Resources set to drive ASX to 8000 at year’s end

Original article by William McInnes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 28 : 9-Jul-21

Mike Aked of global investment manager Research Affiliates says Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index could rise above 8,000 points by the end of 2021. He expects the resources sector to drive the local market higher, on the back of the continued strength of commodity prices. Financial stocks have been the main driver of the local bourse’s recent rally, although the materials sector has surged in the last several weeks amid a rebound in the prices of commodities such as iron ore and copper.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, RESEARCH AFFILIATES LLC

CBA breaks through $100 for first time

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 27-May-21

Shares in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia reached a record intra-day high of $100.20 on 26 May, ending the session at $99.58. CBA’s share price has risen by 12 per cent so far in May, giving it a market capitalisation of $176.7bn. It is now the biggest stock on the local bourse, and the world’s 11th largest bank in terms of market capitalisation. Brett Le Mesurier of Velocity Trade expects CBA shares to trade at around $100 in the near-term, but Dean Fergie of Cyan Investment Management says the stock could rise further.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, VELOCITY TRADE, CYAN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Budget 2021: Stock winners and losers

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 24 : 13-May-21

Macquarie Equities has identified stocks that are likely to benefit from measures in the federal government’s May 2021 Budget. The extension of the instant asset write-off for businesses should boost the sales of companies such as JB Hi-Fi and Wesfarmers, while CSR, CIMIC and Seven Group are among the stocks that should benefit from the government’s move to ramp up infrastructure investment and provide further stimulus for the housing sector. Meanwhile, travel-related stocks were sold down on 12 May after the government signalled that Australia’s international borders will not re-open for some time.

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JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, CSR LIMITED – ASX CSR, CIMIC GROUP LIMITED – ASX CIM, SEVEN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SVW, MACQUARIE EQUITIES LIMITED

Options for investors as bourse nears record high

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 20 : 9-Apr-21

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 is within striking distance of its record high of 7,197.2 points, set in February 2020. The index reached an intra-day high of 7,012.4 points on 8 April, having gained 60 per cent since falling to a pandemic-induced low in March 2020. The index has gained three per cent in the month to date, compared with an average gain of 2.5 per cent in April. Pieter Stoltz of UBS expects cyclicals and value stocks to outperform the broader sharemarket in the near-term; he also likes stocks with overseas earnings and those with exposure to the housing and mining services sectors.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

UBS sees sharp drop in iron ore price

Original article by Lachlan Moffet Gray
The Australian – Page: 16 : 6-Apr-21

UBS expects a looming increase in global iron ore supply to result in the price of the steel input falling below $US100 per tonne in the December 2021 quarter. The iron price peaked at more than $US170 per tonne earlier in the year, but UBS says it is reaching an ‘inflection point’. The firm notes that iron ore shipments from Brazil are increasing, while inventories at Chinese ports are increasing. UBS has reduced its share price targets for Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue Metals Group; the firm has also downgraded its recommendation on the latter two from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Platinum fears bloody end to mania

Original article by Richard Henderson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 & 33 : 1-Apr-21

Platinum Asset Management CEO Andrew Clifford warns that the ‘speculative mania’ in growth stocks is not sustainable and will eventually end. He believes that rising yields on long-dated bonds will be the catalyst for the demise of the boom at the speculative end of the sharemarket. Clifford expects investors to re-embrace cyclical stocks as the domestic economy opens up in the COVID-19 pandemic and hard-hit sectors such as travel and leisure recover.

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PLATINUM ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX PTM

Blue chips steal AGM season spotlight

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 12-Oct-20

Futures pricing suggests that the Australian sharemarket will open flat on 12 October, despite a positive lead from Wall Street. The annual general meetings season is set to again be the key focus for investors in the coming week; the Commonwealth Bank, Telstra and CSL are among the blue-chip stocks that are slated to hold their AGMs. Macquarie has indicated that trading updates and commentary are likely to be of increased importance during the current AGM season, given that just 19 per cent of listed companies provided earnings guidance during the recent reporting season.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG

Investors brace for harder hit from second wave

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 20 : 9-Jul-20

The S&P/ASX 200 has shed 3.2 per in the last three trading sessions, while the Australian dollar has retreated ahead of Melbourne going into lockdown. Damien Boey of Credit Suisse says policymakers may have underestimated the economic cost of the lockdown, which may be closer to $26bn than the $6bn that has been forecast. He adds that the new lockdown may the "straw that broke the camel’s back" for many small businesses that were already struggling. Analysts also expect the new coronavirus outbreak in Victoria to weigh on corporate earnings and dividend payouts.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Greed, fear: ASX wraps worst year since 2012

Original article by William McInnes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 12 & 24 : 1-Jul-20

The Australian sharemarket shed 10.9 per cent during 2019-20, in a turbulent financial year for investors. The local bourse reached a record high in February, before the coronavirus pandemic prompted a savage sell-off. However, a number of stocks performed well during 2019-20, with Afterpay, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Mesoblast all gaining more than 100 per cent. Fund managers warn that the August reporting season will be a key test for the sharemarket’s recent rebound.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, AFTERPAY LIMITED – ASX APT, FISHER AND PAYKEL HEALTHCARE CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX FPH, MESOBLAST LIMITED – ASX MSB

What crisis? Bull market rages on as beaten-down banks lead value charge

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 13 & 19 : 5-Jun-20

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained more than 30 per cent since reaching a seven-year low of 4,402.5 points on 23 March. Morgan Stanley estimates that the benchmark index is currently trading on a record 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio of about 19.55 times. While there has been strong support for some defensive growth stocks, value stocks continue to outperform; Chris Nicol of Morgan Stanley says there will be further upside for value stocks if there is a V-shaped economic recovery.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED