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Avoid Getting It Wrong This Reporting Season

Market reaction to full year or interim earnings releases is hardly predictable as is evident this reporting season. Stocks with fairly solid earnings have been aggressively sold off, while the market has rewarded other companies revealing eye-opening losses. Indeed, irrational price movements surrounding earnings season call into question the theory that share prices reflect company…

4 Dirt Cheap Coking Coal Stocks

Australia’s iron ore producers are not the only mining operators that have witnessed dramatic share price declines of late. Australia’s coking coal stocks have followed suit, with listed coal companies trading at between 60% and 95% lower. It has been a bloodbath. The global economy is misfiring on all cylinders, with the US and China…

Top 10 shorted stocks

  The technique of profiting from a price fall is called short-selling, otherwise known as “shorting,” “to go short” or simply “short.” Basically, short-selling is the reverse of how we’re traditionally taught to invest, to buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest. When shorting, you aim to jump in at a…

Opportunities galore in Aussie shale gas boom

Australia has ambitious plans to unseat Qatar as the world’s leading supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) but internationally renowned oil and gas consulting firm Wood Mackenzie warns we Aussies should be looking in the rear view mirror.  The Yanks are coming. At the dawn of the 21st Century natural gas prices in the US…

6 Stocks On Takeover Alert

One way to generate capital growth in this market is to own shares in listed takeover targets. Suitors generally pay a handsome share price premium for an acquisition. If the premium is big enough, the target’s board may recommend the deal. Companies with good assets, earnings, prospects and manageable debt appeal as potential takeover targets….

6 gold stocks to benefit from gold bull

Gold at US$1,500 an ounce represents good buying if analyst Les Szancer’s prediction of $US2,000 an ounce is met within 18 months. Szancer went out on a limb 14 months ago and predicted gold would rise to $US1,500 an ounce before the end of 2010. It didn’t, but he wasn’t far off, it finished 2010…

Eight undervalued uranium-plays

Depending on whom you speak to, opinions are mixed about uranium: some see it as the most viable alternative to non-renewable energy resources, and others view it as a potential source of ecological disasters. However, uranium has many uses and some countries have made a long-term commitment to use it. Out of 500 new nuclear…

Stock Of The Week

By George Whitehouse – StockVal Investment Analyst Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company (ASX:SOL) is one of Australia’s oldest companies.   When Caleb Soul and his son Washington opened their first store at 177 Pitt Street, Sydney, in 1872 neither of them could have imagined that over 130 years later their single pharmacy would have…

8 Small Caps With Rocketing Growth Profiles

The small cap index, the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Index, is down 4% from this time last year as investors shun risk in favour of big stocks paying rock-solid dividends. By comparison, the index of our largest companies, the S&P/ASX 200 index, is up 8%. Reliable blue chips like Telstra are hitting record highs. Buying a…

Top 10 shorted stocks

The technique of profiting from a price fall is called short-selling, otherwise known as “shorting,” “to go short” or simply “short.” Basically, short-selling is the reverse of how we’re traditionally taught to invest, to buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest. When shorting, you aim to jump in at a high…