Derivatives rejig may spur short squeeze in beaten up stocks

Mumbai: Bears in some Indian companies, including a supplier of gas to homes and cabs in Mumbai, risk getting caught out when exchanges move to physical settlement of stock derivatives next month, says Emkay Global Financial Services.

The brokerage sees potential for a “short squeeze” in seven of 45 stocks whose contracts will be physically delivered July expiry onward. The companies have been analyzed based on valuations, open interest, institutional holding and price movement over past few months, Emkay said in a note this week.

Shares of BEML Ltd., a maker of earth-moving equipment, CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd., Mahanagar Gas Ltd., Godrej Industries Ltd., NHPC Ltd., Siemens Ltd. and Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. have slumped between 20% and 50% this year amid a selloff in the broader market. Traders will now be deterred from piling on bearish wagers on stocks that are already beaten down, according to Emkay.

Market regulator Sebi began public consultations last year for making physical settlement mandatory for equity derivatives to curb excessive speculation, noting that the turnover in equity derivatives was more than 15 times that of cash market. Currently, stock futures and options contracts are cash settled.

source: livemint


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