Nifty Realty index at 7-year high; up 7% in three days

November 20
16:16 2017
Shares of real estate companies continued their upward movement with the Nifty Realty index hitting 52-week high of 321 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade on Monday on expectation of improvement in demand for property.

At 02:53 PM; Nifty Realty index, the largest gainer among sectoral indices, up 2% at 320, as compared to 0.17% rise in Nifty 50 index. In past three trading sessions, the realty index surged 7% against 1.8% rise in the benchmark index. The index is trading at its highest level since April 2011.

The Government on Thursday approved the enhancement of the carpet area of houses for the middle-income group (MIG) category under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Urban (PMAY-U).

On carpet area basis, for the MIG 1 category, the area has been increased from 90 sq. m. up-to 120 sq. m. and for the MIG 2 category, it has been increased from 120 sq. m. to 150 sq. m. As per the government, the increase in area will offer buyers greater choice of ‘developer’ projects and also help the sale of ready build flats in the affordable housing segment.

Fitch Ratings expects improving macroeconomic conditions and better consumer sentiment in some south and south-east Asian markets to increase business activity and lead to more robust demand for property.

The rating agency expect India’s consumer spending to expand at a faster pace of 9.1% in FY18-19 (FY17-18: 8%).

“We expect the Core Funds from Operations (CFFO) of the rated Indian developers to continue to improve in 2018 on higher domestic presales in India and the completion of more of their existing projects,” Fitch Ratings said in report.

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