Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Sibling rivalry creates a crisis of identity for big brother Qantas

Adele Ferguson As QANTAS stares down the barrel of some potentially explosive industrial action over the next few weeks, analysts have been taking the knife to their forecasts, particularly as oil prices continue...

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Rising Aussie dollar hurting key industries

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Adele Ferguson The rise and rise of the Australian dollar to a 29-year high continues to crank up the pressure on some of the country's key industries including manufacturing and tourism.

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The 'Jetstarising' of Qantas has left it stuck on the tarmac with a poor reputation

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Adele Ferguson As Qantas faces some potentially explosive industrial action over the next few weeks, analysts have been taking the knife to their forecasts, particularly as oil prices continue to rise and...

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Reason to cheer Computershare's biggest deal

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Adele Ferguson Computershare takes advantage of the soaring Australian dollar in clinching its largest corporate deal.

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Bank inquiry to be short on silver bullets

Adele Ferguson The Bushby inquiry in bank competition will deliver recommendations that will come at a cost the Gillard Government may baulk at paying.

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A dangerous mess to clear up

Adele Ferguson As the ASX ponders life with its first real competitor, Chi-X, and a failed $8.4 billion takeover bid by Singapore Exchange, pressure is mounting on the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to release details of...

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Origin keeps heat on carbon debate

Adele Ferguson Origin Energy edges closer to hitting the go button on a massive $30b LNG project in Queensland, a move that will keep the heat on the carbon tax debate.

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Coles turnaround wows rival

Adele Ferguson Dazzling third-quarter sales figures at Coles will give arch rival Woolworths some major heartburn.

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Broker backs out, systemic risk grows

Adele Ferguson Another broker ceases trading with third party clearer Berndale Securities, increasing the systemic risk on the financial system.

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Woolworths tries to outmuscle Coles

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Adele Ferguson Woolworths is basking in better-than-expected third-quarter sales figures. Yet the blowtorch will return tomorrow when Coles releases its of figures.

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Qube's surge marks Corrigan's return

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Adele Ferguson Corporate powerbroker Chris Corrigan's new force in logistics, Qube, hits another record high as the recovery of the ex-dock breaker continues apace.

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Coping with infrastructure backlog calls for overhaul of how costs are calculated

Adele Ferguson Public private partnerships took a king hit last week when the failed RiverCity Motorways was the object of a $700 million class action and the construction giant Leighton Holdings booked huge...

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Private-public partnerships are not the answer to infrastructure woes

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Adele Ferguson PPPs have torched billions of dollars of private sector money in the past decade due to cost overruns and poor risk management.

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Investors back more women on boards

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Adele Ferguson An exclusive survey finds that investors want to see more women on company boards - with a third saying it's time to force the issue along.

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Backers sue on toll-road forecast use

Adele Ferguson Institutional and retail investors will join a $700 million class action against traffic modelling forecaster AECOM.

Investors sue RiverCity firm

Adele Ferguson INSTITUTIONAL and retail investors will join a $700 million class action against the traffic modelling forecaster AECOM over allegations its forecasts for the tollroad operator RiverCity Motorways...

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RiverCity collapse may take a turn after class action

Adele Ferguson Two months after the collapse of listed toll road operator RiverCity Motorways, its traffic modelling forecaster Aecom faces a $700m class action.

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Insurers brace for higher costs post-quake

Adele Ferguson Reinsurance costs may rise as much as half in the wake of Japan's devastating quake and tsunami - and that means insurance bills will follow.

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Shareholders whine as Foster's split fees mount

Adele Ferguson Foster's shareholders will be hoping the company's split marks the end of certain legacies and the start of improved performance.

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Heavyweight Leighton on the way to being turned into a feather duster

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Adele Ferguson Yesterday's $1.1 billion write-down by Leighton, its $757 million capital raising and predicted $427 million loss for 2011, shows it should have gone deeper in its February write-downs.