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Vinsura Winery, formerly known as Sankalp Winery, plans to launch the wine made from the best quality Shiraaz or Zenfendel grapes next month priced at Rs1,000 and above Leading wine-maker, Vinsura Winery, will be launching three products in the premium reserve wines segment by mid-January, a...

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Several funds are benchmarked to obscure indices, making it impossible to measure their performance How do we know whether a fund is doing well or not? No, it is not based on the absolute returns that a fund earns. It is based on relative returns. Funds measure their performance against an...

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RBI gets tough about bounced cheques To enforce financial discipline among bank customers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked all commercial banks to introduce a tough new condition for operation of accounts with cheque facility: if cheques above Rs1 crore on a particular account of...

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Longer trading hours will mean a huge disruption for mutual funds including a delay in meeting redemption requests The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) proposed move to extend trading hours from the current five-and-a- half hours to eight hours is only likely to increase the...

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Infotech is set to get back on the growth path Infotech Enterprise provides a variety of services, like geographic information system (GIS) and engineering designs, for clients like Pratt & Whitney, Tele Atlas, Bombardier, etc. In 2008-09, it acquired a design company called Time to Market....

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HUL is spending more on advertising but it is not leading to higher revenues Switch on any television channel and you will see advertisements of Dove, Fair & Lovely, Pepsodent, Lux, etc, sometimes back to back. You switch channels quickly to avoid watching those pedestrian and sometimes...

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Century Enka’s margins may be come under pressure but the stock remains reasonably priced Century Enka makes polyester yarn (47% of revenues), nylon yarn (24%) and nylon tyre-cord (27%). Its presence across multiple segments insulates it partly from business cycles. But these products are...

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If a brand loses money continuously, it is headed for extinction, not greatness Among the most misunderstood terms in business is ‘brand’. Brands have only one purpose—to create and attract customers easily, leading to profits. In that sense, how many real brands are there in the media space?...

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Jain Irrigation Systems commands a premium due to its unique business profile; so buy the dips Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) is a unique company, pioneering micro-irrigation systems (MIS) in India and has diversified into farming. It is into drip irrigation systems, sprinkler irrigation...

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India’s robust Q2 GDP growth may have surpassed expectations, but a closer look reveals that excluding government spending, growth is actually on the lower side. The Sensex gave a 273-point salute to India’s better than expected GDP numbers for Q2 FY2010 on Tuesday, but investors could have...

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Mobile operators aggressively push value-added services, often at your cost The ‘pay-per-call’ and ‘pay-per-second’ initiative by Tata Teleservices has forced almost all players to join the tariff war, leading to a drastic fall in revenue growth and profits of mobile operators. Their...

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R Balakrishnan on ideas for smart savings  and   investing 03 December 2009
The essential dos and don’ts of long-term stock investment After the publication of my article about my broker friend at Mangalore (“Adding Zeroes”, Moneylife, 5 November 2009) who has done exceptionally well for his clients by buying and holding blue-chip stocks for them over many years, a...

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Sugar output for the current season may be marginally higher than last year, but will still be short of India's annual requirement of about 23 million tonnes Sugar output in India, the world's second largest producer of the sweetener, may fall a tad short of the earlier estimate of 16 million...

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The global economic slowdown has dampened exports of flowers from India Although India is among the world’s largest flower-producing countries, its share in the international market—which is still negligible—declined further with exports falling by 5% during the year 2008- 09. Flower exports...

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Meenakshi Maheshwari  and   Sanket Dhanorkar 02 December 2009
Asahi Fibres’ board seeks shareholders’ approval for corporate guarantee to its associate company for an amount 20 times its net worth, but a year late Asahi Fibres Ltd, engaged in the manufacture of yarn and fabrics, got a fresh lease of life in 2008 when the Board for Industrial and...

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Meenakshi Maheshwari  and   Sanket Dhanorkar 02 December 2009
Asahi Fibres’ board seeks shareholders’ approval for corporate guarantee to its associate company for an amount 20 times its net worth, but a year late Asahi Fibres Ltd, engaged in the manufacture of yarn and fabrics, got a fresh lease of life in 2008 when the Board for Industrial and...

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Pantaloon Retail is also looking to hive off its value retail chain, Big Bazaar, into a separate subsidiary which may float an IPO. Pantaloon Retail India Ltd (PRIL), the country's largest listed supermarket operator, plans to spend Rs360 crore in the remainder of this fiscal to add up to...

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Pantaloon Retail is also looking to hive off its value retail chain, Big Bazaar, into a separate subsidiary which may float an IPO. Pantaloon Retail India Ltd (PRIL), the country's largest listed supermarket operator, plans to spend Rs360 crore in the remainder of this fiscal to add up to...

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With its sudden exit from the race to acquire Great Offshore, ABG has made a profit of Rs46.80 crore on an investment of about Rs124 crore The race to acquire Great Offshore Ltd (GOL) has ended with the sudden exit of ABG Shipyard Ltd. With this development, Bharati Shipyard Ltd is all set to...

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Defamation cases, threatening calls, late-night work and accusations of being against power utility Reliance Infrastructure. Sandeep Ohri, an ordinary citizen, went through all this—and more—to ensure that the electricity distribution monopoly in Mumbai was broken... with lots of support from...

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