Jefferies restoration tracker (JRT) averaged 102% in Mar’21, -1ppt MoM, partly as city exercise tapered down considerably on rising COVID circumstances. Localised lockdowns are getting extra stringent, and we imagine close to time period financial exercise trajectory may dip considerably. We’ve got turned defensive to construct in close to time period lockdown dangers. OWT IT Svcs, UWT Fin. Different high picks – RIL, Tata Metal, Concor, PGRD, GPL, Colgate, Dr Reddy’s & Maruti.
Exercise ranges present restricted influence in March: We monitor 20 financial high-frequency exercise indicators to formulate our India financial exercise indicator. March month actions averaged 102%, -1ppt MoM. We observe that the latest week (ending 4th April) has proven important exercise dip however an correct analysis of the dip is restricted by a few public holidays.
Some sluggishness in city/metro exercise: The exercise sluggishness MoM in March was on account of some weak spot in city indicators, which partly displays the influence of rising COVID circumstances and a few restrictions. Congestion ranges declined 13ppt to 80% and journey & resort bookings had been -6ppt MoM. Office mobility and transit knowledge was flat. Actual property exercise ranges continued their rising pattern. Suburban rail site visitors additionally improved MoM by 5ppt.
Broader knowledge factors preserve pattern: The low base kicking in for a number of knowledge factors (nationwide lockdown from late Mar20) makes direct knowledge comparability tough. A take a look at underlying pattern (2 12 months CAGR proxy) makes us imagine that broader financial exercise in March, was at ranges just like February. Electrical energy consumption was flattish (2 12 months CAGR foundation) at +6%. Rail freight (2 12 months CAGR) was +4% vs. +6% in Feb. Petrol consumption was +5% y-o-y in Mar’21 vs. Mar’19. Diesel consumption for similar interval was -5%. Home demand indicator imports (ex petro, ex Gold, 2 12 months CAGR) grew 2% y-o-y in Mar vs. 4% tempo in final month. Auto gross sales knowledge from OEMs reveals PV/2W gross sales up 4%/2% YoY on 2 12 months CAGR foundation. The e-way invoice technology was +14% y-o-y (2 12 months CAGR) vs. 13% in Feb.
Actual property, building exercise greater: Property registrations in Mumbai and Delhi had been at multi-year highs. Metal consumption was +40% y-o-y in March however down on 2 12 months foundation.
Rising tax assortment: GST collections for March (Feb exercise) had been up 27% y-o-y. This prompted govt. to disburse greater than budgeted funds to states in Mar21.
COVID tendencies worrying: COVID circumstances addition run-rate has now exceeded 2020 peak. Deaths are additionally rising (~5x from low); whereas nonetheless lower than half the earlier peak, may spike a lot greater. COVID surge in Maharashtra has already prompted a restrictive lock-down and several other different states are additionally incrementally proscribing financial exercise. Vaccination tempo has risen to c.3m/ day. At about 20% of 45+ inhabitants getting a minimum of 1 dose, India might have to attend a few months earlier than resuming its restoration trajectory.