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Articles from: Shoot first, ask questions later to Cochlear records healthy profit, dividend growth in 1H17

Shoot first, ask questions later

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 10 Mar 2017

Macro-driven oscillations and violent price moves remain the order of the day in equity markets and just about every other market

Ethical investment gathering momentum

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Mar 2017

Demand is rising for responsible or ethical investment, as funds flow into the sector from mainstream funds and the product offering is growing as more investment managers join the trend

CEOs behaving badly weigh on company profits, investor outlook

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 06 Mar 2017

While QBE Insurance (ASX: QBE) and Seven Group Holdings (ASX: SVW) were at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their half-yearly earnings--QBE reported a $898-million net profit while Seven Group is $42 million in the red--their senior executive teams were united in both facing relationship scandals

Here are 2 CGT relief strategies you need to know

Author: Accurium
Date: 08 Mar 2017

From 1 July 2017, a cap of $1.6 million will be introduced on the amount a person can transfer into the tax-free retirement phase

How to commence a pension with non-concessional contributions

Author: Accurium
Date: 06 Mar 2017

However, there are some common mistakes trustees make when commencing a pension using only part of a member's accumulation balance

Rise in rates won't see sky fall on bond investors

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 07 Mar 2017

The protracted period of low interest rates around the world leads many commentators to call this year--and the one just gone--as the year when rates would start to rise again

The volatility paradox

Author: Simon Stevenson
Date: 08 Mar 2017

It is widely acknowledged that the outlook for economies and investment markets is unusually uncertain, given the huge political changes that we are witnessing across the world

Gold regains its shine

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 20 Feb 2017

The gold bullion price ended 2016 at US$1,146 and has since risen 7.4 per cent in 2017 to US$1,231 per ounce 1

BHP Billiton witnesses massive turnaround

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 22 Feb 2017

The world's biggest mining company reported a net profit of US$3.2 billion (A$4.2 billion), in stark contrast to its US$5.7 billion loss in the previous corresponding half

Dexus Property ups full-year earnings guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Australia's biggest office landlord said it expects growth in underlying FFO per security of around 4 per cent in fiscal 2017, up from 3.0-3.5 per cent previously

Wesfarmers posts bumper profit, but clouds loom

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Feb 2017

However, Wesfarmers' (ASX: WES) Coles supermarket business is struggling to maintain market share in the face of strong competition from ALDI

Buffett: Indexing the best choice for investors large and small

Author: Jeremy Glaser
Date: 02 Mar 2017

Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett extolled the virtues of low-cost index funds and American dynamism in his annual letter to shareholders, released at the weekend along with the firm's 2016 results

Woodside delivers US$868m full-year profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 23 Feb 2017

The oil and gas producer posted a net profit of US$868 million (A$1.13 billion) for the full year, compared to its US$26 million profit recorded for 2015

Qantas profit falls 7.5pc but beats guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Statutory earnings per share stood at 27.3 cents for the half, the airline said in a statement to the ASX on Thursday

Newcrest's golden return for shareholders

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 13 Feb 2017

The Melbourne-based company grew revenue by 17 per cent to US$1.8 billion, while statutory profit surged by 131 per cent to US$187 million thanks to higher gold prices, higher production volumes, and lower operating costs and depreciation expenses

A soaring US dollar poses risks for the world economy

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 03 Mar 2017

In 1988, Donald Trump paid US$407 million (A$545 million) for New York's elegant Plaza Hotel, which he boasted was the "Mona Lisa" of hotels

QBE's FY16 earnings result surprises on upside

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 27 Feb 2017

QBE Insurance Group (ASX: QBE) posted a 1 per cent year-on-year improvement in cash profit for the fiscal year ended 31 December, 2016 (FY16), as it shrugs off a run of disappointing results in recent years

Market action favours ASX financials outperformance

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 28 Feb 2017

One of the more distinctive moves last week, in my opinion, was the snap-back in the resource markets

Standing ovations, now delivery is the key

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 03 Mar 2017

Global equities markets roared in the aftermath of President Trump's speech to the joint houses of Congress, which drew 94 standing ovations

Westfield Group's earnings meet guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Feb 2017

FFO per security was 33.7 US cents, up 3.8 per cent on the previous year on a pro-forma basis, the global shopping centre operator said in a statement to the ASX on Thursday

IAG profit dips, hit by bond market

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Feb 2017

Insurance profit fell 6.4 per cent to $571 million, down from $610 million a year earlier

Market Index Performance l January 2017

Author: Morningstar
Date: 20 Feb 2017

NIB profit boost driven by lower claims, churn rates

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 20 Feb 2017

NIB Holdings (ASX: NHF) shareholders will receive a fully-franked interim dividend of 8.5 cents a share, up 48 per cent on the first half of fiscal 2017 (1H16)

Ramsay reports healthy dividend, profit growth and CEO exit

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Australia's largest private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) , recorded $267.8 million in core NPAT for the half

These 2 ASX shares look modestly undervalued

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Mar 2017

In short, the recently concluded Australian earnings season for the half year ended 31 December 2016 was not only good, it was "very good," according to CommSec chief economist Craig James

Fortescue's $1.2bn net profit for 1H17 almost triple prior period

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 22 Feb 2017

The iron ore exporter Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) recorded an almost three-fold (286 per cent) increase on its $319-million net profit recorded in the first half of fiscal 2016

European operations boost Sonic Healthcare's earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

The result was achieved on the back of a 1 per cent rise in revenues to around $2.48 billion, the pathology services provider said in a statement to the ASX on Wednesday

SEEK lifts half-year profit 11pc, dividend 10pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 21 Feb 2017

The jobs website operator also reiterated guidance for full-year earnings before significant items of $220 million, at the upper end of its previous guidance range of $215 million to $220 million

Cochlear records healthy profit, dividend growth in 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 14 Feb 2017

The uplift comes despite some softening of demand for Cochlear (ASX: COH) hearing implants in China, where a shift in government tender purchases saw the number of tender units fall to 1,100 over the half, down from 1,700 in the first half of fiscal 2016

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