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Last Updated : May 21, 2012 08:45 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

How your favourite stocks stack up for trade next week

This week‘s 'Know Your Investment', Pankaj Pandey, Head-Research, ICICI Direct, helps investors make the right decisions.

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World shares slid and German borrowing costs hit record lows on Friday as a deepening Spanish banking crisis, uncertainty about Greece's future in the euro zone and lacklustre US data bolstered safe-haven assets.

Back home, the BSE Sensex recovered from its lowest intraday level since January 9 to gain on Friday after stronger-than-expected earnings from State Bank of India relieved concerns about non-performing assets and credit growth in the lending sector.

Stocks pared early session losses which were triggered by continued weakness in the rupee which hit a new life low in the session.

Analysts said the gains on Friday would prove temporary, and that concerns about global markets, as well as about India's economic and fiscal challenges would soon dominate trade.

In this week's 'Know Your Investment', Pankaj Pandey, Head-Research, ICICI Direct, helps investors make the right decisions on thier stock investments.

Below are the answers to the stock queries investors had posted on the moneycontrol.com Facebook page.

Puneet Kshatriya: What is your six-month target for NTPC?

Pandya: Given the environment with respect to the power sector we believe NTPC is favorably placed in terms of fuel security (to maintain 80%+ PLFs for coal based power plants) but  lower PAF due to  muted coal production (resulting in under-recovery of fixed charges), capacity slippages and back down by SEBs are key risks for the company. At the CMP of Rs 147 the stock is trading at 1.7x which is historically low. Given if incremental reforms starts happening in the sector and NTPC ramps up its own capacity in the 12th plan timely, we believe the stock will be re-rated. However over a period of 6 months one can expect levels of Rs 160-170 on the stock. And any deep correction should be an opportunity to buy.

Singh Bhupendra: What is your call on Bharti Airtel?

Pandya: Airtel continues to be our top pick in the telecom sector with marquee subscriber quality. The African operations have also started to meaningful improvement from last quarter onwards. It would be generating free cash flow in excess of Rs 10000 crore each year which would be used to repay the debt. Led by improving operational performance and reduction in interest outgo on account of debt repayment, we expect the EPS to double to Rs 22.7 by FY14E from FY12 EPS of Rs 11.2. We have a buy rating on the stock with a target price is at Rs 420.

Krishnandan Singh: What about Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Reliance Industries?


RIL: The Singapore GRM's have remained steady over the past months at ~US$6-8 per barrel and expected to remain around current levels. Also petrochemicals division is expected to remain stable. However, gas production from KG basin has been a concern for RIL and would be important to watch out for in the future. Triggers will be approval from government for further capex. Recommend hold at 11.4x FY12 EPS of Rs 61.

IOC: Government policy on subsidy sharing and prices hike in petroleum products would be key determinant for the stock. We believe price hike in petroleum products like diesel & petrol after the ongoing Budget session could act as a trigger for the stock. At current valuation of 7.9 x FY13E EPS of Rs 34 & 1.1x FY13E BVPS of Rs 254.1, we recommend a BUY rating on the stock with a price target of Rs 350 (Rs 50 per dollar, Brent Crude $115 per bbl)

Anoop Srivastava: What is your view on the sugar sector?

Pandya: With the expected production of 26 million tonnes in 2011-12, sugarcane arrears have crossed more than Rs 9000 crore, which has compelled government to allow more than ~3 million tonnes of export in the current year. The continuous challenge industry countenance is regulations in terms of mandatory levy quota, arbitrary sugarcane pricing and fixed free sale quota every month.

Though, long term growth of the industry depends on how and when government let loose some of these control, but next season certainly looks brighter than current on the back of expected drop in sugar production. We believe investors can look to invest in Balrampur Chini at the current levels. However it is very important to exit these stocks at the right time with the 20-30% return in 12-18 months.

Akash Nandgaokar: What is your target on Infosys?

Pandya: Infosys revenue growth continues to be driven by consulting and system integration (C&SI) services, which are generally lumpy relative to infrastructure management and Application maintenance services. Noticeably, C&SI together constituted 31.2% (USD 2.2 billion) of FY12 revenues vs. 23.4% ($ 0.7 billion) in FY07 and implies that the company is better placed to capture the revival in the demand. The stock is attractively valued and is a BUY with a target price of Rs 2720  

Tushar Mehta: Which is the Best Dark Horse stock one can invest for better returns from a two-year perspective?

Pandya: Bank of Baroda


Jitendra Gaglani: Is Rs 112-113 the right price to buy IDFC now or is further fall anticipated?

Pandya: Would prefer frontline Banks compared to NBFCs

Radhika Vishwanathan: I am holding 100 shares of Cairn India at Rs 381. What should I do?

Pandya: Cairn India has recently increased its Rajasthan potential resource to 7.3 billion boe from 6.5 billion boe. The risked in place prospective resource has been revised from 2.5 billion boe to 3.1 billion boe. Also, the increase in peak gross production level in Rajasthan from 240,000 bopd to 300,000 bopd would add value to the stock going forward.  We estimate gross production from the Rajasthan field at 182,480 boepd and 200.000 in FY13E and FY14E, respectively with upside potential subjective to expedited government approvals. We recommend the stock with target price of Rs 366.

Indrajit Ghosh: Can you suggest four stocks with strong growth and fundamentals for long-term?

Pandya: Infosys, Bank of Baroda, Bharti Airtel and Maruti

Shibu Kola: Is Alembic Pharma a multibagger?

Pandya: Alembic Pharma does not appear to be a multibagger in the Pharma space as even after a history of 105 years, it remains a relatively marginal player with main focus in Anti-infectives, which although form largest part of Indian domestic formulations, face severe pricing pressure from local and MNC players. EBITDA margins in the range of 13-16% indicate the pricing pressure. The company has no major traction from exports as well. The only bright sides-1) ~2% dividend yield and 2) High return ratios.

Chandan Paul: What is your view on Unitech?

Pandya: We do not have coverage on the stock. But in the sector, we continue to prefer Oberoi Realty given its debt free balance sheet and strong sales momentum with a TP of Rs 270 and Sobha Developers which has exhibited strong volume and is on course for its debt paring plans. We have a TP of Rs 325 for Sobha.

Sumeet Kharwal: What is your view on ICICI Bank and Axis Bank?

Pandya: We have a buy on Axis Bank with a target price of Rs 1274

Dipen Bepari: What about Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) and Shipping Corporation of India? Is this time to buy or wait?

Pandya: SCI's operating performance has been under pressure with operating margin declining from ~ 20 % in FY11 to ~ 10% in FY12E. The lower operating performance has been due to dual impact of lower freight rates and higher bunker (fuel) cost (which has risen from ~ 22% of revenues in Q1FY11 to 42% in Q3FY12). SCI's inopportune fleet expansion has also added to its woes with increased interest and depreciation expense. We expect the operating performance to remain stressed owing to the bleak freight rate scenario across SCI's fleet categories and higher interest and depreciation to further negatively impact the profitability. From the valuation perspective though the stock is available at 0.4x FY13E book value, we do not recommend investment in the stock as the stock is expected to report a loss at the net level in FY13E.

IOB earnings continue to remain volatile and its core performance has not picked up pace. Prefer large cap banks

Senthil Kumar: Can I accumulate IDBI Bank for the long-term?

Pandya: IDBI Bank is attractive from the Valuation perspective, however would prefer tier 1 banks such as Bank of Baroda

Darshit Dholakia: I have 75 shares of Adani Enterprises at Rs 283 and 70 shares of Bharat Heavy Electricals at Rs 242. What should I do now?

Pandya: As far as BHEL is concerned valuations at 10x on FY14E EPS seems inexpensive but will continue to underperform the markets given the structural reforms in the power sector happen. One can buy BHEL at these levels but has to be from at least 3-5 year perspective as the bleak order inflows of FY12 will lead to earnings moderation in FY13-FY14. Otherwise one can also look at L&T where revenue visibility is much stronger in relation to the attractive valuations.

First Published on May 19, 2012 04:17 pm