Is GlaxoSmithKline an Attractive Investment?

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With shares of GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) trading around $51, is GSK an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

GlaxoSmithKline is global healthcare group engaged in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceutical products. These products are vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, and health-related consumer products. GlaxoSmithKline’s principal pharmaceutical products are medicines in these areas: respiratory, antivirals, central nervous system, cardiovascular and urogenital, metabolic, antibacterials, oncology and emesis, dermatology, rare diseases, immuno-inflammation, vaccines, and HIV.

GlaxoSmithKline is investing early in India’s booming pharmaceutical market. The company announced that it is initiating a $1 billion voluntary open offer for a higher stake in its Indian drug unit, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the British unit of the company, sees a huge surge in the demand for pharmaceuticals in the Indian market, one that PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates as being worth $12 billion, all told. The move would increase the British unit’s ownership of its Indian subsidiary to nearly 75 percent, up from 50.1 percent previously, according to a Glaxo press release.

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