Iron ore outlook not so bleak: analysts

Original article by Al Root
The Australian – Page: Online : 15-Aug-19

Goldman Sachs analyst Paul Young has upgraded his rating for Fortescue Metals from ‘hold’ to ‘buy’, despite the recent slump in the price of iron ore. Young has also set a price target of $9.80 for Fortescue, around 35 per cent higher than recent levels. Although JP Morgan has noted recently that Vale is producing more ore and Chinese steel inventories are on the increase, Young notes that Goldman’s commodities team has recently upgraded 2019, 2020 and 20201 estimated iron ore prices.

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$47bn lost as currency war erupts

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 25 : 7-Aug-19

The Australian sharemarket has shed 5.4 per cent since reaching a record high in late July, as fears of a currency war add to tensions over the ongoing US-China trade war. However, Richard Coppleson of Bell Potter has downplayed concerns about the outlook for equities, saying a bear market is unlikely. He says there is not yet an all-out trade war, while interest rates are set to remain low. Shane Oliver of AMP Capital also does not expect a bear market, although he says shares are likely to fall further in the short-term.

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Share surge welcome but devil’s in the detail

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 1-Aug-19

The Australian sharemarket gained 21 per cent in the first seven months of 2019, its best start to a calendar year since 1991. However, Jason Steed of JP Morgan still expects the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 to be trading at around 6,300 points at the end of 2019. He notes that although forward earning-per-share estimates have been revised upwards, this is primarily due to the mining sector. Meanwhile, Tony Brennan of Citigroup says the prospect of further official interest rate cuts could see the ASX 200 reach his firm’s mid-2020 target of 7,000 points.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

ASX hits record high, topping 2007 peak

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 25 : 31-Jul-19

The S&P/ASX 200 has more than doubled since reaching a low of 3,120.8 points during the global financial crisis. The Australian market’s year-to-date gain of 21 per cent is its strongest since 1991, potentially putting it on track for the best year since 2009. Meanwhile, Shane Oliver of AMP Capital warns that the 2019 rally means there is the risk of a short term correction, and Hasan Tevfik of MST Marquee says the market’s high forward price-to-earnings ratio means investors need to be "quite selective" about the stocks they buy.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, MST MARQUEE, PENGANA CAPITAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX PCG, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

It’s a long way to the top for a market in reach of record high

Original article by Andrew White, Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 30-Jul-19

The S&P/ASX 200 closed less than three points shy of its all-time record on 29 July, but the upcoming corporate earnings season may see the benchmark index reach a new high. The S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 surpassed their 2007 peaks in 2013, while the Nikkei did so in 2015. Alphinity Investment Management’s Bruce Smith has downplayed the significance of the ASX 200’s rise, noting that the S&P ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index also rose above its 2007 levels in 2013 and has since consistently reached new highs.

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Rate cut to spur ASX to even greater heights

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 30 : 7-Jun-19

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 has gained more than12 per cent so far in 2019, including a one per cent gain since the Reserve Bank reduced the cash rate on 4 June. The first interest rate cut in almost three years may provide the catalyst for further sharemarket gains, particularly given the higher yields at present from equities than bonds and cash products such as term deposits. There is also growing expectations of further monetary policy easing before the end of 2019.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

ASX surge isn’t over yet, but there are dangers

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 28 : 28-May-19

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 has gained 14 per cent so far in 2019, closing at around 6,452 points on 27 May, and some analysts expect it to rise further. Citigroup now expects the benchmark index to top 6,700 points by the end of the year and reach the 6,850-point level by mid-2020. However, Chris Nicol of Morgan Stanley expects the local bourse to experience a ‘cooling off period’ following its recent peak at a 12-year high.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MACQUARIE EQUITIES LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Big four reap gains and reward contrarians

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 28 : 2-May-19

The S&P/ASX 200 Banks Index has gained nearly 15 per cent since late December, following a sell-off in the wake of the misconduct exposed by the Hayne royal commission. Tony Brennan of Citigroup says bank stocks still represent a buying opportunity for investors, even though the sector continues to face headwinds. Meanwhile, JP Morgan notes that banks’ revenue may come under pressure if the cash rate is reduced more than once in coming months.

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Confession season to give rally a reality check

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 30-Apr-19

The Australian sharemarket has had its best start to a calendar year since 1991, despite retreating on 29 April. However, the banks’ reporting season will be the next key test for the local bourse, along with trading updates from other listed companies. Meanwhile, the consensus forecast for growth in earnings per share in 2019 is 2.8 per cent, compared with 8.4 per cent at the same time in 2018.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, STANDARD AND POOR’S 500 INDEX, SHANGHAI COMPOSITE INDEX, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED

FOMO or TINA? Stocks hit seven-month high but rocky road ahead

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 24 : 24-Apr-19

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained 12 per cent so far in 2019, making its best start to a calendar year in two decades. The benchmark index is now trading on a 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 15.75 times, compared with a long-term average of around 14 times. Although ‘fear of missing out’ has been a key driver of the domestic market, ‘there is no alternative’ to shares has probably also played a role in the recent rise. However, investors should also be mindful of the adage ‘sell in May and go away’.

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