Recall walking through the ubiquitous chain drug store near you to see the cologne shelves where the knock-off brands advertised “If you like Paco Rabanne, you’ll love ‘Paul Raven’ cologne.” Basically it smells the same but is a lot cheaper.
Emerging markets have been one the best places for market participants to find investment opportunities in equities, especially in the retail and banking sectors. In particular in South Africa (EZA, quote), firms in these industries have historically been bullet proof; however, recently, shares in these firms have been adversely affected by social unrest in the country.
Auto manufactures typically run with the herd as auto manufacturers attempt provide consumer what they want or what they didn’t know they wanted. When one auto manufacturer raises prices the herd follows. Not so for Tata Motors (TTM, quote)where many auto manufacturers have raised prices or currently thinking about raising prices Tata motors is setting themselves apart by re-launching its compact car Indica eV2 with a new updated fresh look while lowering the price by 23,000 Rs.
While many other Indian equities have a large, concentrated exposure to either the slowing developing countries or their own domestic economy (INDY, quote), Tata Motors (TTM, quote) offers investors access to the Indian economy without the problems plaguing other stocks thanks to its global diversification.
Overnight markets moved higher on the whole with the emerging markets of Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand marginally lower. Other emerging markets received a boost from Japan’s stronger equity market and weaker yen; the Nikkei closed the session at its highest level in more than three full months.
Asian emerging markets ended the day mixed even after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talked about the growing need for the People’s Bank of China to intervene. Hong Kong equities remained strong until late afternoon when the Hang Seng dropped and closed over 89 points to the downside.
In overnight trading developed and emerging markets moved higher on continued hope of central bank intervention. Emerging markets such as Hong Kong along with Japan rallied in the bottom half of trading on better than expected GDP growth from Germany.
Overnight emerging markets continued the rally started Monday on speculation the European Central Bank (ECB) could be getting ready to buy Spanish and Italian bonds to help reduce borrowing costs for the two debt-stricken countries.