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All You Need To Know Going Into Trade On April 4

Stocks in Asia were mixed in early Thursday trading after American equities edged up to a six-month high, as investors look for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade negotiations.

Shares in Australia sank, with declines more muted in Tokyo and Seoul little changed. The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, rose 0.18 percent to 11,733.50 as of 7:10 a.m.

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Here’s a quick look at all that could influence equities today.

U.S Market Check

  • U.S. stocks staged a late rally to close at almost six-month highs as optimism over global growth revived investor risk appetite.
  • The benchmark S&P 500 finished positive for a fifth day, equaling the longest winning streak in two months.
  • U.S. equities had slumped midday after Bloomberg News reported that millions of Facebook user records were found on cloud computing servers.

Also read: U.S. Sets 2025 Target for China to Fulfill Trade Pledges, Sources Say

Asian Cues

  • Japan’s Topix index slid 0.2 percent.
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.5 percent.
  • South Korea’s Kospi was little changed.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index contracts earlier added 0.2 percent.
  • Futures of S&P 500 Index were flat.

Commodity Cues

  • Brent crude traded unchanged at $69.31 per barrel.
  • West Texas Intermediate was little changed at $62.43 a barrel.
  • Gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,292.13 an ounce.

London Metal Exchange

  • Aluminium halted a two-day fall, ended 0.37 percent higher.
  • Nickel rallied for the fourth consecutive trading session, ended 1.43 percent lower.
  • Copper halted a two-day fall, ended 1.02 percent higher.
  • Lead ended 1.31 percent higher.
  • Zinc ended 2.59 percent higher.
  • Tin ended lower for the second day, down 0.09 percent.

Also read: Saudi Arabia's Gold Miner Plans to Be a Global Top-20 Supplier

Key Data/Events To Watch

  • 10:30am: Nikkei India Services PMI for March, prior 52.5
  • 10:30am: Nikkei India Composite PMI for March, prior 53.8
  • The monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday is projected to show non-farm payrolls up 180,000 in March, similar to the 186,000 average over the prior three months, after recent readings whipsawed analysts.

RBI Decision-Day Guide

India’s Monetary Policy Committee is set to cut interest rates for a second consecutive time today.

Forty one of the 43 economists polled by Bloomberg expect the MPC to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6 percent. In February, the MPC cut rates by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent.

Economists are divided on whether the MPC would change its stance to ‘accommodative’ to signal further monetary policy easing or if they will retain flexibility by holding the stance at ‘neutral’.

Read these to get up to speed:

  • RBI’s use of call money rate does not make sense, says Ananth Narayan
  • MPC’s Dilemma: How deep is the slowdown?
  • MPC needs to be mindful of core inflation, says JP Morgan’s Sajid Chinoy

Indian ADRs

All You Need To Know Going Into Trade On April 4

Stocks To Watch

  • Reliance Industries’ Jio entered into a definitive business transfer agreement with Haptik for around Rs 700 crore. The company will hold around 87 percent stake in the target company. Haptik is a conversational artificial intelligence platform.
  • Godrej Properties entered into a joint venture with a developer to develop 4.25 acres property in Mumbai. The project will offer approximately have 1 lakh square meters of saleable are and will be developed as a luxury project.
  • Indiabulls Housing Finance Q4FY19 Update: The company said it held cash and cash equivalents of Rs 27,512 crore, or $4 billion. The press release also stated that its CRAR on March 31 is over 24 percent, and the net gearing is at four times. To deliver 17 percent to 19 percent PAT growth in the current financial year, the company plans to raise a net total of ₹ 26,000 crore in the four quarters of the current financial year.
  • Gruh Finance and Bandhan Bank said that they received observational letters from stock exchanges, and the companies said they have received no-objection for the amalgamation of the companies. Gruh Finance said it will file the draft deal plan with NCLT.
  • Gujarat Gas received grant of authorization for six city gas distribution networks. The company has been granted 300 months of infrastructure exclusivity i.e. valid up to March 28, 2044 and 96 months of marketing exclusivity valid up to March 28, 2027.
  • Suven Life Sciences product patents in Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. The company said these patents will be valid through 2029 and 2036.
  • Mannapuram Finance infused Rs 263.92 crore in its arm. The company says that it recently subscribed rights issue of its subsidiary Asirvad Microfinance Limited to enhance its net worth. (Press Release)
  • Nalco’s Alumina output at a record 2.15 million tons for financial year 2019, as compared to last year’s 2.1 million tons. Aluminium production at 440,000 tons versus 426,000 tons. The company said net sales this fiscal year will be at Rs 11,397 crore versus Rs 9,376 crore, as earnings from exports jump to 18 percent. (Bloomberg News)
  • Shriram Transport Finance board approved increasing the medium term note program from Rs 5,000 crore to global medium-term note program of $2 billion by way of debt from international markets. The board also approved that external commercial borrowing to be raised up to $750 million.
  • Tata Global Beverages said its Russian arm has been liquidated consequent to the completion of the restructuring. The liquidation will not have any significant impact on the financials of the group.
  • CEAT Board approved amalgamation of wholly owned arm CEAT Specialty Tyres with self. The target company is engaged in the manufacturing of tyres for off-the-road vehicles.
  • Tata Coffee to consider dividend on April 19.
  • Coffee Day approved investment of Rs 26 crore in its material subsidiary Coffee Day Consultancy Services. The company says the acquisition will be completed before April 30.
  • Indo Rama-Synthetics allotted 8.3 crore shares at Rs 36 per share aggregating to Rs 298.8 crore to its Netherland arm.
  • Kanoria Chemicals and Industries commissioned its plant in Canada for production of automotive and industrial electronics with effect from April 2. (Alert: Company has market cap of Rs 276 crore)
  • Godrej Agrovet increased its stake in its arm Godrej Maxximilk from 52.06 percent to 62.97 percent.

Earnings To Watch

  • GM Breweries

Bulk Deals

  • AstraZeneca Pharma: ICICI Pru MF sold 1.25 lakh shares or 0.5 percent equity at Rs 2,000 each.
  • S H Kelkar: Fidelity Investment Trust acquired 19.56 lakh shares or 1.35 percent equity at Rs 151.26 per share.

Pledge Share Details

  • JSW Steel promoter group Danta Enterprises revoked pledge of 3.7 lakh shares on March 29.
  • Forbes & Company promoter Shapoorji Pallonji created pledge of 9.5 lakh shares on March 29.
  • Future Enterprises promoter group Central Departmental Stores released pledge of 12.14 lakh shares on April 1.
  • V2 Retail promoter group Unicorn Marketing revoked pledge of 7.7 lakh shares on April 2.
  • Adani Ports & SEZ promoter group Gautam Adani revoked pledge of 23.7 lakh shares on March 30.
  • JSW Energy promoter group Danta Enterprises revoked pledge of 13.75 lakh shares on March 29.
  • Eros International Media promoter Eros Worldwide revoked pledge of 10 lakh shares from April 2-3.
  • Future Life Fashions promoter Ryka Commercial Ventures created a pledge of 7.1 lakh shares and revoked pledge of 3 lakh shares from March 30 to April 1.
  • Future Retail promoter Future Corporate Resources released pledge of 3.63 lakh shares on April 1.

Trading Tweaks

  • Bharat Road Network price band revised to 10 percent.
  • Moving into short-term ASM Framework: Monnet Ispat & Energy, MT Educare.

Who’s Meeting Whom

  • Finolex Industries to meet Emkay Global Financial Services on April 4.
  • Mahindra Logistics to meet SBI Capital Markets on April 4.
  • Welspun Corp to meet Kotak Securities on April 4.

Insider Trading

  • Kesoram Industries promoter group Jayashree Mohta sold 65,000 shares on April 1.
  • Jindal Stainless promoter group Abhuday Jindal acquired 60,000 shares from March 29 to April 1.

Money Market Update

  • The rupee on Wednesday strengthened for the third straight session to its highest since June 26, 2018 to close at 68.42/$ . It closed at 68.74/$ on Friday.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty April Futures closed trading at 11730, premium of 87 points.
  • Max open interest for Apr 25 series at 12,000 Call (open interest at 23.6 lakh shares)
  • Considerable open interest for Apr 25 series at 11,500 Put (open interest at 21.3 lakh shares)
  • Max open interest for Apr 25 series at 11,000 Put (open interest at 24.7 lakh shares)

Stocks In F&O Ban

  • Adani Power
  • IDBI Bank
  • Jet Airways
  • Reliance Power
  • Jet Airways (new)

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.42 versus 1.52 .
All You Need To Know Going Into Trade On April 4

Brokerage Radar

Macquarie on Consumer

  • Expect FMCG demand to pick up post first half of 2019, led by government incentives and liquidity ease.
  • Believe price hikes and operating leverage will continue to support margins.
  • Pidilite: Initiated ‘Outperform’ with a price target of Rs 1,474.
  • Higher urbanisation to continue to help demand for building material products.

JPMorgan on Container Corp

  • Maintained ‘Overweight’ with a price target of Rs 600.
  • Volume growth moderates to 3 percent in March quarter.
  • Growth tad below expectation given some slowdown in EXIM trade.
  • Expect step up change in volume once DFC is ready

Goldman Sachs on TVS Motor

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 728.
  • Remarkable growth to continue; Expect 25 percent Ebitda CAGR till 2020-21.
  • See solid volume growth prospects.
  • Impeccable track record of new launches bodes well.

Morgan Stanley on Eicher Motors

  • Downgraded to ‘Equal-weight’ from ‘Overweight’; cut price target to Rs 21,331 from Rs 28,992.
  • Regulation driven price hikes led to sharp slowdown in volumes.
  • See margin headwinds; Expect 300 basis points margin contraction over FY19-21
  • RE will face competition from Jawa and Bajaj Triumph.

Morgan Stanely on SAIL

  • Maintained ‘Equal-weight’ with a price target of Rs 54.
  • March quarter dispatch volume surprised positively.
  • Realisation will decline QoQ, but strong volumes will lend operating leverage.
  • Strong Q4 volumes should support the stock in the near term.

Nomura on Small Finance Banks

  • Equitas: Initiated ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 165.
  • Positives: conservative approach, niche position in core segments and operating leverage.
  • RoA to improve to 2 percent by FY21; Valuation warrants re-rating.
  • AU Small Finance: Initiated ‘Neutral’ with a price target of Rs 590.
  • Best positioned among SFBs across most metrics.
  • Demanding valuations leave little room for disappointment.
  • Ujjivan: Initiated ‘Sell’ with a price target of Rs 315.
  • Concerned on its strategy to gain traction through liability business.
  • Lower RoA compared to Equitas warrants a discount.

Morgan Stanley on Amara Raja

  • Maintained ‘Overweight’ with a price target of Rs 1,065.
  • Johnson Controls confirmed that Amara Raja stake will also go to Brookfield.
  • This should meaningfully ease investor concerns on stake sale.
  • Don’t expect further sell-down by Brookfield any time soon.
  • New investor would likely look to create value first before exiting.