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Sensex Ends Marginally Higher; Oil & Gas Stocks Witness Buying
Fri, 18 Jan Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India ended their trading session marginally higher. Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the energy sector trading in the green and stocks from the telecom sector witnessing most of the selling pressure.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 13 points (up 0.03%) and the NSE Nifty stood flat. The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day down 0.8%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day down by 0.7%.

The rupee was trading at 71.14 against the US$.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng was up by 0.5% and the Nikkei 225 was up by 1.3%.

Stocks from the auto sector were trading on a negative note today with Bharat Forge and TVS Motors witnessing most of the selling pressure.

Speaking of the auto sector, note that one out of every three household in India is a buyer of their products. They own some of the cult brands in Indian automobile space.

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They have formidable R&D teams. They have been through several economic cycles over decades. Few have even visited near-bankruptcy in the past and come out successful.

Yet, some of the biggest passenger car, commercial vehicle, and two-wheeler companies in India have seen a huge dent in valuations in recent times. This is evident in the chart below:

Bluechip Auto Are Stocks Way Off Their Valuation Peaks

Tanushree Banerjee, Co-head of Research at Equitymaster believes, this could be the opportunity long term investors were waiting for.

In the news from pharma space, Aurobindo Pharma share price was in focus today as the company said it had acquired seven marketed oncology injectable products from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals for about US$ 300 million.

This includes an upfront cash payment of up to US$ 160 million and up to US$ 140 million in milestones.

In the news from airlines space, Jet Airways share price is in focus today as promoter Naresh Goyal has countered partner Etihad Airways' proposal to increase stake in the airline with an offer to invest Rs 7 billion.

As per the news, he has also proposed to pledge his entire shareholding with lenders while seeking to maintain at least a 25% stake. This is done so to resist pressure to reduce his holding and step aside.

Note that Etihad Airways is seeking a hard bargain, given the imminent risk of the grounding of aircraft by lessors, thereby triggering a rapid cessation of operations.

As per the news, a report suggested that Etihad Airways CEO Tony Douglas has communicated to the lead lender that it will not pay more than Rs 150 a share for infusing funds and sought a complete exit by Naresh Goyal and his family from any management or even advisory role in the Indian carrier.

Etihad has offered to invest in the domestic airline at discounted rate of Rs 150 per share. Along with this, Etihad has also agreed to infuse US$ 35 million from Jet Privilege, where it owns majority shares but after the due diligence is completed.

Etihad Chief Executive Tony Douglas has written to State Bank of India on the restructuring plan for the airline.

As per an article in The Economic Times, Etihad has sought exemptions from the markets regulator from making an open offer and preferential pricing guidelines.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • In addition, Etihad is also demanding that Mr. Goyal's future role as "Chairman Emeritus" should be "well defined," stressing that no board seat should be given for Mr. Goyal himself and no rights for him or his family and affiliates to act or represent the airline.

Shares of the company rallied around 18% in Monday's trading session on reports that the company is close to finalizing a resolution plan.

Last Friday, reports stated that the Tata-Jet Airways deal is back on the table.

The cash-strapped airline which had its credit rating cut to default this month is weighing a resumption of stake sale talks with Tata Group as the carrier is poised to run out of cash.

The creditors are open to lending US$ 500 million to Jet Airways if Goyal and Etihad inject a similar amount into the company. A decision will be made once a forensic examination being conducted into the airline's book is completed.

Jet's woes have worsened with higher oil prices and intense competition in 2018.

This would be the second time that the West Asian airline has come to the debt-laden carrier's rescue.

To know more about the company, you can access to Jet Airways' latest result analysis and Jet Airways' 2017-18 Annual Report Analysis on our website.

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