Pre Closing Trading Strategies- October 18, 2012

The week has been good for those waiting for a clear trend to emerge as the road to 5850 looks swift and clear. It may easily target 6000 on the Nifty depending on the Rupee and the levels of the Sensex that can get the indices to a 6000 Nifty/20000 Sensex orbit before seriously considering a technical correction.

Interestingly the rise in EBITDA margins at Cement companies expected at Ambuja, Holcim and ACC has come in tandem with th jump in old textile scrips with Century and Raymond going up 4-6% in the session giving one quick shots to move into for Friday and for next week. The EBITDA was reported at 18.4% at ACC up 500 bps

Infra and Banks may not move together this time but older stock market favorites could turn up like a Shanghai surprise for investors and traders, with Raymond itself tipped for a 400 target ( Mitesh Thakkar, ET Now)

Cement scrips are a good pick as JP Associates finally gets a higher offer from Grasim (Aditya Birla) as well to 130 per tonne capacity for its 11 MTPA plants on Sale to reduce the group’s debt burden and synergise in construction services and Infrastructure/Power

Sun Pharma unfortunately could be a miss for Friday and Monday as the markets review the loss of its Lipidoc sales in the US as the original drug from JNJ is probably back in the mearket

ACC Net Profit of 2.42 B makes it a good pick but Axis and BOB are already up too much for a 30-5% move and I would prefer to go with PNB, SBI which at 821 and 227- are still underpriced and ICICIBANK and HDFCBANK. The isolation of CNXIT could infact augur well for Switching strategies later lengthening the move in the broader indices. A NSE 5850 target is obvious so F&O interest in Futures and Calls for the next two weeks are interesting but it is the latter half ogf the series and any carryforward positions are equally likely to bite overnight

IDFC could start the infraco bite on Monday or Tuesday for another 10% catch up to earlier stable levels from the current depressed prices including L&T and BHEL and not mid cap infra or DLF and construction biggies or IBREL.

 

 

A reality check that augurs well for those willing to stop and take a breather | Earnings Insight

Earnings Mid Terms crash on All nighters..in India and US

Mid Cap IT and Infy looking for avenging the transfromation space with Indian business providers were again usurped by larger BPO deals and a good showing from unhedged HCL Technologies and one hopes also TCS leaving one critical movement in currency which is good for the larger economy as the ones hanging for dear life.

Similarly consumer plays like Coke paid 11% in Currency headwinds against a Ā strengthening dollar in the first two months of the quarter as global corporations report the halting recovery in the US. Intel is down and the world as we know it unchanged thrashing ahead for those not playing in such currency movements , not necessarily wanting to be shackled with Nationalist interest. However even as IBM looks at an inevitable yet steeper falling hardware sales and the ones that missed the housing recovery at Citi look at a continuing salvage operation, the world has moved on whether it desired to or not. The gap between the peers that have performed in this quarter and the rest is likely to keep growing and one must recognise those that have failed in this perfectly competitive quarter as having strategically misaligned themselves and needing a relook at their global and domestic business strategy. Globally this will soon include BofA by today evening when they report before US markets open but the winners may not necessarily include McDonalds’ , Starbucks and the resurgent Wells Fargo. What has probably happened is that those running with a perfectly operational strategy and anticipated free fall in this quarter have been singled out by us and we stand by our observation as we see the various forces of human endeavour trying to come out of the ever elongating crisis and note that no one has caught the envisioning of this new normal whether those still prognosticating a recession or those just hoping to ride on more growth allowances to make a comeback.

The changes at macroeconomic level mean that older ties between economies in critical businesses including banking and auto have probably been running on the saame tenets as the nineties yet and that they have changed only no as have been expected since 2008/9. Investors thus would have more hiccups ahead and would likely need to pull back from equities and reassess the situation and a second round of deleveraging will now likely hit global economies only later as European banks re-enter the arena.

However, this article does not have the answers we need to ‘move on” productively, except that even without regulators’ forcing it banks and global companies would do well to be more careful and are likely to be weaker to future economic crises or as observers noted, black swans could be a more often occurring event in the coming days. The growth of consumption as variously noted by Intel, Fedex, Starbucks, McDonalds’, Coke ( incl New York’s ban on supersized drinks) GM, Facebook, Dominos and Pizza Hut is not the same as it was a decade ago into which you added a health fad and a mobile. The Euro will survive but European corporates are still not ready to come out with performances worthy of a standing ovation including growing Healthcare plays like Roche, Novo Nordisk and US based Sanofi and JNJ

The going is going to be tough and the tough better get going!

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