Linkfest:Dec 13,2012

Some stuff that I am reading today morning:

SEBI puzzled at 60000 Crore worth of IPOs not hitting the market (BusinessLine)

Is Modi better at marketing than Coca Cola ? (ET)

Berkshire buys 1.2 Billion $ in stock from a single investor (FE)

Brokerage fees touch a new low (Mint)

Who saved Dhoni? (MumbaiMirror)

PFC tax free bonds review (OneMint)

Stay hungry, stay foolish, start up !! (Rodinhoods)

Goldilocks diversification (RPSeaWright)

How corruption is strangling US innovation (HBR)

Biggest opportunity will be shorting the bond market:Ray Dalio (CNBC)


The mystery of Revathi Equipment

One of legendary trader Paul Tudor Jone’s sayings was “I see the younger generation hampered by the need to understand and rationalize why something should go up or down. Usually, by the time that becomes self-evident, the move is already over.”

In the Indian context, noone (including the regulatory authorities) can explain why something is going up or something is going down.

Revathi Equiment was trading at 256 Rs/share on 4th Dec.One week later , today it closed at 360 Rs/share…a whopping gain of 40% in a week !!

Why did it go up?Nobody knows…neither the promoters,nor the exchanges nor SEBI.

Here’s what the company announcement on NSE’s website says:

Price movement : Significant price movement has been observed in Revathi Equipment Limited. The Exchange, in order to ensure that investors have latest relevant information about the company and to inform the market place so that the interest of the investors is safeguarded, had written to the company. Revathi Equipment Limited has vide its letter inter-alia stated, “Now we have no information on operation/performance of our company to be announced under clause 36 or any information which has bearing on the price or volume behavior of our equity shares in the market.”

This price action will be now consigned to the NSE’s bin of “We asked.We got a reply.Now the matter is closed”
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Linkfest:Dec 12, 2012

Some stuff that I am reading today morning:

Slowdown- but who cares? (BusinessLine)

India issues formal order on drug pricing (WSJ)

India’s real estate developers predict new boom (IndiaInk)

Maruti issues grim outlook for auto industry (Mint)

Will MTNL’s turnaround plan work? (BS)

RahulG came, he saw,he spoke and we all laughed (Mediacrooks)

Online stores in India offering big discounts today (12/12/12) (Labnol)

Obituary:Saul Steiberg,Icon of the corporate takeover (NYTimes)

Should you secular market time? (RickFerri)

Markets ruined by too much, too little liquidity (Dealbreaker)

Anecdotes Quotes

Have you been talking to my wife?

Eric Rosenfeld was one of the founders/Principals of the famous hedge fund LTCM

LTCM started in 1994 with around a Billion $ in assets.It had a spectacularly good run for a couple of years before blowing up in 1998.

Like other founders, Eric kept reinvesting in the fund only to see his fortune disappear as the fund blew up.

Many years later, he gave a mind blowing seminar to MIT students narrating his experiences.

One of the students asked him “Did you put everything into LTCM?”

He replied back “Have you been talking to my wife?”