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Trading Day

The S&P/ASX 200 slumped on the open, down over 160 points or nearly 4% and is now at 4115 points. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar sharp losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 3.5% at 9319 points, and the Hang Seng falling further, down 4.5% at 20895 points. Other risk assets are getting walloped, with

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Earnings Update: RIO, TCL, ERA

Three companies reported earnings today on the ASX: Rio Tinto (RIO), Transurban (TCL) and Energy Resources Australia (ERA). Macrobusiness will be reporting on earnings and valuing the key companies throughout the earnings season. Remember to bookmark the overall update here. Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) ERA reported a loss of $121.7 million in the six

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Trading Day: QE reprieve?

The S&P/ASX 200 is down slightly after midday, 16 points or 0.3% at 4316, after digesting European market plunges and US market shenanigans overnight. Other Asian markets are experiencing gains, with the Nikkei 225 up 0.97% at 9724 points, and the Hang Seng steady at 22026 points. Other risk assets are generally down, with the

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Cost cutting is not a strategy

It’s going to be tough out there for Australian companies not in the mining sector. A Macquarie report shows that companies are battening down the hatches as they are faced with higher costs and weaker demand. While this is hardly a surprise finding in an economy, ex-mining, that is close to recession it is clear

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Mining takes the money (all of it)

The lack of new capital raising in the Australian market is highlighted in a story in the Financial Review today. It is hardly surprising. According to Deutsche Bank, the ASX200’s performance between June 2009 and June 2011 is: 91%, relative to Europe, 84% relative to Asia ex-Japan and 80% relative to the US. That underperformance has

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Trading Day: bath of blood

The S&P/ASX 200 crashed on the open and is down over 2% at midday, or a total of 96 points at 4337, wiping out 12 months worth of gains, and back down to the pre-QE2 low of August 2010. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 2.17% at 9631 points,

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Chart of the day: S&P head and shoulders top

The US S&P500 fell over 2.5% last night – a harbinger of further falls. Today’s chart shows that a head and shoulders formation has been completed, with the neckline at 1250 points (the orange line) and below the 200 day moving average. If the S&P500 closes the week below the neck line, the US stock

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Trading Day: can’t get no relief

The S&P/ASX 200 slumped on the open and is down over 1% after midday, waiting for the princes at Martin Place to maker their decision. The market is down a total of 58 points or 1.32% at 4439, wiping out most of yesterdays stellar gains. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar losses, with the Nikkei

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Equities Spotlight: Better (not) buy Bega

Bega – that well-known Australian food brand with the cheesy jingle – is launching an IPO, issuing 17.5 million shares at $2.00 a pop to raise $35 million.  They’ll also issue 850,000 shares to Bega employees at no cost as part of the float. One of the first things I read in the prospectus was

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Trading Day: relief rally

The S&P/ASX 200 jumped on the open and is up over 2% after midday, due to the “resolution” of the US debt crisis announced this morning. The market is up a total of 90 points or 2% at 4514. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar gains, with the Nikkei 225 up 1.87% at 10013 points,

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Market Earnings Season

The full year earnings season for listed companies on the ASX is upon us. MacroBusiness will endeavour to report earnings and surprises on the relevant ASX200 stocks, particularly the banks, retail/discretionary and resource companies as they come through over the next month or so. This post will be updated continously with links to the announcements,

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CBA’s online retail report

  CBA have released an excellent piece of research this morning that helps demystify foreign online spending by Australian consumers. The research is drawn from the bank’s credit card and merchant businesses. It’s a must read this one. Full report below. A million customers can’t be wrong There has been a dearth of reliable data

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Trading Day: bears have won

The S&P/ASX 200 opened slightly higher this morning on mixed messages from overnight equity markets, but has now slumped to a 10 month low, at 4447 points, down 0.37%. Other Asian markets are experiencing smaller losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 0.13% at 9888 points, and the Hang Seng down 0.18% at 22534 points. Other

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ASX fair value

  The two speed economy is starting to define the thinking of brokers. Merrill Lynch looks at the reporting season and makes a few fairly obvious observations about where the weaknesses lie. Merrill argues that uncertainty is the theme: in earnings and valuations. They argue if there is no growth in earnings for several years

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Wesfarmers sales up, prices down

  Wesfarmers has come out with a retail update that includes some good-looking sales numbers given Australia’s “cautious consumer” meme. The results by retail area are summarised in the tables below (sourced from the Wesfarmers update):  Full year FY11   Fourth Quarter FY11    The year-on-year details are as follows. Food and Liquor  Sales growth of 6.3%

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Trading Day: a waiting game

The S&P/ASX 200 slumped this morning on overnight falls from other equity markets, and has stabilised at 4485 points, falling 1.2%. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 1.05% at 9941 points, and the Hang Seng down 0.8% at 22354 points. Other risk assets are steady, with the AUD consolidating

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Trading Day: CPI weighs

The S&P/ASX 200 opened slightly lower this morning and began to claw back losses before the 11.30 CPI announcement. The market has stabilised and is down 15 points or 0.3% at 4557. Other Asian markets are experiencing small falls, with the Nikkei 225 down 0.5% at 10041 points, and the Hang Seng steady at 22568

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Trading Day: all the way with USA

The S&P/ASX 200 opened higher this morning and has built on those gains, now just over 1% or 47 points higher at 4577. Other Asian markets are experiencing modest gains, with the Nikkei 225 steady at 10054 points, and the Hang Seng up 0.8% at 22482 points. Other risk assets are up, with the AUD

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Brokers turn bullish on banks

The banks are nearing levels where they might be a buy accrding to a report by Credit Suisse. It raises an interesting question. CS is not particularly bullish on bank earnings, but believes the sell off has been overdone. That means that it is not rating the risk potential (of a severe housing correction) which, while it

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Trading Day: US unravels

With the US theatrics over debt ceilings continue into the opening of the Asian markets this morning, the S&P/ASX 200 slumped almost 1% and is now 42 points or 0.93% lower at 4560 points. Other Asian markets are experiencing similar losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 0.6% to 10068 points, and the Hang Seng also

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Trading Day: 22nd July

The S&P/ASX 200 jumped higher this morning and is now 38 points or 0.84% higher at 4594 points. Other Asian markets are up higher, with the Nikkei 225 up 0.9% to 10095 points, and the Hang Seng up strongly 1.35% at 22255 points. Other risk assets are mixed, with the AUD up strongly at 1.0825

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Trading Day: risk back on?

The S&P/ASX 200 opened higher this morning and built on those gains up over 0.5% before falling sharply just after midday – possibly due to news about the fall in Chinese industrial activity. The market is now 22 points off its intraday high, at 4554 points, only 5 points up on yesterday. Other Asian markets

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What if it’s all just a bad dream?

The debt problems in the US and Europe are creating widespread bearish sentiment in stock markets. The interconnection of financial markets is so great that reading investor sentiment has become a little like trying to spot fractals. A Greek butterfly flaps its debt laden wings and a hurricane occurs in the the Standard & Poors. But what happens

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European risk rally?

News this morning is that there is something of a breakthrough in Eurozone negotiations. From the FT: Germany and France appeared to settle their differences late on Wednesday over a new rescue package for Greece. No immediate details were available but Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said “a common German-French

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Trading Day: 20th July

The S&P/ASX 200 jumped over 1% on the open, and has built on those gains, rising a total of 1.61% or 73 points to 4541 points. Other Asian markets are all up, with the Nikkei 225 up 1.34% at 10022 points, and the Hang Seng steady at 21,915 points. Other risk assets are mixed, with

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Gas is solid

Energy is pretty much a one way bet in the global economy, perhaps the best play at a time when Australia’s two speed economy is sputtering. Brokers are having a look at Woodside, just about the biggest pure energy play in the Australian market. The question, as ever, is how much is the future priced

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Woolworths sales up 4.7%

Woolworths Limited (WOW) released their full year sales results (end of June 2011) today and it makes for interesting reading. The headline number is an increase of 4.7% in nominal terms on last year sales ($54.1 billion, up $2.4 billion). That’s an impressive result considering the flat line in other retail spending, as highlighted by

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Trading Day: 19th July

It’s deja vu all over again – the S&P/ASX 200 fell slightly on the open, falling slightly below the June lows, before rebounding and is now steady just after midday at 4470 points. Other Asian markets are all down, with the Nikkei 225 off 0.71% at 9903 points, and the Hang Seng down 0.28% at

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Two speeds not priced in

A report by Deutsche Bank today suggests that the two speed economy may not be being effectively priced in. The comparing with last financial year means it is not a long term comparison so of limited utility, but it may point to institutional trading strategies in the shorter term. Compared to their FY11 average, the

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Trading Day: 18th July

The S&P/ASX 200 fell over 20 points on the open, reaching the low experience in late June, before rebounding and is now steady just after midday to 4475 points. Other Asian markets are up, with the Nikkei 225 up 0.39% at 9974 points, and the Hang Seng up 0.54% at 21,993 points. Other risk assets