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Stocks To Watch: Ambuja Cement, Cipla, DHFL, Emami, Jindal Stainless

Asian stocks traded mixed Tuesday with little direction after a muted session in Europe and a holiday in the U.S.

Shares in Japan were little changed and fell in Korea, while Australian equities posted modest gains. The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, rose 0.19 percent to 10,673.50 as of 7:20 a.m.

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Here Are The Stocks To Watch Out For In Today’s Trade

  • Emami promoters sold 10 percent stake in Emami Ltd. for around Rs 1,600 crore to pare debt. After the divestment, the promoters’ stake in the maker of Boro Plus antiseptic cream will come down to 62.74 percent from 72.74 percent, according to its media statement.
  • Cipla’s arm said it will acquire 11.7 percent stake in Wellthy Therapeutics for Rs 10.5 crore. The deal is expected to be completed before March 10. The company also stated that its South Africa arm has been awarded a share of South African government’s tender for four drugs whose contract will start from July for a period of three years.
  • Grasim Industries said it will acquire Chlor-Alkali business of KPR Industries for Rs 253 crore. This transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The plant to be acquired has a capacity of 200TPD and located in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Tata Steel arm entered into an agreement with IMR Asia Holdings to divest its entire stake in Black Ginger.
  • The tax department withdrew provincial attachment of shares of Mindtree, which was held by Coffee Day Enterprises and VG Siddhartha.
  • Power Grid Corporation of India approved the investment approval of Rs 573 crore for ‘Northern Region System Strengthening’.
  • Future Consumer entered into an arrangement with UAE-based T Choithrams & Sons. Under this agreement the middle-east based company will market. distribute and retail Future Consumer brand products for sale through its own stores.
  • Dewan Housing Finance Ltd. said that the company had received a notice from the tax department seeking evidence on certain aspects of books of accounts. The company also stated in the press release that the notice does not refer to any suspicious transactions.
  • Divi’s Labs clarified that search enquiry proceedings were being conducted at the company’s head office and manufacturing sites by the tax department.
  • NLC signed an MoU with NHPC on power trading. With this agreement, both power generating public sector undertakings will offer surplus power available in northern and north-east region to the bulk consumers in southern region at an affordable tariff, as stated in the company’s press release.
  • Page Industries clarified on media reports stating that company’s strong growth in revenue has been due to change in accounting standard policy stating that the company has not changed accounting policy and have not recognised revenue of Rs 36.5 crore for the December quarter, and will record this amount as revenue for the last quarter of financial year 2019.
  • Wipro launched its cloud solution platform for the organisations to migrate into Oracle Cloud. The tech company said that this platform will reduce migration time and costs by up to 30 percent for the enterprises.
  • Bodal Chemicals said that the remainder of dye intermediate operations had restarted. On Oct. 22, 2018, the company had closed these operations due to partial disruption in certain categories of Dye Intermediates.
  • Arcelor Mittal made a non-binding offer of $672 million to buy Essar Power’s 1200MW plant in Madhya Pradesh. (Bloomberg News)
  • Jindal Stainless sets up arm in Chennai to supply stainless steel components to Integral Coach Factory. This will be the Jindal Group’s first dedicated facility for the Railways.
  • Cyient launched digital service solutions for original equipment manufacturers and equipment owners and operators.
  • Mangalam Cement approved amalgamation of Mangalam Timber Products with self.

Earnings To Watch

  • Linde India

Earnings Reaction To Watch

Ambuja Cement (Q4 CY18, YoY)

  • Revenue up 5.5 percent to Rs 2,863.3 crore.
  • Net profit up 58.8 percent to Rs 537.4 crore.
  • Ebitda down 25.3 percent to Rs 403.6 crore.
  • Margin at 14.1 percent versus 19.9 percent.
  • Other income up 77 percent to Rs 85 crore.
  • Inventory loss of Rs 130.8 crore in base quarter.
  • Tax credit of Rs 333.2 crore.

Huhtamaki PPL (Q4 CY18, YoY)

  • Revenue up 9.1 percent to Rs 613.1 crore.
  • Net profit down 13.9 percent to Rs 18 crore.
  • Ebitda up 7.6 percent to Rs 66.9 crore.
  • Margin at 10.9 percent versus 11.1 percent.

Bulk Deals

Emami

  • SBI Mutual Fund acquired 2.04 crore shares or 4.49 percent equity at Rs 355 per share.
  • PI Opportunities Fund acquired 56.3 lakh shares or 1.24 percent equity at Rs 355 per share.
  • Pioneer Investment Fund acquired 1.13 crore shares or 2.48 percent equity at Rs 355 per share.
  • Promoter Raviraj Viniyog, Amitabh Goenka and other promoters sold 3.27 crore shares or 7.21 percent equity at Rs 355 per share.

(Alert: PI Opportunities Fund and Pioneer Investment Fund are promoted by Azim Premji)

Trading Tweaks

  • Mangalam Organics price band revised to 5 percent.

Stocks Moving Into ASM Framework

  • Asahi Songwon Colors
  • Rushil Décor
  • RSWM
  • IFB Agro Industries
  • Monnet Ispat & Energy
  • Indo Count Industries
  • Mercator
  • JBF Industries
  • IIFL Holdings
  • Indiabulls Integrated Services
  • MT Educare
  • Skipper
  • Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals
  • A2Z Infra Engineering
  • Spencer's Retail
  • Manpasand Beverages

Who’s Meeting Whom

  • Hindalco to meet East Spring Investments, Black Rock AMC and other investors on Feb. 19.
  • Shoppers Stop to meet Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai AMC on Feb.19.
  • Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals to meet JP Morgan AMC, Nordea Investment Manager and Columbia Wanger from Feb. 21-22.

Insider Trading

  • Tata Elxsi promoter Tata Investment sold 25,000 shares between Feb. 13-15
  • Alembic promoter Nirayu acquired 79,300 shares between Feb. 14-15
  • Nava Bharat Ventures promoter and director D. Ashwin acquired 1 lakh shares on Feb. 14
  • Confidence Petroleum India promoter Essen LPG Bottling acquired 50,000 shares between Feb. 8-12
  • Godrej Agrovet promoter Godrej Industries acquired 25,000 shares between Feb. 13-14

Money Market Update

  • The rupee on Monday weakened for the fourth straight day and closed at 71.34/$ compared to Friday’s closing of 71.23/$.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty February futures closed trading at 10,662, premium of 21 points.
  • Max open interest for Feb. 28 series at 11,000 call (open interest at 40.9 lakh shares)
  • Max open interest for Feb. 28 series at 10,700 put (open interest at 31.4 lakh shares)
Stocks To Watch: Ambuja Cement, Cipla, DHFL, Emami, Jindal Stainless

Stocks In F&O Ban

In Ban

  • Adani Enterprises
  • CG Power
  • Jain Irrigation
  • Jet Airways
  • Reliance Power
  • PC Jeweller

New in Ban

  • IDBI
  • Reliance Infrastructure

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.13 versus 1.3.
  • Bank Nifty PCR at 0.94 versus 1.06.

Brokerage Radar

Macquarie on Nestle

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’ with a price target of Rs 12,994.
  • Management has indicated 24-36 new product launches in 2019.
  • Management expects greater acceleration in key brands growth in 2019.

CLSA on Pharma

  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories: Upgraded to ‘Buy’ from ‘Outperform’ with a price target of Rs 3,200.
  • The U.S. recovery and cost control are the key drivers for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.
  • Like Sun Pharma for its improving fundamentals and differentiated product pipeline.
  • Like Torrent Pharma for its India positioning.
  • Aurobindo’s acquisition-led strategy is likely to provide scale benefits.

On Ambuja Cement

BofAML

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’, raised price target to Rs 255 from Rs 233.
  • December quarter missed estimates due to lower realisation and higher power and fuel cost.
  • Cost savings from lower fuel costs to realise in the first half of 2019.
  • Price decline in East and West led to decline in realisation.

Deutsche Bank

  • Maintained ‘Hold’ with a price target of Rs 220
  • December quarter disappointed again on weak margin.
  • Higher-than-industry cost inflation dents margin.

Macquarie

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’ with a price target of Rs 218.
  • High exposure to the western region dragged down margin.
  • Volume growth of 4.4 percent year-on-year was lower than industry growth of 8-10 percent.
  • Cost deflation to benefit in 2019 as Diesel and Pet coke prices have corrected.

On Emami

Citi

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 480.
  • Proceeds should help pare debt at the group level due to stake sale.
  • Event reduces the overhang on the stock to some extent due to pledge concerns.
  • Promoters indicate that they don’t have any further stake sale.

Macquarie

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’ with a price target Rs 430.
  • Right strategy to resolve the funding issues of the other promoter businesses.
  • Do not believe the stake sale indicates lower confidence in the business.
  • Believe the stake sale removes the overhang related to the pledged shares.