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Stocks To Watch: Ashoka Buildcon, Adhunik Metaliks, Sobha, Varroc Engineering

Asian stocks followed overnight gains in American shares even as U.S.-China trade tensions are about to kick up a gear with the imposition of tariff increases on Friday.

Stocks in Japan, South Korea and Australia all rose, helping the MSCI Asia Pacific Index recoup a sliver of recent losses. The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, traded 0.3 percent lower at 10,724 as of 6:30 a.m.

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

  • Bandhan Bank’s Chandra Shekhar Ghosh gets RBI nod to be re-appointed as MD and CEO till July 2021.
  • Sagar Cements said June cement production up 8.5 percent and cement sales down at 0.27 percent.
  • Sobha new sales volumes in Q1 up 18 percent, share sales value up 9 percent and shares average realisation down 8 percent.
  • Apollo Hospital Enterprises acquired 50 percent stake in Medics International Lifesciences for Rs 91 crore.
  • Phoenix Mills arm acquired additional land parcel in Pune for Rs 1.36 crore.
  • Berger Paints acquired 51 percent stake in a Japanese paint company to sell automotive refinish paints in India and Nepal.
  • Adhunik Metaliks: Creditors' panel approved resolution plan.
  • Muthoot Finance received RBI approval to acquire shares in Muthoot Money Pvt to diversify business.
  • Supreme Court ordered auction of three Unitech properties in UP and TN (PTI).
  • Info Edge and Temasek arm to jointly invest Rs 95.3 crore each for 3.5 percent stake in Etechases.
  • Welspun Enterprises won HAM project worth Rs 2,004.51 crore and first year O&M cost of Rs 5 crore from NHAI.
  • NSE imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Electrosteel Steels Ltd. for not filing FY18 results.
  • Ashoka Buildcon’s shareholders approve issue of bonus shares and fund-raising plans.
  • Gujarat Gas looking to buy GAIL Gas’s stake in VGL for Rs 200-250 crore (Mint).

Earnings Reactions To Watch

GM Breweries (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue up 16.8 percent at Rs 110.4 crore.
  • Net profit up 117.6 percent at Rs 22.2 crore.
  • Ebitda up 118.6 percent at Rs 33.93 crore.
  • Margin at 30.7 percent versus 16.4 percent.
  • Other Income at Rs 1 crore versus vs Rs 1.4 crore.

New Listing

  • Varroc Engineering to start trading on BSE/NSE after IPO got 3.6 times demand at Rs 967 a share.

Bulk Deals

Indiabulls Ventures

  • Orient Global Cinnamon Capital sold 1.35 crore shares or 2.59 percent equity at Rs 478 each.
  • Jasmine Capital Investments acquired 1.35 crore shares or 2.59 percent equity at Rs 478 each.

Who’s Meeting Whom

  • HPCL to meet Tata AMC Fund, HDFC Life and other investors from July 6- July 10.
  • Cipla to meet L & T Mutual Fund on July 6.

Insider Trades

  • Singer India promoter sold 59,000 shares on July 7.
  • Omaxe promoter Nakul Goel sold 50,000 shares on July 2.
  • Jain Irrigation Systems promoter acquired 1 lakh shares on July 3.

(As reported on July 5)

Trading Tweaks

  • National Steel & Agro Industries and Kiri Industries placed under ASM.
  • Akzo Nobel buy back period is between July 6-19.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty July Futures closed trading at 10,751.7, premium of 2 points versus 1.4 points
  • July series-Nifty open interest up 1 percent and Bank Nifty open interest down 4 percent
  • India VIX ended at 12.5, down 0.6 percent
  • Max open interest for July series at 11,000 Call, open interest at 35.8 lakh, open interest down 2 percent
  • Max open interest for July series at 10,600 Put, open interest at 51.6 lakh, open interest unchanged

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.50 versus 1.53
  • Nifty Bank PCR at 0.99 versus 1.18

Rupee

Rupee closed at 68.94/$ on Thursday versus 68.74/$ on Wednesday

Brokerage Radar

UBS on HPCL

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 460.
  • HPCL's share price fall discounts no Ebitda from retail fuels.
  • Retail fuel earnings to bounce back with price hikes.
  • Believe HPCL's current valuation is undemanding.

IDFC Securities on Media

  • JioGigaFiber has the potential to disrupt pricing in the fixed broadband space.
  • JioGigaFiber will also provide TV services and might hurt cable, DTH as well.
  • Expect commercial launch of JioGigaFiber to begin from the end of this calendar year.
  • Expect impact to be more on players who have more exposure to urban India.
  • Positive for content owners as consumption is bound to go up.
  • Maintain Outperformer on Zee Entertainment, Sun TV Network, Dish TV.
  • Neutral on Hathway Cable and Underperformer on Den Networks.
  • Shiram Transport cut to Neutral at IDFC Securities
  • Wipro upgraded to Undeperform at CLSA
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