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BHP aims for higher margins, returns

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2014

BHP Billiton (BHP) on Tuesday announced a net profit of US$13.8 billion for fiscal 2014, up 23 per cent on the prior year

Mermaid more than myth

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Jun 2013

Mermaid Marine Australia (MRM) , the biggest provider of marine services to the West Australian oil and gas industry, has seen its share price rise 27.5 per cent over the past three years, and a massive 105 per cent over the past five years

Stock picks by top managers

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Mar 2014

Last week, the Australian Morningstar Awards 2014 recognised investment managers who had delivered solid returns for investors

5 best stocks from reporting season

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 14 Mar 2014

The recent reporting season featured its usual mix of positive and negative earnings numbers

Emerging markets' thirst for consumer stocks

Author: Odile Lange-Broussy
Date: 08 Dec 2014

As populations grow and wealth rises in the developing world, the options for investors multiply

Economic update

Author: Julian Robertson and Donal Curtin
Date: 29 Apr 2013

ASX and Origin in line, IAG strong

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Aug 2013

Companies covered in this report: • ASX Limited (ASX)

Emerging markets ready for growth

Author: Mark Mobius
Date: 11 Jun 2013

Some markets do appear to have a weak pulse right now, but any number of catalysts could act as a jump start

Solutions for secular stagnation

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 03 Mar 2014

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to the White House and Harvard professor, was Barack Obama's first pick to be the new head of the Federal Reserve

2 top building activity exposures

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Jun 2014

In a recent presentation, Sydney-based Alphinity Investment Management said investors can expect activity in housing markets to continue to strengthen for the remainder of 2014 and beyond

ASIC targets "capital-protected" retail products

Author: Tim Stewart
Date: 02 May 2013

The regulator is currently contacting providers of "capital-protected" retail structured products with concerns about the way the products are being marketed to consumers

The good, the bad and the ugly BHP

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Apr 2014

Last week, The Australian Financial Review reported that BHP Billiton (BHP) was considering spinning off many of its "non-core" assets

A closer look at special dividends

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 16 May 2013

Both Woodside Petroleum (WPL) and Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) recently announced special dividends

Macquarie posts 49pc rise in profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 02 May 2014

Macquarie Group (MQG) on Friday announced a 49 per cent rise in net profit to $1.265 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2014, slightly above Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $1.226 billion

CBA makes history, dividend up 9pc

Author: Nicholas Grove/Christine St Anne
Date: 14 Aug 2013

Companies covered in this report: • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

QBE's stabilisation continues despite profit fall

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 19 Aug 2014

Companies covered in this report: • QBE Insurance

Resist a return to double-taxation: Bowen

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 23 Aug 2013

The Coalition's return to a "double-taxation" system should be resisted at every level, Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen said in Sydney on Friday

5 economies to lose out to tapering

Author: Emma Wall
Date: 13 Nov 2013

Investors have felt the benefit of quantitative easing - the Fed's money-printing policy has helped put money in their pockets

What the market is missing in Japan

Author: James Hunt
Date: 09 Jul 2014

In 2012, we penned a note entitled The Sun Also Rises , in which we made a contrarian case for investment in Japanese stocks

Leighton ups profit, AMP solid

Author: Nicholas Grove/Christine St Anne
Date: 20 Feb 2014

Companies covered in this report: • Leighton Holdings

Stock picks that have paid off

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Nov 2014

There's an old adage which suggests that to beat the Australian market all you have to do is make the right call between banks and resources companies, Morningstar senior research analyst Julian Robertson says

A brief look at the balance sheet

Author: Karl Siegling
Date: 10 Nov 2014

We should start this by admitting from the outset that we can never do this topic justice in one article

Despatches from the currency wars

Author: Satyajit Das
Date: 22 May 2013

With apologies to The Weather Girls, it's now raining yen! Japan has opened a new front in the "currency wars," a term coined by Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega in 2010

Room for some optimism

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 17 Jun 2013

Disclaimer : To the extent that any content in this report constitutes advice, it is general advice that has been prepared by Lesley Beath without taking into account the particular investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any individual investors

Sticking to the fundamentals with equities

Author: Alex Vynokur
Date: 14 Oct 2013

In the five years since the global financial crisis, numerous studies have pointed to the fact that, in the majority of cases, actively managed broad-market Australian equity funds are failing to beat the index net of management fees

Gold stocks put in stellar performance

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 28 Oct 2013

Disclaimer : To the extent that any content in this report constitutes advice, it is general advice that has been prepared by Lesley Beath without taking into account the particular investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any individual investors

3 top no-moat healthcare plays

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Oct 2013

While the positive attributes and competitive advantages of Australian narrow-moat healthcare giants CSL Limited (CSL) and Cochlear Limited (COH) will be well-known to Morningstar readers, it's easy to forget there are other companies within the sector that may add value to certain portfolios

Income Portfolio ends on a high

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 22 Jan 2014

Subscribers who followed Morningstar's model Income Portfolio would have outperformed the market in 2013

3 stock-picking lessons from Buffett

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 20 Nov 2014

An 11-year old boy bought six shares of Cities Service (an oil company now known as CITGO) at $38 a share

Gold's breakout looks like the real thing

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 17 Feb 2014

Overview The US and Australian equity markets put in an impressive performance last week

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