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ITC Ltd, formerly Indian Tobacco Co Ltd, is known as a cigarette maker. However, over the past decade, the company has been trying to de-emphasise its image and present itself as a diversified conglomerate. In this process it has merged the hotels business (ITC Hotels) and the paper...

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ITC Ltd, formerly Indian Tobacco Co Ltd, is known as a cigarette maker. However, over the past decade, the company has been trying to de-emphasise its image and present itself as a diversified conglomerate. In this process it has merged the hotels business (ITC Hotels) and the paper...

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Internet Protocol TV and Internet services provider IOL Netcom has still not paid dues to its employees. At the same time the company’s advertisings are appearing in many English dailies. Several employees who left the company due to non-receipt of overdue salaries are apparently still being...

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It has taken at least five years for the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to finally wake up to the harassment of retail investors through the instrument of the Power of Attorney (PoA). Ever since SEBI decided that secondary market trading would be compulsorily in dematerialised...

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Weakness in the global markets and fears of monetary tightening by the Reserve Bank of India have brought down the Indian stock market sharply since 17 October 2009. The Sensex and the Nifty have lost over 1,900 points and 550 points respectively, till 3 November 2009. Telecom stocks suffered...

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  One well of Reliance Industries in the KG basin has turned out to be dry which has meant a loss of just Rs100 crore for the company but this has led to a loss of Rs17,420 crore of market capitalisation in a few minutes. The news of the dry well has sent shock waves across the market, with...

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  One well of Reliance Industries in the KG basin has turned out to be dry which has meant a loss of just Rs100 crore for the company but this has led to a loss of Rs17,420 crore of market capitalisation in a few minutes. The news of the dry well has sent shock waves across the market, with...

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Bank shares surge on assurance that the government’s stimulus measures would continue into the next fiscal The Indian stock market gained for the fourth consecutive session on Monday, on the back of strong global cues and prime minister Manmohan Singh’s assurance on Sunday that financial...

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Dr Swati Piramal, director of Piramal Life Sciences, has been quoted in the media as saying that Piramal expects to launch its first drug by 2011-12. She further said that “the company would not hazard a guess on when it can break even because even after launch drugs can fail.” That gives a...

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  Real estate developers are back to their old game, maybe this time with a vengeance. Not only are many of them planning to raise money from the capital market, but many are also offering properties on a super-built up area basis which is more than 50% of the carpet area. In many cases carpet...

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In an exclusive interview with Moneylife, Nilesh Shah, deputy managing director, ICICI Prudential AMC, gives his perspective on the current market rally and where the markets are headed. Moneylife presents the first in a three-part series of the interview. ML: Are we witnessing the start of a...

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In an exclusive interview with Moneylife, Vetri Subramaniam, Equity Head, Religare AMC, gives his perspective on the current market rally and where the markets are headed. We present to you the first part in a three-part series of the interview. ML: Are we witnessing the start of a new bull...

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The Indian government has loaded the pharmaceutical industry with fiscal sops and other goodies over the years to prop up its growth. Particularly, the largesse given to it to strengthen its research and development (R&D) base to compete in the world market seems to have yielded nothing. It is...

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The Indian government has loaded the pharmaceutical industry with fiscal sops and other goodies over the years to prop up its growth. Particularly, the largesse given to it to strengthen its research and development (R&D) base to compete in the world market seems to have yielded nothing. It is...

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It is good to borrow. It is better to repay. Sorry, that is passé. Today, we should rephrase that adage as “It is best not to repay.” Everyone around the world seems to be working very hard at persuading lenders that it is divine to forgive the obligation to repay. If loans are forgiven, the...

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The Indian markets remained green on strong global cues. During the day Asian markets shot up on reports that Australia’s central bank more than tripled its economic-growth forecast while US unemployment claims and worker productivity beat estimates. The key benchmark indices in China, Hong...

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The lessons from a low-profile second-generation stockbroker who adds zeros after his clients’ wealth, not put them through a zero-sum game I am amazed when people get excited that a big institutional investor is buying some stock in a big way. I have seen it in bond markets too. The dealer...

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The company has received 80% to 90% orders from the private sector. Analysts believe markets gained from Chinese players as the main reason for BHEL’s order book overflowing While Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) current order book stands at Rs125,800 million, as per analysts 80% to 90% of...

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Its much smaller rivals Dabur and Emami continue to record strong growth quarter after quarter Despite endless restructuring of its business portfolios and continuous high-profile change of its top management, Hindustan Unilever is unable to generate any traction on its sales and profits. For...

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Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) promoted Reliance Capital plans to enter into investment banking by the current fiscal end while Religare has announced an ambitious plan to start an emerging-markets investment bank. Do these plans make sense? Will they be able to compete against the...

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