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Festive push: Auto stocks to be in focus on Tuesday’s trade

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Difficult road ahead for auto industry with BS-VI: SIAMMumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) As the country’s stock markets recommence trade on Tuesday after an extended weekend, analysts believe that automobile, manufacturing and utilities stocks will be in focus during the upcoming session.

Analysts cited that market would react to the better-than-expected September quarter GDP data.

“The sectors that would remain on investors’ radar on December 1, Tuesday, could be agriculture, manufacturing and utilities as these sectors reported positive Gross Value Added (GVA) according to Q2 GDP data,” said Gaurav Garg, Head of Research, CapitalVia Global Research.

“Growth in the agriculture sector was 3.4 per cent, while growth in the electricity sector was 4.4 per cent in Q2 of this financial year.”

Last Friday, official data showed that India’s GDP contracted 7.5 per cent in the July-September period, as the economy rebounded from a record slump of 23.9 per cent in the previous quarter due to slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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This figure was higher than anticipated by the market.

Besides, automobile companies are expected to come out with healthy sales results for November.

The main festive season of 2020 ended last month and investors expect healthy sales performance from the sector.

“Auto companies will be in focus as November sales data will start coming from Tuesday, while banks or financials will be in focus as the RBI’s Monetary Policy is scheduled for Friday,” said Siddhartha Khemka, Head of Retail Research, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

The festive season boost, along with low base and pent-up demand, accelerated domestic passenger vehicles’ sales in October on a year-on-year basis.

As per the industry data released earlier this month, passenger vehicles sales rose by 14.19 per cent in October.

The category includes sub-segments of cars, utility vehicles and vans.

A total of 3,10,294 passenger vehicles were sold in the domestic market from an off-take of 2,71,737 units sold during the like period of 2019.

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Besides, analysts pointed out that interest rate sensitive stocks like banking will be in focus during the latter part of the week in conjunction with the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy review.

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The RBI MPC is scheduled to announce the last review for the calendar year 2020.

“Later in the week, rate sensitive sectors like banking and metals might witness increased momentum as RBI’s monetary policy is scheduled on Friday,” Garg said.

Market watchers opined that the RBI will maintain both repo rate and accommodative stance.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services said: “Markets are awaiting outcome major events like RBI policy meeting, release of Manufacturing and Service PMI and banking business data which will be decisive factors driving the market in the upcoming week.”

India’s benchmark equity indices were closed on Monday due to it being Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary.

Source: IANS

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