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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India Morning Report: The lack of political prowess of the Nitish Modis and the NaMos, Advanis and Dear Rahul!

The General Post Office and Reserve Bank of In...
The General Post Office and Reserve Bank of India building from across Lal Dighi in B.B.D.Bagh, Calcutta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India Morning Report: And after 5600, is 5500 ..then 5400, 5300, 5100, 4900, 4500, and on it goes pegging poor buyers..

That would be one loose definition of retail investors currently ready to be pegged as not so germaine and India being resilient and a winning post even as RGR takes the board at the Reserve Bank of India. Vallabh Bhansali tried a valiant effort while MF managers ( again to be free non academic and interested in discussing with the educated layman who has other professions to tend) can be loosely ascribed as the educated investors’ abode and banks as continuing bulwarks of pressure for enterprise even as the NPA saga will not bleed anew but will extend its lasting periods well into 2016.

However if you do not ascribe to these notions as a first party or as third party notions of whats ailing india, which we would happily accept is not so, coalition politics to come and the lack of political prowess of the Nitish Modis and the NaMos, Advanis and Dear Rahul are going to cost India inc dear. One of course does not mean this as a crutch of benefits of stable seating charts at the RBI here but the ailments of the system will not be solved by monetary policy and one sees , like the continued selling of infracos and infra NBFCs even as banks rebound on the news of the new Chicago educated governor taking over (Deepak Parekh also was prominent among those welcoming the change). Fixed income Yields and more promisingly CDS spreads could respond to the timely change of regime at the Reserve Bank

Beautiful Gold Jewelry Designs from Golden India
Beautiful Gold Jewelry Designs from Golden India (Photo credit: epSos.de)

JLR results will be down this term, the defensives have been hit hard with HUL and ITC responding negativey to being tagged defensives after just having broken into growth on the trendline for the 3rd time together in a decade. Its a wonder SESA Goa , Sterlite and Tata steel are still falling sharply and that just means the market is unlikely to quit correcting till the CAD measures yet to be invented by us or experienced Economists like RGR and CRA (Rangarajan) are implemented to sustain the Rupee. Pharma and IT, the big white hope of those living and operating other Indian businesses from outside India, hardly seem geared for growth, most sticking to just small additions fom conversions of Fx and Exports though a stable share not growing fr pharma including the continuing risers in Stride Arcolabs o rthe youngest pig to the slaughter , Torrent even as Glenmark and not Sun pharma look great investments for the future

DIIs are still not biting and rates will be hiked sooner than later even as RGR tries to keep the bridge between the politicos facing elections and rolling out the first entitlements bill (in cash).Imagining Jet Airways at 300 levels while celebrating the final inking of a 24% stake from Etihad would have been unlikely even for those who started 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years ago.

The Sensex could not keep its morning cues intact going into the 11 AM post morning session and may sjow one more steep eigenvalue of fall on th Nifty and Sensex even befor the weekend comes but then it is becoming likelier at these levels after 12 sessions that the markets will not be freshly bet short and that this time means you should take one big short but it is improbably improbable that from here the hedge you take in buying the Banknifty will possibly probably and without virtual nanobots, make likely more money in the period to August end of series. So, come ray with me the markets last at 5500

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India Morning Report: The future path to robust corporate governance was lined with crises

Holcim and Jet Airways continue to test India’s commitment to robust corporate governance even as the Rupee’s shallow provenance means that the Central Bank is still per force holding Indian finance sector to ransom and channelising Gold Trade to exports. Talking just about India further , the Holcim deal ‘s 7.4 /6.6(after funding Holcim into Ambuja) share exchange ratio shows also the potential exits for Foreign investors not looking to be good governance leaders that cannot be covered by loophole based laws from a nearly dozen regulators, instead of a full investment into India”s new priorities much like relayering a road than taking each pothole out with a “minimum valid quantity” of tar and a pass through roller every time it rains

Infrastructure investment aside there are other parallels with the missing wholesomeness in India’s corporate governance story here its policy leadership and a crisis less 2008 fail to cover the basic lack of provisioning for Good business practices, Good Employment Practices and Good Investor practices that remain yet valid shareholder criteria in India to find out stories head and shoulders above the others who will thus sustain better growth and power. Ideas that are good on all three eigenvalues are probably not overvalued but some (Havells , Heromotocorp ) have been disproved for sustenance from their consumers in their expectations much like Jubliant Foods that could grow higher than 50% for a year or so only and one round of Capex subdued the tiger in it unlike previous examples at Bharti and HUL in the eighties

India’s triage of these Business practices, investor practices and Employment practices  is unique despite there being global movements in the three areas as in india there are barely a Dozen from which the Top 10 lists of employers, investments or businesses to corner among the variegated field (motley crowd) of unlisted, unlisted MNC, Globally owned, Indian Globally owned, outward investing (Bharti, ONGC) Indian Global , Private, Private-Public (ICICI, SBI), Public (Coal), internet only ( ecommerce) , Private Equity, Cooperative , social or other holding structures  that dot India’s Business landscapes. Some sectors like india’s Higher Ed defy any such categorisation as well and have no link to the Corporate ends of the trail to synaptically make the neurons work together.

Hardly 10% of our “interest sample” is even listed or accessible to investors precluding complete sectors like Advertising, Information etc instead of the global sample of a few mutual or private businesses which are nevertheless well-defined with market pricing control policing them much more effectively than any government However shorting private banks like Axis and ICICI Bank in today’s conditions is a n unforgivable error brought on my such extraneous pressure  in the Economy as such banks losses on short funding squeezes are eminently reworkable into their secular 20%+ topline and sequential bottomline growths except for the immediate quarter ICICI Bank esp seems at a bottom at 930 levels and the trader short interest is basically an overwrought hedge for knowing that their is no lower mark than 5980

CNBC’s The Firm ( Menaka Doshi) and citizen denizens like Anil and others defending minority shareholders are a new breed and barely survive in the noise on promoter manipulation, Sahara and Jet’s revenue headquarters migration to Abu Dhabi. We wish all of them the best

All said, Bank Nift’s holding at its bottom, there are no ears to speak of an if you still think the above scenario should somehow affect India’s valuation further negatively, give me a call and I’ll try again.

ITC results will be an eye-opener as Yogi leaves and ITC indeed transitions back to  Tobacco led Consumer behemoth, making profits at Ashirwad and Sunfeast( I hope! for my noodles’ sake)

Wockhardt is still in a bigger soup for its digressions barely days after investors returned to the stock and Bajaj Auto is the only one among auto majors whose Export story has worked throughout from 2006 onwards without a break despite the challenges

India Morning Report: Auto exports pick up at Bajaj, PFC, L&T and IDFC lead plays

The headline tries to get at the difference in the consolidating market of now vs. that of three years ago in a similar situation i.e. within this cycle as the prospects of infracos having taken a nosedive and that of auto sales having hit a rock or two still have not dented or revived the case for an explosion of demand and the few selected beneficiaries in each sector. As always the moves are helped by Banking, in this case new bank licences even as Bharti, ITC and YES retain investor interest but have lost their lead as momentum creators in the market. Jet Airways was repurposed by Tony Fernandes’ claims countering Jet’s path to growth in the last 10 years taking unused Tier 2 cities and airports as model bases for its expansion starting at 3 aircraft and proposing to add 10 aircraft a year. Vodafone’s unilateral attempts on the other hand remain wierd and misrepresented to say the least s they make no sense of price or commodity in question probably trying to get a buy one take one free from the judicial process with the tax case still not settled on the m&a either.

at Airasia fair
at Airasia fair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Energy, brokerages try to play catch up and set a mini trend but with 10-12 more hikes in diesel any fundamental rerating except the positive drfit up ensconced currently is unlikely. UBS upgraded BPCL and Citi downgraded ONGC to neutral. In Auto xports, Maruti continus to scare with losing the plot over old established exports continuing 2 years after the shift t diesel and D’sire models in the Gurgaon and Manesar plants but the MNCs and two wheeler/three wheeler companies ride growing marking of production to exports

But back to index based investors and statistics, now would be the time to reassess the significance of India in Asia and global indices though company based weights have been switched around earlier in April. Volatility should subside and give rise to a positive volatility based move sooner than later after core growth was par for May at 2.3% and Energy prices were realigned without protest. Global Oil and gold prices continue to trace lows and new banks from muthoot finance or others however be unable to get out of the success of their nbfc counterparts while establishing retail having to take existing operations to the bank.

That should also mean more new licences as each of the 26 is also a regional in one way or the other apart from leading from one business segment.And, importantly there is still chance for finance m&a albeit after grant of licences, while Sundaram finance /Shriram finance continue to try and refashion their book to get RBI’s nod currently not available for the deleterious mix o securities from refi considerations. India may ass this lull for ECB finance sooner than later as it materialises that the rupee level is unlikely to improve and thence investors, already back for the ride may get to cook more for the gravy train than 2012 offered.

Also, a note to sovereign asian investrs, this could be the last chance to get into the India story at these levels, and more attractive with a weak rupee as these funds hld more of foreign currency than local currency losers in fixed income and currency

India Morning Report: India needn’t have worried about Fed pronouncements

The only island of yet positive GDP growth with near 0 domestic investment, India could have easily ignored Fed pronouncements overnight but instead as the currency fails to find any buyers fell through at least two credit buckets in a single sweep with the Indian Rupee progressively targeting a 60 mark twice in this week and Oil imports continuing to drag the CAD warnings to future quarters with General Elections admittedly not recognised yet by the market as the proverbial ‘blinders’ to any further cognitive thinking and not many options left on the straight and narrow

The FII investments year to date are unfortunately a never before $15 Billion and the debt market continues to see withdrawals. Yields hit a circuit breaker as the old 10-Y bond was trading aat 7.57% and the tracked 10-year yields have hit 7.37% and will be moving north to track the new Oil bill expenses from here

Coal India Limited
Coal India Limited (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though markets would like to believe LIC is standing buying against a whirlwind of sales in equities as well, the situation is much easier in equities with the 5750 breach in the morning probably still the last move of the index south if indeed tomorrow markets recognise that it is much the status quo for India Inc prospects in the entire schema developed by liquidity flows and Europe’s demise in the last few years

Deep cuts in Foreign ownership rich stocks target private banks with ICICI holding together a motley crew of foreign investors and telcos barely surviving with the new FDI proposals lifting the cap to 100% by ordinance. the SS (S2 Analytics), Angel Broking and Ashwini Gujral comebacks today were effective I in particular paying attention to the Coal India short by SS that  should yield Coal India to 260 levels Also BOB may breach 600 but may not have further downside and Cipla and Lupin shorts should be ineffective as also further shorts on Banks despite the new market levels prognosticated to 5100-5300 levels by the Bears who finally caught a break after paying hefty carryover and I am still buying the banks, IDFC and Bharti and ITC for the bang on the upside. Jet Airways is also running the thin rope easily almost on predetermined lines to switch agreements on the Control issue allowing etihad powers commensurate with its 15% holdings.

Also despite the FDI in retail, one suspects most of the domestic investment has already been predated in the new bout as Walmart was already a back end partner and many others arrangements also have not sported fresh investment and thus this marks the deeply worrying sign tallying with the bears that indeed Fresh Domestic investments and thus fixed Capital Formation has yet to find any viable grounds or sources. However, in our final analysis this has all been discounted and equities will not see any money leaving after today’s cut making anything like 5600 impossible for the markets to fall to and even if indices fall to those levels it would not be linked to actual investment withdrawals of note and scrips already selected on the long side will not be impacted.

 

India Morning Report: On your marks, the rally is set to gooooo..

5850 levels would of course cede thru the week as correlation is reestablished and an agreement around the RBI call yesterday seems to have been on target to set the H2 rally in motion. Institutional investors have been selling the index futures hitherto a transparent look ahead hedge initiated for the select longs that have been holding the market above successive water marks since August 2012. Index futures selling aside, the Rupee move should also stop here at 58.50 or above that back at 57.90 whence long buying in scrips thought to be carrying their sectors and the indices are in fact treated to further quality buying

Godrej Nature's Basket
Godrej Nature’s Basket (Photo credit: vm2827)

However in concrete terms shorts on Godrej are a great idea as are longs on ICICI Bank and M&M. The side tag wars of Godrej and M&M in scrip selection if any for both promoters based from ‘amchi mumbai’ are non existent primarily because fo the inconsequential daily volume of 304k in Godrej Industries and thus for your institutional desk it is a single trade scrip, one position ruling its trend and thus will be a short beyond 20 levels too if one wants. M&M and USL similarily lead the remaining value in the market as some smart promoter moves, especially the M&M deal with a foreign promoter scaling up its auto ancilliary units in a single consolidated operation. USL is as good as a iDFC but as the network pick presented (Dimensions?) it is in a strongly invested position. M&M is also important because consumption will also come back in the second half once the recovery is in play.

Banknifty drift is transcendental and unlikely to impact the prospects of private banks leading the rally.  SS had a great pick in Dena Bank and PNB is also a great long. Air Asia and Jet Airways take off on new India inc rides that are definitely more significant than mere exploration with Ramadorai in the chair at Tony Fernandes’ Air Asia and SEBI following up rigorously on the 51% Naresh Goyal controlled Jet and the “???” Indian controlled FDI by Air Asia in almost an established Malaysian treason habit in India investments

The sudden jump in Gold imports still does not mean good redeeming news for Titan or the slip on the CAD but is probably a last hurrah of the clampdown/controls. Jubilant’s correction looks like could continue another 20% down after the move back from 1300 to 960 in pre-open today one also feels that shorts on REC or Jet are misplaced at these levels of 200 and 460 respectively. Buys on ITC and Bharti Airtel are likely t o hold for longer term though minor corrections from these levels as for YES Bank have to be watched for, including any newsy disruptions to them. FDI increases in Banking and other sectors ( though not Media or Legal sectors) are looking likely but within 2014 H1 after government formation is cleared and not in going away policy presents which would e intemperate for the coalition at this point and more importantly for India Inc.

India Morning Report: 5750 is here and it’s Friday

The week will close out thus with FIIs exiting some equities occasioned by DIIs entering the market finally buying 3 days into this Friday and likely to end the day near INR 25Bln in buying ( ` 2500 Crores) for the week

Mid term traders would do well to avoid exploratory tips like SS bidding out BOB into a new spin after it hit 630 yesterday which is unlikely as Markets respond strongly to the week’s closing glad to go home with no outstanding positions and no Rupee trades left. As shorts exit the Rupee ( if they were still on after the GOI move mid week) there may be even more bullishness to close the week. EM bonds as of now do not equate to India and with DIIs also buying, any resumed buying will mean quicker move up in volatility providing keen traders new choices in scrips going up not down

Jet Airways and the sharply corrected YES Bank would be my picks to start and if none of the two work for you, switch to ICICI and IDFC or ITC and bharti as each of these twoples are likely to work together on different sentiment days on the upside not unlike Axis and Bajaj Auto or Axis Bank and Idea two weeks now. F&O straddles at 5650  were a great pick or strangles at 5600 (sell puts) and 5800 ( sell calls) but should be ripe in today’s open , vol having moved into the 2s.  The safer ones going by the network pick recommended at 55/59 should let it sink till expiry and pocket the 44-50 they might have turned in in the setup yesterday

Europe and US should not have much of a move left  to close out the week.

 

 

India Morning Report; Rupee hits final free fall, Equities avoid snag

English: First Rupee, a Rupiya Silver coin, is...
English: First Rupee, a Rupiya Silver coin, issued by Sher Shah Suri r. 1540-1545 CE. image from personal collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Rupee responded to the 57 mark hit on Friday and this most of the week will continue to manage all the reations to new level of the rpee before it probably heads towards a new “equilibrium” range for 2014 with RBI intervention missing till Friday evening being a minor risk to the prognostication of the leves around 57.50 ranging back to till 56, if the Equities funds flow impact is actually turned into seas of green this week or early next week itself.

 

The news of US having recovered based on the z1 report (Financial accounts) of Thursday, is a Fed push again from better days of 2013 and the recovery in retail and requirement of a more robust sustainable inflation has pushed the QE withdrawal to 2014, but a token notice is likely to weigh in on global funds tracking in 2013 esp towards Q4

 

The Banknifty is very pliable from 12150 es the bad boys of PSU led by the surprising bite on BOB books, which have probably bottomed at 660. Justdial is unlikely to be jettisoned by IPO investors in a hurry,  Dominos (Jubilant Foods) and even Jet Airways holding a good “precedent’ for them and thus social networks are likely to keep JustDial levels higher above 600 for another 90 days before a call can be taken for Secondary investors in terms of post IPO investible levels

Yen is crossing 100 again on the upswing from 95 level and will be backed by GSAM among others to new 110 levels esp as US hedge funds may not exit April May shorts on JGB and as long as the interest rate risk on the same is managed well by BOJ, Koruda taking over in his last six months from PM Abe whil currency falls could probably now sustain with a lower level of sales of JGB

Day Trader picks have moved on from trying to short the Top 40 visible, high capitalisation scrips to probable better success rate in small and mid cap picks. Yes Baank corporate governance hiccups with the succession battle not being insignificant keeps it out of trading orbits likely ranged  while flying passenger miles this month or retail and real estate credit jumps at ICICI Bank and the rest are unlikely to be very strong in May or june despite the pressure on the Rupee not tranlating into consumption economy pressures for India Inc or its consumers, imported components driven only by the movement of Oil rices, getting better if oil prices in fact continue correction

 

 

 

Where the Rupee is used
Where the Rupee is used (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Cheerful markets for FDI inflows, Pensive memories of a growth phase of IT industry

Jet Airways IFE
Jet Airways IFE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If IT were a mere product than employment for millions, it would be seen to be in its mature post growth phase ready to be phased out by a new product or business. That is not a valid hypothesis, and perhaps not a valid criticism but yet a good attempt at slang , street smart catch up with the good times. Even as HCL Tech follows Wipro as Wipro opens the week headed to more than 10% lower at open, HCLTech will likely lead them back once they reach a sub 300 level here. As long as we are on the out tray, ( out of fashion vs being the ‘in’ of the last two decades) one might also reserve judgment on the golden M&Ms, Mannapuram Finance and Muthoot, both actually having been thru worse in the last two weeks but that we’ll underwrite as being on the up and up from here, calling not just a bottom but an active clawback, though one might rule out active recovery in these till results season stars are over and infact the same can be ruled out in most of the midcap.

 

On individual scrip recommendations apart from commending the HCL Tech short by Mitesh Thakkar and exhorting my readers to go forth and make profit on HCLT.NS corrections, to join the stream and strengthen it for bigger payouts I would just add one bit of caution against non recommendations by Ashwini Gujral on the Jet Airways story. Anyone who thinks Jet will remain in this channel and not reach 550 again is flawed or limited by their prior analysis of a different fundamental and as Technical chart Guru Ashwini G. will just exit this limited (non) trade idea of his once the scrip beats prior targets and resistances and Jet Airways per se remains one of the strongest MidCap non Blue chip picks in the Indian markets on par with pharma midcap plays which realty speculators and chart gazers run easier with because of studied volatility and proclivity to oscillate in SHM around the mean traded price almost at beck and call.

 

Similarily Mr Sukhani’s view on banks and the nifty are always a little tentative at ‘U’ turn moments and one should not discount them in a hurry nor excessively mind them while looking at even positional trade except when one expects to run in for an intra day bet or two. Bank of Baroda may not grow faster, higher and stronger in a hurry but Banks per se have been out of favor unnecessarily for long part of the 2013 trade and as they remain half the market cap and two thirds of the liquid market one would venture its the easiest pick to grow with if one chooses YES Bank at this time, headed to unknown heights on its stock price.

 

The April series has seen a 14% decline in IT till Friday and the index is safe for 5600 puts sold positions to build further as booking profits on sold puts of last two weeks is likely happening in the first session (before noon) as we speak. The Land Acquisition reform Bills are to be keenly watched before the market tires of this brief comeuppance yet to be characterised as a rally while Fixed yields weather down to 7.75% in grudging admiration of the Rupee’s performance, inflows and the fiscal accounts. If the yields had indeed been leading the trend basis the conomic forebearance of India inc and the improving data, they would have fallen to closer to 7.25% even by now and thus one sees a lot of strength available to equities if the results and statistics can keep the faith making a mid week tentativeness a good point to start a big positive institutional trade even as HMT restructuring is approved and coal supply agreements signed. Coal India’s divestment plan is still threatened and complicated by the LRB (Land Rehabilitation Bill) being on the table in parliament and the Food Security Bill precariously close to being threatened by a cornered but fragmented opposition

 

 

 

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