L&T earnings raise 'multiple red flags' - Citi; stock slumps

Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:06pm IST

A man waits at a bus-stop with an advertisement of Larsen & Toubro outside the company's manufacturing unit in Mumbai January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

A man waits at a bus-stop with an advertisement of Larsen & Toubro outside the company's manufacturing unit in Mumbai January 22, 2014.

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Reuters Market Eye - Citigroup downgrades Larsen & Toubro Ltd (LART.NS) to "neutral" from "buy", citing "rich" valuations and says Q1 "raises multiple red flags," including lower-than-expected standalone sales and margin details.

Earnings "were a warning that investors/analysts need to curb their enthusiasm,” the bank adds.

Deutsche Bank also downgrades L&T, to "hold" from "buy", citing concerns about valuations and says large order wins are in the low-margin hydrocarbons sector.

L&T falls as much as 7.9 percent, heads for biggest fall since July 2009.

(Reporting by Manoj Rawal)

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