The ASX 200 rose 24 points to 6707 in a lacklustre cautious end to the week that was. For the record, the ASX 200 fell 2%. US futures up 36 points. A mixed day for the major stocks with banks digesting the RBNZ moves leaving CBA better by 0.5% whilst the rest flailed in its wake. WBC down 0.25% and ANZ down 0.45%. In other financials, MQG rose yet again by 1.15% together with some limited gains in insurers, IAG up 1.55% and MPL up 2.2%. Healthcare was a stand-out for a change, CSL rose 1.2% and RHC up 1.3% and SHL up 1.5%. Consumer stocks positive with WOW up 0.9%. Miners were weaker with BHP off 0.1% and FMG rejecting recent highs and falling 0.6%. Energy stocks mixed as OPEC ends in a NATO like meeting. More to come from OPEC plus but production cuts look more than some anticipated at 500k barrels a day. WPL up 0.45%.. In corporate news, Mike Kane’s tenure at BLD looks tenuous at best, after the company came clean on transparency issues with its North American windows business. Not a great look with a clear and present danger to earnings and reputation. The stock dropped another 6.3% today. In other corporate news, the years biggest IPO hit the market in TYR, a fintech, having a great debut up 22.9% although off its highs. Nothing economically, the dollar was steady, and the 10-year yield up to 1.12%. Asian markets better ahead of more fun and games in HK this weekend. China up 0.2% and Japan up 0.8% on yet more stimulus.
- ASX 200 up 24 to 6707.
- High 6712 Low 6682. Volumes below average.
- Healthcare firms. Bond proxies and defensives better.
- Banks mixed. Miners weak.
- BLD sees clear and present danger.
- TYR soars. Aramco raises US$25.6bn.
- OPEC could cut by 500k barrels a day. Not that anyone will comply.
- 10-year bond yields rally to 1.12%.
- AUD firms to 68.41c
- US futures up 36 points.
- Aussie gold steady at $2156
- Bitcoin big rally to US$7380
- Asian markets firm with Japan up 0.3% on yet more stimulus and China up 0.2%. Hong Kong faces a testing weekend again.
- BLD -6.30% transparency an issue.
- BUB -6.54% competes capital raising.
- MP1 +5.47% completes capital raise.
- SBM -2.33% CEO change. Shuffles the decks.
- OPT 2.64 completes raising.
- SYD +1.32% investor day presentation.
- ISX -suspended still but warns that growth softening.
- OCL +10.00% finishes strongly. Low volume.
- AVH 3.42% nice bounce.
- MSB +2.15% runs out of early puff again.
- APT +0.50% reopens SPP backdated to June.
- CAT -5.85% loses a life.
- AFG -4.40% mortgage brokers under pressure.
- PPK -2.32% losing its mojo.
- JIN -2.16% no cherries today again.
- ALU +0.14% impact of trade war bites.
- SCG +0.26% buys 50% of Perth shopping centre.
- WHA – agreement with Chemist Warehouse.
- SOL +0.93% AGM defends cross shareholding.,
- NAM -1.54% cuts jobs and forecasts.
- Speculative stock of the day: Tyro Payments (TYR)+22.91% Great debut for this fintech. 3DA also does well up 100%
- Biggest Risers: OCL, MP1, HSN, MEZ, CAR and BPT
- Biggest Falls: REG, BUB, BLD, PME, AHY and AQG.
- Altium (ALU) +0.14% Reaffirms guidance at AGM, points to ‘impacted’ growth on the back of Google’s algorithmic changes and the trade war. Top-line guidance for this fiscal year will be up to $US215m, EBITDA margin is expected to be between 37 and 38% excluding the impact of the new leasing standard.
- nib Group (NHF) +2.14% Launches a joint venture with US-based Cigna to create a specialist healthcare data science & services company to cut down on hospitalisations through illnesses & disease prevention. Both companies will contribute $10m each to the JV.
- Boral (BLD) -6.30% Financial irregularities in its North American Windows business are expected to result in a one-off impact on EBITDA between US$20m-US$30m. CEO & Managing Director, Mike Kane said that the Company is undertaking a comprehensive and urgent investigation of the matter.
- Woolworths (WOW) +0.89% Appoints Peter Hearl as Chairman-elect of food & drinks business Endeavour Group ahead of 2020 spinoff. The decision whether to demerge Endeavour Group or undertake another value-accretive transaction will be made by the Woolworths Group board in 2020.
- Bubs Australia (BUB) -6.54% Completes $30m placement priced at $0.95 per share. The funds will be used to drive customer growth and product development.
- Blackmores (BKL) – 0.02% CFO Aaron Canning to transition into strategy role; Gunther Burghardt named as his replacement, effective January 6. Burghardt was most recently EVP, Operations at Treasury Wine Estates
- Sealink Travel Group (SLK) -0.98% Receives FIRB Approval to acquire Transit Systems Group.
- St Barbara (SBM) -2.33% Craig Jetson to replace Bob Vassie who is leaving the company after more than five years at the helm.
- Scentre Group (SCG) +0.26% acquires 50% stake in Garden City Booragoon, Perth for $570m.
- Nothing, waiting for the all-important US Non-Farm Payrolls tonight. Expectations of 180k.
- North Korea calls Trump a ‘dotard’ again. So much for that friendship.
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has surprised the market by keeping rates unchanged as inflation heats up after a sharp food price rise.
EUROPEAN AND US NEWS
- Aramco is officially the biggest IPO ever. It only sold 1.5% to investors. The other 98.5% still owned by the Saudi government. The only two other companies worth over US$1 trillion, are Apple and Microsoft. Aramco valued at US#1.7 trillion.
- Smith and Wesson feels lucky punk as gun demand heads higher. Raises FY outlook.
- EVs are not just a European thing it seems as GM and LG Chem have formed a JV to invest US42.3bn in a new US battery plant.
- Uber has disclosed almost 6,000 sexual assaults in the US.
- The World Bank has loaned $1bn to China. Why would they need $1bn? Hardly struggle street over there.
- For Bloomberg terminal users, if you type in MIKE, the results takes you straight to the Presidential hopefuls campaign site. If you type RUDI, you get a complete disaster. BERNIE and it goes through to KFC for an order.
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