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Markets may consolidate with positive bias

Markets heading towards Union Budget, which is one of the most important external domestic events; Jan 26 (Thu) is a trading holiday for Republic Day

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During the January 20-ended week, BSE Sensex climbed 361 points to 60,622, and NSE Nifty jumped 71 points to 18,028, while the broader markets underperformed the benchmark indices, with the Nifty Mid-cap and Small-cap indices falling 0.7 percent and 1.1 percent. FIIs remained net sellers for yet another week, but overall the selling seems to be slowing down to some extent. Market experts feel that the issue of the FIIs may be shifting their money from India, an expensive market, to cheaper markets like China and Hong Kong is over stated as Indian economy is now the fastest growing economy among the larger economies. Ahead of the Union Budget, there is speculation that budget will be eyeing the Assembly elections of nine States in this year and the general elections in the coming year. After the roll out of the PLI scheme with an outlay of about Rs2 lakh crore for as many as 14 sectors, including automobiles and auto components, whitegoods, pharma, textiles, food products, high-efficiency solar PV modules, advance chemistry cell and speciality steel; the industry observers say the government is likely to extend fiscal incentives for the production of toys, bicycles, and leather and footwear in the forthcoming budget to cover more high-employment potential sectors. Allocation could go up for Railways and Jal Jeevan Mission. It is pertinent to observe that in the Union Budget, railway forms about 15 percent of the capital expenditure by the Government. Broader focus of the government would be revamping rail network, rail electrification, station redevelopment, Vande Bharat trains among other things. Expectations are that to bring parity into tax treatment, and for the computation of capital gains tax, the holding period for units of REITs and InvITs may be standardised at 12 months, instead of 36. Concessions are expected for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure installation, such as charging stations in addition to concessions for new EVs which can expedite the adoption of EVs for commercial purposes and speed up its presence in the last-mile delivery services.

Market players are a bit edgy about FM's call on long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax rates in Budget 2023. Tax experts feel any tinkering with LTCG tax rates could dampen investor sentiment. The debate is whether the FM will leave a considerable amount of wealth with investors to boost equity market sentiment or get her pound of flesh from recent gains. Near-term direction of the market will be dictated by F&O settlement, macroeconomic data, Q3 results, dollar-rupee movement, international crude oil prices and global cues. At the start of coming week, market will first react to quarterly earnings announced by major companies like Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Ultratech Cement.Major companies announcing their earnings next weekare Axis Bank, Maruti Suzuki India, HDFC Asset Management Company, Bajaj Auto, Cipla, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Tata Motors, Bajaj Finance, NTPC, AmberEnterprises India, Canara Bank, Container Corporation of India, Gland Pharma, IDBI Bank, Jindal Stainless, Poonawalla Fincorp, Syngene International, Tata Communications, Colgate-Palmolive, Pidilite Industries, SBI Card, TVS Motor Company, United Spirits, Amara Raja Batteries, Dixon Technologies, DLF, Indian Bank, Patanjali Foods, Vedanta, and Bharat Electronics.

Listening Post: What makes people successful is different from what makes them a good performer. Some of the most interesting lessons in the emerging science of success are about failure. Market prices can be determined far more by popularity than most of us would care to admit. Performance is deeply linked to the individual. It follows a bounded distribution: the best in the world are barely separated from each other. Our ability to create and capitalize on ideas is constant. It varies little, if at all, from young adulthood to old age. Success, on the other hand, is "the collective response of the community to your performance and how well it acknowledges or rewards you for that."

As measured by income or wealth or fame or the like, success is an unbounded distribution: "Most people have very little, and a few have many orders of magnitude more." Why have Google and Amazon come to dominate online search and retailing? Many credit it to a process called preferential attachment.

Through this, networks expand explosively as new nodes link most often to those that are already most widely connected. That doesn't mean, however, that Inc or Alphabet Inc, the parent of Google, are destined to become irresistible monopolies. External innovation could still disrupt them. Imagine what would happen if 3-D printing became ubiquitous and we could make everything we want at home. We wouldn't need Amazon to ship it to us. Networks can falter. When your network oversteps the boundaries of the community where you are welcome, you may find it's no longer a proper fit.

Something similar may have happened to cryptocurrencies over the past year or so. They went from being traded among an insular group of enthusiasts to a broader pool of speculators. There is a tendency called noise where our judgments to be swayed by such irrelevant factors as mood or time. At the top levels of performance, where meaningful differences among competitors are the smallest, noise may loom largest. That's when our minds are likely to fixate on less-significant contrasts. Perhaps the most startling point is that people's ability to create and capitalize on ideas is constant. It varies little, if at all, from young adulthood to old age.What does vary? Persistence.If you're good at something, that's like having loaded dice.

"If you only roll once, you're wasting your chances. You have to roll over and over again!" You should review potential investments in random order, lest you be influenced by whether they come toward the beginning or the end. Sleep on important investment decisions: Today's good or bad idea may seem the opposite tomorrow, and thinking twice will improve your odds of making the right choice. Above all, never stop learning about the markets; your best idea may be yet to come.

Quote of the week: It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong.

— George Soros

Too many investors become obsessed with being right, even when the gains are small. Winning big and cutting your losses when you're wrong are more important than being right.


Ahead of the settlement week, the tug of war between bulls and bears continued and intraday volatility remained very high during the week ended. Maximum Call Open Interest was seen at 18,100 strike followed by 18,500 and 18,200 strikes; whereas the maximum Put Open Interest was seen at 18,100 strike followed by 18,000 and 17,800 strikes. Nifty 18100 strike is the pain point where Calls and Puts are concentrated. Implied Volatility (IV) of Calls closed at 13.54 per cent, while that for Put options closed at 14.12 per cent. The Nifty VIX for the week closed at 13.96 per cent. PCR of OI for the week closed at 1.06. Nifty is expected to be in between 17800 to 18200 levels whereas Bank Nifty has major support at 41800 level. January 26th is a trading holiday on account of the observance of Republic Day. As the markets head towards the Union Budget which is one of the most important external domestic events, it is likely to consolidate with a positive bias. Analysts expect the government to focus on infrastructure with increased capex outlay. Expectations are high that defence, railways, and roads could continue to witness significant allocation in the Budget. Infrastructure, Capital Goods and Cement sectors would continue to remain in the spotlight. Three major auto companies Maruti, Bajaj Auto and Tata Motors will report their numbers in the coming week. Maruti has already corrected 7-8% from its near term high, the valuation looks quite attractive from here.At a time when there are global recession worries, commentary of the management of Tata Motors will be key for near term move of the stock price.In the EV space, the company's new launches will be another key watch-out.Sluggish demand may see Bajaj Auto underperform from current levels also. Renewed interest likely in Financials and Banking counters. PSU banksnumbers are in line and better than the market expectations. Stock futures looking good are ACC, Hindalco, L&T, HDFC Bank, Power Grid, Ramco Cements and Persistent Systems. Stock futures looking weak areAstral, Dixon, CUB, LTTS, PVR and TVS Motors.

Cherukuri Kutumba Rao
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