November 19, 2012 / 6:47 AM / 5 years ago

Maruti Suzuki, M&M rally on sales hopes

Reuters Market Eye - Shares in Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra & Mahindra(MAHM.NS) gain on hopes for rising sales this month as part of the festival season.

A worker cleans a Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire car as he is being reflected on a car at the company's stock yard at Sanand in Gujarat October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sharekhan said both Maruti and Mahindra & Mahindra will outperform the sector in the near-term, citing a “strong” order backlog, according to an email to clients.

    Six models from the two companies, including the Maruti Dzire and the Mahindra XUV 500, have pending orders of about 170,000 units, or as much as 75 percent of the average monthly passenger vehicle sales recorded in the broader sector, as per Sharekhan calculations.

    A weakening Japanese yen is also helping Maruti Suzuki shares given expectations it will reduce the cost of royalty payments to Suzuki Motor.

    Maruti shares gain 3.9 percent, while Mahindra & Mahindra shares gain 1.6 percent.

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