Friday, April 24, 2009

>Daily Market & Technical Outllok (ICICI Direct)

Market outlook

􀂃 Indian markets are likely to open flat following flattish global cues. Our markets are following global markets at this point of time but will keenly watch local developments on the election front in the coming weeks. Any hints of an unstable government will put pressure on the markets for the next month. We feel traders should book profits on every rise and not to go short at this point of time

􀂃 The Sensex has supports at 10970 and 10810 and resistances at 11210 and 11370. The Nifty has supports at 3390 and 3350 and resistances at 3450 and 3510

􀂃 Asian stocks were trading mixed in morning trade

􀂃 The Dow gained 70.4 points, or 0.9%, to 7,957.0. The S&P rose 8.37 points, or 0.99%, to 851.92. The Nasdaq Composite added 6.09 points, or 0.37%, to 1,652.2

􀂃 Stocks in news: JK Tyre, DLF

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>Daily Calls (ICICI Direct)

Sensex: We said, "Negative until Index can move above 11036." Index, however, decided to protect 10719, and moved above 11036. The close was nearly 3% higher, above the 200-day EMA. IT and Metal Indexes outperformed with over 5% gain. Though Small-caps under-performed, up only 1%, A/D ratio turned positive.

The action formed a strong bull candle with higher high as well as higher low compared to previous day. It appears to be strong effort to defend the Index after it broke last week's low of 10719 marginally. It also looks like a pull-back to the channel. More positive efforts can be seen if it sustains above the high of 11203, else ...

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>Daily Derivatives (ICICI Direct)

Derivative Comments

• The Nifty near month witnessed short covering followed by a drop in OI by 2.10 million shares whereas the May series added 3.59 million shares in OI. With the May futures trading at a premium of 8.80 points we feel long positions have been formed in this series in yesterday’s session

• The PCR-OI has jumped on account of 47260 contracts addition in Puts against unwinding of 13618 contracts in Call options. All the Puts ranging from 3200 to 3500 added significant OI wherein the maximum addition was seen in the 3400 Put with 26365 contracts followed by 14557 contracts addition in the 3300 Put and nearly 9500 contracts addition in the 3200 and 3500 Puts. With an overall drop in IVs, Put writing was seen in almost all these strike price options. On the other hand, maximum unwinding amounting to 6137 contracts was observed in the 3600 Call option. We feel some Call writers have unwound their positions at this level. Since the Put IVs of 3200 and below strike prices is still high, participants can write Puts of 3200 and below strike prices. The level of 3300 could continue to act as a strong support for the Nifty on a closing basis in today’s session as well

• FII Index futures depicted a rise in OI by 4.50% along with a net buy of Rs 239 crore

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>Flash Economics (ECONOMIC RESEARCH)

Are there OECD countries that have an interest in high oil prices?

High oil prices reduce global activity because the propensity to save is higher in oil-exporting countries than in oil-importing countries. However, some OECD countries could, on the contrary, benefit from additional growth (income) when oil prices rise. The characteristics of such countries are as follows:

− they have very large and stable market shares in oil-producing countries, which implies that their exports to these countries increase significantly when oil prices rise (e.g. Germany and Sweden);

− they benefit significantly from the falling interest rates (rising asset prices) resulting from the investment of oil-producing countries' surpluses in the markets (this is true for all countries, especially those in the euro zone).

Germany could therefore be a country that benefits from higher oil prices, but not the United States and Japan which export very little to oil-producing countries, and not France and Spain which export little to these countries.

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>Indian Cement Sector (ICICI Direct)

Near term macros improve…

With softening interest rates, sharp correction in coal and petcoke
prices and firming up of cement prices due to strong demand, we believe the near term macroeconomic conditions for the cement industry have improved significantly. We believe that due to healthier balance sheets, moderate consolidation, use of more cost efficient technology and change in the macro environment over the last two quarters cement players will be better off compared to the earlier
down cycle. We are initiating coverage on the cement sector with a positive view on Shree Cement, Orient Paper, JK Cement and UltraTech Cement, neutral on India Cement and negative view on ACC, Ambuja and Dalmia Cement.

Demand growth accelerates

After reporting cement dispatch growth of merely 6.7% in the first seven months of FY09 (April-October ’08), cement growth has accelerated to 10.5% in November ’08-March ’09. We believe the Indian cement industry will continue to grow by 1.2x GDP growth in FY10.

Oversupply is inevitable

About 62 million tonnes (MT) of cement capacity is scheduled to come on stream by the end of FY10. We expect the capacity utilisation of the industry to drop from 88% in FY09 and further to
79% in FY10. Thus, cement prices are likely to come under pressure with the beginning of the monsoon season.

Subsiding cost pressure to cushion margins in near term
A 4% cut in excise duty, sharp correction in imported coal, petcoke
and crude prices by 67.8%, 49% and 66% respectively from their peak levels have reduced cost pressures for the cement industry.Apart from this, softening of interest rates would reduce the interest burden of smaller cement players, who have funded their capex by debt and cushion their PAT margins. However, we believe that in the long run, the demand-supply situation will force cement players
to cut prices and pass on the benefits.

Some of the cement stocks are currently trading at valuations lower than the value given to loss making cement companies in the last 10 years. This is despite the fact that replacement cost for cement companies has increased significantly over the last decade. We believe that long-term value has emerged in select cement stocks. We also believe that companies that have completed a majority of their capacity addition, undertaken cost cutting measures or have
low cost structure with lower earning sensitivity to price declines will be better off compared to their peers. Timely capacity addition will reduce the payback period while a low cost structure will enable them to cut prices and push volumes in a down cycle. We prefer UltraTech Cement among large caps, Shree Cement in the mid cap space and JK Cement and Orient Paper in small caps.

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>The Asia Investigator (CITI)

Better Than Expected ≠ Good

Asia ex: The bull menu contains bigger EPS revisions, better economic numbers and plenty of liquidity — Earnings revisions have been worse than even during the Asian crisis but the cuts have been small. Economic numbers have come out worse than expected for the last 18 months but not for the past two months. This has given the market hope that the worst may be behind. However, better than expected does not mean out of the woods. There is plenty of excess liquidity due to the collapse of industrial production.

Japan: Signs of an environmental bubble—Shades of IT bubble of decade ago — In
some ways we think the current environment bears a certain resemblance to that of 1990-2000, when the IT bubble emerged. The global economic upheaval is larger now than it was then, and the monetary easing and fiscal mobilization in response have been much more dramatic. Still, just as the IT bubble emerged after the LTCM crisis in the US and financial crises in Russia and Asia, we think the current economic crisis might be followed by an environment-related bubble.

Singapore: Out of Recession by 4Q09; 12-month STI Target 2400 — 1Q GDP contraction of -11.5% is likely to be the worst. We expect a smaller rate of contraction in 2Q (-8.2%) and 3Q (-6.2%), with good chance of positive GDP growth in 4Q09 (+0.3%) and 1Q10 (+6.7%). We believe the recession will be over by the fourth quarter. Aggressive global fiscal and monetary easing, coupled with Singapore government’s fiscal measures, and the opening of the two integrated resorts by early 2010 will support the recovery.

Taiwan: Just One More Squeeze — We expect the market to peak soon, but
probably not before another upswing. Local liquidity is strong, short positions and QFII underweights are significant, and sales momentum, for now, remains positive.

Thailand: Short-Term Relief; Long-Term Settlement — The issuing of an Emergency Decree for Bangkok on 12 April paved the way for the Army to replace the Police in containing protestors under a firm policy stance by PM Abhisit of non-violence with minimum damage and human casualty.

Fun With Flows: Focus Shifted Towards Korea and Taiwan

To see full report: THE ASIA INVESTIGATOR


Unaudited Financial Results for the quarter ended 31st March, 2009

To see report: ESAB INDIA


Audited Financial Result for the year ended 31st March, 2009


■ Highest ever annual mined and safeable metal production of zinc, lead and silver.

■ The positive impacts of higher volume was more than offset by the negative impact of the lower zinc and lead LME.

To see report: HINDUSTAN ZINC


Audited Financial Results Standalone and Consolidated for the year ended 31st March 2009

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Audited Financial Results for the year ended 31st March 2009

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>Asia spot gold sideways; US Bks, GM concerns

Sydney - Spot gold traded sideways in Asia Thursday, with investor concern about the health of U.S. banks and potentially looming bankruptcy for General Motors feeding risk aversion.

Prices traded between $890.10 a troy ounce and $894.45/oz, little changed on the New York close.

Gold is likely to remain underpinned as the wider market awaits publication May 4 of the U.S. bank stress tests, which are designed to give a clearer picture of banks' ability to weather a prolonged economic downturn, said Wallace Ng, chief gold dealer at Fortis in HK.

"The stress tests are very important for the market. In the meantime, gold is starting to look good technically and is likely to break the $900/oz level next week," Ng said.

"We've probably seen the short-term bottom," he added.

However, other factors, including General Motors saying it doesn't plan to make a $1 billion debt payment due June 1 are hanging over the general market, feeding risk aversion that generally benefits gold.

Technical downside support for gold is at $865/oz.

In the short-term however, investor interest in gold appears muted, with exchange-traded fund gold holdings stalling. The largest, the SPDR Gold Trust has been unchanged since April 17 at 1,105.98 metric tons after some outflows last week, worrying market bulls.

Spot platinum and palladium prices were slightly lower, but are receptive to talk of U.S. ETFs being launched in May or June. "There's some buying ahead of those launches, but no confirmation yet," said Ng.

At 0626 GMT, gold traded at $890.75/oz, up 5 cents on the New York close. Silver prices stood at $12.35/oz, up 3 cents. Platinum was down $9.00 at $1,160.00/oz, and palladium was at $229.00/oz, down $2.00.

On Tocom, benchmark gold futures were Y12 higher at Y2,821 a gram, and platinum futures were at Y3,678/gram, up Y44.