Subscribe to PowerGrid FPO at Cut-Off

PowerGrid FPO OfferPowerGrid Corporation of India’s FPO is an attractive opportunity to own the fast-growing (19% net profit CAGR in FY13-17) near monopoly regulated power utility with stable RoEs (~16% in FY15/16). Whilst 10% equity dilution at Rs90/share was the ideal scenario, the 13% dilution at Rs85 (the lower band of the FPO) would raise enough equity to meet the equity needs up to FY15E/16E capex. The allowed return on equity in 2001-04 and 2004-09 was 16% and 14%, respectively. The CERC increased the regulated RoE to 15.5% + 0.5% incentive for timely completion of the projects.

After aggressive bidding in the initial eight (more…)

Corporate India Cautious – No Pick up in Investment Demand Yet

Corporate IndiaAt the CLSA India Conference, Indians Corporates appeared to be cautious and most highlighted weak consumer demand as a near-term headwind. The cautious view was emanating from the belief that the market has already factored in, partially, the strong outcome in the elections.

Weak Consumer Sentiment
10 companies from consumer staples & retailing appeared cautious on the near term growth outlook citing weak consumer demand partially (more…)

Credit Suisse Outlook for Indian Equities in 2014

The Indian markets will be driven by politics and developments around the “taper” to drive the market in the first half of 2014. Both will have limited impact on fundamentals, but market sentiments will still get affected. Their research suggests almost no correlation between the extent of government fragmentation at the centre and growth / market performance.

Investment Cycle Broken
They foresee the investment cycle staying broken for the next two to three years and middle-income consumption to stay under pressure as inflation and stagnant (more…)

NSE Nifty in Long Term Trading Range

The Nifty has been ranging for over two-years, the ranging pattern is roughly 40% (or 1,800 pts) wide. When the market finally breaks out of these ranges the minimum expectation will be for a 40-50% advance.The most dynamic price moves occur when markets emerge from a prolonged period of sideways trading. The longer the time spent ranging the greater potential of the ensuing breakout. However, with the Nifty in US dollar and relative terms nowhere near breakout levels we are not expecting the Nifty to record a sustained breakout at this time. (more…)

Goldman Sachs Upgrades India on the Back of Narendra Modi as CEO of Govt of India

Narendra Modi CEO Government of IndiaThe Sanctity of Highly Paid Equity Research is – It Follows the market and never Leads 🙂 At a time when all the Star Analysts Downgraded India, the market rose very sharpy. And this time around, Goldman Sachs Star Analysts, Timothy Moe, Sunil Koul and Team have upgraded India to MarketWeight from Underweight.

The Report said that there exists optimism in the political front, led by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Mr. Narendra Modi. External Pressures have moderated according to Goldman and early signs of cyclical pick up and structural improvement. (more…)

Is the Indian StockMarket Co-Related to the Economy and Industrial Performance ?

Despite deteriorating fundamentals of the Indian Economy amidst CBI raids on Industrialists, the Indian StockMarket is Rising and is inches away from the all time high. A simple analysis of the performance of stocks and the contribution to the market movement over the past 14 months (ever since the Paralysed Government started its reforms program) shows that the bulk of the market’s performance has been driven by stocks that have very little to do with India. In fact, the sharp Rupee depreciation (9.8% over this period) is one of the prime drivers of the performance of companies with overseas or US Dollar revenues and earnings; these stocks have largely contributed to the strong market performance.

After a brief period of out performance in the immediate months after the (more…)

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