As Chidambaram starts his innings as FM, it would be interesting to speculate on what actions he would take and how it would impact specific stocks and sectors.
His policy actions will be crucial in the runup to the general elections in 2014 and if he does a good job, he may even be a contender for the position of PM post 2014
So here is my take on his actions and implications for the stock market:
1.He will focus on raising revenues via spectrum sale.Most telcos are already bleeding, these auctions will increase their debt burden further.Negative for telcos like Bharti etc
2.He will kickstart the disinvestment process by selling stakes in state owned enterprises such as SAIL,NMDC,Coal India,MMTC.If past history is any indicator, expect these stocks to underperform the market.
3.He will push for RBI to cut rates.Positive for NBFCs and private banks
4.He will announce interest waivers for farmers and weaker sections of society.Negative for PSU banks.
5.He will target business groups aligned with opposing political parties.Negative for Adani,Torrent,Aurobindo Pharma etc