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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala raises stake in 5 stocks which fell up to 40% in 2019

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  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala raises stake in 5 stocks which fell up to 40% in 2019
    2019-10-23, By: System Administrator

    Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala rejigged his stake in 10 companies in September while keeping his stake constant in 15, data collated on October 18 shows.

    Jhunjhunwala increased his stake in five companies which include names like Federal BankVIP IndustriesAgro Tech FoodsNCC and TV18 Broadcast. These stocks have fallen 9-40 percent so far in 2019, according to data collated from AceEquity.

    As of October 18, 25 companies in Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio have released their shareholding data for Q2FY20. Of these, 80 percent of the stocks have given negative returns on a year-to-date (YTD) basis.

    Shares of DHFL plunged more than 90 percent, followed by The Mandhana Retail (65 percent), Autoline Industries (60 percent), and Edelweiss Financial Services which plunged 52 percent so far in the year 2019.

    Table: 25 companies in Rakesh Jhunjhunwala portfolio that have released shareholding data by October 18. Please note that this may or may not be an exhaustive list of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio but only a list of companies in which he holds over a 1 percent stake.

    Jhunjhunwala also reduced his stake in five companies including CRISILLupinFirstsource SolutionsTitan Company, and Ion Exchange.

    The regulatory filing shows Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and his wife together held 5,77,51,220 shares at the end of September in Titan Company, which is 7.82 percent lower than 6,26,51,220 shares held at the end of June.

    The company's jewellery sales declined sharply in July, as gold became costlier and the consumption sentiment in most parts of India remained subdued, thus resulting in lower discretionary spends on high-value products.

    Some green shoots were visible in August and September. During these months, retail (secondary) sales grew 15 percent year-on-year (YoY) due to increased impetus towards advertising. On the flip side, experts say this would impact margins.

    Incidentally, Jhunjhunwala kept his stake constant in as many as 15 companies which include names like Fortis Healthcare, Escorts, Aptech, Geojit Financial Services, Edelweiss Financial Services, DHFL, among others.

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