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Look, who’s looking to trap a falling knife? Retail, HNI stakes in this disaster-hit stock hit highest levels in sixty six quarters

Mumbai: Foreign institutional traders (FIIs) reduce their stake in the crisis-hit Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DEFENSE 5.70 %) to lowest level in as a minimum 12 quarters in the course of the January-March duration, however, holdings of retail and excessive net-worth traders (HNI) on the counter hit highest tiers in sixty-six quarters.
FIIs held around 17.7 percent within the organization on the stop of March, down 460 basis factors from December area and lowest since the March region of 2016.
Retail traders and HNIs raised their mixed stake to 27.8 consistent with cent, up 640 bps from December sector. Their conserving in the organization turned into highest because of the quit of September quarter, 2002.

“A comparable fashion becomes found in many such distressed groups which can be in a downtrend,” said Ajay Bodke, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Portfolio Manager at Prabhudas Lilladher.
Institutional investors workout rigorous due diligence, and if they’re winding down positions over final many quarters, it’s far possibly that they are unnerved via the possibility of deteriorating financial situation, he said.
DHFL shares have eroded nearly eighty percent of fee since September 21, 2018, when panic struck the inventory after reports that DSP Mutual Fund had bought the employer’s one-12 months paper well worth Rs three hundred crores at a reduction.
As a liquidity disaster erupted, the enterprise confronted a slew of downgrades through rankings businesses, a number of whom assigned ‘default’ scores to a lot of its papers and fixed deposit schemes.
The business enterprise, finally, behind schedule assembly its debt responsibilities, which in turn kicked off a disaster for several mutual fund houses that keep its debt papers. The corporation additionally behind schedule furnishing audited financial statements for FY19 within the time stipulated below the Sebi norms.
Crisis-ridden DHFL lately claimed it has paid Rs 962 crore towards hobby payment on debt contraptions that fell due on June 4 and might searching for a score upgrade as it controlled to fulfill the seven-day ‘therapy length’ to pay off its responsibility.
Crisil and ICRA remaining week downgraded rankings on DHFL’s business papers (CPs) really worth Rs 850 crore, citing a repayment postpone.
Similar debt issues have dogged businesses like Reliance CommunicationsNSE -three. Fifty seven %, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance PowerNSE 3.81 %, Reliance Capital, Infibeam Avenues, Manpasand Beverages, Navkar Corporation, Indiabulls Housing Finance, Jet Airways, Sun Pharma Advanced Research, HEG, Eveready Industries and Shankara Building Products and others, whose stocks have plunged 60-90 according to cent over the past few months.
Should you try and nibble at those shares?
A downtrend doesn’t always make a stock attractive for the long run, says Bodke of Prabhudas Lilladher.
“Retail buyers comply with a weird averaging concept to carry down the common fee via growing positions. In this technique, they forget about the sunk value and the opportunity value of such capital. It is comparable to catching a falling knife. The recency effect is at play right here,” he said.
Then, there are also other shares like Dish TVNSE -3.34 %, Vodafone Idea, Graphite India, YES Bank, Jindal Stainless, Jain Irrigation, Bombay Dyeing, Sterlite Technologies, Dilip Buildcon, and Phillips Carbon which have declined over forty consistent with cent due to the fact September 21, 2018.
“Any unwarranted rate correction in a developing employer, which has published exact results in the beyond and is possibly to do better ahead, does make a case for a serious look. I would no longer call them ‘falling knives’. ‘Falling knives’ are the one’s stocks, which have dipped due to the fact their underlying financials have deteriorated or there’s suspicion over company governance practices,” said Mahantesh Sabarad, Head of Retail Research, SBICAP Securities.
BSE Sensex has gained 7 in keeping with cent ever for the reason that debt crisis erupted in DHFL, even as shares like Adani Power, InterGlobe Aviation, SpiceJet, Maharashtra Scooters and Manappuram Finance have advanced over 70 in step with cent ever when you consider that.