The Indian stock markets recouped most of the morning session losses on account of buying interest in heavyweights during the last two hours of trade, and are now trading near the dotted line. Stocks from the capital goods, power, auto and Public Sector Units (PSU) are leading the pack of gainers while those from consumer durables and FMCG
space are trading weak.
Power stocks have been trading mixed with GVK Power & Infrastructure, Jaiprakash Power and Neyveli Lignite leading the pack of gainers. However, CESC Ltd and Reliance Power are trading weak. As per a leading financial daily, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is likely to shut down NTPC Hydro Ltd (NHL) and exit a joint venture (JV) with European company Alstom SA . This will be done as a part of a restructuring exercise suggested by Deloitte. Besides, Deloitte has suggested NTPC to make a timely exit from equipment manufacturing joint ventures such as NTPC-BHEL Power Projects Pvt. Ltd, BF NTPC Energy Systems Ltd (BFNESL) and NTPC-Telk, a tie-up with Transformers and Electricals Kerala Ltd. The company is considering restructuring for proper management and on account of the limited resources. It is important to note here that while NHL was set up to develop small- and medium-sized hydropower projects, whereas NTPC-Alstom, was set up for renovation and modernization of power plants. The spokespersons from all the involved entities have declined to comment. The stock of the company is trading in the green.
Auto stocks have been trading mixed as well with Ashok Leyland, Tube Investments and Force Motors leading the pack of gainers. However, Maharashtra Scooters and Bajaj Auto are trading weak. As per a leading financial daily, Maruti Suzuki Ltd will not be able to launch its 660cc 'K' cars in the Indian market to be displayed at auto expo in January 2012 on account of high prices. The model in question was seen as Nano competitor. The management however says that these models have higher technology level than a Nano ('K' cars offer mileage as much as 30.2 kmpl while Nano returns 25 kmpl of petrol) and will not be launched as per the schedule as they will turn out too costly for the Indian market where customers usually associate the engine capacity with the price of a car while buying. It is important to note here that Nano has not been successful commercially and other leading automakers are not interested in entering this segment. The stock of the company is trading firm.