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MUTUAL FUNDS
UTI Dividend Yield: Hold
While a portfolio of dividend yield stocks may offer better downside protection over the long term, most such funds are not particularly more defensive than diversified funds in correction phases. More

Fund Talk
I am 23 years old and in my second year of work. I can save about Rs 2 lakhs a year, of which Rs 75,000 I want to invest in ELSS (for tax-saving) and Rs 1,25,000 in other funds (purely for investment and wealth maximisation) I have two ... More

HDFC Core & Satellite — Fuelled and cemented
Between February and May 2006, the assets of HDFC Core & Satellite increased by Rs 200 crore to Rs 737 crore. The top five sectors constitute 60 per cent of the assets, as do the top ten holdings. The fund pruned holdings in capital goods, ... More

STOCKS
Stock-splits and bonuses: The affordability and liquidity matrix
Investors are still chasing companies that announce bonuses and stock-splits, irrespective of the state of the market. Despite the meltdown since May, there has been a flurry of announcements on this front. Over the past month, Unitech announced ... More

Stock-splits...
Key drivers

Stock-splits and bonus are dictated by two key factors: Affordability and liquidity. Affordability: Investors with only a small amount of money to spare for equity investment may have to part with their entire disposable income to buy a ... More

STOCK MARKETS
Relief rally or return of bulls?
The market seems to be in the process of adjusting itself from a high-liquidity, easy-money, low-interest rate environment to a low-liquidity, tight-money and rising interest rate situation. More

Matchmaking — stock exchange style
When the NSE receives orders to buy or sell equities, they are numbered, time-stamped, and then immediately processed for a potential match. If no match is found, the orders are stored in various `books' in price-time priority in the following ... More

The Pike syndrome
Consider this: My friend's father bought some shares in mid-2005. His portfolio rose handsomely in just a few months. He could have made good profits had he sold his investment in early 2006. He, however, ... More

NSDL asks DPs to re-verify accounts every fortnight
About 4,000 demat accounts frozen so far More

Market View
The recent lull in inflows into equity mutual funds is not a particular cause for concern. Inflows into equity funds, not only in India, but in the global markets, have always displayed a performance-chasing dimension, rising ... More

Update
PruICICI Mutual has added more auto debit centres for schemes which have a systematic investment facility. The Allahabad, Amristsar, Kochi, Rajkot, Thrissur and Varanasi centres will now have facility for investing in SIP option via ... More

DERIVATIVES MARKETS
F&O OUTLOOK
Positive drift in Nifty likely
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RECOMMENDATION
Tata Tea: Buy
With a larger basket of brands and access to newer geographies, Tata Tea is on a growth path More

Ashok Leyland: Buy
Investors looking for a stock with minimal downside in the current market can consider Ashok Leyland for investment. However, such investment should be made with a medium-to-long-term perspective. At the current market price of Rs 36.90, the ... More

Allahabad Bank: Buy
Impressive performance, stable earnings outlook and undemanding valuations make Allahabad Bank an attractive pick in the banking space More

Nicholas Piramal: Buy
Nicholas' latest acquisition of Pfizer's Morpeth facility in the UK bolsters its presence in the custom manufacturing space and reinforces its collaborative business model More

Nagarjuna Construction: Buy
After remaining a domestic player for an extended period, Nagarjuna has now decided to enhance its presence by entering the West Asian markets More

Tata Contra Fund: Hold
If the market remains range-bound and volatile, the fund's performance will hinge on selection of themes, identifying sectors and picking undervalued stocks. More

MphasiS BFL: Buy
With EDS acquiring a majority stake in MphasiS, the stage is now set for the latter to derive synergistic benefits. However, risks relating to integration remain. More


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