I am finding more ideas in some sector/ sub-sectors than others. Such as,
- IT midcaps
- MNC Pharma
- Auto components
- Auto OEM
For some reason, valid or otherwise, most of the companies in these sectors have been beaten down. The reason range from genuine concerns (US recession, Rupee appreciation etc for IT sector) to investor apathy (MNC Pharma). My approach in such cases is to list all the companies in the cheap sector, filter the most attractive ones and invest in all of them.
For example, I can see the following attractive ideas in IT Mid cap space
- Patni computers
- NIIT technology
I have not done a detailed analysis on these companies yet and may discard a few. However I do feel that there is too much pessimism around these sectors. It not surprising that the market has beaten down these sectors as during bull runs, most investors prefer high growth companies and avoid companies which show low growth (even if they have a high Return on capital)
High PE v/s Low PE stocks – Most of you must have noticed that stocks with high PE or high valuations are getting hit harder when the market drops. This does not mean that these companies are over-valued or will do badly. If the analysis is correct and the companies does well, then investors in these companies should do well in the long term. However you have to be comfortable with the high volatility in the stock price. In comparison the low PE stocks, of which not much is expected, don’t drop as much during market drops. However they do not gain as much during the rise too.