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Markets Trade Near the Dotted Line
Thu, 24 Dec 11:30 am

After opening the day on a flattish note, the Indian Markets continue continued to trade near the dotted line. Sectoral indices are trading on a mixed note with stocks from the capital goods and metal sectors leading the gains. Consumer durables stocks are trading in the red.

The BSE Sensex is trading down by 8 points (0.03%) and the NSE Nifty is trading down by 5 points (0.1%). The BSE Mid Cap index and the BSE Small Cap index are trading positively, up by 0.3% and 0.5% respectively. The rupee is trading at 65.94 to the US$.

Most of the stocks in the healthcare space are trading on a positive note with Biocon Ltd and Aurobindo Pharma witnessing maximum buying interest. As per an article in The Economic Times, the Health Ministry has drawn up the revised National List of Essential Medicines. The Indian government has accepted the national list of essential medicines as a key instrument in balanced healthcare delivery system. The list includes accessible, affordable and quality medicine at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of healthcare.

The number of medicines under the same has gone up to 376 from 348 in the earlier list prepared in 2011. There are new additions as well as some deletions in the new list. Overall the number of therapeutic areas has gone up marginally from 27 to 29. Further, the span of price control may seem higher as the new list has a few drugs that generate higher prescriptions. To know more about the impact of drug price control on pharma sector, please click here.

Power stocks are trading on a mixed note with Reliance Infra leading the gains and KSK Energy leading the losses. As per a leading financial daily, the government is planning to seal a contract with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors in the first half during the next year. This comes as the government's US$ 150 billion dollar nuclear power programme is getting off the ground.

The proposed power plant, which is going to be set up in Gujarat, will accelerate India's plan to build roughly 60 reactors. The same would record as the world's second-biggest nuclear energy market after China. The construction of the roughly 1,100 MW (mega watt) reactors is said to be initiated later in

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