Mid-Session 18 Aug 17: Market sharply lower after a slump on global markets

August 18, 2017

The local share market is down almost 1%, amid a global rout which followed the terror attack in Barcelona overnight. Defensive sectors are outperforming, while the financial sector is down 1.4%, weighing heavily on the market. 

 

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Investor Signposts 18 Aug 17: Quiet week ahead on the economic front

August 18, 2017

CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including the CBA Business Sales Indicator, detailed jobs data and the Jackson Hole symposium. 

 

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AM Report 18 Aug 17:Barcelona attack and US political agenda concerns hit stocks

August 17, 2017

US sharemarkets fell sharply on Thursday. Investors reacted to news of a Barcelona terror attack that killed at least 13 people and injured more than 80. Investors were also worried by political instability in Washington in the aftermath of the closure of the President's business councils. Disappointment on earnings from Walmart also weighed on sentiment. The Dow Jones fell by 274 points or 1.1%. The S&P 500 fell by 1.5% while the Nasdaq lost 123 points or 1.9%. 

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Market Close 17 Aug 17: Market loses early gains to finish weaker

August 17, 2017

The ASX 200 has closed down 0.10% to 5,779, held back by a heavy fall in Telstra shares which sank 10.6% after the telco revised its dividend policy. 

 

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QBE Insurance Half Year Result 17 Aug 17: QBE profit jumps but emerging markets underperform

August 17, 2017

QBE reported a statutory net profit after tax of US$345 million, an increase of 30% from US$265 million in the previous corresponding period.

 

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Wesfarmers Full Year Result 17 Aug 17: WES lifts profits thanks to Bunnings & coal business

August 17, 2017

Wesfarmers posted a largely in-line with consensus 22.1% lift in annual profit (excluding significant items) to $2.73bn. The result was driven by a lift in earnings at its Bunnings stores and a return to profitability for its coal mining business, thanks to the surging price of the commodity. 

 

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ASX Full Year Result 17 Aug 17: A lift in volatility helps boost ASX Limited’s bottom line

August 17, 2017

ASX has reported a 2% lift in net profit after tax, helped by greater trading volumes on the back of a lift in volatility and strong futures trading volumes.

 

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Cochlear Full Year Result 17 Aug 17: COH expects positive momentum to continue into 2018

August 17, 2017

Cochlear's total sales revenue increased by 12% in constant currency (CC) to $1,239.7 million in 2017, while total expenses rose by 10% in CC to $942.7 million. As a result EBIT rose 15% in CC to $315.6 million.

 

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Telstra Full Year Result 17 Aug 17: The expected cut to TLS’s future dividends is now a reality

August 17, 2017
Telstra reported a softer than expected set of full year numbers and also advised the market it would be cutting its dividend payout ratio in the future. Revenue for the year fell 2.7%, total income also fell by 4.9% and its mobile revenue decreased by 3.2%.
 
 
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Tatts Group Full Year Result: TTS profits held back by merger costs & drop in jackpots

August 17, 2017

Tatts posted a weaker than expected $220.5m full year net profit. The near 6% slide in earnings was driven by merger costs, fewer jackpots and bad weather which hurt its wagering business. 

 

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