A rather unpleasant end to 2018 saw the S&P/ASX 200 index down 9% over the final quarter. Tactically it has been a blessing in disguise for investors at the start of the year. Valuations have de-rated sharply on the back of a multitude of macro-economic scares and have left the... Show More
A weaker session today across the board with Asian markets trading in the red for much of the day, Hong Kong down around ~1.3% the hardest hit in the region while US Futures opened fairly flat, before sellers came in around lunchtime. Relative to yesterdays close, Dow Futures were down... Show More
In this wire, we share Bell Potter's most favoured stocks for 2019 with a brief description of each company. We also recap key market events, the current investing environment, and our market outlook. Show More
In this daily reporting season update, we provide first impressions on key takeouts from companies reporting today, including Oil Search, BHP Billiton, Scentre Group, Amcor, Asaleo Care, Healthscope, FlexiGroup and Super Retail with links through to more detailed reports. Show More
Here is the ASX 200 results calendar - the results season is still a couple of weeks away. As usual, it is a best endeavours calendar, some companies simply don’t set a reliable date. The big companies generally do. Show More
Miners and Banks are the two dominant sectors on the ASX. For the last few years, the miners have done the heavy lifting, and while they are a long way from former highs, there is no denying they've had a good run. Catherine Allfrey of Wavestone Capital says investors are... Show More
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It is a fact not often highlighted by investors in energy and mining stocks, but financial market participants tend to treat producers of crude oil and natural gas more favourably than they do mining stocks. Show More
Stock investors have enjoyed an extended bull market since March 2009. It was particularly enjoyable during 2017, when the ASX 200 Accumulation Index rose by 11.8% over the year. Such an impressive return is quite extraordinary for an aging bull market going on nine years in 2018. The music seemed... Show More
Our high conviction stocks are those that we think offer the highest risk-adjusted returns over a 12-month timeframe, supported by a higher-than-average level of confidence. This month we add BHP Billiton back to the list, and remove Corporate Travel Management after a strong run following results. Show More
“Currently less than 10% of Chinese nationals actually hold a passport, and that's a population of 1.3 billion. The opportunity for tourism in New South Wales and Australia is massive” Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport Show More
In this daily reporting season update, we provide first impressions on key takeouts from companies reporting today, including FlexiGroup (FXL), Super Retail Group (SUL), Oil Search (OSH) and Seven West Media (SWM) with links through to more detailed reports. Show More
As we look ahead to reporting season, solid returns are still achievable in this market, but these returns should not come at the expense of investors taking on excessive levels of risk. We identify those stocks that we think offer the highest risk-adjusted return through 2018. Show More
A good day for Aussie stocks rebounding from a 5 day sell off with some broad based buying across the index. Growth related stocks did best following the IMF upgrade to global growth expectations while the US got their act together over the Govt shutdown. Show More
A total of 46 of the ASX Top 50 companies issue bonds. This isn’t surprising as they are large international companies trading in foreign markets and require multiple sources of funding (see Table 1). But a couple of things did surprise me: Show More
As we look ahead to 2018, markets remain in a sweet spot with global growth becoming entrenched and inflation still conspicuously absent. Interest rates are expected to rise gradually leaving businesses with a decent backdrop to work with and healthy growth puts the world in a better position to deal... Show More
Our high conviction stocks are those that we think offer the highest risk-adjusted returns over a 12-month timeframe, supported by a higher-than-average level of confidence. They are typically our preferred our sector exposures. Show More
There is so much confusion about the stocks in the ASX’s large-caps index, the ASX 50. Some investors see them as ‘blue-chips’ by virtue of their size and longevity, and thus see them as long-term portfolio holds. Others think the ASX 50 is largely useless: a motley, concentrated index of... Show More
Oil Search (ASX:OSH) is a A$10.5bn (market cap) oil & gas company, incorporated in Papua New Guinea but listed in Australia. We took the view that, at the bottom of the oil price cycle, they represented a high quality, low-risk exposure to the energy sector. Show More
We thought it was prudent to remind investors about the unique conditions that are suppressing market volatility at abnormally low levels. This is a tricky market to interpret. Equity valuations are elevated, the economic environment is difficult to forecast (ultra-liquidity from central banks is ending), and to say geopolitical risks... Show More
In this daily reporting season update, we provide first impressions on key takeouts from companies reporting today, including BHP Billiton (BHP), Amcor (AMC), Sydney Airport (SYD), Oil Search (OSH), and Inghams (ING) with links through to more detailed reports. Show More