Our Call

VIP Industries: Buy

Rajalakshmi Nirmal, BL Research Bureau

With the economy showing signs of revival, more people are set to travel, on business and pleasure, which is good news for luggage makers such as VIP Industries. The Indian luggage market... »
Fund Advice

Who can write out an MF cheque

Those investing in mutual funds need to know the precautions to be taken while writing out cheques. Here is relevant information in this regard as also recent rule changes. When applying... »

Your Financial Plan

Suresh Parthasarathy

I am 50 and self-employed. My wife, 43, is also self-employed. We have a son studying in class nine. We have medical cover for ₹5 lakh and term insurance for ₹20 l... »
Reality Check

Snowman Logistics

Bhavana Acharya

Snowman Logistics had a firecracker of a listing on Friday, shooting 68 per cent higher. Snowman — the cold-chain business of Gateway Distriparks — seems set to gain over the long term. Growing de... »

Shemaroo Entertainment IPO: Avoid

Kangna Ranaut in Queen.

K Venkatasubramanian

Investors can avoid the initial public offering of the shares of Shemaroo Entertainment, a content library player with access to mostly Hindi and some regional films. However, as evident... »

Quantum Long Term Equity (Quantum Equity): Buy

K Venkatasubramanian

Investors looking for a proven performer across market cycles and superior returns over the long term can buy the units of Quantum Long Term Equity (Quantum Equity). The fund has consistently deli... »

Your financial plan

Suresh Parthasarathy

I work for a software company and earn ₹1.2 lakh a month. My wife is a homemaker and we have two daughters aged seven and one. My parents are partially dependent on me. I have booked three a... »

Your fund portfolio

K Venkatasubramanian

I am interested in investing in mutual funds through the SIP (systematic investment plan) route, and have started investing in tax savings schemes. At present I am investing ₹1,500 ea... »

BNP Paribas Midcap: Buy

Parvatha Vardhini C

Mid-cap stocks have had a fantastic run in the last one year, with the BSE Midcap index gaining 77 per cent, much higher than the Sensex’s 44 per cent run-up in this period. Most stocks... »

SBI Contra Fund: Sell

Nalinakanthi V

Contra funds, which bet on beaten-down, out-of-flavour sectors and stocks, are believed to be a good way to play shifts in sector preferences during market rallies. But in many cases, diversified... »


Alerts: Newbies

Your Fund Portfolio

L&T India Large Cap: Buy

Wonderla Holidays: SELL

It’s a booming plan, baby

Tata Motors DVR: Buy

Big wins for this first-mover

‘We prefer consumer cyclicals to industrials’

Make sure you SIP it right

HDFC Balanced: Buy

Yoganand D

Investors with a long-term perspective can consider buying HDFC Balanced, a scheme which carries relatively low risk, in the light of the higher allocation made to debt instruments in its por... »

Your fund portfolio

K Venkatasubramanian

I have surplus money available. Can I invest in equity mutual funds in chunks of, say, ₹50,000? I do not have a regular income. Please advise. Viney M... »
Commercial real estate

Getting a new lease of life

Good visibility The commercial segment is looking up

Meera Siva

Green shoots in the economy are brightening the prospects of players in the beaten-up commercial property market. In the recent June quarter, office space absorption in seven cities increased 2... »

Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Cipla, SBI ... »

The winning ways of women investors

Meera Siva

Stock markets are no longer a male preserve. Women investors are now carving a niche for themselves, trying their hand at everything — from the tried and tested long-term investing to the exci... »

TCS: Hold

K Venkatasubramanian

Even as software services firms work with reasonably good earnings visibility in the light of the revival in IT spends from clients in developed economies, many top-tier players look set to der... »

Reality Check: DLF


Realty major DLF received a setback last week when the High Court of Punjab and Haryana cancelled an earlier auction bagged by the company for ₹1,703 crore in 2009 to acquire 350.7 acres o... »
Fund Advice

How important is the expense ratio?

Radhika Merwin

Picking up your fund’s latest fact sheet, you notice that the expense ratio is 2.1 per cent. Is that good or bad? Can the expense ratio significantly impact returns? Here’s the answer. ... »

Speciality Restaurants: Sell

A view of Mainland China, a restaurant in Bangalore, on June 23, 2006. Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

Bhavana Acharya

The Indian consumers’ predilection for dining out, whether at fine-dining restaurants, fast food joints or cafés, has dimmed in the last couple of years. With higher living costs squeezing disp... »

JSW Steel: Buy

Rolling on The cold rolling facility at Vijayanagar will boost revenue

Maulik Tewari

Steel major JSW Steel has put up a strong performance over the last one year, despite the tepid growth in Indian steel demand and shortage of domestic iron ore. Increased sales of higher-m... »

‘The economy is bottoming out’

The easy money has been made

Ups and Downs

Metal meltdown

Gujarat Gas: Sell

ICICI Pru Technology Fund: Buy

Franklin Prima Plus: Buy

Your Fund Portfolio

DB Corp: Buy

Jammu & Kashmir Bank: Sell

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