ECONOMY & NATION


Ashok Shaw 02 September 2010
High property value and interest rates, coupled with a lower loan- to-value ratio are becoming serious obstacles for average home buyers, says researcher An average working class person intending to buy a house will find it almost impossible today, as high interest rates and property values,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 September 2010
Despite interest rate and fuel price hikes, coupled with production constraints, Indian automakers have exhibited good sales numbers in August, which marks the start of the festive season Indian automobile companies reported healthy sales numbers for August despite the recent hike in interest...

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Munira Dongre 02 September 2010
The recent rise in merchant power bid rates has created enthusiasm in the Street, but rates may soften in the next four years. Here’s a current account of various broker views An ICICI Securities report dated 30 August 2010 says it expects merchant power rates to soften in the next four years....

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 September 2010
Inadequate supply chain infrastructure, complex taxation laws, high levels of intermediaries, product proliferation and lack of supply chain visibility are a few supply chain challenges faced by the retail industry in India Though retail in India is making progress and is expected to grow more...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 September 2010
IDBI Mutual Fund is launching its fourth fund, the 'IDBI Nifty Junior Index Fund', on Thursday. The fund will be benchmarked against the CNX Nifty Junior Index and is  an open-ended passively managed fund. The funds in this scheme will be invested in stocks comprising the CNX Nifty Junior...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 September 2010
After changing its employee incentive plan to meet targets; de-emphasising sales of non-banking products, it has now also done away with a number of fee-based charges for banking products Eyeing a larger pie of the retail customer base, IDBI Bank today waived all its fee-based charges on...

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Munira Dongre 01 September 2010
Over the past month, the BSE Metals and IT indices have been sluggish performers. In the last few sessions they have actually slipped into a bearish mode. Is there an opportunity here? Or are IT and metal stocks best avoided? CLSA, one of Asia's main brokerages, throws some light on the IT and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 August 2010
Despite being India's third largest hotel chain, EIH's expansion and growth has remained stagnant over the past few years. RIL buying stake and infusing the much-required cash inflows will help EIH both in terms of survival and expansion Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the country's largest...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 August 2010
An Edelweiss Securities survey points out that infrastructure companies have firmed up higher capex plans over the next two years. This will benefit smaller engineering companies A strong sentimental boost amid robust economic growth is likely to translate into a sustained capex programme for...

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Munira Dongre 27 August 2010
ENAM, CLSA banking sector reports suggest bullishness to continue; banks also expect loan growth to pick up — liquidity is not expected to be a major concern In a recent report on the banking sector, leading brokerage CLSA said, "There is a broad-based pickup in credit demand and the momentum is...

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Munira Dongre 25 August 2010
US bond prices continue to remain firm despite the recent sharp sell-off in US Treasuries by China, because Japan stepped in and bought. Where is the dollar headed? The answer will determine the trend in emerging market stocks and commodities The yen has been strengthening against the...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 20 August 2010
Counterfeiting and piracy is generally perceived as a victimless crime with ‘fakes’ simply constituting a cheap alternative purchase. CII wants to change this perception The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has called upon the common man to stop the menace of counterfeiting and piracy....

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Munira Dongre 20 August 2010
The fundamentals of the industry have not changed; supply will continue to outstrip demand, and prices will be hit further Cement stocks enjoyed a huge rally across the board yesterday mainly on reports of a 2% hike in western India - CLSA says cement dealers confirmed a 2% hike in Mumbai. Cement...

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Amritha Pillay 19 August 2010
The company has been announcing that it has a lot of projects to be launched in the near future. But the trading in its scrip is more interesting than its purported growth plan Arshiya International Ltd, part of the Arshiya Group, is a listed entity on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the...

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Munira Dongre 17 August 2010
The Cairn price is too expensive and Sesa Goa shareholders will suffer Analysts have taken a negative view of the Vedanta takeover of Cairn India - both for Cairn and Sesa Goa. For Cairn the upside potential is limited. The open offer is too close to the market price and the business prospects...

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Amritha Pillay 16 August 2010
GMR Energy’s Chhattisgarh power project’s funds may be disbursed only when the coal linkage is in place and a certain amount of capacity is tied up GMR Energy, a subsidiary of Bengaluru-based GMR Infrastructure, is in the advanced stages of financial closure for its Chhattisgarh project....

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Amritha Pillay 13 August 2010
UBI is considering takeout financing for some of its infrastructure loans Union Bank of India (UBI) plans to go for takeout financing for some of its loans in the infrastructure segment. The public sector bank is considering going for the takeout financing scheme offered by India Infrastructure...

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Would you be comfortable moving into higher floors of one of those tall towers coming up? India is witnessing a boom in tall buildings. Around 102 construction projects beyond 30 storeys are currently being developed across India. Many of them would go up to 60 storeys. But do Indians actually...

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The housing crash may have diminished the value of thousands of properties spread across the US, but the most expensive estates in that country did not feel even a tiny prick. Overseas Property Mall, which offers information on global real estate, recently listed the most expensive homes in the...

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Amritha Pillay 12 August 2010
If the recent data on road-construction targets shared during the Lok Sabha session are anything to go by, the ministry of road transport and highways will be building lesser roads this year compared to 2009-10 The road targets set for total highway construction in the country for the current...

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