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Modi govt’s Budget to send India’s soaring stocks higher, shows survey | Budget 2024 News


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The respondents’ views largely match their expectation that consumer discretionary stocks offered the most promising outlook. Financial and commodities shares were their next favorites | Photo: Bloomberg


By Ashutosh Joshi

 


India’s $5 trillion stock market stands to gain as much as 20 per cent for the entire year, buoyed by government spending and continued momentum in corporate earnings, according to market watchers.

 


The upcoming government budget will likely boost consumer spending and infrastructure building, which bode well for businesses, strategists and investors surveyed by Bloomberg said. More than half of the 24 respondents estimated that the NSE Nifty 50 Index may advance up to 26,000 points by the end of 2024, while one predicted the gauge can climb even more. 


The benchmark index has risen 12 per cent so far this year to a record. 


A diminished majority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent elections has prompted investors to raise bets in the consumer sector on expectations the government will shift toward more populist measures to shore up support. An early monsoon also boosted the prospects for companies involved with crops such as rice, corn and soybeans.

“Corporate earnings for the year gone by had been robust on the back of margin tailwinds and may grow above trend in financial year 2025, keeping India’s medium-term growth story intact,” said Bino Pathiparampil, head of research at Mumbai-based Elara Capital.   

ChartOf those surveyed, 13 projected earnings growth for Nifty components to remain robust, while five others said optimism on future earnings was overdone. 


Analysts estimated earnings per share of MSCI India Index’s companies for all of calendar year 2024 to increase 15.6 per cent on-year, data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence showed. In comparison, Chinese firms are expected to post a 10 per cent rise in their EPS for the same period.


Investors are now turning their attention to the budget, due this month, which will lay out Modi’s policy priorities under a new coalition government. Half of the survey’s respondents expect the administration’s top priority would be a mix of incentives to support consumption while continuing with its capital expenditure push for infrastructure. 


But a quarter of them said the capex push would be the government’s main priority. Another quarter thought boosting consumer demand would be on top of their to-do list.  


The respondents’ views largely match their expectation that consumer discretionary stocks offered the most promising outlook. Financial and commodities shares were their next favourites.


“The government can please everyone with higher capex, social spending and yet a tighter fiscal,” thanks to larger tax revenue and bumper dividend payout from the central bank, Jefferies Financial Group Inc. strategists including Mahesh Nandurkar wrote in a note on June 24. 


The budget will be positive for the sectors related to affordable housing, capex plays, consumer and rate-sensitive businesses, they said. 

First Published: Jul 04 2024 | 8:38 AM IST



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