India Morning Report: Everything is alive and some more are back in play

An unusually late report from our end again, but the markets continued flat after having a scar Friday afternoon closing at 6080. The markets traded closer to 6100 in the entire session and the yields again turned back up to higher than 9%

and the Rupee stabilised at 63.5 levels. Any move int he Rupee above 64 is as good as the other breaks markets are looking at and the Rupee wll in that case skid till it hurts around 69-70

The month’s IIP data reports are apparently still awaited at this long hour and markets have been trading better consoled by the slowing down taper jitters and getting used to the “NO BUY” mode at DIIs and Funds. Power NBFCs have more or less completed the rally with REC moving into 220 levels while the cuts on ICICI(1010) and ITC(310) are also probably done with equity shorting again replaced by buy index hedges in this Short trade attempt.

“Pre-emptive Open” sessions on the Nifty saw the markets trying to guess at low levels for almost every other scrip and the muscle contest was a no show as Emerging market ETFs may be out of inflows too soon in the series but it is unlikely that they will actually see outflows or even if Fixed Income asset classes get more attractive than equities it will not see any equity flows jeopardised by the same desie any attempt to rationalise a link between the two markets

Mauritius and Cyprus being targeted by  India does ht hot mone yflows and in fact probably bodes well for the REvenue Department hose hands are tied especially as they already tried an illadvised reetroactive taxaion of deals like Vodafone, from an era when FDI rules were much more amorphous than today

Tata Steel may see profit taking but that and SESA Sterlite have reported true to form fgood results and with disparate sectors reporting today from Hindalco to MindTree and Reliance Infrastructue who has turned around on their Power revenues woes with Multi year tariff agreements the rally can move around a variety of sectors without paucity of defensives and without a tight upper limit or short duration limits on BUY trades

Seriously, a little gold buying or the returning of Oil demand is not a cause for a BEAR traded on these unvdervalued markets a s long as you have the money to sit and sip a cupa instead of fliing it too fast and creating positive notes on the VIX. One expects a dip in OI also as the short positions exit during this week and the F&O series will probably see more robust trading when such exits have been completed, more probably for next Monday

 

India Morning Report: Another “Happy Thursday!” for the markets

Bajaj Auto was the biggest story as it expanded margins more than 1.5% to above 21%, putting behind shallow stories of losing share that have mostly affected Hero Motocorp and changed the Automobiles trade as four-wheelers dulled down in Q2 and Q3 to kill the recovery India Inc was to prescribe for the Economy.(we promised to shutout the debt deal bingo and we did, the compromise anemic as ever and the Taper posted now for post Q2 2014)

Mindtree also screeched up the noise with better margins but the coming Holiday Season quarter is likely to ascribe a sea change between Bajaj Auto and Mindtree in sales and bottomline performance

HCL Tech however completely the IT revival story with a big bang jump in top and bottomline and keeps the defensives on the speculative list for the rest of Earnings season, l likely to jump further from the 60% rise on the bourses year to date(Udate: HCLT really milked the Rupee for a EBIT nearing 24%)

Banks will remain dull and Indusind may indeed be proscribed, but with not many stuck on to bank scrips any short in banking stocks is likely to be not more than pennies

In case investors are kept away from the facts yet, most of the good companies have performed in duble digit increases in topline and profits have been strong, likely to not just outperform but fuel the rally. Bajaj Auto broke the $1 Bln quarter mark nearly and will do so comprehensively in the next two quarters itself with a INR 51 Bln topline and gross proifts at 21% plus margins

Mindtree’s $124 mln and toughening of pipelines to nearly $150 mln is good as they hibernate for the winter, Infy having started off with 5 large deal wins and TCS getting back into New Jersey’s Big Pharma offices plus another Bank/FI even as Data Centers popped up on everyone’s radars especially in Europe and HCL’s growth in the segment will be good to follow for other IT satraps If HCL does not grow the IMS business (Data Centers and Helpdesk) it is likely another stumble ahead for Indian substitution services

DCB and Heidelberg both matched up to a INR  3 Bln topline and have already been traded for coming out of a hole, in terms of performance

The Banknifty in fact is due for a buy in at 10200 levels with great bank results leading the way for India having proved itself in the quarter and the Rupee gets blamed for the expanding margins, taking the currency down again to 63 levels before it comes back and yields stabilise lower after the policy turn. MSF rates will continue lower to 8.5% mark eventually if Rajan does stick to the recommended 7.50% repo rates level and does not increase it again for the 6.5% bears in wPI

Hindi on whimsy: Akasmat(Sudden, equally apt in both up and down moves); utavala na hona(to not look too eager)

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

Banking District
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 Morning Report: Infosys slam starts off a results season rally

infosys pune smoking zone at night
infosys pune smoking zone at night (Photo credit: srijankundu)

 

Probably the consolidation is good for a big move, probablyit is not. However this would definitely mean the PCR increasing again with the right Put strategy ( sell Puts  and hedge with a 6500+ OTM Call/ 5500 PUT). Hero Honda seems to be getting some sympathetic gain too in the move with Infy as Infy likely crosses 3500 also in early trades on Monday. EBITs have crashed from Product Solutions drop in sales order books, but any defence of that is unlikely to impact a new guidance push up for the industry that foretells IT will support the Economy’s return to life

 

Bajaj Auto and ITC will kick  in , in the later sub rallies hopefully from higher levels as the good moxie uncoils into the market  capacity. If there’s a reason any NBFC sector including Realty or Telecom Demand has bad news to offer , then that should be an important worry in the run. LIC Housing and Bajaj therefore will continue to pack in volatile buzz before and after the move while KPIT and MindTree scotch up even to the point of making margin security this month. Statistically data is unavailable of these security positions ( in the open)

 

Rupee will definitely move back to 60 as the Rupee trade is picking up and Stanchart (listed here) and HSBC will likely be key movers. Pharma unwinding is just a funding move and Glenmark remains positive. The markets are definitely making a run t o break the 6100 cap but as of now Friday closing being positive is about the only fact out there.

 

The USD Index hovering above 80 means a small move further weakening to 78-79 is improbable but Dollar s weak and Crude has never broken 108 lvels in Brent in the Post “No Taper” announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: The Capital Goods chimera fools no one

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

India Morning Report: Infosys shows a lack of forebearance in a sack sack play

English: By Nikhil Kulkarni
English: By Nikhil Kulkarni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As expected, Infosys rerated the recovery rally with a 15% cut on open pushing thru a 1% increase in US and overall Dollar revenues and beat in Net profit based on other income offered as bait to speculators while the stock possibly returns to its #6 position in Nifty stocks based on Market Cap.

 

The market rally is intact though with a PCR at 0.93 hardly near enough after a smart move from 0.80 in less than a week. Axis Bank though is unlikely to be used by speculators to fill the coffers of the empty Nifty and a Bank Nifty run highly probably for a 1000 points after Indusind Bank reports on Monday.

 

Those looking for a 5650 cap for the Nifty may have been superceded in Nifty targets but for these results but with the PCR provisioning the momentum for earnings outperformers, once you factor out the movement of infosys alone fromthe index values it would still proceed to 5750 levels (ex infy, mail me if you are willing to do the exercise?) The Power NBFCs and the outstanding picks like ITC and IDFC are expected to outperform in business as well not unlike YES Bank and thus are likely to be chosen with ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as bedrocks of India and Asia portfolios.

 

Critically though, India’s successes with damage control on key attributes of low low information sharing gets a boost with Infosys almost deciding to scupper guidance and India’s data engines will have to work on broader strokes for a long long time to come. Banking, Credit, Economic guidance or otherwise the India forebearance model is equally predicated on old Colonial forms of information blackouts in the public domain and the bedroom entrepreneurs of the country like it that way more than the failure of Bombay Club would have you believe. Granular data is in fact available on more counts in India than attention is given in the press but policy mechanisms and successes of ‘no crisis no new score’ strategies globally in any sphere ensure that the India dream lives along higher interest rates and a hindu rate of growth.

 

The US budget exercise on the other hand , in larger control of global Economic vicissitudes is underway despite the gridlock and with a barely $500 bln for Defence in the Budget proposal and $47.8 billion for State Department ( earlier read as the War Budget) while being part of the larger 2.5 to 1 cuts to revenue based $4 Tln spending cuts managed to increase focus to Asia. That unfortunately means large increase in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in turn showing the large gap in US understanding of Asia bigger than the wholesome ozone hole created by European Capital flows. The rest is too technical to imagine and should probably be appearing in bit and pieces in future India reports or economic discussion at advantages.us

 

JP Morgan reports when the sun comes up in the US later today probably cementing the big rally banks had in the quarter despite the changes in the mortgages refinance volumes. Derivatives clearing impact starts appearing in global banks in 2014 only as the war for granular bank regulation enters a predetermined longish rollback phase.

 

Contraction in Singapore this quarter (based on Advance GDP), followed by negative IIPs in Malaysia and Mexico are likely to cascade into 2014 after the rosy start post Christmas was wiped out in the vast Asian predilection for property growth as the be all and end all of the ‘organised economy’

 

Infosys destroys brand equity with 8 pawn gambit? Or Infosys lives dangerously?

 

Guidance is actually available in dollar terms rather transparently and infosys has again made a play for Brand infosys by pushing a too muted a guidance in a bid to allow it wiggle space in the client boardrooms and ask for high value business and try and keep its uniqueness intact.

 

Infosys has chosen margin impact in the current quarter in onsite wage increases folloing on increasing White male employment in the US and Europe geographies earlier.

 

Others in Indian IT have long given up, NASSCOM being under new management with MindTree CEO KK Natarajan taking over at its helm , and CTS and HCL looking for volume on negative margins. TCS is unlikely to follow transparency in similar terms when it mixes it up for the fourth estate and the investors next week and try to capitalise on what looks like a sub 20% margin for everyone else except TCS as infy is already down to an op profit of N 26Bln or 23% EBIT and HCL and probably Wipro are sure they don’t really want to push it beyond 15%, settling t a vastly improved 17% in the first case.

 

 

 

Monday Trading strategies – India October 22-26, 2012

HDIL
HDIL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Festive week bodes well for expiry as markets open dull in trade and spectrum buys or the prospect of refarming existing spectrum do not put undue presure on the surviving retail lifestyle stories of Idea , Airtel or London listed Vodafone

 

In fact indices have come up well since markets opened in the red pre-expiry and the vacillation could be a unique opportunities for all investors Left Behind in the July August scrimmage to load up on Indian festival savouries and McFries from traders’ favorites JP Associates, HDIL and new bulls in ITC (FMCG story) to more “Bombay Club” M&M and Bajaj Auto in their new Asian/Oriental winning Forms

 

TCS results were uniquely dismissive of margin and volume issues for the coming success stories of Hexaware and Geometric and the ongoing wins in Persistent as they pander to demand for firmware. MindTree and HCL were the only losers in the Infy/ Cognizant wars or as HCLT would like you to believe they actually grew profits despite the currency wars they lost for 19 crs at MindTree and 65 Crs at HCLT

 

That also brings back as we said last week, winners from Cement and Textiles supporting the north pointing directional pillars for the next few days for a rally and 6000 a clear target for December

 

However, watching the F&O series for volumes and not the directionality of the bets or the propensity to risk in OTM puts or Calls for bullish bets is critical to that 30-50 points a day nifty move till 6000 comes. Lack of clear Volumes in F&O despite new exchanges and a clear bull in the Rupee keep both Equity and Currency segments under pressure as funding calls become directional shorts on the market.

 

Bharti Airtel Lanka
Bharti Airtel Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

After KFA’s oblivion and on good results on the weekend, JETAIRWAYS, INGVYSYABANK and INDIAN BANK are likely to bring back investors into the Indian markets even as other Asian markets start getting competitive interest from fresh bank liquidity and interest from Europe

 

 

 

11 AM UPDATE ( As opposed to Late Morning trading Strategies)

Axis Bank is likely to do exceptionally well in a strong AMJ quarter in which yields moved down and lending business grew handsomely for the right lenders. Axis has also increased operational efficiecies in 2010 and 2011 which have since tapered off. Net Interest Income will see strong yearly growth but may struggle to rise sequentially from the high water table for Q1

The Rupee does not encourage much trade at lower levels seeing spikes on every transaction in the NSE and may have bottomed out at 54.9 for most players being on the long side. However, the global moves and the Asian correction in korean WON and SGD may be followed by the rupee which does represent  a large transaaction island of 5% growth and Exports and imports make 1/3rd the GDP now.

Unfortunately the shorts on IT have taken the wind out of the up-move which is strange considering the bulls are still  on in Banks, Healthcare and even consumer goods performance though that has a bleak outlook after results season  A single MARUTI short from here can test the Sensex 5200 and even 5100 levels after Axis Bank results are sold in instead of jumping further etc.

 

Happy Thursdays! Infosys alone cannot change the trend

Tata Consultancy Services - Ferrari ad at Hyde...
Tata Consultancy Services – Ferrari ad at Hyderabad airport (Photo credit: teemus)

Bears had fun in the markets today poised to take the markets below 17000/5200 tomorrow or day after, but the results from TCS could change all that. The IIP was a nice positive surprise too and it seems not just consumption but some production and some growth in basic and intermediate goods was underwritten too. the Fiscal and Current deficit should also have crawled out of the hole of worry and banks set to take the lead in an Economy which they have nurtured. The growth in Credit for the week is lower only because the ebnd march ramp has to die out anf is still a globally leading indicator of the goods Asia can bring home with 14% growth and a M2 also close to 14%

However, that Infy results were cathartic for the markets cannot be denied, and I am aching to buy some good infra and banking stocks onthe pick up again, esp if I can be a keeper for 6 or more months, this not proving to be but still looking like the bottom we had in the second half of 2009

TCS reports a volume growth of 3% in USD terms and ofcourse double digits in Rupee terms even as the wage increasesaffect the EBITDA. Also MindTree may be back to a buy level at 632, so print the upgrades and lets get going . Of course consolidations, almost discouragingly last at least 4 more sessions and a quicker run up may only trade so llok for a weekend close towards 5200 or at least an intraday dip after we have celebrated TCS and Infy starts back above 2300 tomorrow open if TCS results do fine,

Late Late Morning Trading Strategies – India July 11, 2012 (Results season preview)

Image representing Infosys Technologies as dep...
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Infy strikes first on Thursday morning followed by TCS results after hours and then the limelight quickly shifts to banking as HDFCBANK reports on Friday itself, MindTree having skipped signal bars to run the results on Sunday and one feels HDFCBANK might run things late too as

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)

growth in credit will be stronger and also catch up on rural growth while NIMs might not keep up before increasing realisations on loans again inthe April – June quarter.. HDFC Bank is unlikely to be compared on Fee income growth with Indusind but may continue back on a handsome growth after an average Q4 while 30 growth in Profits and 20 growth in Sales is a given, again handsomely beating INR!0B expectations on NPAT and . Axis Bank will have reported by Wednesday and may have mixed tidings with a sharper cut in NIMs for a SELL on news flavvor by Wednesday

The street is as alawys positively expectant on Infosys after de-rating the stock but being the eternal optimist, my followers may be a little shocked to realise that I don’ t think bad news in i/nfosys has been factored well enough. But this time around, weak global demand will be welcomed with less derision and more participants ready for a short play on the ‘bellwether’ as Dollar guidance of 8% growth may be struck down further because of the same reason they are postponing hiring – no clients, less additions.

TCS is expected to gorw profits 35% over Q1 last year and Infosys itself will improve EBITDA by 100 points on the Rupee average rate moving out of bounds but that is unlikely to keep Infy at 2488 and thus see an intra day correction in TCS tomorrow before it is ready for its own results announcement. Ideally , be very sure of the sentiment before you move in these scrips.

Buy JUBILANT FOODS and TITAN INDUSTRIES

An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad
An HDFC Bank Branch in Hyderabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rupee has trended down and MCX and FT finally up only 2% to 1180 and 800 as they make the happy announcement for MCX SX which has been trading just currencies

TATAGLOBAL and PRIME FOCUS seem to be the best picks int he sideays move the market is hoping to stick to and REC and PFC have been creeping up. ONGC is likely to outscore 280 on a diesel price hike and BPCL already up at 782. If there is another Vertical move HPCL and BPCL will move further

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Late Morning Trading Strategies: July 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

India Earnings Season: YES! delivers

The penciled results of Yes Bank in the wires finally managed to escape me as I started scratching aroudn for today’s Defense summits and the $4 bln C17 procurment from the US instead of the F-35 Lightning IIs that the USAF is making for itself..but it seems the networks are otherwise busy for the moment, Mr Kapur to appear sometime in the late afternoon as usual for the results commentary.

Profits are up 40% at $54 mln and Net Interest Income at $88.5 mln The Basel I Capital Adequacy at a tired 16% showing a lot of uptake in Credit to come can be easily absorbed even with a steeper incline of RWA. No data yet on Fee income and growth in Deposits etc yet but we are on the prowl..

(MindTree is celebrating quite a pop after its accidents of the last few quarters with a $92.53 mln revenue quarter, IT services and BFSI each growin gin double digits quarter on quarter..nah! we won’t eread too much into it..in fact without YES and Opto, we would not carry any others , even PE , without a $1 bln bang in the quarter – largeky because of the no. of threads running here that have to be taken care of, The Euro for example uis a great investment at $1.42)

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