Chris Wood trims India exposure as Covid cases rise

Christopher Wood, international head of fairness technique at Jefferies has trimmed his ‘overweight’ exposure to India in his Asia Pacific ex-Japan relative-return portfolio by 2 share factors (ppt). Weight in Singapore and Taiwan within the above-mentioned portfolio has been elevated by 1 ppt every.

Earlier in December 2020, he raised exposure to Indian equities twice on this and reiterated his bullish on cyclical sectors as financial indicators confirmed enchancment.

The newest transfer comes on the again of rising COVID cases throughout the nation, which Wood feels, might dent the financial recovery. The markets, he says, aren’t but factoring within the spike and the sporadic lockdowns throughout key cities.

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“Covid cases in India continue to surge even as the weather turns warmer in the north of the country. This is obviously a risk to the cyclical trade in India, most particularly as stocks are not priced for renewed lockdowns,” Wood wrote in his weekly be aware to traders, GREED & concern.

Chris Wood’s Asia exposure

Wood has additionally moved the allocation in GREED & concern’s international sovereign bond portfolio from the 10-year to the 15-year Indian authorities bond the place the yield is 6.71 per cent, 54 foundation factors (bps) increased than the 10-year at 6.17 per cent. This transfer, he mentioned, will improve the present operating yield on the portfolio from 4.48 per cent to 4.59 per cent.

Despite the pandemic, Indian markets registered their greatest monetary year efficiency in a decade with the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty50 rallying 68 per cent and 71 per cent, respectively in FY21. Going forward, the tempo of vaccination and the way company earnings play out will information markets, analysts say.

“Expeditious containment of Covid19 cases and accelerated pace of vaccination will provide comfort for FY22 economic growth recovery. Secondly, the expectations for fiscal 2021-22 (FY22) earnings are running high at over 30 per cent growth in Nifty FY22E EPS. Given the rich valuations, any misses on FY22 earnings delivery may act as dampener,” says Gautam Duggad, head of institutional analysis at Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

Economic development

Besides Wood, analysts at Nomura, too, have raised considerations concerning the affect of the second wave of the pandemic sweeping throughout India, which they really feel can affect the financial development momentum over the long term.

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Since the second wave began solely within the second-half of March, Nomura believes that their estimate of 1 per cent y-o-y GDP development in Q1 (January-March), up from 0.4 per cent in This fall, is on monitor – at the least for now. Less-stringent lockdowns, ongoing vaccine optimism and firms and shoppers higher realigned to work amid social distancing suggests the financial affect of the second wave will probably be muted in comparison with the primary wave, Nomura mentioned.

“However, if the second wave worsens, as is looking likely, sequential momentum in Q2 (April-June) would then likely be weaker and it could lower Q2 gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 32.5 per cent y-o-y (versus 34.5 per cent in our baseline) and FY22 to 12.2 per cent (versus 13.5 per cent in our baseline), still above the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) projection (10.5 per cent),” wrote Sonal Varma, managing director and chief India economist at Nomura, in a April 1 co-authored be aware with Aurodeep Nandi.

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Given the developments, most economists anticipate the RBI’s financial coverage committee (MPC) to carry charges regular within the upcoming coverage assessment scheduled between April 5 to April 7.

Chris Wood's bond portfolio

Chris Wood’s bond portfolio

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