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ASX to follow Wall Street higher

The Australian share market is expected to move into positive territory after a sharp rally in oil prices drove Wall Street higher. But the upcoming US earnings reporting season – where company profits are expected to fall nine per cent across the board – may fuel apprehension among investors. The ASX closed more than half…

Woolworths counts the cost of Masters blunder, with food business under fire

Woolworths’ long-suffering shareholders may well be asking the newly appointed CEO, insider Brad Banducci, if today marks the nadir of the company’s woes. The answer, sadly, is probably not. The Masters disaster has been well documented and today Woolworths has tried to quantify the cost of this massive blunder at A$3.25 billion. The real problem,…

More staff cuts likely as Fairfax eyes digital only

By Merja Myllylahti, Auckland University of Technology There seems to be no end to Fairfax’s restructuring saga. On Friday, the company’s management signalled they would continue to cut costs no matter what. CEO Greg Hywood said: “We have made clear many times that we are managing a structural shift in publishing from print to digital….

What might upset Australia’s ‘rock solid’ banks

Market volatility has affected banks internationally in the US, UK and Europe but even though Australian banks remain insulated from turbulence abroad it might not be all smooth sailing. The MSCI index of global banks has fallen by 16% since the start of the year, while the S&P index for US banks has fallen by…

Media Stocks to Benefit from Regulatory Changes

Right now it appears virtually certain the archaic “Reach Rule” is about to fade into business history. The Reach Rule is meant to limit control of commercial broadcasting licenses issued to a single entity to no more than 75% of the population of Australia.  With heavy presence in metropolitan areas, the Reach Rule severely restricts…

5 Stocks to Benefit from the Energy Storage Boom

Less than a decade ago EV’s (Electric Vehicles) had virtually disappeared from the global automotive landscape.  The prospects of solar and wind powered electricity generation inspired numerous cost benefit analyses that cast a dim view on the future of those technologies. In 2012 US based Tesla motors introduced a high end all electric roadster, which…

3 ways to benefit from backdoor listings boom

The backdoor listings market on ASX is equal parts fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating because some promising technology companies are listing through the shell of failed miners. Frustrating because there is less information about upcoming listings. A backdoor listing typically involves a dormant listed company acquiring the shares or assets of an unlisted company, after shareholder…

Aussie tech education stock looks undervalued

Investors could be forgiven for running a mile from listed education stocks. Vocation has been a disaster and Ashley Services Group has disappointed. But education software provider 3P Learning looks more attractive after recent price falls. To recap, about five million children, through 17,000 schools in more than 200 countries, use its products. More students…

How to profit from a market bounce

Many commentators have suggested stocks to buy during this sharemarket correction. Another strategy for active investors is buying the market in anticipation of a recovery in the fourth quarter. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are ideal in this regard. They seek to replicate the price and yield performance of an underlying index, and are bought and sold…

Time to put the AREIT sector back on the portfolio watchlist

This column had a bullish view on Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (AREITs) last year. The sector dutifully soared as yield-focused investors flocked to them and several specialist property companies were launched through sharemarket floats. However, in February 2015, this column downgraded its view on AREITs such as Shopping Centres Australasia, BWP Trust, Charter Hall…

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