Share Market

UNDER THE RADAR

Acts of Rudd threaten to smite markets mightily

Richard Hemming As the McMillan Shakespeare car-wreck proves, changes in policy - or changes in government - can be very bad news.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Lies, damn lies and investing

Richard Livingston There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Nowhere does it apply more than the world of investing and finance.

BUBBLES

Investors piling into Hong Kong taxis

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Emma Bi and Sheridan Prasso With Hong Kong's sharemarket and property market flagging, investors are pouring their money into taxi licences, fueling talk of a bubble.

HOT STOCKS

James Hardie solid despite US housing fears

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Brian Han Building products maker is one of the ASX-listed companies that is most leveraged to the US housing recovery.

UNDER THE RADAR

Diagnosis positive for medical advances

Richard Hemming Investors are still punting on explorers, it's just that they're in medical research. Just look at the share prices of Prana Biotechnolog and Nanosonics.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top traders thrive through eye for detail

Nathan Bell With the market surging and the new tax year well upon us, it's a good time to bring your pruning shears in from the garden and set to work tidying up your portfolio.

THE CHARTIST

Strategies simple as A, B, C

Rod Myer While traders often focus on short-term price moves, we look at the resources sector over the long-term using a yearly chart to paint a picture of underlying market trends.

RESULTS SEASON

Cultivate a keen eye for the bottom line

Barbara Drury This is it. The annual profit-reporting season has kicked off and with it comes a chance for investors to peek under the bonnet and kick the tyres of stocks they own or would like to own.

INSIGHT

Numbers on the table

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Clancy Yeates It's that time of year again when Australia's biggest companies open their books and reveal all: the ''earnings season''.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Hot chips, cold steak and a whole flock of seagulls

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Marcus Padley August is the time to stand out, but let me tell you, for the broker analysts whose job it is to do that, this month is purgatory.

INVESTING

The bells ring out for Telstra

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John Collett Telstra's 1.4 million shareholders should be happy with the company's 2012-13 profit result released on Thursday.

GROWING MONEY

Claw back value by buying into banks

David Potts

David Potts Another record profit from the Commonwealth Bank, should put the rate cut in perspective.

THE CHARTIST

Gold revival looking shaky

Rod Myer It's been a tough few months for Newcrest. Not only has the gold price been on the skids but the goldminer has been releasing bad news.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Insight comes from 30-minute peek at company reports

Nathan Bell Here's how to get the nuts and bolts out of a company's result in half-an-hour.

UNDER THE RADAR

Dollar excites a sector, but for some it's the pits

Richard Hemming A reason for the gold fraternity's recent optimism would definitely be that the weakening Australian dollar has put a bonfire under gold stocks.

HOT STOCK

Smaller packager delivers good news

Brian Han What investors can look for after Amcor's demerger of its packaging business.

INSIGHT

Big banks think small

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Clancy Yeates Although we love complaining about the big banks, satisfaction with them has climbed to almost 80 per cent

ELECTION

Investors praying for Abbott victory

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Adam Haigh US markets are soaring, but for the first time in more than a decade Australian stocks aren't keeping pace. A Coalition victory would, investors say, change all that.

RESULTS SEASON

Biggest-ever profit? Priceless

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John Collett Commonwealth Bank's 800,000 shareholders were pleasantly surprised by the bank's 10 per cent increase in full-year profit announced on Wednesday.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Swollen books put a squeeze on business

Nathan Bell Even if we exclude crazy acquisitions and other corporate excesses, all companies need to keep some money back for investment.