Aviation, retail shares likely to attract more demand: Experts

Aviation, retail shares likely to attract more demand: Experts New Delhi: Shares of aviation and retail firms which gained up to 24 percent since government's decision to allow overseas investments, are likely to be on investors' radar in the near-term as well, experts have said.

Last Friday, the government allowed 51 percent foreign investment in multi-brand retail, 49 percent investment by foreign airlines in aviation and raised the FDI cap in broadcasting from 49 percent to 74 percent.

Stocks from these sectors have attracted buyers' since the announcement and have surged as much as 24 percent. Shares of Kingfisher Airlines have gained 24.42 percent, while Spicejet moved up by 10.43 percent and Jet Airways by 2.15 percent.

"In the coming days, demand for these stocks will grow in the wake of FDI announcement. Stocks have been rising as sentiments have improved after the FDI demands were finally met," Geojit BNP Paribas Research Head Alex Matthews said.

From the retail pack, Pantaloon Retail India shot-up by 14.21 percent, while Koutons Retail India surged 10.13 percent and Provogue India gained 10.16 percent. Among others, Shoppers Stop climbed 4.77 percent, while Trent rallied 3.68 percent.

According to Gajendra Nagpal, CEO, Unicon Financial Solutions: "The rally might continue in coming days. But one needs to be watchful of the political outcome of these decisions."

From cable stocks, Dish TV has gained 2.73 percent in the last two trading sessions.

Analysts at Edelweiss Research have said the decision to allow FDI is expected to be positive for the Indian retail sector, as it will reduce piling debt and stimulate investments.

"We believe that discretionary consumer goods and larger organised consumer players too will benefit as it will help increase consumption and prop volume growth," they said.

The government had last year allowed 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail, but the same could not be implemented in the face of strong opposition from UPA allies, including Trinamool Congress.

The decision to allow foreign carriers to invest in domestic airlines would help cash-strapped carriers like Kingfisher to bring in strategic partners, experts said.

Similar could be the case for retail entities like Future Group's Pantaloon Retail, Provogue India and Koutons Retail.

PTI