CIL, Info Edge, IndusInd Bank join large cap pack trading at discount to fair value

Indian Market
by 5paisa Research Team Last Updated: Dec 15, 2022 - 12:37 am 22.4k Views

The Indian stock market has been slowly inching higher, trying to recover from the trough it hit 15% below the all-time peak recently. But the risk elements remain.

In a bull market it’s easy to be swayed by a herd mentality to look for growth stocks but as concerns of valuations in the market grows investors start looking at alternative investment themes such as value investing.

On the flip side, when the markets are flush with liquidity, it is important to identify value stocks, which refers to shares of firms that appear to trade at a price below what is suggested by its fundamentals, such as earnings, revenues and dividends.

One way to gauge a set of such companies is to scan them through the lens of the ‘Graham’s number’, which represents the fair valuation of a stock. It sets the upper price limit that a defensive investor can or should pay for a stock.

It is calculated from the Earnings Per Share (EPS) and Book Value Per Share (BVPS).

The measure was created by Benjamin Graham, a British-born American economist, professor and investor, widely considered as the father of value investing. Although there are limitations for the use of this number in asset-light technology-enabled businesses, we set aside those conditions and try and identify stocks that could be considered as they are trading below their fair value.

If we look at the BSE 100 set of companies, we get a set of 16 names that are trading at a discount to the fair value.

These are: ONGC, Tata Steel, Indian Oil, HPCL, Vedanta, GAIL, Hindalco, BPCL, NTPC, Grasim, Federal Bank, Info Edge, Bajaj Holdings, Aurobindo Pharma, Shriram Transport Finance, Power Grid, Coal India, SBI and IndusInd Bank.

If we compare this list with the names in the buy zone a month back, three names have joined the group: Coal India, Info Edge and IndusInd Bank.

Some other stocks that are not at a discount but close to their fair value and thereby could be buy candidates at dips are Indus Towers, Piramal Enterprises, Axis Bank, UPL and JSW Steel.

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