India Morning Report: Gold Loan Norms for Muthoot & Mannapuram, Infy at 3400

Markets at 6200. Nothing would seem to have changed during our 2 day break this week, but for the fact that markets after declaring tiredness have found the will to come back to 6200 from a dip , probably to catch some Deliverable trades in the wind down as the Shorts get their day but most are bought into the 6000-6300 range. Option ladders have given way to Bear/Bull spreads and cheaper strategies of any combination in OTM Calls ranging a 6200 with a 1:@ ratio call ( from namesake Amit) with 6300 ( neutral on cash) or  a similar strategy on puts at 5900 (ITM) sold to higher Puts bought near the range as the markets are not excessively bullish (6100-6200)

Meanwhile, true to last week’s draw ins to our short list, Sun Pharma and Lupin/Cipla/Aurobindo have taken off/ are ready for a big run discounted for the weakness of the rupee being their marker as the Rupee is at the bottom of the range at 62.1-62.4 alternately. Divis’ is a great pick and Cadila is still in but some market movers would put Glenmark on watch with profit booking in place. Ashwini is off Jubilant Food again for the same reason maybe, but he is trying Jai Corp today I managed to note. Aurobindo is still good but I fail to understand the hankering for Ranbaxy again with promoters from Japan raising the issue of misinformation and misgovernance publicly

In the Zee vs PVR vs Eros /BIG and the rest again I find the PVR cosmopolitan equation still daunting and Zee the only balanced out performer despite attempts by Sun TV and the sports czars like Sahara and Kingfisher. Private Equity has a chance to prove itself again in India in Entertainment, Media and Education, the Y sectors but as of now has come out only in select E Commerce venutures in over a decade

Muthoot and Manappuram would be great plays even after this first CB. As per the new guidelines, LTV has been rolled back to 75% allowing both to lend more on existing accounts and having also gained the RBI seal of approval for moderating portfolios.  Disbursals are still by cheque for high value cases ( Same INR 100,000 benchmark) Apparently Ownership Affidavits have specifically recommended by the RBI as NBFCs probably pressure customers /claim troubled custom for original receipts for Gold more than 20 gm

IT firms would probably end the correction as Infosys result day is now key with Infy at 3400 levels. Both Product platforms and Consulting have failed to take off for the new no. 3 of Indian IT. However buy in select Mid cap ventures ( for the same tired reason, MindTree is still an in) continues as the Rupee story has unfurled. The smart correction to 3480 may be safe but the range remains between 3420-3480  and any new rally pre-results would likely be sold back to these levels. Similarily the short on YES Bank (Mitesh) may again fail as Banks manage to boost their share outlook on Private sector and credit performance in this week after a very dull prognosis again prompted the pick by Mitesh Thakkar (TGT: 340) and others. YES will still be a good buy and IDFC is again available at 102 levels so both should be bought into at these levels. YES commentary would be key as Indusind retail portfolio gets colored by being mostly in the sharply down CV sector. ICICI Bank may not keep the elevated 1050 /800 levels in earnings season this quarterly review but will remain higher and be guarantors of Indian performance both in markets and in the overall Economy with IIP and GDP rates still subdued and inflation a big part of the continuing growth imperative

Except for trades on exceptional earnings and sell on news, select stock picking remains the order of the day, going into earnings season next week.  Infy for example will suffer if the promised margin expansion of 100 bp and higher guidance for the full year is not delivered with or without commentary on taking out the Executive council from the company’s governance model. Bajaj Auto may see new highs as it remains important in portfolios with new picks in the other Bombay car/auto maker M&M. Bharti and ITC continue to see some exits but have more or less become nerve centers of a trading move despite the expanding dichotomy between Mid-Caps and the Large Caps

India would be happy enough with $30 Bln stock of FDI in the Calendar year 2014 as well and marekt expectations do not include any redefining execution elements into the stolid infrastructure story nor any PSU ETF can bring bank PSU investors or the BJP euphoria in a hurry. T2 has been commissioned in MIL in time howeevr, taking capacities to 40 mln passengers per year, while KIA is already expended into T1A with an overall capacity of 25 Mln pass per annum. GVK in the meanwhile , tries the land monetisation plan first at MIA while GMR continues to consolidate international and national bids ( Hyd and Bangalore) in it aviation subsidiary, the only post MRT/Metro good news for the sector now four years into its relaunched modernisation drive, where BJP assumed it will get the mandate to do better, but it looks likely that the electorate saw it was equally impossible before the Election mania picks up (after the Vote on Account).

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