What China's year of transition means for Australian iron ore

Nikko Asset Management Australia

China started 2017 with real momentum, following the property driven debt-fuelled stimulus of last year, and the blue skies a result of Government directives to curb pollution during March’s Central Government meetings. However, with an expectation of lower steel intensity sectors driving growth this year, what will this mean for... Show More

US construction has a spring in its step

Nikko Asset Management Australia

The outlook for US construction looks positive, with housing continuing to move back towards mid-cycle levels, and commercial activity potentially increasing as business sentiment improves. There also appears to be a greater degree of certainty around infrastructure investment than there has been for some time. With finance headwinds having long... Show More

February reporting: The confession season

Nikko Asset Management Australia

This year’s reporting season was brutal, with many market darlings confessing to their sins. Some 45% of ASX 200 companies beat their EPS estimates, while 33% missed, the highest since the GFC. The Australian market has seen quite a large rotation away from defensive and bond-sensitive stocks, towards the cyclical... Show More

Rotation to value has a way to go

Nikko Asset Management Australia

The defensive bull-market that saw the safe companies, and secular growth stocks, rally to unsustainable highs ended in August 2016. This rally appeared to be unprecedented in both magnitude and duration. Multiples of these stocks have compressed significantly since then, as rising interest rates and global growth outlook burst the... Show More

The rise and rise of iron ore and coal prices: Where to from here?

Nikko Asset Management Australia

Brad Potter, Head of Australian Equities at Nikko AM Australia recently visited China, primarily to find out what has been driving recent increases in iron ore and coal prices and whether they can be sustained. It appears that supply side reforms are taking place in the materials sector and there... Show More

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