Today’s Headlines

  • ASX 200 cruises through 6200 up 26 to 6208 as banks run out of puff at close.
  • High 6234 Low 6184. Big volume following ETO expiry.
  • ASX 200 up 12pts for the week and the quarter. Yes really.
  • Banking Royal Commission focusses on greed and regulator failure.
  • Miners sidelined as banks rise initially. BHP looking good.
  • Bulk Commodity basket at six-month high
  • Healthcare remains under pressure.
  • AUD slips to 72.17c on USD strength. Yen hits a new low.
  • Bitcoin higher at US$6699
  • Aussie Gold weaker at $1641.
  • US futures down 20
  • Asian markets rally on strong USD Japan up 1.51% and China up 0.86%


  • SXY +4.17% oil price kick
  • MSB +4.88% rally resumes.
  • NAN +4.97% broker upgrade.
  • NEA +2.37% book squaring.
  • WGN +2.84% pilot training win.
  • BKL -3.33% thin volume.
  • HLO -4.74% profit-taking after huge run.
  • MQG -1.34% German woes weigh.
  • SDA -3.84% selling resumes.
  • CGC -1.25% profit-taking.
  • CSR -2.33% US housing weighs.
  • TBR +12.20% revised date for second dividend payment.
  • RAP +5.00% annual report
  • NHC +3.95% positive coal price moves.
  • Speculative stock of the day: Biotron (BIT) +115.79% after a significant immunological outcome in BIT222 HIV-1 Clinical trial. Phase two showing significant benefits.
  • Biggest risers – HSN, PPH,NAN, MSB, SXY and NHC
  • Biggest fallers – HLO, FAR, SDA, BKL, A2M and WPP


  • CIMIC (CIM) +0.80% CIMIC Group’s construction firm CPB Contractors as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) has been awarded a $1 billion package of works by the Victorian Government in support of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.
  • Westpac (WBC) +1.16% Announced it will cease to own Ascalon Capital Managers following a deal with Generation Development Group Limited (GDG) under which GDG will invest in Ascalon and become its ultimate owner.


  • Royal Commission in focus.

  • Residential mortgage lending has risen in August while household debt has risen to 190.5% of household income, up from the last measured ratio of 189.6%, according to the latest data from the Reserve Bank and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
  • Loans to owner-occupiers rose 0.48% to $1.09tn and lending to investors was up a slight 0.03% to $557.6bn.



  • Leading indicators for China’s economy show growth continued slowing in September amid the escalating trade war with the U.S.

  • An index developed by London-based research firm World Economics, based on a survey of sales managers in China, tumbled this month to its lowest level in two years.
  • Hong Kong house prices declined for the first time in 29 months in August.
  • Industrial production in Japan grew at a slower pace than forecast in August while retail sales posted the fastest rise in eight months.


  • Elon Musk accused of fraud by SEC. May face ban from board of Tesla.
  • British consumer confidence dipped lower in September amid uncertainty around Brexit.Boris Johnson unveils his ‘cunning plan’ for Brexit today in the media. A little late perhaps. Should have had a plan going into the referendum.
  • Global M&A activity hits a record. US3.3 trillion of deals in 2018.
  • The US is working to stop Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from building a major internet infrastructure project in Papua New Guinea.
  • The WTO has downgraded global growth on the back of the trade wa bu 0.5% to 3.9% and 3.7% next year.
  • Postman Pat creator has died.
  • Wherever you are may your team win this weekend. Clocks go back next weekend. NSW public holiday Monday.

And finally……

A: I have the perfect son.
B: Does he smoke?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he drink whiskey?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he ever come home late?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?
A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.





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