The ASX 200 had a quiet day, closing unchanged with much of its weakness seen in the resources sector. Early weakness was seen in the banking sector earlier today, however, Bank of Queensland (BOQ) charged up 19c as Moody’s upgraded their credit rating from Baa1 to A3. We were buyers of BOQ today, looking for […]Read more
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The ASX 200 had a quiet day as expected, closing up 16 points today, with Commonwealth Bank (CBA) +45c, but Westpac (WBC) -44c as relative performance came into play within the banks. We do not believe this will be the trend in the coming months – watch out for The Hickman Report tomorrow. Retail sector […]Read more
After a surprisingly positive Retail Sales Figure yesterday, today I focus on the Retail Sector Yesterday, retail sales printed +1.2% compared to an expected +0.4% for January. On Wednesday evening, I went to the local “cheap Thai” with the family. Usually 3 tables full, but that night 13 (I counted). Is the economy turning? Yesterday, […]Read more
On Friday night, the copper price fell by 3.6%, the most in over 2 years, as investors’ concerns increase about the slowing growth in China. On the weekend, China announced inflation figures which added to fears that their economy is losing steam; this is obviously inevitable at some point in time. Also, on Friday night, […]Read more
The ASX 200 was sold off aggressively, closing -50 points as expected, predominantly led by the commodities sector with BHP Billiton (BHP) -4.1%, RIO Tinto (RIO) -5.8% & Sandfire Resources (SFR) -8.5%. See morning comments on Copper & The Hickman Report. Fortescue Metals (FMG) traded in our buy target levels (<$5.00) closing -9.4% at $4.92. […]Read more
Iron Ore collapses 8.3% overnight, is it time to be brave? Please see our Market Matters video update on Commodities and China. The Iron Ore price has fallen over 20% this year but the Iron Ore stocks have only followed in the last 3 weeks e.g. Fortescue (FMG) -21% & RIO Tinto (RIO) -14%. New […]Read more
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Following recent feedback from Market Matters followers, we are enhancing our service so that an email is sent to subscribers in “real-time” when Shawn Hickman makes a key trade (buy or sell). This exciting update to our service will ensure subscribers receive even more up to date investment advice while the market is open. […]Read more
The ASX 200 was sold off early in the session, but recovered to close only 29 points lower with the resource sector rallying in the afternoon. BHP Billiton (BHP) closed +6c and Rio Tinto (RIO) +17c. The banking sector was the laggard of the market, with CBA -61c and WBC -38.5c. FMG was the stand […]Read more
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Following recent feedback from Market Matters followers, we are enhancing our service so that an email is sent to subscribers in “real-time” when Shawn Hickman makes a key trade (buy or sell). This exciting update to our service will ensure subscribers receive an even more up to date trading alert. For more details, please […]Read more
BHP is the most inherited asset in Australia. For shareholders’ sake, I hope I am wrong in believing that BHP will remain an under-performing investment in years to come. A sobering thought for BHP shareholders is that since August 2007, BHP is unchanged whilst CBA is up 50%…and that doesn’t even take into account the […]Read more
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