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India is a stock picker’s market

Friday, July 26, 2013

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Chrys Kamber
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

India finds itself in a terrible macro situation and its macro instability has become a big bugbear for its financial markets, writes Pratik Sharma, managing director at Atyant Capital in a fund commentary earlier this week. The Rupee fell -8.39% versus the US Dollar during the second quarter during which there was severe volatility in the equity markets, he adds. His fund, the Atyant Capital India Fund came down around 12% that quarter.

But he sees clear opportunities: "We think the asymmetry in the market has never been larger. There are opportunities for people to invest in very low downside and very significant upside opportunities. Sooner or later sentiment about India will change. We are not sure whether such attractive prices and asymmetries will exist once the pall of gloom lifts."

According to Deepak Lalwani, founder of Lalcap Ltd, India is suffering from its worst economic downturn in a decade, with economic growth sliding to 5% for the year to 31 March 2013, whereas five out of the last eight years saw economic growth of over 8.5% p.a. He says in his famous India report this week that he revised his GDP growth forecast downwards to 5.6% for the year ending 31 March 2014.

But, he points out, India's stock market remains the best performer among BRIC countries this year. As it did......................

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