New age internet shares such as Zomato and Info Edge (naukri.com) may not make it to the benchmark NSE Nifty 50 index in the impending review next month, despite having a high market capitalization. However, Info Edge is the best possible contender for a spot in Nifty 50 in future reshuffles, ICICI Direct said in a report. Zomato too has a bright chance of making it to Nifty 50 in the future. “New large-cap internet platform companies like Zomato with high free-float market cap due to zero promoter holdings could be serious contenders for entry into the benchmark indices going ahead,” the report said.
Info Edge stock: Falling short on free float
Info Edge’s average free-float market capitalisation is below that of Indian Oil — the smallest free-float market cap stock within the current Nifty 50 index. For a stock to qualify for inclusion, it should have an average free-float market capitalisation of at least 1.5 times the average free-float market capitalization of the smallest constituent in the index — where Info Edge falls short. “As per the index methodology, the investible weight factor (IWF) is determined as the amount available for trading and which is not held by entities having strategic interest in a company,” ICICI Direct said.
Entry into the benchmark Nifty 50 index is decided on the basis of a stock’s average market capitalization in the previous six months among other factors. Stocks that are currently a part of the Nifty 100 index and available for trading in NSE’s Futures & Options segment are picked for Nifty 50.
Info Edge best placed for future entry
Info Edge is still the best-placed stock to enter the index in the next reshuffle. “Info Edge will be the first pure-play internet platform company to be included in the NIFTY50 index as and when it qualifies,” ICICI Direct said. Putting things into perspective, the brokerage firm highlighted that even the US Dow Jones Industrial Average still doesn’t have any of the internet platform companies such as Amazon or Google as part of its constituents given the limitations of it being a price-weighted index.
Zomato, internet and new-age economy stocks gearing up to dominate
Now with the advent of the internet and the new-age economy, the three best-placed stocks to enter the index are Info Edge, Radhakishan Damani’s Avenue Supermarts (DMart), and Gautam Adani’s Adani Green Energy. “All the three stocks are notably from the new-age economy sectors of internet businesses, organised discount grocery retail with e-commerce incubation, and a green energy company, respectively,” the report said. DMart and Adani Green Energy currently fail to qualify for not being a part of the F&O list.
ICICI Direct said that Nifty 50 exclusion and inclusion trends reflect the emerging pockets of demand in the economy over the long term. Between 2003-2011, the rising investment rate drove demand in the economy and bulk of the stock additions to the index were from the investment and related credit cycle of the economy. Further, between 2012-20 bulk of the additions were from the consumption side of the economy.
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