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5 Indian Stocks to Watch

1. ICICI Bank (IBN) is the largest private bank in India.

The bank's consolidation phase is over and we expect the lender to leverage any normalization in the credit cycle in future. The management had indicated that credit growth would average 15% to 18% in 2011, riding on improved traction in its international operations. Vehicle loans, home loans, and infrastructure lending are other segments that would do well.

With a current account saving account ratio at 44% and an improved liability profile would sustain NIM's net interest margin at around 2.3% to 2.5% during 2011.

In the recent quarter, the addition of bad loans from ICICI's books were negligible, while the bulk of non-performing loan additions ensued due to the merger of Bank of Rajasthan. The bank also achieved the 70% provision coverage ratio target, we expect earnings impact on account of higher credit costs to decline in the future.

Overall, an improving margin profile, steady loan growth and lower provisioning would improve the earnings profile, going forward. The stock is trading at 2.1 times its estimated 2012 book.

>To see these stocks in action, visit the 5 Indian Stocks to Watch portfolio on Stockpickr.

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.
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