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Brokerage Radar: L&T, Axis Bank & Asian Paints

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​AXIS BANK
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​AXIS BANK

MORGAN STANLEY
Morgan Stanley maintains Overweight rating on Axis Bank with a target price of Rs 925 per share. The asset quality outlook is improving but the core PPoP in Q3 missed estimates by ~10%. The impaired loan formation was elevated, it said. The brokerage cut earnings estimates to reflect slowdown.

CREDIT SUISSE
Credit Suisse maintains Outperform rating on Axis Bank with a target price of Rs 850 per share. The Q3 performance was stable but credit costs remain elevated. We cut EPS estimates by 5-23% on back higher credit costs. The stock trades at 2.1x FY21E P/BV.

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​ASIAN PAINTS
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​ASIAN PAINTS

UBS maintains a BUY rating on UBS with a target price of Rs 2,120 per share. The firm’s margin helps meet profit estimates. The growth in rural portfolio is a green shoot for the stock.

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​L&T
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​L&T

CLSA
CLSA maintains BUY rating on L&T with a target price of Rs 1,730 per share. The global brokerage said L&T's order flow was surprising in Q3, but the execution was weak. L&T Q3 showed diversified portfolio strength and is a good proxy for domestic capex. The company has a credible strategy to improve growth and ROE.

MORGAN STANLEY
Morgan Stanley maintains an Overweight rating on L&T with a target price of Rs 1,556 per share. The Q3 numbers were below expectations, but the brokerage expects a stronger Q4. The execution challenges are receding and the cash flows should seasonally improve in the next quarter. The domestic prospects for L&T are strong.

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​ZEE
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​ZEE

MACQUARIE
Macquarie maintains Outperform rating on ZEE with a target price of Rs 425 per share. At ~13x FY21 PER, ZEE stays our top media pick.
It will be able to better navigate challenges of weak ad-environment going ahead, the brokerage said, and it expects gradual improvement in ZEE’s cash generation.

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