Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Capacity key for airlines as new cold war sets in

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Elizabeth Knight The full extent of the financial injury sustained from the capacity/fare war that has raged for two years in the Australian domestic aviation market was laid bare this week when both Qantas and...

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Air NZ take-off shows up low-altitude Qantas

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Elizabeth Knight Air New Zealand's outstanding profit result on Wednesday was just the curtain-raiser Qantas didn't need.

Banks need to tread carefully

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Elizabeth Knight The big four Australian trading banks need to tread very carefully in their response to David Murray's Financial System Services Inquiry.

Bank customers happy, now that they're appy

The growth rate of new mortgages being signed at smaller banks was more than twice that of the big banks last year.

Elizabeth Knight Over the past five years billions of dollars have been spent by Australia's big four banks on IT - ostensibly as a way of getting an edge on improving customer satisfaction, ultimately leading to...

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Wesfarmers' Richard Goyder opens the lolly jar for some special treats

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Elizabeth Knight Wesfarmers boss Richard Goyder managed to keep his shareholders happy with several treats.

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Clean up continues for NAB's janitor-in-chief Andrew Thorburn

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Elizabeth Knight Elizabeth Knight: National Australia Bank’s recently installed chief executive, Andrew Thorburn, must be feeling more like a janitor than a banker.

Echo steals a bit of Crown's thunder but James Packer is still king rainmaker in casinos

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Elizabeth Knight It makes for a bit of a change to see Echo Entertainment enjoying a resurgence in performance and investor popularity, and its Melbourne-based nemesis and James Packer-controlled Crown Resorts viewed...

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Santa comes early for Telstra shareholders. And they're not happy

Challenging the naysayers: Telstra chief David Thodey.

Elizabeth Knight Christmas came early for Telstra shareholders on Thursday - a $4.7 billion present in the form of a share $1 billion share buy back and an increased dividend.

Commonwealth Bank investors rewarded with record profit, but is this as good as it gets?

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Elizabeth Knight The trouble with having an overvalued share price is that it comes with big expectations of future performance.

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Time up for Paul Zahra, David Jones' 'accidental CEO'

Paul Zahra's time at the helm of David Jones has been nothing if not tumultuous.

Elizabeth Knight When it comes to David Jones management, recent history demonstrates clearly that conventions have been thrown out the window.

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JB Hi-Fi clobbered by a falling iPad

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Elizabeth Knight Who is responsible for the 7 per cent fall in JB Hi-Fi’s share price?

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Treasury Wine bid about time for shareholders

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Elizabeth Knight In auction room parlance, Treasury Wine Estates is now on the market.

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Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest needs Tony Abbott's support for his policy to work

Fortescue Metals non-executive chairman Andrew Forrest.

Elizabeth Knight Andrew Forrest admits he doesn’t have the formal social policy qualifications that would typically be used to produce a report like his Creating Parity welfare paper.

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Still waiting for the tweet smell of success

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Elizabeth Knight Investors placed a $US6 billion ($6.4 billion) bet on shares in Twitter on Tuesday as the sharemarket punters responded to a better than expected quarterly result and pushed the share price up by 30...

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Rio Tinto's Mozambique foray a big blow for company

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Elizabeth Knight Rio Tinto’s foray into coal in Mozambique was a costly exercise. In 2011 the acquisition of these coal assets cost $US1.4 billion.

Elizabeth Knight: Vodafone aims high on market share

Elizabeth Knight Australia’s number three mobile phone carrier, Vodafone, made a pretty ambitious statement on Tuesday about its 4G coverage: that it would be as – or even more – extensive than that...

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Channel 9 equity owners need solution

Elizabeth Knight The prospect of Nine Entertainment’s two major legacy shareholders, Apollo and Oaktree deciding to retain some of their combined 36 per cent shareholding beyond the August 2014 voluntary escrow...

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Macquarie cops fallout from scandal

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Elizabeth Knight The Commonwealth Bank's boss, Ian Narev, recently noted that the financial fallout from the bank's financial advice scandal had not been significant and it's probably fair to say that in the longer...

BHP Billiton on the front foot in numbers game

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Elizabeth Knight BHP has demonstrated its strong credentials among the big Australian iron ore producers in the race to increase export volumes.

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BHP pumps up the volume result but B team still a drag

For the big miners, it's a volume game.

Elizabeth Knight BHP Billiton has underscored its credentials in the race among major miners to increase export volumes.