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Stocks: Buy, sell or hold? HCL Info, RCom and more

Last updated on: January 17, 2013 18:34 IST

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Narendar Lokwani

We asked readers to mail their queries about stocks they want to buy, sell or hold. Here's the response to their queries.

The stocks discussed include L&T, Educomp, Phillips Carbon Black, HCL Infosystems and RCom.

You can mail your queries to stockfundoo@rediffmail.com.

I am holding 250 shares of L&T @ 1640/ share since two months. Now looking at the cmp of it I am bit confused whether to hold it or sell it. Please advice

L&T had a glorious year 2012, where it ran from a bottom of Rs 961 to a peak price of Rs 1721. You seem to have entered the party late and entered close to its recent highs. The scrip is not cheap fundamentally and hence correcting a bit now.

It is also seeing lot of brokerage/analyst downgrades, which typically impact retail investor mentality and force him to liquidate in loss.

However, looking at charts, not everything is lost.

There is support at Rs 1520 and final strong support at Rs 1470. My feeling is that Rs 1470 levels may not break, hence you may have to hold for about 3-6 months for the scrip to regain its upward momentum. Rs 1720 and Rs 1875 are good resistance levels, where you can book partial profits.

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Image: Price movement of L&T from February 2012
Photographs: Rediff MoneyWiz

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I am stuck with Educomp and my avg price is still around Rs 500. After going through your analysis I thought of averaging it but on BSE website I found that promoters are reducing their stake in the company. Also most of the communities are warning against this company.

Could you please share your opinion regarding promoters reducing their stake?

Promoter holding in Educomp is around 43.43 per cent and it has come down from 49.23 per cent two quarters back. However, FII holding is going up consequently from 26 per cent to 31 per cent and retail investor holding is still flattish at 11 per cent.

One of the issues for Educomp is its declining revenues due to slowdown in this space, and both topline and bottomline have deteriorated in last few quarters. If a firm is able to generate growing revenues and improvement in margins, the share price reflects that with a bullish trend. Otherwise, the scrip will stagnate at lower levels. That is what is happening with Educomp.

In addition to this, debt is also high at Rs 1892 crore.

On charts, the scrip has bottomed out, and from past 6 months, scrip is rangebound between Rs 127 at lower levels and Rs 178 at higher levels. One strategy can be to average at lower levels of this range and exit partly at higher levels of this price range. Once this range is broken on upside, Rs 228 and Rs 268 would be the possible target levels on higher side. Rs 500 kind of price target would be a long time away.


Image: Price movement of Educomp from February 2012
Photographs: Rediff MoneyWiz
Tags: Educomp , HCL Info , FII , BSE

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In one of your older posts you talked about covering Phillips Carbon Black. Did you get chance to look into that. I find that company quite attractive and want to invest for long term. Your view will help me in deciding?

Phillips Carbon Black has had a tough Sept, 12 quarter, where it posted a decline in revenues and posted loss of Rs 32.91 crore. This is because tough competition in this space and cheaper Chinese imports of Carbon Black. Indian govt has imposed duty on imported Carbon Black to safeguard this industry and hence for next few quarters financials should recover.

Firm is a regular dividend paying company, stable promoter holding, attractive Book Value of Rs 177, and is trading at significant discount to its Book Value.

Technically speaking, support levels are close by at Rs 87 and final support at Rs 75, which is the lowest price level of past four years. Price is range bound from past 12 months and any action would happen only when resistance level of Rs 120 is broken. After that, levels of Rs 160 can be seen. Long-term investors can certainly buy on dips and accumulate slowly.


Image: Price movement of Phillips Carbon Black from February 2012
Photographs: Rediff MoneyWiz

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Plz give opinions on HCL Infosystems. Should buy for long term at CMP?

HCL Infosystems is undergoing a transformation from a hardware manufacturing and distribution business to integrated solutions provider. However, the journey is going to be ardent and long. The bread and butter hardware division is extremely low margins business, and hence there was a rumour few months back that HCL is considering sell off of hardware division to Lenevo. HCL Infosystems has had a few distribution wins at Dell, Lenevo and Apple.

Current stock price crash for HCL Infosystems factors in all of this bad news like low margins, adverse currency movements and range-bound topline revenues for the firm. The current stock price is even 40 per cent lower than the lows of 2008 bear markets.

Technically speaking, stock price is extremely range bound from past 12 months and no sudden uptake is expected. Long-term investors can slowly accumulate at dips, close to Rs 35 or so, and once overhead resistance of Rs 52 is crossed, you can expect levels of Rs 57 and Rs 64 respectively. Only for very patient investors, who can also benefit from good dividend payout of the firm.


Image: Price movement of HCL Infosystems from February 2012
Photographs: Rediff MoneyWiz

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I have invested in RCOM. At present I have 5000 shares with me with the average of Rs 127/-. I am ready to hold for next 1 or 2 years. Please suggest what should I do?

Telecom sector on an overall basis is undergoing slowdown and consolidation with almost all the firms losing customers. This has happened after years of aggressive growth in this sector and some saturation is obviously expected after the total wireless subscriber base in India has reached highs of 89 crore subscribers recently. Thus, there very little free penetration base is left for the firms to explore.

If you look at last five quarter of RCom, it is fluctuating around Rs 2650 crore of quarterly revenue. Bottomline is in red for three of past five quarters. However, the positives are high promoter holding, high Book Value, dividend record and negatives are high debt pileup.

Technically speaking, RCom is available at 40 per cent discount to its 2008 lows. Hence price has severely corrected over the years and has seen painful lows of Rs 46 recently. From Rs 46, RCom has seen relief rally to Rs 84 and is again facing overhead resistance. The whole price area of Rs 61 to Rs 110 is infested with several resistance and congestion zones.

Any meaningful movement towards your cost level of Rs 125 would happen only after price breaks resistance levels of Rs 88, Rs 101 and Rs 110 respectively. Level of Rs 70 seems to be a strong support now and is unlikely to break, so you can continue holding this scrip for next 6-12 months and you should see levels of Rs 120 and Rs 155 respectively for you to book partially.


Image: Price movement of RCOM from February 2012
Photographs: Rediff MoneyWiz
Tags: RCOM , HCL , Telecom , India

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