Men watch the electronic stock ticker at the Bombay Stock Exhange (BSE) in Mumbai. (Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg News)

Stocks To Watch: Ashok Leyland, Bajaj Auto, Dalmia Bharat, RCom

  • Reliance Communications board meet deferred to May 30 from May 19.
  • Godrej Agrovet unit to invest Rs 400 crore over the next 3 years.
  • Minda Corp QIP opens today at Rs 173.47 per share.
  • Earnings to watch: Bajaj Auto, Ashok Leyland, Thermax, Tata Chemicals

Asian shares saw a muted open, and are on track for a weekly loss as investors mull the implications of a jump in benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields to their highest level since 2011.

The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, traded 0.3 percent lower at 10,673 as of 7:05 a.m.

  • Sun Pharma begins sale of generic Welchol tablets in U.S.
  • IHH extended acceptance period for revised offer to Fortis till May 29.
  • GSFC signed memorandum of understanding with Centrex Metals, Australia for buying three lakh tonnes per annum of rock phosphate for 10 years.
  • RBI revised rule for minimum capital held by IFSC banking units: Bloomberg.
  • Jio announced exclusive partnership with Screenz.
  • Reliance Communications board meet deferred to May 30 from May 19.
  • ED seized jewellery worth Rs 85 crore of Gitanjali group brought from Dubai (Bloomberg)
  • Godrej Agrovet unit to invest Rs 400 crore over the next three years.
  • Vijaya Bank to consider raising funds under Basel III for 2018-19 on May 20 meet.
  • Adlabs: To sell Wakwater properties to Shaan Agro for Rs 150 crore.
  • KEI industries approved phase two expansion of MV cable plant for Rs 30-35 crore.
  • ITDC signed agreement for transfer of 51 percent stake in DPAHCL.
  • Minda Corp QIP closed yesterday at Rs 173.47 per share.

Also read: Biocon Need Not Be Too Worried About U.S. Regulator’s Observations, Say Brokerages

F&O Cues

  • Nifty May Futures closed trading at 10,696.2 with premium of 13.5 points versus 20 points.
  • All series-Nifty open interest down 0.3 percent and Bank Nifty open interest up 1 percent.
  • India VIX ended at 13.4, down 0.2 open interest.
  • Max open interest for May series at 11,000, open interest at 57 lakh, open interest down 6 percent
  • Max open interest for May series at 10,500, open interest at 53.3 lakh, open interest down 4 percent.

F&O Ban

  • In ban: Dewan Housing, Jet Airways, JP Associates, Justdial, PC Jewelers, Wockhardt, PC Jewellers.
  • New in ban: None
  • Out of ban: Reliance Communications

Only intraday positions can be taken in stocks under F&O ban. There is a penalty in case of a rollover of these positions.

Active Stock Futures

Bulk Deals

Future Enterprises

  • Promoter Central Departmental Stores Private Limited bought 2.22 crore shares or 4.9 percent equity at Rs 39.2 each.
  • Bennett, Coleman And Company Limited bought 3.85 crore shares or 8.5 percent equity at Rs 39.2 each.
  • Cedar Support Services Limited sold 6.19 crore shares or 13.6 percent equity at Rs 39.2 each..

Future Enterprises DVR

  • Angela Mercantiles Pvt Ltd sold 2.29 lakh shares or 0.6 percent equity at Rs 44.03 each.

Shree Renuka Sugar

  • Rajasthan Global Securities Pvt Ltd bought 1.70 crore shares or 0.9 percent equity at Rs 15.6 each.
  • Promoter Murkumbi Investments Pvt Ltd sold 6.51 crore shares or 3.4 percent equity at Rs 15.6 each.
  • Promoter Agri Venture Trading & Investment Pvt Ltd sold 2.85 crore shares or 1.5 percent equity at Rs 15.6 each.

Sinner Energy India Ltd

  • Aspire Emerging Fund bought 3 lakh shares or 1.5 percent equity at Rs 13.97 each.

Electrosteel Steels

  • SCIIL Steel Cast Iron Investments (Cyprus) ltd sold 2.50 crore shares or 1 percent equity at Rs 1.09 each.

Nifty Earnings To Watch

Bajaj Auto

Other Earnings To Watch

  • Amara Raja Batteries
  • Ashok Leyland
  • Bajaj Holdings & Investment
  • Dalmia Bharat
  • Inox Wind
  • Manappuram Finance
  • Prabhat Dairy
  • Tata Chemicals
  • Thermax

Earnings Reaction To Watch

Taro Pharma (Sun Pharma's subsidiary) Q4 (YoY):

  • Net sales down 11 percent at $175 million.
  • Net profit up 4 percent at at $86.3 million.
  • Ebitda down 26 percent at $74.8 million.
  • Margin at 42.7 percent versus 51.2 percent.

Bajaj Finserv (Q4, YoY)

  • Net interest income up 42.5 percent at Rs 2,465 crore.
  • Net profit up 28 percent at Rs 685.5 crore.

Coffee Day Enterprises (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 26 percent at Rs 1,130 crore.
  • Net profit up 92 percent at Rs 25 crore.
  • Ebitda up 18 percent at Rs 179 crore.
  • Margin at 15.8 percent versus 16.9 percent.

Voltas (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 1 percent at Rs 2,048 crore.
  • Net profit down 3 percent at Rs 193 crore.
  • Ebitda up 14 percent at Rs 252 crore.
  • Margin at 12.3 percent versus 10.9 percent.

Man Infraconstruction (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 35 percent at Rs 222 crore.
  • Net profit up 21 percent at Rs 23 crore.
  • Ebitda at Rs 87 crore versus Rs 51.5 crore.
  • Margin at 39.2 percent versus 31.4 percent.

Max Ventures and Industries (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue down 8 percent at Rs 171 crore.
  • Net loss of Rs 3 crore versus net loss of Rs 6 crore.

Balkrishna Industries (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 23 percent at Rs 1232 crore.
  • Net profit up 41 percent at Rs 194 crore.
  • Ebitda up 16 percent at Rs 295 crore.
  • Margin at 23.9 percent versus 25.5 percent.

Central Bank of India (Q4, YoY)

  • Net Interest Income down 13 percent at Rs 1,500 crore.
  • Net loss of Rs 2,113.5 crore versus net loss of Rs 592 crore.
  • Provisions up 16 percent at Rs 3971 crore (QoQ).
  • GNPA at 21.48 percent versus 18.08 percent (QoQ).
  • NPA at 11.10 percent versus 9.45 percent (QoQ).

Jk Tyre & Industries (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 6 percent at Rs 2,284 crore.
  • Net profit at Rs 145 crore versus Rs 89 crore.
  • Ebitda up 65 percent at Rs 329.5 crore.
  • Margin at 14.4 percent versus 9.3 percent.

Kei Industries (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 39.4 percent at Rs 1,030.41 crore.
  • Net profit up 40.2 percent at Rs 49.5 crore.
  • Ebitda up 38.6 percent at Rs 101.02 crore.
  • Margin flat at 9.80 percent.

Srf (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 22 percent at Rs 1,612 crore.
  • Net profit down 4 percent at Rs 124 crore.
  • Ebitda up 19 percent at Rs 278.5 crore.
  • Margin at 17.3 percent versus 17.7 percent.

Lux Industries (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue up 27 percent at Rs 354.5 crore.
  • Net profit at Rs 32 crore versus Rs 19 crore.
  • Ebitda at Rs 57.5 crore versus Rs 37.5 crore.
  • Margin at 16.2 percent versus 13.5 percent.

Mirc Electronics (Q4, YoY)

  • Revenue down 10 percent at Rs 188 crore.
  • Net profit at Rs 4 crore versus Rs 14 crore.
  • Ebitda at Rs 4.5 crore versus Rs 19 crore.
  • Margin at 2.4 percent versus 9.1 percent.

Brokerage Radar

Axis Capital on Bajaj Finance

  • Maintained ‘Hold’ with a price target of Rs 2,050.
  • Asset quality strong; growth stronger.
  • Management believes its portfolio quality is strong and poised to remain pristine.
  • Expect the management to continue on the current path of market share gains.

Morgan Stanley on Biocon

  • Maintained ‘Overweight’ with a target of Rs 785.
  • Observations appear benign with no data integrity issues.
  • Observations pertain largely to quality and controls, largely procedural in nature.

Kotak on Escorts

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; elevated price target to Rs 1,170 from Rs 1,140.
  • Company is benefitting from upcycle in its core segments.
  • Increased our earnings estimates by 3-5 percent on the construction equipment division.
  • Stock trades at 14 times, which we believe is inexpensive due to strong earnings growth.

Brokerages On Voltas

Deutsche Bank

  • Maintained ‘Sell’ with a price target Rs 470.
  • Weak volume growth in cooling likely to continue.
  • Key disappointment was flat March quarter revenues.
  • Miss on revenues partly compensated by strong margins.

Edelweiss

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; cut price target to Rs 685 from Rs 745.
  • Poor season plays spoilsport while growth profile intact.
  • Inverter ACs gaining momentum; maintaining the balance act.
  • Roll out of white goods range and branding/marketing remain vital for Voltas.

Goldman Sachs

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; slashed price target to Rs 700 from Rs 760.
  • Below expectation but just a hiatus in a positive long-term structural trend.
  • See the risk-reward as favourable as trades at discount to peers.