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: And it is clear thru to 6250 from here?

Most short strangle/ straddles would be in profit to have exited and is you have been a bit late you should close out here because the markets are going to have a position either way, mostly likely trying to forget the break between 6100 and 6250 as markets have been given the mandate to a new bull run, which might well start around 6250 again. For a change both networks are carrying investor conferences, apparently not the same but more importantly, the post budget rush to 6100 (more like 6150 ) came yesterday and was backed by real flows, the current levels thus likely to have fully bought in leaving a new index level before the argument over the direction for India starts, global equities being decided on the up.

The bet o f going short on the S&P500 is not necessarily linked to the single up move in Emerging markets and while the longs in Emerging markets continue, the shorts on the S&P will either become OTM hedges or extinguished as US markets also resume an uptrend

An INR 12.7 Tln expenditure budget is fair enough but the optimism allowed to him on tax revenues from a recovering India economy is likely to have brokerages just the right busy for traders and speculators to remain ahead on the risk trades  before being called out by their analysts. For example, yesterdays dissection of each such number as a “little too optimistic” finally seems to have gone unheard as it should in a believable bull segment. However, despite our India story being better than China, a sscal e of 10X will likely apply in comparing flows to the two markets alone and India will be able to win that argument for $10 Bln every quarter.

ITC, Bharti are not overvalued in the Consumer space. We cannnot see value in the HUL trade whose markets have matured in India. Other consumption stories never scaled anyway and that therefore is the limitation of investing in Indias FMCG story except the ‘other’ 2010 winners as titan and ttk remain down and the domino’s pizza is no longer the story as expected after the DD ride, showing up the absence of a secular market and pizza hut coming back out in investments despite the Dominos’ 65% share (Jubilant Foods)

Bajaj Auto may not have substantial price cuts that have  shown on the radar for Hero after the budget giveaway

There seem to be big earnings leftovers with DLF and ABB following on , ETNow catching them for a change, but one understands that CNBC mode better, having ignored these latecomers and even penalised them. Its definitely my strategy with such presenters. DLF has a 60% higher sales revenues , with or without their main contribution this quarter from the sale of Aman Resorts as costs remain high for the real estate company

IDFC, YES, PNB and ICICI correct after yesterday’s rush for buying the select list while shorts on Kotak lead the cut in all such Financial stocks. I will look to shorts jumping SBI again, but probably waiting to coalesce th ebull candles into a stronger up force. PNB is coasting at 540 post a week long correction mode after a day’s ibig wins in the post analysis.

LIC Housing is probably as good for the medium term as the Power NBFCs, all the 4-5 stocks at the bottom of their range and Sundaram and the Gold NBFCs unlikely tpo o be competitively buoyant. Axis Bank would support Bank shorts as Kotak and thus Bank remains available as a short hedge too. Cipla and Lupin present a new problem as they continue to activate a bundle of no good stocks they were partnered with in their defensive mode and are not trading bets as they reach the top of their range near 450 and 1200. There is no secular run in metals, none in construction and Tata Steel remains a buy with the auto stocks without Tata Motors or the Unitechs and the HDILs

Modi is looking at some obvious chinks in his own armor as he stands on a half poant English speaking tour, showing up equally worse off in Oratory as Rahul, but looking comfortable with one new round of Desi dose goevrnance for India Inc

From my end, Chidambaram was more than right in showing UPA’s 8.4% and 6.6% 5 year periods ( 4 year periods) against the 6.2% average, but apparently there are not enough Financially literate voters around, despite the preoccupation with growth

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India Morning Report: There is no hope trade in sight

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

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

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

 

India Morning Report: Market takes a profit taker’s slice of pie at 6400

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English: Juuso Pykälistö (FIN) in his Peugeot 206 WRC during the 2003 Swedish Rally. Français : Juuso Pykälistö (Finlande) à bord de sa Peugeot 206 WRC au cours du Rallye de Suède édition 2003. Polski: Juuso Pykälistö (Finlandia) za kierownicą swojego Peugeota 206 WRC na trasie Rajdu Szwecji w 2003 roku. Português: Juuso Pykälistö (Finlândia) no seu Peugeot 206 WRC durante o Rali da Suécia de 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cake was of course due, it being the market anniversary at 6400, and the sharpness of the cut a reminder of the buyer knowing he was due a big hole when he exited. It is still a relatively recent add back to the Indian market equations, used to absorbing continuing profit taking without such a market wide reaction

Ofcourse, the hint was in the stock selection to the rally to 6400 (achieved) and 6500 (planned) with the markets still believing in Maruti and AllBank , parts of the rally not to move till further into the recovery. Needless to say the profit-taking candle worth a 100 points before 2 pm(250 sensex points), also wiped out any chance of a further downtick as 6200 presents a secular buying opportunity and 6220 is as good as 6180 would bring if there was another day of correction. However, the important thing to note was return of volumes even though it was in breakouts suspect to last the full weight of fundamentals testing strong fundamentally valid scrips. Tech Mahindra, M&M Financial services were up on buying and IDFC and bank candidate LIC Housing were indeed weaker instead of gaining strength yesterday,. Today might see the opposite as Powergrid continues up and to me even IDFC does not look like ready for a correction at 108, let alone 105 which should see buyers crawl back.

Cornered buyers of the rally looking to add Hero, Maruti and the PSU Banks like BOI an others may again cause a flutter once the markets reach 6350. If they decide to take up cudgels , investors and positional traders should move out of harm’s way gong to 6100 Puts, buying out their  6300 position in Puts. Also transaction costs should preclude move outs from 6500 and 6600 Calls especially as the longs have some more to look forward to , allowing them to expire such calls on the hope while buying more ATM calls if they wish to go long. The Rupee was the most hurt from the lack of new picks for the bull run, the breakdown at 64 finding bears waiting in the currency which immediately lost almost half a dollar to open at 62.40 on Friday. Fixed yields remaining at 8.8% instead of riding down to 8.5% probably signify a large shot interest even as the Taper passes by.

The unwinding in Bull Futures seem to be taking place a tick at a time so the new concentration has probably cottoned on to new interest in 6100 series as well as we can confirm after 2 pm. However if you have indeed exited (updated before 11 AM on Friday) Exits may also not reinvest in Defensives like Pharma and IT at current levels though those scrips are maintaining levels

The ICICI TAB campaign will indeed live up to its hype in 3-4 months as Banks come back to lean on retail deposits after cycling thru pressure updating on Salary and Corporate Savings accounts, as a loose ready reckoner for focus, with retail lending probably also going off a cliff in 2-3 months at the inflection in the Economy where Investment has to take over and the consumption uptick will slump hopefully without further rate hikes from the Central Bank Meanwhile with the PMI above 50 in December, Q3 looks like a good number for GDP ( having battled first seven months on negative IIP) and the IIP in January next week will still report for November which should fool no one .

The India Services MI follows on Monday likely to show an uptick as China battles another new slowdown in Export Orders which again is something India has skipped in this month’s report due Monday. We warned you on the Tata Motors trade, December sales underlining the company’s longer term woes and JLR eating up all the Cash flow for its design investments. Bullish trades will again focus on a new spine of infraco and telecom even as Voda pips the public Bharti in the battle for subscribers with a DoCoMo conversion Bharti’s 200 mln base could thus even rejuvenate flagging growth back to number 1 in a few and till then news of a recovery may have slowly trickled in to a mass of ‘hysteria’ buoyed by the coming bull earning reports

Given the continuing bottom up buying approach into the rally as it continues from 6150 levels at worst, this would be the widest base of new fundamental picks identified as winners and more of the traders’ favorites fall by the wayside, making Axis equal to ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank in the coming rallies for example and even Cadila and Glenmark correcting with the rest of the market till the new rush consolidates.

GAIL could be a great add to the defensives as well and should help if you are finally ready to rid yourself of the HCL Tech and All Bank, with me being a little uninformed on Idea and the new defensive volume breakouts TechM, M&M Financial(hopefully the information risk is not going to be staple for the market)

YES Bank and IDFC remain the continuing meme from the 2011 rallies while new fundamental picks could be bolstered by the gold bankers Muthoot and Manappuram mid-caps even as Gold does slide down in 2014 with Oil as a continuous shrinkage from the Fed bites the Gold and Oil trade. I’d still bet on LIC Hsg and Shriram

Hero’s December ‘comeback’ could be another harbinger for the goo pickup in rural trade as Bajaj Auto again underlines that Hero is the loser from the Honda sale with Honda having caught up to 300k in December at 60% of the Hero figure.

Zee could sill be a good pick in this term and Adani Ent and Adani Ports could be good shorts even as their fundamentals improve on a tiny, not just small base. Infy has tracked buyers after diping below 3500 but there isn not mor than 3-5% on the upside

India Morning Report: Building up that range between 6300 and 6500, Energy Cos let fly

Call buying in the new year has resumed in 6500 and 6600 strikes underlining market confidence in making the upside while 6300 Puts define the bottom of the range (Sold puts always in a bull ‘candle’)

Also non food credit growth signifies Banknifty has less pressure on it to buy up its PSU components before the secular recovery takes hold in India Inc., right now recovery prospects led by better performing banks and corporates, even select Mid caps. BOI and All Bank seem to be in the buy rush but buyer beware doctrine applies nd we remain happy with PNB as March shows the having accounted for the bad losses and survived with better provisioning.

The Energy Cos are way ahead in the New Year esp if you include the rally on 30/31 as the pace of increases in Diesel prices and the increase in Non subsidized LPG confirm better prospects and however also confirm that the battle against the Fisc will last a long time unlike the chutbhiyas fighting it out for an ex Infy startup tickets in Bangalore (AAP gets a dirty linen in the streets fight with Pai and Bala joining against Nilekani)

Infy did start back at 3500 but there is a further downside risk from the fracas probably enthusing electorates and markets in its incipient hour tonight. HCL Tech is a great short right now to save your Bull Dollars. Cadilla and Glenmark remain the important buys with IDFC, YES and Bharti and ITC leading the Bull charge. Bharti tops its trading range around 345 and the ITC breakout is still long way to go in January.

Maruti sales hit rockbottom in December, so  I would have waited two weeks to confirm the trend for January before including them in the Volume breakouts. Sales at Toyota were down to 12k and Maruti a paltry 90k, this trend much like our Maid in Manhattan and her UN immunity spawned employer Devi Khobragade a little too ahead to go with real recovery trends, even belying equally bad sales in January too perhaps?

IIP ticks up again for December as and when data is processed but bank credit jump is part of the lag with no new projects expected in December – March and WPI will remain stressed near 7 levels and higher even without the customary poll sops in this season Indusind is not a good buy and that with the lack of buyers as volumes return this week means the bull ticks will be slow except for Power and Oilcos

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

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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: Markets reach the 6300 mark, will it hold as the new bottom?

Knowledge market BW
Knowledge market BW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eventually, 6300 may also hold as the bottom of the range and so armed with this knowledge market rangers on the Bull side may ordain the mark sooner this week and next but for now markets will trade it bullishly on Monday.  Pre Open saw a shard of pricing out in Bank of India again, sinking to a bottomless pit quote 30% down, bu tas of now the PSU banks remain the biggest risk on the downside ( esp if they catch our fancy as the markets go up, they would underline the lack of options in such a wide market with 3000 active quotes on NSE alone.

Deposits were finally ahead of loans in the report of week ended December 13, growing at 17% (INR 75 Tln) with Bank lending at 15%(INR 57 Tln). Non Food Credit stock is INR 56 Tln, making up most of the growth stock in lending (INR 320 bln out of INR 360 Bln)

As we mentioned at the cusp of the rally, infracos and IT remain sectors in which stocks have to be decided for the winners and losers , both right now moving in single file, IT moving together with a losing rupee and infra moving up together on good hope for policy day, like this week. However, IDFC for example has a much more bullish trade accumulation appealing to at least three class of investors including the passive institutionals and the active hedge traders in small infra hopes.

Traders continue to hope for the non obvious trades in each of their not so blue chip large trades which technically may no longer belong to the Midcap story either including Cairns, GMDC/NMDC, Hexaware/HCL Tech. Barclays did up the growth forecast of India Inc ahead of results season, but more on the lines of MSA’s war cry for an automatic upgrade to 6-7% growth for India Inc with positive Investment flows, because the deed is done, which sadly has still to unfold surprises with statistics belying the temporariness of this recovery without the requisite investment flows except the Net Exports as we wipe out the Current Deficit and markets cornered the shorts out again in December.

I could buy a few puts on HCL Tech just to wind them up and carry home some profits on the announcements as results start pouring in. That would be really the closest to a sure winner this quarter as the Ruee digs its heels in at 61-62 levels. Infy shorts will not bait the stock till 3600 probably and if you are bullish, the up move is unlikely at thse levels despite the oevrall atmosphere of continuing good news in the sector, and that will not extend the winning rallies of Mid Caps and Product companies like KPIT, Hexaware and Persistent either.

Glenmark and GAIL seem good additions for stock watching in 2014 to our already brilliant portfolio led by IDFC and YES Bank. Mining and Metals as also L&T are likely bad trades to start. Pharma remains the best sector for bulls in both Domestic and Exports stories despite the NPPA pricing policy implementation, a higher double digit CAGR growth assured in the domestic market, I’d say. Banks despite giving up the gains early on Monday, look like making up for the sobriety shown this quarter in 2014 too but stock selection has becom critically differentiating strategy between the sub par equals as well as the Private sector leaderboard.

India Morning Report: Bad Boy shorts in more trouble, Rupee at 62.50 ‘lows’

Green Energy (narrow)
Green Energy (narrow) (Photo credit: Truthout.org)

Dow corrected its Wednesday closing reaction welcoming the taper and Indian markets will likely realise they had shorted the markets unnecessarily and move up with IT stocks back to 6180 levels on the last trading sessions of the week. That means bad news for Angel Broking as Ashwini with them, keep digging for lower levels and markets hold above that 6150 support and move back to 6200 levels.

IDFC and Reliance are special mentions in the Morning Report today. IDFC as ET and CNBC18 report struck the alarm bells when hitting 50% in Foreign holding took it out of the bank license race. It would be applying for bringing down the foreign holding limit to 49% from 54% now. The overall foreign holding limit will be bumped back if the Central Bank refuses them a bank licence

Reliance GAS price hike of $3-4 per MMBTU seemingly translates into a sub Re 1 increase in Power Tariffs(Tulsiyan, CNBC) while Reliance increases profits on its current 20 MMBTU production (CNBC) by INR 25 Bln but its production does not increase till FY20 materially and it will thus shuck out of the Winning XI again by next week. The Gas Price Hike was approved today allowing gas availability issues to recede from April 01, 2014

On the diplomatic front, I think serious gaps between diplomats have surfaced that take the India US relations South as the focus has shifted to getting the charges dropped. The US side will thus focus on legal issues as well, where probably the real issues of employing domestic help in the US within the Embassies should probably be addressed more in the ‘face saver’ agreement, wilfully skipped by both parties showing up both sides in the Foreign Services not being live to real issues in the quick and quiet undercurrents that matter so much

Powergrid says it will be worse off by just INR 1.6 Bln on new CERC availability regulations a very small road bloack and that gives us at least 3 sectors going strong apart from the ephemeral IT and the longer term moves into Energy and metals which should completely rule out any shorts on the Nifty which continue to ride December series. Pharma is good for immediate trades, as is FMCG including ITC available at trend lows at 310-12 and Bharti at 320 levels as well as Power which almost welcomes the hike in its Gas prices as that is definitely more realistic than the $4.20($7 incl taxes) rate expected per MMBTU in the MSAs esp at the GVK Hyderabad plant example which would also benefit from the Powergrid reconnection in the South.

The India Rupee has likely bottomed out again at INR 62.5 levels

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