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The performance measures are many. Experts on TV breezily talk about earnings per share or sometimes operating profit, but little else. Rarely, will you hear about free cash flow, although, according to academic texts, this is the bedrock of valuation. Analysts pore over financial...

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Follow the Glycaemic Index when choosing your diet Jennifer Aniston does it and so does Geri Halliwell. Diets low in carbohydrates have been of interest ever since Dr Robert Atkins first popularised them in 1972, much before celebrities started endorsing them. However, it is now proven that...

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Shailendra Lotlikar  and   ML Research Desk 15 February 2007
Excessive speculation has been purged and the market is rising again. But what about purging your portfolio? Shailendra Lotlikar and ML Research Desk offer some clues Market movement of the last two months has left investors bewildered. After rising 97% in one year to reach lifetime...

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Is the market running ahead of the fundamentals? After the May correction, it lost some momentum, but then the June results came and the market found traction again. Prices are completely aligned with the earnings growth right now. Which are the sectors that you think will do...

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Indian art today is entering into newer territories both in terms of international reach and auction prices, with many top artists commanding prices of $ 1 million and above. As India firmly establishes itself on the world art map, there is no better time to re-evaluate Amrita Sher-Gil,...

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SBI’s new fund will trade in and out of the market to protect your capital! Hope that sounds as odd to SEBI as it does to us Lemming-like, fund houses are filing prospectuses of capital protection schemes (CPS). Tata, SBI, UTI, HSBC, HDFC, Reliance, Kotak and Birla Sunlife have all filed...

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ML: What is your view on the debt markets and what are your future expectations? AN: The future of the debt market is determined by one single factor, which is the yield curve. If one takes a short-term perspective, the curve is certainly under some pressure. ML: Where do you see...

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We have argued earlier that the FII tag is being used by many dubious entities. Here is more evidence In one of the many trial balloons floated through the media during the run up to the Budget, we are told that the Finance Ministry plans a “big bang” approach to capital markets that could...

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Last year, 45 of the 130 equity diversified schemes failed to beat their benchmarks. Believe it or not, two of them actually lost money! Here are the winners and losers and what to do with them. Analysis by ML Research Desk Every New Year, it is common to swear off your bad habits and make...

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One more attractive stock in the engineering sector A joint venture between the Yash Birla Group and US-based Kennametal Corporation, Birla Kennametal (BKL) manufactures a wide range of precision tools. Its rotating tool holder is an essential accessory for CNC machining centres the demand for...

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ML: After years of being in the doldrums, hotels are among the hottest growth sectors today. What are the reasons it will stay hot in the future? Suri We have woken up to our true potential in tourism and are taking all the right steps. So, the moment we have started selling ourselves...

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It’s important to make sure your working environment is “back-friendly”. Here are some ideas Today’s office workers, whether at a call centre in Gurgaon or manning the new frontier in wired skyscrapers at Nariman Point, are learning the hard way about work-related health disorders. The press...

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Telephone users in India are getting used to being showered with goodies. Thanks to competition, operators are being forced to announce some incentive or the other all the time in order to not only gain new customers, but also to retain the existing ones. Communications minister...

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Lakshmi Machine Works is reaping the benefits of its intense business focus Normally, a company that sells manufactured goods (say garments) does better than the supplier of machinery that is needed to do the manufacturing (sewing machines). That is because the manufacturer captures a higher...

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Price are likely to ramain subdued throughout 2007. That's bad for aluminium stocks Late on October 11, the world’s largest aluminium company Aloca Inc. announced its third-quarter results. Revenues climbed by 19% to $7.6 billion and profit leapt by 86% to $537 million, or 61 cents a share...

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Here is a statutory warning: DO NOT BE MISLED BY THE DECEPTIVE EASE OF FREEHAND. You couldn't be more wrong if you thought real men do macho stuff like lifting weights while sissies go for airy-fairy freehand. Consider the example of Matt Furey, a living testimonial for freehand (also...

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Bank of India and ICICI Bank have launched unique credit counselling centres for advising the public. Sucheta Dalal reports on this interesting effort Fans of Suze Orman or occasionally Oprah Winfrey have probably watched their special shows on financial counselling to get American families off...

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Sector selection significantly defines portfolio performance. Stocks within a sector tend to move together, as companies within the same industry group are affected in similar ways by market and economic conditions. The prospects of a particular sector determine how all stocks within that sector...

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To a generation whose life centres around the latest cellphones, music systems and powerful bikes, it would seem ridiculous that hundreds of thousands of Westerners would dump what seemed like the first traces of modern day mass prosperity and take the difficult road to the East. But they did;...

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The market is enamoured of small and mid-caps. Foreign investors do not see much value in large-cap stocks even as their passion for India remains undiminished while domestic mutual funds are sitting on lots of cash looking for stocks that are relatively undiscovered. UTI closed a large...

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