India Morning Report: Bad Boy shorts in more trouble, Rupee at 62.50 ‘lows’

Green Energy (narrow)
Green Energy (narrow) (Photo credit: Truthout.org)

Dow corrected its Wednesday closing reaction welcoming the taper and Indian markets will likely realise they had shorted the markets unnecessarily and move up with IT stocks back to 6180 levels on the last trading sessions of the week. That means bad news for Angel Broking as Ashwini with them, keep digging for lower levels and markets hold above that 6150 support and move back to 6200 levels.

IDFC and Reliance are special mentions in the Morning Report today. IDFC as ET and CNBC18 report struck the alarm bells when hitting 50% in Foreign holding took it out of the bank license race. It would be applying for bringing down the foreign holding limit to 49% from 54% now. The overall foreign holding limit will be bumped back if the Central Bank refuses them a bank licence

Reliance GAS price hike of $3-4 per MMBTU seemingly translates into a sub Re 1 increase in Power Tariffs(Tulsiyan, CNBC) while Reliance increases profits on its current 20 MMBTU production (CNBC) by INR 25 Bln but its production does not increase till FY20 materially and it will thus shuck out of the Winning XI again by next week. The Gas Price Hike was approved today allowing gas availability issues to recede from April 01, 2014

On the diplomatic front, I think serious gaps between diplomats have surfaced that take the India US relations South as the focus has shifted to getting the charges dropped. The US side will thus focus on legal issues as well, where probably the real issues of employing domestic help in the US within the Embassies should probably be addressed more in the ‘face saver’ agreement, wilfully skipped by both parties showing up both sides in the Foreign Services not being live to real issues in the quick and quiet undercurrents that matter so much

Powergrid says it will be worse off by just INR 1.6 Bln on new CERC availability regulations a very small road bloack and that gives us at least 3 sectors going strong apart from the ephemeral IT and the longer term moves into Energy and metals which should completely rule out any shorts on the Nifty which continue to ride December series. Pharma is good for immediate trades, as is FMCG including ITC available at trend lows at 310-12 and Bharti at 320 levels as well as Power which almost welcomes the hike in its Gas prices as that is definitely more realistic than the $4.20($7 incl taxes) rate expected per MMBTU in the MSAs esp at the GVK Hyderabad plant example which would also benefit from the Powergrid reconnection in the South.

The India Rupee has likely bottomed out again at INR 62.5 levels

India Morning Report: The gradual Taper encourages a rally, India indescribable yet?

English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay.
English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India seems to be locking itself into a no man’s land as the nations punters join the global hordes celebrating the slow Taper on Bernanke’s going away announcements yesterday. ET Now in the meantime has continued with finding obscure (GRE: obfuscation..) commentators on key event dates. CNBC 18 wins again. The issue we are raising is at a different dimension(d-axis) than the assumed obstinacy to be different or that of even the fundamentals of a recovery being spelled differently this side of the Himalayas.

Meanwhile what is looking risky even as Asia applauds the thinking behind the taper, that India’s currency markets try the haywire trade still hoping for an aftermath in the Rupee as the Rupee opens to 62.30 levels. Equities will start the day at 6250 levels and while others posit a rannge of 6200-6350 , the day might yet spring a surprise or two before noon trades. Anyway equities are back above 6200 and GMR is back among large bidders even as they exit Istanbul. Also, NSEL promoters in J Shah and Financial Technologies have been duly censured and MCX would soon be owned buy another consortium of Indian Institutions. Taper could have been abslutely a non news in the Indian currency markets too and the open quotes are a sign that shallow trading costs a lot in adverse selection prmiums to the currency’s bid ask spread.

HDFC Bank’s application for  increasing FII limits to 49% pends with Axis Bank’s application for a relaxation in a similar ceiling and both will be leading bullish plays today.  Assuming that currency markets just wanted to explore the possibility of a significant negative impact of global liquidity being withdrawn , India’s preeminence as a investing destination in the new post crisis world stands. The $34 Bln in FCNR deposits aart, because the Infrastructure situation in the country is unlikely to improve from current vies of coalition governments even for the BJP, the risk remains that India investments will remain confined to a NDF market in currency , smalleer Indiab Bull boutiques with no presence otherwise and at best at 50% of the pace China specific and China sympathetic investments in South East Asia. Singapore and Korea too are not looking for more than a flagship investment or two to artner with India in ther growth run. However, none of that impacts the fundamentals of India Inc and the rally we have outlined since August is rel and given US and European Banks and institutions will increasingly be constrained in the coming months given other investment and Capital constraints, or the recalcitrant DIIs recognising any new levels, Real investors have to sustain this rally, neither retail nor from OECD institutions.

The Yen also got a boost from the Taper trade, while India and other trade partners have increased trade with China in the last few months over its traditional partners as both Industry growth charters in China including European imports and Resource exports from Australia and Brazil have been sidelined in the build up to lower trade surpluses and higher retail growth expanding not just Landrover but also our franchises from Cotton and Agri exports and a new market for Management and Consulting Services in China and South East Asia.

The Taper past ( it will last till September 2014) and India starting on a recovery path, markets have to recognise the Depth in India as speculators continue to keep coming back to old favorites that were not more than tangentially aligned to the new Global equations like the frog that sips back everytime he succeeds in taking a new step or two to get out of the well

11 AM Update: (I agree with SS on CNBC 18 again), One should just wait out the falling knives and start buying towards the close of day today after 1400 hrs instead of the rush to sell 6200 calls or especially Axis and ICICI Bank Calls which are well worth buying (ATM) 

Fixed Income markets contrary to expectations of the 8.75% yield on the Ten year bond losing again because of Fiscal impacts in the last quarter of the year, may in fact move back behind 8.5% lines as Spending cuts materialise to balance out the missing $$$ in Rvenues and Disinvestment charges ( which may still come out on top) However equity indices will depend on only inflows into the select basket of scrips including Bharti and ITC in FMCG and IDFC , ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and YES Bank, or other midcap selections outside earlier.  The Power NBFC trading range for example is a very wonderful opportunity for those willing to wait and watch on India.

Indian Pharma seems to be retaining market interest as $200 mm molecules have more than a dozen opportunities every year in a 2012-2016 period even after the first few Big patents have come and gone as more than 30 $ 5 bln patents expire. Teva’s first few generic applications being rejected upholding current patents in the USA may also not stop them from coming out on the winning side in revenues on the vast US market opportunity, while  Indian domestic business is still less than $10 Bln and probably can grow 5-6 times from here.

Banknifty has a bottom at 11200 so today’s snap southward may not hold after 1400 hours in closing trades before the last session of the week tomorrow. Gold swipes big losses in today’s trade as the Global liquidity shrinkage impacts runaway trades in Precious metals led by Gold and one assumes even Crude and Real Estate markets at least outside the USA. However, even limited trading volumes for importers, ne does not expect India investors allowing anyone here a win with significant short trades in the metal. International prices of Gold may well breach the $1000 per pound mark. They are currently trading at $1200 post taper announcements.

 

India Morning Report: Icky Spider on the Wall, why is this the fairest of all?

Česky: short straddle
Česky: short straddle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An unheard limerick, coined by yours truly, till some claim is authenticated on the same, roposes the current scenario and the base reasons for the same vacillating non volatility trade winning 6200 mark again. We had planned a kudos for the F&O analyst for proposing the 6100-6300 straddle ( Sold put – sold call) after Vol (India Vix) reported a low 15-17 score befor the weekend and 17 on Thursday. Though the Economic data is baked in however, the index challenged by us to stay the course around 6200, is finally hanging on to its gains after some again ventured freely on the shorts ( even the short straddle is a double short but bets the markets are ranged in 6100-6300. If the markets indeed die at 6200 the strategy would be a magic marker for the India F&O market that will be a good point of reference to repeat in any new intermediate cycle  or waiting time as the case may be. However as of now, the strategy is a little stuck in the mud. Also when switching this strategy in a bull market currently, one can even sell twice the 6200 puts as the never yet suggested bull exit indeed comes to fruition

Long Straddles won the day marginally(Long 6100 call, Long 6300 Put) and Sold 6200 calls are also in the money over the weekend( Open-Open comparisons) The 6300 Call has come down from 270 to 30 from last Monday (Open – Open)  though OI has decreased in the market after a hopeful Friday Ramp by a 3/13 ratio and sold calls would have generated

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An option payoff diagram for a long straddle p...
An option payoff diagram for a long straddle position (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

INR 24,000 per 2 lots (100 Nifty underlying) as vol has disappeared from intra trend highs and turnover is steady though considerably lower than the bunched OI at 6200. A 6100-6300 short straddle would have gained 1300/- from Friday Open to Monday Open with the 6100 Put losing 700/- [All calculations made at the same 2 lots = 100 Nifty underlying each leg of the straddle].  A long 6100CE/6300PE straddle would bother an INR 26.1K investment and would have been worth INR 23.4 K on Monday morning.

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Good volumes have been traded in Havell ( as the Morning report comes to you late today for unspecified reasons) as the scrip gets select attention. Similarly NB, PFC and other select universe scrips have seen important moves from Friday levels upwards even as Nifty Calls seem to specify maturity of the short Calls especially at 6100 (still at a premium above 100)

The Rupee closed at 61.75 on Friday and is a t similar levels in Monday afternoon trades and both banks and infracos have seen significant moves after a 25bp rate hike has been priced in by the markets at 8.9% yields as the Bond Index entry for India issues is also under review

The Tech M sale announced last week as Executive (insider sales) Vineet Nayyar, exited half his shares ( Sale of 500,000 shares) timed perfectly with the peak price for the stock and as we expect bigger shorts in the scrip , one should expect the longs on IT to continue iling into the doddering scrip nevertheless.

The Title reference, to dig into the simile, shows up the underlying insane spells in the India markets, showing u more in skeletal volumes and defining why retail and even Domestic institutions have been priced out of this market..I am still to design any research around such a proposition, but it is likely not difficult. Let me know if any of you try.

Tomorrow might be much the same after a second day that the Market opened near 6200 and returned to 6150 before closing trades were executed. HDFC Bank has hit a 49% foreign investor ceiling nd is  losing purely for lack o f allowed buyers today. PSU Bank investors will not be returning for a significant part of 2014.

India Morning Report: Powergrid 78 Crore shares on offer, LIC and IDFC better picks

A bond from the Dutch East India Company, dati...
A bond from the Dutch East India Company, dating from 7 November 1623, for the amount of 2,400 florins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rupee in the meantime and the bond markets again showed up weaker to announce that India investors remain Hedge funds and non standard  investors ( read hot money) already exited commitments when day began (  on any day) even as the US taper possibilities receded ahead of Jobs data but bond investors sold out just to drive the point home to the US Fed as well, keeping their pressure on after being denied a just reward for having supported the Fed when they expected the taper to start in August – September. The Divestment program is likely to continue in Coal India/BHEL (5% on offer). The Oil swaps window has been closed by the RBI in light of required action being completed ( Second Quarter Q2 economic data near the end)

The quality of India investors in the offshore markets/or of the so called Foreign Institutional investors aside, Indian markets enjoyed remaining flat in the session up to 11 am (We try to make the India Morning Report before 9:45 on most days) and ahead of the European markets enjoying a year end surge of interest as US gets Holiday fever.

Powergrid seems to be well received though no data is available yet for the first of its three investor days. Retail investors can continue to apply on Friday. Post issue purchases in Powergrid are also likely to stack u despite institutions having saved up on trading in the stock for this week of buying, and one can accumulate the stock with excellent India business prospects. The additional 7.8bln shares men 1.9 mln new F&O lots in the NSE. In the US markets in derivatives in Chicago that would have been 78 mln new lots of F&O contracts possible on the available floating stock itself. F&O shorts in Powergrid and colgate currently are likely to peter out and are bullish with individual series’ like Glenmark that is powering ahead already

LIC Housing and IDFC have finally become part of hot pick baskets and infact one or both will be de rigour in all market portfolios including those with stock derivatives strategies as both are actively traded, value investors may still find game in the two that can really build up volumes in play to the period till at least June 2014 when they might lose the value tag eventually.

6250 seems to be a good mark for a breather and may even break the monotonic correlation with Currency and Bond markets allowing RBI to consider more options than a rate hike threat for markets governance. Auto sales reports were as disappointing as post Festival month readings could be with people also postponing purchase decisions to the new year in India and the CV/Truck segments crashing through compared to last year. Traders 20 scouring reveals good shoting skeet in NMDC, GMDC and TN Newsprint (ETNOW, Lancelot D Cunha, Rakesh Gandhi)

Stocks like Lupin and M&M fin also show restless investors in the trading tick showing south while Rel Cap and Rel Infra are back in the good books. As of now Tata Steel continues to just about outperform Tata Motors but soon it may be immaterial to play Tata Motors anyway as Global steel markets relax a vice like bear grip and stabilise with some Chinese Demand pushing up. Commodities including metals are also bottomed out as end of month Chinese data confirms a better November

Exports are stronger even as Domestic Auto markets slow but the winer would be Bajaj Auto and not Tata Motors from our vantage point. The wai for a mid-cap boom seems to coincide with other rtail traders entering markets

The Trade deficit for the quarter was an almost non existent with remittances helping the CAD to a low $5 Bln or 1.2% but the Rupee seems more under slag for equities which will continue to move up regardless. Rupee thus cannot be pushed down now either with full Oil demand in play. Q2 also saw Debt outflows at $5.7 Bln in the quarter though Equity inflows according to Bloomberg ( carrying the GOI press release) are upwards of $17 Bln

This may cler the way for the Rupee rally eventually as Exports showed up above $81 Bln this quarter and imports stayed under last year’s usurius figures of competin growth beating Exports additions as Gold imports remained virtually stopped at under $4 Bln in its biggest market, global rices continuing to hold $1245 marks. Indian trade deficit at an average of less than $12 Bln may see this as the botom in the years to curb when Gold import curbs would be lifted. That reduces the prospects of any Rupee rally

Also, though no affecting any listed stocks Unitech has completed asset transfer to Telenor for the uninor licenses according to reports

A news report (ET ) yesterday highlighted the change in investor tastes in Auto as Bajaj Auto has grown 6X times from 2008/9 while Hero enterprises has exited Honda and grown 1.5X times to now equalise at 800 levels. The pair trades if anyone dared in the initial period probably because of the changeover for Hero are still a fair trade for years to come as Bajaj comes out with a 20% + motorcycle share with much better margin stories. Hero has announced a new JV with Magneti Marelli

 

India Morning Report: A thorough shucking, and 6200 it is

English: A 10 rupee 1902 stamp of India.
English: A 10 rupee 1902 stamp of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A week of thorough shucking and more (unfortunately extending to free enterprise attempts in the Indian markets, that really got shucked these five years) and JP Associates is in the lead for an extended period after a long threefour years where it played an also ran stock to many other daily trend leaders, and none of the rerated stocks over the last 5 years are seen as rising further from here, keeping the best dozen in abeyance.

Despite the perseverance of these players however, the stocks selected are not really getting through, and instead the residual charm of the retail economy from Jubilant Foods’ era competitors like Talwalkars to the Jyothi Labs, the new Quetiapine powered US launch from Jubilant Life (looking healthier, everyday than its similar named cousin in pizza) and the MNC phama stocks celebrating a new strategy for domestic markets with Pfizer and Wyeth getting together meaning the delisting mania is probably done with  at least for this trade

The Rupee is ready to move on after the post festival haggling and Oil demand is the risk India will watch in 2014 when tapering happens. Now Rupee should be able to break back into super 60 zones as the Infra party gets totally dissociated from realty plays. Thankfully retail and FMCG is back, and Shoppers Stop is definitely a deserving venture.

Glenmark Pharma and Cadila remain the better picks from their strength in Domestic markets, ITC is likely to be bet ton to at least 350 after its upmove. REC has tak first rund of Power NBFCs again to 222 levels but has no potential to break into the 40s let alone 250 levels from here

Chetan Ahya’s(MS) predictions(and analysis) are also resonating with the market. He showed that a 3.5% expenditure growth in H2FY14 will push India to its utmost if fiscal disciline is still at 4.8%, and probably PC won’t get an out despite the good CAD achievement given a sluggish revenue Q2 after an equally discouraging Q1

The Darjeeling Limited probably does not have much sway right now in the markets with most strains of stocks bearing Midcap or Corporate Governance issues now on a defined negative list. On the other hand the tourism industry fix seems to be deepening and India’s Hotels are getting the short shrift fter a long decade of seat increases coming to a head in the next two years ( in Deli and Bombay from n ET report). Occuancy rates of just 61% in a business destination that does not even have the extended holiday season the world enjoys is a petty misnomer for India’s effots to exit this detrimental global cycle as Europe falls off the investment (origination) map exxcept for ECB(External commercial borrowings) debt

The times of Robinhood are no more? ___________________>>>>

English: Remains of village stocks in the chur...
English: Remains of village stocks in the church-yard of St Mary’s church, Honley, Yorkshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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: A little late and not better for it

Definition of Sub-Saharan Africa, according to...
Definition of Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations institutions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rupee reaction petered the rally at its 6200 floor well before the November series was out and so things do not look well for the downward pressure building in, on the news of the “cosmetic taper”(Marc Faber) deciding to take the markets for a ride across Asia. It is mostly as ET reported, because of the perceived lack of quality stocks and globally because Dollar bond yields need to rise regardless.

Yields at 9.12% do not really threaten the India story but signify a sell down which given India’s small base in FX, Currency and even commodity markets where a single import continues to equate the Indian equation to the underdeveloped Economies of Sub Saharan Africa if only in market perceptions. Moody’s and S&P mandate for India apart, this as we mentioned last week is just one or two players and hot money choosing a quicksilver trade and the Rupee as a target for such trade does not necessarily mean another big cut in India markets. Trade should pick up around 6100 levels only and the Rupee should not move to any risky levels above 64.

Gold investors will remain in surfeit in this stage in the Global markets and that need not be correlated as strongly with Growth as other crises jumps in buying.  Lack of Indian Investment demand for commodities an lack of demand at the pump in Oil in the US has still meant good overseas investment demand for Oil and Gold given the new lows

October data for Imports in this Fiscal at $280 Bln is down 4% and Trade deficit is still high at $90 Bln. The NRO/NRE Deposit swaps have apparently collected enough for a number around $20 Bln to balance this trade deficit as estimates for the CAD have been already brought down to $60 Bln. The October deficit is however just $8.8 Bln and Exports a healthy $27.7 Bln, the MOM increase in deficit probably immaterial.

The Sensex started the day 135 points down at open and is currently trading nearly flat from Friday’s big cut on Nifty and Sensex. Also, the Tata Motors trade on the positive, post results trned out to be a dud bag as we said . Shorts on the market can however pitch in, shorting the Index though IDFC, YES and ICICI Bank are quite done in independent scrips and Pharma being defensives are also on the secular buying list apart from being good India portfolio picks. IT sells will roll back in this leg as they benefit from the “India, Sell” tags

However, one still feels the /Indian yield curve and growth story were back without threat of inflation and the rate hike affected in October and to be repeated now in December to 8% on the Repo rate is the mindless exercise which is triggering this spiraling of yields and only strengthen the rating agency view keeping India stable near junk than giving its due and correcting the rating’ own regional imbalances and prejudicial biases, still favoring an untenable proposition like Brazil or Russia and a market failure like Turkey over a stable story like India.

Is India really fairly marked for a NBFC only kind of play with the coming high interest rate scenario?

 

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: Infosys still chooses to report into the weekend

One of the Software Development Blocks of Info...
One of the Software Development Blocks of Infosys Technologies Ltd., Pune, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

After a big jump in pre-morning and post pre-open trading in Infosys, the scrip is registering ‘voters’ for the big positive result tomorrow. That it happens is the hope the rally prospects are living on as investors settle for the stable India an Asian investors nod into the markets after the heady May-September trades finally settled the issue of India being unique with a 25% depreciation of currency that has thence lost almost half its value in depreciation.

 

The Rupee will thus finally head to pre-60 levels and the Janet Yellen trade may push the markets further into rosy cheer, before a forced taper does tick in as Janet Yellen may still prove in a surprise for the markets. Yet, the news of the taper is fading away and US could remain overlevered to shelter its overlevered households and keep the consumption ticker running as inflation remains intuitively positive to growth. That could serve as example to India down the road though the comparison is still too wide off the mark except for specificities India shares with everyone (as usual)

 

Even as the Rupee moves back into stride, expected tomorrow an EBIT improvement at Infy and an expansion in guidance/rater as guidance has already been updated multiple times, a discouragement to those positing further muted guidance may still be required

 

The Bennett Coleman machine TOI mentions IIMs (and IITs, probably)  are facing employment pressures again , sneakily close to reports of net employment increases back at the IT offspring of India including Wipro, HCL and the MNC offices seeded here after a long success rate of the earlier growth phase. Accenture did break trend to show jump in consulting more than outsourcing revenue this time but outsourcing trends have been showing up everyone else again, seemingly the only strategy outside server management that has a direct proven impact on global profits

 

Yields jumped down still refusing to, but picking up real demand (hopefully) as the Rupee criss-crosses between 61.5 and 62.5 at an unnoticed fury of changing positional trades. The trades, still in ITC, Bharti, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDFC and probably YES as YES slides into 340-350 levels again for the results season starting tomorrow.

 

As noted, EMs like India, without the IT story per se are ready to take the year to a positive close esp. as the worst India could do is 4% growth

 

 

 

India Morning Report: A sudden change of heart(afternoon) as Banknifty breach closes up

English: Logo of Bharti
English: Logo of Bharti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It wasn’t a wren and martin breach however as the morning saw weak NPA stories slitting from private banks in the Banknifty components, but as that grouped SBI and performing PSBs such as PNB with the weak quality ethic portfolios the breach rather filled up and the traders move on the Nifty south frrom 5950 itself has been closed by the afternoon before morning FTSE and European trades took business elsewhere in the global 24 hour timeline for today’s markets.

Trade data showed exports up to $27 Bln, a nice growth dividend , though a one off in the year  also leads to shoring of sentiment as the weak India story tries to grip old India pockets in Financial centers like London, themselves struggling to make a mark in what started a s  a benign year of recovery.

EMs are back in portfolios and Services Indices n India and US are under pressure from spending cuts with Euro still hot in afternoon trades as the October FOMC passes by tonight with a mandate for Yellen. SBI got a shot in the arm after the duress long exected in the stock, as the SBI GM in place and a likely future Chairperson, Arundati Bhattacharya explained the process of shoring up quality  in detail and IT investors and other traditional India trades tried to ngulf the bank’s weak asset quality in a single south trade on all government owned banks

One still wonders if changing norms to release Government Bills and long dated bonds from controls will work for India wih such strong anti-measures from the  “India Bull” community

Also on the credits is the way Bharti managed the press bytes and the non devolvement of the story around a crushed Walmart in the run up of a Modi inspired changeover at India’s helm in the 2014 General Elections

India’s growth charts currently continue at a flat minimum under 4% and the same was confirmed by IMF in yesterday’s report leading to the morning clouds as Rupee slipped back to 62.5 levels. Since then the Deposit story is back with NRI swas and more and the Rupee is back at 61.7 levels before infy results later this week

India’s exports at $26.8 Bln were nearly $2 Bln ahead of the staid $5 Bln average rate we hit early in 2012-13 wih the plunging  bottom of the growth story and were fist signs of growth in exports let alon import substitution after the currency went thru serial pangs of double digit depreciation from 47 levels

Bharti will easily survive the retail FDI wind-down while it remainsan important ndia focus brand to own as does ITC. Yes Bank and HDFC Bank also remain great picks with a lot f investing capacity for foreigners and IDFC is catching fire again to fill any gas from “lack of confidence” in India’s branded consumption stories like Bharti, ITC or Bajaj Auto

 

India Morning Report: Bajaj Auto reaffirms successful transformation in September sales

Rajan Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman & Manag...
Rajan Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises, at the 2010 Horasis Global India Business Meeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sell Heromoto, Buy Bajaj Auto – A pair unheard in India trades till 2007, post crisis we have seen it win since 2011 and have been telling our investors. Of course September’s 367,000 unit sales could well have taken the sheen off festive season in October but the bigger news is that the company feels good enough about a price hike of up to INR 5000 and export markets have responded well, as he just quoted examples spanning Nigeria (46,000), Kenya and Uganda. Its RE60 may well survive most objections in India for an introduction before 2015 but even if there are hurdles, the company is protecting profit margins and market share in an uncertain situation.

 

September may in fact have seen sales being advanced from the festive season because of an extremely dull prognosis and Indian consumers are diving off consumer staples brands in general. However, one feels that this current secondary upsurge in inflation/WPI may well see better realisations and hence profits from price starved staples companies and so the queasiness around ITC and Bharti”s retail foray may well serve to mark the return of Dabur,Marico and these two bigwigs itself as results show better profits and earnings growth , any positive number would be  consistent with market expectations not th double digit growth consensus reached  earlier in the year. As for Bajaj Auto itself, it is protected from flagging sales year on year in festive October as it is going through with  new launch of Discover whose sales make up for it

 

Meanwhile, the market took 5750 /5800 levels as a sign to return to performing PSU Banks but with the punters preferring sinking ships earlier, the take off in PSU banks thu PNB and Bank of India is rather subdued even as Private sector banks make almost one off corrections between yesterday’s F&O buys and today’s trading.  Th incremental AD ratio of 83% actually is rather standard for India Banks as Deposits proceed to grow at 14% behind credit recovering to 18% thus meaning the RBI will be instead under increasing pressure to conduct OMOs even as banks hang on to over INR 150,000 crores (INR 1.5 T) in overnight borrowing from the Central Bank, washing off any advantage except the sentimental from reversing of more tightening measures in the October policy.

 

The Rupee pirouettes around 62 levels again but Gold prices in India falling , accepting the global prognosis sounds ominous for subdued growth in 2014 as well apart from meaning better diversification and disssemination of global fund allocations even post Tapering at least in equities, markets having taen to bonds again in the interim till the schedule for the Taper becomes clear.(Duct tape now that Octaper is almost certainly gone- Duct tape = December Taper)

The new ABCs of Indian stocks, listed as Asian Paints, BHEL and Coal India figred among those fastest and strongest in the rally to 5800. All three stocks have however lost their leadership of trends as 2 of the 3 fall into sectors creating corporate goevrnance hols and braking India’s development cycle prematurely. Nifty meanwhile keeps catching up wth the air gap creatd by its futures moving faster in the morning (bigger premium) in turn as Singapore Nifty reaffirmed no investors had left and moved quickly to 5850 and higher levels. The rally will again falter around 6000 levels and as the fight gets dirtier its better to dig your heels into the better stocks we listed including YEs, IDFC, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Tata Global if ineed Starbucks follows thrgh with the plan to ramp up outlets to more than 200 this year

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Dead cat bounce, Earnings rebound on the horizon

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NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 – Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank; and President, Confederation of Indian Industry at the welcome lunch for the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( http://www.weforum.org )/Photo by Norbert Schiller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends and not even one third planned government spending which anyway trends down having been minimised earlier

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report. Earnings in Q2 despite the all round scare will remain positive for the few listed corporates that carry India Inc on their shoulders The rebound in software exports in the invisibles however has strengthened the trend towards overweight IT and Pharma portfolios

Mitesh (ETNOW) as usual played a clear long with a pick on ABNuvo in cash that works much better thu the day than the Sandeep Waghle/Gujral technique of trying to short the edges of the bottom as the Dead Cat bounce holds and rejuvenates some banks (Afternoon update: Banks managed well, YES Bank shorts dened and F&O interest likely having picked up in those 6 bank series excl the banknifty index weighed by more than 2/3rds publc enterprises)

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each That is due to the reduction of th $8 Bln Gold deficit in Q1 before curbs coming down to near zero ( restricted to 20% of imports  that is not exports thru the regulations introduced concurrent with RBI’s currency control measures in monetary policy

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

India Morning Report: Dead Cat Bounce, rebounding earnings on the horizon..

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Bounce(game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

And the international  impact of an immaterial shutdown cascading to its third instance in the current crisis after a US downgrade and the shutdown first awaited showed governments globally as it did markets that it was really immaterial. The economics of a shutdown are indeed brilliant and technically still half an hour away(at writing) . It means some  Federal Workers will not get paid and probably more in this instance than earlier when it affected only pensions and some non critical defense spends.

 

 

 

Anyway, apart from the sequestering which will in the long term impact US healthcare and Defense stock, the issue of the Rupee recovery as Oil continues south ( on weaker global /US consumption) and the US Ten year yields looking to bounceback from 2..64% on ‘No Taper’ news, India Inc has had nothing to report.

 

 

 

The CAD bounce is already in with $21 Bln in a quarter indeed by itself worthy of applause and additionally was abnormally high and the other three quarters of the year will trend barely in double digits if Government estimates for the full year CAD are spread over these coming three quarters at less than $9 Bln each

 

 

 

The Trade Deficit keeps growing and again for India as for US the Net Services (Invisibles) Contribution was a surplus of $16 Bln for the quarter gone by, but the blocked imports leading to the same are not available to us to comment on our ‘cutbacks’ impact on growth. Core Industries (38% of the IIP) grew the expected 3.8% after a 3.1% in July, making the hopes of a recovery more substantive as well. Banks like ICICI, HDFC Bank and Axis will reap benefits f any rebound from their larger distribution and shorting SBI is still a neat trick int he market in terms of the looming uncertainty in the short term. In fact I would say it could break below 1500 but for the rising bear trap being locked into by Bulls in India counters selling 1500-1550 puts and looking for a trade positive on buying the 1700 Calls than writing them so its actually a seesaw.

 

 

 

Don’t worry about EM being global victim of the QE and now its withdrawal, the newest setup is on the Euro, with 17 weak countries holding it, as it rises into the bubble-o-sphere on  US Stupidity and is potentially looking to becoming quite a safety wall for all the world’s troubles much like the yen did for three decades since the 80s.

 

 

 

The Banks are trading in the green and this weeks events could possibly split the bank trades between PSU And SBI negative and ICICI Bank and private bank positive in this trading rich sector even as metals struggle to find buyers as the markets still believe in a lower bottom around 5600 (and then lower still)

 

 

 

Tata Steel and probably two more scrips at most merit positive attention and would have accumulation from institution at all levels. The calls in ICICI Bank and IDFC are likely to remain positive though the rest of the week with the low levels of yesterday late afternoon, when the morning’s dead cat bounce ‘resumes’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Banks earnings, GDP scares markets despite inflows

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English: comparative advantage in economics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The longer term investors can finally see the difference between potential and fact in India inc but are unlikely to leave in light of the comparative advantage India still holds, while trading flows may well continue to come back to India at 5900-5950 levels as markets bother with important questions across Bank earnings disaster spilling over to Private Banks despite the unlikeliness of the scenario.

Banks apart, breadth investors except for passive funds and India bulls since nineties are also likely to be worried instead of being enthused by the markets remaining bulls getting shepherded into Pharma and IT which remain defensives but are being listed only for their Rupee Depreciation advantage, and thus not a real page turner for Indiaphiles

The Rupee strength thus breaks correlation from equities and with GDP numbers likely o breach negatively in non agri sectors, the situation for Monday open is also grim as is the PCR rise in the rally till Monday/Tuesday. US yields have come down pretty low yesterday after the GDP announcement. Ambition targets are back in Gold and Silver and retail consumers might even be hoping markets ring the bear in Energy markets and Oil goes below 100, which might erase the questions rought forth by Export parity removing margins for Oil Exploration and Oil marketing Companies

Rupee raging stronger than 62 levels might also see slower additions to NRI Deposits while raining inflows on to 5950 levels was easier for all categories of India attracted offshore investors, QFIs and NRIs

However if markets expect better Auto and consumer sales performances in non durables to shore up immediate performance, then this might well b the end fof the rally. Money is staying in however and Energy and Metals are likely to be th new stars apart from the continuing rlly in Pharma. With Sun Pharma and Glenmark leading from the front today, Cipla and Lupin cannot be far behind and next week will continue this discussion of India’s prospects from much the same levels than breaking below 5800 or such as whatever possible policy measures are enacted , look positive and on eecution rather than playing to the galleries.

At this point another market created distinction may be also worthy of reminding. ICICI Bank  portfolios in loans , retail and commercial are likely as resilient and more than HDFC Bank which is already recognised among winners in the Higher interest rate scenario and the pressure on ICICI Bank may well be just the wishlist of public sector banks and DIIs and margin financed players trying to equate the inefficient public sector with the private sector counterparts.

Bharti, ITC and Bajaj Auto lead my list of high performers, while IDFC , YES and ICICI Bank may see lower levels yet but are good investments. One feels SBI is about to take a nose dive for its own follies rather than be part of the market standoff, and is not really at value levels especially as the higher interest rates hide its already bleeding NPA portfolio and the ssame is not true for PNB and some others but not UBI and BOB either. ING vysya may b a good pick but their emphasis has not returned to India and Indusind has probably already done whatever it could and will enjoy some sedate growth yet along with HDFC Bank will be scoring 20% topline and 30% bottomline growth regularly

BHEL is obviously our only turnkey project executo es in the Power sector and probably will not hit any below book value pick (from Religare) in  a hurry and at worst may prove a big struggle with the bounceback already started. One might look at Kingfisher’s example which lasted a full five years as a everything for everyone scri from 2007 – 2012 on the back of a improbable comeback and which has just started paining lenders while paying slaries yet to executive management Which remids me, heling Laloo with the Ordinance delaying incarceration due MPS suspension/exit may actually be quite a big setback for India tan imagined by a coalition government extending the courtesy

India Morning Report: The Question is if the Rupee has bottomed out

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Full bloom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By all visible indicators of technicals, as can be seen in a shallow traded currency, the Rupee has bottomed out before hitting 63 levels after a sellfest/beatdown on Tuesday. There was no edition of the India Morning Report yesterday, but he essentials of the currency , awaiting selling pressure to find out sustainable levels, are that it will look for another step in its recovery after a potentially false decline in value since the Fed pronouncements in May.

 

 

 

Yet, we have noted that the Rupee seldom responds to Global up moves, like caused by the current global lowering of Oil price targets with any substantive moves without buyers in the currency. The Rupee thus will go back to 61 levels only from here. IF the Rupee does move back that brings blue chips and banks selling at value back in the limelight.

 

 

 

The equities moved north yesterday till they corrected mid-session and today’s move essentially will be another recovery towards 5950 levels and beyond though one is not sure that will just help F&O bulls unwind from sold puts to leave the September series wide open or bring back the bulls which is likely if the currency recovery gains steam in the afternoon. Crude has fallen further to 103 levels overnight and Brent is close to 106 levels as peace talks resume with Iran

 

Unfortunately without a catch up from banks esp the Private sector Banks, the return  of buyers into the market is now more or less questionable and that is one of the two or three big waiting games developing in market circles.

Lupin’s new deal in the USA seems oto be a sales and marketing arrangement that adds directly to the topline. Its mainline US market drug Antara has just gone generic and the company seems happy it has recovered lost sales on that front

 

 

 

Discussions on the Tata Motors’ domestc valuation being recovered by JLR $12 Bln valuation escaped some of my notice ut overall, Telco has hardly shown any change despite the blatant push in sentiment by buyers. Tata Steel remains a much better buy for 2014. In commodities, Dr Copper follows Oil south on the charts as the return of China’s production led demand fails  to rejuvenaate the sentiment as expected by us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: A technical correction to make space in the move

Nevertheless, whether the lost steam of the rally is recovered or if markets correct this series a little more steeply long enough to stem selling by Domestic institutions and some investors, profit taking would have been good for your business last week in both the Rupee and Indian equities (NSE Nifty 50, BSE 30 Sensex/BSE 100 or the MCX SX40). There has apparently been a natural disaster in Hang Seng Exchange ahead of the China data release today (Flash PMI) and next and the exchange is closed because of the Typhoon for two hours before the afternoon session. China’s manufacturing jump has gone up from last months record 50.8 to above 51 this month, but it is unlikely that Copper will indeed respond too positively if you are trading commodities. If it is equities, yes markets outside India incl OECD markets are likely to jump at the news , especially the European session ahead of Nifty’s late afternoon sessions. Doing well in China – Mining an Real Estate s something may well be wrong and come out so before next month but definitely trade data will be up as well for August. That optimism may change the course of the Indian markets mid day itself

 

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OECD Countries Blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

SGX Nifty however leads the Indian investors correctly for a change ( a Feather in the cap of CME and Nifty teams) and the markets will definitely dip below 6000 before deciding whether banks are strong enough or the rebound before the repo rate increase was justified. A Repo rate to 7.5% upset the rally completely? Surely we are better than that. Banks not being given that vote of confidence could indeed decde the quantum of the down move(two thirds of the reason), as also to the other one third of the reason would be any volatility in he Rupee correcting from 62 levels down instead of continuing the up move to 60 levels. A good sign is if banks get new OI encouraged by build up in Put volumes sold at now definitely amongst the lowest levels for the Banknifty, so the Edelweiss analyss recommendations on ET Now could be right on the money

 

Infy has responded well to the Rupee appreciation, avoiding a reaction still correcting to below 3000 levels, but the HCL trade continues to put the wrong risk takers in the lead as even consolidation of the company with HCL Info is only a face saving device for the hardware business and not value accretion expected in the merger

 

The troubles of Ranbaxy keep the scrip in the spotlight and fortunately it never put the Indian Pharma sector under the wrong spotlight despite their brazen actions and the continuing cascade of FDA actions plant by plant at other suppliers as well fueling the anti-India anti-Quality prejudice traditional in OECD investors

 

Urban India also probaby thinks NaMo’s commmunal licences can be similarily ignored as a quirk and the resultant fractured mandate is not just India’s biggest fallibility bu also sign of the inadequate proficiency of Political Sciences in a land otherwise profuse with globally renowned academics and probably the situation in these arts and sciences is more deficient than the lack of educators in IITs and IIMs

 

The Nifty however may not leave the range of 5950 to a new number on the upside, which is still likely and which may see FNO action by midweek

 

 

India Morning Report: No Taper and Nifty on to 6100 levels

A rather unexpected reticence by the Fed, allowed Global markets to uncoil their expectations of a taper and the Indian Rupee opened at its best price of INR 61.5 today barely hours after the announcement. the shorts on banks disappeared overnight as did the opportunity in depreciation lit IT with the Banknifty finally moving 650 od d points to above 11000 today and the 7% increase in ICICI Bank to 14% in Yes Bank possibly still allowing steam in the rally to 6300+ levels and a long awaited rally in the banks with the liquidity measures likely to go away. (what if there’s no taper?)

Apart from the bigger damage to shorts on Banks, the rally has caught most by surprise and thus some may wait out for lower levels to start again, but stopping market enthusiasm at 6080 levels itself is likly to fail with the momentum of the event generated uncoiling allowing immediate 6300 levels. Also the taper remains on the horizon for the US Fed as it tries to tackle the question from a new structural cap to growth in the US and the  Rupee may be allowed to break below  to erase the damage since May

F1 Australia Grand Prix - Thursday
F1 Australia Grand Prix – Thursday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indian yields are back to 8.16% levels. ITC and  Bharti have continued investor fueled upmoves at 350 levels, while Sun Pharma and ONGC and the Energy companies rebound to 2010 levels. Investors also found the chances to get back into Hero Honda and Maruti, both of which may easily by rejected later for Bajaj Auto in the Auto/Two wheeler sector

The Rupee might close a little lower but above 62 till 4pm and in RBI trades after.

India Morning Report : Rally snarled by a lack of fundamental strength (seen earlier)

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English: World GDP growth rate and GDP growth rate of total OECD countries. Data source: World Bank Group and OECD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the Indian growth rate will be beyond the reach of most emerging markets and outside the projected future rates for any OECD countries, the growth in GDP below 5% and the return of food inflation is scotching confidence in the markets as it waits on edge for  the Tapering news to go by and Emerging flows to return allocations to India.

Unfortunately today’s report come after closing of day’s markets, a day when the Rupee also snaked down unnecessarily biting its nails on the supply bottleneck hit food inflation which will also probably become the legacy of the Food Security Bill later. The stakes – to get India’s growth rates back to 7.5% and keep inflation in check. With core inflation below 2% the onion inflation index cannot be allowed to influence further investments in India

Our note however can still remind investors that not just Consumer Durables but the consumer staples sector, offers a unique opportunity in India among the listed scrips and current 30X multiples in the sector may be no sign of investor saturation as bellwethers like ITC and Bharti are rare publicly listed behemoths in the sector which have also successfully avoided the defensive tags unlike the Pharms biggie Cipla where investors move after things come full cycle at Ranbaxy and European CPG pioneer HUL, now an old story for India Inc. Others in the sector are either privately owned or multinationals and pricing power remains in this sector, with its packaging strategies and working capital cycle flexibility in brand selling working them the advantage required to absorb supply chain inflation and raise prices at the right time.

The other story of the morning was the inelastic August Demand for Full fare airlines as the price increases amounting to more than 60% on the Delhi Bombay sector even in he best fare book-ahead rate plans could not stop passenger traffic from returning to a positive 3.3% growth in August. Such ricing power is important in this market where Oil is a major component of the import bill.

As usual it may als be prudent to realise also that India of tomorrow is unlikely to return to the same power ahead growth strategies that worked from 2001-2007 , the meat of the post reform era growth and that the required infra and other capx growth has to wait for the May 2014 elections to complete and that will not stop inflows to India, making the brakes in the market to 5800 a mere hiccup as long as the Taper is an expected number and flows return to Indian sovereign debt as it attempts to brake the shackles keeping it from the Global Bond index  and to Indian equities on reallocation

 

India Morning Report: The Rupee now counting 63..62..61 , the Nifty counting 5900..6000 ..then?

The PCRs are already hanging by athread. But the long seen unloading in IDFC seems to be at an end with FT announcing investibility changes in IDFC and HDFC for the rebalancing from Sept 22. IDFC investibility is down to 54% from 74% and HDFC likely to see $208 mln inflows (JPM) from investibility rating increase from 74% to 100%. IDFC is also up 7% on the far end to the big story and is likely to move up with its close association with infra debt like at JP Assoc also relieved by Manoj Gaur’s latest sale of a 4.8MTPA Gujarat plant to a now 59 MTPA Ultratech under the Birlas (KM)

Meanwhile the index comfortably opened the sultry day proceedings at above 5900 and the Rupee almost tore into 62 levels before retreating towards yesterday’s day end levels. Friday’s 6000 level run  is thus still a given though the markets are not seeng serious buying right now and is not yet under the bullish impact of such salubrius India winning strategies as Import substitution. The $10.9 Bln deficit, a very respectable low given recent scores since 2009 is however still near the Post reform highs than the average rate as could be assumed by India Investors and the $75 -80 Bln trade deficit targeted may well be just par for the course if India Inc does achieve it, with Gold imports already under 1 MT in August (650kg)

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English: Panorama of Sachivalay (Gujarat Legistative Assembly) at Gandhinagar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New layers of investors returning to the markts however muddy the prospective recovery levels of the recovery, some like Kotak expectng the Rupee to top off the move at 63 itslf. However with the 5th day of rally past ysterday with just minor scratches, today’s close may also be positive and selling 5900 calls are likely to be beaten before day end even though the markets are in an extended short covering phase through this week. IT stocks are nearing fatigue levels, cntriuting to India’s bullishness in ameasured move avoiding days of Rupee depreciation as they target longer term portfolios again, and markets now actually prefer Auto and other performing Economy stocks that are in cycle and not tagged defensives. Before the news of war in Syria died down $151 Bln was already the bill for Indian Oil imports in four months and that turnaround with lower Oil levels could see substantially much more sustainable interest in energy stocks

High CPI and negative IIP reports due today should worry no one as markets resume to wieh in on the fact that Foreign investors will likely keep India in th center of their Global portfolios. No there is virtually no risk of India aplying for sovereign debt default in the coming days.

India Morning Report: Rally enters fourth day with steep move up to 5850 levels

Line up the confetti balls and the piniatas as the fourth day of the Rajan Rally engenders new Slumdog Billionaire, Kaun Banega Crorepati and a successful Indian Badminton League probably mean the start of another even if the 2014 Airtel Grand Prix at the Noida Track is under threat and the IPL is sstill al knotted up from the Hawala Masala

 

Historic Valuations, Trends disregarded as flows rush in

 

Leo Pharma
Leo Pharma (Photo credit: Christian González Verón)

 

Piggybacking the global weakness of the Dollar, investors not predicately assuming to undo damage to the Rupee, nevertheless brought the currency back into play for the 60 mark to the Dollar on Tuesday with a 64 open as flows returned to India debt and equities. With INR 1600 Crore returning in debt and 800 crore ( more than 25 bln ) in equal measure into the chosen investments in stocks, the IT and Pharma largesse from the Dollar was no longer the defining mantra of the market by Friday itself.

 

As the 260 points in the Nifty to 5850 on Tuesday at 11 am show, the market may well take the indices to 6000, bring India firmly to the centre of the 2013 and 2014 investment maps as was three months ago and thus probably caus ethe currency to further climb back to 60 levels again as there are absolutely no buyer or seller levels in the move from 55 to 69 in the last three months and 10 odd days.

 

And much like it was Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson for the Texans in a star filled roster or the veterans Dravid and Ganguly playing India in on one o the many English conquests last decade, it was veterans that stuck to the India script rushing the momentum early morning into India with ITC back to 330 levels and still worth a few moves and Bharti and the banks not far behind, moving secularly together as rates fell below the 8.25% mark on the 10 year paper and ECB short-term borrowings interest rose again from Rajan’s moves to allow FX swaps at 350 basis points (on deposits till November for now).

 

The 5750 mark was expected to hold in the morning, the 20,000 mark on th Sensex seems obvious now on the BSE Index and

 

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English: Amitabh Bachchan photographed by Studio Harcourt Paris Français : Amitabh Bachchan photographié par Studio Harcourt Paris Harcourt Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

thus 6000 is almost a certainty and as inflows measure interest and levels, there is no reason for indices to now fall or turn from these levels even if OMCs have not really gained till now on the Oil basket prices in India’s PPAs vis a vis the refining margin impacted by the appreciating Rupee or if no exporters seemed to have been selected for the overall CAD gains except for Bajaj Auto and It and Pharma are still available for substitution. Even if Infy has  new target of 3500, a balanced indian market is unlikely to let it reach the same in any hurry with value available across sectors, including last months star sector in metals. Sesa Goa weightage s increasing in Nifty by under 2% and Tata Steel is still available under 300

 

Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013 started last week on Sony with another veteran Amitabh Bachchan returning as its iconic face in the Indian version of “Who wants to become a millionaire?” (kbc.sonyliv.com) One Taj Md. Rangrez has won the Jackpot in this edition in episodes shot till now

 

 

 

India Morning Report: 5550 and nose down, Banks give up consolidation

FO Update: Bifty(BankNifty) strangle could be a good sell so vol moves are up but one should stay away from buying bank puts individually or shorting banks per se. They are quite in line for a jump and won”t be characterised as the villains of this move

The day started well enough Banks shifting chairs with HDFC Bank and Kotak taking over the upside and ICICI Bank facing a small (less than 1%) correction and Axis Bank moving up smartly as well, but as we prognosticated, the Rupee is touchy and tus 5550 seemed like a top off, barely opening at 5573 before trending South. On the bottom again, the move is capped at 5400-50 and the Bifty could well stay above 9000 throughout esp if the Rupee manages to keep the bears happy at 67 levels itself, as the markets decide the new direction of the move in the rest of the Financial Year (Fiscal).

The Rupee has received considerable global attention it has yearned for and sellers have been keeping quiet not because of fundamentals or flows but for the attention alone. ( Any study ignoring other parameters and attending to the correlation with global fourth estate exposure would thus be able to prognosticate the new founts of pressure on the Rupee. Oil is going down and 4% GDP is post a not so tough Oil Bill prognostication at the umpteen downgrades that heralded the start of the week. IT is almost overvalued again, one windfall quarter per 25% loss in Rupee value (YTD :D)

GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates h...
GDP (PPP) Per Capita based on 2008 estimates http://www.imf.org/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the market performers, accumulation of a disordered undervalud opportunity variety has started making itself felt in Caital Goods companies and infracos equally as Reliance industries which may look to E&P approvals in 6 different fields. Thus the sectoral technical picture is additionally cluttering the fact that no policy decisions would be forthcoming till after May 2014.

Savings in the Oil ill are coming  from the 13% share of Iranian oil, which because of shipping lines and insurance issues, are unlikely to be raised. True to form, Irnians do not really want t o use Rupee payments made to buy Indian exports except for its rice and tea demand.

Auto sales jum is more a victory for the two wheelers again, Bajaj Auto recovering Exports to 144K ths month and domestic sales on breath with value #2 Honda (301K). Maruti’s jump back to 87,000 units is still a poor performance below its run rate of 100k cars on average  pre 2010 itself. M&M tractor sales have dropped to near ZERO at 14,000 r month and Hyundai has been wiped along with Tata Motors for all the improvements in traction at GM, Ford, Toyota and VW.

Glenmark Pharma is a good pick to start the mid cap ride. Yes Bank and IDFC should e among the non controversial movers and shakers as the markets operate in an unwilling tight  rang waiting for the Rupee pain to go away. Sun Pharma will bottom out above 500 levels and start on its promise again as it builds on the INR 1 T capitalisation. The September trade data for India is due in a week

I do have a couple of questions on the detailed NH survey on housing price trends released yesterday. The 670 mln sft inventory for example seems to be a little bit of an over estimate and prices in Bangalore ,Bombay and Delhi are unlikely to move down despite huge inventories in residential , affordable, commercial rental and commercial spaces overall

Also ATF prices ( 71k per kl in Delhi and 77k per kl in Mumbai) are probability going to  strain the almost barebones domestic aviation pricing again and UDF are up for renewal. These are likely to remain hygeine factors to the India story ( low growth high cost aviation and high inventory of property) because of obvious inelasticities in the real estate pricing and the elastic nature of demand, roving a sea of red for aviation in the last decade. Thus inflation fears are probably dead in the water with Oil and Gold moving down globally.

Metals esp Tata Steel is back in the Buy lists in this run which will probably peak immediately after mid 2014 till September 2014

India Morning Report: Rupee at 66, GDP Growth at 4% and Interest Rates at 9%

Unknowingly for those of the common Indians and even market commentators across long term and sort term watchers, India has again stabilised around rates at 9% and The Rupee after a 23% move ( which was completed in a month) finally pulling up a notch of two at 66. Interest rates are at 9% and the markets bounceback on Monday Morning seems actually sustainable.

The earlier volatility ending stops at 9% rates and 4% growth were ofcourse around quarterly growth lows, Markets and Central Bank almost decided on a bounceback on the unfortunate low, but this 4% pitch seems to be likely now for a whole year of growth concerns at India Inc.

Again markets did show resilience in responding to the new Oil Swaps on Thursday with equities stopping the down rush at 5400 itself, but there is no forward momentum now except as EM weightages again cause money to flow back into the same selected investments which popped off selling because of reduced value causing weightage overflows on EM equity portfolios.

A war has  been averted though Assad Bashar is o n the loose in the Middle East and Indian Oil is still at a minimal risk from the geopolitics of the last surviving dictatorships in Oil.

In sectoral terms as ET data would like us to believe, interest isback as much in Textiles as in Banks and Finance companies. IDFC and Banks will lead the show from here ofcourse andas Ambit Capital suggested, it is still a little early for interest in Autos but it will eventually happen for FMCG investors. Chinese Shadow Banking woes could affect the slightly positive outlook from here for Exports. It’ ood to see the Banks having started te day at 9200 levels again on the Bifty (Banknifty). It was a bad month for Autos, Exports and the currency but we already know that.

Again, rage of motion at this time could just be crimping up on the 50 share index as at 5500 it has broken down just last week and that would mean this stabilisation could have engendered a big fall but for EM inflows returning in a couple of months.

No, the hike in Diesel and Petrol prices are of significantly less positive value than the shutdown of fresh investments in Exploration and Production ( see a list of Projects from Reliance which need Government investment in today’s ET) and similar non events in infrastructure more tough fo India Inc than the Food and Land Bills progress, though the markets’ are not disappointed

For the Agricultural shot in the arm in GDP calcultions, a reminder that our expor markets in any agricommodity are not price incsensitive and have mostly shown a declining share of Indian exports.

 

India Morning Report: My right shift key doesn’t work. Will the right UBS please step up!

The McDonald Happy meal is still Rs 20/- and the $5 Big Mac Meal still under INR 200 all taxes paid ( Large fries and coke), so it is not PPP. However, Bhanu(UBS)’ target of 68 is very near and there are no buyers in the currency yet, thus the new Box from 70 to 78-80 should be in play in the coming week. That should also see the traditional Exports rise because of depreciation an import spending goes down finally proving true before the policy implemented is taken seriously by those still trying to understand India from an investment point of view starting from Ford which began in India in the first wave of reforms and is still unable to use it as an export base or get a competing model up against Suzuki.. but the three traditional arguments above hold no water because of the vast difference between reported statistics and trend forming prices, markets and the still unexplored new CPI barely a year old. Bond markets have traditionally neglected volatility especially in Valuations and recovery LGD models from KMV to other modified Merton and non Merton / non Fama-French models.

Domestic consumption is firmly isolated from the one fifth of GDP that is Exports as long as oil prices stay south which looks likely as even $15 Bln less in buying is hardly to be noticed except for the improbable hysteria still not shown by markets. one would probably see Fed buying reduced by half by the end of 2013 in the strongest such scenarios and the markets have broken trends enough to stand tall in that event nullifying any tail risk or God events as a result. Such rabid unnecessity aside, Indian commentators are not expecting a recovery in the currency, and with Foreign interest likely to return in to the investment cycle and in ETF inflows to India and the EMs in the next two months, 80 thus could be my ventured level for the currency, 60 being overshot long ago. A long recovery trade in the Rupee could in fact still be impossible at those levels and any attempt to recover the 60 levels might not even be theoretically feasible right now.

UBS of course has lost all pretentions to Investment Banking and its PPP valuation of 78 is probably a non starter even if they receive 100% of revenues in bonuses as a stay away handshake from the European Private Banking Management. credit Suisse is still due for a hole in the shoe quarter as its ROE calculations seem to suggest this quarter and th Euroean trend t increase bonus percentages flares the remaining  investment bankers to a quick relapse of their own holes. Traders at Deutsche bank of course would have ore room to create a new stand in Asia after having completed restructuring and HSBC may not have deprioritised the same as well. stanchart does well with a long term view so it may be planning to sit out further bullish rupee moves too.

India Morning report: This week in history of 2050: The sun rises on the east India Company in Asia

With half-hearted restrictions on Dollar flows talking of Capital controls and engendering a Rupee ‘addition’ to the value of the Dollar and European Banks getting free after a couple of years in Capital wilderness, India could be a bigger part of Asia when Banks get into a new bout of short term credit , not just Transaction based Banking which s already operating with preference to SCB, DB and Emperor HSBC in the area. The new east India company, third edition would thus be the rupee benefactor with true self interest reserved in trading than the hitherto close coordination with businesses and governments on policies in the countries in the region. We have in Asia however successfully staved off such pressure since 1987 esp outside the East and North Asia belt where foreign interest makes up a dominating market share of the Financial Markets in debt and equity

The Rupee runs close to half its weekly move at 66 on Tuesday afternoon itself leaving very little to the imagination as conservative and HTM Indian risk offices as they price in the Dollar at between 70 and 75 for current short term rate planning, which hastens he move to 78-80 soon. The nifty pre expiry range has broken own in the same hindsight and with 5500 inaccessible, technically markets run another steep wall o try and find stable levels especially with long futures holdings from offshore desks dominating in the morning . The 5325 index may well stop south of 5000 as the longs were never to be rolled over in any case and the cash buying will unlikely be sufficient in volume to increase index level prospects in the September series.

East India Company (video game)
East India Company (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Banks suffered for the active monitoring feared by Expoters and importers trying to go the extra length made available by the steep wall in Dollar Rupee trade ad all of Asia is a little straaped for Dollars as investors respond to fund exits and rebalancing of the last full QE portfolios. The East India co though like all Capitalist colonising ventures do not invest in local quality anymore, which the Bombay club has long neglected but in true 2013 models, there is no growth yet to justify keeping the depression ship with increasing investments and growth in Exports still easily outpaced by the cost of imports leaving more rupee for each Dollar till it does. Government Spending has improved and i would aver short term interest rates are helping in ensuring immediate focus on the Capex cycle as well but investments will come only when higher realisations are available and so inflation may even need to be roomier as in a new frankness in pricing Gas and diesel, that has enabled that consumption cycle without any political fallout. the Cereals and Milk have gone thru the supply bottle neck based realisation improvement and vegetables price hike may also be done in 2-3 months

 

India Morning Report: banks weaker in the new week. Market affirms Capped below 5500

 

Fortune (magazine)
Fortune (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As we digressed from networked opinion on Tursday / Friday, there is no such thing as the 5500 mark for the market as leaching gets underway. Barings PE in the mean time made a play for a 135 per share valuation for Hexaware, the only Fortune 500 roster which has never operationalized a growth strategy meaningfully. Apparently growth is already underway at Hexaware and this is not a play at capping India’s further Dollar erosion led woes in the future or a transparent play at India’s notorious inefficiency stability motive. A Hexaware and a KPIT do gain disproportionately from the Dollar’s move against the Rupee as they price transparently and Hexaware also has untamed T&M contracts that price at competitive levels onsite and thus remained Dollar heavy, unhedged at least n the nineties. Most others have lost the Mid Cap IT space from investing in product and premium services and/or Indian Rupee/Output based pricing still capped in the$50 mln realised deal values after years of wooing.

 

Banks got cut mercilessly waiting for the HTM circular (SBI, is waiting as always) and saliently otherwise:

 

The Bifty(BankNifty)’s ‘stuck-up-pance’ at 9400 saved the straddles on the Nifty which you should have sold if you were in the market after the first hour in the morning.

 

The rupee is starting the new climb again as the Rbi loses room to intervene and stays away after this week.

 

No, these are not conventional range bound trades.

 

Yes, we did not anticipate the market to wait so assiduously for Thursday expir which can now assumed to be the final plan.

 

No, being quiet is not a bad strategy.

 

Yes, the big roller from the Fed as they leave Jackson Hole is on target and I am trying to figure out why $10 Bln is a good start apart from that everyone knows that number.

 

It is that $12 Bln would be too fast and $20 Bln a virtual unending panic, $8 Bln an equally good vote of confidence and any number below $5 Bln not enough to redact(the literary device for fabricated on paper) the surfeit of liquidity let loose on everyone. But then thats just because we started with $10 Bln. That just means the Fed would be buying $75Bln worth , and that should be a good start for equities to break into a done and bring back confidence in EM economy investments only at the end of one such full cycle of investments which may be as short as 2 months in US markets but for another sell down in bonds(domestically)

 

Held to Maturity classification clears the grounds for banks to carry bonds while double digit rates reign. !0 year yields are still rising in India and policy rates stand at risk of being increased too after the liquidity crisis is hung

 

 

 

India Morning Report: The President of Rollbacks, and the nadir of the Rupee

Economy
Economy (Photo credit: yourdoku)

In an extreme show of brinksmanship..India has been taken for a ride by speculators and brought back in an equally unorthodox fashion. Depending on the moolah you get from your editor and or Academic Dean or the strength of the victuals of your audience and that of your economics philosophy, the average high end Economist could turn this review into a one a month policy piece. Any number of breaks can be introduced in the sentence we started with to fill the essay, Ajay Shah for example saying (TV18) “none of it was required” and again falling through the cracks of mainstream and outliers alike among Economists. In any other normal Economic critique of philosophy, one would have added a qualifier “likeminded” before Economists here.

(sic!) Thence we avoid the other tricks of the trade to assume a daily weight to each day’s weights and wait to lookback on this month in a decade and hopefully for that our parsimonious allocation of just a Morning report time-length shall justify the deeper review whenever we do return to full time writing. Right now, Economic necessity of this individual calls.

And in that light, The Rupee hit 64, yields hit 9.5% and like a rubber band returned to pre-crisis yields of below 9% yesterday itself and 8.33% today showing trades have returned to the 10 year bond. Active Demand returning to Fixed Income of course means the Rupee move is a goner and thus one should assume, we will remain at these 63 levels for years to come before the next deep cut moves the currency related victuals of the Economy by double digits again. Incompetency of Exports apart, that takes care of India Inc’s static export volume issues on keel , the government has managed to turn the trick with Government spending too, focusing on the growth in Services in Q2, ET reminding us in time in today’s op-ed pages inside

Another funny one has been the markets stuck up attitude toward, India has FX reserves, it should use it’ almost like a mouse trap the NSEL was, (for unaccounted cash in wholesale transactions). Money stock has largely returned to the mainstream economy through Financial devices alone and it is hardly a coordinated supercomputer timed perfect metamorphosing of the India problem and its solution.

The markets can in the meantime thankfully return to investing in banks, PSU banks likely to score on their 20% of book(Advances) in homeloans. BTW, Rajan is silent because he takes reins formally in September. The King Chidambaram and President Pranab in the meantime look askance at the sharp turn because it does no bring in a single dollar inflow. imagine the glee of reformer in queue Narendra Modi and his ilk

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India Morning Report: There is the Rupee and then the equity markets…

Map of South Asia in native languages.
Map of South Asia in native languages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Frankly, there is nothing much to hold the markets after they broke 5500 and the markets below 5000 Nifty levels are likely though still not extremely likely as values identified in the Top 20 liquid counters will probably include those already having fallen to their lowest levels of this rally’s beginnings or within 10% of the same as ITC and Bharti Airtel indicate. That also means institutional buying that has resumed in bits and pieces will characterise this market thru the breakdown. Even though Bharat Iyer of JP Morgan also put on a brave face and assumed Fixed income to be just duly following the currency mechanics, structurally markets are ready to ignore the falling Rupee between 64 and 68 once it starts that leg. I personally do not think interest rates derived from FX have any significant accurate behaviour, esp where in India both markets are relatively illiquid and dependent on key PDs for volume business

 

Though nominal growth is unlikely to be the promised 15%, shift to it sector has created an exchange that is leading scrips to oblivion and not really any structural factors as they remain exactly where we always were. Infrastructure and Metal sectors are actually at their best take off points now both for Fixed income and equity QIPs the latter a little harsh for promoters, and secondary market floats in infracos could find considerable long term investor demand soaking it up.

 

Similarly, rating agencies’ almost junk BBB-/BA2 ratings on India are in fact already indicative of this breakdown and may not need a correction giving the rating agencies to correct their now identified goodwill gap in asia esp india and South Asia, that can thence merit a suitable upward notch everytime CAD is actually brought into control. Strange, but true.

 

Fixed income markets are set to lead the way meanwhile to double digit yields on the 10 year bond already hitting 8.95% in morning trades as Rupee takes up 62.3 levels before moving on to 63.30 ( TV18/CLSA) as the next Technical target. Banks presumaly are also paying for their investment portfolio breakdown in this move and do not have fresh cash to borrow and place in the 11% short term and even the 8-9% 10 – 30 year bonds for substitution of current loss making AFS and not taking everything to HTM.

 

One year down the line, with a stable government maybe instead of hiking deposit rates we will see the yields going south again. Oil is back above $110 levels and Indian buying will comfortably take out 67 levels for the Rupee

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Weekend results from Cipla, Sun, vs the ultimate low for india’s production statistics

English: Generic finasteride 1mg tablets produ...
English: Generic finasteride 1mg tablets produced by Cipla India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

July and August data that comes in the next few weeks could make the data for June and an almost negative IIp at the cus p of the biggest Rupee depreciation move since May 22 seem like next to nothing in comparison as Services crash in on the devolved growth mandate and curbs on non essential imports kill any remaining Hindu growth consumption in the Economy. Auto sales reports for July from Siam are as low as 131,000. Mauritius and pakistan could robably account for more cr registrations in a day but that is not rater affecting India inc.

 

The day has started well, with the obvious move back in Power NBFCs that could well merge into any revival of demand even as investment lags in corporate India have no end in sight. The revival of demand in such services could lead the way back to growing inventories , before they become a hangman’s noose around dealerships and the robust credit is used to demand off take back to a positive IIP. Today’s IIP reports and Q2’s first GDP estimates next month could thus see their worst data to come . Cipla’s results for example showed a 17% domestic sector growth, a continuing island where branded goods in both FMCG and Pharma will continue winning share at the expense of the unorganized market in sch a slowdown and Corporate India and Banks could easily maintain a non negative topline in the September quarter

 

Hero Moto is already responding to the covering rally as if its worst is over but then that is just a n ver motivate d market looking for trading gains as sBI results bringing in the last wreath for this quarter’s rituals on a continuing mourning for unreported asset losses being absorbed into the system even as the banking system gets ready for new stresses on asset quality as interest rates rise even before the coming injections of liquidity once the rupee stabilizes, but Corporate India performance and the continuing unique growth measures of India ensuring that things do not continue n the worse vein but grow back a clip from here even bringing back investments as Savings and investments have both been cut to the bone.

 

Jyothy Labs reports another big jump in profits to 287 mln after a` 4920 mln profits from Cipla even at a bare 25% EBITDA shining as Sun Pharma’s EBITDA after a bad quarter is still a giant 44% on almost a $1 Bln in Sales but needs to be penalized for the ` 3000 mln loss this quarter from the settlement

 

 

 

India Morning Report: A ferocious return to the nineties, and bye Mr Singh?

The Nifty Nineties
The Nifty Nineties (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ajay Srivastava of dimensions woke me to another nineties dictum we used to abide by. The higher the interest rates, the more money for the banks to make. Of course the transition will be difficult but it may well happen that while the markets readjust sharply (and hence the ferocious return above may well be antsy pantsy horrific and squeamishly fragile)

The Dollar has finally found its match of the Indian Hockey team’s heydeys. But before we go for the corny stuff, the details as we see it. interest rate margins will expand as banks , esp midcaps start the healing process for themselves by raising lending rates (YES has increased base rate today by 25 bp) The capital markets will continue to slide but once the banks break their downtick as the rupee’s downtick will continue beyond such levels till even periliously close to the 70s whether India’s sovereign bonds borrowed in rupees or dollars.

Banks as they are wont to, will soon be found readjusting faster and in a position to look at the bright side of things as India Inc wakes up to the new levels to operate International business at, and markets will even return to celebrate another round of robust reported results from Bharti today morning.

Double digit rates are probably not so tough for India Inc but that move has definitely failed for the Central bank and for the Fin Min. However the UPA/Congress has had  a few laughs in the last few days and its still not party time for the NaMo face to take over the Indian mindset.

Indices are probably not going below 5300 levels but those looking for a return to 5800 may be a little buzzed by unwanted attention (and crank calls, maybe) to their person and offices. Markets will probably wait to rise back (and will keep falling as opposed to nursing the morning’s wounds) till the close of week operations but FIIs had probably started closing out their hedge positions last week and yesterday so the indices will know how much exactly the rupee exchange matters. however at this end of the business cycle, credit growth is definitely unhindered from here. Also it is a relief  to see DLF fall back to 150 levels , though at a very broad market cost as the distinction between infrastructure investment and constrction growth finally gets encilled in on other India experts. Funnily enough even REC is also 150 levels right now as NBFCs will get boxed in by their banks again the fastest, in the most efficient leg of the rate transmission workaround and banks will also probably reassess the advantages f having increased monetary transmission to retail and wholesale markets as they had ample liquidity for more than 12 months whence rate cuts cycle was squeezed. rupee well nigh opened to 61 levels in the morning nd it is atleast one market where the droping vlues have not poduced many losers yet (ha ha!)

India Morning Report: RBI Announcement brings in the relief jump

Markets, finally assured of their assessment of the long road ahead, jumped at the heartening news , though expected, of no change in monetary policy parameters from 4% CRR to 23% SLR and the bank rate temporarily at 10.25%. the Central Bank will “rollback liquidity steps in a calibrated manner” when stability returns and the yields are already south at 8.05% , Rupee climbed south at 59.75 levels but unlikely spoiling for a flight/light immediately as markets parry at yesterday’s levels but back in the green after the jump in selected stocks

The jump has of course died as he policy announcements are over, an unseemly trend, now seen twice in the last 4 years Our detailed RBI policy analysis will be available. Futures and options markets could be demotivated in volumes after the Rupee spike , still not sure of a trade after the loss of growth policy eigenvalues and a lack of a down trade in the Equities or Fixed income markets in this month. Oil payments schedules can probably be aggregated at the end of August

Credit Growth / Deposit growth projections in the quarterly review come in at 15% and 11% respectively. Banks will be unable to raise rates in either direction in a hurry. housing NBFCs seem to have lost the most, lIc housing levels at 180 unheard of and IDFC (Infra, PE, AMC) at 110 levels after a long break of nearly two years. M3 growth will be 13% as forecast today the High CAD for three years has been highlighted by outgoing Governor as a structural risk. The next RBI review will fall immediately after the expected Fed announcements of QE withdrawal in the September policy

RBI did right and is on watch but it seems that money is still pulling at the current Rupee levels as the Oil calculations get ready to upset the new equilibrium and the BoP risk comes fore much before exporters catch the new opportunities

 

 

 

Bank Policy Tuesday: Quarterly review cannot shake off jitters – Taking on the mountain

..and not the molehill

 

Fiscal policy
Fiscal policy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

This is that kind of belief that turns policy makers into Monster characters as most of the markets are certain of a humdrum ho hum restrictions will remain for some time with an even optimistic note or two in tomorrow’s policy announcement.

 

But markets cannot help but respond to the coming policy event with trepidation and declining interest as they try to still assume a worse scenario. It is however not changing the fact that Rupee is under pressure and the policy easing initiated one policy date earlier than required has died an equally abnormally death and will not ensue to support any domestic investment growth.

 

As has already been proved however, much of Corporate India was actually not using credit probably already on its books as credit flows slowed to an all time low of year/year growth of 13.5% last month and has improved since.

 

The Reserve Bank of India thus having responded worthily to a Hobson’s choice is now more or less resigned to following it up as a Global cycle of lower growth and incomplete recovery has probably been ignored by the markets in the assumption that India’s outperformance therein was because of only its global trade posits and thus new investments continuing to elude India just turned into a chaining of expectations gone awry from no new investments making it as a suspended fiscal policy and reform because of political middle of the line voting lines cannot be repaired by any Central Bank. However India’s Hindu rate of growth posit may also be tested despite the recognition of this failure widely (and the completion of this government’s agenda by political fear) in terms of a requirement to carry Interest rates to double digits for at least a decade or two as there is no new consumer credit or consumpion demand except in unsecured loans and Housing and Auto markets suffer a chaied breakdown from the slowdown improbable but still awaited in th event growth recovery does not come.

 

Infrastructure investments should not have been shot in the foot midway and the wholesale bank  portfolios are unlikely to be able to stand to the situation in case Deposit rates start rising further from here which is always a binary possibility thus making it a half chance too.

 

 

 

India Morning Report: The new series gets no welcome!

English: The Local Head Office of State Bank o...
English: The Local Head Office of State Bank of India, Mumbai Circle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

US equities are holding up as global corporations despite the mixed economy, find leaders finally surging ahead in Sales and growth at Ford, Starbucks and eve Amazon. The net result of this might be bearing on India too as weights might shift back in favor of the big rush in US equities to counter the initial down impact to growing interest rates. India’s results already destroyed by Dollar moves even as exporters fail to catalyze on the new opportunity with current goods, the markets that have been and continue to support higher values on the eigenvalues of growth seem to want to give in to pressure to develop the fangs required for a big equity move north more than bearing south.

The Banknifty corrected fast to below 10500 after Thursday and thus is spirited for a north move but has probably squeezed the wrong bull or two which remain the important bearers of Options liquidity across global markets, writers “capitalizing’ on the lack of buyers with prices quite out of subsumable range factoring in their safety in higher prices, that refuse to let markets and VIX become an enabler to trends.

Apart from these silent trend breakers, that usually provide no barrier to any defined move, markets are getting bearish just from the wait. The policy announcements today by being in the continual mode will further drive the north move in the Banknifty and ICICI Bank, probably HDFC Bank better than most, and even SBI and PNB whose results were no disillusionment of its backers, SBI and other PSU banks continue to shock most headline followers through 2014 and 2015 as they continue the long drawn process of declaring their backed up system NPAs holding out media hope of starting the up cycle all the time thru at least December 2013. Forex reserves are down slightly at $279 bln and China order activity is the slowest as Asia starts the week in deep red territory. The Rupee could not hold north of 59 levels and still holds negative risks south with trade deficits now proving to be crucial data points for every dollar north or south counting in days of plus and minus moves of significant size(30-40 Nifty points) or in flash corrections on either side, worrying economically intelligent traders even more into a flat dropping market zone.

The Jet move up takes Indian aviation firmly to Air india – Kingfisher axis of south south on governance as the FDI proposal cannot be corrected enough for the desperation to sell out to etihad. Investments from the comfort zone is probably non existent and new FDI will come with too many strings of control the situation of Telecom and now aviation sharply negative portends for any robust escalation of FDI inflows

Credit growth has turned positive and 14% is a good start

India Morning Report: The Apple does not fall too far from the tree

India for old times’ sakes again proves IMF, Brady bonds and Latin American Economists wrong, going it alone with currency curbs as more visible Asian and even Turkish economies also try to get back the democracy equations into their control matrices and China parrumpums down the road of domestic consumption. Net effect for India, at least in Brazil they can afford three years of Bread and two years of rice for about four bus fares and /or a ticket to  World Cup Match from the new popular stands at spanking new stadiums. The G3 have each other to fund but India first has the poor to feed and then the loans to make to urban dwellers for auto, house and pretty much everything on EMI except the kindle which unlike the Blackberry will actually never take up with Indians

However, the new interest rate regime is not done with just upended 10% short rates in the overnights and the kingdom will get more expensive even as credit growth comes back and markets give into a little bear now and then to mull over the water in the wine that is their domestic production and consumption, waiting for investment to come into the Economy.

English: Logo of ITC Limited
English: Logo of ITC Limited (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The higher rates as we discussed once earlier in 2008, could actually keep the domestic economy chirruping too, but then it is not going to be that long lasting because even if repo rates start going up because there is no growth and private credit growth slows down much from its barely 20% levels we would not get to long term rates beyond 9-10% to the eighties when these were a habitual 15-20% across shor 3 year and long 10 year maturities and are still the norm for consumer credit outside auto and home loans, currently apparently giving another cause for markets to expect higher rates for corporates and even banks Or maybe the EU still has what we want despite being a dying market (PMIS actually crossed 50 on the upside this month but markets are shrinking not growing) and like the EU and the 1% jumped British we might adopt 50% tax rates to get the right liquidity for the right causes. We would still not be a banana republic.

Back in the markets these above are probably not even water cooler/vending machine or m&m talk as results look like as we said, india maintaining those few precious growth stories that make it a well run, academically productive, encouraging for services, lean mean welfare fed growth machine.

I for one, liked ITC results though markets will ignore for another week its INR 20 Bln FMCG sales growing at 18% much like it earlier chose to ignore paperboards and agri business growth which also continue to be drivers at ITC while its asset management business (hotels) continue to be stable at INR 5 Bln and the bread and butter tobacco sales have just underperformed growing by 13% instead of the expected 18%++ More than one business school campus in India is looking at a gift horse in the mouth this year venturing into 400= batches at Ahmedabad, Calcutta and now Bangalore and Kozhikode too but then thats just the suspense kiling everyone.

Coke, Apple, Starbucks have already reported their June quarter performance globally and they will continue to vaunt(flaunt) their India investments in the hope of rightly placed analysts and commentators to catch the drift of their global potential and the flows that have decided to come to India at the “fag end of the recovery” ( at the begin of it in India) and will stay the course.

Yes Bank, Indusind ( esp with retail growth) and Kotak will survive the high rate environment and force growth pretty much par for the course and as we said it is foolhardy to expect ICICI Bank to fall from 940 levels but the likes of PNB could still be the weak chink till the trading equation metabolises the right values for a bigger rally cup. Jet may be as good a s gone from India but its FDI plan which will never see Indian inflows is probably the last gate allowed by Indians in the promise of the world they live on electronic channels and the internet broadband and should not pass muster with regulators allowing real FDI proposals to burnish the brand into local populations and etihad can stay the course in the knowledge that it alongwith khazana (Malaysia0 and Maxis, inched in through the small gap in India’s regulatory armor till here

As of now the Rupee is maintaining 58 levels and the indices have moved up after slipping to 5900 ina directionless market but we are infact recommending bullish trades but not for a quick buck in this market, still precluding any money for the bears/ shorts at these levels as mos stock levels reflect deep values available to buyers. Remember, there is no new outsourcing business coming from the developed world. Thats all there is to share.

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: Tentative market ready to reward India’s uniqueness to new 6150 channels

English: Hero Honda Karizma R
English: Hero Honda Karizma R (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is already stripped of all technical jargon and robust or otherwise complex mathematical approximates of financial Markets. It means the Indian markets would likely not go ( barely go ) below 6000 in the coming days even as bearishness engulfs sentiment because at its worst India would still be worth 4% growth, now a bottom subscribed by long term Economists for big bad China who has been dragging everyone down. Given that many were already invested in the big China story, China however will continue to see outflows and India will continue to see small but measurable inflows in the coming months before anyone gives serious thought to a turnaround.

Banking hawks and traders watch out because despite breaching some phantom 10000 levels used by the market, Banks hadly have any reason or substitute to lose more value esp the shorts on ICICI to 930 or on Banknifty to 10200 seem out of sentiment for the movement from here till 6100. The trigger being assumed is that of disharmonius traders not getting a return for being in India since May. But then the Rupee move is yet under cooked as Gold has joined the oil price rally and the dollar seems to have started a big upward climb at the start of the week, after recording against the Aussie at 92 cents, Kiwi dollar at 79 cents and the Yen losing its desired undervaluation at 99.95

HDFC Bank results for example will see, despite the reduction of float, interest returning after punters realise the limitations of a midget trade in the banking sector with Indusind which as of now does not qualify in Mid cap sectors much. But then Axis bank’s result punt has to unwind and that gets quite complex in selection of stocks supporting the downslide within banks and the now nefariously wide distribution of non banks used a s substitute even as Hind Unilever gets ready to bow out of the markets

Also, i agree reliance hardly had anything to redeem itself in superior Q1 results on the weekend and Capital goods and energy, rising in an uncertain market would act as some of the substitutes without much recourse to fundamentals in their sectors,t the technical eigenvalues avoiding banks as long as positive push does not meet extra ordinary resistance in the BhEL, L&T and the ONGCs Bajaj Aut continues to beat Hero Honda and a pair trade is increasingly safe still Hero Honda the sold vector in the pair

India Morning Report: GDP forecasts look for their pound of flesh, india inc reports (This week in Asia on The Banking and Strategy Initiative: advantages.us)

The old RBI Building in Mumbai
The old RBI Building in Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Reserve Bank of India pulled up the bank lending rates for its MSF (the emergency lending by RBI at the top of the rate channel prescribed) from 8.25% to 10.25% yesterday and networks are agog with the presumptive lockdown on India’s money markets esp inter bank liquidity finally pushing the short end of the term structure up a couple of hoops to 8.15% at the open as visible in one year forwards.

In sum, though equities will keep a small range around a ower bound 5900 and above, strangles are already priced near 0 at 138 for the short 5900 puts, 6000 calls showing trades to be unremunerative for this week and the profit making probaility of this depleted range is tenuous both fro m the tightness of the range and the inherent balance engineered in the markets giving way to any bull/bear at the slightest pretext

RBA had earlier shown in its minutes released that they considered the rate cuts to be done with, triggering a conventional run on the Dollar in that currency bringing it up by 1% . The Rupee has opened 1.5% stronger in morning trades but as pressure from Economist desks builds up to a crescendo and GDP forecasts are cut 75-100bps at Morgan Stanley among others to near 5% for 2014, we are witnessing a characteristic one time correction as policy locks in to the only possible market view while hoping for a trade led recovery down the line and acts on the limited dollar trade that continues to cause disruptions in our Economic cycle especially related to our dependence on imported fuels

Traders would hardly have been in place for the correction on Thursday and Friday as the markets are still positively rewarding good results which when they com are as big as over 20% sales and bottomline growth on a regular basis. However , the downward move also lacks momentum and like the rupee in the other direction, equities will only trade up the rest of the day after opening 100 points down on the Nifty. Some longer term shorts may stay in as characteristic hedges performed over the weekend and Monday when indices opened down today in differential performance terms to trading positions and long investment portfolios. ETF outflows from Emerging markets were just under $10 Bln in June with $6 Bln exiting the iShares MSCI EM fund but that is still 1 in 10 of the funds and funds will continue to be sticky in India where the growth paradigm is still relatively safe on th ground despite the consumption led industrial production going negative marking the toughest bottom for Indian prospects. Manufacturing makes less than 20% of India’s GDP but is on par with Exports and Global trade lacking growth claws would unhinge the one sided growth story that has always precluded a deeper range of opinions on India from global commentators instead shined by China.

India’s equity markets being deep makes it impossible for hot money to follow on this morning’s run and even as the spike in Fixed income markets unhinges bank business models the problems will likely be fied with a continuing positive bias before the end of the week unlike such runs in other Asian markets like indonesia, Korea or Thailand However a bottom in bank stocks is yet not known or targeted and ther emay be no directional trades in the interest sensitive sectors in India

 

India Morning Report: Markets steady, India facing uphill task

Bajaj
Bajaj (Photo credit: Chandra Marsono)

 

The Indices opened barely in the red after a dull week of Economic data . Trade deficit reported under a $10 Bln for June as Gold imports were blocked out but Inflation on CPI climbed back to 10% in a precursor to fuel inflation expected now to climb back from a barely settled in period of less than 6 months as the drop in Oil is destroyed by the 12% depreciation in the currency. The depleted Forex reserves are already a qustion for the Rupee and the negative IIP for the month is unfortunately unlikely to give confidence in the comeback. Consumption being defeated, one is not sure of the reasons for continuing retail inflation with foo inflation at 12% leading the charge currently.

 

IIP showed a more than 10% contraction in durables Production index and negative growth year/year for non durables as well. WPI for June has also come in below 5% again And while monetary policy will be challenged by the prospects of inflation and depreciation , consumption is actually flling making infation an easy target to even prospects of deflation in terms of sentiment continuing negative in the economy. Investment is yet to come back to the Economy has become a challeneg desite a Forward FDI policy esp for Defence and Telecom on the cards.

 

Auto Sales are down almost 10% on year at 139000 cars and 55 lower for two whelers and though markets continue to treat Bajaj and Hero equally one can see performance for Hero worsening in the war with erstwhile partner Honda in the market and Bajaj has maintained euanimity in shares and market segments nonetheless.

 

Unfortunately apart from the results of this quarter one also does not see further uptick in Exports immediately. Banks despite the low 13.7% growth in Credit for the month of May/June remain fairly healthy in the selected layer as we have pointed out here and Bank  Nifty remains a great pick at 11600 levels markets keeping value priced in line with the economic sentiment

 

Last week, the India Morning Report could not be posted and the same may not be available from Tuesday or Wednesday till the end of the market week on Friday when the trade data and CPI was posted. For JP Morgan and Wells Fargo results refer to advantages.us. Indian Banks report this week and we will be covering Indusind’s results of last week later with YES Bank performance

 

 

 

India Morning Report: India regains investment preference in Asia, builds on 5900

English: This picture has been taken at the Sa...
English: This picture has been taken at the Satya Bharti School. It shows the education system and children’s life at the school. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets had a choppy week early on in India but with selling having refused to resume and Asian markets keeping a comeback worked into the numbers meant the Dollar indices poised to jump at 83 going into the next week. In thus phase however Dollar may again lose the tight negative correlation to Asian equities especially again in India which has managed to climb down the volatility beanstalk while steadily gaining 50 points yesterday and another 50 points at open today.

Many out of favour scrips from Metals to the yet to be prioritised realty are now at their technical support levels meaning they will mostly support positive moves ad may even lead one out of 5 days in the positive next week. .The jobs report in the US morning will of course propel the Dollar but the likelihood of that momentum taking down Asian markets has receded with the yen keeping counsel near 100 and Asian automakers not seeing tariff barriers in the US traded away

Oil prices are unlikely to continue north despite demand led reductions in inventory in the US as refineries remain underfed and the Egypt tensions are resolved
Banks are poised comfortably at 11250 levels and the Banknifty straddle has worked wonders in localising discounting for bad debt PSUs to SBI and BOB among the still expected to perform members of the Index . Thus further PSU bank attrition of business and bad debt spirals will unlikely stop the rally from taking root in banks next week and ths leading the Indian Nifty 50 back to 6000 levels albeit for a trading largesse. Pharma sector picks like cipla and Lupin continue to have much to offer and trading down in Sun Pharma may ot have large index effects ( expected as exports are succeeding at competition) iT scrips are much in a bind of low profitability even as immigration reform fades away and 12% in Rupee depreciation fails to make earnings forecasts positive ahead of next week.
Bajaj Auto, IDFC and Powergrid could be good picks at current levels though RBI signals have already discounted PSU applicants for bank licenses including PFC. PTC is also dong well without a banking license to its name and REC may trade to lower 190 levels but is likely a good pick at these levels all on their standalone performance and undiluted by the market added momentum in June for Banking preference. YES Bank is a great pick at these levels and supernary promoter interests are unlikely to be material to the bank’s professional management as is the prospect of 100% FDI in leading lights in the sector. Telcos will probably get 100% FDI approval sooner than later and Aviation’s experience with Jet Etihad is likely to remain positive and accretive to value ton the whole. Lupin’s pipeline of 100= drugs continues to underline the block profits in generics witha low barrier definition of blockbusters and no big stories in the us market nonetheless and similarily with Cadilla, Orchid and Stride Arcolabs.
More importantly consumption winners heading for no man’s land ( Trading at lifetime highs seen mathematically breaking new ground with positive momentum trading) with ITC, United Spirits and eve HUL and Bharti likely to head off the “no investment” led dull prospects at India in story, expected still to be worth much more 6 months down the line. While HUL has shown already that shorts were wrong, once results expectations are correctly warded off by Telco promoters sunil mittal and co, Bharti may also be seen in the light of its quasi global brand and investment expectations and thus gain from reducing debt on new investment rules in fDI and in required infrastructure debt accounting

The Rupee thus is free to depreciate but in a small range around the 60 mark.

 

India Morning report: Oil signals treated as critical sell levels for the Rupee (This week in Asia on advantages.us)

English: Graph showing Indian rupee and U.S. d...
English: Graph showing Indian rupee and U.S. dollar exchange rate from January, 1990. 日本語: 1990年1月からのインド・ルピーとアメリカドルの為替レートのグラフ。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An old adage for the market, it is now a repeated phenomena in the global markets for India to retain the dubious double distinction of heralding global commodity lows and be cornered by the slightest sentiment building in Oil. The day thus is a weak barometer but may soon gain ‘tumbling’ significance for global currency markets as the Rupee will be decimated to even beyond 65 levels if Oil rally does gain strength.

However as it is unlikely to happen for now, long investors may not be able to leave Indian shores before it eventually does, giving the upper hand to hot money flows as opportunities run out with the Yen at 99 and Euro also not facing new substitute demand, yields going up from global lows in various central bank auctions in Europe throughout June bringing short term rates to near above 0.5% and even closer to the 1% mark from momentum extrapolation(as will likely show)

The Indian Rupee has been closely pinned down earlier in 2009 and lack of buyers remain its “new” worry in global trade share increases as Yuan manages a smaller volatile range despite an equally suspect recovery path due to a paradigm change from South east, Coast Only development to a more homogeneous spread as legitimised by a 5 year plan.

Back to matters at hand PSUs like BOB will probably lead the bank indices down even as most new banks will make likely a good sector lending structure possible in the higher spending towns and villages of India that have kept Rural CPI apace at double digits till now. Muthoot’s Bank may indeed be a new kind of entrepreneurial venture in banking as long as they meet RBI conditions and manage not just the minimum net worth cap but raise the bar for fellow new anks to the desired but not contingent levels of INR 2500 crores of $400mln and even INR 10000 crores or $1.6 bln whnce an opportunity the size of India may be deemed fit. This size of course may not be ready on day 1 but should nonetheless be planned to those levels with capitaal lines tied as was behind the uccess of private insurance in its infancy in 2000s

100% telecom FDI for India thus might mean in an indirect way, better days for Oil consumers even as demand returns to the US market after a good 6-8 weeks in yesterday’s reported data and are critical for the market to retain 5750 levels on equity indices. ITC and Bharti remain on the up and up in block deals for FIIs or even program trading where such volume is amenable. Yes Bank might see another block of additions by FIIs as it exits a RBI ban on foreign investments and has quite some potential before reaching the allowed 75% levels currently in the sector HDFC/Bank prognostications for a 100% FDI in the sector linking its scrip fortunes to the same may see thus a longer gestation period till the new government is in place in 2014 and indeed starts picking up the courage to forget its pre electoral hang ups with FDI if any

 

India Morning Report: 2G Auctions (discounted), Gas Price rise, Markets expiry and CAD data

The markets expiry should probably read F&O exiry but that is just here nor there. CAD(Current Account Deficit) data is as 3.6% of GDP is a very good score with a $17 B surplus admittedly par for the course for Jan — March quarter. Crude basket pricing has gone down to $101 for the year but still leaves a 6% bill hike for the OMCs and oilcos to distribute The resultant price increases if any including the known rise in Gas prices would not exert price pressures on the economy given new inflation levels either. Together that means that if there were buyers for the Rupee they would win. Obviously given the debilitation market punters have handed rupee trade in the imediate three weeks with the exit of INR 200 bln in FII debt positions, the cash positions re lower except at the Reserve Bank which managed to add a few dollars ($2.4 B) to the reserve before getting engulfed by the waterboarding slide uncovered by Ben Bernanke.

So musch for the Rupee and oil. The banks and telcos seem well poised for a recovery though as spectrum buys or no spectrum buys, there is great values at 280 levels in bharti and in RelComm though we never backed the scrip or even Jio infocomm as of now given the Ambani track record and obvious imposition of informal network values on bare minimum corporate governance and a resultant pathetic track record except in petrochem

US will allow more LNG imports to India while the Coal and power situation has also started improving. Chinese increases in consumption are sporadic and are being run by import consumption however in the riorities for the new government and so the US SED with Inia continues to be bland and almost inconsequential to India, a moot question most interested people between 18-40 ( and those just out of that range like us ) significantly continue to question as a fallout of the so called successful reforms since 1991

The rest, once i find a paying sponsor or a working proposition for the second career I start in my 40s

Markets have opened at 5650 and may make a close for expiry around 5700 around the 2:30 m bell though the close per se may find shorts active in that case, as they look at a longer innings in the july series against the virtual non representation in Jun

 

India Morning Report: Sharp cuts ensure quick bottom in India around 5650

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)

A more than expected negative reaction in  the Indian markets yesterday may have subdued analysts into a negative whirl as they were waiting for the same, but post the subdued slightly positive open in global markets, it increasingly looks like today’s move in the Indian markets is more a positive search for value than just a reaction to yesterday’s sharp negative move.

Though your favorite superanalysts may be recommending shorts at 5650-5700 levels on the markets , I would invite you to use this rare opportunity to further sign in to Indian markets in scrips of value except that though banks refer the most value potential they are not ready for a move up yet. ONGC and Tata Motors are good shorts too, and apart from the index shorts one can see the visible analyst reaction actually picking out rare weaknesses for shorts as Ashwini Gujral recommended in Option spreads shorting Tata Motors and ONGC . Telcos haev nearly recovered the positive sentiment almost immediately and exporters are mobing in the positive zone including Bajaj Auto and Sun Pharma

The heavily discounted PER multiples in the Indian indices also ensure further ETF outflows do not negatively impact Indian allocations and one expects debt market outflows to stabilise soon as well as the yields in the Fixed Income Market spiked n small volumes itself yesterday and there are only higher opportunity losses for further exits The Rupee can obviously not last at these levels having failed to establish any zones in the three breaches in last two weeks but as the “correlation backward catch up play has lasted almost all week, the rest of the markets are unlikely to oblige Rupee’s bottom making move in the next few weeks and is likely to be ignored in equity and debt///government bond markets

Shorts on UCO, Karnataka Bank  and Vijaya Bank will work singly and can be tried as pair with buy in Banknifty once BOB and SBI bottom out as the big movers in this move. A Direct air with pvt sector ICICI bank and HDFC Bank would be riskier. Nifty short strangles with the Nifty bottom at 5600 is recommended y IiFL which would be their first positive trade in the quarter (joking!) but a great one Short 1 put at 5600 and use to buy puts/sell calls at 5800 . Selling 5500 put would not be bullish for this market nor very remunerative.

 

India Morning Report: As we said it, so did the market bid it

The Rupee found no buyers again at 57.70 and had no problem taking the bottom end of the new range at 58.75 today in the open stymieing buyers fromcoming back into equities. The run on bonds has added another $2 B odd in the week since as Bernanke’s announcement widely expected to bring in concrete plans pivots the markets worldwide, especially those already recognised as an island of value and ready for the QE withdrawals like in India.

 

As we said the lower volatility of Indian Fixed income markets especially after better liquidity in the month of may ensures that India markets are the first to be exit in debt but the investment stock for the country would only grow.

 

Equities maintain poise but idle lower after the weak Rupee triggers minor exits. The due noise on changing FDI laws however is unlikely to materialise before the General elections and any consequent optimism must also wait for tier 2 and detailed surveys bringing back the incumbent government’s chances of making it to UPA 3 though it is almost certain that Modi will get extra votes for BJP for being an able governor.

 

The stable range and the ready ‘stock’ of short positions on the indices and banks enables a stable return in this series  despite global volatility receding. Trades on Infy as mentioned on CNBC18 are pretty safe with puts of 2300 (till expiry) and maybe 2400 ( for a week) But I would say sold calls on 5800 are ready to be taken out and should recede back immediately by end of day short calls on 5900 are already the ceiling of good straddles in the series. 595 should also get more positions and risk/greed might also make a run on the 5850 calls possible instead of a complete exit from 5800 series. Afternoon turns are usually a great read with Aptart India on both CNBC18 and ETNow and Mitesh Thakkar and CK (ET Now)

 

Value of Indian rupee as per dollar & pound (1...
Value of Indian rupee as per dollar & pound (1980-2005) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Angel broking like SS (CnBC 18 )  continues to show signs of smaller capitalised players’ frustration with Bulls’ holding the markets bu t there are enough players to not make this a local vs FII bokerage war as at this rally cusp DIIs have started buying. SS in the meantime has moved on to better trades this week with bullish picks back in a majority opinion reducing rsk for small traders. IDFC had  anice breakout on rumors of its banking application and outside banks Bharti, ITC and the banks remain strong. Mitesh Thakkar’s strong rush for Bajaj Auto is something that jibes well with us as well after M&M. Late chores made this report a ittle delayed to remember the other interesting morning pre open and 8 am jabber. Also the OMC moves completely sdestepped us and we would still think they are great buys at new prices. And the

 

 

 

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: Chidambaram kicks off mmtc 9.33% divestment

Banking District
Banking District (Photo credit: bsterling)

MMTC might be a success but the market is not putting much score by the Fin Min /CEA appearance in the media today while Banks have finally given way after a 45 day wait. One notes the posit by market makers that value retention by the select scrips already counted as good is not doing much for wider portfolios as most had treated this climb as the milestone before the rally and not the rally itself and does no in any way would have resulted in  a bubble.

Also the Rupee being stronger yesterday, the overall month long move across currency and equities seems to be trying to compensate the news view that India has survived the move in Asia as was the norm in the oughts or the reform rich period before that and has somehow become a threshold for Emerging markets portfolios as and when dictated by the once a year or fewer occasions of a rupee correction and is unlikely to again preclude the fact or erase the sustenance shown by Indian equities as a class because of the depth of our markets even as Nikkei, Hangseng and Korean markets lose heavily on each currency move because of the less than dozen companies going around for Korea at least and the richness of fixed income portfolios one can safely assume in the bigger markets in Nikkei and Hongkong

The Stanchart reference to inflation risk however remains misplaced as Oil prices are still very unlikely to trend up again

However, staying on the mundane market data for the daily report, Indian equities are losing all expectations of political stability and any positive rally till september as the year’s second half will offer first hope of growth or economic performanceThe import limitation on Gold in the meantime does not impact MMTC plans in Gold and thus strengthens the public channels for Gold trade in India ahead of its disinvestment exercise

Meanwhile FDI flows in China, India and Brazil have been more robust than any other class for all global investors even as Russia scraped the bottom of the barrel bringing the BRIC average growth below 0 for the year. Markets in Asia will continue to lead exits but as the speculative portion from India has been wished away almost immediately, not much move south in bonds or in equities remains and as can be seen in any current charts, Indian yields are down in the same 5 week period and will continue to trend down for the year. Banks, ITC and IDFC remain good investments as also Bajaj Auto, all mentioned except ITC having lost their share of speculative investors / price premiums already.

Shorts on Adani Enterprises are well placed while Gujral again has mentioned buys on Lupin and Cipla / Lupin are real return stories of 2013 from here as Sun Pharma finally pays out 805 of its cash for the settlement with Pfizer/Takeda

Rupee impact: The Free fall continues, small snag on equities

A world map of countries by gross domestic pro...
A world map of countries by gross domestic product at purchasing power parity per capita in 2007 from the International Monetary Fund. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unfortunately, with India inc again adding only probably less than 10% of its External Borrowing Capacity in debt, the Rupee and the equity markets have consequently snagged on the  Asian free fall, and now pro bably rupee has a trading target of 4-5% in this move to achieve the new 2014 equilibrium. While the stabiity is currently lacking it is primarily because for the Rupee it is not a daily volatility that is germaine to the currency markets and the trading range is much smaller than the other asian markets while it is still not picked upa s foil to the ultimate managed currency the Yuan which is a precipitating event of greed in the “Currency Wars” mechanism

Having said that, if one were to herewith propose a new rupee exchange with its limited degrees of freedom, the government cannot and should not bother about stepping in till even 65 levels and find meanwhile a longer run solution to the CAD, while the markets will take the Rupee down to 65 and fundamentally destroy the entropy required for recovery to resume in the aftermath and while it may be a jurassic/triassic notion of yore , destory the eigenvalues of Purchasing power parity much before the global market engagement is  increased   to a true equilibrium.

Mumbo jumbo apart 58.50 should hold because of the stability of governance and the defeat of inflation but if it is whirled through the week, it will tip to 60-61 levels and thence may not ever return to anywhere near Friday exchange levels because the fifth of GDP that is exports will straddle the rupee for the remaining term of FY14 for Global trade agreements for the year

Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Pu...
Graph of the Gross Domestic Product GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity-PPP), per capita, as a function of per capita Toes. Year 2004. Data available online at http://www.iea.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the equities front, today’s event of correlation in moves actually mirrors the hidden correlation in capital moving out primarily from debt and in probably a stabilised form of market prediction from JP Morgan asking that the recovery bottom has not happened and will happen till now. While the RBi therefore is discouraged from rate action next Monday, it has put in motion a cascade of rate cuts which it must follow through and avoid running into damage control esp as Fixed income Markets will continue yielding lower on higher demand despite FIIs leaving Indian debt in the first pike exit of QE linked withdrawal from Asia as the lowest volatile investment and thus unlikely to produce ‘abnormal profits equated with Asia’. The PPP map of the world in the meantime as reproduced here from a long left to be updated web provider of images shows the fast losing relevance of this indicator and probaby needs a trading measure to it to harness its gains.

 

India Morning Report: Just Dial IPO great hai ji, Rupee feeling quiggly

Image used to convey the idea of currency conv...
Image used to convey the idea of currency conversion (originally from en.wikipedia). The signs are (clockwise from top-left): dollar, euro, pound, shekel, đồng, yen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Markets opened to the new week’s excited chatter for a change this morning after a few weeks but the better IPO prospects and improved FII flows already more than $2. B this week could not excite the Rupee and it again opened at its lowest for the week above 55 as Forex broke on last months Gold data and apparently has become the exit for bears that know they are unwanted, trying to break the cosy relationship between currency and equities in Asia and dragging down equities towards the afternoon. Rupee, with my apologies to the surfeit of economists at the top Mr Prime Minister, is just reacting to India’s weak international diplomacy.

We should have probably given you a heads up in the morning, but revenue and subscriber prospects fail to excite indian angels into backing such ventures as ours, bent on writing and interest in firings at ecommerce carts or exits from PE investments of the last cycle not enouraging towards commercially viable prospects for analysts, writers and discretionary advisers. IPO sizes are getting comfortable around the INR 1000 crore and above mark and went thru with out a hitch despite a surfeit of promoter buy backs and appetite for indian debt has also increased manifold in the last two years

Bullish straddles/strangles are cheaper and you should not fund with calls unless beyond the 6400 mark. China premier Le Keqiang’s visit to the Capital could have been much more fruitful if the premier had tried to get more pulic awareness around it, India of course happy to have exited US defence exercises to get status quo in play at Ladakh ahead of the visit. No that China is looking to allow India banks or exporters further as it continues to keep a chinese only list for government tenders and machinery ( esp green power) bids

Those who thought Indus ind would catch again would have retreated after these two weeks and especially because apart from the positive wall offered by YES, it is also a better choice portfolio for pickers across infracos esp those looking at idfc, itc, jpassoc and gmr where buying would be perfect value plays esp if any DIIs had been carry cash for the redemptions and the volatiity turn awaiting

No, the Rupee is not going back to 52-53 levels immediately though S&P’s reservations have not been of interest to any FIIs and we would like to err on the side of caution ourselves with the CAD at ever higher levels though as the CEA mentioned the reduction in CAD faster than the reduction in Fiscal should help drive growth come 2014 And yes, Lets not forget our natural advantages as a consumption and trading economy at the bottom of the commodities cycle unlike the competition

India Morning Report: Nifty recovers despite Cobragate 2

Capital Group Companies shuttle bus, Irvine, Ca.
Capital Group Companies shuttle bus, Irvine, Ca. (Photo credit: LA Wad)

The follow up “revelations” of almost all due process (sic!) used to manage fund accretions thru mutual funds, insurance and deposit products in the Sub continent’s private Banking/Wealth Management units failed to enthuse the markets despite the expected ‘seriousness’ again to be accorded by regulators, finmin and banks’ compliance functions as known tricks of the trade admittedly still deplyed by at least 17 of the accused banks are so commonplace that cooperation among banks also part of the revelations is a defacto quantity and yet not news at least to those who try to engage the markets and develop the discipline of asset allocation between short term liquidity and longer term investment/retirement and event needs. Though some youth might be encouraged to consider this as a sign to push for transparency and progress and banks will show them the clean house they need, these practices are not even necessarily questionable and are known to all salaried taxpayers who remain most enumerated in the Indian taxpayers contributing revenues to the government.

 

One wonders the efforts for black money recovery could further gain pace but only from continuing increase in banking deposits and registered investment products though you would agree that a full fledged DTC implementation and that of an integrated GST would have had the benefits to revenue one expected. The morning has recovered since the Cobrapost expose with the Sensex up a 100 points and the bank rally is still alive if you do hold long positions on the bank nifty

 

Fixed income yields have not ticked down with an eye on CRR pushing pressure from rate cut to extra crisp liquidity in the coming policy or two and RBI also will be busy with arranging OMOs and as always look at its longer term SLR/CRR obectives in this light a s needed

The Rupee in this leg is bound to follow a complementary target to the equity moves but with lesser dissonance between the two markets the atmosphere this week is overall more conducive to building up long sides of the trade and even expecting Thus do not play for volatility trades in this series or look for too many day trades unless it is your favorite mid caps or blue chips still not out with their results and outlook for the rest of 2013  and which you are fully informed about.

 

South Indian Bank
South Indian Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

India Morning Report: Sorry Bears and Cartels, Bulls are still hiding in the Indian woodwork

Yes Bank
Yes Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Network analysts sitting on lower support levels and betting short on most new blue chips having seen the infracos slide, are in for another shocker as the march series looks to inch closer to 5600 on expiry day before closing out comfortably ahead of August 2012 levels. Both Sukhani continue on the second month of watchful short betting SS targetting YES Bank further from today while Bharti and some others responded in kind to the lack of interest to back the market interest to significant lower levels but the buls seem to have won on real strength of fund inflows for the time being. Markets will correct but not by much in April and while the upside was capped to 5850 levels by the weakness that just means the lowside is still as high as 5550 even for safe investors and 5500 puts should be real rich making sells for bullish investors. (We personally are not conflicted by any position here)

 

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

 

BRICS Development Bank aside, which we look to fund the Indian Infrastructure gap in due course, India inc starts off results season in a week and its profitability scores that already improved on identified sectoral leaders in Q3, are the ones that will be identified with the successful India story and not the politicking as enough stability and forward looking governance is guaranteed by incumbent ministers if not the party flags.

 

The Rupee keeps most of its strength in the new series and the may series may give pointers on the new range for the currency as Fixed income yields cross back into the 8+ range having lost the rate cut and pushed the bank to the reverse repo rate on the corrridor

 

Given the strength of equities and currency going in, profitability concerns of consumption and auto plays should be watched closely for bear victories even as IT forecasts and IT results will remain damp and not affect sentiment. Healthcare could lead stocks nose down but not up even if it maintains good profitability and revenue growth and any weakness in bank performance including Q1 FY14 forecasts will be a deal breaker.

 

Infra debt funds have indeed taken off and execution perofrmance of projects still hanging will come intpo play on the bourses also in Q3 FY14, QIP fund raising shifting out from infra and bank fund raising to NBFC or Capital expansion plays across manufacturing and services businesses with CDS holding sub 200 levels , a great performance for an isolated Asian performer.

 

 

India Morning Report: Global investors may not withdraw from equities

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Citizenship For Sale (Garage Sale 2012) … Foreign investors flock to U.S. (June 11, 2012) …item 3.. Monumental Maneuver (Jun 20, 2012) … (Photo credit: marsmet481)

 

While US tries to balance its Economy after a spate of QE liquidity is seen as injuring fiscal and monetary health, a rise in interest rates in the Economy with or without inflation could do wonders for the paradigm of growth as China and Japan return as investors in US treasuries and 10 year yields rule around 2%. The US economy may not be able to break the limits of a sub 3% growth even if yields spurt in the next few years in the US even as Europe falls back in an extended recession and the South catches up, esp Italy and Spain with imports to offer to the rest of the Economy making a brilliant recovery this 2013
However back in India after the deep cut yesterday, the Economy is very much invested in and FIIs are unlikely to leave this isle of relative prosperity even as the struggle for relevance continues for India Inc and Domestic consumption keeps the beer head on even keel if not frothy.

 

Indian currency would have few takers in the rest of this month before the budget speech even though the Cuts in Borrowing would lead to a minor rally from here as the Rupee was anyway unlikely to move below 54.50 levels. Yields at 7.8% are likely to be a defining high instead of the 8% plus seen earlier in 2013 and may creep back from there as Asian investors withdraw from the Global rally but funds flow to India are again unaffected

 

Markets would choose carefully between equity choices on offer esp as the cut in Private banks by 4-5% brings back another choice of PSU bank investors into those chosen to run with (Investors normally choose to exit than reenter same scrips on a trot) but Energy and even Metals are likely to be in favor with Cement and Sugar returning to Demand pull after a long time and it is likely that Banknifty might still be rerated or reconvened ith a higher private bank weightage in 2013 .New nifty index scrips also seem to have lowered the impact cost for the index trades and higher index liquidity could be critical in roping in new funds for Indian Markets

 

Henderson New Star
Henderson New Star (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Again I would still prefer no straddles be bought as they bet the markets will necessarily move and strangles be not capped at 5900 or 5950 esp if your investment is limited to even a few lakhs. Lupin, Stride Arcolabs, Glenmark and Cipla make excellent investments again. ICICI Bank can be accumulated at current levels. IDFC and stolid infracos will lead the new rally movces and it may be soon on budget announcements but that one is a vain hope not worth long term investors’ time or money

 

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Amit Mittal wrote:
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2011> more sectors seem to creep into the equation as the marketstructure gets hijacked by those trying to make it look like the same as a retail investor could do in the fun 60s rolling on the floor…but Power NBFCs led by REC and PFC remain good moves in 2013 and PTC could get a bigger stronger role in the quad with Powergrid unlikely to lose relevance and despite roads being deprioritised, there may be enough speciality infrastructure bids ( I mean ports and urban planning ventures as well as welfare structures for the new deal) to keep all other infra midcaps floating. Also I personally back GMR Infra and Reliance Infra while berating overleveraged pops like even GVK and some mid cap Mumbai Real estate juggalos

 

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

 

 

 

India Morning Report: At least having followers ensure you don’t get to listen to sermons on Destroyed Value from rising indices

English: Wordmark of Cipla. Trademarked by Cipla.
English: Wordmark of Cipla. Trademarked by Cipla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No one would have thought that Oil short targets would again appear at only above Rs 5150. In fact copper watchers and other commodity watchers would also aver the current bullish cycle in the doctor of metals and the rest of them are also tentative with global pricies still moving up only to $3.67 a pound expectations, implying  asteady discount at higher levels in the indian market. A sell off in Gold too underlines belying of Domestic expectations and will with sucha broad thrust be able to move the Rupee up as a better balance sheet beckons in March and an equity rally is pretty much out of the question

Cadila and GMR results disappoint and the former’s doubling of losses though expected by many,  was supposed to have completed restructuring of its structures by this time to spread the debt load , Male notwithstanding and the latter is much a shocker after Sun Pharma climbed out of its stagnation pit almost on cue of ithe global business cycles improving. Sun’s loss of Taro control will continue to bite as others like Glenmark continue to come up in the domestic ranks and that anyway leaves Cadila on the back burner with no visible leadership in either international or domestic segments but would be on as many buy lists as Cipla and Biocon with bigger and better stories because of an assured growth clip while others are subject to volatility from innovation and automated trading as well in a traders’ frustrated market series in February 2013 when the pre budget rally has been scotched but the India report card is sunny as ever, when Asia FDI will start retreating as China peaks but India FII and FDI interest is safe in the pockets of stable acquiescence we engender in the world investor community.

Global High Yield and Yuan issuance seem to be good for Asia in the four quarters thru to 2014 as well and if that survives, Investment grade Debt and gilts could also come back on the strength of the currencies in the second half of the year

The morning Olympics have been a subcontinent show with only one or two comments in almost rabid monlogues making any sense, almost making one feel like a backbencher has been allowed to speak and you must just suffer through. Of particular delayed incapability and thus high Avodance quotient was the so meandering opinion of parrying institutional investors who are later than the last back bencher in grasping the importance of investing and if the same backworking backbencher theorems are applied and still make sense, these would produce more defensible evidence on employing of research teams in advance than jumping on to available decisions already in action, and thus the morning has been an almost entire waste of time and as readers can pick and choose when to survivve my opinion than comment on it as is being written, I was the only one who suffered. IIMA recruitment also back those wanting to get into a research career and I am still wondering Iif I will have to go thru an entire Ph D program to get suitable rich to be employment. Research for trading desks intermingling now with Front Office Quants, look like much more succinct and concise and thus productive except for Risk managers hoping to write a book on avoiding risk.

Hexaware has finally survived a s a reminder of the annuity business IT and BPO bring, the sector surviving the month of Rupee appreciation only because Auto consumption is still on training rails on the takeoff leg of the runway.

Seriously though, what is it about Capital Markets, Banking and any other tenet of GDP growth that gets so much negative attention. And why do they continue to hog most of the GDP growth then. Execution? Kudos to MCX SX on launching th SX 40 indices and starting trading in over 1400 scrips. Unlikely though but they would be going all out to get attention for “real” institutions, to grade up the edigree of their promoters who try to come out of the shadow of harrassment by regulators and use of free market critique of regulation as overpowering spices to mask any cooking in the rice below.

India Morning Report: More Fiscal uncliff, more detachment for India Inc ( Re Global Auto Sales)

Village Sasan
Village Sasan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fundamental structural changes notwithstanding rating agencies globally keep getting the same standalone cues for India and India fortunately or unfortunately remains studiedly isolated out of world karma.

For instance, the new Dy governor of the RBI, Urjit Patel might have a hard time marrying the global recovery in auto sales with India’s first Chinese imports and the M&M resurgence as part of any global trend even as China runs ahead to a 19 mln Cars in 2013 projected higher than all of Europe

But then inflation is unlikely to go away as a critical agenda item soon and another is the return of Net Investment by Corporates in Infra or otherwise ( I heard the Infrastructure Commission has been redesignated as the inter ministerial committee on Investment or some such thing, equally incapable of moving the 1000 odd projects waiting for final approval(s) for financial closure and take off. )

The Rupee in the meantime responded to the great optimism in the PMI data and reform cues even as details continue to elude and the question of criminalised politics, a tell tale barometer high mark of inactivity on the horizon become the key issues of the day despite shorts trying for a quick comeback from the new 6000 mark and probably encouraged to journey up their stakes on the ennui coming into the new year.

Lupin and Glenmark remain good picks in Healthcare and Ranga committee’s answers for future Energy projects and thus Gas pricing get closer to being implemented. Reliance Power has already crossed the hurdle where it can now repurpose coal allotted to Sasan to working projects including units at Sasan. The Diesel subsidy degrowth thru steep increases may see light of day only in the second half of the year while the 30% + deceleration in Gold imports by nearly 50 Tonnes per month is apparently not enough for the Indian currency to come back meaning Gold smuggling may have further skewed the data.

Stride Arcolabs also celebrates another good day on the bourses, we also remain optimistic for banks even at a 12800 Nifty to keep getting rewarded for being private sector performance and get questioned for being PSU unless you are PNB or BOB and we hear BOI. The last two could not hold on to any semblance of performance in the last quarterly results either and PNB itself is struggling with increasing NPLs while others seem to be dead in the water including Canara, Syndicate and UBI & UBI.

Credit card spending (ttm November 2012) has recovered but is still 20% below 2007-08 levels and more encouragingly Debit Cards seem here to stay. MNC banks have restarted consumer credit operations as ell but their market share remains below 5% including their strong Corporate Credit business and strctured risk sold to corporate treasuries

Education and Healthcare spending are unlikely to cross the 1.5% mark of GDP for annual spends till the end of the current plan period in 2015. The more things change, the more they remian the same.

India Morning Report: Yes this is the bull run in progress :)

Though it would not seem like it to you and me and even those who were lucky to get into the hallowed portals of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs before us, this is a continuing bull run ith just too many interruptions and cavilling to ignore. Witness how there are not more than one nay sayer in a crowd of 50 commentators. Witness also how market traders like Ashwini Gujral and SS keep trying to put out short picks every now and then but come back empty handed at 3:30 pm. Also witness how the ruepee’s weaknness making the IT sector attractive means suddenly all other fundamentals are “poof” vanished in the air. Importantly, as someone caught me on telly today, ( I opened the screen to TV18 as he wasz speaking the subject) , portfolio inflows are strengthened by Rupee’s unbroken move towards the lowest on record 56 levels and odollar sales are washed up by the high tide of month end Oil purchases and the burgeoning trade deficit as is usual for our second half of the fiscaal, and for the second year running, we follow up on daily tidbits of how India will no t be able to manage the fisc target but the bullishness remains on call.

Securities and Exchange Board of India
Securities and Exchange Board of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did i cost you a fortune? I may have because as a single hand I was unable to suitably direct you on big time nbullish calls like Stride Arcolabs which has always been an emergent blue chip on my card like much of the remaining sector including the crop of MNC pharma led by GSK which as known for ages is going in finally for a fresh buyback to bring its stake up to the now standard 75% for MNC players in line with SEBI requirements of a public company. But I do not regret sending more the way of IDFC who also has an active PE arm in non infraco projects apart from its starting blocks it purloined from StanChart’s Mutual Fund in India.

On global cues, both Europe’s new Greek agreement and China’s slowdown had nothing new to offer for global portfolio investors and hot money trade fronts while FDI related or otherwise Policy execution remains on hold in India that also been duly discounted by the market aand any pyrotecnhnics by flailing oppositions and Catalonian adventures are unlikely to firm up as a new trend into the mix, favoring the recovery of Europe into a mild recession and now despite growth in UK and Germany while the fiscal cliff seems to be ready to become a new non event yet someone should not get their hopes all up too soon.

Gold and Commodities look unwilling to make a move but the Dollar is not getting any stronger and the Rupee’s weakness is another capitulation to current deficit demands by our policy makers as our champions of growth budgeting find themselves unable to get to the next watermark or making a stand in execution or in substantial politics.

And Hindustan Copper is back to 155 as the price was marked in the Offer for Sale, letting investors keep hope in the IPO process ( with due discounts and ready profits without issues devolving on others – excepting LIC’s coffers that are now an unbridled part of India’s budget machine)

 

India Trade Report (Flash October 2012) : Deficit Climbs

Trade and Monthly IIP. international Trade is currently 1/5 of India GDP

The October monthly deficit climbed to a $20.96B in India even as larger trade behemoths with monthly export volumes of $160-180 B in China and US returned higher surpluses ($32.5B) and lower deficits ($41.9B) spurred by jumps in Exports.

Indian data is ofcourse skewed by both the rush for Oil purchases and a downtick in imports not just in Europe but in US and most other India customers. While the European contraction is worrisome on an aggregate basis most global trade volume has been replaced by other categories for other customers. However Capital Goods trade remains one of the most severely affected led by downtick in such Exports from Europe (Germany) and Japan

Indian Imports rose $7.5 B for the month and the Rupee as expected inched towards the 55 levels. Indian IIP has been trending at lower levesl since the Global trade contraction picked up force in mid 2011

India Morning Report: Markets to follow up another uptick from 5680

Five Rupee Coin
Five Rupee Coin (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)

Markets are not closed today or tomorrow and muhurat trading times should therefore be announced tomorrow. National Spot Exchange had a special session on Dhanteras and the Commodity markets will have a similar one today. Fixed Income markets are flat and SBI had taken the sails out of the Rupee and Equities on Friday. Of course the Rupee market has had other reasons as Asian economies find more Dollar buyers and a rising oil spike confirmed the strength while the AUD, CAD and even the EURO could trend back into confidence this Monday and start the Dollar off on a sleigh ride including the bump on Black Friday and all the way into the Holidays.

The Diageo deal for Sorghum beer or the much closer to heart challenges on the FMCG play of ITC in non tobacco businesses are not likely to stir the market but most houses could be wrong about the latter as the brands are well set up and the Indian market will find a likely bigger window for ITC brands than HUL or even P&G with the connect established. The Indian Hotels deal or the Suzlon Repower disconnects are still mendable but unlikely

DLF and Unitech are unlikely failures this year and will continue in the same vein so they are futile unless the sector jump is more broadbased and as of now similar tagging besets Reliance Infra and GMR Infra. Ne bank licences are likely to see a good move int his rally to 6000 especially as YES BANK and IDFC look to make their mark as blue chips from the Emerging winnwers and they will attract larger investments per se. The HDFC Bank vs ICICI Bank war will be back in  2013 and is likely to impact this rally as the PSE banks become non entities after the SBI non sequitor on performance and the disappointing news on NPAs so eagerly awaited by China detractors and wholly unexpected in India . These are unlikey to flag ‘tail events ‘ in the respective markets in Shanghai/Hongkong and Mumbai/India

The Rupee could be looking to cross to the threshold of 55 but definitely loses steam at the 55 mark and may be prepped there for a rush back to below 54 Gold ETF buying pushed Sunday price to 31600 in Sunday trades in Mumbai

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

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Markets reassess the strength at 5650? (Also, India Closing Report for the week of October 15-19, 2012)

Indian rupee collection
Indian rupee collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Markets seem to be eager to test 5650 again in what can be said to be an observable phenomenon of the the last 6-8 months whence the second half of the FnO series is geared to a cascading short thrift on expiry, banking the gains from shorting the market consistently as writing calls becomes safe enough to support a weak trend in the fourth week. There is no real logical basis to it that makes this strategy stronger except that the bulls as usual will be in a likely wait and watch hold and most investors running in this series will not be tempted to cash out or take profits around 5700-5750 so the correction still has a less than even yet finite chance of happening making the risk reward skew to building such speculative shorts.

Some good results are yet to come but Oil buying as expected, has pressured the Rupee suddenly into trying to end the week closer to 54 if there is further weakness from the day open around 53.90 in the October series and 53.70 spot

However international Oil prices are likely a dud and so the Rupee and the equities might ell gain back a big chunk of today’s moe as at 5700 they will still end the week higher from last week’s 5676 close on Friday

The underlying bull trend remains so this hit on Nifty after every positive move of 50 points could only lead to the corrections getting an upper hand temporarily but breaching the Nifty’s 5650 support to hopes of a 5500 bottom before the Banking regulation changes and fast tracking hopes bring back the policy steam which brought forth this big run upward.

Some good results are yet to come but Oil buying as expected, has pressured the Rupee suddenly into trying to end the week closer to 54 if there is further weakness from the day open around 53.90 in the October series and 53.70 spot

However international Oil prices are likely a dud and so the Rupee and the equities might well gain back a big chunk of today’s move as at 5700 they will still end the week higher from last week’s 5676 close on Friday

The underlying bull trend remains so this hit on Nifty after every positive move of 50 points could only lead to the corrections getting an upper hand temporarily but breaching the Nifty’s 5650 support to hopes of a 5500 bottom before the Banking regulation changes and fast tracking hopes bring back the policy steam which brought forth this big run upward.

 

 

India Morning Report: Markets to follow up another uptick from 5650

The Rupee started the week well and set the tone but the ‘missed’ opportunities to churn the portfolio finally got to traders as the index is definitely not more than range bound though biased to the Northerlies taking it up. The resulting afternoon correction should not have worried you unless you were the few who entered this week in the last INR20,000 Crs or 200 B entering the cash market, which is going to be in a little trouble as the downward trend for Hero and the continuing travails of Infy emerge again with IT scrips getting hammered for prices booked in September in their quarterly results.

The Rupee hopefully will get to stronger ground nearer 52 than 53 before Oil prices rear their ugly head again, precariously poised at $92/$116 for WTI/Brent per barrel and India staring at just concluded well priced contracts askance if they could still bite on the WAC cost of our rising Oil bill. The September deficit climbed out of the hidden trenches on mass buying of Oil atleast as it seems from the monthly deficit and the growth in China’s exports can only do so much for our exports to Big brother.

Obama is back in the reckoning and though that does not mean good things for outsourcing followers, most IT companies have been hiring locally and settling down in the US as local color than exporters of manpower with a more than 10% bench at Infyand hiring for special skills in larger accounts now more than remotely likely. Banks and global financial services majors have much more bandwidth going into 22013 to expand footprint in Asia again outside of Goldman Sachs which is already fully invested in growth portfolios and the Deal markets should help further FDI/FII interest too.

India has managed to get extra flows without affecting prospects for Mexico or Turkey showing Emerging market inflows are more collaborative than competitive and US equity inflows should not impact the flows adversely either but worries come from the coming increase in share of the Commodities complex and the Japanese commitment to keep buying US Treasuries. Japan’s currency’s new turn is alsoa great story as the over valued currency seems to be in line for a big correction in value as China gets left behind in the list of US Treasury holders and the regional argument between China an djapan is balanced by the weakness in the Yen for Japanese and probably Korean exports as well.

 

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