Green energy, new-age stocks from insurance in the queue to enter Nifty50 index

The Nifty50 index is set witness the entry of new-age stocks from insurance, and internet space, which reflects improving demand for such businesses in the economy, a recent report by ICICI Securities said.

The report cited ICICI Lombard, Green and Info Edge as major contenders to get into the benchmark index in times ahead.

It said that Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) continues to add consumer names. Consumer Products is likely to enter the benchmark index in the next reshuffle in March replacing GAIL, it added.

“Based on data till 12th Jan’21, the upcoming semi-annual NIFTY50 reshuffle could result in Consumer replacing GAIL on 29th Mar’21,” it said.

Currently, NIFTY50 ETF and index AUMs stand at Rs 1,261 billion. GAIL currently has an estimated weight of 40 bps in the index, while Tata Consumer is expected to enter the index with a weight of 60 bps, entailing ETFs and index funds buying worth Rs 7.6 billion.

“The higher presence of consumption (staples, discretionary, and auto) as a theme within the NIFTY50 is understated due to the presence of large consumer business within a large conglomerate,” said the ICICI Securities report.

It said that Avenue Supermarts has not been able to make an entry into the NIFTY50 Index due to it not being part of F&O list, despite higher free float market cap than Tata Consumer.

“Although Avenue Supermarts has the highest rank in terms of average free float market cap of Rs 352 billion (since Jul’20) in the NIFTY Next 50, but it currently does not form part of the F&O list. However, if it does enter the F&O segment, it replaces Tata Consumer as the new entrant into the NIFTY50 index in the Mar’21 semiannual changes.”

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