The Distillery

The Distillery: Skyfall?

Jotters consider the options for struggling Qantas, with one labelling foreign ownership complaints a smokescreen for the government guarantee it really wants.

The Distillery: Elders grief

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Scribes examine departing Elders chief Malcolm Jackman's legacy and find a mixed record, while Archer Daniels Midland is hoping its upscaled GrainCorp bid will sway Joe Hockey.

The Distillery: Ansell's stretched glove?

Jotters laud Ansell’s big US acquisition, but one asks whether the asset’s previous private equity owners might have stripped out some value.

The Distillery: Dick Smith bravado

One jotter argues Dick Smith’s IPO is overvalued, while another sees Saputo’s ‘sweetened’ WCB bid as anything but, and could get messier.

The Distillery: Dollar weight watchers

Jotters are happy with the current weight of the dollar while the government's financial inquiry continues to drum up interest.

The Distillery: Dollar weight watchers

Jotters are happy with the current weight of the dollar while the government's financial inquiry continues to drum up interest.

The Distillery: Murray mistrust

Scribes question David Murray’s suitability to head the government’s financial inquiry, but one argues the inquiry's scope should bring success regardless.

The Distillery: High-flying row

Jotters consider where the escalating Qantas-Virgin tensions could lead, and one says the stoush is personal.

The Distillery: GPT pluck

Scribes are surprised by a smart CPA bid from GPT, and one notes it’s a departure from Michael Cameron’s easy-does-it approach.

The Distillery: Foreign skies

Some jotters argue foreign ownership restrictions give Qantas ground to its Virgin gripe, but one notes it gets preferential treatment of a different kind.

The Distillery: Foreign skies

Some jotters argue foreign ownership restrictions give Qantas ground to its Virgin gripe, but one notes it gets preferential treatment of a different kind.

The Distillery: Split job

Scribes are divided on what Australia’s jobs numbers are telling us, while others examine the foreign takeover talking points around GrainCorp and WCB.

The Distillery: Jet fuels

Jotters agree Virgin's backers are in for the long haul in their Qantas dogfight, with one spying a battle between Tigerair and Jetstar on the horizon.

The Distillery: Murray Goulburn sours

Jotters say while Murray Goulburn’s sweetened WCB bid has bought it time, regulatory hurdles, farmer opposition and renewed rival bids could yet get in the way.

The Distillery: Canadian Hockey

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Jotters argue Joe Hockey's decision to green light Saputo is too quick, while a speech by Abbott’s lead economic advisor rankles.

The Distillery: Urban alchemy

Jotters heap praise on Transurban Group’s bid for control of the Cross City Tunnel with one eyeing an even bigger deal on the horizon.

The Distillery: RBA growing pains

Jotters are mixed on the RBA’s next move following its growth downgrade, while a few spy danger ahead for QE-inflated equities

The Distillery: DJs discontent

Commentators take aim at David Jones’ corporate governance, while others ponder the challenges ahead for Fairfax Media.

The Distillery: Tax tricks

Scribes pore over the Coalition tax changes, praising proper process, lashing the FBT call and warning of a budget war.

The Distillery: RBA jawboning

Scribes sympathise with the Reserve Bank, which is stuck between a strong dollar and a hard place, and eye possible effects of the Fed’s next move.

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