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Indian Indices Turn Volatile; Yes Bank Slips 5%
Wed, 19 Jun 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading marginally higher. Sectoral indices are trading on a mixed note with stocks in the consumer durables sector and banking sector witnessing maximum buying interest, while telecom stocks and healthcare stocks are trading in red.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 141 points while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 19 points. The BSE Mid Cap index is trading down by 0.3% and the BSE Small Cap index is trading down by 0.9%.

Speaking of Indian benchmark indices, note that overall, the Sensex PE ratio has been in expansion mode over the last five years.

Between the election results of 2014 and 2019, the Sensex PE expanded by 52%.

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The chart below shows the change in the Sensex price to earnings (PE) multiple over the last five years of Modi government.

Sensex Rally Driven by PE Expansion in Modi's First Term

Sensex Rally Driven by PE Expansion in Modi's First Term

What this means is that most of the gains in Modi's first term have come mostly from an expansion of valuation multiples and only partially due to earnings growth.

What are the implications for investors in Modi's second term?

Ankit Shah answers this question in one of the latest edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp. Here's an excerpt of what he wrote...

  • In my view, what worked in Modi's first term may not necessarily work in the second one. Back in 2014, you could have put your finger on a random set of stocks, and there were good chances you would make money.

    But right now, the circumstances are quite different. The overall markets are trading at elevated valuation multiples. The economy has been showing signs of fatigue. The financial sector is still in a mess. Unemployment levels are high.

    For much of Modi's first term, the global markets were in a bull run. However, global economic conditions are not as favourable now. There are growing fears of an impending global slowdown. There has been an escalation in the US-China trade war.

    Given all these factors, do not expect the markets to have a broad-based bull run in Modi's second term.

With the elections done, the markets will now move based on earnings visibility, economic policies, global sentiments, and so on.

So, look out for the stocks that will rise fast when the tide of the market turns up.

In the news from the engineering sector, shares of Jain Irrigation tanked over 20% after rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) downgraded the company's long-term issuer rating to 'IND BBB' from IND A-" with negative outlook.

Shares of the company were trading at their lowest levels since February 2005. The trading volumes more-than-doubled with a combined 53 million shares changing hands on the counter.

The rating agency said the downgrade reflects deterioration in the liquidity profile of the company on account of a delay in the realization of its receivables from its micro-irrigation systems (MIS) segment.

Here's an excerpt:

  • The rating watch negative reflects the risk of delay in the company's deleveraging plans or a further increase in its working capital requirement, resulting in further worsening of its liquidity position.

Reports state that Jain Irrigation had around 74% of its long-term debt obligations in foreign currency. The company hedges only a small portion of this debt, while profitability from overseas operations and derivatives help in mitigating the foreign exchange risk to an extent.

In the past four trading sessions, the stock has tanked 45% on reports of debt default.

However, the company denied and clarified last week that it "has not defaulted on any of its debt obligations and it is growth oriented, profit making, dividend paying entity".

Also, the company has decided to reduce the debt by Rs 20 billion through corporate action as intimated earlier post board meeting on May 30.

How this pans out remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on all the developments from this space.

Moving on to the news from the aviation space, the domestic air passenger traffic saw a rebound in May 2019 as it rose by 2.96% after a slump in April.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data, domestic airlines flew 12.2 million passengers in May 2019, as against 11.9 million passengers carried in the same month of last year.

In April 2019, domestic air traffic dipped 4.5% year-on-year which was the sharpest decline in at least five years. Suspension of operations by Jet Airways on April 17 due to lack of funds was one of the primary reasons why domestic air traffic saw a fall in that month.

In terms of market share, InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo) share price maintained its lead position with 49% share of the domestic passenger market in May.

SpiceJet's market share increased from 13.1% in April to 14.8% in May, giving it the number two spot. The passenger load factor for SpiceJet share price was 93.9% in May.

Speaking of aviation industry, looking at the current demand-supply scenario, air passenger traffic is slowing down.

A slowdown in passenger growth is due to several factors. These include frequent flight cancellations due to grounding of fund-starved Jet Airways' aircraft, pilot shortages faced by IndiGo, NOTAMs (notice to airmen) at various airports, and a rise in airfare etc.

In the last 5 years, we saw a surge of middle-class travelling by plane. But when the ticket price goes up, many of them prefer an alternate mode of transportation.

This can impact revenue and margin of airports at a time when many of them are undertaking large capex. The decline in passenger traffic follows the increase in airfares due to lower number of flights.

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KNR CONSTRUCTIONS Surges by 5%; BSE REALTY Index Flat (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 01:18 PM

KNR CONSTRUCTIONS share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 286. The BSE REALTY is down by 0.0%. The top gainers in the BSE REALTY Index is KNR CONSTRUCTIONS (up 5.1%). The top losers are PHOENIX MILL (down 0.1%) and OMAXE LTD (down 0.2%).

TATA ELXSI Plunges by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 0.8% (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 12:40 PM

TATA ELXSI share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 814. The BSE IT is up by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are TECH MAHINDRA (up 2.1%) and FIRSTSOURCE SOL. (up 1.8%). The top losers is TATA ELXSI (down 5.2%).

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH at All Time High; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 12:10 PM

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH share price has hit an all time high at Rs 4,995 (up 4.4%). The BSE HEALTHCARE Index is up by 0.1%. Among the top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index today are PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (up 4.4%) and SANOFI INDIA . The top losers include THYROCARE TECHNOLOGIES (down 0.2%) and CIPLA (down 0.2%).

NETWORK18 MEDIA Plunges by 6%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.3% (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 12:02 PM

NETWORK18 MEDIA share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 26. The BSE 500 is up by 0.3%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are CG POWER & INDUSTRIAL (up 9.8%) and RELIANCE INFRA (up 5.7%). The top losers is NETWORK18 MEDIA (down 5.8%)..

RELIANCE INFRA Surges by 8%; BSE POWER Index Down 0.1% (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 11:54 AM

RELIANCE INFRA share price has surged by 8% and its current market price is Rs 52. The BSE POWER is down by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE POWER Index is RELIANCE INFRA (up 8.4%). The top losers are SIEMENS (down 0.1%) and BHEL (down 0.3%).

Sensex Opens Flat; Automobile and Metal Stocks Drag (Today's Market)

Jul 17, 2019 09:30 am

Indian share markets open on a flat note with Sensex up by 20 points, while the Nifty is trading up by 7 points.

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