Fund managers see S&P action as a blessing in disguise

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 28, 2012 18:41 hrs

Markets remained subdued between 18th and 25th of this month on account of two negative news, namely Macquarie’s Asia hedge fund exiting its short positions in Indian single stock futures and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) lowering India’s credit ratings to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’. Meanwhile, three of the four fund managers of Smart Portfolios Season 4 remained active.

VP (equity strategies), Motilal Oswal Securities

Parikh carried out 13 transactions during the period. He bought Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), Petronet LNG, HCL Technologies and Idea Cellular, whereas he exited Maruti Suzuki India, HDFC and GVK Power and Infrastructure with profits in the range of two to 10 per cent. However, he booked losses in Bharti Airtel and Tata Consultancy Services.

Parikh prefers to look at the S&P action as a blessing in disguise, as this will increase pressure on the government to accelerate reforms. He says he would prefer to increase exposure in pharma and will gradually take positions in the banking and auto sectors.

His current top holdings include Allahabad Bank, IDFC, Hindalco Industries, Ipca Laboratories and Power Finance Corporation. Parikhs’s net worth is at Rs 10.04 lakh, up 0.41 per cent.

Fund Manager (PMS), Centrum Wealth

Mittal carried out 17 transactions. He exited BASF India, Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation and ITC with gains of 22-32 per cent. He bought shares in companies like Dhanlaxmi Bank, Unichem Laboratories and Clariant Chemicals (India).

Mittal says the S&P downgrade threat is already discounted by the market, as there was no panic selling by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) or domestic institutional investors (DIIs). He views the development as a positive, as the pressure on the government would further increase to liberalise FII and foreign direct investment flows into the country. Some of the sectors he is watching out for include old private sector banks, minerals and energy and mid-cap pharma scrips.

His top holdings include Tide Water Oil Co (I), Balmer Lawrie & Co, Karur Vysya Bank, J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuti-cals and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation. Mittal’s net worth stands at Rs 10.38 lakh, up 3.84 per cent.

Head (technical and derivatives research), Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services

Mathews carried out six transactions. He exited Cairn India with a nine per cent loss. Meanwhile, he bought Escorts, Wockhardt, Strides Arcolab, MRF and Century Textiles and Industries. Cement, pharma and fast moving consumer goods are some of the themes he would watch out for. He says, “S&P has raised a red flag, which is a warning to go cautiously, and hence, the markets have not reacted adversely.”

His current top holdings include Aptech, Escorts, Hindustan Unilever, Tech Mahindra and MRF. Mathews’ net worth totals Rs 9.95 lakh, down 0.45 per cent.

Co-head (investment banking), Emkay Global

Parmar didn’t carry out a transaction during the week. His current top holdings include IVRCL, KSK Energy Ventures, Nestle India, State Bank of India and Indiabulls Financial Services.

Parmar views the S&P downgrade threat to have limited impact. Meanwhile, issues like slower gross domestic product growth, dismal corporate results, higher inflation, policy paralysis and negative surprises from the government will bring the markets down. He expects defensive counters to be in the spotlight. Parmar’s net worth is valued at Rs 10.11 lakh, up 1.16 per cent.

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