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FY19 to see harsher earnings cut; remain positive on markets: Credit Suisse

While the economy is going through too many unknowns, Credit Suisse believes, that the relationship between the economy and the markets is tenuous at best

Puneet Wadhwa  |  Mumbai 

FY19 to see harsher earnings cut; remain positive on markets: Credit Suisse

Despite a near 20 per cent rise in the in calendar year 2017 (CY17), remains optimistic on the road ahead and sees no major downside, unless global cues disappoint. In its 'India Market Strategy' report released Wednesday, the global research and brokerage house expects domestic flows to remain robust thanks to improvement in financial savings and support the market on every correction.

That said, Neelkanth Mishra, managing director, equity research at does caution on more corporate earnings downgrades going ahead. On a calendar year-to-date (CYTD) basis, all sector except metals, Mishra says, have seen cuts, with the sharpest cuts in telecom (from profit to loss), pharma (cut by 35 per cent), PSU banks (30 per cent) and discretionary (20 per cent). In this backdrop, he maintains a negative view on pharma and PSU banks.

"FY18 consensus growth of 11 per cent is likely to settle in mid-single digits. FY19 growth is currently building in sharp rebound. The cuts are likely to be harsher for banks, discretionary, pharma and consumer staples sectors as the overall growth remains benign. Private sector banks, however, remain an overweight in our portfolio," Mishra says.

On a more macro view, remains concerned on the muted economic growth - as reflected by the drop in demand for oil, cement, power and truck rentals. It also believes the impact of the goods and services tax (GST) on tax collection and overall is still unknown.

"With 40 per cent of India's taxes getting affected, frequent changes suggest revenue neutrality may be harder to achieve; centre-state split of 50:50 also to have an impact. Though food inflation is likely to stay muted, a reversal of declines is equally likely," Mishra says.

While the is going through too many unknowns, believes, that the relationship between the and the is tenuous at best.

"Not only are market returns more price-to-earnings (PE) driven, and also have different structures. Large informal economy, large parts of formal are not listed, a large part of market is driven by global factors or is growing penetration and share," Mishra says.

Against this backdrop, recommends a bottom-up stock picking approach. Consumer, financial services (private banks) and metals (prefer steel) the three sectors it is bullish on. He also said 'value as a trade' is making a comeback.

"We suggest consumption-driven names, such as the autos, as it should benefit from reviving rural growth (so far normal monsoon, as if August 28 with 3 per cent below long-term average rainfall). We are also positive on the commodity space as we believe growth in China and the US paints optimist picture," says Vijay Shah, head of advisory and sales, Wealth Management India at


First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 23:13 IST