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INSIGHT: ESOPs turn out to be money-spinners
After a hiatus in 2008 and a mild revival in 2009, 2010 saw a spectacular revival in employee stock options (ESOPs) being offered as a part of executive salaries. Sectors such as banks, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and, to a lesser extent, IT are ...

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Index Outlook: Poised at significant support
Market participants mired in gloomy thoughts on inflation and the RBI's next policy rate move were pleasantly diverted by strong earnings reported by some front-line companies. This also provided the bulls with the ammunition to defend the ...

STOCKS: Axis Bank: Buy
Investment Focus. Axis Bank, with its large deposit base and fee income, may be among the private banks best placed to thrive in a rising interest rate scenario. The bank has continued to deliver strong profit growth (35 per cent for the nine ...

STOCKS: Bajaj Auto: Buy
Bajaj Auto has put up a strong show in the quarter ended December 2010 despite rising input costs and interest rate hikes that would have a bearing ...

STOCKS: Provogue India: Buy
Premium retailer Provogue's foray into construction and running shopping malls came to fruition as it opened its first mall in October 2010. That the mall houses established retailers such as Star India Bazaar and Croma is another indicator ...

STOCKS: Container Corporation of India: Book profits
Container Corporation (Concor), the country's largest multi-modal logistics company, may have delivered reasonably well in the third quarter, but the going may get tougher in the coming quarters. Weakening domestic volumes, hike in ...

STOCKS: V-Guard Industries: Book profits
Making its debut in 2008 just around when the market began its plunge, the stock of V-Guard Industries staged an unexciting show in the year of listing — from the issue price of Rs 82, it corrected sharply to ...

Thematic funds in sectors such as FMCG, pharmaceuticals and banks dominated the equity fund rankings for 2010 runningahead of the broader market. The tiny Magnum FMCG Fund is perched at the top of the rankings as the best performing equity ...

MUTUAL FUNDS: UTI Unit Linked Insurance Plan: Invest
Fresh investment can be considered in the units of UTI Unit Linked Plan 71, a unit-linked insurance plan (ULIP) with a track record of 40 years. UTI ULIP is the only unit linked insurance regulated by the Securities Exchange Board of India ...

INSIGHT: Indians as money managers
We Indians like to rank ourselves among the best in the world at writing software codes or launching space programmes, but how good are we at managing our own money? A study released last week by ING, the leading global financial services ...

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Query Corner — Nagarjuna Construction at key support
Kindly elaborate the short- and long-term view on Nagarjuna Construction Company. ...

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Pivotals: Reliance Industries (Rs 986.5)
As anticipated RIL declined last week and met our downward price target of Rs 960 on Thursday by recording a low of Rs 954. However, the stock bounced up recoupingsome of its early week losses and ended the week 1.5 per cent lower. It has been ...

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Consider going long on Punj Lloyd
Punj Lloyd (Rs 100): The stock is in a long-term down-trend but it has psychological support around Rs 100. A short-term pull back rally is possible from these levels. The stock finds immediate support at Rs 95 and resistance at Rs 106. The ...

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Sizzling stocks: LIC Housing Finance (Rs 194.2)
LIC Housing Finance sizzled 9 per cent on January 19 in anticipation of its Q3 results announcement. After market closing, the company announced its Q3 numbers that beat the consensus estimates. The stock witnessed buying subsequently and ...

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: Hyderabad realty in consolidation phase
The real estate market in Hyderabad is entering a phase of consolidation, after a relatively extended ...

Stellar quarterly results due to rising realisations for plastic packaging material producer, Jindal Polyfilms, has resulted in the stock's index-thrashing returns of 157 per cent over the last ...

INVESTMENTS: Savings tips for young earners
Janani and Ajay, both in their early twenties, have just begun enjoying the perks of financial freedom. But their respective parents want them to develop a savings habit early into their careers. While Janani's father wants her to buy ...

ECONOMY: Inflation lays siege to margins
After showing signs of abating in November 2010, with a 7.5 per cent increase over a year ago, the wholesale price index (WPI) once again produced a nasty shock in December, with an 8.4 per cent jump. So is there a risk of the WPI ...

INVESTMENTS: IDFC Infrastructure Bonds — For additional tax savings
Having mopped up about Rs 471 crore through its first tranche of long-term infrastructure bonds, IDFC has come out with the second ...

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: Building on alternative materials
Increasing problems in availability of sand and bricks and rising prices are hitting construction costs and schedules, say developers ...

INVESTMENTS: Market timing versus asset allocation
Last week, we discussed how diversified and concentrated portfolio structures are both capable of generating alpha. We also explained why market timing is risky because such strategies make large bets on fewer stocks. Several readers ...

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: Drywalls can chop wood usage
Drywall systems can replace traditional wood in construction. They offer multiple advantages in terms of application, utility ...

MUTUAL FUNDS: MOSt Shares M100 ETF — One-stop shop for mid-caps
MOSt Shares M100 (M100) is the new exchange traded fund on offer from Motilal ...

Strong quarterly numbers for four consecutive quarters did not prevent the stock of HDIL from sliding 53 per cent over the last one year, making it one of the top losers. Besides poor sentiments prevailing in the real estate space, softening ...

INTERVIEW: ‘Slump in markets, right time for ESOPs'
How best can you build wealth through ESOPs? With many sectors using ESOPs to compensate employees, this is a question that many would like answered. To answer this and other questions, Business Line spoke with Mr Harshu Ghate, co-founder and ...

PETROLEUM: Distilling the concept of under-recoveries
Jargon Buster. It was probably the proverbial last straw on the aam aadmi's back. Already reeling under skyrocketing inflation, the petrol price hike last weekend had consumers crying hoarse. On their part, the public-sector downstream oil ...

CREDIT MARKET: Why one's credit record matters
A CIC collects and maintains records of an individual's payments pertaining to loans and credit cards. These records are submitted to the CIC by banks and other lenders, on a monthly basis. This information is then used to create ...

The benchmark for coffee is the "C" contract for Arabica coffee traded on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). One coffee "C" futures contract represents 37,500 lbs of exchange-certified Arabica coffee produced. This contract surged 3.7 per ...

ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE: Why we like risky bets
One of my friends recently visited a casino and came back horrified! He wondered why so many people turn compulsive gamblers when they are aware that gambling is a losing proposition. His question should resonate in the ears of some who ...

NEW PROJECTS: Relief for Lavasa stakeholders, for now
After almost two months of heightened apprehension for Lavasa Corporation's many stakeholders, the recent nod by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to consider the company's Hill City project has brought a sigh of relief. Besides the ...

BOOKS: Only the really, really paranoid may survive
Even in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, there seems little prospect that ‘the fiercening of capitalism' will abate anytime soon, writes Walter Kiechel III in The Lords of Strategy: The secret intellectual history of the ...

STOCK MARKETS: Heard in the studio
With December quarter results pouring in thick and fast, the inhabitants at The Studio had a lot to talk about in the week gone by. Here's some of what ...

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: Chennai to host BAI convention
Builders' Association of India (BAI) is organising the XXIV All India Builders' Convention from Sunday to Tuesday at the Chennai Trade Centre. The event is aimed at updating knowledge in construction technology, management and legal ...

I am 41 years-old and self-employed. I am invested in the following funds: Reliance Banking, Reliance Diversified Power Sector and Reliance Growth - through SIPs running from October 2008. I also hold Reliance Regular Savings Equity (March ...


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MUTUAL FUNDS: Fund update
Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company has launched an open-ended index exchange traded fund, Motilal Oswal MOSt Shares Midcap 100 ETF (MOSt Shares M100). This new fund offer, which opened for subscription on January 12, will close of January ...

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