losses of 6.7 per cent, but the stock is still up 9 per cent this month.
Antique Stock Broking said in a note on Sept. 26 that currency movement remains the biggest stock catalyst for Maruti Suzuki India and the stock price reacts to forex movement in real time.
India’s economy is growing at its slowest pace in a decade, interest rates are high and sales growth in the auto sector is expected to remain negative in FY2014.
Even as Maruti needs to wait for a macroeconomic recovery, Antique is still optimistic about long-term prospects. “As a two-year play, we still can’t think of a better stock in the sector,” the brokerage, which has a target price of 1,720 rupees on the stock, said.
ICICI BANK: India’s largest private sector bank lost 6.5 per cent in the week ending Sept. 27 as the banking sector performance remained weak. In September, however, the stock has gained almost 15 per cent after losing 11 per cent last month.
Analysts are bullish on ICICI Bank. Data showed that of 49 analysts covering the stock, 46 have a buy or equivalent rating on the bank.
STATE BANK OF INDIA: Just like other banking stocks, the country’s biggest lender also had a difficult week as its stock fell 6 per cent. SBI shares have now lost 31 per cent in 2013.
Axis Capital said in a research note on Sep. 24 that State Bank of India (SBI) will witness an overhaul in top management with the chairman retiring in the current month and three out of four managing directors retiring over the next seven months (by April 2014), which could lead to uncertainty over existing strategies.
Axis has downgraded the stock to ‘sell’. “We believe growth above industry average will bring in challenges both in terms of margin and asset quality. In absence of capex demand, SBI will have to rely more on retail/working capital loans which are competitively priced along with higher operating costs,” it added.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) was the stock to watch as it closed 6.4 per cent higher. Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries touched its all-time high during the week and ended with gains of 4.1 per cent. Hero MotoCorp (up 3.2 per cent), Sesa Sterlite (up 2.6 per cent) and Coal India (1.95 per cent) were among other