HT Image
HT Image

Don’t nest all your eggs in cheap market

With the global economy still wading through unclear waters, the ideal investment theme should be sticking to companies that are least-affected by a global slowdown, reports Vyas Mohan.
By Vyas Mohan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2008 10:01 PM IST

With analysts predicting that the equity markets could hit the bottom any day, the time seems to be ripe for investors to do some value buying.

However, with the global economy still wading through unclear waters, the ideal investment theme should be sticking to companies that are least-affected by a global slowdown.

“Telecom is one such sector where the growth story is intact. Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and capital goods also look good, as a major part of the businesses is driven by domestic consumption,” says Mahesh Bhagwat, head of equities of Mape Admisi Securities.

Though a 40 per cent fall in benchmark equity indices from their all-time highs that ensued a shaky global economic scenario has seen analysts predicting a market bottom close by, it may not be wise to nest all your eggs at one go.

According to the Fibonnacci school of thought in technical analysis, the markets could settle down at 50 per cent retracement levels. This means that the likelihood that an asset’s price will retrace a certain portion of its original direction, which is upward in this case, is more.

“The Nifty could test 3,500-levels. We have historically seen markets find rock bottom at 50 per cent retracement levels. Investors could use 25 per cent of their funds to buy quality stocks at current levels and also look to buy more at lower levels,” said Vijay L Bhambwani, CEO of BSPLindia.com.

The big fall since January 2008 has seen once-fancied stocks turn dirt-cheap. “Stocks of private sector banks and oil exploration companies look good at these levels,” said Bhambwani.

While the BSE Realty index is trading 37 per cent lower from year-ago levels urging companies in the pack to go for share buybacks, the BSE Bankex has fallen 25 per cent in the same period.

Chartists have said that the fifth wave or the final leg of the bull-run (according to Elliott Wave Theory – another method of technical analysis) that started from 10,500-levels on the Sensex in July 2006 ended on June 8, 2008, with the Sensex recording an all-time high close of 20,873.33 points.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Adani Group has made the highest offer among the four bidders of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>31,250 cr for buying DHFL’s entire business.(MINT_PRINT)
Adani Group has made the highest offer among the four bidders of 31,250 cr for buying DHFL’s entire business.(MINT_PRINT)

DHFL resolution: Lenders approve Piramal's bid

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 08:29 PM IST
Piramal's bid received 94 per cent votes as compared to 45 per cent for the US-based Oaktree Capital.
Close
The IPO consists of fresh stocks of up to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to 58,40,000 equity shares.(iStock)
The IPO consists of fresh stocks of up to 300 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to 58,40,000 equity shares.(iStock)

Indigo Paints to come up with its IPO on January 20. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 07:16 PM IST
For the initial share sale 1,488- 1,490 has been set as the price band. The public issue would get 1,170.16 crore at the upper end of the price band.
Close
IRFC has fixed the price band for its public issue at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25-26 per equity share.(iStock)
IRFC has fixed the price band for its public issue at 25-26 per equity share.(iStock)

Indian Railway Finance Corporation IPO opens tomorrow

Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:20 PM IST
The Union cabinet had approved listing of five railway companies in April 2017. Four of them have been listed.
Close
The company does not disclose country-specific subscriber numbers. While previously, APV service was bundled with the Prime offering of the e-commerce giant, the latest partnership with Airtel will allow prepaid users of the telecom major to watch APV content as a standalone offering.(Screengrab)
The company does not disclose country-specific subscriber numbers. While previously, APV service was bundled with the Prime offering of the e-commerce giant, the latest partnership with Airtel will allow prepaid users of the telecom major to watch APV content as a standalone offering.(Screengrab)

Amazon Prime Video to continue investing in local content, expanding reach

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:05 PM IST
APV, which has recently partnered with Airtel to bring a mobile-only plan (a global first) for Indian users, competes with platforms like Netflix, Disney Hotstar, Zee5 and others in the country.
Close
The petition has contended that the Centre and RBI have failed to protect the interests of the shareholders.(Mint file photo)
The petition has contended that the Centre and RBI have failed to protect the interests of the shareholders.(Mint file photo)

Plea in HC against Lakshmi Vilas Bank-DBS merger

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:38 PM IST
The petition in the Delhi High Court has been filed by lawyer Sudhir Kathpalia, who was also a shareholder in Lakshmi Vilas Bank.
Close
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)

'Can't read your personal conversation: WhatsApp shares status amid backlash

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:38 PM IST
Whatsapp said it can't see users' shared location and it doesn't share contacts with Facebook.
Close
Customers taking food delivery at their home or office are paying 13 per cent higher price on the same food and beverages compared to customers who are walking down to restaurants. (Representational Photo)
Customers taking food delivery at their home or office are paying 13 per cent higher price on the same food and beverages compared to customers who are walking down to restaurants. (Representational Photo)

Demand to rationalise GST on food delivery business to 5%

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:29 PM IST
Restaurateurs said a high commission of 23-24 per cent by food delivery platforms have turned out to be a pain point even for several months of reopening after lockdown
Close
RBI data throws light on the extent of stress caused by the covid-induced economic slump.(MINT_PRINT)
RBI data throws light on the extent of stress caused by the covid-induced economic slump.(MINT_PRINT)

Indian economy may contract by 25 per cent in current fiscal: Expert

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:25 PM IST
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has projected the Indian economy to contract 7.5 per cent in the current financial year, while the National Statistical Office (NSO) estimates a contraction of 7.7 per cent.
Close
The sharp accretion in deposits during the year was due to the safe haven appeal of banks.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
The sharp accretion in deposits during the year was due to the safe haven appeal of banks.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Bank credit grows 3.2 pc in first nine months of FY21

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:48 PM IST
In the fortnight ended March 27, 2020, bank advances stood at 103.72 lakh crore.
Close
People walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, Monday,(PTI)
People walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, Monday,(PTI)

Six of top-10 most valued firms add over 1.13 lakh crore

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 10:59 AM IST
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HDFC Bank, Infosys, ICICI Bank and Bharti Airtel were the gainers.
Close
A Deliveroo food delivery scooter drives through a deserted Place Saint Pierre in the city of Toulouse.(AP)
A Deliveroo food delivery scooter drives through a deserted Place Saint Pierre in the city of Toulouse.(AP)

UK's Deliveroo raises $180 million from investors, valued at $7 billion

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:37 AM IST
Deliveroo operates across 12 countries, mostly in western Europe but also in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It did not state how much each investor had contributed in the latest funding round.
Close
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)
WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share some user data with the Facebook app.(REUTERS)

WhatsApp defers new policy on info sharing

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:38 PM IST
WhatsApp cancelled its February 8 deadline for accepting the tweak to its terms of service, involving sharing data with Facebook servers. The platform said it would instead “go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.”
Close
A bitcoin sculpture made from scrap metal is installed outside the BitCluster cryptocurrency mining farm in Norilsk, Russia.(Bloomberg)
A bitcoin sculpture made from scrap metal is installed outside the BitCluster cryptocurrency mining farm in Norilsk, Russia.(Bloomberg)

Bitcoin swings undermine CFO case for converting cash to cryptocurrency

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:16 PM IST
Chief financial officers, not generally known as a risk-loving bunch, watched Bitcoin sink more than 25% in a 24-hour period starting Sunday.
Close
Jimmy Tata, the chief credit officer, sold 1,400 shares of the bank held by him in what the lender termed as an "inadvertent trade".(Reuters)
Jimmy Tata, the chief credit officer, sold 1,400 shares of the bank held by him in what the lender termed as an "inadvertent trade".(Reuters)

HDFC Bank penalises its executive for inadvertently selling shares

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:01 PM IST
The panel has determined that there was a violation of the Bank's Code and PIT Regulations and imposed a penalty of 10.20 lakh on Tata.
Close
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani.(Reuters)
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani.(Reuters)

Adani Group rebuts allegations, says no loan to it turned NPA

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:43 PM IST
The ports-to-energy conglomerate said it has built stellar infrastructure assets in the nation adopting prudent corporate governance.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP