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  1. Woodside comes out of its Shell

    Jan du Plessis and Jac Nasser, respectively chair of RIO and BHP, both smelling the coffee this morning, will have realised Woodside’s stunning announcement of a whopping special 63 cents franked dividend and increased payout ratio of 80%, has changed … Continue reading

  2. Telco sector on a tear

    Telecommunications shares, small and large, have been in the zone for investors over the last two years. We’ve all been watching Telstra’s phenomenal run since the government agreed to the NBN deal in June 2011 when the share price was … Continue reading

  3. China, capacity and commodities

    Both Rio Tinto and Fortescue have a heavy skew to Chinese economic growth and BHP Billiton is not immune either. But has volatility in iron ore prices and apparent weakness in Chinese growth tainted the story for owning these stocks? … Continue reading

  4. Should Qantas Float its Frequent Flyer Program?

    This is not a new idea but it pops up from time to time. What caught our attention recently was the pending float of a frequent flyer program related to Brazilian airline, Gol. The IPO of Smiles could raise US$677m … Continue reading

  5. Telstra is Switzerland in Political Broadband Battle

    As both sides of the political divide bicker about whose broadband plan is better, Telstra remains comfortably placed on neutral ground and will benefit from either version of the National Broadband Network post the September election. A very important outcome … Continue reading

  6. BHP as a yield stock

    Everyone is fixated on owning bank shares for the dividend yield, but the argument for some resource stocks as a source of income is improving! The yield on BHP and WPL is now exceeding some popular large cap industrial stocks … Continue reading

  7. CBA Pay Day

    At the large investment banks, bonus day is called Envelope Day and the nearby Chinese restaurant is the immediate beneficiary, win or lose.  As a CBA shareholder, your bonus day comes every six months, and unlike the bankers, it’s a … Continue reading

  8. Golden goose plucked

    It’s an age-old argument – do gold stocks behave in the same way as the gold price? Using Australia’s largest listed gold miner, Newcrest Mining, it is becoming easier to argue the negative in this debate as the operational heebie-jeebies … Continue reading

  9. Fairfax restructures – again

    The internet continues to force changes on traditional media companies as people switch to digital sources for their news and information. Fairfax Media has once again reorganised its divisional structure and its management to evolve towards what it believes is … Continue reading

  10. Yielding to the Temptation

    Daily Telegraph – 30 March 2013 A feature of the Australian market last year was the insatiable demand for anything that remotely resembled a yield stock. The migration of investor money from cash into term deposits had emerged to find … Continue reading