Highs and Lows from Reporting Season

Hugh Dive

Last week saw the end of reporting season for 180 of the S&P/ASX200 companies and around 2,000 of the companies listed on the ASX. Over the past month, these companies revealed their profit results for the six months ending December 2017 and provided guidance as to how they expect their... Show More


Two tech small-caps to watch

Clime Asset Management

With reporting season now behind us we have gained a more complete picture of how all of our portfolio holdings have performed for the first half of 2018. While some have disappointed relative to expectations, there were two standout small-caps within the technology space that comfortably exceeded forecasts. Here we... Show More

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The Insurers: QBE versus IAG

Hugh Giddy

There have been so many results which have provoked share price volatility, with the usual mix of outstanding results such as CSL balanced by disappointing results like Vocus. Or ones like Boral, where management convinced the market the outlook is bright despite a weak performance in key parts of the... Show More

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15 stocks to watch following reporting season

Alex Cowie

The chaos of reporting season makes a good case against markets being efficient. It will take weeks, if not months, to fully parse the recent data download of many hundreds of reports, and to also process views gleamed from the ensuing company roadshows. Reporting season can thus generate a long... Show More

What Mattered Today; Buy banks into seasonal strength

James Gerrish

There was actually a lot on the radar today despite reporting season cooling down this week - another couple of days and we’ll be done. All up it’s been good, more upgrades than downgrades and better outlooks in aggregate. A ‘tick’ thus far. QBE was out with results and they... Show More


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Does QBE have the capital for their buy-back?

Hugh Dive

There is an esteemed group of companies on the ASX, such as CSL and Macquarie, where investors give management the benefit of the doubt. They trust that short-term issues can be overcome, and that future earnings guidance will not only be met, but may even be exceeded. Once upon a... Show More

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Pricing growth: Why simple doesn't work

Alex Pollak

In the twelve months to Monday of this week, the S&P500 index is up 15.02%, while Alibaba is up 80%, Google is up 29.3%, Amazon is up 71% and Apple is up 24%. By contrast, Exxon is down 5.6%, Coke is up 7.6% and General Motors is up 11%. To... Show More


The best investing strategy now normal volatility has resumed

Clime Asset Management

Volatility is the value investor’s best friend and weeks like last week are welcome opportunities, not reasons to panic. For so long quality companies with growth traded above the prices we wanted to pay but last week’s indiscriminate selling knocked their prices down to levels sufficiently below valuations for us... Show More

Buy Hold Sell: 5 overlooked big caps

Buy Hold Sell

After looking at the five most-tipped stocks from our survey, this week we put on our contrarian hats and review the most overlooked big caps from the list. These are the stocks that barely got a mention at all in the 2700 responses to the survey. Sometimes the best deals... Show More


What Mattered Today: QBE continues to rally

James Gerrish

A second day of gains for the ASX with the market trading back up above 6050 following on from the positive gains yesterday. Healthcare has a good day led by strong follow up buying in Resmed while QBE was in the spotlight adding another 5.37% to trade back up around... Show More


What Mattered Today; QBE, a buy or SELL here?

James Gerrish

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


What Mattered Today; Signs of a short term top

James Gerrish

Another day that saw the best of things early on with the market trading up in the morning session before some tepid – subdued profit taking unfolded later on. Some good economic data out today with November Building Approvals shooting the lights out printing +11.7% v forecasts of -1.3% while... Show More


Where to find opportunities in large companies

Clime Asset Management

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

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The contrarian case for QBE

Justin Koonin

QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE) is a large and complicated entity. In fact, the scope of the business and the nature of insurance make it quite hard to understand the business completely. This uncertainty creates buying opportunities, and as Graph 1 shows, the stock has been a large beneficiary of... Show More

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One sector about to hit the sweet spot

Livewire Exclusive

Looking for quality and value is so popular that it’s hard to find an edge. Undervalued stocks can stay that way for years on end, and high-quality stocks that have run hard can come to a sudden stop. Andrew Martin, Portfolio Manager at Alphinity Investment Management, says the earnings cycle... Show More


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Insights from recent management meetings

Martin Conlon

Amongst the raft of post result management meetings there is always much food for thought. In some cases, management teams convey thoughtful and coherent interpretations of the challenges and opportunities facing the business and their plans to deal with them. In others, the challenge of negotiating a shallow stream between... Show More

Sunset Strip afternoon trading wrap

Mathan Somasundaram

Local market had a slide after flip flopping early in the day. Commodities bounce helped the miners after US Fed, ECB and BOE moved dovish. UK recovery in wages growth and historically low unemployment helps support the economy despite the high inflation and low currency. Show More

QBE Insurance Half Year Result: QBE profit jumps but emerging markets underperform


QBE reported a statutory net profit after tax of US$345 million, an increase of 30% from US$265 million in the previous corresponding period (pcp). Cash profit after tax, also rose by 30% to US$374 million from $287 million in the pcp. Adjusted net profit after tax increased by 76% to... Show More

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First Impressions from Reporting

Bell Potter

In this daily reporting season update, we provide first impressions on key takeouts from companies reporting today, including QBE Insurance (QBE), ASX (ASX), Wesfarmers (WES), Cochlear (COH), Telstra Corporation (TLS), Mirvac (MGR), Tatts Group (TTS), Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) and Adelaide Brighton (ABC) with links through to more detailed reports. Show More

Profit warnings and profit upgrades in 2017

Richard Coppleson

Of the profit warnings this year, 81% of them have been "downgrades". I have found some really interesting observations that I’ll mention through this note that are worth being aware of, before then discussing the main 15 "Positive" Profit Warnings in 2017. Show More

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