Budget good for stock markets, say experts

Budget good for stock markets, say experts

New Delhi: Giving thumbs up to the Union Budget 2010-11, which has offered tax relief to common man, experts termed the proposals as balanced and good for the stock market.

“The Budget was good for the stock market. Market will wait till the fine prints of the Budget comes. Till then, it will continue to respond positively," India Infoline vice-president (Research) Amar Ambani said.

Investors cheered the budgetary proposals, with the benchmark Sensex soaring more than 2%, or 415 points, to 16,669.25 points in the afternoon trade.

The Budget has provided considerable relief to income tax payers by raising the slabs at two levels but hiked the central excise duty on non-petroleum products across the board from 8-10%.

Jay Shankar, an economist with Religare Enterprises, pointed out that the Budget proposals are tad higher than market expectations.

JP Morgan India head Kalpana Morparia said she has rated the Budget quite well.

“I rated this budget quite well actually... eight on ten," she noted.