Market Wrap: 15/06/2017 (17:00)
NSE-NF (June): 9599 (-39; -0.40%) (TTM PE: 24.25; Near 2 SD of 25; TTM EPS: 395; NS-9578)
NSE-BNF (June): 23394 (-92; -0.39%) (TTM PE: 29.42; Near 3 SD of 30; TTM EPS: 795; BNS-23392)
Key support for NF: 9580-9530/9505
Key resistance for NF: 9635-9675
Key support for BNF: 23200-23000
Key resistance for BNF: 23500-23650
Time & Price action suggests that, NF has to sustain over 9675 area for further rally towards 9715-9770 & 9825-9865 in the short term (under bullish case scenario).
On flip side, sustaining below 9655-9635 area, NF may fall towards 9580-9530/9505 & 9470-9405 area in the short term (under bear case scenario).
Similarly, BNF has to sustain over 23650 area for further rally towards 23750-23875 & 24000-24100 area in the near term (under bullish case scenario).
On the flip side, sustaining below 23600-23500 area, BNF may fall towards 23200-23000 & 22900-22700 area in the near term (under bear case scenario).
Nifty Fut (June) today closed around 9599, almost 39 points down after making an opening session high of 9626 and late day low of 9584. Indian market today opened gap down by around 15 points following tepid global cues after report of probe by US special Counsel Muller on Trump for the alleged Russian link, soft US economic data (core CPI/Retail sales) released yesterday, a hawkish hike by Fed indicating another hike in Dec’17 with gradual tapering of its B/S (QE bonds).
Although, overall statement of Fed was dovish as expected, it’s also maintained the previous guidance of another hike in 2017 (Dec); in addition to this, Yellen sounded somewhat hawkish in the Q&A session and termed the tepid US CPI as transitory. In brief, Fed may be optimistic about US growth, job market but quite pessimistic about inflation & also on the fiscal stimulus (Trumponomics). But, Yellen is not ready to acknowledge the subdued inflation and this Fed fantasy may be keeping the market in balance; as par Fed, consecutive rate hike is a sign of confidence on the US economy.
Having said that, although Fed looks very optimistic on US economy, market may not believe Fed fully, considering its past record of poor credibility and that’s why we may see range bound movement of USD, despite Yellen sounded surprisingly hawkish in its presser yesterday; divergence of US soft & hard data may also keep the market quite cautious about prospect of US economy.
Overall, for the US economy, real wage growth may be very tepid and this lack of wage inflation may be also affecting the US consumer spending or rather discretionary spending; a central bank monetary policy alone may not be sufficient to rectify it; some structural resolution is necessary (like job skill, proper education, automation issues etc).
But, more than Fed hike; taper tantrum may hurt the risk trade & specially EM assets. All eyes may be now on the PBOC/China for its monetary policy adjustments after Fed hike as historically it may be the primary source of concern after Fed hike; but PBOC has already tightened its monetary policy and Yuan is now relatively strong. So, even if PBOC do not tighten now, USDCNY, which is now around 6.75, may not break the 6.90-6.95 barrier.
But, as a result of a hawkish Fed, which is not only talking about multiple rate hikes, but also implementing it despite soft US economic data and also in the process of normalization of its B/S, other major central bankers may be now forced to be neutral or even hike by following Fed in order to keep the policy rate differential at present level. Thus, the era of easy money may be over for the time being, which is also not good for the risk/EM assets.
Back to home, RBI (India) may be constrained to be neutral in order to keep the policy parity with a hawkish Fed despite room for rate cut. All eyes may be now on the GST (disruptions) and PSBS consolidation & NPA resolution; Indian market may continue to digest the impact of GST on the Q1& Q2FY18 because of de-stocking both at manufacturing & dealers/retailers level for concern of input tax credit issues and changes in taxes.
Apart from GST concern, domestic market sentiment may be also affected by reports of acute cash shortage in different states as ATMS are running dry; SBI has reported almost 51% currency shortage in its ATMS. As cash withdrawal restrictions by the Banks are not in place now, informal economy may be again limping back, raising question of the overall DeMo exercise.
There was also some apprehensions about the efficacy of the Govt’s move to consolidate different smaller PSBS with some selected larger ones on region basis as this may not solve the core issues of NPA and recapitalization. On the other side, bigger PSBS having relatively strong B/S as of now may also be affected due to this merger/consolidation move. Already core EBITDA margin of big PSBS are in question now and the proposed consolidation may make the core operating margin weaker.
Private banks were under some pressure today after report that ICAI has written to the RBI, questioning the auditor’s role in the NPA divergence issue with the RBI report.
Today Nifty was helped by RIL (report of retail fuel outlets under Jio banner with BP), Auro Pharma (USFDA approval and optimistic management guidance about US business) and other Pharma scrips for USFDA approval of certain drug molecules.
Nifty was dragged by BPCL, ONGC, Gail (concerns of GST on oil products and daily price revision system; Govt’s move to consolidate or merge different Oil & Gas companies into 2-3 large entity; RIL’s plan of fuel retailing similar to telecom disruptions). Also, IT (TCS/INFY), PSBS (BOB/SBI), Private Banks (HDFC/ICICI/INDUSIND/AXIS/YES Bank) dragged the index. Metal counters were looking strong initially after reports of price surge of China steels due to planned production cut; but later they were also succumbed to general market weakness.
Elsewhere, in UK, BOE was in neutral mode as expected amid soft UK economic data & political concerns. But market was surprised by votes of 3 hawks in MPC for a rate hike; subsequently GBPUSD jumped but later again nosedived due to reality of UK political situation, Brexit uncertainty; it also seems from the overall language of BOE that they are quite confused amid higher inflation & weaker currency coupled with lower growth.
Meanwhile, GBPUSD again come into pressure as market may be realizing that despite some surprised hawks in MPC, Carney may not in mood to hike rates amid intensified UK political jitters; Theresa’s own leadership may be now in question.
Also, market was looking for some more BOE policy clarity in today’s evening Mansion House event, where Hammond & Carney were supposed to deliver some speech regarding UK monetary policy; but due to recent London fire incident, the event is cancelled for the time being. So GBP bulls might be disappointed, although BOE may publish the official speech of Carney later on. It was this Mansion House, where Carney first indicated about UK rate hikes in 2014; market may be looking for something similar now.
USDJPY is now trading around 110.30, jumped by almost 0.71% and approaching the key resistance zone of 110.60 after Yellen sounded quite hawkish contrary to earlier market expectations of a dovish stance. The rally is being further supported by Fed’s stance of gradual tapering of its QE bond (B/S) and upbeat US economic data just published.
Today’s US economic data came as:
NY Empire manufacturing index: 19.8 vs 4.0 expected (PRIOR:-1.00)
June Philly Fed index: 27.6 vs 24.0 expected (PRIOR: 38.8)
Initial jobless claims: 237K vs 242K estimate (PRIOR: 245K)
IIP (May): 0.0% vs +0.2% expected (PRIOR: 1.1%)
Thus, except IIP, all the other US economic data today is quite upbeat; but tepid IIP data may be also negative for the USD and market may again raised concern about true underlying US economic strength to withstand multiple Fed rate hikes.
In any way, USDJPY now need to stay above 110.60-111.75 for further rally; tomorrow’s BOJ meet may be vital now. BOJ is expected to be neutral as of now; but any indication of QQE bond tapering to counter Fed’s gradual tapering may also risk the USDJPY rally.
Technically, GBPUSD (1.2704) now need to sustain above 1.27952-1.28205 for any further rally; otherwise it may fall towards 1.25290-1.23640 in the coming days.
Article Courtesy: frontiza.com
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