Bank Policy Tuesday: RBI Governor completes policy action

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inflation (Photo credit: SalFalko)

With the forced liquidity constraints as the currency devolved on the nation in June ( after May 21 announcement) RBI was stuck in the middle of a rate cut leg of its policy to encourage growth. Already hampered by banks using Central Bank liquidity to the extent of INR 2 Tln instead of market, the Central bank’s rate hike onsequently in September even as the MSF hikes were redacted and brought back to the normal line may finally break the back of the markets on the verge of a bullish move from 6200.

The only inflation out of control however is the Food inflation which may not respond to any rate hikes and this rate hike may just be a mechanistic response continuing since Duvvoori Rao demitted office to stabilise the higher rate environment, in which case India may old these levels for a good six months, and in developed markets this new intermediate leg could have lasted years, till the rate cuts can begin again.

Meanwhile consumer staples will continue to see large double digit price increases to correct 2-3 years of suppressed marketing budgets and pricin pressures unrequited to keep basic sales growth alive in consumer markets

The announced policy steps however will increase bank rates and as retail lending has reounded such increases are largely going to be absorbed by consumers and however will have had debatable impacts on fueling furthr inflation now controlled by bank rates. NBFC business is already looking better in consumer durables with a clampdown on 0 interest loans and while that may not segment the market in favor of first time durable buyers that have been an absent quantity fooling marketers and policymakers, it will continue to better control the negative output gap with more advantages for NBFC lending even for banks that have already relied a fair portion of their portfolio on the sector at the expense of obviating the real winning consumer sectors or industry sectors winning n the changed scenario

RBI hiked rates 25 bp and MSF channel has returned to 100 bp over the repo rate clearing the path for a return to the Repo rate as the Bank rate.. WPI forecast has been banded to the central bank’s comfort zone as 6-7%. GDP growth is updatd to 5% for FY 2014

The banks lead the Nifty comeback post policy action as they assume the deed is done and currency will consolidate around 61-62 levels before going back to the trade deficit control led highs nearer 60-61 levels The sponsored rally ost policy is however blushingly even across non actors and non performers in the banks bunched with YES Bank, ICICI Bank and even HDFC Bank and Axis Bank. IDFC has recovered its morning deficit too. BOB is up 15 pointsand BOI is in the positive with Pharma/result candidate DRL also staging a mini rally. The short on LIC Housing ahead of results has also disappeared and tomorrow’s results are likely to see fat positives as sentiment needs a good build up and inflows ontinue to allow market makers to perform as such and the Financials are likely to reward investors who stuck through the unreasonable 2 months pre the last MSF related policy action. Further policy action unless embargoed by inflation is likely to stay with seeing the bank rate climb down from the current MSF 8.75% to the Repo rate of 7.75% ( The Revese Repo is 6.75% where  RBI issues new collateral securities)

 

India Morning Report: Markets negative ahead of expected rate action

Inflation rate world
Inflation rate world (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Most economists and bankers are in consonance  that RGR may well post a higher repo rate number from the Central Bank Quarters today and thus Markets, teetering at 6100 levels since yesterday along with our expected markdowns on currency and bonds coming in play are negative on bank stocks and the market is ready for a pitch South of the 6100 mark this morning.

 

More than $4 Bln or INR 250 Bln have entered the markets from Foreign accounts in the two months of August and September according to ET Data and October will probably see an even higher number having come in as ETF inflows were exceptionally strong.

 

WE on the other hand still do not find such a motivation in the current inflation data except for the small spat on Onions. If the new Guv of course thinks he cn meaningfully control food inflation as India enters a critical period of recovery , it might well be, but it is unlikely to make a strong case as there are other reasons in the Supply chain and the continuing need to support farmers for food inflation to wave through food, veggies, milk & animal products

 

We also think Dabur results ae a good portender with Consumer Staples being an important watch category and if RBI policy is favorable the markets must rise with ITC results being seen in that light as well. The exceptional 10% postive reaction to Maruti’s results are of course just a sign for quick profittaking int hat scrip as trades eluded the banks in the cliffhanger again

 

Glenmark Pharma reports on Thursday with DRL and Torrent and Sanofi report tomorrow, so the Export earnings fiesta is well and truly alive exp on Glenmark. The Master investor’s Jai Corp reorts today

 

A couple of NBFCs do report today incl Chola and JM Fin (Vikram Pandit) but the market interest is ripe for pickings in the Power NBFCs as again shorts try to climb the wrong tree with REC already trading at 180 levels, REC, PFC and even PTC might react better post policy. IDFC reports on Thursday with Magma and Muthoot. Also, REligare and the PSU troupe with Union Bank and BOB joining BOB report Thursday. LIC Housing reports tomorrow. Each of these will see more than scrip specific impact

 

DLF, Bharti and bank hopeful Edelweiss also report tomorrow and will be key

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Banknifty swings up like a monster trade, already semi-retired

RBI head office, Delhi
RBI head office, Delhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, I’d rather understand why the party for reduction in MSF and INR 17000 cr (INR 170 Bln)  of Borrowing added in 0.25% of the Deposits. The channel to the low repo rate of 7.50% is still 150 points after the cut and the 10 yr yields are not really expected to move south from 8.6% ‘except at the low rate of’ 50 basis points in the next three months it had already proffered before Rajan made the change.

Anyway, markets at least recognize or get their bank spokespersons/contacts to say banks are at ease again so the 5950 mark has come. already on the markets. The Upward potential is truly limited at this juncture, all the media noise budget (DAVP one mite bite) for showing activity in the Economy not making up for the spending cuts to stay in and the investments still a far way off.

However, markets per se are undervalued fundamentally with earnings positive thru the crisis except that they wait on such changes in fundamentals which are India’s bane for moving up while China gets a free look again just for having underperformed as it finds no legs in manufacturing worth reviving the Economy in goods production and of course the stat spin fails to take the big opportunity off the table

Rajan seemingly has made it clear he will be taking the Repo rate up again, and as the October meet approaches, markets will be equally quick to reach the bottom of the 5750 – 6000 range of the markets. the Repo rate at 7.50% already looks steep enough to me esp as trading markets stay idled to a high rate pre Taper.

I rather liked the Welfare flavor of August & September and wonder if it will come back again. At least its things we can do. The exchange rate is no good at 61.77, and hopefully its just waiting to go u to 60 levels as signs of others interested in the breakdown to 77-78 recede.

The inflation rate Formulatonomics of getting to that ratio as differential to ‘PPP’ are rather lost to most with a real India, Economics or Finance background though. You want PPP, you should go for a reference you can live with and that still counts as the Mac or the Pizza probably where we are definitely looking for a rate under 40 instead. Indian inflation would count as facts show as deadbeat deflation at 6% itself, as the Economy at 4% is almost a dead duck in the water ( in India references, it being the flat minimum of National activity)

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India Morning Report: Markets wait for fuzzy logic to come back as banks get ticked off

The Rupee has continued its climb but equities have taken a break even as Rupee survives end of the month selling for import payment obligations in a benign environment Oil heading below $103 (US Crude)

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

FDI Dollars will likely boost debt markets soon, the positive sentiment from that and the promise of removing extraordinary liquidity measures letting the markets 5 basis points off the 10-year bond yield to 8.73% . BofA ML in the mean time agreed that there was no doing anything in India till 2014 came and went so the rally is at a loss still from  a disgruntled bull frustration at this rush for beyond 6000.

Goldman Sachs put India in the same basket as Turkey and Brazil, rather on the heels of the City beating Manchester United and showing Goldman Sachs burnt in putting too many eggs in this basket too. However, we go agree on the Fragile three from Goldman Sachs which will really get stricken not just because of dollar dependence but because of domestic alchemic leadership that continues to drive a fiscal big bang attempt in those two domains as well as someone like South Africa. The Fragile Five however esp India do not exist as those with deep domestic markets cannot be clubbed with Emerging Markets

India’s Dollar dependence is much a factor of the Oil price, so that can’t happen without Syria, Iran and israel. No, India cannot choose to come out of the growth plateau overnight by dissing inaction and is not  sign of weak politics, just more federal than the smaller EMs can afford. Our deep markets still offer much more than even China in most asset classes and Financial market reform is not a steeplechase to be run, or a small sprint but a consistent marathon. Neither is the consumer credit habit overdone in India or hitting the falling Domestic savings except that real income has ben stagnant even negative as non agri GDP data shows us in 2013 ( a 0ve 0.5% growh in since April this year, i.e. Q1)

Reforms did break India’s markets stride yesterday again, as the SEBI panel freeeing Govt Bond investments frm quantitative restrictions has to merely posit the same to RBI at this juncture. RBI in the meantime is busy bringing down growth era economics by C Rangarajan and others who took his place after he remitted office for higher advisory office. The edgy action on 0 percent loans and the continuing waterboarding by banks on using MSF and overnight liquidity instead of interbank markets have got RBI in a fi x of its own and that has definitely been scuttlebutt fodder for the equities.

Those following the soliloquy of Ashwini Gujral however may do well to note that I think neither Maruti is making it higher in this week nor traders or investors are going to wean off Bharti Airtel in this series. Volatility is on a thin leash as October still rushes to 50 point premiums over the current Nifty levels even as barely three days before expiry premium in the current series has been completely blunted off by the trading blades used to bigger prizes in an Indian rally constructed/deconsructed at will

Markets could well bottom out especially if action is indeed seen in the infra sector and more is not thrown banking’s way allowing the sector to recover last week’s trading levels. Inflows from the NRI binge for example have been waned to Deposits apart from the continuing rush on Dollar payments home to the tune of $1 Bln from just three publi banks. SBI in fact is looking at its first woman Chairman in a few months

ITC and YES Bank, along with AXIS on hedgie trader desks, remain in limelight with incoming investors and most wait for a resurgence in Financials to confirm India’s superiority as an Asian investment destination though China remains bigger an d better after another shocking half year of underperformance 5600 does look like a tradeabl market bottom for India, surviving these levels in such economic doldrums

 

India Morning Report: It’s Monday and all’s upsy daisy in waiting

The Indian Rupee opened near 62.50 levels, a 2% jump from Friday levels well likely to follow last week’s 2.5% crawlback and the prospects of a bleary liquidity hit SuperFed becoming a scrawnyScrooge MadFed retraced as Larry Summers gave in to a Democratic caucus on the Banking Committee, incl Liz Warren and withdrew presumably in favor of Janet Yellen in the Fed changeover. The Fed will go ahead with Tapering as planned and that news is in by Wednesday. Indian Markets of course are then going to take the opportunity to break away from the global correlation and set a few ground rules for an Indian recovery. The WPI at near 6% again and the continuing pressures of the CAD and Bank reforms are likely to cause markets some sleepless nights too ahead on the turn. But before that a 6000-run as promised is nigh and mostly the mark would even be hit in today’s session itself in late afternoon trading given the Rupee level jumps are not adequately referenced in the 70-point Nifty jump in the pre open

Banks , even the lagging PSU Banks are finally in the limelight and the resulting breadth available to buyers is likely to be good tidings for the market. Reforms in the G-Sec market may well continue as caps on FIIs even without auctions are much easier today and probably reflective of the real appetite for Indian debt at $25Bln G secs and $45 Bln corporate debt now allowed to QFIs

LIC Housing is back in the news but if its that banking licence then one is not sure it is right for the market recovery esp with the 80-20 disbursal rule out of action. IDFC may be done with shorts and Power NBFCs may be ahead in the lead. As more debt reforms pick up steam and remaining restrictions on G–debt are removed, it is likely the NBFC sector’s institutions will also increase in priority for the markets. As of now effectively there is only one on the run (lquid, current) 10 year security available and it is issued by the RBI.

Really, though markets are up the traders’ picks on networks could point to the list of mid-caps just likely to gain from the liquidity rush and may not reflect any real fundamentals and is probably sign that these low mid caps list in the traders favorites needs to be changed more frequently. Notably, Voltas, Jindal Steel, UCO and Union Bank, Future Ventres and NHPC are probably candidates for non performance and “no results” in their respective sectors and will be trgeted wins as market favorites because today nothing can go wrong for the pro traders. But many other pro traders now would pick the over NBFCs and other good picks not at variancce with what Foreign desks have also short listed in the last four – five years

 

India Morning Report: Is 5600 the new 5000? Rupee is holding 65-66

With the  Rajan effect crystallising over the India investor skies, a new definition of India’s winter seems to be up as global liquidity withdrawals accelerate availability of funds from the exodus fro US bonds and a small portion is likely to start trickling back sooner than one would think.

The earlier expected recovery cycle threw up banks, infracos (IDFC, Power NBFCs ), ITC, Bharti  and Bajaj Auto and others in FMCG and Consumer Goods sectors and more or less they will make the bedrock of larger EM portfolios with or without MSCI index dependencies. Metals are good for this cycle and Tata Steel can still make it even if Global demand does not respond the way it is expected to recover in the end

Weightage maintenance is also in play and at 5600 levels that means sizable new buys fr funds that sold just a week back. The volatility till yesterdy will continue to affect timing of new investments and most invstors ahve oodles of time to play out their vaalue and growth leaders in the portfolio .

Now did I hear someone mention Rajan has to perform? Rajan would not be credited with bringing individual accountability to the RBI’s various senior officials but it is happening as we speak and Rajan hmself would know difficulties of thinking of implementing structural reform before May 14 decisions are out for India inc. The rajan effect itself was really areiteration of everyone’s agenda since 2000s , and the currency responding after controls on speculation were lifted is the unnoticed vote of confidence for India as a destination. ECB funding should be proceeding on A+ paper and equity QiPs

 

India Morning Report: Markets swing to international sentiment on India

Pivot table NSE Banknifty PSUBank index scrips...
Pivot table NSE Banknifty PSUBank index scrips from OJN for 20110609 (Photo credit: OJN2)

 

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. in the weakest correlation ever to its presence n the Global markets, as shared by global investors and markets that largely ignore Indian events already, with mirrors available in east Asia/turkey and even other developed economies, India itself typically stands alone and the imperceptible nod to trend shifts remains the only hint to international investors. again though the banking system has been asked to step up to tighter overnight liquidity yesterday with a 4% CRR now enforced daily instead of twice monthly(fortnightly not bi monthly) where earlier it was required to e 70% now it is 995 That would affect the base SLR stock too but with most in excess on SLR, banks would have additional motive to hawk those securities for others CRR requirements and a domestic mini bond sell off may yet be avoided if there is a real overnight liquidity crunch. Which there is not.

 

So the entire shortfall of INr 900 Bln pointed out as likely by analysts like UBS’  Bhanu may actually be a mirage for inter bank markets though interest rates will respond likewise the first shock of two weeks ago and a catch up to the 10% mark as the LAF is now available at 7.25% only for 0.5% of each bank’s NDTL. Thus this shortfall may take a whole 6-8 weeks in unhiding itself in the business and a rate hike may yet be unlikely though the range of choices before the RBI Governor is still not large and banks wee on the verge of easing down loan rates when the dollar/oil trap worked them into a corner

 

What that means for equities is that they are largely naffected as liquidity from interbank schemes and pledges shares has already been minimised. Also foreign flows stay in and increase slowly while letting the Rupee fall. I may be well describing a limitation of this monetary outreach here but no one would play that card to corner India though unwittingly FX flows be unconcerned and pressure maintained on the currency as dollar starts its climb back I still dont think IT sector is going to capitalise on this leg of the continuing rupee depreciation stance but yes those basing their investments on continuing wage hikes factored in will bring in the kudos for the sector always singled out as the flip side of a depreciating currency while exports remain ata standstill falling 5% in June

 

Markets may not dip further from the 5990 levels Is ee in late morning trading on the screens and the Banknifty dip is probably still just a check on how things pan out and north is the way to bet from today late afternoon. Sun pharma going back into currency or more HUL will still not preclude positive investing in Bharti, ITC, Yes, IDFC and iCICI Bank

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Rupee still juggling the trap mechanics as water boards up

HDFC Bank
HDFC Bank (Photo credit: [s e l v i n])
 With FDI pronouncements unlikely and more than $170 bln in debt redemptions due in FY 2014, the more policy makers dither on shoring up FX reserves with bond offerings the more the risk to the currency from flat international trade and eager money flow watchers finding it a tempting investment with a small investment and a big payout in percent returns.

However, it is today (and just today’s trade likely) only that the lackadaisical equity moves still risk a big rupee downside as equities are sustaining a large 6000 level in light of the real reassessment of Indian prospects as a flurry of GDP downgrades continue. The cyclical reinforcement of this downside risk aka in Latam and east Asian examples of the past is unlikely as equities are strong and the depth is likely to see the markets after a good show by HDFC Bank yesterday and a likely par for the course from TCS this morning.

Though longs would have to wait for their time , further shorts in this market esp on the banks are unlikely to bear fruit. The money market investments made through mutual funds amount to an expected INR 1.6 Trillion and the Central Bank has immediately provided a reserved window of liquidity for these mutual funds to a sizable INR250 Bln as redemption pressure resumed on Monday/Tuesday. Yields hit 85 on Tuesday market open in the short term instruments but rbi lending to banks is at a minimum of 10.25%

With Foreign banks also reducing their footprint in light of Global Banking regulation of Capital and ringfencing, which exactly are wholesale players in India in the non PSU, well managed banks!! HDFC also reports today and axis a 4%+ margin again on its retail portfolio strength

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)

 

 

 

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