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BSE Sensex is likely to reclaim its previous high of 62,000 and Nifty 50 may rise to 18,400 ahead of the Union Budget 2022, said Sanjiv Bhasin, Director, IIFL Securities, in an interview with Surbhi Jain of Financial Express Online. Bhasin also expects Nifty to rally 22 per cent from current levels to a new all-time high of 22000 by April 2022. He sees an upside of over 7 per cent in BSE Sensex, and expects it to hit 65000 by early May this year on higher earnings. Moreover, amid COVID booster shots and antiviral drugs developments, Bhasin believes that pharma stocks may deliver good quarter results and suggests investors to stay partially invested in pharmaceutical stocks. Here are the edited excerpts.
BSE Sensex can hit the previous high of 62000 with Nifty to attempt 18400 before the budget. My target for April-end would be higher as earnings will surprise on the upside and with the ‘Omicron’ cases falling, expect Nifty at 22000 by early May and Sensex at 65000.
Keep your SIP going as timing the markets will be impossible in a bull market. Anybody who has tried to time entry in the last two years, has lost the best rally in over 5 years. Sectors such as banks, construction and reality are going to lead, followed by IT and pharma. Stocks of ICICI Bank, IDFC First Bank, L&T, Godrej Properties, and HCL Technologies, may gain in the near-term.
Stay partially invested in pharma stocks as the best part of earnings may be behind us. The top stock picks are Cipla, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories with Lupin a dark horse.
The underweight sector would be consumer staples and the overweight would be infrastructure spending stocks. Dark Horse stocks are NBCC (India), NLC India, and Union Bank of India.
Yes, the IPO rush may continue this year as well as PE funding is now reaping the benefits of new age technology in digital and fintech. LIC India will set the ball rolling for the PSU side, investors must own this.
The key drivers of equity markets in 2022 will be growth, earnings, and the power of the retail SIP, which has hit Rs 11,000 crore per month and has mitigated the over influence of foreign investors.More Stories onBSE SensexCovid-19HCL TechnologiesICICI BankNSE NiftyUnion Budget