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Property shares are looking much better value than physical property and there is a need for consolidation in the sector with too many companies and liquidity only in the leading stocks.This is the sort of property analyst’s message that the industry has become used to in the 1990s. But the same message was being heard 50 years ago when Warburg (then known as Hurst-Brown, Buckmaster and Peter Hicks) began property research.Warburg’s first note, which came out in January 1949, was re-published this week to celebrate the broker’s 50 years of research and the retirement of head analyst Roger Moore after 25 years.Moore was arguably the doyen of property analysts and, until recently, was voted the best in the sector every year.Fifty years ago, there were 132 quoted property companies – roughly the same number as today.‘Very little changes over the cycles other than the names of companies and personalities,’ concludes Moore.‘Property will always be a sector prone to feast or famine and one in which fortunes can be made with little equity capital outlay won or lost. History shows that the shrewd investor cystallises or consolidates gains but those who become so intoxicated by their success that they begin to think they are infallible often lose their fortunes in cataclysmic fashion.’ read more
Published on February 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a game that wasn’t decided until the final possession, the two biggest plays may have come in the first half.With Louisville holding a two-point lead 13 minutes into the game, junior guard Peyton Siva blew past the Syracuse defense all the way to the rim. He skied for a finish off the glass, but Orange center Fab Melo slid in front of him at the last moment to draw a charge.It was Siva’s second foul, but Louisville head coach Rick Pitino left him in the game. On SU’s ensuing possession, Siva was called for a reach-in near the 3-point line.And just like that, the best player on the floor for both teams to that point was relegated to the bench.‘I just picked up three stupid fouls that should never have happened,’ Siva said. ‘That was my fault. I took myself out of the game and really cost my teammates a lot.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Siva left, he had a game-high eight points and was the only player who flashed any semblance of offensive prowess. He sat for the next 13 minutes of action and never quite reached the same level he was at to start the game as No. 19 Louisville (20-6, 8-5 Big East) ultimately fell to No. 2 Syracuse (26-1, 13-1 Big East) 52-51 Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Siva didn’t score the rest of the way and committed a critical turnover late that led to the crushing loss.‘He was tough,’ SU junior guard Brandon Triche said. ‘Without him playing, the movement kind of slowed down. I don’t think he was able to use that confidence from earlier in the game in the last part.’In the early parts of the first half, Siva seemed to be playing at a different speed than everyone else on the court. He penetrated the Orange’s 2-3 zone at will, dishing off to teammates under the basket or taking it to the rim himself.He scored Louisville’s first four points of the game on two layups, but it was his first assist that showed off his quickness. He shook Dion Waiters with a crossover at the top of the key, dribbled to the free-throw line and bounced a pass to Chane Behanan under the basket for an easy dunk.‘He was a spark today, especially early,’ Triche said. ‘Our game plan was to let him shoot a few jump shots, and we basically did the opposite. We were playing off him, and he still was going by us. He was making passes to the big guys, getting them buckets.’He continued finding the Cardinals’ big men down low, and although they didn’t score directly off those feeds, many of those dishes resulted in trips to the free-throw line. And with both teams struggling mightily to put points on the board, Siva’s foul trouble and ensuing time on the bench completely changed the dynamic of the game.‘The way I was penetrating and finding people, it really hurt us,’ he said of his time on the sideline.Syracuse didn’t turn the game around when he was out, but by the time Siva returned, he seemed to have fallen out of the zone he was in to start the game. He did deal out three more assists in the second half but only took one shot after the break.‘He started out real good,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘But it’s all about the finish, though.’And Siva’s finish was nowhere near the caliber of his start.With the clock ticking less than 30 seconds, the Cardinals turned to Siva to deliver the win. Just as he had multiple times in the first half, he drove into the heart of the Orange zone. As the defense collapsed, he said he thought he saw Gorgui Dieng wide open under the basket. He tried to wrap a pass around a defender, but it zipped slightly behind the center and Waiters picked it off.Louisville had one final chance after Waiters missed his free throw, but the Cardinals never got a shot off.And although he may have been the best player on the court when he was out there, Siva couldn’t help but take the blame following the loss.‘I’ve just got to play a lot smarter,’ Siva said. ‘I made some dumb decisions down the stretch, and I really wasn’t aggressive down the stretch where I should have been. I’ve got to learn from it and come back and play.’[email protected] read more
Our thoughts? Ohio State should be No. 1 right now. The Buckeyes have been the most complete team in the FBS, and they can put some distance between LSU with a convincing victory at Michigan. A close win, however, could open the window for the Tigers, who have the quality victories in hand and the biggest stage left in Atlanta.So, we’ll ask again: Who’s No. 1? Ohio State or LSU?We can’t wait to find out. Who should the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff be: Ohio State, or LSU?The Playoff committee created an argument based off that question on Tuesday, seeding Ohio State and LSU as the first- and second-ranked teams, respectively, with just two weeks remaining before the final Playoff field is unveiled. Why does that matter? Because the winner of that argument will get a better draw with the No. 4 team in theory, assuming the chalk holds. Going through No. 3 Clemson is a different story — the defending national champions have won 26 straight games. Add in the usual SEC-Big Ten tension, and this is going to be fun to see if the Playoff committee continues to waffle on this issue over the last two weeks.MORE: Week 14 College Football Playoff rankings”Ohio State has been a complete team, and that win against Penn State was their third win against teams we have currently ranked in the top 19,” CFP committee chairman Rob Mullens said on the ESPN telecast. “It’s probably that complete-team piece. Ohio State has been good on both sides of the ball.”Other than the odd “top 19” reference, Mullens isn’t wrong in the committee’s summation of the Buckeyes. Ohio State has been considered the most complete team in the FBS for most of the season. The Buckeyes lead college football in both scoring offense (49.4) and scoring defense (10.5), and the victory against Penn State is their third against teams currently ranked in the Playoff committee’s top 25.The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 543-115 (plus-428), which is better than the Tigers, at 534-258 (plus-276). Ohio State’s opponents have a combined record of 67-54, which is better than LSU’s at 62-60.What is LSU’s case? The Tigers have four top-10 victories piled up, though Texas’ fade into oblivion hasn’t helped its cause. The Tigers have beaten three teams currently ranked in the top 15 in No. 5 Alabama, No. 11 Florida and No. 15 Auburn. LSU has the No. 2 scoring offense in the FBS at 48.5 points per game, and that was good enough to hold the top ranking each of the last two weeks. Was Ohio State’s 28-17 victory against Penn State enough to unseat LSU for the top spot? Do the Tigers pass the eye test better?That’s just the start of the back-and-forth between these two fan bases if the chalk holds. Who has the better strength of schedule? Which conference has more top-25 teams? Can LSU improve a touch on defense over the last two weeks? Should LSU’s Joe Burrow or Ohio State’s Chase Young win the Heisman Trophy? Which coach has done a better job between Ryan Day and Ed Orgeron? How many games would the Buckeyes lose in the SEC West? How many games would the Tigers lose in the Big Ten East?All these arguments are coming to a timeline near you.MORE: Six best Rivalry Week storylinesThese team’s next two games will be interesting, too. Ohio State has the bigger game this week in Michigan while LSU takes on Texas A&M. Next week, however, Ohio State’s opponent — whether it’s Minnesota or Wisconsin — will not be as big as the LSU-Georgia game. The “game control” will matter here, and the scoreboard will factor into the committee’s decision, even if it says it won’t. read more