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Indian Stocks Increased 49% This Year
The rally this year has helped India post the fifth-best performance among the 89 markets tracked by Bloomberg News globally. Valuations have also climbed, with the Sensex now valued at 16 times reported earnings, double November's low of 8.1 times. "The relative outperformance and the strong move in the market post the elections have now priced in improving economic fundamentals," the analysts wrote in the report. "The upcoming budget next month will be very important for the overall direction of the market." The Sensex advanced 1.7 percent to 14,590.18, the highest in more than a week, as of 1:23 p.m. in Mumbai.
India's Sensex gained 49 percent advance this year and further gains depend on government policies to boost economic growth and pare a budget deficit, Nomura Holdings Inc. said. The benchmark Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index may rise to 16,400 in the next 12 months, a "muted" 14 percent gain from yesterday's close, Nomura analysts led by Prabhat Awasthi said in a report today. Investors should own a mix of so-called defensive and domestic cyclical shares, they added.read source article