Why Panic Gripped Indian Markets On Friday

Volatility gripped India’s equity benchmarks today as shares of Yes Bank Ltd. and mortgage lenders Dewan Housing Finance Ltd. and Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. tumbled. It began with a 35 percent slide in Yes Bank in morning trading after its co-founder Rana Kapoor was granted only four months extra as its chief executive officer. The Sensex and Nifty, however,…

Investing is Hard

On June 30th 1997, Amazon.com (AMZN) was trading at a split adjusted $1.50 per share and was valued at $700 million. That day the stock traded 228,900 shares in a range of $1.48 – $1.59. I’m sure someone traded in and out of a great business that day, not knowing that the stock was about to…

Why Investors Are Betting On MNCs Over Homegrown Drugmakers

Investors have shown a healthy appetite for shares of multinational pharmaceutical companies, even as stocks of homegrown drugmakers continue to struggle. Stocks such as Sanofi India Ltd. are trading at fresh record highs, while Lupin Ltd. is trading near fresh 52-week lows. Year-to-date returns show that MNC stocks such as Sanofi India, Pfizer Ltd. and Abbott India Ltd. have given positive returns, while…

India may get thrown out of MSCI Indices

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics, announced today that it is closely monitoring developments related to the concerted announcement by three Indian stock exchanges, including the two principal exchanges, of the imposition of anti-competitive measures restricting the accessibility of the Indian equity market. MSCI is evaluating the measures’ potential…

Happy Birthday Jack Bogle, the man Warren Buffett calls a ‘hero’

Everyone knows Warren Buffett and his idea of value investing, but not many have heard of John Clifton “Jack” Bogle, who the Oracle of Omaha himself calls a hero for investors. Bogle, the retired founder and CEO of Vanguard Group, also a creator of first index fund, turns 88 today. During Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder…

Emerging-Market Chaos Can’t Tame Stock Bulls as Economy Wins

A fired finance minister and political upheaval won’t be enough to stem the rally in emerging-market stocks. That’s the lesson from the first quarter, when equities posted their best gains since 2012 even as Donald Trump threatened to end trade deals, the U.K. began laying the path for its exit from the European Union, South…

A steadying hand

The budget confirmed the fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent for the current financial year, and 3.5 per cent for 2016-17. The current account deficit (CAD) remained well-contained at 1.5 per cent of the GDP, and with oil prices at $30, few expect it to be under any imminent pressure. The GDP growth rate…