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Sensex Trades Marginally Lower; Telecom Stocks Witness Selling
Tue, 21 Feb 11:30 am

After opening the day on a flat note, the Indian share markets witnessed choppy trades and are presently trading marginally lower. Sectoral indices are trading on a mixed note with stocks in the telecom sector and FMCG sector witnessing maximum selling pressure. Consumer durables stocks are trading in the green.

The BSE Sensex is trading down 49 points (down 0.2%) and the NSE Nifty is trading down 12 points (down 0.1%). The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.3%, while the BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 0.2%. The rupee is trading at 66.99 to the US$.

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As per an article in the Economic Times, the yearly SBI Composite Index (YoY) for February 2017 improved to 49.5 compared to last month's index of 47.0. The data indicated some improvement in the manufacturing activity.

However, the index declined sequentially, thereby indicating that full-fledged recovery in output may take some more time. The monthly Index declined marginally to 49.2 in February 2017 from 50.9 in January 2017.

Much of the fall in manufacturing activity is seen on the back of government's notebandi move.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel stated that India's growth will bounce back after a sharp notebandi-driven slowdown.

However, if one has to go by the ground realities, the economy is still facing troubles from notebandi. The government will continue with its lies and tell us that all is well on the notebandi front, but that doesn't make the situation any better for the common man.

In other major news, the country's highest valued company on the stock market - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) - has announced a share buyback plan of up to Rs 160 billion. This is recorded as the biggest share buyback ever in the Indian capital market.

The proposed shares represent 2.85% of the total paid up equity share capital at Rs 2,850 per equity share. The buyback price is 13.7% higher than TCS's current market price.

The number of companies going for share buybacks has been on the rise lately. The trend picked pace from FY16, where a total of sixteen companies went for buybacks. The chart below shows the value of shares purchased through buybacks over the years. FY16 was comparatively a poor year in this regard. But on a YoY basis, the figure was higher by about 4x.

FY16 Sees an Uptick in Buyback of Shares

As regards FY17, many companies have already taken the plunge, while some are in the process. And going by the momentum, more could follow in the coming days.

So what should long-term investors do?

Doing nothing during a buyback may not be satisfying to many investors. Receiving cash may seem to be a better option. But remember, if you really are a long-term investor, buybacks could increase the value of your existing shares. The reduced number of outstanding shares will boost per share earnings as well as RoE. And in the long run, these two measures matter more than anything else.

In all, we believe investors should consider buybacks on a case-by-case basis.

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