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Stock-picking strategies

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Here is a breakdown of some of the numbers value investors use as rough guides for picking stocks. Keep in mind that these are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules:

Rubber production falters; Minister calls for crisis forum

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Sri Lanka’s Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has called for a special stakeholder forum to discuss the present crisis situation faced by the country’s rubber sector originating from lower demand at the international market place.

Asian shares mixed, China data provides lift

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Asian markets were mixed yesterday, following a Wall Street sell-off, as oil prices hit a nine-month high on concerns about the growing crisis in Iraq but Hong Kong and Shanghai reversed morning losses following upbeat Chinese data.

Is entrepreneurship recognized and rewarded in Sri Lanka?

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There’s something about innovation and entrepreneurship that goes hand-in-hand. While inventions on their own are fine, if they are not tied to fulfilling a practical need, the invention is likely to lie idle. In Sri Lanka, we see many inventors whose stories hit media often.

Sideways move continues with strong foreign buying

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Foreign money seems to be flowing into the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) listed equities with Rs.3.1 billion worth of shares been bought by overseas investors month to-date in June, while the net foreign purchases thus far for the month was Rs. 2.6 billion.

Proposed Holcim-Lafarge merger: Holcim CEO sees no impact on Lankan operations

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The proposed merger between cement majors Holcim and Lafarge is unlikely to have any negative implication on Holcim’s Sri Lankan operations, as the country remains a “strategic market”, a top Holcim official said.

Aitken Spence in US $ 25mn Indian hotel acquisition

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Leading leisure sector operator Aitken Spence PLC said it purchased a brand-new five-star hotel with 143 rooms in Chennai for a consideration of US $ 25 million. The acquisition has been carried out through Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (South India) Private Limited.

Leading Sri Lankan mobile operators launch GSMA mobile connect trial

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The GSMA today announced that leading Sri Lankan operators Dialog Axiata and Mobitel will launch a beta trial of the GSMA Mobile Connect service that will allow consumers to conveniently, securely and consistently access a wide array of digital services by using their smartphones and feature phones as devices for authentication.

Problem with plantations

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“Plantations are not forests” is a phrase that has been around for many years, but that does not mean that tree plantations are neither good nor bad in them. The benefits or threats of plantations depend on their scale, their objective, the trees planted and the natural and..........

New tank farm, bunkering terminal facilities to open at H’tota port

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The new tank farm complex and the bunkering terminal of the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota is set to be opened on June 22 by President Mahinda Rjapaksa, a media statement by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.

CEAT Kelani opens high-tech radial plant

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A milestone was achieved yesterday in the manufacture of tyres in Sri Lanka with the official inauguration of a new hi-tech production facility for radial tyres for passenger cars and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at CEAT Kelani Holdings, the country’s leading tyre maker.

Tourism sector hit by marketing, resource snags

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Some core challenges continue to pose threats to the future viability of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry despite positive changes which have brought new opportunities, head of a leading leisure group said.

The Spirit and Charm of the Galle Face Hotel

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The Bard of Avon once wrote that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. The Galle Face Hotel for almost a century and a half has been known by many names.

Implications of Modi’s victory for Indo-Sri Lanka relations

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The outcome of LokSabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) elections on May 16th was unexpected and unprecedented over the last three decades.The outcome of LokSabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) elections on May 16th was unexpected and......

Middle East investors see SL ‘fertile’ for entry: MTI

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The Middle East investors, particularly in the six Gulf States, are increasingly positive about entering and investing into Sri Lanka, according to MTI’s ‘Market Pulse’.

Hutch & Janashakthi brings Accident & Life Cover for as low as Rs.50 per month

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Hutch is pleased to announce it has entered in to a partnership with the leading Sri Lankan insurer Janashakthi Insurance to provide more affordable and convenient insurance cover for their subscribers for as low as Rs. 50/- a month

Situational leadership for productivity through people

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We saw last week how the two management gurus, Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey interpreted their secret to success of leadership. Through their popular theory called situational leadership, they advise managers that there is no best style of leadership.

Stock-picking strategies

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Aside from having a general understanding of what a company does, you should analyse the characteristics of its industry, such as its growth potential. A mediocre company in a great industry can provide a solid return, while a mediocre company in a poor industry......

Aitken Spence’s B’desh power sector hopes shrink

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Aitken Spence PLC, which has interests in hotels, shipping, power and plantations has exited from a proposed thermal power project in Bangladesh with authorities failing to provide suitable land for the plant. However discussions continue in relation to the second project.

Citrus Waskaduwa introduces Seafood Brunch for the Most Important Man in Your Life…

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Waskaduwa, June 7th 2014: Each year on the third Sunday in June the world celebrates the day dedicated to the most important man in your life. This year on Sunday 15th June, Citrus Waskaduwa introduces an extra special promotion for dads.

China calls SA biz experts to promote new silk route

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At the launch of the second China- South Asia Expo in Kungmin, China announced its strategy of implementing ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, facilitating scientific and technological co-operation with South Asian nations such as Sri Lanka.

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