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Cautious end to the week looks likely

3 Jul 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner After three days of good gains, markets are likely to baton down the hatches as we head into the now familiar routine of a weekend with potential to create Greek induced risk and volatility next week. Having rallied to reflect consensus views that Monday’s negative market reaction to the situation in Greece was overstated, traders may be a little more cautious today. Both the result of Sunday’s referendum and its immediate consequences remain difficult to assess.

Going International with Gilead Sciences Inc.

1 Jul 2015 Cadence Capital by Simon Bonouvrie Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) is a large US biotech stock specialising in antiviral drugs to treat patients suffering from HIV, hepatitis C, influenza and other medical conditions. As the world’s leading anti-viral company, Gilead holds strong market positions in some very lucrative markets. For investors the attraction of Gilead is its valuation, free cash-flow and potential growth opportunity.

Weaker iron ore prices to weigh on market

1 Jul 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner International markets appear to have found a level where they are happy to sit and wait on the next developments in the Greek debt crisis. Greece’s failure to meet the deadline on its IMF payment looks to have been fully anticipated by markets. Barring unknowns, the next critical event for markets will be the outcome of Sunday’s referendum.

Flight to quality

29 Jun 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner Initial market reactions to weekend news on Greece have understandably involved a flight to quality. This morning’s early market reaction has included selling Eurodollars and stock futures on the one hand and buying $US; Japanese yen and gold on the other.

Greece and US interest rates remain the key focus

26 Jun 2015 CMC Markets by Ric Spooner Markets seem to be exactly where they were last Friday as far as Greece is concerned. The world is waiting on another set of “last ditch” meetings with a general expectation that crisis will be averted but concerned that there is some room for doubt. The bottom line as far as today’s trading is concerned may be to leave both buyers and sellers cautious.

Where SMSFs can turn for ‘validation’

26 Jun 2015 InvestSMART Trustees of self-managed super funds can build some investment confidence if they follow the simple rules of allocation and diversification.

ASX still offers good value

25 Jun 2015 Intelligent Investor by James Carlisle Despite uncertainty over the future of its equities clearing monopoly, the ASX still offers good value.

Greek “No Deal”, good enough trigger to sell

25 Jun 2015 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Local shares switched into sell mode from Thursday’s market open and continued in much the same fashion for the remainder of the session. Greece’s “no deal” status seemed like a good enough excuse for local investors to pull the trigger ahead of financial year end.

Greece tosses toys from the pram – again

25 Jun 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by Michael McCarthy In an entirely predictable manoeuvre, the developed world’s oldest adolescent has once again failed to solve its problems at the eleventh hour. Once again, according to the Greek PM, the fault lies with everyone but Greece itself. Amid hints of recriminations and dark conspiracies optimism evaporated.

Steady as she goes…for now

24 Jun 2015 By Will Leys (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets It’s been a case of ‘steady as she goes’ for the Australian stock market, with the local index trading within a tight range before ending the day marginally higher.

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