Woolworths

As a defensive business, Woolworths tends to attract investors when uncertainty abounds. This explains why the stock has outperformed the All Ordinaries index over the past month by about 8%. The jump in the share price over this period means the stock is getting closer to a downgrade. The outperformance can’t be due to Dick Smith. The deadline for bids for the consumer electronics retailer is today, and reportedly there’s been little interest in an outright sale. This isn’t overly surprising; we said on 1 Feb 12 that ‘we expect buyers will be few ... and the sale price...

As a defensive business, Woolworths tends to attract investors when uncertainty abounds. This explains why the stock has outperformed the All Ordinaries index over the past month by about 8%. The jump in the share price over this period means the stock is getting closer to a downgrade.

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