Share Tips

Share portfolio killers – stocks to avoid in this climate

Piling back into a falling sharemarket on the pretext that all under-valued stocks look attractive would be akin to saying to a surfer on P-plates – there’s a tsunami coming in – why don’t you go and ride it? With the average portfolio down 5-10% over the last month, trader Alan Hull says only those…

Champion stocks and techniques to find them

Arming yourself with relevant company and share sector information significantly increases your chances of investing in winning stocks. The harder you work, the luckier you will be. There are no guarantees of success when buying shares, but those who do their homework will fare much better over the longer term than those who don’t, particularly…

Stocks worse off due to soaring oil prices

Over the last year the rise in oil prices has added around $20 to the average Australian household’s weekly petrol bill, and if consensus forecasts are right, it’s going to get worse. Shane Oliver chief economist with AMP Capital Investors expects shares to rally sharply in the December quarter as oil prices fall back in…

Takeover targets

Corporate activity is alive and well and investors can expect more takeover offers to emerge as companies seek out opportunities to boost growth and cut costs. The resources and finance/bank sectors are ripe for consolidation, but suitors will swoop on any undervalued company if it fits its profile for the right price. Westpac Bank’s move…

Comeback stocks – unearthing value

Like boats on an incoming tide, all Australian stocks stand to benefit from an expectant correction on the S&P/ASX 200 index from current levels (5,020) to around 6,300 points by year’s-end. Given the degree to which the entire index has been oversold (down 16.9% in financial year 2007/08), purists could argue that all stocks –…

Top junior miners – blue-sky mining

Despite falling out of bed along with equities globally following last August’s sub prime melt-down, it’s still a good time to be a junior minor, especially since commodity prices (notably iron ore and coal) hit record highs. And with oil forecast to hit $200/barrel over the long-term – oilies are clearly no exception. Each $US10…

Energy Stocks – Buy or Sell

Investors wasted no time in pushing ASX energy company share prices to record highs in the past few months, but is it too late to get on the bandwagon? Well that depends on an individual’s investing objectives, but the mid-to-long term outlook is promising. But today’s high share prices encapsulate a note of caution that…

Aussie stocks to win and lose from the rising AUD/USD

Seven years ago, the Australian dollar bought 48 US cents. Now it buys 91.2 US cents, having hit a 23-year high of 94.99 cents last month. The dollar has traded in a 20-cent range against the US$ over the past year – its most volatile period in many years. The Australian currency is rising because…

Defensive stocks that analysts are targeting

In the stock market slump of 2007-2008, don’t bother looking for the defensive sectors of the market to hide – there aren’t any. All of the Australian Securities Exchange’s GICS sectors are down for the year to date. With the market down 20 per cent, the best you could have done was to be down…

Shares that make money in all seasons

Wouldn’t it be great if you’d only had high performing mining stocks like Rio Tinto (RIO) and Fortescue (FMG) in your portfolio this year. They’ve returned 95% and 320% for the year to date, as against the ASX/S&P 300 return of just 17%. Or would it? While buying individual shares in the current hot sector…