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Budget may focus on tax reforms: Barclays

Last updated on: July 07, 2014 11:56 IST

Image: The Narendra Modi government is expected to propose a pro-growth budget focused on tax reforms, lower subsidies and asset sales.
Photographs: Reuters

The Narendra Modi government is expected to propose a pro-growth budget focused on tax reforms, lower subsidies and asset sales, global financial services company Barclays said.

"Given the pro-growth credentials of Narendra Modi, the new Prime Minister, expectations of administrative and policy reforms are high.

“We expect the first test of this to come in the government budget announcement.

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Budget may focus on tax reforms: Barclays

Image: Barclays said Indian equities have had a strong first half.
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“We expect the government to propose a pro-growth budget focused on tax reforms, lower subsidies and asset sales," Barclays said in its India Equity Strategy report.

While it does not expect a quick turnaround in private sector capex growth, it believes that asset utilisation should rise, which should lead to improved Return on Equity for corporates; and balance sheet leverage should moderate, with an improvement in cash flows, it said.

Barclays said Indian equities have had a strong first half.

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Budget may focus on tax reforms: Barclays

Image: Barclays expect Indian equities to consolidate over the next six months.
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While it is positive over the medium term of three years, Barclays expect Indian equities to consolidate over the next six months as fundamentals play catch-up with valuations.

On the positive side, Barclays believes that quick resolution of various policy issues like coal allocation norms, land acquisition bill, national level Goods and Services Tax or administrative issues like environmental clearance, taxation disputes could lead to a sharp rally in cyclical stocks.

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