Tuesday , September 25 2018

Double-digit profit growth seen again for India equities


At a time when emerging markets have been roughed up by trade tensions between the world’s biggest economies, the earnings picture in India is improving.
That’s the message from Morgan Stanley as it expects companies in the S&P BSE Sensex to report a 23 percent increase in net income in the June quarter from a year earlier, with more than three quarters of the 30 members likely to contribute positively to aggregate profits. That would mark a third straight quarter of double-digit growth, according to Bloomberg data.
“Results should show some recovery and broadening of earnings growth,” Morgan Stanley analysts Sheela Rathi and Ridham Desai said in a report. There’s more. Research firms from Deutsche Bank AG to Crisil are bullish.
“Besides the supportive base-effect, there is also a strong revenue boost owing to higher global commodity prices,” Bijay Kumar, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG wrote in a note. He expects earnings for stocks on the Nifty 50 Index to rise by 20 percent.
Thanks to a robust recovery from the national sales tax introduced last July and higher metal prices, revenue growth in the period may reach a three-year high of 13 percent, according to Crisil Ltd.
Actual earnings that reinforce analysts’ forecasts will help justify optimism among analysts about the $2.1 trillion market’s prospects despite headwinds caused by high oil prices, a weak rupee and hardening interest rates.
India’s economic growth has picked up in recent months, prompting the central bank to raise its outlook for gross domestic product growth to 7.4 percent in the year that started on April 1 from 6.6 percent in the previous year. The world’s fastest-growing big economy is relatively shielded from trade risks due to its large domestic market, which has added to the allure of its stocks.
The Sensex jumped 7.5 percent in the June quarter in local-currency terms, the top performer among developing nations. That’s as the MSCI Emerging Markets Index slid almost 9 percent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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