Sensex ends choppy day 42 pts up; Asian Paints jumps 8%, Tata Steel down 4%

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Stock market updates: Domestic equity markets traded within a narrow range on Friday, fluctuating between gains and losses, as a slew of downgrades in the GDP growth forecasts for FY22 along with slowdown in the vaccination programme amid supply crunch kept investors indecisive about the market direction. 

India recorded over 343,000 fresh Covid-19 infections on Friday, taking the caseload tally to little over 24 million. According to a government official, two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be made available in the country between August and December, enough to vaccinate the entire population. This comes after Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka decided to suspend the vaccination for people in the 18-44 age group till further orders amid acute shortage of vaccines.

However, favourable global cues helped the indices to limit losses. In Europe, the pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.3 per cent, with banks and retail stocks leading the gains, following a healthy session in Asia. 

Barring Singaporean shares, all other Asian stocks strengthened on reassurances from the US Federal Reserve that a spike in inflation was temporary, with China and South Korea shares advancing 1.7 per cent and 1.1 per cent, respectively. Singapore stocks, on the other hand, tumbled more than 3 per cent after the city-state's imposed strict Covid-19 curbs.

Against this backdrop, the BSE barometer of 30-shares culminated the session at 48,732.5 levels, adding 42 points or 0.09 per cent. During the choppy session, the index hit a high and low of 48,899 and 48,473, respectively. 

On the NSE, the broader 50-share index defended the 14,650-mark to settle at 14,678 levels, down 19 points or 0.13 per cent. 

Overall, 21 of the 30 shares on the Sensex and 34 of the 50 constituents of the Nifty ended the day in the red. Coal India, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Grasim, and IndusInd Bank on the Nifty and M&M, SBI, ONGC, Dr Reddy's Labs, and NTPC on the Sensex ended the day as top laggards. 

On a weekly basis, both, the Sensex and the Nifty50 indices slipped around 1 per cent each.

On the upside, Asian Paints, UPL, ITC, Nestle India, L&T, HUL, Britannia, PowerGrid, and Reliance Industries were the combined top gainers of the day.

Profit-taking in the broader markets was sharper than benchmarks. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices lost 1.2 per cent each.

Sectorally, the Nifty Metal index nursed the steepest loss of around 4 per cent, followed the Nifty Realty index, down 3 per cent and the Nifty PSU Bank and Auto indices, down 2 per cent each. On the upside, only Nifty FMCG index ended in the green, up 2 per cent.


TECH VIEW :: Ashis Biswas, Head of Technical Research at CapitalVia Global Research

The market continues to witness a lack of momentum and stayed in the range between 14600 to 14750. As of now, the short-term technical condition of the market appears like a sideways correction is in the process. While it is subject to further price action evolution, It is prudent to wait for a decisive breakout above 14800 and technical factors to improve before going long in the market. The traders to refrain from building a fresh buying position until further improvement is seen and breakout above 14800.

TECH VIEW :: Nagaraj Shetti, Technical Research Analyst at HDFC Securities

The short term trend of Nifty is choppy with weak bias. The present market action signal chances of an upside bounce in the coming sessions. The confirmation of higher bottom at 14591 (Friday's Low) is expected to pull the market on upside. The next upper levels to be watched around 14900-15000 in the next one week. Immediate support is placed at 14590.

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Shrikant Chouhan, Executive Vice President, Equity Technical Research at Kotak Sec

The last week has been volatile for the traders, the week started on a  positive note but due to extremely uncertain global cues index shed over 370/ 1100 points or nearly 1 percent.  
Among Sectors, after a robust rally metal stocks witnessed profit booking, in this week alone the Metal index corrected over 4.5 percent.
Whereas, some buying was seen in PSU Banks and selective FMCG stocks. Technically, on daily charts the market has formed a lower top kind of formation, but at the same time the Nifty is hovering near 20 and 50 day SMA with modest volume activity. 
We are of the view that, the broader texture of the market is still in to the bullish but due to weak global market conditions market may consolidate in the range of 14500 -14800/48200 - 49200 in the near future 14590/48470 should act as a strong support level for traders below the same correction wave likely to continue up to 14500/48200. Further down side may also continue which could drag in the index up to 14390/47800. On the flip side, 14800/49200 should be the sacrosanct level for the bulls above the same uptrend wave likely to continue up to 14950-15100. /49750-50100

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities

Indian benchmark equity indices ended flat after a mildly volatile day on May 14. Nifty opened slightly higher but kept seeing repeated bouts of sell-offs followed by bounces through the day. At close, the Nifty was down 18.70 points or 0.13% at 14677.80.
After two weeks of gains, the Nifty ended the week 0.98% lower as coronavirus cases continue to surge, triggering concerns that a wider lockdown may be reimposed. Advance decline ratio was again negative suggesting continued profit taking in the broad market. The sell-off seen in The US markets on May 12 has unnerved a lot of investors as the likelihood of inflation/interest rate hike led sell-off across the globe is becoming stronger. However as the Nifty refuses to close at the intra day lows over the past two days, hopes of a short term upmove are still alive. 14506-14851 seems to be the new band for the Nifty for the near  term. 

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services

Market swung between gains and losses in today’s volatile trade as gains in Consumer and Capital goods were countered by losses in Metals and Auto stocks. Owing to a decline in food prices, April’s retail inflation eased to 4.29% while Industrial production for March registered a growth of 22.4% supported by lower base.  Global markets traded with optimism on Fed official comment stating that they are not much concerned about long-term inflation

TECH VIEW :: Rohit Singre, Senior Technical Analyst at LKP Securities

Index closed a week at 14678 with loss of nearly one per cent and formed a dark cloud cover sort of candle pattern on weekly chart which is bearish reversal candle by nature. Supports are still placed at 14600-14500 zone holding above said levels structure mildly bullish and we may see some extension in current pull back towards strong hurdle zone of 14800-14950 zone where one can lock in their profits

Markets this week :: Top losers on NSE

JSW Steel (6.6%)

Grasim (5.7%)

Hindalco (4.6%)

Adani Ports (4.5%)

Axis Bank (4.4%)

Markets this week :: Top gainers on NSE

PSU Bank & PSU Index gain over 3% each for the week.

Individual gainers: Asian Paints (8.5%), UPL (7.5%), Power Grid (6.7%), IOC (6.7%), Coal India (4.3%) 

Markets this week

Sensex, Nifty and MidCap indices lose 1% each

Nifty Metal slips after gaining for three weeks, falls over 4%. 

Nifty Bank slides over 2%.

BSE Snapshot

Rupee Closing

Rupee ends higher at 73.29 per US dollar vs Wednesday's close of 73.42/$

Sector Watch :: ITC, Emami, Nestle led FMCG index's outperformance

SECTOR WATCH :: Realty stocks underperform; DLF, IBREL slip up to 5.6%

Metal-heavy Nifty ends in the red amid heavy profit-booking in related stocks

>> Nifty Metal index slips nearly 4% today

>> Index slips 4.5% during the week

Stocks that supported the Sensex today

Sectoral trends on the NSE

Barring FMCG, all other indices end the day in the red

Sensex Heatmap at Close

Top gainers: Asian Paints, ITC, Nestle India

Top losers: IndusInd Bank, M&M, SBI


The BSE barometer of 30-shares culminated the session at 48,732.5 levels, adding 42 points or 0.09 per cent. During the choppy session, the index hit a high and low of 48,899 and 48,473, respectively. 
On the NSE, the broader 50-share index defended the 14,650-mark to settle at 14,678 levels, down 19 points or 0.13 per cent. 

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>> Revenue: Rs 2,710 crore
>> Ebitda: Rs 344 crore


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>> Rating reaffirmed as B1

European markets check

(Source: Reuters)

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Tata Motors board to meet next week to consider fund-raise proposal

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Nifty sectoral indices at this hour

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>> Prices will be lowered after local supply begins.

Alert: As part of a limited pilot, the soft launch of the vaccine has commenced and the first dose of the vaccine was administered in Hyderabad today on 14th May, 2021

Mid-market view | CapitalVia Global Research

Markets traded negatively after facing resistance at higher levels. Traders have taken a cautious route in the market after a lot of agencies revised their GDP growth target after the second Covid wave in India. With the lockdown in various parts of the country continuing to extend, the Retailers Association of India (RAI) said it is becoming increasingly difficult for retailers to retain employees and keep their companies alive, and that capital is needed to inject into the industry. This has added to the negative sentiments in the domestic markets. On Thursday, the US market ended sharply higher, bouncing back from three days of selling fueled by upbeat labor market results. Asian markets were mostly trading in the green, following the positivity in the global peers. 
Nifty has continued to trade in a small range below the level of 14,750. The market is aligned to trade in a range between 14,500-15,050 in the coming week as well. If it breaks the level above 14,750 we can expect the market to trade till the level of 15,000-15,050.

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>> Ebitda: Rs 1,133 crore

>> Ebitda margin: 24%

>> Dividend: Rs 25/share

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MARKET UPDATE:: Broader indices underperform benchmarks; India VIX up 4%

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Rupee opening

Rupee opens at 73.43 per US dollar vs Wednesday's close of 73.42/$

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MORNING MARKET COMMENTARY :: Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services

Worse-than-expected inflation data from US (4.2% in April YoY) led to sell-off in US markets with Dow, S&P and Nasdaq declining sharply by 2%,2.1% and 2.7% respectively on Wednesday. The US 10-year yield rose above 1.69%. But this victory for the bond bears proved to be short-lived as equity bulls came roaring back on Thursday. The market verdict, as of now, is that the high inflation print is transitory and, therefore, the Fed will continue on the ultra-loose monetary stance and the tapering of QE is far away. This is positive for markets globally. Back home Covid data continues to be grim and the consequent extensions of lockdowns in many states mean growth and earnings in Q1 FY22 will be lower than initial estimates. There is safety in IT, pharma, chemicals & high-quality financials. Consumer discretionary, particularly autos, will face rough weather

Tata Power declines nearly 4% on weak Q4 results

It posted a marginal rise of one per cent in consolidated net profit at Rs 481.21 crore for March quarter 2020-21. It had clocked a net profit of Rs 474.70 crore in the year-ago period.

Index check :: Nifty holds 14,600

Top gainers and losers on the S&P BSE Sensex as index decline 170 pts

Happiest Minds Tech slumps 5% amid profit-taking post stellar Q4 nos

The IT firm Happiest Minds Technologies has reported a manifold growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 36.05 crore in the March 2021 quarter. The company, which got listed on BSE and NSE last year, had posted a net profit of Rs 5.30 crore in the year-ago period.

TVS Motor trades mildly higher on appointment of new CEO of subsidiary

The company said it has appointed Robert Hentschel as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of iconic British brand Norton Motorcycle, which it acquired last year.

Result impact :: Pidilite Industries slides over 2%

The manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and construction chemicals reported a 96.43 per cent YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 307.44 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2021. It had posted a profit of Rs 156.51 crore in the January-March period a year ago.

Index check :: Sensex erases early gains

Eicher Motors slips in the red as Co decides to shut plants

Royal Enfield said it has decided to shut down its two manufacturing facilities between May 13-16 amid a second Covid wave

Asian Paints zooms 6% post March quarter results

Vedanta trades flat on the upside

The company reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 6,432 crore in the March quarter against a loss of Rs 12,521 crore in the corresponding period last year on the back of increased sales.

Street cheers UPL's Q4 nos

The firm on Wednesday reported a 73.59 per cent YoY growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,361 crore for March quarter 2020-21. The company's net profit stood at Rs 784 crore in the year-ago period.

Sectoral trends on the NSE :: PSBs outperform, IT stocks in the red

Sensex Heatmap

Top gainers: Asian Paints, Titan Company, ITC

Top losers: TCS, M&M, Tech M

Opening Bell

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Fuel price update :: Petrol price hiked by 29 paise & Diesel by 34 paise today

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BROKERAGE VIEW :: ICICI Direct on Cadila Health

Reco: Hold | TP: Rs 640

Cadila Healthcare's wholly owned subsidiary, Zydus Animal Health and Investments (ZAHL), has entered into an agreement to sell its animal health (AH) business focused on India and certain other markets to a Multiples Alternate Asset Management led consortium (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and RARE Enterprises).

The deal looks decent from a valuation point of view with implied EV/sales at 4.87x FY21E animal health business and implied EV/EBITDA multiple of 19.5x. This deal bodes well in the larger scheme of things as the company will increase focus on its core businesses such as India formulations, wellness and the niche franchisees of biosimilars and injectables in the US and other developed markets besides significant debt reduction.

That said, Moraiya warning letter resolution and US base business performance are some important aspects to watch in the near term. Given the recent run-up in the stock, we change our stance from BUY to HOLD and arrive at our target price of Rs 640 (vs. Rs 555 earlier) based on 26x FY23E EPS of Rs 24.7.


Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 1,070

In the near term, we expect the company’s billing and revenues to be subdued QoQ due to lockdowns. However, we expect revenue and billing growth to improve from Q2FY22E onwards led by healthy subscriber growth, increasing market share in north and easing of lockdowns & vaccinations. In addition, introduction of new products (like IIMIIT matrimony) and inorganic opportunity (due to healthy cash) are expected to drive revenues in the long term.

Further, expectation of stable advertising expenses and operating leverage benefit are anticipated to lead to healthy margins. This, coupled with leadership in an underpenetrated online match making industry and strong cash flow generation prompt us to maintain BUY rating on the stock with a target price of | 1,070 (30x PE on FY23E EPS).

BROKERAGE VIEW :: ICICI Direct on KEC Iternational

Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 445

KEC delivered a steady Q4FY21 performance driven by strong growth in non-T&D segment amid challenges in T&D-SAE and commodity price impact. However, T&D is likely to rebound in the medium term providing further accelerated execution. Also, a backlog of Rs 19,109 crore, strong profitable traction in railways, civil business and focus on operational efficiencies would further de-risk its business model in the medium term.

We expect KEC to deliver revenue, EBITDA, PAT CAGR of 10.4%, 9.1%, 13.0%, respectively, in FY20-23E. We revise our target price to Rs 445/ share at 14x FY23E EPS and maintain our BUY rating. 

BROKERAGE VIEW :: Antique Stock Broking on Firstsource Solutions

Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 155

FSOL reported 4QFY21 USD revenue growth of 8.2%/35.4% QoQ/YoY better than expectation. In YoY constant currency terms revenue was up 31.7% while in constant currency organic terms it was up 28.7%. Robust growth was driven on back of continued traction in mortgage business and rebound in top client and new business ramp up.

Management has guided FY22 revenue growth of 15-18% in cc terms and margins in the band of 11.8-12.3%.

We remain constructive on First source in medium to long term with ramping up of new deal wins, healthy growth in banking segment and pick up in non-banking verticals. We maintain our Buy rating on the stock on a forward PE multiple of 16x (unchanged) on FY23e EPS of INR 9.6 (vs INR 9.0 earlier) to arrive at target price of INR155 (vs INR 145 earlier).

Our valuation multiple is at discount of ~40% to Mid-cap IT services firms. We expect FSOL earnings to grow at low double digit in medium to long term and expect RoE improvement and balance sheet deleveraging (through cash generation) to drive multiple re-rating.

BROKERAGE VIEW :: Antique Stock Broking on KEC International

Reco: Hold | TP: Rs 430

KEC International (KEC) reported lower than expected EBITDA during the quarter, despite clocking better than expected revenue growth. The impact of rising commodity prices, particularly steel, is apparent. On the positive side, ordering remains encouraging. We believe that the while KEC will continue to benefit from planned T&D and infrastructure spend, there can be risk to margin and hence earnings given steep rise in prices of key commodities like steel, aluminum and others.

We have cut FY22e earnings by 5%, while retaining FY23e earnings. Given the risk to earnings in FY22 and limited upside, we downgrade the stock to hold, with target price of INR 430 (14x FY23e earnings, unchanged).

BROKERAGE VIEW :: Antique Stock Broking on Apollo Tyres

Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 280

Apollo Tyres (APTY) reported strong revenue growth and EBITDA margin performance in its Indian and European operations. Consolidated EBITDA grew 70% YoY to INR 8.1bn, which was 5% ahead of our expectations due to better than expected margin in European operations.

The company is well placed to leverage the demand recovery, with investments in capacities, R&D, brand building, rural distribution network, etc. APTY has gained 350bp market share in OTR and PCR segments and ~150bps in TBR segment in FY21, partly aided by restrictions on import of tyres into the country.

As Apollo is approaching the end of its capex cycle in FY22E, we expect it to generate positive FCF, de- leverage balance sheet and improve return ratios over the next three years.

We maintain BUY rating on APTY with a price target of INR280 based on 15x FY23E EPS taking in to account strong demand in India and margin improvement in European operations.

Key risks to our estimates are 1) higher than expected increase in raw material prices, particularly crude and rubber and 2) slower than expected ramp-up in economic activities due to Covid-19.

BROKERAGE VIEW :: Antique Stock Broking on Tata Power

Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 122

With transfer of renewable assets, TPWR has reassessed its deferred tax balance, including unrecognized deferred tax assets on capital losses and booked a gain of INR1.3bn. This coupled with lower finance charges yielded TPWR a net profit of INR3.93bn, down 2% YoY (estimate of INR2.2bn). Besides, better-than-expected RE segment and Odisha DISCOMs translated in overall beat.

The past capital allocation was driven by 39% in coal/CGPL, 32% in regulated business and 29% in renewables. The path ahead will have 49% of regulated business (with 31% coming from T&D) and 32% in renewables. Based on the current capital allocation, we use SOTP to value regulated, generation and other businesses at INR122/share till FY23E, by discounting FCFEs or PE multiples for asset-light business. Risks: Delay in debt restructuring/poor exit multiples in InvIT, and systemic slowdown in RE space.

BROKERAGE VIEW :: Antique Stock Broking on Jindal Steel & Power

Reco: Buy | TP: Rs 533

Steel profits would be aided by the ramp up of volumes at Angul and higher steel prices with a value added product mix of rails, plates and structural products. Leverage levels would continue to improve driven by operational free cash flows and calibrated capex outlay. Benefit of low cost iron ore inventory from Sarda mines would continue in 1QFY22 and captive iron ore from Tensa mines (~25% of requirement) would enable the company to capture the upside from higher steel prices. We increase our FY22/FY23 steel realization assumptions by 7-8% leading to a 11-12% increase in EBITDA estimate.

We maintain our BUY rating with a SOTP of Rs 533 per share (484 earlier) based on a multiple of 5.5x FY23E EV/EBITDA for the steel business and free cash flow to equity-based valuation for the power business.

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