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Top 30 shorted stocks

The technique of profiting from a price fall is called short-selling, otherwise known as “shorting,” “to go short” or simply “short”. Basically, short-selling is the reverse of how we’re traditionally taught to invest, to buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest. When shorting, you aim to jump in at a high…

Stock of the Week – 17th April 2011

Stock: Wesfarmers Limited Stock code: WES Share Price: $33.07 Broker Sell Recommendations: Wilson HTM (11th April 2011, share price was $33.05 that day) Broker Hold Recommendations: Shadforths (14th February 2011, share price was $33.95 that day)

New phase of media concentration as Nine-Fairfax lead the way

The Nine-Fairfax Media deal, billed as the biggest shakeup in the Australian media landscape for decades, was widely anticipated once the Turnbull government repealed the main anti-concentration laws in 2017. It may well result in the loss of a highly respected independent quality media voice. It has certainly fired the starting gun on a new…

What’s happening to Telstra’s share price?

Telstra’s recent restructure slashes jobs, simplifies its operations and product offering. But this is just a short-term accounting fix. It does not solve what is for Telstra a long-term problem – finding new sources of revenue. The new strategy is centred on investment in 5G while making Telstra smaller and simpler. But 5G might not…

Best of breed offshore earners

Long-suffering Aussie investors have only to gaze afar in admiration at the outperformance of share markets in other countries.  While the ASX 200 has yet to regain its pre-GFC status, the US Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and Japan’s Nikkei Index have soared.  A March 2018 article appearing in Business Insider Australia looked at a…

Foreign investing: Global Consumer Staple Stocks to Watch

They’re the brands we use every day, they’re the colourful staples that compete for our attention on the supermarket shelves, but they’re also part of an investment sector with major potential. The consumer staples sector captures companies selling everything from toothpaste to chewing gum, from chocolate bars to fish-fingers. Garry Laurence, portfolio manager of the…

Global Strategy: Emerging Markets the Best Bet

At first glance, the current environment remains rather favorable for equity investors. Profitability is strong and continues to rise around the world, interest rates are still very low in most countries and valuations don’t yet look excessive, for the most part. But after an exceptionally positive 2017 and a rip-roaring start to 2018, investors have…

Why Wesfarmers is ditching Coles

Coles will soon be an independent company again, with more than 800 supermarkets, nearly 900 liquor stores, 700 service stations, and 88 hotels. Spinning off Coles is a great example of how good Wesfarmers is at entering and exiting markets. Buying the ailing Coles in 2007 was a smart move. But the supermarket sector has…

Long, hard road back for Ten

With Ten Network in voluntary administration, efforts are under way to restructure the company. But having lost A$231.2 million in the half-year ending February 2017, it will take a lot to make Ten a viable business. In the short term, Ten has to focus on reducing costs by renegotiating contracts with its suppliers. Over the…

Wall St drops after bad week for retailers

US stocks have fallen as a decline in oil prices added to pressure from consumer companies after gloomy quarterly reports from Nordstrom and J.C. Penney overshadowed upbeat April retail sales data. The decline in the department stores’ shares marked the end of a week that highlighted the expanding clout of Amazon.com and the plight of…