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Indian Indices Trade Marginally Higher; Metal Sector Up 3.7%
Thu, 19 Apr 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Stock markets in India are presently trading marginally higher. Sectoral indices are trading on a mixed note with stocks in the metal sector and IT sector witnessing maximum buying interest.

The BSE Sensex is trading up 87 points (up 0.3%) and the NSE Nifty is trading up 32 points (up 0.3%). The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.4%, while the BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 0.3%. The rupee is trading at 65.73 to the US$.

Pharma stocks are witnessing buying interest today. Among the top gainers in the BSE Healthcare index are Merck Ltd (up 20%) and Suven Life Sciences Ltd (up 5.6%).

Speaking of pharma stocks, did you know the BSE Healthcare Index is down 20% over the past three years? During the same period, the BSE Sensex is up 21%.

The BSE Healthcare Index has underperformed the Sensex

And this was a sector they called 'evergreen'.

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Here's what we wrote about the same in today's edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp:

  • It's important to understand the core issues. Regulatory problems for pharma companies have increased over the past few years. The frequency of visits as well as quality expectations have increased a lot.

    The intensity of competition has also increased. Faster approvals of drugs have led to price erosion for generic players.

    While we expect the pain to continue in the short-term, the long-term picture still looks bright.

    Stricter norms and pricing pressure will ensure only quality players remain. Companies with strong R&D facilities and quality compliant plants will have an edge over the others.

    Those are the only pharma stocks you should be looking at.

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In the news from currency markets, the rupee is witnessing selling pressure today. It depreciated around 15 paise to 65.81 against the dollar in opening trade at the interbank forex market today.

This was seen on the back of increased demand for the dollar from importers and banks amid rising crude oil prices.

Apart from this, foreign capital outflows also weighed on the rupee.

What does the fall in rupee mean for the Indian economy?

A depreciation in rupee means importers buying goods and services at a higher rate that earlier. This doesn't bode well for a developing economy that relies heavily on imports.

Also, India imports most of its oil requirements. So a fall in rupee leads to a consequent rise in the import bill.

On the corporate side, companies who have taken foreign loans from abroad will be impacted. The repayment obligations in terms of principal and interest will rise, leading to a dent in the cash flows and financials.

Further, companies who import a majority of their raw material requirements will get impacted provided they have not hedged their foreign currency exposure.

Looking at the brighter side, rupee depreciation brings a cheer on the exports front.

A depreciating rupee will provide a much-needed cushion to falling exports. However, a falling rupee will not be the only factor to boost exports. There are certain structural issues too which the government needs to address.

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DHFL Plunges by 6%; BSE 500 Index Down 1.1% (Today's Market)

Oct 19, 2018 10:30 AM

DHFL share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 244. The BSE 500 is down by 1.1%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are JET AIRWAYS (up 5.3%) and DLF LTD (up 4.1%). The top losers are DHFL (down 6.1%) and ACC LTD (down 7.7%).

YES BANK Plunges by 5%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 0.0% (Today's Market)

Oct 19, 2018 10:26 AM

YES BANK share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 230. The BSE BANKEX is up by 0.0%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index are BANK OF BARODA (up 2.3%) and ICICI BANK (up 1.6%). The top losers is YES BANK (down 5.3%)..

DISH TV Plunges by 6%; BSE 500 Index Down 0.9% (Today's Market)

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DISH TV share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 50. The BSE 500 is down by 0.9%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are JET AIRWAYS (up 5.5%) and DLF LTD (up 4.2%). The top losers are DISH TV (down 6.0%) and ACC LTD (down 7.2%).

INDIABULLS HOU. FIN. Plunges by 10%; BSE 500 Index Down 0.9% (Today's Market)

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INDIABULLS HOU. FIN. share price has plunged by 10% and its current market price is Rs 771. The BSE 500 is down by 0.9%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are INFIBEAM AVENUES (up 7.7%) and SUDARSHAN CHEMICAL (up 6.3%). The top losers are INDIABULLS HOU. FIN. (down 10.1%) and MINDTREE LTD (down 16.6%).

INFIBEAM AVENUES Surges by 11%; BSE 500 Index Down 0.9% (Today's Market)

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INFIBEAM AVENUES share price has surged by 11% and its current market price is Rs 59. The BSE 500 is down by 0.9%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index is INFIBEAM AVENUES (up 11.4%). The top losers are ABB INDIA LTD. and BHARAT FORGE .

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