Among the individual stocks, ACC has rallied 7% to Rs 1,603 on back of four-fold jump in trading volumes.
“Cement volumes during the quarter showed growth as the impact of demonetization declined and benefits were delivered from ongoing customer excellence initiatives and higher sales from the expanded capacity at Jamul and Sindri plant,” ACC said in a press release.
The company said increased government spending on infrastructure development, housing, roads, railways, irrigation and other schemes as announced in the Union Budget are expected to reinvigorate the construction sector and boost demand for cement and concrete during 2017.
Management indicated that Infrastructure boost (primarily from road sector) has been supporting the demand growth. Further, there is a sizeable spurt in cement demand aided by "Housing for All" scheme in East. In ready mixed concrete (RMC) segment, ACC recorded 8% YoY volume growth driven by increase in sale of value added product.
The brokerage houses expecting cement sector to report a volume dip YoY mainly on demonetisation-led slowdown and higher base in the previous year.
“Government thrust for affordable housing and rural economy should boost housing demand, and alongside investment on infrastructure development should aid cement volumes for Industry. We opine that cement is the best proxy play on India's infrastructure sector story, and given the news
flows on cement price hikes and demand uptick, we believe cement stocks would continue to outperform the market,” analyst at Antique Stock Broking said in report.
UltraTech Cement, which schedule to announce its March quarter results today, was up 3.5% at Rs 4,110.