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Stocks To Watch: Axis Bank, HDFC, HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, RIL, Tech Mahindra

Asian stocks opened on a soft note on Monday as the ongoing reporting season raised concerns about lofty expectations for earnings and traders prepare for key policy meetings from the world’s biggest central banks.

Equity benchmarks in Japan, Australia and South Korea edged lower, while futures indicated modest declines in Hong Kong. The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, swung between gains and losses. It was trading little changed at 11,325 as of 7:15 a.m.

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

  • Pioneer Distilleries received order from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to stop all manufacturing activity at one of its units.
  • Select Energy Systems partnered with U.S.-based Zero Mass water to provide drinking water solution.
  • Godrej Consumer to consider a proposal for issue of bonus shares.
  • TVS Logistics in talks to acquire Gati for Rs 1,500 cr ; agreement likely in a few weeks (Economic Times).
  • Indian Oil: Haldia refinery operations normal after minor fire.

Nifty Earnings To Watch

  • Axis Bank
  • HDFC
  • Tech Mahindra

Other Earnings To Watch

  • Aban Offshore
  • Avenue Supermarts
  • Can Fin Homes
  • Central Bank of India
  • Century Textiles & Industries
  • Chennai Petroleum Corporation
  • Escorts
  • General Insurance Corporation Of India
  • Godrej Consumer Products
  • Gujarat Gas
  • GSPL
  • Idea Cellular
  • IDFC
  • IDFC Bank
  • InterGlobe Aviation
  • Jaiprakash Associates
  • Oberoi Realty
  • Piramal Enterprises
  • RITES
  • Shree Cement

Earnings Reactions To Watch

RIL (Q1, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 8.5 percent at Rs 91,159 crore.
  • Net profit up 1.4 percent at Rs 8,820 crore.
  • Ebitda up 13 percent at Rs 15,154 crore.
  • Margin at 16.6 percent versus 16 percent.

Reliance Jio (Q1, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 14 percent at Rs 8,109 crore.
  • Net Profit up 20 percent at Rs 612 crore.
  • Ebitda up 17 percent at Rs 3,147 crore.
  • Margin at 38.8 percent versus 37.8 percent.
  • ARPU at Rs 134.5 versus Rs 137.

Also Read: Q1 Results: Petrochemicals Drive Surprise Profit Growth For Reliance Industries

HCL Tech (Q1, QoQ)

  • $ revenue up 0.8 percent at $2,055 million.
  • Net profit up 7.9 percent at Rs 2403 crore.
  • Income from operations up 5.3 percent at Rs 13,878 crore.
  • EBIT up 5.7 percent at Rs 2729 crore.
  • EBIT margin at 19.7 percent versus 19.6 percent.

ICICI Bank (Q1, YoY)

  • NII up 9 percent at Rs 6,101.5 crore.
  • Net loss of Rs 120 crore versus net profit of Rs 2,049 crore.
  • Provisions down 10 percent at Rs 5,971 crore (QoQ).
  • GNPA at 9.65 percent versus 9.9 percent (QoQ).
  • NNPA at 4.67 percent versus 5.43 percent (QoQ).

Also Read: Q1 Results: ICICI Bank Reports Its First Net Loss Since 2001

NTPC (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue up 14.2 percent at Rs 22,704 crore.
  • Net Profit down 1.1 percent at R 2,588.1 crore.
  • Ebitda up 18.1 percent at Rs 5,954.8 crore.
  • Margin at 26.2 percent versus 25.4 percent.

Coromandel International (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue up 12 percent at Rs 2,528.5 crore.
  • Net profit up 23 percent at Rs 90 crore.
  • Ebitda up 27 percent at Rs 214 crore.
  • Margin at 8.5 percent versus 7.5 percent.

Bank of Baroda (Q1, YoY)

  • NII up 28.7 percent at Rs 4,381 crore.
  • Net profit up 160 percent at Rs 528 crore.
  • Provision at Rs 1,760 crore versus Rs 7052 crore (QoQ).
  • GNPA at 12.46 percent versus 12.26 percent (QoQ).
  • NNPA at 5.40 percent versus 5.49 percent (QoQ).

Excel Crop Care (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue up 35 percent at Rs 400 crore.
  • Net profit up 60 percent at Rs 38.5 crore.
  • Ebitda up 61.5 percent at Rs 63 crore.
  • Margin at 15.75 percent versus 13.2 percent.

Lumax Industries (Q1, YoY)

  • Net sales up 45.8 percent at Rs 496 crore.
  • Net profit up 33 percent at Rs 20 crore.
  • Ebitda up 65 percent at Rs 40.5 crore.
  • Margin at 8.2 percent versus 7.2 percent.

Ramkrishna Forgings (Q1, YoY)

  • Net sales up 59 percent at Rs 410 crore.
  • Net profit up 204 percent at Rs 27.7 crore.
  • Ebitda up 95 percent at Rs 60 crore.
  • Margin at 14.6 percent versus 11.9 percent.

Persistent Systems (Q1, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 10.9 percent at Rs 834.2 crore.
  • Net profit up 18.5 percent at Rs 87.3 crore.
  • EBIT up 50.7 percent at Rs 100 crore.
  • EBIT margin at 12 percent versus 8.8 percent.

JK Cement (Q1 YoY)

  • Net sales up 7.1 percent at Rs 1,115 crore.
  • Net profit down 38 percent at Rs 49.3 crore.
  • Ebitda down 24 percent at Rs 150.3 crore.
  • Margin at 13.5 percent versus 19 percent.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue down 8 percent at Rs 794 crore.
  • Net profit down 18 percent at Rs 51 crore.
  • Ebitda down 21 percent at Rs 84 crore.
  • Margin at 10.6 percent versus 12.3 percent.

Prestige Estates (Q1, YoY)

  • Revenue down 33 percent at Rs 861 crore.
  • Net profit up 30 percent at Rs 122 crore.
  • Exceptional gain of Rs 89 crore during the quarter
  • Ebitda down 19 percent at Rs 255 crore.
  • Margin at 29.6 percent versus 24.5 percent.

Also Read: How Much Should You Read Into Canara Bank’s Quarterly Earnings: QuickTake

Bulk Deals

  • Max India: WF Asian Reconnaissance Fund bought 39.41 lakh shares or 1.5 percent at Rs 82.4 each.
  • Mahindra CIE: Prudential Management & Services Pvt. Ltd sold 47.84 lakh shares or 1.3 percent equity at Rs 258 each.
  • JBF Industries: ECL Finance sold 4.98 lakh shares or 0.6 percent at Rs 32.15 each.
  • Shilpi Cable: Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund sold 6 lakh shares or 0.5 percent at Rs 3.05 each.

Offerings/Listing

  • HDFC AMC IPO issue subscribed 83.05 times on last day. Final offer price at Rs 1,100 a share.
  • TCNS Clothing to start trading on BSE/NSE after IPO. gets 5.2 times demand at Rs 716 a share.
  • Jubilant Life Sciences’ unit Jubilant Pharma to consider raising funds via IPO. May offer up to 5 percent stake for sale.
  • PNB MetLife India Insurance filed IPO papers with SEBI.

Who’s Meeting Whom

  • Hindalco to meet GIC, Nomura and other investors on July 30.

Insider Trades

  • Leel Electricals promoter Fedders Sales acquired 43,566 on July 25 – 26.
  • Man Infra promoter Vatsal Shah acquired 17,884 shares on July 26.
  • GTPL Hathway promoter Gujarat Digi Com Private Limited acquired 40,000 shares on July 26.

As reported on July 27

Trading Tweaks

  • The rupee dollar weekly F&O to be introduced on BSE.
  • Shilpi Cable and Seamec placed under ASM framework.
  • JMT Auto circuit filter revised to 10 percent.

Rupee

  • Rupee ended at 68.66 per U.S. dollar on Friday versus 68.67 a dollar on Thursday.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty August Futures closed trading at 11,306.7 premium of 28 points versus 34 points.
  • August series-Nifty OI up 10 percent and Bank Nifty OI up 11 percent.
  • India VIX ended at 12.3, up 2.3 percent.
  • Max OI for August series at 11,500 Call, OI at 27.5 lakh, OI up 15 percent.
  • Max OI for August series at 11,000 Put OI at 38.5 lakh, OI up 19 percent.

F&O Ban

  • In Ban: None
  • New in Ban: None
  • Out of Ban: Adani Enterprises

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

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.71 versus 1.72
  • Nifty Bank PCR at 1.49 versus 1.36

Active Stock Futures

Brokerage Radar

Edelweiss on Bank of Baroda

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 180.
  • Impressive June quarter with improvement in asset quality and stable core.
  • Revenue build-up on track; Sustenance key.
  • Expect growth with quality momentum to gain traction.
  • Expect stock to rerate as visibility on earnings delivery improves.

JPMorgan on NTPC

  • Maintained ‘Overweight’ with a price target of Rs 190
  • June quarter’s net profit was below analyst estimates
  • Expect healthy EPS growth in 2018-19 off the reported base of 2017-18.
  • Lower under-recovery of capacity charge and partial absorption of wage hike provisions to boost EPS.

JPMorgan on M&M Financial Services

  • Maintained ‘Underweight’ with a price target of Rs 435
  • June quarter reported a higher loan growth offset on credit cost increase
  • Ind-AS shift increases F18 net income by above 20 percent.
  • Reduction in credit losses will be key towards improving ROA.
  • Remain underweight as valuations are at a sharp premium.

CLSA on JSW Energy

  • Maintained ‘Sell’; cut price target to Rs 63 from Rs 69.
  • Low water levels in Satluj river hurt Hydro generation in peak season.
  • Dark spreads contract on rising coal and U.S. dollar.
  • Weak core and risk to ROE from long-gestation capex to cap valuation.

CLSA on Westlife Development

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 550 from Rs 475.
  • Strong SSSG leading to double-digit operating margins.
  • Gross margin expansion led by menu innovations and better mix.
  • Key beneficiary of recovery in urban discretionary consumption.

Brokerages On Reliance Industries

Edelweiss

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,457 from Rs 1,201.
  • Another robust petchem show; Gasifier stabilization underway.
  • Jio – Surprisingly steady ARPUs; Retail - revenue & margins surge.
  • With commissioning of mega core projects, expect FCF to turnaround.
  • At current price, stock trades at an undemanding.

Motilal Oswal

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,301 from Rs 1,211.
  • Petchem drives standalone profitability; Jio surprises again.
  • Consolidated Ebitda exceeded estimates on the back of Jio and retail operational performance.
  • Positively surprised by Jio’s stellar ARPU despite aggressive pricing.

Nomura

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 1,220.
  • Strong June quarter results – Petchem/Jio/Retail gets better; Refining in line
  • Jio continues to surprise with strong numbers.
  • Expect consolidated operating income and net profit to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 34 percent and 27 percent respectively over FY18-20.
  • Expect pace of capex to slow in coming quarters.

Brokerages On ICICI Bank

Kotak

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 400.
  • Most metrics show improving trends.
  • Internals of results broadly suggest a gradual recovery.
  • No new negative surprises under new management.
  • High provisions result in a loss; New disclosures not too worrisome.

Goldman Sachs

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 375.
  • Bank reported pick-up in core operating profit growth.
  • Accelerated balance sheet clean up by increasing provisioning charge.
  • Fresh NPL slippages were much lower than expectations.
  • Multiple catalysts to drive stock performance.

Brokerages On HCL Technologies

Investec

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,100 from Rs 1,048.
  • June quarter was disappointing with an organic revenue growth of 0.7 percent.
  • See negligible impact to EPS estimates for the current financial year.
  • Buyback and lower ETR offset lower revenue growth impact.
  • Large deal wins drive visibility.

Goldman Sachs

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; raised price target to Rs 1,039 from Rs 1,025.
  • June quarter’s revenue and EBIT margins below estimates.
  • Expect renewal rates in IMS (36 percent of revenues) remain under pressure.
  • See limited visibility on pick-up in organic growth in medium to longer term.