Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Players manoeuvre with Foster's in their sights

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Adele Ferguson An agreement in principle between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil has turned speculation to the next chapter in the bust-up of the country's biggest beer and wine group.

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Those that Foster's hath united shall not by anyone be put asunder for two years

Adele Ferguson An in-principle agreement between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil to dissolve their local beer joint-venture pending a takeover bid by SABMiller for Foster's Group has turned speculation to the next...

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Investor gloom descends on housing sector

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Adele Ferguson The RBA appears to have succeeded in dramatically lowering expectations of further rises in house prices according to an exclusive survey.

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'Jetstar-ing' of Qantas accelerates under Joyce

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Adele Ferguson Jetstar is getting close to overtaking Qantas as the carrier's most profitable brand, as ex-Jetstar boss Alan Joyce puts his stamp on the airline.

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British leftovers add to pressure on IAG boss to get his ratio turning around

Adele Ferguson When Mike Wilkins jumped into the saddle as white knight of the insurance giant IAG almost three years ago, he gave himself a year to get the company right.

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Haunted by big-bang strategy that became a fizzer

Adele Ferguson Like NAB, the problem with IAG is not the Australian business but the British business.

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Leighton: it's worse than it looks

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Adele Ferguson Profit downgrades are never pleasant, particularly when a company is the subject of a potential change in parents.

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Corporate regulator's office is the forensic lab where liquidators' reports go to die

Adele Ferguson Last week a little known Sydney developer was finally wound up. The company, Foxdale Corporation, had attracted more than 40 investors to invest $4 million in an unregistered managed investment...

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ASIC fails to act as directors exploit loopholes

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Adele Ferguson A little-known Sydney property developer was last week finally wound up. The company went belly-up in 2005 with a $4.89 million funds deficiency, leaving creditors and investors penniless.

Class action deals another blow to Downer EDI

Adele Ferguson THE embattled engineering group Downer EDI has been hit with a shareholder class action relating to its Waratah train project, two weeks before it goes to the market with what is speculated to be a...

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Downer faces $100m class action over rail project

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Adele Ferguson Embattled engineering group Downer EDI has been whacked with a proposed shareholder class action over allegations it misled the market.

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CBA's monster profit may draw political ire

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Adele Ferguson CBA's record profit owes a lot to last November's super-sized interest rate rise. Will banks return to the political crossfire?

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Big four face flat profits

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Adele Ferguson NAB's update is a good indication of what to expect when its competitors report their interim results or profit updates: lacklustre growth.

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Retail giant brought down by an addiction to the discount merry-go-round

Adele Ferguson The Myer boss Bernie Brookes may blame the shock profit downgrade on floods, rate rises, price deflation and a particularly horrendous January, but the truth is his bullish forecasts for this year...

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Don't discount discounting in Myer downgrade

Adele Ferguson Put simply, Myer has become addicted to discounting.

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Asciano board hits the button on Rowsthorn

Adele Ferguson News that Asciano boss Mark Rowsthorn was moving on was not a surprise, but the timing sure was.

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Ad hoc tax reforms coming back to bite Gillard

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Adele Ferguson The federal government's credibility is about to take another battering as some of its more complex and ad hoc tax reforms move to centre stage in the next few weeks.

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Mining, health and carbon tax issues could lead to credibility crash and backdown

Adele Ferguson THE federal government's credibility is about to take another battering as some of its more complex and ad hoc tax reforms - the mining tax and the takeover of GST funding from the states - move to...

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My name is Gina - show me the money

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Adele Ferguson and Mark Hawthorne Australia's richest person is tough and determined, just like her father.

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Floods and debt leave Queensland banks drenched and in need of mutual solace

Adele Ferguson The warning by Standard & Poor's on Friday that it could downgrade the credit ratings of banks with exposure to the Queensland floods shows that the floods will continue to wreak havoc on business...