Auto stocks in focus: Bajaj Auto, Hero Moto, Ashok Leyland slip 1-2% on Tuesday – Brokerage says this in sectoral update
At around 02:30 PM, the Nifty Auto index was down nearly 0.3 per cent to the 12,559 level, while the BSE Auto index was down over 0.2 per cent to 28,811-mark.
Automobile stocks are volatile during Tuesday’s session as most heavyweights such as Hero Moto, Bajaj Auto, and Maruti among others are down between 1-2 per cent on the exchanges. Nifty Auto is one of the top laggards today along with Metal and Financials.
At around 02:30 PM, the Nifty Auto index was down nearly 0.3 per cent to the 12,559 level, while the BSE Auto index was down over 0.2 per cent to 28,811-mark. In the 15-share auto index on NSE, 6 were gaining while the remaining were declining, while 9 declined and 6 gained on the BSE Auto index.
Tube Investments slumped most by over 4 per cent on both NSE and BSE today, followed by Bharat Forge on NSE and Hero Moto on BSE each down over 2.5 per cent. Among other stocks that witnessed weakness were Bajaj Auto, Cummins India, Maruti Suzuki, Balkrishna Industries, and M&M.
As per the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic auto sales volume, excluding CVs (Commercial Vehicles) grew by 18% year-on-year and 10 per cent by month-on-month to 18,74,815 units in August 2022.
Notably, all segments of the automobile industry witnessed a strong YoY & MoM, except PV (Passenger Vehicle) performance due to ease in the semi-conductor supply, overall recovery, and inventory built up ahead of the festival, despite a slow rural recovery, Reliance Securities said.
“It witnessed sequential improvement due to festival season kicking in from August, though erratic monsoon spoiled the show, particularly in rural India. Despite improvement, overall demand level remained below pre-Covid level for most of the segments,” the domestic brokerage said in its note.
Reliance Securities expect volume improvement to continue steadily with likely normal monsoon-driven rural recovery over the next 3-4 months, while it would pick up strongly in 2HFY23 with likely healthy agri output and cool off in inflation, turning customer sentiment positive.
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