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Why oil stocks may be worth a look (and other conundrums)

April was another negative month for the share market. The ASX200 fell by 1.7% in April, having again tried valiantly, but failed, to break through 6000. With two days to go, the market was comfortably in positive territory, but it dropped by 1.9% on 29 April – its largest one-day fall so far this year – and by a further 0.8% on the last day of the month. It finished at 5790, to be up by 7% so far this year. The US market had a choppy month also, but the S&P500 index managed a rise of 0.9% to be up by 1.3% year-to-date.

Two reasons foreign investors continue to like the Australian share market

In recent weeks we have been making the point that we believe the market can maintain its current valuation rating even though it is high by historical standards due to low interest rates and high liquidity. It is worth noting that we are seeing evidence of this liquidity in the form of foreign demand for Australian equities. The chart below shows how Japanese purchases of...