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.

 

 

 

 

 

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