Massive Sell of in Indian IT triggerd by Lehman + Merill Woes

The filing of Chapter 11 by Lehman Bros and Bank of America’s buyout of Merrill Lynch has increased concerns about the possible impact on Indian IT leading to a sharp sell-off. Prima facie, expect a 2-3%/4-5% negative impact on FY09E/FY10E US$ revenues if the US financial sector continues to show more problems.

Lehman is not a big customer for any of the large Indian IT companies. Merrill is a big customer for Satyam and TCS and Bank of America is a big customer for TCS and Infosys. There could be some impact on Satyam over the coming 2-3 quarters.

Goldman Sachs just minutes ago removed Satyam Computers from favorite growth list due to stop loss. Satyam is down 15.4% since its addition to the favorite growth list on July-31, 2008, exceeding stop loss limit, vs. the S&P 500 down 5.9%.