July 2010

July 29, 2010

TSMC decides to focus on Solar CIGs technology instead of mainstream c-Si

SMC seems to have made a strategic call to focus on the thin film Cadmium Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGs) Technology instead of the mainstream crystalline silicon (c-Si) technology.Note CIGs technology is the most promising thin film technology with yields much higher than the other technologies like Cadmium Tellurium (CdTe) used by First Solar and amorphous Silicon (a-Si) which was used by AMAT's Subfab division.
July 29, 2010

Bangladesh doubles textile worker's Minimum Wage but Pay still below Poverty Line level

Bangladesh recently witnessed violent protests by textile workers who are being forced to work for wages below $1/day even as inflation rages at more than 10% […]
July 29, 2010

Rare Earth Mineral IPO looks risky – Molycorp seeks to raise upto $478 million to build Mojave Desert mine

Rare  Earth Minerals have been in the news because of their necessity in production of Clean Technology products and a virtual Chinese monopoly which controls almost […]
July 29, 2010

Suzuki sucks dry the shareholders of its India subsidiary Maruti through massive royalty payments

Suzuki which is a global Tier 2 automaker is the biggest automobile company in India through its Indian subsidiary Maruti.The company which was formed in the […]
July 28, 2010

Is the Aster Silicates stock being Pumped to be Dumped

India’s primary market for stock issues has seen a lot of junk offerings in the recent past.They have led to big losses for investors naive enough […]
July 28, 2010

Germany adds as much Solar Energy in just 1 month as USA's entire Installed Solar capacity

According to the German Federal Agency,Germany added 1.7 GW of Solar Energy in the month of June.This bring the cumulative installed capacity for 2010 to 3.4 GW capacity compared to the 3.8 GW capacity installed in the entire 2009.The reduction in Feed in Tariffs in July 2010 has propelled the developers to finish all the projects by June 30 in order to qualify for the much higher electricity rates.
July 28, 2010

Engineers India FPO Review – Analysis shows it to be a good safe play leveraging India's infrastructure growth

Engineers India Follow on Offering (FPO) is a sequel to the government PSU divestment through stake sales in companies with low public float.EIL FPO is going […]
July 22, 2010

Security and Piracy concerns over Huawei increase with Motorola filing case for IP theft

Huawei and ZTE,the two Chinese telecom equipment makers keep making headlines for all the wrong reasons.These 2 firms have won over a large amount of marketshare […]
July 22, 2010

Glaring Lack of Human Rights in China as Leader's Wife gets beaten by Police on Mistaken Identity

China’s Communist Government is notorious for suppressing any note of dissent to its authoritarian rule.Its vice like grip over Internet is already well known by the […]
July 21, 2010

Applied Materials conducts euthanasia on its long suffering Amorphous Silicon thin film Sunfab division

Applied Materials has finally shut down its SunFab Thin Film division after continuous losses in the last couple of years.The Solar Thin Film Technology has seen […]
July 21, 2010

Is Google's Investment in Wind Energy Greenwashing

Google’s paltry $39mm investment in a Wind Farm was puzzling as it really seemed to meet no goals.The investment would not lead to any significant advancement […]
July 21, 2010

More Empty Rhetoric over Climate Change and Renewable Energy by World Leaders

Climate Change Mitigation and Global Warming have been put in cold storage by world’s major countries like USA and China.While Europe and Japan are pushing initiatives […]
July 21, 2010

India's leading corporate group Tata sues Greenpeace over a Turtle game

Tata Group is the most respected Indian Industrial Group,however that seems to be changing India’s Tata Group of companies is the most respected corporate group in […]
July 20, 2010

Honda bets on the success of Hybrid Vehicles instead of Electric Vehicles

Honda is betting more on the success of  Hybrid Vehicles than on Electric Vehicles.It seems that the Japanese auto giant thinks that Hybrid Vehicles will get […]
July 20, 2010

After overtaking USA in Carbon Emissions,China surpasses USA in Energy Consumption as well

China surpassed the USA as the largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in 2006 when it produced 6.2 billion tons of CO2 overtaking the USA at […]
July 20, 2010

India's Nuclear Energy Industry faces Numerous External and Internal Hurdles

India has ambitious plans for the growth of its Nuclear Energy Industry to meets its increasing Energy Demand.India’s Economy has been growing at a scorching pace […]
July 20, 2010

Green Investing – ABB increasing its marketshare in the Global Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Industry

ABB, the European Giant which was formed by merger of Asea and Brown Boveri in 1989 is increasing its lead in the Smart Grid Industry.The company […]
July 19, 2010

European Crisis is alive and kicking – IMF Rejects Hungary Bailout while Moody downgrades Ireland

The recent recovery in Euro from 1.2 to 1.3 USD and the strength of the stock markets would make you think that the Greek Contagion is […]
July 19, 2010

USA objects to Chinese Nuclear Reactors Sales to Pakistan

India’s Nuclear Energy Growth plans has been facing obstacles from China which is using Pakistan as a proxy.Note Pakistan is the recepient of huge aid from […]
July 19, 2010

India's State Owned Banks come under Scrutiny over Huge Loans to loss making Airlines

While their growth and margins are comparable to the private and foreign owned banks in India,the P/E multiple is much lower despite lower risks.The cause of this discount become apparent when you consider some of the loans these banks make.LIC had come under a cloud in nineties for making investments and loans to favored companies
July 19, 2010

Green Investing – A New Lithium ETF makes it easy to invest in the "New Oil"

Now it has become easier to invest in this metal with the launch of an ETF dedicated to Lithium alone.This ETF which is being launched by Global X Management with tracks stocks of electric vehicle producers and battery makers.I am not a fan of the Lithium Battery makers or Electric Vehicle producers
July 19, 2010

India's massive illegal Grey Market for mobile phones raises concerns

India’s Telecom market is one of the biggest and fastest growing in the world.With almost 20 million handsets sold in a month,it is one of the […]
July 19, 2010

China's unfair treatment of MNCs comes under fire from Siemens and BASF also

China has recently come under strong criticism for unfairly treatment foreign companies.While MNCs are looking towards China as a source of growth ,Chinese are only interested in Technology that these companies offer.Rules and regulations are such that foreign companies are forced to tie up and share technology with local partners.This inevitably leads to local partners going on their own and competing with the same companies they got their technology from.China's Wind Energy Industry is a testament of this fact
July 18, 2010

Chinese Solar,Wind and Smart Grid companies face Fierce Price Wars in Domestic Market

Chinese Green Companies are being forced to look at overseas market for Profits as their Domestic Market is being ravaged by fierce price wars.Wind,Solar and even […]
July 18, 2010

The world's most powerful country has only Insensitivity and Callousness to give to its weakest citizens

USA is unarguably the world’s richest and most powerful country after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1980s.The country  is the only superpower left […]
July 18, 2010

7 Reasons Why Food Prices are Increasing in India

Food Prices have become one of the most important topics in India over the last 2 years.A Deficient Monsoon season in 2009 was the primary cause […]
July 17, 2010

India's Rural Employment Guarantee scheme leads to greater Bargaining Power for Rural Laborers

India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme or MGNREGA as it is popularly known is leading to labor shortages around the country.The NREGA scheme which […]
July 17, 2010

India's Unloved Real Estate Sector tries to make a comeback through the IPO Market yet again

Indian Real Estate Sector yet to Recover from the Lehman Crisis The Indian Real Estate Sector is one of the most interesting sectors in India with […]
July 17, 2010

Midfield Industries IPO Review – Another overpriced small cap Indian Initial Public Offering

Indian market has seen a raft of junk offerings in the IPO market over the last few months.Many of these issues have failed to get subscribed […]
July 17, 2010

Green Investing in India – Favorable government policies make Gujarat a top Renewable Energy destination

India’s Western state of Gujarat is one of the most developed regions in the country and has shown tremendous economic growth over the past decade.The state […]