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Reluctance to lower prices a hurdle for growth

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The economic value of cutting prices should not be underestimated. In March 2004, Procter & Gamble cut prices of Tide by 47% and Ariel by 28%, challenging Hindustan Lever’s pole position in this market. HLL responded in like and a furious battle ensued. How this ended is another story. What’s relevant is this: P&G’s volume growth did increase, but HLL’s growth did too, and so did its market share. Continue Reading →

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Why the RBI is in no hurry to cut interest rates (in charts)

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The RBI is in no hurry to cut interest rates despite inflation trending low for several months now and there being no obvious immediate reason why it should move up sharply. Raghuram Rajan, the RBI governor, may have good reasons to be cautious though, considering what happened during the previous governor D. Subbarao’s tenure. He took charge as the governor in September 2008 and stayed on for 5 years. His tenure’s start coincided with the global financial crisis. The governor and the government joined hands with a monetary and fiscal stimulus to protect India’s economy and financial markets. Continue Reading →

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Fulford’s parent Dashtag rethinks delisting, stock falls by 20%

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Fulford (India)’s parent Dashtag, a subsidiary of Merck & Co.  has postponed its delisting plans, a decision it has attributed to a sharp rise in Fulford’s share. But a reference to Sebi’s decision to amend the delisting regulations indicates some influence from that side as well. Shareholders reacted with dismay, sending the stock down by 20%on Tuesday to Rs 1,417.3–locked at the lower end of the circuit filter. Dashtag informed Fulford in a letter that it has received all approvals needed for it to make an open offer. Continue Reading →

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HDFC net profit rises 32%, as investment income zooms

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), a well-known housing finance company, reported its December quarter numbers. Concerns about rising interest rates have clouded the outlook for financial service providers, particularly lenders. The quarter has seen slower growth in HDFC’s net interest income.

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Indian investors can now trade in foreign index derivatives

India has become an integral part of the global capital markets, forming a key part of the emerging markets portfolio for large investors. Domestic investors have benefited as the incoming tide of foreign capital flows has swelled investor wealth, over a longer period of time. While foreign investors can hedge their bets across the world, it was not as easy for domestic investors to do so. Increasingly, domestic investors will feel the need to hedge against an unfavourable movement in domestic markets. Continue Reading →

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Tata to up equity stake in Indian Hotels, invest up to Rs 840 crore

Indian Hotels has sought shareholder permission to issue 3.6 crore shares and 4.8 crore warrants, convertible into equity shares, to its promoters. This will be through a preferential allotment process and the price will be decided as per the Sebi (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.
 

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Axis Bank investors frown at Enam buy

Axis Bank took the world of finance by surprise, announcing its decision to acquire Enam Securities investment banking and capital market transactions’ business. It will pay about Rs 2,067 crore in stock to Enam’s owners -Vallabh Bhansali, Jagdish Master, Nemish Shah and Manish Chokhani- in a cashless acquisition, structured as a merger.
 

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Aditya Birla Money up 5% on stake sale to group company

Aditya Birla Money announced a proposed block deal, in which its parent company Aditya Birla Nuvo is selling a 75% stake to Aditya Birla Financial Services Pvt Ltd. The deal will be done on February 20 through a block deal on the stock exchanges, which will be done at around the market price on that day. It will sell 4.16 crore shares that are valued at Rs 220 based on today’s price which is locked up 5% at about Rs 52.

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Exide stock falls 5% after equity dilution news

The stock price of battery manufacturer Exide Industries was holding up well on November 18, pretty close to its 52-week high of Rs 124.

But in the afternoon at around 1:30pm IST the Exide stock started sliding and closed the day 5% lower than its Tuesday’s close.

The reason? The market didn’t seem pleased with the news that the company would raise Rs 500-600 crore, by way of equity or convertibles, through a qualified institutional placement (QIP) to qualified institutional buyers.

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