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Darren Jackson, Calibre Investments

BUY RECOMMENDATIONS

Sirius Resources (SIR)

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A blue-sky nickel and copper explorer that’s made exponential gains on the back of its Nova discovery in Western Australia. SIR represents a high risk, high return speculative play. However, we expect further near-term upside to flow from additional stellar assay results.

NuEnergy Gas (NGY)

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An illiquid, micro-cap company that holds prospective coal seam gas acreage in Indonesia. Major companies surround the acreage at Sumatra, and they have the infrastructure in place to export gas to energy-hungry south-east Asia. Lately, NGY appears to be gaining traction on the back of positive news flow.       

HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS

Billabong (BBG)

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Beleaguered retailer Billabong has received a rival bid from Bain Capital at $1.45 a share, matching the offer by TPG. BBG’s unique and relatively cheap assets may attract a higher offer. Continue holding.   

Aurora Oil and Gas (AUT)

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Longer term, we hold a bullish view on depressed Henry Hub LNG prices in the US. We expect higher prices as the US economy slowly improves and new infrastructure comes online. Aurora is operating in the world famous Eagle Ford Shale and would be an obvious beneficiary of higher US gas prices.

SELL RECOMMENDATIONS

ANZ Bank  (ANZ)

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The banks have outperformed the S&P/ASX 200 index in the past three months. Of the big four banks, ANZ has the lowest trailing dividend yield, making it the cheapest to short sell. Now may be the time to lock in a profit. 

Iress (IRE)

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Supplies sharemarket and wealth management systems in Australia and overseas. IRE’s trailing price/earnings multiple was about 25 times on September 12 – well above its sector or index average. Technically, it appears to be over-bought. Fundamentally, IRE is operating in a difficult industry, generating revenue in the broking and investment banking industry. Take a profit.  

 

Alan Marrs, Alpha Broking

BUY RECOMMENDATIONS

Genetic Technologies (GTG)

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A genetic testing business, aiming to uncover the impact of DNA on health. Its patents are generating revenue from contracted users. GTG has released a breast cancer test, BREVAGen, which should sell well. The test is now marketed in California and Europe.

Bell Financial Group (BFG)

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HSBC white labelled the Bell Direct platform in June. Since then, BFG directors have added to their shareholdings. The share price is near its 52-week low. We anticipate a stronger performance going forward. The shares were trading at 42.5 cents on September 12.

HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS

AMP (AMP)

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Even in the absence of an improving market, AMP is a good defensive share to hold. Federal Government superannuation changes going forward should increase funds under management. A stronger sharemarket would also help AMP shares.

ANZ Bank (ANZ)

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The ANZ, like the other majors, appeal to investors because they offer modest capital growth on the back of reporting bumper profits. The dividend yield is also attractive and astute investors know the returns are better than term deposits. The price action has been solid and we expect an uptrend.

SELL RECOMMENDATIONS

Heron Resources (HRR)

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At June 30, 2012, this mineral exploration and stgelopment company had $43.1 million in cash. It’s spending about $6 million a year on exploring and drilling. A decline in commodity prices won’t help a company in the absence of revenue.

Admiralty Resources (ADY)

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This diversified mining company, with interests in Australia and Chile, is up against softening commodity prices. Investor interest in this stock is waning. It may be a good time to reduce exposure.

Mark Lennox, Halifax Investment Services

BUY RECOMMENDATIONS

National Australia Bank (NAB)

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The stock has rallied almost 15 per cent in the past three months on interest rate cuts. As we have seen in the past, banks don’t always pass on the full Reserve Bank rate cut to customers, which is good for the company bottom line. We’re moving to a buy on NAB ahead of its full year result later this year.

Westpac Bank (WBC)

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Westpac has also rallied strongly on lower rates. We’re moving to a buy recommendation based on the company’s sustainable fully franked dividend. It reports later this year. Also, investors may switch to the banks on signs of slowing growth in China leading to lower commodity prices.

HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS

TPG Telecom (TPM)

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This company’s a leader in ADSL2+ and is showing signs of growing its consumer and corporate client base. Hold for now.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)

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Earlier this year, when the shares were trading at $5.34, we recommended a sell in thebull.com.au because we believed the iron ore price would probably fall. It did and FMG hit a low of $2.81 on September 6. We have now moved to a hold recommendation as the company has delayed expansion plans and cut jobs.

SELL RECOMMENDATIONS

Atlas Iron (AGO)

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Weaker iron ore prices put pressure on this company’s margins. Should the iron ore price stay below $US100 a tonne for a sustained period, then Atlas’s share price is likely to suffer.

Ainsworth Game Technology (AGI)

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We recommended a buy in this publication on May 14 when the shares were trading at $1.85. The shares hit a high of $2.75 on September 7. The shares were trading at $2.62 on September 12. It’s time to lock in profits.

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