Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Elizabeth Knight

There's food for thought in boosted farm output

Elizabeth Knight In the constant conversation around the importance of Australia's mineral commodities to our terms of trade and general economic prosperity, agricultural production gets relegated to the status of...

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No need for amateurs in the prediction game

Elizabeth Knight Picking which way the Reserve Bank will move on interest rates is becoming a bit like picking tomorrow's weather.

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Shameful phone hacking scandal forces change inside the Murdoch bunker

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Elizabeth Knight A community with a voracious appetite for scandal, it does appear we are experiencing Murdoch news fatigue.

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MRRT exposed as a poor excuse for a tax

Elizabeth Knight The decision by the NSW government to impose increased royalties on the state's mining industry serves to further demonstrate the farce that is the federal government's minerals resource rent tax.

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Telstra plays 'what if' with broadband deal

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Elizabeth Knight If Craig Thomson was convicted of a criminal misdeed for the illegal use of a credit card any time soon, then that would be positive for the value of Telstra.

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Centro directors escape without penalty - let's hope they learn to read accounts

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Elizabeth Knight As a company director, if you are going to make a $1.5 billion mistake in your accounts, make sure it's an honest one.

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Harvey Norman caught in a web of competition

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Elizabeth Knight It is no accident that brash entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan picked yesterday to announce his electronics manufacturing and retail business was growing like a weed, and in just a few short years had moved...

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BHP diversifies but still a miner in market's eyes

Elizabeth Knight Two of the world's top 10 companies, BHP Billiton and Apple, delivered major announcements this week. The resources giant delivered a staggering $US23.6 billion ($22.

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BHP Billiton keen on selling new image but investors yet to buy it

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Elizabeth Knight A quest for innovation can produce great prizes, of which BHP Billiton is keenly aware.

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A takeover bid that aims to break up Qantas? Here's why a deal just might fly

Elizabeth Knight If the rumour mill is correct, for the unions waging a battle with Qantas management over sustainability of wages, conditions and job security, a potential new enemy may have emerged - a takeover and...

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Time is ripe for a Qantas bid

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Elizabeth Knight Rumours that Qantas is being eyed by private equity funds don't seem to have much substance - but that doesn't mean they're not plausible.

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Poor Foster's result puts bidder in driver's seat

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Elizabeth Knight Foster's Group yesterday produced a full-year result that was sufficiently underwhelming that its share price rose.

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Wesfarmers' challenge is to outperform Australia

Elizabeth Knight Wesfarmers' chief executive, Richard Goyder, makes an interesting observation about the conglomerate he runs - he calls it a proxy for the Australian economy.

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Growing job cuts and poor demand show sun may be setting on manufacturing sector

Elizabeth Knight The chief executive of Commonwealth Bank, Ralph Norris, took a potshot last week at companies that announced big changes involving large-scale job cuts, suggesting it signalled they had not been...

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Playing with the Qantas brand comes with risks

Elizabeth Knight Qantas is about to give birth to two joeys - young energetic babies cheaper to maintain than their mother.

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Is Australia still home for Qantas?

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Elizabeth Knight Qantas may call Australia its home, but the plans to launch a low-cost carrier in Japan and a full-service Asian airline show it sees a large part of its future in Asia.

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David Jones profit now hostage to volatile sales

Elizabeth Knight Taking over as chief executive of David Jones last year has been a baptism of fire for Paul Zahra. It is fair to say he would never have imagined that, in a little more than 12 months after being...

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Who could have foreseen profits of doom for new DJs chief?

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Elizabeth Knight Taking over as chief executive of David Jones last year has been a baptism of fire for Paul Zahra. It is fair to say that he would never have imagined that in a little more than 12 months after being...

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Nightmare continues for David Jones

Elizabeth Knight Without any confidence circuit breaker in sight there is every chance that the next six months retail trading will remain the same as it is now.

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How to grow? CBA delivers this time but consumer pessimism bodes ill for 2012

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Elizabeth Knight At various stages during his six-year stint as the chief executive of what is now the world's ninth largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank's Ralph Norris has had his fair share of critics - in...