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India Inc has lower profit cushion to service debt
Interest burden set to rise further with recent rate hikes. Corporate results for the quarter ended June 2008 suggest that India Inc may now have lower cushion on profits to cover interest obligations. ...

Market swings hit MFs hard
Assets under management continue to shrink. Mumbai, Aug. 2 The assets under management (AUM) of mutual fund industry fell for the second successive month, declining by more than 6 per cent in ...



Comparing notes: (From le...
Lacking new investment strategies
New funds in 2007. Despite the number of open-end equity funds available expanding manifold over the years, the investors’ fascination with New Fund Offers (NFOs), which are offered at Rs 10, has scarcely waned. But if you gave in to lure ...


No 3G auction for CDMA players
Spectrum allocation to be based on number of subscribers. New Delhi, Aug. 2 CDMA-based mobile operators can get third generation spectrum without having to participate in any auction. ...

New chiefs for 4 PSBs
Executive Directors elevated. New Delhi, Aug. 2 The Government has appointed chief executives for four public sector banks - Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank and Vijaya Bank. ...

LIC’s first premium falls 12% in Q1
Mumbai, Aug. 2 Life Insurance Corporation of India has seen a 12-per cent drop in new business premium in the first quarter of the ...

Biocon: Hold
Lack of near-term catalysts, staid growth in biopharmaceuticals (over 80 per cent of sales) and sluggish performance in contract research services have dulled the earnings picture for biotechnology company, Biocon. Investors should refrain ...

Bharti Airtel: Buy
Strong growth visibility in the mobile and enterprise segments and new business opportunities make Bharti Airtel a good investment option. ...

Reviewing your portfolio: Time for a debt rejig
Interest rates have climbed steeply and may rise further. Credit is getting tighter as RBI attempts to soak up excess liquidity, in its bid to cool inflation. Lenders are becoming more wary about credit risk and are looking to curtail lending ...

Television Eighteen India: Hold
Television Eighteen India (TV 18) has delivered a disappointing set of results in the April-June quarter. While the core news operations, led by CNBC TV 18, remained healthy, sustained losses in the Web and newswire operations have resulted in ...

Exide Industries: Buy
Investors with a two-three year perspective can consider buying shares in Exide Industries. Until the market correction in January, the stock had moved up sharply, delivering a 75 per cent return in a span of six months. From a 52-week high of ...

HSBC Dynamic Fund: Hold
Investors can continue to hold the units of HSBC Dynamic Fund, considering its ability to contain downsides during market turbulence, and to keep up with its benchmark during market upswings. The fund is relatively new, launched only 10 ...

IT cos keep engg students guessing
CAMPUS OFFERS. Bangalore, Aug 2 The global economic meltdown has touched Indian engineering campuses. Students in Bangalore and Chennai, who walked home last year with offer letters from large Indian IT companies, are now clutching on to hope ...

Index Outlook
Indian equities took just one day to recover from the jolt received by the monetary policy delivered last Tuesday. While talking about this characteristic of stock markets, Robert Prechter had remarked that the market’s trends derive ...

Margin trading — not for the novice
The toughest of times for any stock market investor is when the markets see a free fall and you get a call from your broker to put up additional “margin.” ...

Steel: Riding the price curve
India’s rapid economic growth is built on a frame of steel and its consumption is taken to be a barometer of economic development. While steel continues to have a stronghold in traditional sectors such as construction, housing and ground ...

Quality norms for onion exports tightened
DGFT steps in to track transactions, check permit abuse. New Delhi, Aug. 2 The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has amended its November 2007 notification on onion exports to streamline procedures, tighten quality norms and ...

Weekly News Round-up(Latest Audio:English/Tamil)
Attempting to tame inflation from its 13-year high, the RBI sharply raised key interest rate last Tuesday, which is expected to trigger an across-the-board hike in bank lending rates, including corporate, home and consumer ...

Container Corporation: Hold
Shareholders with a long-term view can continue to hold the stock of Container Corporation of India, the country’s biggest carrier of rail cargo containers. Concor’s widely distributed rail infrastructure network, huge wagon ...

Pick the right sector
After assessing that an economy is worth investing in, one needs to decide the industry where one can park one’s money. For, while the economy may be doing outstandingly well, not every industry in the economy would be a good bargain ...


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