Analysis & Opinion

18 Share Tips – 20 February 2011

  Mike Bigwood, Patersons Securities BUY RECOMMENDATIONS MACA Limited (MLD) – click code or chart for stock quotes Chart: Share price over the year to 20/02/2011 versus ASX200 (XJO) A mining services company leveraged to mid-tier WA miners. The company listed in November 2010, and its share price surged to $2.73 on February 16. The…

YOUR PORTFOLIO: Hot Rare Earths On Increasing Demand

The rare earths story embraces potentially big windfalls laced with plenty of risk. Listed Australian rare earths companies aren’t for conservative investors, as explorers without earnings dominate the landscape. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop share prices rising as the market looks forward, factoring in what tomorrow can potentially bring in an industry dominated by China. The…

Stock Of The Week – 20th February 2011

Is Downer EDI a value play or value trap? For shareholders of Downer EDI (DOW), the last 12 months have been challenging ones to say the least.  Shares of DOW have fallen approximately 52 per cent. The start of the 2011 hasn’t been much better.  Shares tumbled from $4.50 to as low as $3.66 following…

SECTOR SCAN: The Best Five Micro Caps For Your Portfolio

The micro sector generally refers to ASX-listed companies with a market capitalisation below $250 million, according to State One Stockbroking analyst John Rawicki. The sector is loaded with stocks as the market capitalisation of most companies listed on the ASX is below $250 million. The micro caps have a keen following among investors willing to…

Get Started Investing Today – But How?

Once upon a time, legendary investor Baron Rothschild was asked the secret of his success; to which he supposedly replied: “I never buy at the bottom and I always sell too soon.” Whether he actually said that or not, the comment speaks to the need to make use of a strategy to guide investing decisions. …

Will The Housing Bubble Pop?

As Aussie housing prices have risen dramatically in recent years and LVRs have skyrocketed, leading economists and investment advisers have weighed in on the issue of whether Australia is experiencing a “housing bubble” and, if so, whether it will eventually “pop” or quietly deflate. Today we summarise several perspectives: 1.    Steve Keen, Assoc. Prof. in…

Using The Share Price As a Guide To Buy And Sell

There is a difference between strategies for share market investing and strategies for picking shares, and many retail investors ignore the investing strategies in favour of share picking tactics. To stgelop a strategy for share market investing you start with defining your personal investment goals.  While a goal of making as much money as I…

Tools for Finding Safer Shares (Part 2) – The Quick Ratio

Something happened a short time ago – January 24th, 2011 – that shines a spotlight on the issue of finding safer shares.  Australia’s giant retailer, Woolworths (WOW), lowered its guidance for the first half of 2011.  Today’s earnings release cited the following conditions that led to the revised forecast: •    Consumer Confidence Levels•    Inflation•    Interest…

Options Shorting Strategies for Beginners

Before proceeding into trading any type of instruments and strategies you have to ask yourself: – What is my goal? – How much time can I dedicate to trading? – What is my risk tolerance? – What is my strategy? Option selling (writing) offers reasonable profit potential and generally requires only couple of hours a…

Developing a trend-following system

I became more interested in moving averages when I was looking into developing a trend-following system, since moving averages help identify trend reversals. Therefore, I took a closer look at the differences between the different types of moving averages and the possible benefits of using one versus another. For those of you new to trading,…