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    Sam Green

    Sam Green is the Portfolio Manager at Emerald Financial, whilst also being an Equities and Derivatives expert for his clients at TradersCircle.

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  • The Bull Market in Metals Prices

    The GSCI Industrial Metals Index has rallied more than 75 percent from its 2020 lows. Source: investing.com Industrial Metals prices are trading at all-time highs at the moment, which would have been unbelievable just twelve months ago. A combination of large amounts of government stimulus, as well as expansionary monetary policy has helped to fuelRead More
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  • The ongoing troubles at Nuix

    Forensic data company Nuix debuted on the ASX on the 4th of December, with an IPO price of $5.31. Macquarie, the largest shareholder, used the IPO as an opportunity to sell-down its 66 percent stake to 30 percent; a windfall for Macquarie of over $600 million. Nuix jumped out of the gate, with the share price

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  • Rising US markets, strong iron ore prices pave the way for bullish Friday

    US markets pushed higher overnight, with every major index rising overnight. Despite this, technology stocks continued to underperform, with the tech-heavy NASDAQ index again the weakest of the three major indices. It was a big night for commodities overnight, with gold breaking through the $1,800 USD/ounce level, while iron ore rose through the milestone $200

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  • US markets close flat, with tech again dragging

    Technology stocks again fared poorly overnight, with high growth stocks continuing to be sold off after Janet Yellen’s comments on Interest rates and a global minimum tax. The Nasdaq closed 0.37% lower, while the S&P 500 and Dow Jones indices both closed slightly higher, which was enough for the Dow to set a fresh record

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  • Afterpay readies for US listing

    In their quarterly trading update today, Afterpay (ASX: APT) touted their successes in North America. They had achieved 211 percent underlying sales growth in the US for the quarter, with the US now the largest contributor to underlying sales. North America now accounts for 9.2 million of Afterpay’s 14.6 million global active customers and the

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  • Australia’s China Hustle

    Several large Chinese operations have listed on the ASX across the past five years, usually with impressive financials and promises of strong, consistent, future growth. These companies have always been attractively priced and always seemed to report extremely well. What was the problem? Well, put simply, some of these companies may not exist at all,

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  • The market loves a spin-off

    Recently Iluka Resources spun-off their Deterra Royalties business. Deterra earns a royalty on iron ore mining in Mining Area C, located in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as well as some other royalties. To the surprise of few, Iluka Resources and Deterra Royalties now have a combined value far higher than when the two businesses

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  • Is this the beginning of the end?

    Back in January I wrote that rising longer-term bond yields could eventually become a threat to share prices. This prediction was accurate but also inevitable, with expectations of an economic recovery, it was likely that bond yields would rise, and with rising yields, the stocks trading at the highest levels would be threatened. So, is

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  • This ASX copper stock is set for a bumper year

    Copper demand is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, with supply scrambling to catch up. “Beyond 2020, we forecast that consumption will outstrip production over the period to 2024, resulting in a growing refined market deficit and increasing copper prices.” According to S&P Global Market Intelligence commodity analyst Thomas Rutland. Global copper production will

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  • 2021 – The year of value?

    For years so called value stocks have under-performed high flying growth stocks. Part of this is historical, the best performing stocks since the GFC have been high-growth, high-cost tech stocks; this has instilled a preference for these shares in the minds of investors. However, many high-growth stocks are trading at valuations that are at illogical

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  • Miners remain some of the best value on the ASX

    Traditionally, the world of investing can be broken down into value and growth stocks. Growth stocks tend to enjoy strong growth in at least revenues, but sometimes profits and other metrics as well. Value stocks are considered as such, because they tend to be cheaper; that doesn’t necessarily mean that each share is trading at

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  • Rumours of retail’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

    For many years we have heard that global giants were poised to decimate the Australian retail landscape, that Amazon’s introduction to the country would spell doom for those Australian businesses still foolish enough to sell consumer goods. And yet today, after the greatest underlying hit to the Australian economy of the past decade, many Australian

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  • Bottoming longer-term rates, record prices, stagnant profits: Will the share market rally end in 2021?

    Predicting a crash can be very difficult. Many of the professional investors who called the last major crashes also predicted other crashes that never eventuated. What we do know for sure, is that there are times when share prices are cheap, and times when they are expensive. US Share prices have never been more expensive

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  • Quick Research: Key stocks to watch in 2021

    The year just past was a crazy one. We saw the biggest viral pandemic of the past 100 years and we saw one of the fastest sell-downs in equity market history. Despite this, in the second half of 2020, we saw possibly the greatest equity rally in history. Globally stocks are at all-time highs and

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  • Australian government debt issued at negative rate for the first time

    Earlier this month the Australian Office of Financial Management, who manages the government’s debt issues, offered $1.5 billion of March treasury notes. The offering was heavily oversubscribed and the average bid accepted implied a yield on the notes of 0.01%, a pretty low yield under any circumstances. However, one of the bids accepted was for

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  • Are gold prices bottoming out?

    Much has been made of the sell-off in gold across the past month, with analysts pointing to more certain economic conditions. They suggest that gold has fallen due to several promising COVID-19 vaccines and a resolution to the US election. However, gold has shown greater correlation to policy settings rather than economic uncertainty and the

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  • Active Gold Portfolio Vs Gold ETF

    The advisers at Emerald Financial Group have hand picked 10 gold stocks they believe present both growth and value opportunities. Find out more and download the fact sheet for this new portfolio by clicking here. The first question many people when it comes to this kind of Portfolio is – why not just invest in

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  • Analysis: The case for gold

    There is little to write about gold that has not already been said. It is extremely rare, extremely valuable, and unlike national currencies, you do not have central banks constantly trying to devalue it. Gold is also starting to be consumed in large quantities for the first time, through its use in electronics. Gold is

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  • Bank reporting matching weak expectations

    Its currently that strange reporting period where we see several of the major banks and few other companies report. This gives investors time to look through the banking reporting to learn about the strength of the Australian financial system. This season is particularly important, as it covers the coronavirus period, where we saw spikes in

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  • What can you buy with $128 billion?

    We take a look at the Federal Budget and the massive new spending measures Last Tuesday night, Josh Frydenberg announced the Australian Federal Budget for 2020-21. Spending is expected to increase by a massive $128 billion or 23 percent, with around $111bn of this new spending commitments. Despite this, receipts are expected to drop by

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  • Muted start expected, with commodities flying

    US markets continued their advance, with a third consecutive day of gains on Friday. Markets are hooked on stimulus at the moment, but a much touted fourth US fiscal stimulus package may not arrive before their Nov 3 Presidential election. US company earnings reporting heats up this week, with several large banks reporting tomorrow night

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  • Battery related stocks enjoying time in the sun

    The past couple of months have seen the market reawaken to some of our battery related stocks. Major lithium miners who had stagnated for periods are again starting to see some price action, and small stocks with very uncertain futures are being pumped heavily in online forums. It seems that the whole space of companies

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  • A tulip by any other name would smell as sweet?

    In the 17th Century Netherlands there was a market mania for tulip bulbs. Some rare and unique tulip bulbs were said to have traded for the value of a house or plot of land. And while scholars dispute the extent of the market mania, it is clear that for a period, tulips were trading at an

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  • Does Paypal’s entry into the BNPL space mean trouble for Afterpay?

    Paypal has today announced the launch of the ‘Pay in 4’ product, a short-term interest free buy-now-pay-later service for merchants in the US. Initially it will cover purchases of between $30 and $600 USD, with re-payments made over a six week period. Paypal is planning to launch their product early in Q4 2020. With more

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  • Earnings Season wrap-up with expert Fund Managers

    The ASX is concluding its Earnings Season and it's been the most interesting season we've seen for years. To wrap it up, please join us Emerald Financial on Thursday, 3 September at 2.00pm AET for a one-off webinar with Zach Riaz, Investment Manager at Banyantree Investment Group. We will discuss the winners and losers, what sector trendsRead More
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  • The importance of this year’s company reporting

    The Australian company reporting season for August is coming to a close and it has been one of the most important for years. We are getting the first real look at the impact of COVID-19 on company profitability and for some companies, the impact has been significant. For others however, the impact was non-existent or

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  • Diamond amongst the gold – Aurelia Metals the standout amongst gold producers

    With gold prices trading at all-time highs, many gold stocks have been pushing higher. In fact, many of them have been rising so hard, and for so long, that they are exceedingly expensive relative to their earnings. However, there exists an Australian base, producing gold miner that is still trading at a reasonable valuation, and

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  • Have rumours of retail’s demise been greatly exaggerated?

    If you have been listening to some analysts, Australian specialty retail is dead in the water; Customers are apparently all shopping online with large overseas mega-retailers. However, some specialty retailers are apparently bucking the supposed trend. Enter Adairs (ASX: ADH), who with yesterday’s earnings report, reminded Australian investors that there are still gems to be

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  • Why gold will continue to shine

    Its not too late to buy precious metals With gold hitting all-time highs across the past week, many investors are asking: ‘have I missed the move?’ While it might seem like buying in now is buying in at the absolute peak, there are many reasons to believe that gold will keep rising. Indeed, the positive

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  • Lowest inflation read in Australia’s 72-year CPI history

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 1.9% in the June 2020 quarter according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with an annual deflation rate of 0.3%. Since 1949, this was only the third time annual inflation has been negative. The previous times were in 1962 and 1997-98. The June quarter fall was mainly the

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  • Silver ratio returns to key level

    It can’t be this easy, can it? There is a large community of traders who focus purely on trading precious metals, with the weapons of choice being gold and silver. These precious metals are named as such because they are rare, beautiful, and have been desired by humans for the entirety of recorded history. In

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  • The stocks struggling with Victoria’s rise in cases

    “The place to be”? Not for many ASX listed stocks who are copping a hit from a second wave of COVID-19 infections across Victoria. US shares have returned to their highest levels since the COVID-19 selling began, but our shares are still a way off that level, with recent underperformance corresponding to the spike in

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  • Weak earnings expectations and recovered prices put US shares in difficult position

    With a US company earnings season for the second quarter kicking off this week, US shares are in a difficult position. Earnings are expected to decline by around 44 percent for the quarter, which would lead to the largest year-over-year decline in the S&P 500 earnings since Q4 2008. This is somewhat understandable given the

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  • The stock that has been waiting for thirty years

    “The Directors of Bougainville Copper Limited report that there has been no production since 15 May 1989”      It is not the kind of statement that you expect from a company worth $100m and it’s not the kind of statement you expect to send that value eight percent higher. And yet on its release

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  • The institutional advantage in placements and share purchase plans (SPPs)

    Recent economic and stock market disruption brought about by COVID-19 has led many listed companies to tap their shareholders for additional funds. This process usually occurs in the form of an institutional placement, followed by a retail share purchase plan. The institutional placement usually occurs over the course of one or two days, allowing financial

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  • CSR annual report – expected vs actual

    CSR Limited CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) this morning has reported a 10 percent drop in statutory NPAT from continuing operations and a 5 percent drop in revenue. CSR stated that this reflected a slow-down in residential construction. Statutory NPAT was up strongly, which reflected a loss from discontinued operations in the previous period. The business

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  • Markets stall at resistance

    Not much has changed overnight, we are still seeing the battle of Stimulus vs Recession. COVID-19 has put the world economy into a recession, and in which we will see huge unemployment and parts of the economy crash and stay low for a long period of time. But with strong Fiscal and Monetary stimulus thisRead More
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  • MQG reports only slightly under expectations, US markets edge higher

    Market Sentiment Both Fiscal and Monetary stimulus continue to keep credit markets robust and has stopped stock markets from falling. The Nasdaq in the US seems to be the larger beneficiary of this trading back int the green for the year. For now markets will likely remain on current paths or edging higher to sideways,

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  • What the incredible monetary actions mean for equity markets

    Major central banks around the world have thrown the kitchen sink at markets during coronavirus related selling. Never before have we seen such extraordinary measures, with policy makers signalling that they will do what ever it takes to stop bond and equity prices from selling down. Seemingly the most important of monetary policy tools at

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  • U.S market buoyed by optimism of business re-opening, flat ASX not there yet

    U.S. equity markets closed in positive territory overnight, buoyed by optimism about a gradual reopening of businesses around the country. The S&P 500 was up +0.9%, led by gains in Healthcare, Tech and Utilities stocks. The Dow Jones was up +0.6% and NASDAQ closed +1.1% higher. Long-dated U.S. treasury yields were higher, with the 2-YrRead More
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  • US markets stage late rally to finish higher

    We saw great resilience from our XJO yesterday, with the index boldly rising in the face of overseas selling. This may be in large part due to the extreme selling we saw from our market on Friday, with shorters closing their positions after the weekend. We should see our market push a little higher onRead More
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  • May selling to continue this morning

    Our XJO saw significant selling on Friday, with US selling on Thursday and weak US futures compounding the negativity of the recent bank reporting. US markets did continue lower on Friday night, but our movements on Friday was likely an anticipation of their selling on Friday. Regardless, our market is likely to open lower thanRead More
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  • Heavy US selling, XJO to fall substantially

    Our XJO looks set to give up some of its gains from yesterday. Our own shares experienced their best month ever in April, recovering somewhat from the dismal performance in May. Our own earnings from the banks haven't been great recently, with ANZ's poor results definitely helped by the strength in share prices yesterday; IRead More
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  • Markets shrug off the virus, rally strongly

    This morning we have seen ANZ report its first half results, with profits dropping sixty percent and dividends being deferred. Despite this, our XJO looks set to open strongly higher this morning following the strong leads offshore. We will also see Chinese manufacturing data announced at 11:00AM this morning, which also has the potential toRead More
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  • US closes lower after whippy session, XJO to open slightly higher

    Our XJO should rise slightly on open this morning, despite weak leads from the US. Yesterday we saw WBC announce a large earnings impairment but unlike the NAB, they did not announce a capital raise. The AFR this morning is reporting that bank losses could reach $35bn over the next three years which will likelyRead More
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  • US shares charge higher despite weakness in oil, XJO to open slightly higher

    Despite strong gains in the US overnight, our gains will be a little muted today, with our futures only closing slightly higher. Much of our rise yesterday was likely in anticipation of a strong US session. NAB's capital raise and results yesterday also did no favors for our XJO and with NAB in a tradingRead More
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  • NAB announced $3.5Bn capital Raise, denting positive sentiment

    Our XJO should push higher on open today, with our futures closing higher and US markets finishing strongly on Friday. Our market actually finished last week more than four percent down from where it started, which indicates that the volatility may not be over yet for our market. This morning we have seen NAB announceRead More
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  • Markets fairly flat as investors pause ahead of the weekend

    Our XJO appears to be trading in a broad sideways range between roughly 5,000 index points as support and 5,500 index points as resistance. The sideways move has formed after the XJO broke the short-term uptrend that had formed since the March lows. Our futures closed higher, but with the Australian dollar rising and USRead More
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  • US markets bounce back strongly with oil

    Our market showed a bullish reversal signal yesterday after opening significantly lower. Despite trading around two percent lower at 10 AM, the index rallied back to flat by the close. Our futures did close higher, suggesting a higher open, but with the Australian dollar rising and US futures falling after their markets closed, our gainsRead More
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  • Oil tanks, sending shares lower

    In a speech from RBA Governor Philip Lowe that was released yesterday, he suggested that the bank expected GDP to contract by around six percent this year, with unemployment to remain 'above 6 per cent over the next couple of years'. Whilst he suggested that things could turn out better than these predictions suggest, historicallyRead More
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  • Oil collapses, pushing share prices lower

    Our XJO broke its own ascending triangle pattern to the downside yesterday, closing below the uptrend line formed since the middle of March. The market now looks set to fall to the next support around 5,300; if that breaks, the next key support is at 5,000 index points. We recently failed at a resistance levelRead More
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  • US futures rise aftermarket with Trump plan, XJO to open higher

    The positive sentiment from the US overnight looks set to rub off on our market today. Unemployment numbers released yesterday came in better than expected, but given that the survey was completed before much of the coronavirus closures, it provides little insight into the current state of the labour market. We will also see monthlyRead More
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  • US data disappoints, markets fall

    Our market will follow US market movements on open this morning, with the XJO expected to open around two percent lower. We will see Australian unemployement for March reported today, with unemployment expected to rise a fair amount. Technically our market has been up-trending over the past fortnight or so, while approaching a resistance levelRead More
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  • US markets continue to rally, XJO to open slightly higher

    Our futures are pointing to fairly subdued gains today, following a strong rise in yesterday's session. The futures are suggesting that we will open right around the next key resistance at 5,500 index points. Should our index break above 5,500, we could expect further gains, with the target likely being the next resistance around 5,700.Read More
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  • US markets deliver some Easter cheer

    The Australian market is looking at a higher open this morning after a strong US session. However, heading into an Easter long weekend, we could see relatively subdued movement, as traders and investors may not be willing to take positions into the weekend. Technically, our XJO looks likely to rise to the recent resistance levelRead More
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  • Dividends to fall, but some might buck that trend

    Where to look for dividends in the current market downturn With our stock market losing plenty of value, the historical dividends are suggesting that many stocks are trading at a very attractive dividend yield. However, this may be a value trap on many stocks, who are unlikely to maintain the same dividends that they paid

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  • US markets reverse gains, XJO to open lower

    The Australian market is staring at a lower open this morning following the US reversal. We have so far fared quite well in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and with parts of Europe considering loosening some of their lock-downs, we may soon do the same. In yesterday's RBA statement they announced they had alreadyRead More
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  • Weekend optimism to lead to higher open

    The Australian SPI futures closed 46 points higher, indicating the market is likely to open higher. Our market should continue to be given confidence by the fact that so far, Australia is faring better than many places when dealing with the virus. Regardless, we are still sharing much of the economic toll by shutting downRead More
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  • Over one million now infected with virus

    Our market looks set to follow US markets higher today, with our futures closing strongly higher. Our rate of infection has so far been below that being seen around the world, and I suspect this is helping our market slightly outperform many other world markets. Technically our XJO is in an ascending triangle pattern, betweenRead More
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  • XJO to fall but less than everywhere else

    Our XJO showed incredible resilience yesterday by rising in the face of weakness everywhere else. Much of this is likely due to our lower infection rates than many large countries overseas, but some of it is also perhaps that a lot of the 'talking heads' of our market have recently encouraged buying. We will howeverRead More
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  • US markets fall despite talk of fourth stimulus package, XJO futures higher

    Our XJO index pulled back yesterday, but held above the 5,000 point support level. We saw some extremely volatile moves yesterday afternoon which were a little hard to keep pace with - but we ended the session significantly lower - meaning our market may have preempted the overnight selling in the US. A break belowRead More
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  • US markets shake off virus fears, XJO to rise

    Our XJO index had the biggest gain in its history yesterday, rising seven percent by the close. It rose above the downtrend line that has formed since the start of the COVID-19 selling, driven higher by news of the Governments wage subsidy program, which will help businesses that have seen a drop in revenue payRead More
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  • A weekend of COVID-19 news to possibly weigh on XJO

    Over the weekend our Government announced a further $1.1 Bn AUD in funding for health and welfare initiatives. Whether this further stimulus will stop the selling in our market is hard to say, but it does appear like a lot of the selling that we saw late on Friday in the XJO was in anticipationRead More
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  • Markets drive highers on stimulus news

    Our market will follow the strength of US markets, with our futures pointing to a resistance level around 5,300 index points. There is some resistance around this level, but if we do close higher today, we will be breaking the initial downtrend line that has formed since the start of the coronavirus selling. If weRead More
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  • Markets cheer on stimulus measures, but gains constrained

    Our own market loved the idea of the US stimulus and the Federal Reserve intervention, with rises in US futures helping our market to a very strong close yesterday. Our own economy will take a large hit from the virus and I personally don't believe that the measures our Government has taken to mitigate thisRead More
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  • Some positives that may come from COVID-19

    I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus know as COVID-19, nor suggest that the economic impact won’t be severe. However, there is plenty of negative and sensational media you can consume around the virus and instead, I choose to write about some of the positives. They say that conflict breeds innovation, that

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  • Fed to the rescue

    Our market will follow US markets higher today, with our futures pointing to a serious gain on open. Our rise will come in spite of a fairly unclear speech from Scott Morrison overnight, where he announced further shut-down measures. Technically, our market seemed to have bottomed out for now around 4,500 on Monday and nowRead More
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  • Fed offers hope to markets

    Our market looks set to open fairly flat this morning, after falling strongly yesterday. Our own stimulus measures are unlikely to excite our market and probably won’t do too much to stop the negative effects of the economy. Regardless, with US measures, particularly the pledge of direct funding from the Fed, our falls may stallRead More
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  • A new week, further falls

    Our XJO looks set to open lower today, with falls seen in the US and a negative close from our futures. Additionally, our XJO doesn't like to be one of the first markets of the world to react to the news of the weekend at the best of times; given the news cycle is currentlyRead More
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  • US markets trade fairly flat, Australia to open slightly higher

    Our XJO looks set to open slightly higher today, although with US futures dipping after their close, that is not a certainty. Our Government is set to announce a massive additional stimulus plan over the weekend and investors will be hoping that will act as a carrot to propel our market today. Technically our XJORead More
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  • US markets fall, but late rally gives investors hope

    Our XJO market should open lower today, with the index breaking just below the key 5,000 index point level on the close; the next key level is around 4,800-4,750. Unlike the US markets, we are yet to see the size of our movements slow and we have not seen the same stimulus response from ourRead More
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  • US to handout cheques, XJO to open flat

    Our own Government has announced they are considering further stimulus measures, and now that the US has announced likely direct payments to citizens, our own Government's ideological opposition to such measures may subside. Despite a strong US session overnight, it appears that this was preempted by our market - with the XJO enjoying strong gainsRead More
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  • One stock defying the market selldown

    With news that the COVID-19 virus has shut down more than 20,000 events worldwide, locked many people indoors, and caused a sell down in most commodity markets – it’s a near certainty that we will see recessionary economic growth levels for Q1 and Q2 2020. This is causing share prices to fall at a rate

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  • US plunges, XJO to fall below 5,000

    Our XJO will follow US markets lower today, although our losses are unlikely to be quite as steep. Our own RBA is expected to cut Australia's cash rate down to zero soon (currently 0.5%) and many also expect that they will start some sort of quantitative easing program. Our XJO's next key level to theRead More
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  • US Fed Reserve cuts interest rates to near zero, restarts QE

    Our own XJO enjoyed an incredible rally late in our Friday session, with huge initial losses reversed into huge late gains. We will be one of the first markets to react to the news and events of the weekend and our market has historically chosen to react to such things cautiously. The lead from theRead More
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  • Pandemic declared, markets continue to fall

    Our own government announced stimulus overnight, totaling around $15Bn, which is largely comprised of tax and apprentice concessions for businesses, as well as some cash handouts for pension and Newstart recipients. Although stimulus was needed, the dollar amount and method of delivery are unlikely to give our market any confidence in the short-term. However, thereRead More
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  • Strong US gains after ‘tax holiday’ proposal, XJO to open higher

    Our XJO enjoyed a huge intra-day turn around yesterday, with our futures trading as low as 5,350 in the overnight session, before opening at 5,550. The market then enjoyed at huge intra-day rise to 5,930 - an effective rise of around 600 points in 18 hours. The next key level for our market is theRead More
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  • Some of the strongest selling ever seen kills record bull run

    We had a terrible day yesterday and it looks set to be repeated today. Our market is not moving overly technically at the moment, so it is hard to say where the selling will end, but we will most likely need to see some buying in US markets before we stabilise. Energy stocks were ourRead More
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  • US again closes substantially lower, Australia to follow

    Despite the falls overnight, US markets are still up a few percent since the start of the week - Our market however, has not enjoyed the recovery movements that US markets have experienced and we are still sitting roughly where we closed Friday. Technically we are sitting right at the resistance level around 6,400 -Read More
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  • US markets continue to recover, now up 6% this week, XJO to open higher

    Our market has not enjoyed the recovery movements that US markets have experienced this week. We closed at our lowest closing level in nine months yesterday, with our XJO closing twelve percent from its February highs. We will open significantly higher this morning after the continued rally in the US, and with our futures upRead More
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  • Is the coronavirus a threat to high corporate debt levels?

    Global corporations have enjoyed a strong decade of gains and earnings increases, in large part due to a huge accumulation of debt. In 2010, the debt of large US corporations sat at just over $6 trillion USD; now that number has risen above $10 trillion USD and when you add in the debt of small,

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  • In an extraordinary session the Fed cut rates by 0.5%, the market tanked

    Our own central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates yesterday, which also wasn't enough to inspire buying in our market. In fact, we saw our XJO fall off its highs after the decision was announced, similarly to how US markets moved overnight. Despite this, our RBA is now expected to cutRead More
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  • Stimulus to cure coronavirus?

    Our own central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), will meet today to decide on interest rates. Previously March was considered a very unlikely month for the next rate cut, but the coronavirus related issues have made today's decision very much a live one. Technically, the XJO found some support all the way downRead More
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  • Selling continues, but slows

    Our XJO is unlikely to have the confidence to rise ahead of the US markets. The falls from the past past few days has pushed our index below the the 12-month uptrend line that has formed since February 2019. The market also closed a couple of points below the 200-day moving average. The next levelRead More
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  • Viral selling continues

    Our XJO fell to the 6,800 level before rising a fair degree yesterday. The market looks set to open around 6,700-6,750, at which a fair degree of support sits, as does the 12-month uptrend line that has formed since February 2019. With fear driven falls such as we are currently experiencing, it is hard toRead More
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  • Markets panic as virus spreads

    Our XJO fell straight to a support level around 6,980 yesterday - breaking through the short-term uptrend line that had formed since the start of the year. The XJO now looks set to continue falling, with the futures indicating a move back towards 6,800. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bit more selling, toRead More
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  • Markets falling due to coronavirus fears

    Technically, our XJO broke through the previous resistance around 7,150 to close at an all-time high last week. However, selling in overseas markets caused our market to reconsider its break to the upside and on Friday, we closed back below that level. The key level now to the downside is the short-term uptrend line thatRead More
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  • US market ticks lower from its highs, XJO to open flat

    Technically, the XJO has been stalling at its all-time high resistance around 7,150. If the XJO fails at this level, it will look to have formed a double-top pattern - after twice failing to break through the all-time high resistance. However, if the XJO breaks above 7,150 - the rally will look set to continue,Read More
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  • US markets close at fresh highs despite late pull-back, XJO to push higher

    Technically, the XJO has been stalling at its all-time high resistance around 7,150. If the XJO fails at this level, it will look to have formed a double-top pattern - after twice failing to break through the all-time high resistance. However, if the XJO breaks above 7,150 - the rally will look set to continue,Read More
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  • US markets fall on virus fears, but manage to claw back much of the losses

    Technically, the XJO stalled at its all-time high resistance around 7,150 late last week and has started to drift lower since. The XJO looks to have formed a double-top pattern after twice failing to break through the all-time high resistance. If the XJO continues to fall, it will have to break below the uptrend lineRead More
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  • US markets closed, XJO to open slightly lower

    The XJO has stalled at its all-time high resistance around 7,150 on each of the past few days. Indeed, yesterday our market appeared to reverse from this level somewhat. The XJO may be starting to form a double-top pattern, after failing to exceed the highs in mid-January. If the XJO continues to fall, it willRead More
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  • US markets stall at resistance, XJO to do similar

    The XJO reached its all-time high resistance around 7,150 on Thursday and Friday, before pulling back. Our market looks set to fall from this resistance level this morning but it will have to break below the uptrend line (which comes in around 7,075) before we could confirm a bearish double-top pattern. If the XJO doesRead More
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  • US markets pull back after Fed announces Repo cuts, XJO to start flat

    The XJO reached its all-time high resistance around 7,150 yesterday, before pulling back. Our market looks set to open fairly flat today, and if it falls from here, the technical pattern will be a double top - a bearish pattern indicating downwards movements. The XJO will have to break below the uptrend line (which comesRead More
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  • Fresh highs and gains seen around the world

    A strong rally from our market yesterday has our XJO index within striking distance of its all-time high resistance level of just under 7,150. Technically, we should see the XJO rise and test this level in the coming days. Should our market break 7,150 to the upside, we should see further gains for our XJO,Read More
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  • What virus?

    Last week the US stock markets enjoyed their strongest week since June 2019. That such a move could occur at the top of the range, at an all-time high, is quite remarkable. However, that such a move happened while a viral epidemic is having a demonstrable and negative effect on global economic activity is almost

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  • Earnings in focus as XJO looks towards a flat open

    The XJO broke out of a pennant pattern with its rally yesterday, indicating that it should technically move back towards the recent highs around 7,150. Should the XJO rise through that resistance at 7,150 - we should see further gains for our XJO, but with no further levels of resistance, it is hard to sayRead More
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  • US markets recover from virus concerns, XJO to rise

    The XJO will open higher today after holding above the key 7,000 level yesterday. In addition to positive leads from the US markets, a historically weak Australian dollar will help to support our gains today. However, it may be hard for the XJO to progress higher from here, due to selling in global markets. IfRead More
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  • US markets stall on virus fears, XJO to open flat

    The Australian dollar fell to its lowest level in a decade, which is one of the reasons our futures are indicating strength this morning. The weaker the Australian dollar - the cheaper Australian shares are to foreign investors and therefore the more likely our market is to rise. Despite the falls seen overseas, the XJORead More
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  • Higher again for US markets, but gains subdued

    The XJO should open a little higher today and technically looks bullish towards the all-time highs around 7,150. However, given strength in the Australian dollar, our market has lagged global markets on the current move higher and if the global markets should turn around tonight, we may not reach our all-time high levels. Should theRead More
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  • What virus?

    The XJO looks set to break through some resistance and a short-term downtrend line around 7,000 today on the open. We did open above these levels yesterday, but some weakness throughout the session caused us to pull back. Should the XJO close above 7,000 - it is likely that we will continue back towards theRead More
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  • Will fears of the Wuhan Coronavirus continue to hamstring markets?

    Today the Chinese Government announced that the number of Wuhan coronavirus infections had passed 20,000 people. So far, the virus has killed 425 of these individuals, with this number now greater than the number of fatalities from the SARS virus in China. Despite this, markets are rallying higher today, following a rebound in US markets

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  • Markets stabilise, but aren’t out of the woods yet

    Our XJO looks set to open fairly flat today, with commodities likely to take a hit from declining prices. We will see an RBA announcement today and though they are unlikely to cut rates further just yet, any indication of further cuts will likely help our market higher. The XJO has now broken its shortRead More
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  • Markets catch a virus

    Our XJO looks set to open significantly lower today, despite a Chinese stimulus announcement and the possibility of a rate cut from the RBA tomorrow. Our XJO held 7,000 as support last week, but will slam through that level on open this morning. The short term uptrend has now broken and with the market likelyRead More
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  • US market reverses losses, XJO to open higher

    The XJO pulled back with most other markets yesterday, but the lows of the day didn't go past the lows of Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Our market remains on both a longer term uptrend and a short-term accelerated uptrend. Our market will open higher with the US market reversing its losses, but it will haveRead More
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  • XJO to open lower, all eyes on unemployment

    It was a historic day for our XJO yesterday, with the index reaching an all-time high in spectacular fashion. All fears of weak economic fundamentals, poor earnings growth, and stretched valuations were cast aside as our market rose nearly a whole percent at the all-time high resistance. With the futures indicating a lower open today,Read More
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  • Markets sell overnight, XJO to open flat

    Our XJO reversed most of its selling late yesterday to close only slightly lower, our futures are slightly lower again, but with the Australian dollar falling overnight, do not be surprised to see our market rise today. The recent move higher stalled around the 7,100 level, which may act as resistance - so we willRead More
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  • Fresh highs, but pace of gains slowing

    Our XJO is also on an uptrend, with the current move higher seemingly stalling around the 7,100 level, which may act as resistance. The market managed to just reach another all-time high yesterday, but gains were certainly constrained. If we can breach 7,100 and close above, we may continue heading higher. However, if the indexRead More
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  • Markets keep on keeping on

    Our XJO is also on an extremely strong uptrend, with the move higher over the past fortnight about as steep as possible for the Australian market. Our XJO finished last week with another close at an all-time high. The XJO had no issue breaking through the 7,000 level and with no further levels to actRead More
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  • Markets just cannot be stopped

    Australian stocks continue to be led higher by strong US and global share price movements. Technically our XJO continued higher yesterday to close at another fresh all-time high. The XJO had no issue breaking through the 7,000 level yesterday and with no further levels to act as potential resistance, our XJO looks set to riseRead More
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  • US markets enjoy another record close, Australian market to open above 7,000

    Technically our XJO continued higher yesterday to close at a fresh all-time high and within striking distance of the milestone 7,000 level. The XJO is on a strong uptrend at the moment, and with no further levels to act as potential resistance, our XJO looks set to rise further. It is hard to say whereRead More
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  • Bushfires starting to affect ASX listings

    The effects of the current bushfire season have been terrible and widely felt. It comes as no surprise that some ASX listed companies have been hurt by this season’s particularly bad fires. Fashion retailer Mosaic brands (MOZ.ASX) released a trading update which stated that “sales through the second half of November and throughout December, a

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  • US markets reach new heights, but pull back to flat after tariff update

    Technically our XJO broke higher yesterday, exceeding Friday's all-time high to reach a fresh record level. The XJO is on a strong uptrend at the moment, and with no further levels to act as potential resistance, our XJO looks set to rise further. It is hard to say where the current upwards move will stall,Read More
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  • US markets back to record levels, XJO to push higher

    The XJO looks set to recover some lost ground today, with the futures up nicely and the Australian dollar flat. A realistic target might be the all-time highest close of 6,929, set on Friday. If the XJO can break above 6,929, we would expect further upwards movement - perhaps even the nice round number ofRead More
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  • XJO to open lower as the US markets pause

    They say that the US sneezes, and we catch a cold, which looks to be the story today, with US markets closing down a small amount, and our XJO set to open nearly a percent lower. Our XJO set an all-time highest close of 6,929 on Friday, after breaking through resistance at 6,880. With theRead More
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  • US markets just can’t be stopped! Ours to tentatively follow

    Our market rose to resistance at 6,880 yesterday, but struggled at this level and closed below it. It seems like our index does want to push higher, but this resistance is a bit of a stumbling block. Recent gains in our XJO have been supported by a fall in the Australian dollar and a fallRead More
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  • Unstoppable markets shake off Iran worries

    Despite a huge fall in global futures markets and significant losses on our own share prices, our market managed to reverse most of the selling to close only slightly lower yesterday. This indicates that our XJO does indeed want to rise in the short-term, with gains being supported by a fall in the Australian dollarRead More
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  • XJO looking at a subdued open after weaker US session

    The XJO enjoyed a strong rally yesterday, rising consistently throughout the session. The XJO rose from a medium term uptrend line around 6,660 yesterday, which indicates that we should rise back towards the top of the range - resistance at 6,875. We look set for a fairly subdued start today, but the futures are pointingRead More
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  • Australian market to open lower, despite fresh US records

    Our XJO fell from the resistance level of 6,875 (the all-time high) yesterday, and despite strength overseas, it doesn't look like it has the momentum to set a fresh high just yet. If anything our XJO looks like it is showing some bearish signals off resistance, with a move back towards support looking realistic. IfRead More
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  • Australian market to open slightly lower, with US markets stalling

    Our XJO stalled at the resistance level of 6,875 (the all-time high) for the past few sessions and currently it doesn't look like it has the momentum to set a fresh high just yet. If the XJO does break higher from here, there are no previous levels of resistance so its hard to say whereRead More
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  • Australian market starting to look to all-time highs

    Our market made up for lost ground yesterday with the index going nuts and rising almost straight to our all-time high. To the upside, the resistance level is 6,875 (the all-time high) but given the strength in global markets at the moment, we may soon set another all-time high soon, perhaps as early as today.Read More
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  • Markets starting to (Christmas) rally?

    A strong Australian Dollar kept our market from enjoying some of the gains of global markets late last week, but with the AUD declining on Friday, we look set to make up some ground. Our XJO is trading in a shallow uptrend, recently rising off the trend line and some support around 6,630. To theRead More
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  • Markets jumped on news of a trade deal

    The strengthening of the Australian dollar helped our market lower yesterday. However, despite the AUD rising again, our market looks set to enjoy some of the strong gains that have helped global markets higher overnight. Our XJO is trading in a shallow uptrend, rising off the trend line and some support around 6,630 late lastRead More
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  • US market buoyant after Fed hold, XJO to open lower

    The XJO is expected to open lower today, with the Australian dollar rising against the US dollar overnight, which appears to have offset the positive leads from the US. Our XJO is trading in a shallow uptrend, rising off the trend line and some support around 6,630 late last week. The XJO is currently stalledRead More
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  • Markets quiet ahead of key fundamental events

    The XJO is trading in a shallow uptrend, rising off the trend line and some support around 6,630 late last week. The XJO seems to have stalled somewhat in the middle of the range yesterday, with overseas markets dipping a little. Our market looks set to open fairly flat this morning, but I wouldn't beRead More
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  • US markets tick lower, Australia to follow

    The XJO is trading in a shallow uptrend, rising off the trend line and some support around 6,630 late last week. The XJO seemed to stall somewhat in the middle of the range yesterday, as futures overseas dipped a little. With global markets ticking lower overnight, our market is also set to open a bitRead More
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  • Australian market to bounce back on open

    Our XJO fell again yesterday, coming back towards the medium term uptrend line. With today's expected higher open, the XJO looks set to trade back inside the range of the past few months. To the upside, there are resistance levels around 6,775 and 6,875 after that. To the downside, if the medium term uptrend breaksRead More
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  • Another significant drop expected for the Australian market

    Our market has been shaken by the latest moves from Trump. Technically the XJO fell back towards potential support around 6,700. Today we should see the XJO break through this level and head back to the key supports around 6,630-6,650; if those go, the next target to the downside would be some support at 6,500.Read More
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  • Big falls expected on open for Australian market

    Technically the XJO has been stalling around potential resistance of 6,875, which is the all-time highest level for the market. The market looks set to fall today to test the previous resistance around 6,775, which may act as support. If the XJO can break back below 6,775, we should see the XJO head back toRead More
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  • Australian market set to start summer fairly flat

    Technically the XJO stalled at the resistance of 6,875 on Friday, which is the all-time highest level for the market. The market saw a bit of selling on Friday, but it wasn't enough to send the market to the recent support levels. The next resistance for the market would likely be 6,875 - and ifRead More
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  • XJO to head higher again on open despite weak leads

    The XJO has now had five extremely bullish days in a row, closing at a new all-time highest close at the end of trading yesterday. The market looks set to open higher again today, despite negativity overseas. However, after a series of bullish moves like this, some pullback could be expected. The next resistance forRead More
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  • Death threats – Is this the wildest AGM in ASX history

    Each year ASX listed companies will host an annual general meeting (or AGM) to keep shareholders informed of corporate activities and to allow shareholders to vote on certain aspects of the company. It is also an opportunity for investors to ask questions of the board and management team, and for the board and management to

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  • Australian market set to open higher on cautious optimism

    The XJO fell back to support around 6,630-6,650, which is also where the 100-day moving average sits before bouncing on Friday. The index bounced off an uptrend line as well, and with the market opening higher today we look set to rise back towards recent highs. We would expect to see the XJO rise towardsRead More
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  • US market lower again, Australia to open higher

    The XJO broke a short-term uptrend line yesterday and fell back to support around 6,630-6,650, which is also where the 100-day moving average sits; there is also a potential longer-term uptrend line coming in at this level, which will be confirmed if we rise today. Should the XJO break below the supports at this level,Read More
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  • US markets tick lower on trade uncertainty

    The XJO fell back towards a short-term uptrend line yesterday after breaking through a resistance level the day before. Should the uptrend line hold, we would expect to see the XJO continue higher towards the all-time high level at 6,875, which is the next key resistance level. If we break below the short-term uptrend line,Read More
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  • XJO to pull back after US closes lower

    The XJO pushed through potential resistance at the 6,750 - 6,775 level, after toying with this level for a few days. We should now see the XJO continue higher towards the all-time high level at 6,875, which is the next key resistance level. If we rise above 6,875 we will be in blue-sky territory withRead More
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  • Small Cap Watch – Specialty Metals International (SEI)

    Small miners, like most small-cap stocks, trade based on the announcement of milestones; Discovery of promising exploration sites, proving of reserves, and completing feasibility studies. However, usually the biggest jump in a small miner’s share price is when they announce the start of resource production. This is a milestone that many small miners don’t reach,

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  • XJO set to open flat after another US record

    The XJO has been toying with potential resistance at the 6,750 – 6,775 level, after breaking the level on Friday. If the XJO can break this resistance convincingly, we should eventually see the XJO continue higher towards the all-time high level at 6,875, which should be the next resistance. If we fall through 6,750, the

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  • XJO to open flat after strong Friday in US

    The Australian SPI futures closed 3 points lower, indicating the market is likely to open lower. On Friday the XJO closed above potential resistance at the 6,750 - 6,775 level, which should see the XJO continue higher towards the all-time high level at 6,875, which should be the next resistance. However, with the futures downRead More
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  • The key investment ratios and strategies to consider

    With a trading outlook focused on the short-term price movements of an asset, technical analysis is undoubtedly the greatest tool in a trader’s arsenal. However, there are certain prices from time to time that do not sufficiently reflect the financial position of a company, despite what technical factors may be displaying. We sometimes look to

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  • XJO to open slightly higher after quiet US session

    Technically, the XJO closed above potential resistance around 6,750 yesterday, but was unable to exceed the highs of September at 6,775 - if XJO rises through this level, we would expect it to head to the all-time highest close at 6,851. To the downside, there is support and the 100 and 50-day moving averages atRead More
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  • Strong US set to drag XJO higher again

    The Australian SPI futures closed 27 points higher, indicating the market is likely to open higher. Technically, the XJO has been tracking between resistance around 6,750 and the support of the 100 and 50 day moving averages around 6,630 - The XJO looks set to open up around the 6,750 resistance level again today, afterRead More
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  • Another US high, another higher open for the XJO

    Technically, the XJO has been tracking between resistance around 6,750 and the support of the 100 and 50 day moving averages around 6,630 - The XJO looks set to open up around the 6,750 resistance level today, and If the XJO can close above it, we would expect it to head to the all-time highestRead More
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  • XJO to open higher after Aussie dollar falls

    Technically, the XJO has been tracking between resistance around 6,750 and the support of the 100 and 50 day moving averages around 6,630 - If the support breaks, the next target to the downside after that would be a more gradual, longer-term uptrend line around 6,550. If the XJO can close above 6,750, we wouldRead More
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  • XJO to open flat after uneventful US session

    Technically, the XJO has struggled and failed to close above the 6,700 level for the past few days, despite extremely strong moves in the US market. This can likely be put down to weak reporting from ANZ and WBC, as well as declining iron ore prices. The next resistance to the upside is 6,750 andRead More
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  • XJO to follow US higher again

    Technically, the XJO rose off some support around 6,600-6,630 which is also where the 50 and 100-day moving averages sit. With the futures up strongly today, I imagine we will head back towards the recent resistance around 6,751. If the XJO can rise and close above this resistance - the all-time highest close at 6,851Read More
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  • XJO to open lower following US turmoil

    Technically, the XJO has fallen for the past two days, and broken the short-term uptrend line, formed over the past month. There is some support around 6,600-6,630 which would be the next target for the market, there is also the 50 and 100-day moving averages around 6,630 which may help the index find support atRead More
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  • XJO to open higher after Fed rate cut

    Technically, the XJO stalled at the resistance around 6,750 before falling strongly to a short-term uptrend line yesterday. The uptrend line, formed over the past month is where the XJO stalled, and could act as support today. If the XJO breaks below the short-term uptrend line, there is support at 6,600- 6,630; the next targetRead More
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  • Despite beating estimates, US earnings season raises plenty of concerns

    If the current rate is sustained, around 77 percent of S&P 500 companies will exceed their earnings estimates in the current earnings season, the second best ‘beat rate’ of a quarterly earnings season in the past six years. Whilst this number seems fantastic, it continues a trend of insincere executives and sympathetic analysts lowering guidanceRead More
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  • XJO to open lower as trade deal looks less certain

    Technically, the XJO has stalled at the resistance around 6,750 for two days in a row, falling back below the level despite opening above it on both Monday and Tuesday. Today the XJO should open lower, and it continues to fall, it should head to a short-term uptrend line formed over the past month. IfRead More
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  • XJO to open higher again as US markets push into fresh all-time highs

    Technically, the XJO stalled at some resistance around 6,750 yesterday, falling back below the level despite opening above it. If the XJO can rise through 6,750 - the all-time highest close at 6,851 would be the target. The XJO is rising on a short-term uptrend line, if the XJO breaks through the short-term uptrend line,Read More
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  • XJO to rise as US markets reach all-time highs

    Technically, the XJO is trading in a pennant pattern, between a downtrend line that comes in around 6,750 (where there is also some resistance), and a short-term uptrend line that comes in around 6,650. The futures should push us above the 6,750 level on open today, so keep an eye on whether it holds aboveRead More
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  • XJO to jump on open despite soft leads

    The XJO should open substantially higher after a strong futures close overnight, which could potentially be put down to a strong drop in the Australian dollar. Technically, the XJO is trading in a pennant pattern, between a downtrend line that comes in around 6,750 (where there is also some resistance), and a short-term uptrend lineRead More
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  • XJO to push higher after stable US session

    Technically, the XJO is trading in a pennant pattern, between a downtrend line that comes in around 6,750 (where there is also some resistance), and a short-term uptrend line that comes in around 6,650. The XJO has tested and held the short-term uptrend line many times this week, and appears content to head to theRead More
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  • XJO to open a little lower after volatile US session

    Technically, the XJO is trading in a pennant pattern, between a downtrend line that comes in around 6,750 (where there is also some resistance), and a short-term uptrend line that comes in around 6,650. On Monday, the XJO seemed to have found some support and the 50 and 100 day moving averages around 6,630 -Read More
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  • A look at upcoming bank reporting

    Last week we saw an earnings report from Bank of Queensland, the first of the domestic banks to report earnings in the October/November period. The report was largely in-line with analysts’ expectations, but the stock fell on the day and has continued lower since then. Perhaps the market was optimistic that results would surprise toRead More
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  • XJO to rebound after Trump’s soothing words on trade

    Technically, the XJO has fallen from the top of its pennant pattern, before showing a reversal yesterday. The XJO seems to have found some support at the 50 and 100 day moving averages around 6,630 - 6,600. If the XJO continues to rise from here, there is the downtrend line that may act as resistanceRead More
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  • XJO set to open the week a little lower

    Technically, the XJO has fallen from the top of its pennant pattern over the past two days. The XJO has fallen back towards some potential support and the 50 and 100 day moving averages around 6,630 - 6,600. If those levels break, the next target to the downside would be the gradual uptrend line aroundRead More
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  • XJO to open slightly lower after Brexit let down

    Technically, the XJO fell from the top of its pennant pattern yesterday after unemployment numbers decreased the bets on further RBA rate cuts. The numbers showed a drop in the unemployment rate, but this wasn't as good as it first seemed - because there were less jobs created than expected, and unemployment only fell dueRead More
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  • Why gold still has its shine

    There are very little major shares on the ASX/S&P 200 (XJO) that still meet a dictionary definition of good value. Most shares are mathematically overpriced compared to historical averages by significant margins. Whilst there is plenty of cash flowing in the investing world, and investors are looking for somewhere to put cash, there is still

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  • IPO Focus : Latitude Financial Group

    Plenty of market excitement has been spent around the likes of Afterpay Touch, and Zip Money over the past 24 months. The digital installment purchase and payment services are enjoying some serious momentum after seeing some explosive growth in users, both in retail partners, and end-use customers. While both of these stocks could enjoy a

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  • Small Cap in focus: Gale Pacific (ASX: GAP)

    Australians are inherently familiar with shade cloth: the technical fabric covers our playgrounds, carparks, and other public spaces; increasingly it is also covering our balconies, patios, and private residential spaces as well. Shade cloth also enjoys popularity in parts of the Middle East, where the intensity of the sun makes direct exposure unpleasant. Despite the

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  • Small Cap in focus: National Tyre and Wheel (ASX: NTD)

    Sometimes a great small stock goes a bit unnoticed from the investment community. It might be because they don’t have the analyst coverage, or perhaps because the nature of the business is relatively boring. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t mean that the business is a bad investment. Quite the contrary, the lack of interest can

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  • Looking for value in the Small Cap space

    There was a bit of a storm kicked up in the investment community recently when Michael Burry, an investor profiled in the Michael Lewis book (and subsequent film) The Big Short. Mr. Burry was famous for his bets on the American sub-prime mortgage market in anticipation of the Global Financial crisis. This time he made another

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  • Trade War cycles on

    The ongoing economic dispute between the US and China, referred to by the media as the ‘Trade War’ appears to be continuing as it has done for 2019, with no true end in sight. The cyclical movements in markets and also the news media regarding the Trade War is now practically predictable. This predictability has

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  • Whats causing Aussie gold stocks to flourish?

    Over the three months between the 7th of May and the 7th of August 2019, the S&P//ASX200 Australian gold miners index (XGD.ASX) has risen more than 55 percent. During that same time, physical gold has risen 16.57 percent, and Australian dollar physical gold has risen around 36 percent. What has caused strong rise in gold and Aussie

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  • WESTPAC’s Federal Court win a big win for Australian banks

    Last November Westpac and ASIC agreed to settle a legal dispute that would see the bank pay a $35 million dollar fine for breaching responsible lending laws. However, the Federal Court refused to approve the settlement, stating that the settlement failed to illustrate how Westpac breached lending laws; the case went to trial. Today, in

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