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Jun
11

Opportunity: Maruti dealers have inventory for 28 days

As soon as I opened today’s BS newspaper and saw the headlines http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/slowdown-clouds-darken-over-india-inc/438865/, I sensed my new opportunity.

New Index of Industrial Production (IIP) series figure released last week, Q4 FY11 GDP figure, May Auto sales figure, HSBC Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) – all point in one direction of slowing economy. All auto-makers were struggling with margin pressure on account of rising commodity prices, but with rising interest rates, signs of demand destruction are also quite visible.

Passenger car segment in India is highly competitive. Today country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki’s chairman Mr. RC Bhargava said, “company dealers have inventory for 28 days”. It clearly shows that the company is struggling with sales growth and consumers are deferring the decision to buy a car. As if, all of this was not enough car-maker is also struggling with strike at its Gurgaon plant for past one week, leading to several crores of loss every day. Given all the concerns around automakers in general and Maruti in particular, I don’t expect stock price to cross 1300 level in a hurry. In case RBI does not increase repo rates in its 16th June review, there might be some rally in rate sensitives including Maruti. I have sold 1350 call and looking to sell 1300 call for June series, just waiting for the RBI meet…

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