Sensex Ends Marginally Higher; Oil & Gas Stocks Witness Buying

Share markets in India ended their trading session marginally higher. Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the energy sector trading in the green and stocks from the telecom sector witnessing most of the selling pressure.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 13 points (up 0.03%) and the NSE Nifty stood flat. The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day down 0.8%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day down by 0.7%.

The rupee was trading at 71.14 against the US$.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng was up by 0.5% and the Nikkei 225 was up by 1.3%.

Stocks from the auto sector were trading on a negative note today with Bharat Forge and TVS Motors witnessing most of the selling pressure.

Speaking of the auto sector, note that one out of every three household in India is a buyer of their products. They own some of the cult brands in Indian automobile space.

They have formidable R&D teams. They have been through several economic cycles over decades. Few have even visited near-bankruptcy in the past and come out successful.

Yet, some of the biggest passenger car, commercial vehicle, and two-wheeler companies in India have seen a huge dent in valuations in recent times. This is evident in the chart below:

Bluechip Auto Are Stocks Way Off Their Valuation Peaks


Tanushree Banerjee, Co-head of Research at Equitymaster believes, this could be the opportunity long term investors were waiting for.

In the news from pharma spaceAurobindo Pharma share price was in focus today as the company said it had acquired seven marketed oncology injectable products from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals for about US$ 300 million.

This includes an upfront cash payment of up to US$ 160 million and up to US$ 140 million in milestones.

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