiary of the other non financial services business and Financial services business has to be outside the purview of the NOFHC so it will probably be under the independent NOFHC in the most pliable case but the funding requirements at 51% f the NOFHC equity as it owns probably more than the INR 200 crores of the bank is the deciding parameter of the bank.Tthe NOFHC allows promoters with public holdings to create a tightly controlled subsidiary with RBI denominated investors including 51% from such promoters, but the independent banking compliant structure has far other important functions than just that and may not be dispensed with.

 

There is more than enough of that, with the Dept of Post also turning out to be almost operationally untenable to do the deed and get a banking license within the parameters.

 

IDFC however is one of the best candidates already operating independent projects without mixing up and unnecessarily skewing up exposures. I would proffer LIC Housing too, esp if we actually want enterprises that have the understanding to withstand and grow in the faster growing non metropolitan India. As Foreign Banks have shown earlier, regulatory standoffs are costly for the banking model, and the sooner we get off that hobby horse the better.

 

The index is faltering again and the reason is really not easy to understand esp as the Put Call Ratio is just over 1 as of Friday closing, and really not that weak that everything be unwound. Markets are anyway unlikely to go below 5800 levels for more than a nary second, and the Rupee being weaker is a pretty range bound move. The MCX saga at the commodity exchange with its e series has still to unfold perhaps

 

Infra projects being cleared faster, its still happening as we speak and is unlikely to create any CAD resecting Dollars till the May ’14 General Elections

 

 

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English: Kedarnath range behind the Kedarnath temple early morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Dead cat bounce, Earnings rebound on the horizon

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NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 – Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank; and President, Confederation of Indian Industry at the welcome lunch for the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( http://www.weforum.org )/Photo by Norbert Schiller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends and not even one third planned government spending which anyway trends down having been minimised earlier

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report. Earnings in Q2 despite the all round scare will remain positive for the few listed corporates that carry India Inc on their shoulders The rebound in software exports in the invisibles however has strengthened the trend towards overweight IT and Pharma portfolios

Mitesh (ETNOW) as usual played a clear long with a pick on ABNuvo in cash that works much better thu the day than the Sandeep Waghle/Gujral technique of trying to short the edges of the bottom as the Dead Cat bounce holds and rejuvenates some banks (Afternoon update: Banks managed well, YES Bank shorts dened and F&O interest likely having picked up in those 6 bank series excl the banknifty index weighed by more than 2/3rds publc enterprises)

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each That is due to the reduction of th $8 Bln Gold deficit in Q1 before curbs coming down to near zero ( restricted to 20% of imports  that is not exports thru the regulations introduced concurrent with RBI’s currency control measures in monetary policy

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

India Morning Report: Dead Cat Bounce, rebounding earnings on the horizon..

Bounce(game)
Bounce(game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends.

 

 

 

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report.

 

 

 

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each

 

 

 

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

 

 

 

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

 

 

 

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

 

 

 

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Dollar Deposits refinancing may bridge CAD, What Taper, Fed?

Commodity markets are as their predilection , totally dependent on news from the Fed in a few hours and present very simple shorts in Gold (trading below 30k), Silver ( network picks to 48k, we feel the 44k mark is a long term ‘ambition’ target in the market). Fixed Income yields too are dull despite the great news of $20 Bln inflows in the remaining six weeks for the swaps on Dollar Deposits offered by the Central Bank. Also the Dollar refinancing thru Swaps has precluded any possibility of higher interest rates and raised the bar for liquidity tightening measures to remain in place longer, except that those measures remain India’s only defense to the Dollar in this situation.

A Taper announcement less than $15 Bln is very likely and that would still leave the Fed a net buyer of $70 Bln in MBS and Treasury (twist) securities. However the returning emerging flows have to the consternation of destinations like India, Turkey and even Thailand and Mexico, have again found China to be a serious option, laving India with net reallocation from ETFs alone unless faster moves create the opportunity for Indian Gilts to be part of the Global Bond Index.

Banks are ofcourse on the edge but the overall equities are happy enough to move back up to Friday levels. Globally the Dow and the S&P 500 in the US traded near all time highs intra-day at 1550 and 1709 respectively. The Banknifty and India’s fixed income yields could probably jump down a couple of notches to near 7.5% yields if not for the global question of reducing Dollar liquidity as one feels banks have been unnecessarily trading down given the advantages of a higher interest rate scenario for them Interest subvention in collateralised personal lines like Home and Auto loans also mean better margins for the banks exp Private Banks like HDFC Bank with the network and those depending on wholesale overnighters for funding like YES Bank who can finally return to supernormal profits in business, normal to Asia  than worrying about cost of funds

News was good to the markets lening on reforms in the morning. Apart from the Rajan announcements from the RBI on Home and Auto loan subvention, we also ad action reducing MCX directors from promoter Financial Technologies to one ( four earlier) and undercurrents of liberalisation in the Higher Education sector including FDI. China again rushed where angels fear to trea, taking the Property markets 8.8% higher in August month on month, with the first shoots of recovery, staring at the Asset bubble again as a credit squeeze fails to channel flows to the renegade property markets

Bank Policy Thursday could well see R Rajan starting off on reducing banks’ dependence on Government investments redcing the SLR if not CRR as well to fast track his outlined reforms

India Morning Report: The Rupee now counting 63..62..61 , the Nifty counting 5900..6000 ..then?

The PCRs are already hanging by athread. But the long seen unloading in IDFC seems to be at an end with FT announcing investibility changes in IDFC and HDFC for the rebalancing from Sept 22. IDFC investibility is down to 54% from 74% and HDFC likely to see $208 mln inflows (JPM) from investibility rating increase from 74% to 100%. IDFC is also up 7% on the far end to the big story and is likely to move up with its close association with infra debt like at JP Assoc also relieved by Manoj Gaur’s latest sale of a 4.8MTPA Gujarat plant to a now 59 MTPA Ultratech under the Birlas (KM)

Meanwhile the index comfortably opened the sultry day proceedings at above 5900 and the Rupee almost tore into 62 levels before retreating towards yesterday’s day end levels. Friday’s 6000 level run  is thus still a given though the markets are not seeng serious buying right now and is not yet under the bullish impact of such salubrius India winning strategies as Import substitution. The $10.9 Bln deficit, a very respectable low given recent scores since 2009 is however still near the Post reform highs than the average rate as could be assumed by India Investors and the $75 -80 Bln trade deficit targeted may well be just par for the course if India Inc does achieve it, with Gold imports already under 1 MT in August (650kg)

English: Panorama of Sachivalay (Gujarat Legis...
English: Panorama of Sachivalay (Gujarat Legistative Assembly) at Gandhinagar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New layers of investors returning to the markts however muddy the prospective recovery levels of the recovery, some like Kotak expectng the Rupee to top off the move at 63 itslf. However with the 5th day of rally past ysterday with just minor scratches, today’s close may also be positive and selling 5900 calls are likely to be beaten before day end even though the markets are in an extended short covering phase through this week. IT stocks are nearing fatigue levels, cntriuting to India’s bullishness in ameasured move avoiding days of Rupee depreciation as they target longer term portfolios again, and markets now actually prefer Auto and other performing Economy stocks that are in cycle and not tagged defensives. Before the news of war in Syria died down $151 Bln was already the bill for Indian Oil imports in four months and that turnaround with lower Oil levels could see substantially much more sustainable interest in energy stocks

High CPI and negative IIP reports due today should worry no one as markets resume to wieh in on the fact that Foreign investors will likely keep India in th center of their Global portfolios. No there is virtually no risk of India aplying for sovereign debt default in the coming days.

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: A dark light envelops India Markets as the longest tunnel is in play

The New Sea Link
The New Sea Link (Photo credit: Prashant Menon)

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. After all Sun Pharma has retraced to 425 and Ashwini Gujral is recommending a short on Axis Bank, with the Axis Bank bulls freely shorting probably the naked shorts that make up a new residual market of speculators as PCRs stay in a lower range with FIIs not adding more short hedges.

VIX India is having fun at everyone’s expense getting back at markets for being called bad all over and staying increasingly bad. The Morning has already see the rupee enter the new range box between 64 to 68 and so it is unlikely that it will recover to 62.50 or that this is the last stage of the capitulation move.

But yet the new negative momentum in the indices is looking to close out this move in this week itself with a $100 Bln exit by FIIs on Friday necessitating a grave distance covered on Monday and now on Tuesday the same is likely. That means the indices could well compete with double digit yields targets on 10 year paper and the currency targets ( if any) to hit 5000 by Friday close and provide a respite week next week.

JP Associates and infracos have not started back and private exchanges and therefore promoters linked to that may not yet ever make positive lists again

I am like a kid, hoping the Banknifty cut today means the Reserve Bank has thrown the banks out to the wolves asking them to mark all holdings to market and push out a mandatory minimum to AFS portfolios. But then there are those that still think below 8 yields will be back

Buy Power NBFCs and Bajaj Auto has also finished its last moves. LIC Housing for one other NBFC can probably not move down after it hits 130 levels

Vidyasagar Setu, commonly known as the Second ...
Vidyasagar Setu, commonly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge or Second Howrah Bridge, is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. It links the cities of Howrah and Kolkata. The bridge is a toll bridge. It is one of the longest bridges of multi Cable-stayed type in India and one of the longest in Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India Morning Report: The weekend cometh, markets head north for the final relief rally for the week..

Detailed map of Indian national highways.
Detailed map of Indian national highways. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost like a movie building the relativity of negativity into the eigenvalues, the markets will duly uncoil in the week’s last trading session to entice investors back. Idea’s 50% PAT growth performance on 8% year/tyear growth is probably the best for the industry which makes it Idea’s seventh or eigth such hurrah ina rush order for the street. Data s now pobably double digit revenues after another 100% jump in subscribers. Infra and FT saga continue with the National Spot exchange and the IRB kind of market leverage habits of promoters showing up the small companies into veritable oblivion in 2-3 sessions indian QIPs may watch out as short term debt issuances from Indonesia failed putting markets on hold for the continuing Dollar armageddon even as dollar weakens at home in light of better growth prospects

Jubilant results won’t be so do not bother but some media houses may be back this quarter and the next as advertising revenues will likely imrove after the rush of sports events in India in the last couple depressed some revenues, ( and some other reasons, private to experts in that business sector)

IOC is down 50% from its peak in May when Banks were still in our cross hairs ( we were and are taking India up with the banks, if you sill want to snipe instead into our homes) The December 2012 closing values of IOC far too depressed and ata time markets had not recovered value in that sector, were still near 260 and today’s prices are a quarter down from there even as hikes went through in time.

Powergrid and REC are back and we will continue to use them both in the same breath and thus not in the same pair trade, which would be with “xxxx” IDFC, PFC, PTC are also all headed north but may still have hardly 55 on the downside before markets delink them from bankrupt, over leveraged infra mid-caps as earlier.

This may be your PIMCO year in India even as Al Erian recovers his Bond Fund equanimity with some including me still defining a double digit interest rate scenario in India as not improbable. PIMCO, if you recall lost two years of the crisis betting on interest rates steaming out of their ears when they were taken out by good fixed income demand for bonds in 2010 as I remember. But the Pittsburgh Pirates and PIMCO are since doing well.

Bajaj Auto correction on drop in monthly sales portends of more naysayers testing the automaker for continued sales performance above 300k in motorcycles as the peers give up sales on the auto sector’s trouble with slackened demand and an eye on primary sales inventories remaining too high at this time precluding that Vendor strategy. 6 new discovers are launched from July to December and B A is avoiding invoicing the old Discover for lower numbers this month)

Motor cycles were 280k in July 1, 295k in July 2012 and total , with exports also breaking stride equally, 320k this month

YES Bank and HDFC Bank have started recovering value, and HDFC Bank may well trace the market’s upside trips switching off during correction for a great single stock accumulation strategy for those wealth makers not interested by available SIP and STPs in Funds

 

Bank Results season (India Earnings): ICICI Bank keeps showing long term tracking to objectives – Q2 FY2014

Your favourite bank did start showing  hidden wrinkles as it eagerly snapped up a 26 bp NIM increase to 3.26% this quarter an Net interest income grew in line with the bank’s voracious appetite to INR 38.88 Bln. The retail surge which slowed down to 20% and Deposit growth continues without buyouts of deposits  at the industry rate of 14%. That means the retail team is unlikely to prove other results without the earlier snafus with retail processes even as it opened 250 new branches, 150 in the unbanked regions. The chink in the armor is that the bank will smooth over its increasing gross NPAs as the continuing expansion in margins gets the bank to override and lay down the news of a jump in gross and net NPAs. Gross NPAs for a large bank as such are horribly disavowable at 3.23% and Net NPAs are also thrice the rate at equally sized HDFC Bank.

The stresses however may not be l

India decadal growth rate map en
India decadal growth rate map en (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

inked to its growth as one looks askance at the 15% plus ROE. At this moment however I am unable to more than cast a  doubt on the Capital Structure for such ROEs and the same however is not to be confused with the global banks which still have a entirely different Order of magnitude of liquidity and derivative profits/risk management. It might still have an audience requesting that they be treated as peers especially on the comments on Capital Structure while structured product profits would still seem unseemly. The results will probably bring the bank under fire from its Indian peers , starting here at the ROE growth which seems awkwardly as always one step ahead o f the coming high interest rate regime when it actually expands margins.

Profits are only up 25% less than the expected INR 24-25 Bln mark at INR 22.54 Bln

The Active CaSA strategy for the bank seems to have worked wonders again with another 1.95 increase quarter on quarter to more than 43%. From here CASA would go on reducing once it reaches 47-49% levels in three-four quarters(at this pace). Average CASA as been reported duly at 39% , ad the gap is showing , which may be a disconcerting note for investors as the surge in retail and commercial deposits continues to bank the margin till rates are hiked.

However to reiterate, The Bank thus now has been completely clean on the paper trail in terms of its profit, asset growth and retail loan growth objectives , also fulfilling its rural objectives , covering the unbanked and continuing to improve its show while the fissures in its wholesale international book and the growth in retail NPAs coming hither will well be masked in the current reporting as well, leaving it another show of increased transparency  The bank has however totally dominated its peer HDFC Bank in the banking sweepstakes for the two universal banks heralded in India at the first stage of bank reforms in 1995.

India Morning Report: The new series gets no welcome!

English: The Local Head Office of State Bank o...
English: The Local Head Office of State Bank of India, Mumbai Circle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

US equities are holding up as global corporations despite the mixed economy, find leaders finally surging ahead in Sales and growth at Ford, Starbucks and eve Amazon. The net result of this might be bearing on India too as weights might shift back in favor of the big rush in US equities to counter the initial down impact to growing interest rates. India’s results already destroyed by Dollar moves even as exporters fail to catalyze on the new opportunity with current goods, the markets that have been and continue to support higher values on the eigenvalues of growth seem to want to give in to pressure to develop the fangs required for a big equity move north more than bearing south.

The Banknifty corrected fast to below 10500 after Thursday and thus is spirited for a north move but has probably squeezed the wrong bull or two which remain the important bearers of Options liquidity across global markets, writers “capitalizing’ on the lack of buyers with prices quite out of subsumable range factoring in their safety in higher prices, that refuse to let markets and VIX become an enabler to trends.

Apart from these silent trend breakers, that usually provide no barrier to any defined move, markets are getting bearish just from the wait. The policy announcements today by being in the continual mode will further drive the north move in the Banknifty and ICICI Bank, probably HDFC Bank better than most, and even SBI and PNB whose results were no disillusionment of its backers, SBI and other PSU banks continue to shock most headline followers through 2014 and 2015 as they continue the long drawn process of declaring their backed up system NPAs holding out media hope of starting the up cycle all the time thru at least December 2013. Forex reserves are down slightly at $279 bln and China order activity is the slowest as Asia starts the week in deep red territory. The Rupee could not hold north of 59 levels and still holds negative risks south with trade deficits now proving to be crucial data points for every dollar north or south counting in days of plus and minus moves of significant size(30-40 Nifty points) or in flash corrections on either side, worrying economically intelligent traders even more into a flat dropping market zone.

The Jet move up takes Indian aviation firmly to Air india – Kingfisher axis of south south on governance as the FDI proposal cannot be corrected enough for the desperation to sell out to etihad. Investments from the comfort zone is probably non existent and new FDI will come with too many strings of control the situation of Telecom and now aviation sharply negative portends for any robust escalation of FDI inflows

Credit growth has turned positive and 14% is a good start

Bank Results season: Its not the asset quality trails but the change in NiMs

Banks across the board got a full reprieve in Q1 (Fy 2014) as they report much better NIMs, ING improving to 3.56% up almost 10% from previous year scores because of the lower interest rates by the Central Bank. Apart from the old hat CEntral bank rebuttal to banks at this stage for refusing to  pss along the rate cuts, this strategy is not really creating any abnormal returns but would have unsqueezed banks bt for the oil triage getting the Economy back into a high rate orbit.

Also the concerns about asset quality are probably unfounded as they just try to close up books on all doubtful assets and this quarter’s anomalous jump of 50% at HDFC Bank and more at ING vysya is likely just a result of that

Retail Banks have obviously been running higher NIMS like 4.4% at HDfc bank and cllose to 4% at Axis, but they also hide a lot of retail pain in their bigger balance sheets that can be shown by segmenting the cost of funding also appropriately for the retail book

 

India Morning Report: Tentative market ready to reward India’s uniqueness to new 6150 channels

English: Hero Honda Karizma R
English: Hero Honda Karizma R (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is already stripped of all technical jargon and robust or otherwise complex mathematical approximates of financial Markets. It means the Indian markets would likely not go ( barely go ) below 6000 in the coming days even as bearishness engulfs sentiment because at its worst India would still be worth 4% growth, now a bottom subscribed by long term Economists for big bad China who has been dragging everyone down. Given that many were already invested in the big China story, China however will continue to see outflows and India will continue to see small but measurable inflows in the coming months before anyone gives serious thought to a turnaround.

Banking hawks and traders watch out because despite breaching some phantom 10000 levels used by the market, Banks hadly have any reason or substitute to lose more value esp the shorts on ICICI to 930 or on Banknifty to 10200 seem out of sentiment for the movement from here till 6100. The trigger being assumed is that of disharmonius traders not getting a return for being in India since May. But then the Rupee move is yet under cooked as Gold has joined the oil price rally and the dollar seems to have started a big upward climb at the start of the week, after recording against the Aussie at 92 cents, Kiwi dollar at 79 cents and the Yen losing its desired undervaluation at 99.95

HDFC Bank results for example will see, despite the reduction of float, interest returning after punters realise the limitations of a midget trade in the banking sector with Indusind which as of now does not qualify in Mid cap sectors much. But then Axis bank’s result punt has to unwind and that gets quite complex in selection of stocks supporting the downslide within banks and the now nefariously wide distribution of non banks used a s substitute even as Hind Unilever gets ready to bow out of the markets

Also, i agree reliance hardly had anything to redeem itself in superior Q1 results on the weekend and Capital goods and energy, rising in an uncertain market would act as some of the substitutes without much recourse to fundamentals in their sectors,t the technical eigenvalues avoiding banks as long as positive push does not meet extra ordinary resistance in the BhEL, L&T and the ONGCs Bajaj Aut continues to beat Hero Honda and a pair trade is increasingly safe still Hero Honda the sold vector in the pair

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 Earnings Season: Bank Results scared by the Rate/fx tuple (HDFC Bank Q1 FY 2014)

HDFC Bank 

HDFC Bank seems to have flashed a pretty good 26% NII on the wires for INR 44.4 Bln from loan spreads that remained a natty 4.6% in the quarter. The Loan book and Deposits have grown over and under 20% respectively to a book of INR 3 Tln each. The NII seems to be up 3% from the linked quarter in March. the bank’s NIM reporting was bumed up by new rules for apportioning of usual expenses employee pension liabilities and some commissions. Last quarter’s Fee income at iNR 1 Bln is likely static as profits came in at INR18.4 Bln adding to INR 18.8 Bln in April

The markets however do not seem to be rejoicing as the insurance FDI question is moot for the player with Standard Life and IPO plans both not firm for the bank. Yet, the markets continued sppoked by banks fixed income portfolios letting blood at the 100 bp move in yields from the 1 yr forward to 10 yr and at least at 8% + and rate cuts batted out of sight even before the FX scare by the Central Bank rushing into four such 25 bp cuts factored in barely 5 meets since March 2013

Recast loans are almost non extent as in Q1’s figure of INR 3 Bln and Non performing loans are as low as 0.3% of the book at less than INR  Bln from the wires

 

YES Bank on the wire?

YES Bank reports next week on Wednesday  and has been singled out for this rate move’s aftershock while

Indusind, when is it a good enough scale as competitor

Indusind reported a huge 50% jump in Net Interest Income at first glance from its new off take in retail lending finally trickling in . NII hit INR 6.80 Bln for the upstart and operating expenses moved up 5% over March at INR 5.08 Bln. Fee and Other Income was up 30% or nearly INR 1 Bln at INR 4.71Bln , Income before Tax rising 45% to INR 5 Bln over last year. Indusind has also brought down net NPAs to 0.2% and the gross NPAs at 1% of its rapidly growing INR 500 Bln book itself up 60% i the last 5 quarters. The ROA of the bank at 1.83% will be counted a s low for its still rudimentary book Bank reported NIMs of 3.72% on its retail book

India Morning Report: Sharp cuts ensure quick bottom in India around 5650

Bombay High, South Field. Undersea pipelines c...
Bombay High, South Field. Undersea pipelines carry oil and gas to Uran, near Mumbai, some 120 NM away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A more than expected negative reaction in  the Indian markets yesterday may have subdued analysts into a negative whirl as they were waiting for the same, but post the subdued slightly positive open in global markets, it increasingly looks like today’s move in the Indian markets is more a positive search for value than just a reaction to yesterday’s sharp negative move.

Though your favorite superanalysts may be recommending shorts at 5650-5700 levels on the markets , I would invite you to use this rare opportunity to further sign in to Indian markets in scrips of value except that though banks refer the most value potential they are not ready for a move up yet. ONGC and Tata Motors are good shorts too, and apart from the index shorts one can see the visible analyst reaction actually picking out rare weaknesses for shorts as Ashwini Gujral recommended in Option spreads shorting Tata Motors and ONGC . Telcos haev nearly recovered the positive sentiment almost immediately and exporters are mobing in the positive zone including Bajaj Auto and Sun Pharma

The heavily discounted PER multiples in the Indian indices also ensure further ETF outflows do not negatively impact Indian allocations and one expects debt market outflows to stabilise soon as well as the yields in the Fixed Income Market spiked n small volumes itself yesterday and there are only higher opportunity losses for further exits The Rupee can obviously not last at these levels having failed to establish any zones in the three breaches in last two weeks but as the “correlation backward catch up play has lasted almost all week, the rest of the markets are unlikely to oblige Rupee’s bottom making move in the next few weeks and is likely to be ignored in equity and debt///government bond markets

Shorts on UCO, Karnataka Bank  and Vijaya Bank will work singly and can be tried as pair with buy in Banknifty once BOB and SBI bottom out as the big movers in this move. A Direct air with pvt sector ICICI bank and HDFC Bank would be riskier. Nifty short strangles with the Nifty bottom at 5600 is recommended y IiFL which would be their first positive trade in the quarter (joking!) but a great one Short 1 put at 5600 and use to buy puts/sell calls at 5800 . Selling 5500 put would not be bullish for this market nor very remunerative.

 

India Morning Report: HDFC Bank gives way, KG D6 ‘honestly’ increasing output

Of course the news of the week, last week preceding today’s AGM was the burly new gas find in MJ1. Actually predominantly for Oil, the MJ1 also falls in a gas rich area but details apparently have not filtered from the ongoing AGM and will probably be easier available to ‘non-digitised’ social networks  which remain the most important achievement for Reliance and partake of their retail investor community of yore. Reliance will be forcing a turnaround in KG D6 output levels too after a long wait.

With india’s digitized data communities and even the lack of analysis communities a virtual impossibility, online social networks in India remain dominated by shopping cart brands and facebook and twitter remain ineffective for real business conversations despite teh affectatons as a large global user of social media.

Importantly to those of us who missed Idea to stay on the run to bank nifty, it is the right time to invest in banks es as network analysts and “chhutbhaiyas” in the markets continue to try to scale up the tiredness of the bull move earlier as always falsely seen to be led by HDFC Bank and HDFC for a few.

The FDI panel has made its recommendations and as with all things UPA, hose that have swtched to the bear side are still on the other edge because of such policy pronouncements that are so comprehensive one has to wonder if this government will ever go beyond cabinet Oks and then continue to miss the parliament or ordinance, an uncomfortable fact they seemed to have used home with earlier such comprehensive proposals  already proved to be not worthy, excet for the putting of thought on paper and certainly not an implementation blueprint giving the holey book of India to the dubbas of the opposition  NaMo and namesake Amit and one hears Adani as ‘implementation power’ of rural India.

Update: As Oil tracks evening session vales on the MCX in toay’s morning session it seems to have reach an optimal level for a big optimal short and if one is willing the 5400 contract can be kept rolling to a target of 4500 but in more than three months from here.

However such new eigenvalues and initial states apart, one still does not see any need to push forward recovery or for FIIs to exit India again as the bare minimum in play now is big ticket enough to get international media coverage of the coming big ticket recovery and of course the elections as well. Stay long on private banks like YES and select PSUs like PNB, don’t short the Banknifty and dont expect any pre election rallies either bear or bull for now.

Sell Side brokerage research however is increasingly reaching their ‘trend flatulence’ in the hype cycle esp detailed notes from Macquarie progressing retail credit growth at ICICI bank and their use should get limited too, till more coherent thought can lead the selling of India recovery to foreign players in the next wave aa normal di in the usage cycle of new products, in India’s case still true for research. Rerating at brokerages and new players like Deutsche, despite a good global dbAccess conference (in its most obscure markets, USA). Stanchart had a good media ‘week’ just less than a fortnight back and the HSBC seems to have slipped with lack of HQ and trading room attention on India.

Deutsche and even MS despite a good back handed effort from Riddham Desai for ‘India according to Morgan Stanley’ last week sticking to its 6% FY14 stream of thinking and detailing it rather at the last minute but still making it a comprehensive view. You prbably cn already guess about my opinion of other such commentary by the BNP Paribas wealth, trying to skeet the losers of yesteryears as Defense scrips converting to trend leaders, another “strategy push” which failed to interest the bulls or the new money to INDIA

Things look dustier in fact in Turkey because of the revolution and in Taiwan / Vietnam as China gets ready probably for exporting jobs to Asian locations and importing a lot of foodstuff in more wholesale ranges from American pork(M&A) to wheat rice and more.

Though in a more copious mode under the China series’ we would have covered details but right now i seem to be on shaky ground wrt revenue/study opportunities and writing has to be restricted to these daily / weekly updates i hope readers and followers do not take for another occasion to stop reading and writing. Aussie is going to be the other big ticket investment soon and Korea is not far behind so India still does not get rerated up in global indices, but one can see the noise of rerating up is real except at S&P which is better off completing a going global transaction of CrISIL it is stuck with as its arm in India

India Morning Report: Bank shine again yields to Yes Bank and ICICI Bank, IDFC and quality promoters in

It gives you the feeling of “every thing is right with the world again”. It is not deja vu. It is the latest round of banking licences and yesterday’s guidelines with a lot of fine print was given the green signal by the government,. The reason it is why everything is alright with the world again? A corny one as i fettered in between remunerative careers and higher education can see the trees off the woods. The trees claiming India’s recovery has broken down. And the trees are too close for comfort. This 2012-13 boost of liquidity in the markets is on the bink of withdrawal, India despite being a sticky destination , likely to e among the first to lose money once the Fed ntention is firmed up because of its ow weightage among the Asian markets. Others have different barriers to High frequency trading and other Hedge fund and global bank strategies also and asia is likely left with root long term investing stock by Q1 2014. The long term trading caital stock however favors India continuingly and the new banks with 10 year promoter track record and financial businesses consoidated under a single NOHFC may shorten the wait and watch period by having established promoters spend 18 onths after aprovl to get into the thick of things and thus sustain investment interest from the get go. Yes Bank and ICICI Bank remain more transparent exapls of a growing banking business which have more or less stuck by the new regime and along with HDFC Bank and HDFC represent the growing size of Indian resurgence as global participation by the big banks is negated by the requirements of new Capital for india ringfencing it as it must in line with other non US/European operations for the same banks

 

BofA ML’s revision of India’s GDP growth to 6% and 6.8% in fy14 and 15 will likely pass away unnoticed as RBI already has pared forecasts of FY14 to 5.7% and no autos are not turning around in june or september quarters. Especially of concern is the continuing accumulation of volatile interest around Hero moto as just OTM options at 1700 strike have barey pared premium to 40 despite the stock’s hitting 1670 at closing yesterday and that is what sets off the infinite loop of disinterested traders willing to exit India markets again and again, which on must guard. however able the stock may be in terms of blocking out shorts, the markets have no other mechanism to furrow out that excess premium in the 1700 strike and that ungainly thought is what makes it a tiring build for India Inc. One must recognise that waiting fast and furious for the auto sales to come back is not the deal and “another massive upsurge” is not just around the corner.

 

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Unfortunately while such corners of FNO interest fail to hit other bellwethers like ITC, certain speculative favorites that have repeatedly created a phantom Bombay Club of Tier 2 Indian promoters continue to get to block entire trading series in whichever front month is appied in this case the June series. Bajaj Auto has shown better resilience in performance and similarily there are others like the banks and candidates mmentioned above that  an sustain higher series interest Changes in preference to Diesel ad other such changes in the structure of the markets may not allow customers to respond to falling oil prices and a market still not accepting ford and chevy produce or even japanese cars except toyota after a short honeymoon with hyundai in the last two decades unable to afford quick model changes while xports may pick up for all players incl nissan. VW’s probably happy enogh playing at the premium end making this large consumer market a “niche” structurally

 

Deal canvas was also extremely pretty in India with Axiata getting a play in Idea as Idea looks to divest the Tower business to its partner. Birla’s interest in a bank is also sustained despite the refusal of RBI to allow JVs with other promoters for a bank NoFHC. Sun TV results make it extremely likely that the DTH/TV software sectors finally rise in scale to cater to the highly lucratve fast growing market in India but they ar einstead likely to scurry around for a bank which RBI can handle . Bajaj finserv and Bajaj Finance are perhas close to a NOFHC structure already and can jump right in with the branch structure of the Fincos as with M&M. REC and LICHFL may likely not be allowed by RBI. In Deals, nyse Euronext has exited MCX as well. Concerns around Orchid’s 2010 sale to Hospira in Chennai may dissipate allowing it to pursue the other unit sales in due course. PFC is in the meantime picking up stakes in NCC for some infra projects in power and highways which must help NCC. LB holdings and WIpro are others in what seems to be the new gold rush circa 2013-14,th one day//week/month when all deal announcements almost com close to complete the years takings for the banks as the recovery is well close to drying up. Axis bank seems to have lost the deal truck to SCB and even Citi this year in India as even HSBC is not getting its share of deal cash in the medium sized QIP rush and a flurry of infra debt reduction. S&P/McGraw Hill’s interest in crisil to 75% is heartening to note but one though unwillingly must raise the specter of a going private transaction for the increasingly clouded suture view of the global rating agency

 

The Rupee is yet not done its move down likely to 57 and beyond though most of the move has played out.

 

 

 

Bank Results Season: HDFC Bank Q4 grows 30% PAT and Net Interest income

HDFC Akkrama!
HDFC Akkrama! (Photo credit: prajayogi)

 

Net interest income for the Indian Market leader in Private Banks rose to INR 43 B from INR 33 B 26% on year/year growth. As dividends from insurance have also started showing up regularly every two quarters consolidated PAT has been growing unbridled past our 30% watermark. PAT for Q4 ended up at INR 18.90 B, a substantial shoring up of business performance in the last six quarters when it began a series at a strong but smaller share of the indian market with INR 12.5 B quarterly profits and  INR 26B NII

 

A CASA of nearly 48% however with Advances at INR 2.4 Tln nearly not growing fast enough, deposits have closed in on the INR 3 Tln mark. Though its cost income efficiencies rival the most superior in the industry, the funding structure of the bank still shows up in a heavy 16.8% Capital Ratio in Basel I terms which would not get negatively impacted in the Basel 3 regime for Indian banks and an Advance / Deposit ratio near 85% and gross NPAs of less than 1%.

 

Though flash reports have not mentioned it yet, Fee income likely tracked more than INR 28.8B and the bank needs to attend to credit growth as a main objective and define trade credit /transaction banking and commercial lending separately going forward as also wealth vs traditional retail and loan product income in retail where new blood is likely to strike alongwith limited competition from indusind and kotak bank

 

The detailed exposition of year end results will appear in our traditional HDFC Bank vs ICICI Bank face off after the Chanda kochchar led bank’s results are announced.

 

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