COMPANIES & SECTORS


Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Sanket Dhanorkar 05 January 2011
The wealth management arm of Kotak Mahindra Bank misled a customer into investing in its India Growth Fund at a steep premium, based on bogus claims. Kotak officials remain impassive even as the investor struggles to find buyers It seems that customers everywhere are paying a hefty price for...

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Munira Dongre 05 January 2011
A risk of shortfall in production targets, the proposed pay revision for Coal India, and increased share of washed coal may put upward pressure on coal prices and put power companies at the losing end Black gold is about to become dearer. And the ramifications are going to be felt all around.

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Shukti Sarma 04 January 2011
Fragmented market and rising costs leave entertainment channels facing another year of struggle 2011 is here, and the media is glowing with optimism. Perhaps, it's what also sells. For, the media sector will be hoping that it can do better in the next 12 months, than it has recently....

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Sharad Matade 03 January 2011
Major steel makers say they will announce hike today. SAIL announced hike this morning Indian steel producers JSW Steel Limited and Essar Steel will increase prices of flat products by 4%-5% today, due to surging raw material costs. This morning, the Steel Authority of India announced a 3%...

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Munira Dongre 03 January 2011
Just when two-wheeler makers are reporting bumper December sales numbers, Kotak says it expects a slowdown in this segment next year, due to high petrol and loan rates In a report to clients today, Kotak researchers say they expect domestic two-wheeler industry growth to moderate from 20% in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 December 2010
Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) said its unit Electrical & Gulf Projects Operating Company (E&GP OC) has won domestic and international projects worth Rs2,503 crore in the third quarter of 2010. The projects ranged from establishment of power transmission lines and sub-stations to railway...

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Munira Dongre 31 December 2010
Kotak Securities says it finds little merit in arguments for a sharp deterioration in the operating environment of the banking sector and believes margins will moderate only marginally from 2Q’s elevated levels Bank stocks have been falling sharply mainly on two concerns-one is the tight...

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Shukti Sarma 30 December 2010
It’s been a good year for the news media, with furious attention focused on a flood of scams. The media was itself in the spotlight over the involvement of some journalists in lobbying for business The year 2010 was a strange year for the print and visual news media sector. While it was...

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Veeresh Malik on tales from the auto sector 30 December 2010
Plagued by recalls worldwide,Toyota taps lower segment in India to push up average sales The price for buyers of the Toyota Etios has been declared, and much ado has been made about yet another scaled down three-box sedan that essentially grew out of a hatchback, and claims to be new while...

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Alekh Angre 30 December 2010
Sandeep Anjea of Kaizen Private Equity believes that any significant improvement in the quality of higher education in India can come only through the entry of foreign universities Kaizen Private Equity is India’s first equity fund focused on the education sector. The company, set up on the...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 29 December 2010
It was a big year for phone freaks with fast-improving handsets and newer services even allowing for mobile payments. But content and price remained a major obstacle for television The year 2010 dished out quite a few treats for technophiles. It was a leapfrog year particularly for mobile...

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Sharad Matade 28 December 2010
Even as economic activity picks up, the real estate sector is stuck due to funding constraints and fewer buyers After a tough 2008-09, there was a feeling that developers would change their high-rise focus to help more average-income buyers find decent housing. There were some who did a...

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Sharad Matade 28 December 2010
Government delays decision to allow more cotton exports as cotton traders wait eagerly to take advantage of higher global prices   The uncertainty over increasing cotton exports and the delay in issuing licences for export may result in excess domestic supply of cotton that could pull down...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 27 December 2010
A record $6.5 billion exit, with latest being Reckitt Benckiser Group acquiring Paras Pharmaceuticals, was the highlight of the private equity scene in 2010. Longer term, there are demands for transparency and stringent due diligence  In a business that typically takes five to seven years for...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 December 2010
The sudden spurt in the stock price will be an opportunity for investors who have been stuck with the shares The market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), on Thursday barred PS Saminathan, managing director of Pyramid Saimira Theatre Ltd (PSTL), from the markets and...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu  and   Shukti Sarma 24 December 2010
JSW has been “setting up” a three million tonne greenfield steel project in Salboni, a troubled area in West Bengal, since 2007. That would certainly be buried now, after the Ispat takeover With Ispat Industries in his kitty, Sajjan Jindal has a merry new year ahead. But wait a minute. Wasn't...

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Sanket Dhanorkar 24 December 2010
A revival in business after a two-year slump saw a more confident corporate India undertake more M&A deals this year than in 2007. Global biggies came shopping too, with action focused on energy and healthcare The deal machine was in overdrive in 2010 as Indian corporates all over again showed...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 23 December 2010
IL&FS is said to have agreed to Rs100 crore infusion in Jyothy Fabricare Services Limited, the laundry business subsidiary of Jyothy Labs, maker of whitener Ujala and mosquito repellant Maxo Jyothy Fabricare Services Limited (JFSL), a 75% subsidiary of Jyothy Laboratories Ltd (JLL), which is...

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Munira Dongre 21 December 2010
A look at the pros and cons of the Hero Honda split reveals more long-term negatives if at all; in the short term nothing much has changed. Surprisingly, the split does not seem to do much for Bajaj either Hero Honda clarified yesterday that royalty payments to Honda will be about 3-5% of...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 21 December 2010
Everybody and their aunties from public relations companies have jumped onto the bandwagon of loud songs and dances by famous and not-so-famous singers, cricketers and actors, extolling the virtues of cars they actually do not drive Everybody already knows that all new and not-so-new cars and...

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