Today’s Headlines

  • ASX 200 closes up 32 at 6057
  • High 6071 Low 6034.
  • Low volume ahead of long weekend
  • Banks and resources lift.
  • BHP leads miners higher on commodity prices.
  • Consumer stocks push ahead.
  • Shanghai rebar at highest since March 1.
  • AUD higher steady at 76.57c
  • Bitcoin higher at US$7712
  • AUD Gold steady at $1297.
  • US futures up 31.
  • Asian markets firmer with Japan up 0.80% and China CSI 300 up 0.19%


Movers and Shakers

  • WES +1.77% strategy and demerger of Coles.
  • MYX +5.49% US regulatory changes.
  • AVZ -20.83% director selling.
  • WTP -5.73% scheme of arrangment falls short.
  • KGN +2.30% finding support.
  • ING -9.05% CEO moves on.
  • STO +3.81% better oil prices in Asia.
  • GSC -3.19%  senior executives appointed.
  • IDX +3.39% presentation.
  • MSB +2.72% biotechs attrracting some attention.
  • HIG +7.41% change in substantial shareholding.
  • AMP -2.95% another class action.7-year low.
  • LVH +3.08% investor presentation.
  • GFY -unchanged- another serious profit downgrade to come.
  • OLI – unchanged- director buying.
  • MTS -1.85% broker downgrades.
  • CIM +5.72% contract wins.
  • Speculative stock of the day: Stemcell United (SCU) +52.17% after the company announced an industrial hemp licence in China. Yunnan Hua Fang Industrial Hemp (HFIH) is now licenced to engage in planting, processing and selling of industrial hemp products. SCU has the right to invest $760,000 ofr a 51% interest in HFIH.
  • Biggest risers – CIM, MYX, A2M, STO, SFR and WGN.
  • Biggest fallers – ING, ORE, IRI, AJM, NRW and GSC.


  • Wesfarmers (WES) +1.77% Strategy Briefing. The company expects to demerge Coles during FY19 however there will be no change to the dividend policy. Nothing else really exciting.
  • Inghams Group (ING) –9.05% CEO Mick McMahon will step down after the results in August after 4 years in the role. A search for a replacement has commenced, in the meantime Chief Commercial Officer Quinton Hildebrand will step in as acting CEO until the role has been filled.
  • Investa Office (IOF) –0.39% Signed an 11-year lease commitment with a law firm for its Barack place in Sydney, representing 26% of the lettable space. Net lettable space is now 83% committed.
  • AMP (AMP) -2.95% has been hit by a fourth class action over the scandal revealed by the Royal Commission. Slater and Gordon announced they will be filling the action for investors who acquired shares in AMP between June 7, 2012, and April 15, 2018, on a no win, no fee basis.
  • Fortescue Metals (FMG) -1.25% the company has crashed the Mineral Resource (MIN) -0.59% party by buying 15% of takeover target Atlas Iron (AGO) -12.5% at 4c bringing their shareholding up to 19.9% and will not vote in favour of the takeover. Some time ago we highlighted this stock as a strategically desirable iron ore play.


  • The AiG performance of construction index fell 1.8 points in April to 55.4 however marked the 15th consecutive month of expansion (readings above 50). A key take-away was that business employment grew at the fastest pace in 3.5 years to 59.5.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms the balance of trade fell by 44% or $754m to $977m in April. Exports fell 2% to $34,188m led by falls in non-rural goods and non-monetary gold. Imports fell by $9m to $33,211m with pretty similar falls across the sub-categories of consumption goods, non-monetary gold, capital goods and other merchandise.


  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods and services credits fell $763m (2%) to $34,188m. Non-rural goods fell $544m (2%), non-monetary gold fell $294m (16%) and rural goods fell $8m. Net exports of goods under merchanting rose $5m (83%). Services credits rose $78m (1%).


  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods and services debits fell $9m to $33,211m. Consumption goods fell $202m (2%) and non-monetary gold fell $104m (15%). Capital goods rose $114m (2%) and intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $111m (1%). Services debits rose $71m (1%).



  • Malaysian central bank governor has resigned.


  • Google looks set to face a EU penalty over abuse of dominance.
  • A ‘Sonic Attack’ is suspected on a number of US staff in China.
  • The EU is pressing ahead with extra trade tariffs for EUR2.8bn worth of ‘Made in USA’ products.
  • Volvo aims for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2025.
  • G7 meeting is shaping up as a G6 plus 1 in Quebec. Macron warns Trump it will not sign a joint statement at the meeting. Same with Germany. Macron wants the G6 to stand up to the US. Few shorts building at 7.

And finally…………

A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the Blonde CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.
‘Listen,’ said the CEO, ‘this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work for me?’
‘Certainly,’ said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.
‘Excellent, excellent!’ said the CEO, as his paper disappeared inside the machine. ‘I just need one copy…’



A man runs to the doctor and says, “Doctor, you’ve got to help me. My wife thinks she’s a chicken!”
The doctor asks, “How long has she had this condition?”
“Two years,” says the man.
“Then why did it take you so long to come and see me?” asked the shrink.
The man shrugs his shoulders and replies, “We needed the eggs.”




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