Share Market

SHARES RACE

From feather duster back to rooster as market slips back

The competition starts afresh with participants racing to see who can makes the best virtual pile of cash.

David Potts From feather duster last time, yours truly is rooster in the first week of our new four-week shares race.

THE CHARTIST

Momentum building for Amcor

Amcor.

Rod Myer Amcor has a long history but no longer resembles the paper and packaging giant of old. After a shaky GFC, it has staged a strong recovery.

THE CHARTIST

BlueScope has a pulse after tough times

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Rod Myer Its shares once traded at dizzying heights before plummeting. But it looks like the little Aussie battler is back.

HOT STOCK

Westpac outperforms bank peers

Westpac.

Greg Smith Westpac recently delivered another solid set of numbers.

UNDER THE RADAR

Golden opportunities as assets swap apace

Gold.

Richard Hemming Assets are swapping at a rate of knots in the gold sector as companies that desperately need cash sell to companies that have cash.

THE CHARTIST

Bank of Queensland delicately placed

Bank of Queensland.

Rod Myer Bank of Queensland is a significant second-tier bank, trading well below its pre-GFC highs.

HOT STOCK

Greencross, for the love of Fido

For the love of Fido.

Greg Smith Australia has one of the world's highest rates of pet ownership, and hopes are high for one petcare company.

GETTING STARTED

VIX in the mix: calm before a share storm?

Brace yourself: sharemarkets could be in for a rocky ride.

David Potts Financial advisers are always harping on about the trade-off between reward and risk.

Bank valuations defy China risks

Australian banks might be vulnerable when China's growth slides.

Nathan Bell Bank investors facing a stark reality: either Chinese banks are a bargain or Australian bank shareholders need to prepare for tougher times.

HOT STOCK

IOOF strikes again, but should you buy?

IOOF.

Greg Smith IOOF's latest acquisition will make it the third largest financial advice business in Australia.

UNDER THE RADAR

Fairer sailing for the good ship Austal

The Austal MRV: one of the vessels built by the company.

Richard Hemming The Austal ship has righted itself. Now all we need are the dividends to lighten the ballast.

THE CHARTIST

Iron ore drops Fortescue price and Andrew Forrest's fortune

Andrew Forrest.

Rod Myer Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group is a hostage to the iron ore price.

INVESTING

Share sizzle going to a simmer

Share sizzle going to a simmer.

John Collett Investor returns have been spectacular for the past two years. But fund managers say the new financial year won't burn so brightly.

UNDER THE RADAR

Wealth managers are riding the wave of prosperity

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Richard Hemming It pays to listen to some good advice, especially about investing in a perfect mechanism for making super profits.

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

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Daryl Dixon Which way will you go?

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

HOT STOCK

BHP is priced for growth

Juggernaut: The mining company is driving costs down.

David Lennox Miner's proposed demerger may become a key plank in driving better returns from the company’s assets.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

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John Collett The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

SHARES RACE

Toro, Poseidon Nickel prove stellar in share race

Up and over: Good decision making  and a steely resolve are part of the share tipping race.

David Potts Modesty aside, our writer records his stellar success in the first week of the share tipping race.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.