Conditions for a new bull market are slowly getting satisfied. The yield curve has stopped flattening, liquidity is improving, valuations appear supportive and profit margin expansion is a growing possibility in the coming months, says Morgan Stanley Research.
Morgan Stanley has rolled out its market target to December2013 as 23,069. This implies that the market will be trading at 14.9 tines the FY14 estimated Sensex earnings in December 2013.
Morgan Stanley is expecting the Sensex earnings growth to be 10% and 19% in FY13 and FY14. Significantly, broad market earnings may have troughed or could trough in the current quarter. Revenue growth should slowly accelerate in the coming months. Margins could rise in the coming months with a favourable base effect driven by the relative movement in the current and fiscal deficit. Interest rates are already down YoY (year-on-year), and should stem the steep rise witnessed in interest costs in the previous 12 months. The risk to earnings is that the investment rate collapses, although recent signals suggest that the public sector is starting to spend money.
The key risks are that commodity prices rise quickly, bringing inflation pressures to the fore, and global risk appetite wanes as global policy makers slip into another cycle of complacency. Mid-term polls are also a possibility, but it is not necessarily seen as a downside risk to stocks.
Morgan Stanley observes that the decisive policy action at home (reduction in subsidies and opening up of FDI) and, more crucially, concerted action by European and US central banks have reduced India’s tail risk linked to poor macro stability (twin deficit).
Accordingly, the research agency has gone underweight on consumer staples and has raised energy and materials stocks to overweight. Also, it has taken industrials to neutral. It has trimmed technology by 100 basis points. Consequently, the average sector position has expanded, and it is seen as an emerging strategy, as the average correlations of stocks to the market appear to be falling and no longer merits extreme focus on stock picking