Profit Worries Show Peril Embedded in Indian Equity Surge: Chart

Cracks are appearing in India’s bull market, which has handed equity investors total returns of 19 percent this year, as the new sales tax bites into corporate earnings forecasts. Profit expectations for companies have been cut about 10 percent since the start of April, just as analysts increase their optimism for firms across the Asia Pacific region. Bulls are hoping the effects of the tax on Indian goods and services introduced last month will be temporary, while the bears are declaring that earnings don’t justify the 21 percent run up in stock prices since the start of 2016.

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