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    8 midcaps that could outperform broader markets


    Analysts say if the market momentum continues, midcaps will also rise.

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    Analysts say if the market momentum continues, midcaps will also rise, but activity is likely to be stock-specific.

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    India’s stock markets are up 34% from their March lows. While the surge in the benchmark indices was mainly led by a few bluechip stocks, some midcaps, too, witnessed healthy gains. The BSE Midcap index rose 31% during the period. Analysts say if the market momentum continues, midcaps will also rise, but activity is likely to be stock-specific. ET takes a look at some shares from the midcap space, which according to experts, can outperform going ahead.

    IIFL Securities

    Target Price: Rs 680
    Earnings were good in the last quarter and the company reported some reduction in net debt also, said Abhimanyu Sofat, head of research at IIFL Securities. They have not seen a big impact of the lockdown, said Sofat, adding that the stock trades at just 9 times FY21 estimates.

    CCL Products
    Target Price: Rs 315
    The company has a large capacity in Vietnam which hasn’t been hit due to Covid, said Sofat. Demand for coffee continues to be very strong and as supply chain improves going forward, the company could see an improvement in demand, said Sofat.

    Centrum Broking

    PI Industries
    Target Price: Rs 1,840
    With a robust order book of $1.5 billion, strong execution capabilities and an estimate of a normal monsoon, Centrum expects steady improvement in margins over FY21-22. The company is steadily ramping up capability and capacities across industries other than agri chem; which will provide the next leg of growth post agri order book hitting a natural ceiling by FY23-24, said Centrum.

    Gujarat Gas
    Target Price: Rs 315
    With 11-12 new districts being developed over the last few years and the 7 new areas won in rounds 9 and 10, GGL is expected to retain its position as the largest city gas distribution player in the country over the next 5-7 years, said Centrum. The brokerage expects a faster recovery in volumes supported by regulatory push and low spot LNG prices.

    Motilal Oswal Financial

    Tata Consumer
    Target Price: Rs 431
    Tata Group has a clear focus on leveraging its brand and participating in the Rs 30-trillion India consumption story, which resulted in the merger of Tata Chemicals’ Consumer business with Tata Global Beverages — creating Tata Consumer, said Siddhartha Khemka, head — retail research at Motilal Oswal Financial Services. He is bullish on the stock given its strong balance sheet, robust free cash fl ow generation and excellent management quality.

    L&T Infotech
    Target Price: Rs 2,060
    Strong exit growth in FY20 coupled with healthy deal wins reiterate confi -dence that L&T Infotech could be one of the few outliers reporting earnings growth in FY21, said Khemka. The company is likely to be a key benefi ciary of the accelerated digital adoption.


    Target Price: Rs 4,000*
    The chemicals business has a particular tailwind in fl uorochemicals, said Edelweiss. Given its strong R&D capabilities, SRF remains well positioned to capture structural tailwinds in fl uorochemical applications, said Edelweiss.

    Astral Poly Technik
    Target Price: Rs 1,100
    The underlying growth traction remains strong as seen from the growth that the company delivered in January and February, said Edelweiss. Consolidation in the sector once the lockdown lifts provides it with ample opportunities to grow faster than the industry and increase its market share, the brokerage said.

    *6-8 months

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    The domestic markets are rallying but the consensus remains the future is bleak and a sharp correction is likely in the future. "We reiterate approaching the market with a great deal of caution and chasing the trend only with strict trailing of stop losses as the market remains highly prone to a profit-taking at higher levels," said Milan Vaishnav, CMT, MSTA, is a Consulting Technical Analyst and founder of Gemstone Equity Research & Advisory Services.

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    Leon Fernandes143 days ago
    Good picks with strong fundamentsls.
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