Thursday, February 16, 2017


This is going to be a short blog post. A very important trigger for the biggest stock in the Nifty and the Bank Nifty. HDFC Bank is the highest weighted stock on the Nifty and the Bank Nifty and it’s now out of the ban list for FIIs. Simply put, tomorrow morning, FIIs can buy HDFC Bank in open markets. So how crucial is this?

Well first of all, those FIIs who want to own a piece of HDFC Bank all this while could still do it. However they could only do it from their fellow FIIs in a special window and the premium on that is 12%. Even today, while HDFC Bank closed at 1327 in the normal market - , it traded at 1482 in the FII window:
. So that’s the premium which some FIIs are willing to pay to get the shares of HDFC Bank.

Now, I am not suggesting that the stock immediately goes up 12% tomorrow but what is interesting is that this window will last for all of 2 days, i.e 17th and 20th and by then it will be back in the ban list as there will be enough demand. So it’s literally a case of a flash sale that lasts for a few hours and you see huge demand.

By conservative estimates, I expect the stock to rally at least 5-6% tomorrow. Do the arithmetic on what it could mean for the Nifty and more importantly the Bank Nifty where it has over 30% weight.

Disclaimer: The author of this article does not invest/trade in stock markets including derivatives. His only exposure to stock markets is via the stock options given to him by his employers as part of his compensation