India Ratings Revises Steel Sector Outlook To ‘Stable-To-Negative’
Sparks fly as a worker grinds the edge of a steel tube at the finishing line of a steel tube mill in India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg) 

India Ratings Revises Steel Sector Outlook To ‘Stable-To-Negative’

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India Ratings and Research has revised its outlook on the steel sector to 'stable-to-negative' from 'stable' for the remainder of this fiscal, owing to sluggish demand growth expectation.

The rating agency has also revised downwards its fiscal year 2020 steel demand growth expectation to around 4 percent from the previous forecast of 7 percent, it said in a release.

"The outlook also factors in increased import risks especially from Free Trade Agreement countries such as Japan and South Korea due to adverse domino impact of the slowing global growth and continuing trade frictions," the release said.

However, India Ratings expects steel demand to recover in the second half of this fiscal, supported by pick up in government investments, fiscal stimulus measures, improvement in market sentiment, among others, it added.

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