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Sensex Opens Flat; Sun Pharma Falls Over 9.2%
Fri, 18 Jan 09:30 am | Rini Mehta, TM Team

Asian stock markets are higher today as Chinese and Hong Kong shares show gains. The Shanghai Composite is up 0.6% while the Hang Seng is up 1%. The Nikkei 225 is trading up by 1.3%. US stocks advanced on Thursday as a published report that the United States was considering lifting tariffs on Chinese imports lifted investor sentiment.

Back home, India share markets opened on a flattish note with a positive bias. The BSE Sensex is trading up by 69 points while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 15 points. The BSE Mid Cap index and BSE Small Cap index opened up by 0.2% & 0.1% respectively.

Sectoral indices have opened the day on a mixed note with oil & gas stocks and bank stocks witnessing maximum buying interest. While, healthcare stocks and IT stocks have opened the day in red.

The rupee is currently trading at Rs 71.02 against the US$.

In the news from the economy. As per India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), Indian economy is likely to grow a tad higher at 7.5% in 2019-20 on account of steady improvement in major sectors.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the economy may clock a growth rate of 7.2% in the current financial year, up from 6.7% in the previous year.

After demonetisation and the GST implementation, the India Ratings had expected 2018-19 to be a year of quick recovery and, indeed, the recovery has been sharp with GDP growth coming in at 7.2%.

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It further said GDP growth would have been even better but for the global headwinds caused by an abrupt rise in crude oil prices and strengthening of the US dollar, among other factors.

Over the past few years, private final consumption expenditure and government final consumption expenditure have been the primary growth drivers of Indian economic growth.

Ind-Ra said it believes that investments are slowly but steadily gaining traction, with gross fixed capital formation growing 12.2% in the current fiscal and projected to clock 10.3% in the next year.

But the flip side of this development is that it is primarily driven by the government capex (capital expenditure), as incremental private corporate capex has yet to revive.

It further said that due to the slowdown in private corporate and household capex, GDP growth has failed to accelerate and sustain itself close to or in excess of 8%.

Speaking of GDP growth, have a look at the latest data projecting the nominal GDP of countries by the year 2030.

India in the Pecking Order of Strongest Economies in Another Decade

As you can see in the chart, China would be by far the strongest economy in another decade. In fact, its GDP could be more than double of America's.

But that India will be a close second.

With GDP crossing 40 trillion dollars, the Indian economy will be at least a third bigger than the US.

No doubt the 40 trillion-dollar GDP will not come without some hiccups.

But once you know the stocks that could gain the most in the coming decade, you too be saying - 'Buy Indian. I am'.

Moving on to the news from pharma sector. As per an article in a leading financial daily, Aurobindo Pharma has agreed to acquire a portfolio of seven branded oncology injectable products from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reportedly, the acquisition involves an upfront payment of US$160 million in cash, plus up to US$140 million on achieving regulatory and sales-based milestones. The acquisition also gives Aurobindo a branded commercial infrastructure in the US.

Acrotech Biopharma LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. will acquire the assets on a debt free and cash free basis.

The acquisition will help Aurobindo enter the branded oncology market with a range of products that are well recognized by the oncology community. Aurobindo Group will also acquire a well-established and experienced branded commercial infrastructure to continue commercializing these brands, the reports noted.

Spectrum, as part of its strategic shift to focus on novel oncology drug development and commercialization of its two late-stage pipeline products, carved out its commercial business inclusive of seven marketed oncology injectable products, intellectual property and commercial infrastructure for sale.

Aurobindo Pharma share price opened the day up by 0.5%.

To know more about the company, you can access to Aurobindo Pharma's Q2FY19 result analysis and Aurobindo Pharma FY18 annual report analysis on our website.

And to know what's moving the Indian stock markets today, check out the most recent share market updates here.

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