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Rising costs, competition and unprofitable distractions are taking the fizz out of the king of good times United Breweries (UB) is not exactly flying high these days, if the latest quarterly results are anything to go by. Performance was mixed at the two leading arms of the UB group—United...

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Dish TV continues to lose money; now ARPU declines Dish TV’s revenues for the September quarter have inched up 4.3% over the year-ago period. Losses were a bit lower, aided by conscious cost-cutting including paring its advertising and commission cost. The company posted a net loss of Rs56.10...

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TV18 blames the Union Budget for poor second-quarter performance! Elections are the most coveted event for TV news channels and Union Budgets are what TV business channels look forward to. Their viewership shoots up on those occasions; it’s small wonder that TV channels heavily advertise...

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NSE has its way on extending trading hours. But who really benefits? The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed the Indian stock exchanges to extend trading hours from 9am to 5pm. This may put stress on human resources and infrastructure of broking firms and mutual funds....

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SEBI committee order continues to remain hidden from the public. But for how long? A petitioner from Mumbai, Girish Mittal, had taken recourse to the Right to Information (RTI) Act last April asking for disclosure of the order by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on National...

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SHCIL has declared an unprecedented dividend of 900%. What is the reason behind this lavish payout? Stock Holding Corp of India Ltd (SHCIL) has announced a staggering cash dividend of 900%. According to informed sources, this entire dividend is the amount SHCIL earned by selling its 2% stake...

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Chemicals companies don’t have much of a competitive edge. Their fortunes go up and down with business cycles and input prices. When the cycle is in their favour, they make huge profits. Vinati Organics manufactures isobutyl benzene (IBB) (the prime raw material for the manufacture of ibuprofen,...

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Hawkins, like TTK Prestige, is finally reaping the benefits of branding consumer products of daily use for a large Indian population Hawkins has emerged as a household name in India for its quality products in the cookware segment, especially pressure-cookers, in more than 50 years of...

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Where is the market headed? The relentless rally we are witnessing will soon lead to an extreme situation. Debashis Basu explains Starting from a scenario of a deep gloom and scepticism, the Sensex has posted a spectacular gain of 123% from its March 2009 low of 8,047 and charged past the...

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What were the DSQ Software and Rajnarayan case all about? Sucheta Dalal looks at the two surprise orders revealed by the SEBI board. For over a year now, the media has been writing about how the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has suppressed an order of a two-member bench,...

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While the NSE has been pushing for extension in trading hours to combat the Singapore Stock Exchange’s time advantage, BSE may not lend support given the SGX influence Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has announced its intention of allowing the bourses to...

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Growth in Chinese industrial production strengthened the Indian market rally The Indian stock market continued its bull run on Wednesday on hopes of a robust recovery in the global economy after China reported strong growth in industrial production for October. The Sensex closed at 16,850, up...

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If commodity prices shoot up again, the backward integration of Godawari Power will turn out to be very profitable Indian steel companies are doing well again after a severe downturn in late 2008 and early 2009. Godawari Power & Ispat Limited is one of the smaller steel companies that is...

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Expectations from the infrastructure sector are high. If it continues to grow, J Kumar will do well Mumbai-based J Kumar Infraprojects is a civil engineering and infrastructure development company which focuses primarily on the development of roads, flyovers, bridges, railway over-bridges and...

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The fall in the market that we had been forecasting for the past several months has not happened. Indeed, the market has risen. Since the week ended 13 March 2009, when the Sensex was at 8,756, the index rose for a straight 14 weeks to make a high of 15,237 in mid-June. This near-vertical rise...

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Sensex ends below 16,500 and Nifty closes at 4,881 after profit-taking trims early gains The Indian stock market opened on a firm note on Tuesday on the back of a solid overnight rally on Wall Street, but the early gains were trimmed on profit-taking after a sharp surge over the past four...

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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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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 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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