Share Tips

What to look for this reporting season

Considering that we’re experiencing the toughest economic back-drop to a reporting season since 2000-01, revelations that earnings downgrades outnumber upgrades by a ratio of two to one shouldn’t surprise. Unsurprisingly, the focal point of reporting season is arguably outlook statements. And as many stocks, including Alesco, Lihir Gold, Monodelphous, Boral, Iress and Computershare recently discovered,…

Stocks to sell before it’s too late – tactics & tips

The S&P/ASX 200 Index may have lost 16.9% for the year ending 30 June, but with the oil price moving south and all indictors suggesting an imminent interest rate cut, there’s a glimmer of hope shares may soon regain lost ground. But don’t punt the rent money on it. If the 200 day trailing moving…

How to set up a stock watchlist

Shadow-boxing the sharemarket through a ‘phantom portfolio’ is one way to track stocks you might fancy. But Alex Henderson, investment analyst with Sage Private Clients says investors who bother to set-up stock watchlists should gain the discipline and confidence to either piddle or get off the pot. Assuming they’re set up properly, he says sector-specific…

Our undervalued tech sector – cheap tech stocks with a future

Attempting to talk-up tech stocks within a falling sharemarket is a bit like trying to convert Mecca-bound pilgrims to Christianity during Ramadan. Like it or not, Australia’s tech-stocks are priced as part of a global technology market, and the fortunes of the sector at-large depend somewhat on the sentiment dished out to the megastars. Tech-stocks…

Run your share portfolio like a professional fund manager

Shares are not just bought, they are employed to do a job – to create capital gain, or generate income – and if they’re not doing that job, they shouldn’t be there. Ian Murdoch, managing director at advisory firm Investstone Wealth Management, says thinking like a professional investor requires you firstly to define your strategy….

Broker Recommendations – 6 to BUY, 6 to SELL and 6 to HOLD

Michael Heffernan AUSTOCK BUY RECOMMENDATIONS Origin Energy (ORG) An energy retailer, but also a power generator, gas producer and explorer. It’s been an excellent sharemarket performer since splitting from Boral in 1991. It offers a bright future after selling half its coal seam gas assets for US$5 billion to US based ConocoPhillips in a joint…

The next hot spot for resources and stocks set to thrive

Coal seam gas was barely talked about 10 years ago but a combination of rising gas prices globally and demand from Asia means it is going to be a hot spot for the resources sector in coming years. Energy-hungry Asian markets are the prize that has drawn Shell, BP, Britain’s BG and Petronas of Malaysia…

Dogs (Dingoes) of the ASX

If you’re tired of following stock tips or the charts that your software package throws up on your screen – only to be burned by the stockmarket volatility – you might be interested in a ‘mechanical’ investment strategy. A mechanical strategy is where you select a valuation criterion (or criteria) and simply buy the stocks…

Check out these stocks for volatile times – listed investment companies (LICs)

If you thought all 40-plus, ASX-listed investment companies (LICs) were born equally – wake up and smell the chai. There’s a structural shift afoot, and with it a growing divide between the old guard and new.  The 10% discount (to NTA) that traditional LICs typically traded at seems to be closing. So far this year…

Top financials to know about a company

A cynic was on the right track when he claimed, “The sumptuousness of a company’s annual report is in inverse proportion to its profitability that year.”  Investors contemplating the purchase of shares in a specific listed company can get hold of its latest annual report – either in hard copy by requesting a copy from…