Last week, Tata Elxsi published its results for the third quarter and announced that their net profit jumped 40% when compared to the same period last year. And while this isn’t exactly spectacular news in its own right, it does look pretty impressive considering the stock has been on a remarkable run for the past few years. So we thought we could look at the company and see what’s brewing at Tata Elxsi.
In an interview with BloombergQuint, Raghuram Rajan, while discussing the global outlook of the economy and the effects of the pandemic on emerging markets, suggested another Taper Tantrum episode might be on its way. But since taper tantrum isn't a word you come across so often, we thought maybe we could simplify it. So in today's episode, we discuss this and more.
A series of unfortunate events have pushed Indian seafood exporters to the brink. First, there was the Covid induced disruption. And now reports suggest that Indian fishing exports have suffered collateral damage in the ongoing tussle between India and China. So in today's episode, we look at what went wrong and how bad the situation actually is.
Recently Deutsche Bank was implicated in another scandal and they were made to pay $130 million for their misdeeds. And while this isn’t news per se, a federal court charged them for engaging in something called spoofing. So in a bid to uncomplicate matters and explain this technical trading term, we thought we could look at the mechanics of spoofing and understand why it’s categorized as an illegal activity.
The Indian Railways Finance Corporation is gearing up for an IPO and while we don't usually do Sunday episodes on the markets, many people had requested us to cover the issue. So in this week’s Finshots Markets, we look at the company and see what they are up to.
Banks want MDR (merchant discount rate) reinstated for RuPay and UPI transactions. The only problem — Most people still don’t fully understand the issue. So in today’s Finshots, we discuss MDR, its abolition and more.
On January 8th, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account from the platform after a mob of protesters ransacked the legislator’s offices in the Capitol. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram also booted the president off their apps and many other companies followed suit soon after. And while this move was unprecedented for the most part, it wasn’t exactly unexpected. So in today's Finshots, we look at how the reluctant gatekeepers became the active moderators of 2021.
In today's episode we bring you a recap of a past story based on the fraud that shook parts of US markets amidst the Coronavirus turmoil.
Fair warning- This will probably take more time to listen to, but we promise you, it will be worth your time.
A few days ago, Maharashtra reported that it had seen a spurt in revenue collection after having reduced stamp duty on sale deeds. So we thought we could take a closer look at this story and perhaps explain how stamp duty has been evolving over the years.
Bitcoin has been on a rally like no other. So we thought we could look at the crypto asset once again and see what's really happening this time around. But like every other story, we need an introduction before we start moving along. So here goes...
On January 1st SEBI ordered billionaire Mukesh Ambani and his conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. to pay a combined penalty of Rs 40 crores for alleged manipulative and fraudulent trading in the month of November 2007. And if you’re wondering why the regulator imposed such a harsh penalty, here’s our simplified take on what happened during the fateful month.
This week the CBI booked a Hyderabad based company, Transstroy India and its directors for an alleged bank fraud totalling ₹7,926 crore. For context, the Nirav Modi scam involved ₹7,700 crores. So yeah, we need to talk about this story because this is likely going to turn into another bad loan.
Steelmakers have been making an impressive comeback of late. A meteoric rise in production, robust recovery in demand and record high selling prices have all pushed the incumbents in the industry on a profitable path. And through it all, the stock price of major steel producers have been on a rally like no other. So we thought we could look at the industry, understand the dynamics propelling it and see how this recovery is currently manifesting in an ever-changing world.
On Tuesday, the federal government, including 46 states in the US sued Facebook for engaging in monopolistic or anti-competitive practices. And while many people have sued the company in the past, the sheer scale and influence of this lawsuit deserves special merit. So we thought we could look at the case more closely and explain why Facebook is being accused of exploiting its dominance in the social media space.
Australia is all set to introduce a law that would force companies like Google and Facebook to pay media companies for their news content. As chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission noted — “There is a fundamental bargaining power imbalance between news media businesses and the major digital platforms, partly because news businesses have no option but to deal with the platforms, and have had little ability to negotiate over payment for their content or other issues. We wanted a model that would address this bargaining power imbalance and result in fair payment for content, which avoided unproductive and drawn-out negotiations, and wouldn’t reduce the availability of Australian news on Google and Facebook.”
And while there is considerable euphoria surrounding this bill, there is also good reason to exercise caution. So we thought we could look at this more closely and see how it might impact the media ecosystem in Australia. Possibly even the world?
On Monday, news agencies started reporting that President Nicolas Maduro had seized total control of Venezuela’s political institutions with a sweeping victory in legislative elections. And while there was considerable euphoria within the Venezuelan ruling class, ground reports from the country are truly disheartening, to say the least. 96% of the country’s population currently lives in poverty and about one-third of these people lack enough nutritious food for normal human growth and development. According to one survey, 60% of Venezuelans shed at least 11 kilograms in weight over the recent past due to malnutrition.
And with the pandemic and the lockdown in place, the food crisis has reached truly incredible proportions. Whatever little food that Venezuelans still produce is currently rotting because farmers don’t have the means to carry their produce to the markets due to an unprecedented shortage of overpriced fuel. Imagine this happening in a country that boasts the largest oil reserves in the world. It is simply crazy. So we thought maybe we could look at how Venezuela got here and see why the government's policies to control prices have failed so miserably.
Spotify has reportedly confirmed that they are testing a Stories feature within the app.
And while reactions to the announcement were mixed, we thought we could look at the feature more closely and see why so many companies are adopting “Stories”.
This week Shree Cement’s stock price breached its yearly high. And while that isn’t surprising in itself, the rally came against the backdrop of stellar results for the months of July, August and September, when most businesses were still struggling to cope with the pandemic. So we thought we could look at Shree Cement and its performance, particularly considering it’s part of the Nifty 50 now.
What happens when a multinational corporation is forced* to delay a product launch because someone else owns the right to use the name?
Well, ask Sony.
*While there were rumours circulating that Sony was forced to delay the launch of their much-anticipated console in India because of the trademark issue, it’s still not quite clear if this was the principal reason for the apparent delay. After all, despite the gentleman withdrawing the application. Sony is yet to announce a launch date for the PS5 in India. So who knows?
Last week, Motherson Sumi unveiled its detailed 5-year plan where it set an ambitious target of reaching sales figures totalling ₹2.6 lakh Cr by 2025. That means they’ll have to quadruple sales over the next five years. And while such lofty proclamations are usually met with derision, investors and analysts have been quite optimistic about the company’s prospects. In fact, its stock price made a yearly high right after the announcement.
So we have to look at this more closely and ask — Do these claims warrant serious consideration or are they mostly fluff? Well, in today’s Finshots Markets, we will discuss this and more.
Airbnb is looking to potentially raise $1 billion in an IPO by the end of the year. And while we mostly do stories on the Indian markets, we thought we would switch it up this week and do a story on something more international. So yeah, hopefully, you'll enjoy this one.
On 2nd September, Indian authorities banned the popular battle royale game PUBG alongside many other apps with links to China. However, just a couple months later, PUBG is planning to stage a comeback. So in today’s Finshots, we will look at how the saga has unfolded so far and why the gaming company is so desperate to make a re-entry.
Yesterday, drugmaker Pfizer announced that early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine (developed in conjunction with BioNTech) was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19. And while multiple pharma companies have released details about their own vaccines so far, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Pfizer’s announcement.
So why are people this excited you ask?
Hero MotoCorp put out its sales figures for the month of October and it surprised almost everyone. The company said it had recorded the highest sales figure ever and experts were visibly surprised with the announcement considering we are in the midst of a pandemic. So we thought we could look at Hero, its current performance and see how the company has fared over the past couple decades.
A couple of days back, Infosys announced that the company had reduced its carbon footprint and turned carbon neutral 30 years ahead of the 2050 timeline. So we thought we could look at this story and see how they got here.
Airtel just reported its latest quarterly results and while the company could not muster a profit, there’s been a lot of optimism surrounding its future prospects. So in this week’s Finshots Markets, we thought we could look at Bharti Airtel and see why analysts think this might be a turning point for the company.
Quibi was meant to revolutionize the streaming industry. It had everything going for it.
Seasoned tech executives — Check
Big-name Investors — Check
A $2 billion-dollar war chest— Check
And yet 6 months after launch, Quibi is all set to shut down. So what went wrong?
Stock buybacks are all the rage these days. The government is doing it. Tech companies are in on it. And every other day, we hear rumors about a new company planning to repurchase shares. So in this episode, we thought we would look at buybacks and see why companies are so excited about this little program *except for the obvious tax benefits that is*
Life insurance products have been synonymous with LIC since time immemorial. But ever since the government opened up the industry to private players, a lot of companies have been making considerable headway. And perhaps one of the leading players in the recent past has been HDFC Life — a company that’s focused on selling long-term life insurance products. So today we thought we’ll look at how the industry is shaping up and HDFC Life’s place in the ecosystem.
The Monetary Policy Committee met once again last week and while they didn’t fiddle with interest rates, there were a couple of exciting announcements.
One of them was related to home loans and that’s what we'll be discussing today.
Last week, in an unprecedented move, shareholders of Lakshmi Vilas Bank ousted seven directors from the company all in one go. Insiders stated that the decision was predicated on the fact that Lakshmi Vilas Bank had been underperforming for a while now. But here’s the thing. There’s more to this story than what meets the eye. And so today, we will talk about what really went down at Lakhsmi Vilas Bank.
A couple of weeks ago, Tata Sons and the construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji Group were on the verge of fighting another bitter courtroom battle that would have further strained their relationship. But then within a matter of days, both parties reached a compromise that would help them walk away from the feud rather amicably. And if you’re wondering what this story is about and why any of this is relevant, today’s Finshots Market is for you.
On September 10th, a forensic financial research company in the US — Hindenburg Research released a report calling into question some of the lofty claims made by the billion-dollar EV upstart — Nikola.
So in today’s special edition, we simplify the 15,000-word report and present a cogent narrative on how Nikola became a multi-billion dollar auto company without ever putting a single truck on the road.