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Budget 2018: The short-term pain of long-term capital gains tax fears

Nearly three-fourths of the stocks in the BSE 500 index have corrected by more than 10% from their respective highs on feras Arun Jaitley may reintroduce a long-term capital gains in his budget speech

business Updated: Feb 01, 2018 10:51 IST
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The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen under a bull statue at the entrance of their building in Mumbai, India January 30, 2018. Picture taken January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade(REUTERS)

Reports that finance minister Arun Jaitley may reintroduce a long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax have wreaked havoc on the Street. Of course, it isn’t visible in headline indices such as the Sensex and the Nifty. Even the broader BSE 500 index has corrected just 1.8% from the 52-week high it hit on 24 January.

But nearly three-fourths of the stocks, or 371 stocks in all, in the index have corrected by more than 10% from their respective highs. Of these, 50 stocks have fallen by more than 30%, reports Mint.

Similarly, small-cap and mid-cap indices have also corrected by 7% and 5% from their respective highs in January, much higher than large-cap indices.

There may be other reasons for the correction in these sets of stocks. Last week, a new report that Securities and Exchange Board of India probed the unusual rise in the shares of Vakrangee Ltd led to fears about a possible clampdown by the markets regulator.

Even so, the chief culprit behind the sharp correction in the markets is the fear of LTCG tax being imposed. As such, if the finance minister decides against it, there could be quite a relief rally in sections of the market.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 10:24 IST