ASX sails to 8pc return with BHP leading the pack

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 29 : 29-Jun-18

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index has posted a gain of 8.6 per cent prior to dividends so far in 2017-18, after rising 9.3 per cent in 2016-17. BHP Billiton, CSL and Macquarie Group have been the biggest contributors to the local market’s gains in the current financial year. Citigroup has forecast that the ASX 200 will rise to 6,500 points in 2018-19, while the consensus of analysts is for earnings-per-share growth of eight per cent in 2018-19.

CORPORATES
STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, XERO LIMITED – ASX XRO, WISETECH GLOBAL LIMITED – ASX WTC, AFTERPAY TOUCH GROUP LIMITED – ASX APT, ALTIUM LIMITED – ASX ALU, APPEN LIMITED – ASX APX, BLOOMBERG LP, STANDARD AND POOR’S 500 INDEX, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT, ATLAS FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

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