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Stocks To Watch: Jet Airways, State Bank, Mahindra Lifespace

Asian stocks were off to a muted start Tuesday amid continuing concerns about stability in emerging markets and prospects for escalating U.S.-China trade tensions.

Equity benchmarks in Japan and Australia edged lower, while they were little changed in South Korea. U.S. futures were little changed after American exchanges closed Monday for a holiday.

The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India was little changed at 11,631 as of 7:30 a.m.

Short on time? Well, then listen to this podcast for a quick summary before the opening bell.

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

  • Jet Airways’ long-term rating cut to ‘BB’ from ‘BB+’ at ICRA. The rating agency gives a negative outlook citing significant rise in jet fuel prices and no corresponding increase in air fares, which impacted the financial performance of the company. Even the short-term rating stands revised to ‘A4’ from ‘A4+’. This is the second time in less than four months where the rating agency has downgraded the credit rating on Jet Airways citing the same reasons.
  • State Bank of India to offer loans for repairs and renovation of homes in Kerala at 8.45 percent. The scheme is applicable for loans up to Rs 10 lakh, up to November 3. Even the processing fee for these loans will be waived off.
  • MTNL's plans to seek approval of shareholders for raising authorised share capital from Rs 800 crore to Rs 10,000 crore and borrowing powers by almost 40 percent will aid the state-owned corporation's 4G plans and provide it the firepower to compete in the market, its chairman PK Purwar has said. This is being done with anticipation of 4G spectrum allocations by the government. (PTI)
  • Hotel Leela Ventures clarifies that is evaluating various options to reduce debt. The management says the company is in discussion with three to four investors including Brookfield.
  • VST Tillers August sales data: Power tillers sales up 1.1 percent at 1,646 units versus 1,628 units and tractors sales down 49.7 percent at 517 units versus 1,028 units.
  • Yuken India fixes September 14 as the record date for its bonus issue. The ratio for this issue is set at 3:1.
  • Persistent Systems’ U.S. arm acquires 100 percent stake in Herald Technologies for $5.2 million. The acquired business will strengthen the company’s intellectual property led offerings in the healthcare domain and create cross-selling opportunities.
  • GTL Infrastructure’s certain distressed loans have been bought by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Co. for about Rs 1,400 crore ($197 million). Banks led by Union Bank are said to take more than 40 percent haircut in getting their loans back, according to Bloomberg.
  • Maruti Suzuki: Parent Suzuki aims to treble sales volume by 2030 in India, retain 50 percent of Indian car market (Business Standard).

Earnings To Watch

  • Muthoot Finance
  • Easun Reyrolle

Offering

  • L&T Infotech offer-for-sale of shares at minimum price of Rs 1,700 each to retail investors opens. OFS to non-retail investors gets 3.15 times demand for total shares offered on Monday.

Bulk Deals

Hikal Limited

  • Ashish Kacholia acquired 20 lakh shares (1.62 percent) at Rs 166.5 each
  • The International Finance Corporation sold 39.8 lakh shares (3.23 percent) at Rs 166.51 each.

IG Petrochemicals

  • Birla Mutual Fund acquired 5 lakh shares (1.62 percent) at Rs 480 each.
  • Birla Sun Life Long Term Advantage Fund acquired 5 lakh shares (1.62 percent) at Rs 480 each.

Mahindra Lifespace Developers

  • First State Investment acquired 3.05 lakh shares (0.59 percent) at Rs 440.25 each.
  • American Fund Insurance sold 7.1 lakh shares (1.39 percent) at Rs 440.42 each.

Who's Meeting Whom

  • PI Industries to meet New Mark Advisors and Franklin Templeton India from Sept. 4-6.
  • Eicher Motors to meet Enam Asset Management on Sept. 4.
  • Greaves Cotton to meet Birla Sunlife Asset Management Company on Sept. 4.
  • IIFL Holdings to meet Elara Capital, JP Morgan Asset Management and other investors from Sept. 4-7.

Insider Trades

  • Kirloskar Brothers promoters acquired 3.08 lakh shares from Aug. 30-31.
  • Ceat promoter group acquired 56,300 shares from Aug. 29-30.
  • UPL promoter acquired 2.23 lakh shares from Aug. 29-30.
  • Nava Bharat Ventures promoter acquired 26,000 shares from Aug. 28-30.
  • Skipper promoter Rashmi Bansal acquired 88,000 shares on Aug. 31.

Money Market Update

  • Rupee closed at 71.21/$ to its all-time low on Monday from 70.99/$ on Friday.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty September Futures closed trading at 11,641.7 premium of 59.4 points versus 54.8 points.
  • September series-Nifty open interest up 0.5 percent; Bank Nifty open interest up 4.4 percent.
  • India VIX ended at 13.9, up 6.3 percent.
  • Max open interest for the September series call at 11,800 strike price call option, (open interest at 34.7 lakh share, up 26 percent).
  • Max open interest for September series call at 11,600 strike price put (open interest at 34.4 lakh shares, up 6 percent).

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.47 versus 1.55.
  • Nifty Bank PCR at 0.74 versus 0.98 .

Active Stock Futures

Brokerage Radar

IDBI Capital on Mold-Tek Packaging

  • Initiated ‘Buy’ with target price of Rs 377; Potential upside of 18 percent.
  • In-Mold labelling and in-house backward operation integration key catalysts for future growth.
  • Timely capacity addition to cater to growing demand.
  • Strong foothold in paints and lube segment, entry in food and FMCG to be revenue accretive.
  • Expect sales/EBITDA/net profit to grow at a CAGR of 21 percent/27 percent/31 percent respectively over FY18-20.

Kotak on City Union Bank

  • Downgraded to ‘Reduce’ From ‘Add’; Raised target price to Rs 200 from Rs 190; Potential upside of 2 percent.
  • Rise in stock price could be due to receding concerns.
  • Rising interest rates and inability to pass on the costs to lead to weaker NII growth.
  • RoE contraction and valuation expansion do not bode well.

Brokerages on Mahindra & Mahindra

UBS

  • Maintained Buy; Raised target price to Rs 1,200 from Rs 1,000; Potential upside of 27 percent.
  • New SUV launch could drive re-rating.
  • Expect tractor growth to remain robust.
  • S201 a key potential trigger; Ford alliance a long-term positive.

Deutsche Bank

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; Raised target price to Rs 1,050 from Rs 1,005; Potential upside of 11 percent.
  • Marazzo pricing is right in middle of two largest selling models in the segment.
  • Expect Marazzo to achieve monthly run-rate of 2,500-3,000/month in H2FY19.
  • Mahindra planning a capacity of 8,000-9,000/month between Marazzo and S201.

Citi

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with target price of Rs 1,060; Potential upside of 12 percent.
  • Utility vehicle growth continues to be modest; Market share softens.
  • Tractors report a steady month.
  • New SUV models critical; All eyes on Marazzo.

Brokerages on Mindtree

Credit Suisse

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’ with target price of Rs 925; Potential downside of 16 percent.
  • Management reiterated target of better-than-industry growth and continued margin expansion.
  • Continued focus on larger deals; Near-term business momentum remains solid.
  • Fundamentals look attractive for the medium term, but valuations leave no upside.

Macquarie

  • Maintained ‘Underperform’ with target price of Rs 820; Potential downside of 25 percent.
  • High emphasis on platform-led delivery; Investments in digital to continue.
  • EPS growth to be faster than revenue due to margin benefits.
  • To improve payout ratio by a mix of dividends and buy-backs.

Credit Suisse on CG Consumer

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; Cut target price to Rs 320 from Rs 330; Potential upside of 28 percent.
  • Near-term pain point is price-led competition in LED market.
  • Go-to market changes are progressing; Overall process to take 18 months.
  • Cut FY19-21 EPS estimates to factor in margin pressure in lighting business.

Citi on Tata Motors

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with target price of Rs 410; Potential upside of 54 percent.
  • Another strong month for commercial vehicle sales.
  • UV sales reflects a better showing.
  • Expect October growth to taper off to 5 percent.

HSBC on Quess Corp

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with target price of Rs 1,400; Potential upside of 43 percent.
  • Company confident of growing at 20 percent organically and meeting 8 percent margin target in medium term.
  • Company to continue to make acquisitions in all segments except its people and services business.
  • Company assumes flat pricing, driven by mix, which is too conservative.

Kotak on BHEL

  • Maintained ‘Reduce’; Raised target price to Rs 89 from Rs 78; Potential upside of 9 percent.
  • Expect EPS to grow meaningfully over FY18-21.
  • Weak cash flow performance limits ability to ascribe value to incremental profits.
  • Industry scenario to remain unrelenting.

BofAML on Telecom

  • Vodafone-Idea may take 1-2 months for network integration to start.
  • Believe communication from new management on company strategy is key.
  • Consider next 6-9 months as an opportunity for Airtel and Jio to grab market share.
  • Expect Infratel to quantify tenancy cancellation number in upcoming quarter.

Brokerages on Cement Sector

Citi

  • If construction ban stays for a prolonged period, then it would hurt cement volumes and pricing.
  • Ultratech’s 20-25 percent volumes are from regions that are banned.
  • ACC/Ambuja have 20/40 percent of their capacity in these regions.
  • Shree Cement and Dalmia Bharat have negligible volumes from banned regions.

Morgan Stanley

  • Earnings are at an inflection point.
  • Saw price hikes in June ended quarter, which should sustain in second half of current financial year.
  • Costs should see a modest near-term rise.
  • Top Pick: ACC.

Deutsche Bank Research on Banks

  • Banks getting aggressive on rate hikes.
  • See loan growth improving with non-retail picking up.
  • Expect improvement in net interest margins.