Tyre stocks in demand; TVS, JK Tyre, Apollo, Balkrishna, MRF rally up to 7%

Tyre stocks surged in an otherwise subdued market on the expectation of margin improvement amid falling raw material prices

on the BSE. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 0.15 per cent at 60,568 at 10:53 AM.

Among individual stocks, Balkrishna Industries rallied 5 per cent to Rs 2,222. The company recently announced that the expansion project of the 55,000 MTPA carbon black project & power plant was completed on December 31, 2022.

Meanwhile, Apollo Tyres hit a new high of Rs 335.90, surging 5 per cent on the BSE in intra-day trade today. In the past six months, the stock has zoomed 80 per cent after reporting robust earnings growth. Management commentary on the demand outlook was healthy amid strong passenger vehicle (PV) demand and ongoing commercial vehicle (CV) cyclical upswing.

“In terms of demand outlook, we are cautiously optimistic. Correction in input prices should help in improving operating margin performance in the near to medium term,” Apollo Tyres said in an investor presentation in Q2FY23.

With continued spending on infrastructure, improved fleet utilisation and profitability, and a strong order book aided by a slew of new launches planned in Auto Expo 2023, ICICI Securities expect the PV & CV space, in particular, to witness healthy sales volumes, going forward. The premiumisation trend in the 2-W category is anticipated to continue in the near term, the brokerage firm said.

Meanwhile, the appellate tribunal NCLAT has directed the Competition Commission to pass a fresh order in the matter of alleged cartelisation by tyre companies, citing the need to re-examine arithmetical and inadvertent errors as well as to review the penalty to save the domestic tyre industry,

Source: Business Standard 

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