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PSUs on cusp of structural uptrend

ICICIdirect Research 08 Mar 2023 DISCLAIMER

What's Buzzing: 

PSU companies, which have consolidated over a decade, have been in the limelight in CY23 with many stocks making way to new 52-week/multi year highs and relatively outperforming over the past couple of months. Is it just a short term phenomenon or a structural turnaround? 


The Nifty PSE index has given a strong breakout from six year’s consolidation range signalling the beginning of a structural uptrend. The bulk of index constituents include old economy stocks from the oil & gas, power and capital goods space, many of which have consolidated for the past many years and are now witnessing multiyear/multi quarter breakouts. 

Historically, breakouts post multiyear consolidation and resultant under ownership in such sectors lay the foundation for a new structural bull market that lasts for several quarters or even years and generates above normal returns for investors. 

Noteworthy examples are that of the technology sector, wherein a breakout from the 2000-09 consolidation led the index to double over the next few years. More recently, the capital goods sector outperformed after breaking past the 2007-20 consolidation phase wherein some companies gave outsized returns even when benchmarks underwent a consolidation phase.

Our Perspective 

The Nifty PSE index has just registered a breakout from the six-year consolidation phase and is placed on the cusp of a structural uptrend, backed by strong breadth. Post such breakouts, temporary phases of consolidation cannot be ruled out, which would offer an incremental buying opportunity. We expect the sector to outperform in coming years wherein companies like NTPC, ONGC, PFC, HAL, BEL, IOC, National Aluminium are expected to outperform and generate ~15-20% returns over the next few quarters.

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