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

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English: syndicates @ work (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India Morning Report: Really, the failure of the food bill?

The Food Bill’s failure to carry the day for the shortest parliament year in history might bring out more ‘under the covers’ Welfare Economists like me and many ladies from colleges, schools and workplaces I have been. One odd part of the Food Bill argument post facto on NDTV was the reticence of known commentator Gurcharan Singh to link the idea of policy failures to grain lying waste in FCI and other storage nationally.  A seeming recurrence of other such arguments, the anchor was right in still feeling bothered by this denial ad these simple supply chain fractures cannot be allowed to be neglected for purely political fault lines that have long proven to be futile for the future of India, whether it is love for coalitions, BJP as alternative or change of form of government and Third and Fourth fronts of obscure policy which again succeeded for a welfare objective nosed in corruption

Importantly for the morning though, those who lost the pair trade were a little less inconvenienced by the banks trading higher as everyone agrees the private performers must, the sharp cuts in pre-open foretold of a failed section of the markets still looking to make a bear grip run for a few live hours to disturb the almost confirmed trade, a likely genesis of the recent spurt in flash crashes globally and rather unfortunate. 

Banknifty puts should pay out well at the end of the month and one should not get too greedy in raising put strikes too fast, so it is the right time to pick up a few short straddles / strangles for keep around 6100 skewed by the multiple for the short puts ( your leg long on the market)  and if you fund it further with short calls as hedges you should choose those beyond 6400, i would be vary of being stuck with a 6300 call short right now.

When markets successfully consolidate, the volatility gap to any target peak leaves them considerable room for quicker faster rewards till they even reach for a asset bubble and then extend the wrong way down) equity investors’ profit taking in the first 5 months including December’s latter two weeks of global holiday has been muted despite funds portraying it as a short sign almost for managers’ hands waiting for fresh infusions and the second half of the year will build the next local inflows that gross up into the buying frenzy to be as LIC and even other insurance funds come for their share of bargain buying made possible at these levels by some really perfect design (dessicated and elongated into another 5 years since 2008).

Some of our renowned Economic authors either due to their own perverse aforethought (being an MBA makes me also feel ‘collicky’ / syrupy or about having believed in the author in question in his earlier corporate life) or a habitual coasting to prefabricated DNA of the argument or policy made me begin this simple daily report for Thursday. The show on NDTV was anchored by Sonia Singh and though the author in question is perhaps a greater practitioner than William Bissell (Fab India )

Gurcharan Das’ tomes of the last few years  have recently stopped being MBA strategy and become Economic thought stirring India visions. However, though I would not be commenting on his writings and have not implied any in the previous sentences, the show caught him on the wrong foot and despite being of the same/similar genealogy, and having held him in great esteem for his experience, I felt stunted for listening to this argument.

The not usually required introduction herein also probably underscores that I am not ready to be a raving rant in my Morning Report. Also I found it in his voice that he had failed when he let loose an uncharacteristic rant on the Congress Government. Man’s ideals are sure misplaced engines of convenience.

Also, it is naive to assume one can keep shouting about free market ideals as response to realpolitik especially given the engagement offered by media today.

India gets a good mark up from Investors

As expected the Indian PMI numbers turned around from 49.7 in October to over 52 in November, indicating investors coming back and new orders and production picking up in November even as stock markets turned around faster from almost a fleeting bottom in a fast paced November

Services growth was faster and more confident, PMI surveys bring back the services index to 53 from a low 49.8 in September and 49.1 in October even as China went ahead with easing credit for rural and then all banks with lower reserve reqts. China’s updated reports make or great insights for Financial investors at advantages.us. China’s manufacturing brought down output as the index has plummeted to below 49 in the November HSBC MarkIt surveys but Services remained above 52

MarkIt noted that the new businesses number is a good 52.3 in Services in India, the nag from PMI coming in the last six months in the empty new order pipeline Composite PMI was thus driven up to 52.3 up 2 points. Investors and travelers have responded to India Travel and Transportation sector performance as well as its resilience in Financial services as the “Expensive” tag moved from India valuations. However, as the last 15 years have shown, India’s Capital Markets cover up more ground than the real economy while the Dealscape remains fragile in India compared to the sudden closing of larger deals in the US geography  and FDI in retail is rolled back in India. FDI in distribution platforms ( DTH, Cable) and aviation is also to be considered by the Cabinet

HSBC MarkIT produces PMI numbers for more than 130 countries and measures flash and

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final reports for 3 sub indices each in Manufacturing and Services as well as future outlook. the future outlook numbers remain bleak at 63.6 lowest in nearly 3 years as respondents worry about inflation. Input prices and PPI sub indices are the ones that moved the most in the PMI indices with scores of 57.6 and 56 (NDTV) manufacturing indices overall coming back to 51 but remaining confident ( expanding at >50) in the India story’s likely bottom scores. MarkIT also notes that it is the fourth consecutive decline in employment

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Predilections: If you still mind shorting the market..

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Though that is not from Fibonacci or for the Fib series, some tormentors on virtual soot could very well push the case forit. However while immature shorting has scored a few gray areas out from the market maps n the last few weeks when it began, now traders who get scared by shorting could very well be losing a packet as intra-day movements are long range and compete a week’s trend in half a session for all practical purposes pushed by paper thin volumes. There is a lot of downstream wind for the markets to rest lower and yesterday’s move though decisive and covering a lot of the range down, do leave a lot of room for fresh Put purchases which also has o spread out from an overt concentration on Nifty. .Anywaya lot of us would still be praying for the secular up move to start away, while worried about purchasing that long long position we want. Buying should still be concentrated in smaller lot son the bigger scrips and I really do not see any value mid caps out there with banks and tv networks driving growth and not being really there on the exchanges. (Disclaimer: This author suffered from air shock when NDTV was listed and its over leveraged financials disclosed much later and still continues to consider himself a savvy investor, market maker and trader fit for any Global bank position in Trading, Marketing or Sales)

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