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Stocks To Watch: Jet Airways, Mindtree, Reliance Industries, Ultratech Cement, Yes Bank

Asian stocks posted further losses Friday following a weak U.S. equity session as investors worried anew about the impact of higher interest rates and the trade war on the outlook for earnings.

Shares in Japan, South Korea and Australia fell and futures pointed to losses in Hong Kong after the S&P 500 Index fell more than 1 percent and the Nasdaq 100’s drop topped 2 percent. The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India, fell 0.7 percent to 10,313.50 as of 7:50 a.m.

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

  • Reliance Industries to acquire 51.3 percent stake in Hathway Cable for Rs 2,940 crore and 66 percent stake in Den Networks for Rs 2,290. It will also make an open offer to existing public shareholders of the companies.
  • Videocon Industries: IDBI Bank has withdrawn nomination of Sanjiv Kumar Sachdev from the board of directors with effect from Sept. 17.
  • Yes Bank received a reaffirmation order from RBI a successor to Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of the bank should be appointed by Feb. 1, 2019. The Bank’s appointed selection committee is targeting to complete the recruitment process latest by mid-December this year.
  • NTPC is said to plan buying stressed power assets, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • Arcelor Mittal to pay $1 billion to creditors of Uttam Galva and KSS Petron to make its offer for Essar Steel eligible for consideration by Essar’s creditors committee. This council of creditors has 8 weeks to accept the offer, Bloomberg reported.
  • State Bank of India to consider raising of equity capital on Oct. 22.
  • Inox Leisure clarified that no negotiation has taken place between the company and Cinepolis India.
  • APL Apollo Tubes’ wholly owned subsidiary to acquire promoters shares and warrants of Apollo Tricoat Tubes at Rs 120 per share, discount of 11 percent to the current market price. The total acquisition would cost APL Apollo close to Rs 96 crore. Company would also make open offer to the public shareholders of Apollo Tricoat.
  • Fortis Healthcare And Religare Enterprises: SEBI directs Malvinder, Shivinder Singh, Religare Finvest Ltd. and seven others to repay Rs 403 crore to Fortis Healthcare Ltd. in three months. These 10 entities prevented from disposing off assets. Singh brothers not to associate themselves with affairs of the company.
  • Cadila Healthcare: Zydus receives tentative approval from the U.S. FDA for Colchicine Tablets. It will be manufactured at the group’s formulations manufacturing facility at SEZ, Ahmedabad. This medication is used to prevent or treat attacks of gout.
  • Tata Sons Ltd., the parent of Tata Group, is mulling acquiring stake in crisis-hit Jet Airways (India) Ltd., sources told PTI.

Nifty Earnings To Watch

  • UltraTech Cement

Other Earnings To Watch

  • SBI Life Insurance
  • ICICI Securities

Earnings Reactions To Watch

Reliance Industries (Q2, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 5.5 percent at Rs 96,167 crore.
  • Net profit up 0.4 percent at Rs 8,859 crore,
  • Ebitda down 1.7 percent at Rs 14,892 crore.
  • Margin at 15.5 percent versus 16.6 percent.
  • GRM at $9.5/bbl versus $10.5/bbl.

Also Read: Q2 Results: Reliance Industries’ Profit Meets Estimates On Petchem Boost

Reliance Jio (Q2, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 14 percent at Rs 9,240 crore.
  • Net profit up 11.3 percent at Rs 681 crore.
  • Ebitda up 13.5 percent at Rs 3572 crore.
  • Margin at 38.66 percent versus 38.81 percent.
  • Average Revenue Per User down 1.9 percent at Rs 132.

Also Read: Q2 Results: Reliance Jio Profit Rises On Aggressive Subscriber Additions

Mindtree (Q2, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 7.1 percent at Rs 1,755.4 crore.
  • Net profit up 30.4 percent at Rs 206.3 crore.
  • EBIT up 21.9 percent at Rs 229.5 crore.
  • Margin at 13.1 percent versus 11.5 percent.

Havells India (Q2, YoY)

  • Revenue up 23.3 percent at Rs 2,191 crore.
  • Net Profit up 4.7 percent at Rs 179 crore.
  • Ebitda up 2 percent at Rs 263 crore.
  • Margins at 12 percent versus 14.5 percent.
  • Gross margins down 400 basis points at 38.3 percent.

ACC (Q3 CY18, YoY)

  • Revenue up 10.2 percent at Rs 3,433.2 crore.
  • Net profit up 15.7 percent at Rs 205.6 crore.
  • Ebitda up 6.7 percent at Rs 442.7 crore.
  • Margin at 12.9 percent versus 13.3 percent.
  • Volumes up 10 percent at 6.55 MT vs 5.96 MT.
  • Ebidta/tonne at Rs 676 versus Rs 696.

Cyient (Q2, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 9.9 percent at Rs 1,186.9 crore.
  • Net profit up 54.9 percent at Rs 127.1 crore.
  • EBIT up 30.4 percent at Rs 123.9 crore.
  • Margin at 10.4 percent versus 8.8 percent.
  • Other Income at Rs 56.9 crore vs Rs 16.9 crore.

DCB Bank (Q2, YoY)

  • Net Interest Income down 19 percent at Rs 281.9 crore.
  • Net profit up 24.6 percent at Rs 73.4 crore.
  • Provisions at Rs 31.9 crore versus Rs 33.3 crore (QoQ).
  • GNPA at 1.84 percent versus 1.86 percent (QoQ).
  • NNPA at 0.7 percent versus 0.72 percent (QoQ).

Mphasis (Q2, QoQ)

  • Revenue up 5.2 percent at Rs 1,915 crore.
  • Net profit up 5 percent at Rs 271 crore.
  • EBIT up 4 percent at Rs 315 crore
  • EBIT Margin at 16.4 percent versus 16.5 percent.
  • Revenue growth on constant currency basis was 3 percent and 15 percent on a yearly basis.

Bulk Deals

  • DHFL Pension Reserves Investment Trust Fund sold 25.2 lakh shares or 0.80 percent equity at Rs. 245.92 each.

La Opala RG

  • ABG Capital sold 8.2 lakh shares or 0.74 percent equity at Rs. 225 each.
  • LTR Focus Fund sold 6 lakh shares or 0.54 percent equity at Rs. 225 each.
  • Steadview Capital Mauritius Limited sold 34.4 lakh shares or 3.1 percent equity at Rs. 225 each.
  • UTI Mutual Fund acquired 15.5 lakh shares or 1.4 percent equity at Rs. 225 each
  • DSP Blackrock Mutual Fund acquired 22.7 lakh shares or 2.05 percent equity at Rs. 225 each.

Insider Trades

  • Apollo Tyres promoter group acquired Classic Autotubes acquired 70,000 shares on Oct. 15.
  • NCL Industries promoters acquired 2.5 lakh shares on Oct. 10.
  • Cox & Kings promoter acquired 54,000 shares on Oct. 15.

(As reported on Oct. 17)

Trading Tweaks

  • Adlabs Entertainment Ltd. and Capri Global Capital Ltd. added to ASM Framework.
  • 8K Miles Software Services Limited retained in ASM Framework.
  • Indian Energy Exchange ex-date for stock split to Re 1 from Rs. 10.

Money Market Update

  • Rupee ended at 73.61/$ on Wednesday versus 73.47/$ on Tuesday.

Also Read: Oil Prices, Global Interest Rates Bigger Worries Than Rupee, Says Laijawala

F&O Cues

  • Nifty October Futures closed trading at 10444, premium of nine points.
  • Nifty October OI down 1.5 percent; Nifty Bank Oct OI down 12.7 percent.
  • Max OI for October series at 11,000 Call, OI at 57.8 lakh shares.
  • Max OI for October series at 10,000 Put, OI at 31.5 lakh shares.

F&O Ban

  • In Ban: Adani Power, DHFL, Jet Airways
  • New In Ban: DHFL, Jet Airways
  • Out of Ban: IDBI

Put-Call Ratio

  • Nifty PCR at 1.21 versus 1.24.
  • Nifty Bank PCR at 0.54 versus 1.19.

Brokerage Radar

On Reliance Industries

Credit Suisse

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’ with a price target of Rs 1,320, implying a potential upside of 15 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Refining surprised negatively while petchem continues to be solid.
  • Consumer businesses continue to scale well. Acquisitions to accelerate broadband ambitions.
  • Continue to like on combination of large cash generating businesses and high-growth consumer ones.

Nomura

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 1,480, implying a potential upside of 29 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter was marginally weaker. Further delay in petcoke gasification plant is disappointing.
  • Jio’s pace of subs addition remains strong. Profitability to get better.
  • New investments to facilitate Jio’s fibre to home foray.

IDFC Securities

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; cut price target to Rs 1,310 from Rs 1,350, implying a potential upside of 14 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Strong petchem metrics, Jio beat and strong retail results.
  • Key Negatives: Lower GRMs and higher interest costs.
  • Price target cut to factor in higher debt.

Deutsche Bank Research

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 1,270, implying a potential upside of 11 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Petchem and telecom drive robust growth in September quarter.
  • Feedstock flexibility to boost petchem margins.
  • Commissioning of petcoke gasifiers to improve refining margins from April 2019.

Macquarie

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’ with a price target of Rs 1,315, implying a potential upside of 15 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter was modestly ahead of estimates led by chemicals, retail and Jio.
  • Petchem margins led by strength in polyester chain and ethane feed stock sourcing.
  • Free cash flow likely to remain elusive and disappoint consensus.

Motilal Oswal

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 1,479, implying a potential upside of 29 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Consolidated Ebitda was in line led by healthy retail performance.
  • Robust volume growth, healthy deltas drive petchem profitability.
  • Jio to focus on subscriber growth in feature phone and postpaid segment.
  • Announced acquisition of cable cos to fasten FTTH rollout.

On Hathway and Den

IDFC Securities

  • Reliance Industries deal is the best thing that could happen to Hathway and Den.
  • Deal to address leverage, capex and competition issues.
  • RIL invested in MSOs to get access to LCOs given their fragmented nature.
  • Well capitalised and consolidated MSO space is negative for Broadcasters and DTH players.
  • Move Hathway and Den to ‘Under Review’ as more clarity required on role of these companies.
  • Dish TV: Maintain ‘Outperform’; cut price target to Rs 84 from Rs 111, implying a potential upside of 67 percent from the last regular trade.

BofAML

  • Dish likely to be vulnerable from RIL's acquisitions.
  • See pressure on high ARPU/HD subs which would pressure overall ARPU.
  • Hathway and Den to use funds to upgrade existing infrastructure.

On ACC

CLSA

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with price target of Rs 1,900, implying a potential upside of 23 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Positive surprise on cost and volumes offset by lower realisations.
  • Blended unit Ebitda declined to Rs 570 per tonne which was a disappointment.
  • Mgmt. fairly optimistic on demand outlook and focus on cost efficiencies.

Deutsche Bank Research

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; cut price target to Rs 1,730 from Rs 1,775, implying a potential upside of 12 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter missed estimates on weaker realisation.
  • Continues to deliver on cost control.
  • Better realisation and cost control to drive robust earnings growth.

Nomura

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 1,900, implying a potential upside of 23 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter was weak on lower realisations and rising costs.
  • Remain sanguine on a cement cycle upturn.
  • Rising costs inflation remains key risk to earnings in near term.

On Mindtree

Citi

  • Downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’; cut price target to Rs 1,090 from Rs 1,240, implying a potential upside of 11 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter was weak and open a negative catalyst watch.
  • Expect stock to correct given high expectations and sudden change in management commentary.
  • Cut price target on cut in EPS estimates and lower valuation multiple.

PhillipCapital

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; cut price target to Rs 1,020 from Rs 1,070, implying a potential upside of 4 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Muted revenue performance led by top client.
  • Remain concerned about increasing dependency on top client.
  • Expensive valuations leave limited upside from current levels.

IDFC Securities

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; cut price target to Rs 1,000 from Rs 1,160, implying a potential upside of 2 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Disappointing quarter considering strong exit rates of June quarter and a weaker rupee.
  • Management expects December quarter’s margins to be better, but revenue growth similar to that of the second quarter.
  • Revenue and margin miss doesn’t bode well for multiples.

Motilal Oswal

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; cut price target to Rs 1,125 from Rs 1,260, implying a potential upside of 15 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Revenue miss; Cautious macro commentary in contrast to current sector mood.
  • Customers engaging in short term contracts given uncertainty around Brexit.
  • Soft commentary for near term will weigh on the valuation multiple.

On NIIT Tech

Credit Suisse

  • Upgraded to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Neutral’; raised price target to Rs 1,375 from Rs 1,250, potential upside of 16 percent from the last regular trade.
  • September quarter reported strong numbers. Consistent pick-up in order wins.
  • Lift estimates by 11-12 percent based on the second quarter numbers.
  • Upgrade on better visibility of sustained growth in future.

Antique

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,700 from Rs 1,530, implying a potential upside of 43 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Solid performance in the second quarter on revenue and margins; Significant beat on both fronts.
  • Robust outlook continues; Deal pipeline getting stronger.
  • Believe NIIT Tech will be amongst the fastest growing mid-cap IT Company.

PhillipCapital

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,400 from Rs 1,300, implying a potential upside of 18 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Super strong performance across board.
  • Strong order inflow paves way for strong double-digit growth in 2018-19.
  • Reiterate positive stance and maintain it as top pick in midcap IT space.

On Havells India

CLSA

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 710, implying a potential upside of 21 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Switchgears reports strong growth and commodity volatility impacts cable margin.
  • Robust growth in ECDs continues; Lighting business margin stable.
  • Lloyd’s backward integration plans on-track.

Citi

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’ with a price target of Rs 726, implying a potential upside of 24 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Topline growth healthy, but margins impacted by commodity cost pressures.
  • High channel inventory, seasonal slackness, commodity cost and forex movements impacted Lloyd.
  • Maintain neutral on expensive valuations.

Credit Suisse

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; cut price target to Rs 700 from Rs 725, implying a potential upside of 19 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Very strong revenue growth but faced significant drop in margins in the second quarter.
  • Cut FY19-21 EPS estimates by 7 percent to reflect weaker-than-expected margins.
  • Remain positive on its ability to grow faster than market.

More Calls

Citi on Dilip Buildcon

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; cut price target to Rs 966 from Rs 1,271, implying a potential upside of 107 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Price target cut to factor in lower sales, margins and lower valuation multiples.
  • Cut EPS estimates over FY19-21 by 16-25 percent, while valuation multiple lowered due to recent derating.
  • Rising interest rates unlikely to have a significant impact on road project returns.

PhillipCapital on Cyient

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with a price target of Rs 940, implying a potential upside of 40 percent 40 percent from the last regular trade.
  • Strong revenue performance while margins came way above estimates.
  • Growth outlook for next year remains upbeat.
  • Perfect way to play the growing ERD segment.