A November to remember amid US poll results, vaccine hope

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 13 & 20 : 12-Nov-20

Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 has gained 8.8 per cent so far in November, and it is now just 11.5 per cent shy of the record peak of 7,197.2 points in February. The market has been boosted by factors such as the outcome of the US presidential election and the encouraging initial clinical trial results for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine candidate. JP Morgan anticipates further upside for equities, forecasting that the global bull run is not yet over.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, JP MORGAN AND COMPANY INCORPORATED

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

Results so far are a shot in the arm for investors

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 23 : 20-Aug-20

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained two per cent since the start of the August reporting season. Investors have responded positively to earning results, dividend payouts and outlook guidance, as well as a rally in the S&P 500 and the continued strength of commodity prices. Indeed, dividend announcements were a common factor among many stocks that outperformed on 19 August; likewise, a lack of dividend payments contributed to some stocks being sold down.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, STANDARD AND POOR’S 500 INDEX

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

Investors should brace for another sharemarket sell-off, warn analysts

Original article by Euan Black
The New Daily – Page: Online : 12-May-20

The S&P/ASX200 has gained more than 20 per cent since 23 March, rebounding from a major sell-off in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Glenn Leese of TradingView cautions that the local bourse may retreat again; he notes that sharemarkets often rally after a big fall, only to incur an even larger slump. He adds that sharemarket crashes and corrections normally occur in a series of three waves, and the local market is currently experiencing its second wave.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, TRADINGVIEW

Bull to bear in three weeks with market down 20pc as Trump leaves the world waiting

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 12-Mar-20

The Australian sharemarket is now officially in bear market territory, having shed 20 per cent since reaching a record high of 7,162.5 points just three weeks ago. Some $13bn worth of shares changed hands on 11 March, which is the fifth-highest daily total on record. Richard Coppleson of Bell Potter expects market volatility to persist for at least another month or so. Meanwhile, Josh Williamson of Citigroup now expects Australia to record minus 0.25 per cent GDP growth in the March quarter and zero growth in the June quarter.

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BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

$150bn shares rout as oil crunch sparks panic

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 10-Mar-20

The Australian sharemarket has recorded its biggest one-day fall since the global financial crisis. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 shed 455.6 points or 7.3 per cent to close at 5,760.6 points on 9 March. The local market has now lost 19.6 per cent in less than three weeks. Asian markets were also heavily sold down. Mining and energy stocks have been amongst the hardest hit, with BHP falling 14 per cent and Oil Search down 35 per cent after a big fall in the crude oil price.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX ALL ORDINARIES INDEX, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH

Investors rush to safe havens as stocks slide, dollar dives in coronavirus rout

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 26 : 28-Feb-20

The Australian sharemarket has fallen by seven per cent since reaching a record high of 7,197.2 points on 20 February, slashing its capitalisation by $150bn. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 reached an intra-day low of 6,630.5 points on 27 February, its lowest level in three months, while the Australian dollar tested an 11-year low. Mikhail Sprogis of Goldman Sachs has forecast that the gold price will top $US1,800 an ounce in the next 12 months, amid a flight to safe-haven investments.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INCORPORATED