Auto Sector

Ford To Sell Volvo, Reports

Ford Motor Co.Dearborn, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. is setting to sell its moneymaking Volvo luxury brand as it works to return its North American operations to profitability, according to reports.

The Sunday Times reported, the decision to sell Volvo, a part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, was made in the past two weeks, but that the timings of the sale had still to be decided,

Jay Bharat Maruti Up On Strong Q1 Numbers

In early tradingJay Bharat Maruti (10:22 am), Jay Bharat Maruti is quoting at Rs 48, which showed an advancement of Rs 5.10 or 11.89%. The scrip has touched an intraday high of Rs 48.75 and an intraday low of Rs 42.90.

The company reported a net profit of Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) as against Rs 6.5 crore (Rs 65 million) in the same period of the last year. The quarterly result of the company showed an increase of 131%.

Today, it is trading with volumes of 11,655 shares as compared to its five-day average of 2,735 shares, an increase of 326.20%.

Yesterday the share gained 2.02% before closing.

M&M Readies To Pass Through The Highway To Sensex

lifted 2.44%Mahindra & Mahindra to Rs 765 in afternoon trades on improved buying earlier than its entry into the BSE Sensex from 9 July 2007.

The scrip hit an intraday high of Rs 766 and an intraday low of Rs 747 during the day. On 16 January 2007, it touched a 52-week high of Rs 1002 and a 52-week low of Rs 495.10 on 24 July 2006.

As against the Sensex’ return of 2.38%, the Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) stock slumped 0.81% over the last one month to 4 July 2007. The scrip had underperformed the market over the past quarter, benefiting 4.65% compared to the Sensex’s rise of 15.74%.

Bajaj Auto Loses on Lack of Activity

Bajaj AutoAfter turning ex-dividend, Bajaj Auto lost 1.61% to Rs 2,095 in afternoon trading. The company announced a dividend of RS 40 a share of face value Rs 10 in May 2007.

During the day, the scrip touched an intraday high of Rs 2,133, and an intraday low of Rs 2,088. There were 37,418 shares on the counter. It had an average daily volume of 1.20 lakh shares on BSE in the last one quarter.

At the existing price of Rs 2,095, the scrip trades at a PE multiple of 17.13, which is based on year ended March 2007 earning per share of Rs 122.27.

Maruti To Introduce iCATs

Maruti Ltd.Following the European Union way of employing hi-tech anti-theft devices in cars, the largest Indian car manufacturer, Maruti Udyog, is set to introduce the immobilizer system, iCATs, across all its models.

iCATs (intelligent Computerized Anti-Theft system) works on the principle of multiplexed communication where an inbuilt transponder, into the car key, carries a unique electronic identification and a secret code that digitally communicates with the engine computer via a controller. The car engine starts only if the secret code matches thus preventing the car from being stolen.

Car Loans Get Expensive Due To RBI Rate Hike

Reserve bank of IndiaThe hiking rates of Reserve bank of India may shatter your dreams to buy your dream cars. The interest rates on car loans have been lifted up anything between 75 - 100 basis points, by Car loan lenders. This increase will result in Rs 50 monthly increase on a five year loan which has a daily rest basis.

According to report of the Direct selling agents (DSAs) of ICICI Bank to TOI, they have received a communique from the bank about the hike effective from Monday. Officials said, “We used to lend at rack rates of 15% per annum, we are now been told that the new rates will be 16% effective from Monday,”

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