India Morning Report: ICICI Bank, Bharti surprises on bottom overriding expiry sentiment

Or rather the headline should probably not read having overridden and markets continue weaker as a Strong Earnings calendar for Wednesday in the US drowns out brokerages and analysts still following the Indian open. Asia is weak on Thursday as US Treasury yields have continued south despite the additional $10 Bln in Taper added to the Global tab by the US Fed overnight. With only $65 B in asset purchases, it is a measure of the importance of sentiment in fund counts as Global markets respond in weakness after a weaker China spectre makes EMs already in a bout of outflows a queasy place. Leaving apart those who believe India is apart of the Fragile Five, this could be a huge buying opportunity as predominantly unlisted markets like Ukraine and Turkey bear the brunt of asset volatilities. Indian Rupee has opened close to 63 and pressures have receded quickly again. 6050 levels on the Nifty make it almost not tradeable in any direction this session despite expiry

Bharti’s results were an eyeopener, and the stock should be an overpowering Buy in morning trades at 304 levels. ICICI Bank also reported positively and is duly being punished to 975 levels for its rising NPA score and a gross total of INR 120 Bln or 12000 crores in restructuring assets including the 100% pipeline ( which is a 100% count on probability) but is a great pick at 930 levels probably and adding the risk it would never fall to that place, I would have been accumulating before he spurt and now after I should continue to buy. IDFC is surprisingly again substituted out for making space in portfolios and is dull ahead of tomorrow’s results, another Overpowering BUY call.

Bharti did well to double profits to INR 6 Bln esp in catching up on Data with a INR 75 ARPU and improving call realisations to parity with Idea at 37 paisa. Quarterly losses in Africa will likely continue around the $100 mln mark (qualitative expectation) Analysts apparently expected much more from Airtel coming in and that is why the Earnings business remain highly qualitative in India and expectations score less than Economic surveys and GDP inflation estimates on accuracy.

Nifty would probably not drop out of 6000 levels, but there would still be a square chance ( in double digits) of the index not coming back over 6100 at expiry and starting North in the mainline trend, with stock specific calls in closing trades today itself for the new series. We still expect a  short trade in Maruti in the new series. Biocon and Auro Pharma have definitely made a mark with investors and Glenmark /Cadila continue to be great picks. Markets at score additions t any blue chip portfolio. NTPC announces a 20% jump in sales as Coal supplies make for better ower generation ahead of new incentive structures

Overall though the correction remains a proactive wait and watch on news from the US and China, it has taken a sharp toll in four short days. IT exits will continue es as Hiring season news is no longer neutral for the biggies and Genpact reduces its dependence on assured GE business in BPO sector

Markets are also looking at thick fund switching as Proprietary books try to fuel the Hero boom and defensives get churned from earlier in the week though Pharma has not seen many exits except in Sun Pharma. Adrian Mowat had a great story to tell in the pre open and we all wait as the market along with Hero also plays out a 10% fall in Titan’s quarterly revenues reacting to proprietary favorites in a shallow market

The Banknifty, after a single trade whisaw from 10600 to 10300 is likely to be a positive trade in the new series after the bashing on the rate cut refuses to yield anything in now undervalued plays except the NPA/PSU stock. ITC remains on the upswing, likely bottomed out in Baja Auto before Hero earnings as well ( less than 50% probability)

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