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Relaxo Footwear Management speaks candidly about the strengths of the business and the challenges ahead. Read the Management Interview by ValuePickr.
Stock Screener tips to create screens that make practical sense. Variety of proven screens - O'Shaughnessy, T. Rowe Price, Geraldine Weiss, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch, Cash Rich, Low PE, High Yield.
Quality Small Cap Stocks. You might have wondered how one can research such stock ideas in India stock market? Check out how ValuePickr stock screener shortlists quality small cap Indian companies.
Geraldine Weiss stock screen marries a conservative, blue-chip investment style with a value approach, using dividend yield as a guide to value.
Manjushree Technopack is a leader in the PET bottling industry. Sales tripled in last 5 years while EPS went up 8 times. Some questions to Manjushree Management to understand the business better.
Manjushree Technopack stands tall in the Indian plastics packaging industry. Marquee clients, superior margins & returns and a clean balance sheet. Worthy of your attention!
Companies with high Free Cash Flow (FCF) coupled with high RoEs, this is the sweet spot - excess cash and the ability to earn a high return on it. Learn how to use FCF in your stock analysis.
A market entry exit strategy based on a statistically informed look at valuations! The Nifty traded in a PE range between 10 and 28+ for last 10 years. Today, Nifty PE is over 22. Time for caution?
Opto Circuits Management Call, Sep 24 2009. Why Opto's competitive advantage is sustainable? Why the recent equity dilution is EPS accretive? New developments and other strategic initiatives.
Useful resource page for stock market terms. Learn more on how you can practically use these stock terms to evaluate and analyse companies on a range of useful metrics.
Growth Stocks screen looks to identify businesses with high-quality, sustainable growth -firms growing faster than the economy, enjoying above-average and increasing growth for a number of years
HDFC Bank continues to perform solidly. The FY09 and the recent June FY10 quarter results firmly reinforce its reputation. High RoE and RoAs and a NIM consistently over 4% set it apart.
ICICI Bank. The Slide continues even as it is reportedly trying to change tack –shunning aggressive growth to increasing CASA deposits to paying attention to NPAs. Not much is working, though!
Growth Mindset guys believe basic abilities are developed through dedication & hard work; brains & talent are just the starting point. Creating a love of learning & resilience-essentials for success.
Stock market Crash lessons – have we absorbed? willingness to ask questions, being skeptical, less greedy and more mindful of risk – before subjecting one’s wealth to the vagaries of booms & busts.
Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal’s willingness to own a lesser stake in a larger company rather than a much larger stake in a much smaller company sets him apart from several other entrepreneurs.
Best stock market articles? Don’t worry if you don’t have the time. This section will bring you our selection of thought-provoking, interesting articles appearing in Indian business media, every week.
Esab India is probably the most promising of the Quality Small Company low PEG stock screen shortlist. Debt free, high RoAs & RoEs over 40% and a FCF/Sales over 7% underscores its competitive edge.
Quality Small Cap Stocks. You might have wondered how one can research such stock ideas in India stock market? Check out a shortlist at the SPH Quality Small cap stock screen (14 July 2009).
Cornerstone Value Stock Screener looks for large companies with strong sales and cash flows, with the highest dividend yield. Based on O’Shaughnessy’s 1996 Bestseller “What works on Wall Street”.
Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) – What are the advantages over lumpsum investing? Is it a good time for starting a SIP?
I'm considering giving investing in stocks a shot, but need to learn the ropes. Can you give some tips and advice on how to start?
Investing for kids. I wanted to invest money on some funds for my son’s (10 months old) career. Can you suggest me what are the plans suited for me? I am ready to invest 1lakh rupees.
Is growth investing for me? I want to invest my money for growth (with security). Please suggest me where can I invest my money?
I am a novice trying to learn Investing Basics first steps. What are the exact procedures one totally ignorant person should follow to invest in a SIP?
I am 41. I have an investing basics query. Income is 6 lakhs per year. I pay LIC premium of 1.2 lakhs per year. How should I invest to accumulate 50 lakhs in 10 years?
Where to Invest? Learn asset allocation basics, and tailor to your investment profile. Decisions you make here will have by far the greatest impact on your investment portfolio’s performance.
How to Invest? Devise your investment strategy. Find out how your investment profile plays a crucial role in helping you meet your investment goals without exceeding your tolerance for risk.
How to Invest? First, understand basics of return and risk, with the trade-offs associated with each investment asset class. Learn to use diversification as a means of mitigating these risks.
Understanding stock market vagaries and looking to benefit from it? We are certainly getting better! Check out our 3month performance review!
Andhra Bank Consolidated 5yr performance is an interesting mixed bag! Good cost-efficiency and NPAs but gradual decline in NIMs. High RoEs but available at 0.77xBV and high Yield of over 7%.
Punjab National Bank Consolidated 5yr performance is commendable. Stable NIMs, good RoA and RoE record, and manageable NPA levels. It is catching up fast with the private banks.
Bank of India Consolidated 5yr record shows strong Balance Sheet growth, high margins and profitability in the last couple of years. Sharp declines in CASA deposits may be of some concern.
Contingent liabilities snapshot of leading india private banks throws up some questions – how significant is the rise in exposures, how’s the impact on valuation, and quantum of losses provisioned for
Bank of Baroda Consolidated 5yr performance looks good! Conservative derivatives and forward exchange contracts exposure, great cost-efficiency performance, with decent margins and return ratios.
Opto Circuits - latest update on 10 probing questions to Management. Mr. Vinod Ramnani, MD shared his thoughts and answered everything that we posed in this candid interview. We ran out of questions!
Compare Private Banks in India. This quick-check analysis and comparison of leading private banks throws up the best and the worst managed banks; also allows you to drill down to 5yr trends.
Yes Bank 4yr performance presents a remarkable record - industry best RoE (18.34%), the most cost-efficient (29.5%), with the lowest net NPAs (0.09%) coupled with the highest growth record.
Keep yourself updated with the latest Personal Finance news and articles - budgeting, investment, insurance products, questions and answers.
Keep yourself updated with the latest Indian Mutual Funds news and articles - AMC news, new launches, fund performances and updates on existing schemes.
Keep yourself updated with the latest stock market news, company and business news, and the Indian economy in general –from leading business dailies and the web.
State Bank of India Consolidated 5yr performance is an eye-opener! It has one of the best records on cost-efficiency, RoE beats HDFC Bank, and currently available at less than consolidated Book!
Axis Bank Consolidated 5yr performance shows improvement on most parameters - Managing NPAs, Financial Leverage and NIMs while maintaining above-average growth. Certainly deserves a closer look.
ICICI Bank Consolidated 5yr performance shows a drastic falling margins trend - a case of the gambit of too fast growth - coming apart?
HDFC Bank - quick-check stock analysis step 1. These metrics serve as a starting point for seeking out quality bank stocks.
India Stock Market: Useful resource page for sector stocks, sector issues & analysis guidelines, peer comparisons, investor checklists, as also in-depth research on sector-specific stocks.
Compare Bank Stocks in India: A quick check template identifies Yes Bank and Axis Bank as best-value possible contenders for further in-depth analysis (Mar 2009)
High Dividend Stocks: Sensex - The top 10 highest yielding Sensex stocks. Find out why it may make sense to invest in the Dogs of the Sensex, in current markets.
The Dogs of the Dow stock screening strategy is regarded as one of the most successful investment strategies of all time. Evidence suggests the success rate is higher during bear markets.