Trends & Opportunities

Fears and Opportunities This Reporting Season

Earnings season is a crucial time in the investing calendar and serious stockmarket investors should monitor the performance of each and every stock they hold – on top of scanning the market for potential buys. Investors tend to go into earnings season not exactly knowing that they should do. Sometimes stocks fall in price after…

Broker Buys: Safe havens as stocks continue to dive

Another poor week for global investors – Dow down 4.0%, FTSE down 5.3%, DAX down 8.6%. Although the All Ords was down 4.0% in the four days to Friday, we still have Monday to deal with after European and US stocks continued to fall overnight. With fear reigning supreme, where does that leave Australian investors?…

4 Blue Chip Bargains

The US downgrade, ongoing European debt problems, a bleak outlook for the UK and poor local data all contributed to a terrible two weeks for Aussie investors. The ASX200 ended 9.35% lower (it has dropped 16% over the past four months), with worse falls for megaminers BHP and Rio, down 12% and 13% respectively. Even…

15 Reasons Why Aussie Investors Are Afraid

1. Insolvencies ⇑ In June this year 1027 Australian companies went under water – the second highest monthly total on record, and a 21% jump from a year earlier. These Aussie companies were either placed into liquidation, voluntary administration, receivership or were wound up. Accounting firm Taylor Woodings argues that sluggish trading conditions, high interest…

How Does the US Debt Downgrade Affect China (and therefore Australia)?

In the early evening of 05 August 2011, news from the other side of the globe forever changed the benchmark risk assessment standard the world had used for decades.  For the first time in history, US Treasury securities were not rated AAA.  Active investors know financial analysts the world over have used US securities as…

Broker Buys On The Dip

Despite yet another volatile week for global stocks, with US and European markets swinging wildly, the Australian market was relatively calm and actually finished the week 1.64% higher. TheBull PREMIUM’s Bull of the Week last week, Rio Tinto’s takeover target Coal & Allied, led the way with a 28% surge, while JB Hi-Fi (+10.8%) and…

Volatile stocks: top gainers beat the index for the week

Top gainers Market action – or the wild price swings of stocks accelerating up the charts – happens in the list of the top gaining stocks. These are the stocks that have risen the most over a single day. Many traders like to check out the top gainers for ideas on where the activity centres…

Market Panic – what should you do?

GLOBAL MARKETS PLUNGE 4-5%. OIL PLUNGES 6%. I know what you’re thinking: ‘I’ve got to get out before it gets any worse.’  It’s been a terrible week for investors. Two weeks ago the ASX200 stood at 4602.90. By close on Friday it was sitting at 4105.40, and who knows how much further there is to…

How To Profit If the Aussie Dollar Falls

When the Aussie dollar gets wobbly, investment analysts head to the drawing board to devise new investment strategies. Over the past week, the Aussie dollar has plunged against the Pound, the US dollar and the Euro. If it starts to slide against the major currencies, then you’d want to be in a place where you…

Are We Near The Market Bottom?

GLOBAL MARKETS PLUNGE. OIL PLUMMETS. It has been a disasterous few weeks for Australian punters. Two weeks ago the ASX200 stood at 4602.90. After Friday’s 4% plunge it had dropped to 4105.40, a drop of 500 points, or 11% – putting it officially in correction territory. Fear is gripping global markets, with indices around the…