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Amcor looks strong

20 August 2013 | PSI

CashAmcor has reported strong cash flow and is looking to make acquisitions in emerging markets. Net debt is reasonably high, but the company is likely to benefit from a weaker $A. Is all this factored into the price?

Worley gets unenthusiastic assessment

15 August 2013 | PSI

EngineeringWorley Parsons is a globalised provider of engineering services in the oil/gas, power, mining and infrastructure sectors. It shoudl be well placed in the commodity boom and the energy sector. But the stock has not performed well this year. It is down about 15% from February, although the share price has recovered by 20% from its June lows and is up in recent days. 

Treasury Wine in the Drink

19 July 2013 | Staff reporter

WineThe sharp fall in the share price of Treasury Wine Estates has certainly hit the headlines. This was the wine business spun out of Foster's and listed on the ASX with a clean balance sheet. It has been "channel stuffing" in the US, which means they sell huge amounts of inventory to the wholesaler often on credit and so it hasn't really been sold and when customers don't buy it they have to write down the inventory.

Chinese Walls Remain Strong

18 July 2013 | PSI

China secureThe constant hand wringing about China's economic growth is consuming local commentary. Treasurer Chris Bowen announced today that the China boom is owner, showing surprising confidence in his economic judgement considering how little time he has spent in the job. Investors trying to draw too many conclusions from this, however, should be cautious. For 20 years, China has confounded Western expectations and it remains on its unique path.

How Speculators Disrupt and What To Do

17 July 2013 | Staff reporter


The biggest problem for super fund investors is understanding what causes sudden and unpredictable changes in the assets in which they invest. Simon Bond, for RBS Morgans comments that financial markets are driven by traders. The tail is wagging the dog.

A mid year snapshot

15 July 2013 | Staff reporter

MId year 2013

It is the beginning of the new financial year and analysts are trying to take a medium term perspective on the stock market. One of the more comprehensive snapshots comes from Deutsche Bank, which is noting that economic indices have turned positive after spending in April/May went into negative territory.

The view internationally still positive

15 July 2013 | Staff reporter

PositiveThe fall in the Australian dollar has taken the shine off investing overseas, but there is still a case that at least some of the super portfolio should be invested internationally, if only for reasons of diversification. The weakness in international stock markets may also represent a buying opportunity -- in investment terms, things are always at their best when they look the worst -- although of course there is always the possibility of further weakness. 

The $A conundrum

03 July 2013 | Staff reporters

Aussie dollarThe news that Warren Buffett is backing the Australian dollar is pitting the world's most famous investor against most local economists. For example, Andrew Salter, ANZ currency strategist says fair value is between US90¢ and US95¢ but the market always overshoots so you can’t rule out a run into the US80cs. "But I’d be surprised if it lasted more than two or three months."

Resmed Takes its Meds

28 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Resmed takes its MedsOne of industrial stocks that does offer some diversification into international markets is sleep apnea equipment maker Resmed, which is big in the US and Europe. Goldman Sachs has downgraded earnings per share for FY13-FY15 by 2%-5%. It is citing larger price cuts and softer gross margins, offset by updated impacts from new foreign exchange forecasts. 

How To Respond to End of China Boom

28 June 2013 | Staff reporters

End of CHina boomAustralia is coming to the end of a massive investment boom in resources, which has helped the country sail through the effects of the global financial crisis. The risk now is that there will be a delayed GFC as that boom comes off. 

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