Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Nine moves could spark flurry of activity

Elizabeth Knight Nine Entertainment has opened the media floodgates to corporate activity by cementing its move to buy Adelaide and Perth stations from reclusive Bermuda-based billionaire Bruce Gordon.

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Take two on resources tax

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Elizabeth Knight Rudd will need to tread carefully when repairing the government's relationship with Andrew Forrest.

Retail

Net blitzkrieg of Iconic encounters a Stalingrad

Elizabeth Knight The online retailer that competes on service and delivery has become the scourge of bricks-and-mortar retailers.

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Cracks begin to emerge in Iconic model

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Elizabeth Knight Mention the name The Iconic to Myer boss Bernie Brookes or David Jones chief Paul Zahra, or Gerry Harvey, and you won’t elicit a pleasant response.

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Delicate balancing act for Virgin

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Elizabeth Knight It's game-on over at Virgin Australia where jostling among the major shareholders is set to move to a new level.

Don't shoot the messenger on downgrades

Elizabeth Knight The media have been roundly criticised for perpetuating negative sentiment in the market.

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Echo on rebound

Elizabeth Knight Echo's plan to expand its Star casino into an integrated mega-resort is still a defensive play.

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Echo's $1.1b red herring

Echo's vision for Sydney plans.

Elizabeth Knight Investors should focus on whether the casino operator can make a return on the cash it intends to spend on hotel rooms, parklands, water slides and the like.

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It's ore very well, Andrew, but...

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Elizabeth Knight When it comes to volatility, Fortescue Metals is the most skittish of the iron ore producers.

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Haircut for lenders, close shave for Nathan

Elizabeth Knight Nathan Tinkler's main financial backers have cashed in their chips and taken his biggest asset.

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Tinkler share sale a relief for Whitehaven

Former Australian billionaire Nathan Tinkler.

Elizabeth Knight Nathan Tinkler's main financial backers including Farallon Management have decided to cash in their chips and take Tinkler's biggest asset, his 19 per cent stake in coal miner, Whitehaven.

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Thanks but no thanks, says Elders, now it's time for plan B

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Elizabeth Knight Elders is a bit like a rural version of Billabong - bought the wrong assets, in too much debt.

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Time for plan B at Elders

Malcolm Jackman CEO of Elders in Adelaide. Thursday 23rd June 2011.  The  AFR  Picture By David Mariuz

Elizabeth Knight Elders is a bit like the rural services version of Billabong.

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Information goldmine but not for all

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Elizabeth Knight If the corporate regulator decides to bring in more rigid standards for briefings to analysts they will forever be known as the Newcrest Rules.

Casinos

Blood on the dice

Echo Entertainment Chief Executive John Redmond.

Elizabeth Knight A 'slugfest' has opened up between two of gambling's biggest titans and the action is getting brutal.

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Staff cuts just the start of a lengthy turnaround job at Target

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Elizabeth Knight Wesfarmers boss Richard Goyder is rolling the dice one more time on the runt of its retail litter.

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Chew on that: Kennett's bread win

Jeff Kennett.

Elizabeth Knight Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has almost single-handedly landed supermarket giant Coles in the Federal Court.

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Dollar and economy are in decline

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Elizabeth Knight Momentum has turned against the dollar and any bit of negative news hits it disproportionately hard.

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US markets tread softly

Elizabeth Knight US markets are behaving in a Goldilocks fashion. Too much bad news signals the stalling of the tepid recovery and too much good news is worse.

Markets

Not too hot, not too cold

Elizabeth Knight The perfect pitch for markets right now is to have US data going nowhere or improving slightly.