Monday, December 08, 2014
The S&P Dow Jones Indicies December 2014 Quarterly Rebalance occurred last week. Why do you need to know this?
The mandates for some fund managers require them to hold a position in companies in one of the indexes. So as soon as a company moves into an index, all of a sudden its on the radar of dozens, possibly hundreds, of institutional fund managers controlling a large chunk of Australia’s superannuation pie.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
With the low growth environment likely to continue for some time, investors chasing double-digit growth need to look beyond cyclicals wired to the struggling Australian economy, and refocus on sectors displaying what are known as ‘secular growth opportunities’. For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘secular’ refers to companies with growth upside that’s less reliant on macroeconomic drivers and more hitched to company or sector-specific dynamics.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Healthcare represents less than one per cent of the ASX, one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors.
That’s why most Aussie healthcare stocks trade at what’s known as a ‘scarcity premium’.
Encompassing healthcare facilities, drug and biotechnology stocks, and medical equipment suppliers and manufacturers, the overall quality and performance of Australian healthcare stocks is impressive. Half of the top 10 achieved Skaffold’s preferred stock ratings of A1, A2, B1 and B2 based on their latest financial reports.
Despite a recent sell off, which has seen share prices of the top 10 fall, on average, 3% since late February, safety margins continue to be high, ranging between -15 and -75 per cent.
With the ‘scarcity premium’ enshrouding local healthcare stocks, we went in search of better healthcare value stocks offshore and found 6 standouts.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Why would you invest overseas instead of, or as well as, on the ASX? With differing laws and tax systems, the risk from foreign exchange and a higher cost per trade, is it really worth it?
At Skaffold's webinar Steve MacDonald, Chief Investment Officer at Infinitas Asset Management, shared why his clients portoflios include overseas stocks.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
With the valuations of ASX-listed companies looking increasingly stretched, it’s more important than ever to use Skaffold’s filters to flag which stocks to avoid in 2014. The filters built into Skaffold stock research software help to remove stocks from your radar that aren’t regarded as investment grade – which by Skaffold’s measure is limited to stocks with an A1, A2 or B1 and B2 rating of balance sheet quality and business performance.
Removing ratings that don’t make the grade culls the stocks you should be seriously looking at down to around 160, which is only 10% of the 1,770 ASX-listed entities rated and evaluated by Skaffold’s automated algorithms.
Remember, even good stocks can and do lose their investment grade status for a myriad reasons, which surface following the release of interim and full year results.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
IPOs have the potential to give your portfolio entry-level access to quality stocks well positioned for a profitable future.
Unfortunately the share market has no shortage of IPOs that bombed, and relatively recent newcomers like Collins Foods and Myer have both struggled to trade above their float price. If Boart Longyear is any proxy, there’s no guarantee these stocks will rally any time soon. Since floating in 2007 BLY’s share price has fallen more than 97%.
So don’t get sucked into buying overpriced and overspruiked companies wired to uninspiring sectors with questionable growth projections destined to lose you money.
Friday, July 12, 2013
August reporting season is the busiest time of year for stock market investors. More than 60% of ASX-listed companies will release their full year results in August, with the smaller mining stocks reporting by 13 September 2013.
Skaffold’s reporting season calendar is now live and will be updated daily over the next few months. The calendar lists the most popular ASX-listed companies and their expected report date. Click here to view the calendar now.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Australian dollar dipped below US92¢ on June 24 – its lowest point since September 2010 – and mounting projections that it could fall to around US85¢ within two years heralds mixed blessings for stocks on either side of the currency divide.
So if you subscribe to the view that a falling Australian dollar is (among other things) the inevitable by-product of waning foreign investor appetite for $A assets, you also need to ask what this means for the stocks you currently own, and how you can profit from it.
The correlation between the Australian dollar and share price movements – and interest rates, for that matter – has declined somewhat in recent years. Nevertheless, when it comes to identifying the most likely winners and losers within a falling Australian dollar environment, there are some useful guiding principles that you as an investor should understand.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Overnight half-year results from REA Group, operator of realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, flowed through Skaffold. Primary Healthcare (PRY), K2 Asset Management (KAM), Patrys (PAB),HiTech Group (HIT) and Royal Wolf Holdings (RWH) were also updated to reflect their most recent results.
Monday, September 03, 2012
This week Flight Centre (FLT) rose to A1 whilst Decmil (DCG) and Woolworths (WOW) maintained their A2 Skaffold Scores. Other companies to report include Ramsay Healthcare (RHC), Transpacific Industries (TPI), Fortescue Metals (FMG), Mortgage Choice (MOC), Macquarie Radio Network (MRN), Village Roadshow (VRL), Billabong (BBG), Slater & Gordon (SGH, Warrambool Cheese & Butter Factory (WCB), Capilano Honey (CZZ), Jetset Travelworld (JET and Vocus Communication (VOC).