Rate cut to avoid poll date as economy becomes battleground

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 19 & 29 : 12-Apr-19

Financial markets have priced in a 25 basis point reduction in official interest rates by October, although the chances of a rate cut during the federal election campaign are seen to be low. Meanwhile, Shane Oliver of AMP Capital says historical analysis shows that movements in global sharemarkets tend to have a bigger impact on the local bourse than the outcome of a federal election. However, he notes that Labor’s policies such as income tax and franking credit reforms may weigh on shares and the Australian dollar.

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Citi slaps 6500 target on ASX 200 by year’s end

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 29-Mar-19

Citigroup is bullish about the outlook for the S&P/ASX 200, forecasting that it will end 2019 at 6,500 points and reach 6,650 points by mid-2020. The benchmark index has gained 9.4 per cent so far in the first quarter of 2019, following a nine per cent decline in the December 2018 quarter. Citigroup is particularly upbeat about the resources sector. Meanwhile, Andrew Garthwaite of Credit Suisse has upgraded his recommendation on resources stocks from ‘neutral’ to ‘overweight’.

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Shares hit by fresh global growth fears

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 26-Mar-19

The bearish sentiment that saw the S&P/ASX 200 fall to a three-month low on 25 March also weighed on the local bond market, with the yield on Australian 10-year bonds reaching a record low of 1.756 per cent. Growing concern about the outlook for the global economy also prompted a decline in the yield on US government bonds, with the yield curve inverting for the first time since 2007. Meanwhile, the Australian dollar reached an low of $US0.7066 in local trading, and Steven Miller Grant Samuel Funds Management expects it to fall further.

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Shares on track for bumper quarter

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 21 & 30 : 22-Mar-19

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained 9.2 per cent so far in 2019, putting it on track for the best quarterly return since 2009. The rebound follows a loss of 6.9 per cent for the benchmark index in calendar 2018, including a nine per cent loss in the fourth quarter. However, Chris Nicol of Morgan Stanley is bearish about the outlook for the local bourse, forecasting that the S&P/ASX 200 will end the year at 5,800 points. He also forecasts economic growth of just two per cent in 2019.

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Tough earnings season ahead as pressure builds

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 31-Jan-19

Tony Brennan of Citigroup says earnings guidance in the February 2019 reporting season is likely to be influenced by factors such as the slowdown in Australia’s housing market and falling business sentiment. Brennan says companies in a range of sectors have downgraded their earnings forecasts in recent months, and this may be reflected in the upcoming profit reporting season. The S&P/ASX 200 has gained 4.3 per cent so far in 2019, and Citigroup still expects it to test the 6,300-point level by the end of the year.

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Storm clouds gathering after a promising start

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 24 : 30-Jan-19

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 has gained more than four per cent so far in 2019, putting it on track to achieve its best performance in the month of January in five years. However, the local market could face a number of headwinds in the near-term, including the outlook for US interest rates and trade negotiations between the US and China. There is growing speculation that the Federal Reserve will pause its monetary policy tightening in 2019, and the exact timing of the next move in the cash rate remains uncertain.

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Sharemarkets burst out of blocks

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 15 & 18 : 29-Jan-19

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained 4.6 per cent so far in January 2019, and it has risen eight per cent since reaching a two-year low in December. Jason Steed of JP Morgan says the benchmark index could test the 6,300-point level by the end of 2019, which implies a 12 per cent gain for the year. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank expects the S&P/ASX 200 to finish the year at 6,150 points. Overseas sharemarkets have also started the year strongly, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having risen for five consecutive weeks.

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Hurdles ahead, but ASX could reach 6000

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 18 : 9-Jan-19

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 reached an intra-day high of 5,733.7 points on 8 January, having fallen to 5,410.2 points on 24 December. Morgan Stanley says the financial services royal commission, the upcoming federal election, the impact of falling house prices on consumer confidence and the outlook for the Chinese economy are key risks for the local bourse in the near-term. However, Chris Nicol and Daniel Blake of Morgan Stanley expect the market to rise above 6,000 points in 2019.

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ASX headed for bounce in 2019

Original article by Tim Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 2-Jan-19

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 shed 6.9 per cent in 2018, ending the year at 5,646.4 points. However, economists are generally upbeat about the outlook for the Australian sharemarket in 2019. Stephen Koukoulas of Market Economics says the market could gain around 20 per cent, while Stephen Roberts of Laminar Capital forecasts a rise of 8-12 per cent. Meanwhile, Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics expects the S&P 500 to shed around 15 per cent in 2019, which in turn is likely to weigh on the Australian market.

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Fed rate hike roils global markets

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 15 & 21 : 21-Dec-18

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 has shed 9.2 per cent so far in 2018, and 11 per cent during the current quarter. The local market’s 1.3 per cent fall on 20 December was accompanied by large falls across Asia, while the Australian dollar reached a low of $US.7086 and the yield on 10-year Australian bonds fell to 2.3 per cent. Financial markets believe that the US Federal Reserve made a policy mistake in signalling further monetary policy tightening over the next few years and it may have to reduce interest rates within two years.

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