Operations at Tata Motors Ltd.’s Plant (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Tata Motors: Lone Loser On Auto Index This Year  

 Tata Motors: Lone Loser On Auto Index This Year  

Homegrown auto major Tata Motors Ltd. is off to a rough start in 2017. The stock has fallen over 9 percent, compared to the 13 percent gain for the S&P BSE Auto index.

In fact, Tata Motors is the only stock on the 13-member index which has given a negative return year-to-date.

A lower-than-anticipated margin forecast for its subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover, is among the reasons for the stock's underperformance. The company forecast around 14 percent earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization margin -- which is around 2 percentage points lower than estimates, according to ICICI Securities Ltd. A stronger currency, higher advertising spends, and lower profitability estimates for China are also dragging the stock lower.