Stock manipulation: Twentyfirst Century Management Services

The stock price of Twentyfirst Century Management Services is up 926%. The stock averages just about 75 trades a day, with an average daily turnover of only Rs6 lakh

 

Twentyfirst Century Management Services (TCMS) is apparently engaged in trading and investment in Indian capital markets. In 1998, its registration as a merchant banker was revoked for not exercising due diligence. In 2008, TCMS was suspended from trading due to non-compliance with the listing agreement. TCMS cites poor market conditions for its poor financial performance in the past few years. Because of low retail participation, TCMS withdrew the broking services offered by its subsidiary Twentyfirst Century Shares and Securities and surrendered the trading membership of the NSE. It reported marginal revenues and a net loss in past few years. But, suddenly, over the past few quarters, its fortunes changed. For four quarters ended December 2014, it generated revenues of Rs19.35 crore while net profit amounted to Rs14.87 crore. The stock price is up 926% to Rs39 (on 20 March 2015) from Rs3.80 on 19 March 2014. The stock averages just about 75 trades a day, with an average daily turnover of only Rs6 lakh. Not suspicious enough for the regulator, despite the stock’s vertical trajectory? 

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    Stock manipulation: ICVL Chemicals
    ICVL Chemicals went up nearly 100 times or 9841% in just over a year with marginal profits
     

    ICVL Chemicals was earlier into trading of chemicals, shares and providing ‘advisory and consultancy services’. Listed in 2012, the company’s management changed hands in May 2014. Ram Alloy Castings became the new promoter. In January 2015, the registered office of ICVL Chemicals was shifted from Mumbai to Delhi and mineral extraction was included as additional business. With almost nil revenues reported in FY12-13 and FY13-14, ICVL Chemicals has begun to report revenues in the past two quarters. For the quarter ended September 2014 and December 2014, revenues were Rs4.09 crore and Rs8.30 crore, respectively. Net profit was just Rs5 lakh and Rs9 lakh, respectively. 
     
    But does any of this have any bearing on its stock prices? The share price has risen from Rs2.20 on 13 December 2013 to as high as Rs218.70 on 5 March 2015—a rise of nearly 100 times or 9841%. Over the one-year period ended December 2014, the stock averaged just two-three trades a day, most of the time hitting the upper circuit. This is clearly a  case of money laundering and tax evasion. At the current price, the stock is valued at a price-to-earnings of about 7,046 times. Will the regulators and tax authorities care to investigate?
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    Stock manipulation: Atlas Jewellery India

    After a sharp rise of more than 1970%, the stock price of Atlas Jewellery crashed by over 50%. Sebi is sleeping as usual

     

    Atlas Jewellery India (Atlas) took over Gee El Woollens on 31 July 2013. After the current promoters acquired the controlling interest, the company’s name was changed. The present promoters, having an established jewellery business, started buying into Gee El Woollens since 2006. Was the takeover fair? Between 2006 and 2011, the company did not make any disclosure in compliance of the takeover regulations. The market regulator fined Atlas only Rs3 lakh for not complying with the regulations. Atlas effectively started its export business operations in January 2014. From February 2013 to October 2014, the stock price of Atlas shot up by around 350%, to Rs45 from around Rs10. This was not all. In a span of two months, the price shot up another 360% and peaked to Rs207 on 8 December 2014, from Rs45 on 1 October 2014, constantly hitting the upper circuit. The trend reversed soon. Just after hitting the peak, the stock price started falling sharply, constantly being locked in the lower circuit. The price crashed by 52%, to Rs100 on 18 February 2015. The exchanges and the regulator cannot see a clear case of market manipulation.
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    COMMENTS

    Salvadesswaran Srinivasan

    6 years ago

    Moneylife seems to be the only magazine investigating such wholescale rigging in the stock market. Everyone else seems too busy hawking financial products to do investigative journalism.

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