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Thermal coal is Hot ??

So  thermal coal !! yes thermal Coal _ there are more and more companies  shifting their coal priorities to mining thermal coal rather than coking coal ?? so you might say ..yeh but why ? Macarthur coal , white haven coal , Gloucester coal all are coal mining companies.why thermal coal ?Thermal coal is principally used for power generation, with approximately 39% of the world's electricity generated through the use of thermal coal. Thermal coal is produced at the macarthur’s  Moorvale Mine. They have stepped up the production of  thier thermal coal mining. China and india  are countries that are rapidly growing  due to thier economic and industrial expansion. And who does not need electricity.The coal is exported to Asia and Europe for use in coal fired power stations. Thermal coal has also been confirmed at Macarthur Coal's West Rolleston and Monto prospects. Gloucester says a sudden drop in coking coal demanded has resulted in a “flow-on” effect for thermal markets as produc…

Swine flu And stocks

So Biota Holdings pty Ltd    shares have rocketed. the smart and alert might have made a bundle. But is it too late to get in ? As they say with the lotto “ you gotta be in it , to win it”.   To be in the stock game you have to take risks , but not foolish risks.SHARES in Biota Holdings have been given a big boost by a surge in sales of its antiviral inhalant, Relenza. But a sharp rise in the share price before the news was made public has caught the attention of the market regulator.Investors Catch Flu; Banks Catch Credit LossesIn other news - Acquisition-hungry Canadian agribusiness powerhouse Viterra Inc. [VT-T] has made a bid to buy Australian firm ABB Grain Ltd. for $1.16-billion (U.S.), ABB reported Tuesday. If any of you would have watched  the abc  businessnews section hosted by Alan Kohler , he did mention that  there was a flurry of activity in buying shares before the news got out. What about  that ? HuhALL flights into Australia from North or South America will have to rep…

BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) – Stock Review

BHP Billiton Limited (BHP)Recommendations - BuyBHP is a well managed global resource leader with a balanced portfolio of world class, long life assets, and a full suite of conventional energy products. The world?s largest diversified resources company has many prime assets well located to service Asia. Low cost operations and a strong balance sheet are key. Most revenue comes from the relative safe havens of Australia/NZ, North America and Europe. Production covers major commodities including petroleum, alumina, copper, gold, iron ore, coking coal, energy coal, nickel, and diamonds. Diversification lends comfort from a sovereign and commodity risk perspective. BHP is a foundation resource investment for conservative portfolios.Recent AnalysisIt came as no surprise that 3Q09 sales volumes declined for most product categories, but the quantum was higher than anticipated for aluminium, coking and thermal coal. BHP tried to put a positive spin on the numbers but in reality the backdrop is…

Indian stock market Blue chips at bargain prices

It is a good time to build a portfolio with bluechips trading at 10-12 times price to earnings. "At 8,000 or so, the market was very pessimistic. That was an opportunity to buy and invest without looking at anything. Even now, I don’t think valuations are anything to be worried about if one is a long-term investor with 3-4 years horizon. I think at 10-11-12 P/E multiple for the broader market and more like 8-10-12 times for individual companies are times to build your portfolio with bluechips." On Q4 earnings, numbers are on expected lines with some positive surprisesTechnorati Tags: ,,, Raamdeo Agrawal, Director and Co-Founder, Motilal Oswal Financial Services in India  SAYS “ I think this rally has been quite extended. I am very surprised in terms of its strength and longevity. But my sense is that one big event which the market is seeing is the installation of a new government. Around that time, we should see whether the market will peak out …

The best of the best 2009 – Financial products

Money magazine , my favorite financial magazine  has released its best of the best 2009. There are quite a new entrants to the list compared to 2008. I like this list  as it does seem to be a true  list  with a lot of research and comparison of data sifting  through the finance industry to get this results.Check out some of the results------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Best financial products 2009 Cheapest Mobile Plans
Low usage: Think Mobile
Medium usage: gotalk
High usage: TPGBest Savings Account
Bank: Bank of Queensland
Non bank: Hunter United Credit Union, Maitland Mutual Building Society & Newcastle PermanentCheapest Home Loan Packages
Bank: CBA & Colonial
Non bank: Newcastle PermanentBest Growth Super Fund
HOSTPLUS Cars under $25,000
Mazda2 Neo Cars between $25,000- $35,000
Mazda6 ClassicCheapest Online Broker
Bell Direct For a complete list see Money magazine’s Best of the Best issue.RECENT RELATED POSTShttp:…

Foreclosures and Repossesions of Homes rise

Repossessions and foreclosures of homes are on the rise in Australia
More West Australians had their homes repossessed last quarter than during any previous quarter on record.
Figures released by WA's Supreme Court show that 399 civil property possession applications were launched between January and March of 2009.
399 civil property possession applications were launched between January and March of 2009. This is the largest number of applications per quarter on public record, with the average over the past decade being only 145 applications per quarter.This trend shows a rise in Foreclosures and Bank repossessions

Pre-foreclosures Foreclosures HUD homes Repossessions Bank repossessions Reo bank homes "The rise in mortgage repossessions shows that mortgage stress is still a significant issue in WA despite the fall in interest rates," said Sue Ash, CEO of the Western Australian Council of Social Service.
"Governments must ensure that West Australians experienci…

Is uranium stocks gonna be the next black gold ??

Korab has been approached by - it says - a number of listed companies wanting to back Uranium Australia and its prospects into their companies. This is significant, and is possibly the strongest indicator to date that some money may now be coming off the sidelines and looking for opportunities in the uranium exploration sector.
Other recent developments back up this theory.Stronger than expected earnings emerging from US multinationals last week will likely help Australian share markets start firmly this week.If other US bluechips due to report this week follow Citigroup and General Electric's surprise quarterly results, the Wall Street rally is set to continue, giving the Australian market further confidence during the week. Higher metals prices on the London Metals Exchange on Friday, including a 4 per cent rise in the zinc price, is another reason to expect the market to open higher, CommSec chief economist Craig James said.
We've had China's Henan Provincial Non-Ferro…

Is woolworths in your stock portfolio ??

Woolworths has been at or near the top of that list since early this decade. Known affectionately as "Woolies" in Australia, the company has ramped up the refurbishment of supermarkets in an effort to retain and bring in new customers. The company is spending one billion Australian dollars, or roughly US$730 million, in its fiscal year ending June 2009 to rehabilitate old supermarkets as well as build new ones. Management plans to open 26 new stores in its fiscal year.It is a bold plan, coming at a time when many companies are keeping spending to a minimum as a result of the global economic downturn. Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington questioned the expenditures in a recent report that downgraded the stock to "neutral" from "buy." "We maintain our view that Woolworths is a great company managed by excellent retailers," he wrote. "However, under the current strategic direction, we expect returns to investors to …

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G 20 and financial turmoil

Main points from the summit:Extra $US1 trillion for international bodies, including trebling of IMF financing to $US750m G20 nations expect to have spent $5 trillion battling economic crisis by end of 2010 Agreement to shame and name blacklisted tax havens New rules on pay and bonuses for corporate chiefs IMF will sell billions of dollars of gold reserves to help poor countries Agreement to 'act urgently' to conclude WTO's Doha round G20 leaders will meet again this yearThe new rules will be worked out later this year and around that time another G20 summit will be held to look at progressThe G20 summit's resolution to impose tougher regulations on executive salaries has resulted in some confusion over how the new rules would bring those pay levels down.;; ASX Stock Trading with OzSuper»Blog Archive » ASX: Shares posit.. News » Bannerman Resources Announces Change in Share Regis..
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