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  How to Play the Housing Theme on Dalal Street  
  The government's initiative to provide affordable housing under the Housing for All scheme has brightened the prospects of companies across sectors that cater to this segment including adhesives, cement, electrical consumer goods, lighting, paints, pipes, plywood, sanitary ware, and tiles. Asian Paints, Astral Poly Technik, Century Plywood, Cera, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals, and Shree Cement are some of the prominent companies that are expected to show better earnings growth.  
  AU Small Finance Bank Ltd.  
  AU Small Finance Bank Limited (AU SFB) is a small finance bank that has recently transitioned from retail focused NBFC and primarily serving low and middle income individuals and businesses. Started in 1996, the company's business primarily was focused on vehicle finance.  
  Spun-off Cos Outperform Benchmarks in Returns  
  Companies that have been spun off from their parent firms can be interesting investment bets at a time when market valuations are high and investors are looking for newer avenues to put their money in. According to an analysis of 154 such spin-offs between 2002 and 2016 by SBICAP Securities, these companies have outperformed the benchmark Sensex in all market cycles.  
  Indices Off Record Highs as Falling Crude Oil Prices Dent Sentiment  
  Benchmark stock indices rose as much as 0.8% to record highs on Thursday but ended flat, erasing all of early gains after the fall in crude oil prices impacted sentiment in emerging markets -considered risky . Crude oil, which was down 0.2% on Thursday, has entered a bear market with the commodity falling 20% so far this year.  
  IHH Pulls Plug on Fortis Deal Over Daiichi Scare  
  Integrated Healthcare Holdings (IHH) of Malaysia has abandoned its pursuit of Fortis Healthcare and SRL Diagnostics, dealing a blow to the efforts of Malvinder and Shivinder Singh to reduce their debt by selling off their healthcare assets.  
  PM's US Visit: Officials Race Against Time to Seal F-16 Deal  
  Officials are working overtime to complete negotiations on moving the assembly line for the F-16 fighter jet to India to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump to jointly make an announcement on the deal.