Nifty Eyes 8150; SBI Tanks 5%, Auto & Oil Stocks Lead

Bussing stocks11:55 am Exclusive: Speaking to CNBC-TV18 from the sidelines of Pune Inc Conclave Power Minister Piyush Goyal said demonetization has huge advantages. It will take India to digital banking and make it a cashless society.

He said the government will use the money from demonetization to pump prime economy.

When asked what one should expect from the Union Budget on February 1, Goyal said ‘Good things’. He said: “The Finance Minister over the last three Budgets – July’14, Feb’15 and Feb’16 has consistently worked on a series of measures. He focused on a sustainable framework for India’s development.”

FM Arun Jaitley never tinkered with rates, minor changes but looked at structural improvements, so that India could move towards and economy, which like China sees 2-3 decades of high-level growth, said Goyal.

11:45 am Sameer Nair Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms says that new shows have a much lower margin and hopes to have 10 shows on air by FY17 end.

TV business gross margin is likely to be up 25 percent by this fiscal year, he believes.

The plan now is to get next releases of movies in the next fiscal year, he says, adding that film business will likely book profit in FY18.

Balaji Telefilms will look to air new shows on Sony, Sun TV and Doordarshan.

11:30 am Exclusive: The demonetization move by the government on November 8 seems to have put the buzzing FMCG sector on a pause mode.

Industry sources told CNBC-TV18 that top FMCG companies like HUL , Nestle India , ITC, as well as Dabur are adopting a ‘wait and watch’ mode with regards to new product launches and may defer new launches of high-end, premium products by one-two quarters.

They would look at geography specific launches to minimise the impact of demonetization, say sources, adding that the worst hit categories are luxury chocolates, premium cookies and ice-creams.

Nestle, ITC may defer launches in premium chocolate, confectionery & cookies space, and HUL, Dabur may defer product launches in premium personal care space, say industry sources.

The market has recovered from early weakness but the Nifty is almost nearing 8150. The 50-share index is up 6.80 points at 8121.10 and the Sensex is up 21.34 points at 26337.68. About 1457 shares have advanced, 652 shares declined, and 112 shares are unchanged.

Bharti Airtel, Cipla, Hero MotoCorp, BHEL and Bajaj Auto are top gainers while ICICI Bank, Wipro, TCS and Axis Bank are losers in the Sensex. SBI is down 5 percent intraday on Monday after RBI increased cash reserve ratio (CRR).

India is proving to be immune from the heavy selling in global emerging market debt, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clampdown on undeclared cash has sparked expectations of a rate cut and pushed issuers to take advantage of low yields.

Indian Railways Finance Corporation, NTPC, Vedanta Resources, Exim India and Axis Bank all rushed to print rupee notes last week to access cheaper funding.

“The debt market is very compelling,” said Killol Pandya, head of fixed income at Peerless Funds Management. “Issuers that were otherwise going to banks are approaching the bond market as banks are yet to cut lending rates.”

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