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Market Index Performance l February 2017

Author: Morningstar
Date: 03 Mar 2017

ASX witnesses impressive action

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 21 Feb 2017

I am not sure how long some of you have been reading my weekly reports

Woolworths records fall in 1H17 operating profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Feb 2017

Group net profit for the half year stood at $725.3 million, a sharp turnaround from the $972.7-million loss in the previous corresponding half, which included write-downs related to the company's exit from the Masters home improvement business

Scentre Group's earnings meet expectations

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 21 Feb 2017

The owner of Westfield shopping centres declared a distribution of 21.3 cents per security, up 2 per cent on the previous year, also in line with Morningstar's expectations

Brambles: Lessons to be learned

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 24 Feb 2017

This week's results from Brambles (ASX: BXB) were telegraphed to the market on 23 January via a trading update, which indicated problems had arisen in the December quarter

A new race to the bottom

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 17 Feb 2017

Global equities markets are dancing to the beat of the Trump anthem

3 retail stocks you may want to reconsider

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 21 Feb 2017

Year-on-year retail sales volumes were up just 3 per cent in December last year, adjusted for spikes during Christmas and other holiday periods, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released in early February

Mayne's 1H17 result almost triple prior period

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Feb 2017

The specialty pharmaceutical company's underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $108.5 million for the half was also more than double the $40.3-million result reported in the previous corresponding period

Oil Search back in black but still under pressure

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 21 Feb 2017

Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) returned to positive territory in the fiscal year ending 31 December, 2016, reversing the loss of US$39.4 million posted for 2015

Crown profits down amid declining high-roller revenue

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Casino operator Crown Resorts (ASX: CWN) has announced declines across the business for the first half of fiscal 2017 (1H17), as net profits after tax and revenue fell 9 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively

Perpetual shares rally on revenue boost

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Investors welcomed the result by pushing shares in the company to a fresh year-high level on Thursday afternoon

CBA lifts half-year cash profit 2pc, dividend 1pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Cash earnings per share stood at $2.86, flat on the previous corresponding half, the bank said in a statement to the ASX

Here's why the ASX could show further strength

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 14 Feb 2017

In the last report, I suggested the correction in the Australian market may have further to run

Is the Reserve Bank out on a limb?

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 10 Feb 2017

The Reserve Bank left the official cash rate at 1.5 per cent following the 7 February meeting

Santos posts loss but sees better times ahead

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 17 Feb 2017

However, the Adelaide-based company sees better times ahead, helped by rising oil prices, with analysts seeing the result as in line with expectations

South32 posts solid $620m net profit for 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Feb 2017

South32 (ASX: S32) has reported US$620 million in net profit after tax for the first half of fiscal 2017 (1H17)--a return to positive territory after a $1.7-billion loss in the same period in 2016.

JB Hi-Fi shares soar after record earnings lift

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Statutory net profit stood at $110.4 million, up 16 per cent on the same half in the prior year

Computershare 1H17 result banks on business renewal, rising rates

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Computershare (ASX: CPU) shareholders will receive an interim dividend of 17 cents a share, 30 per cent franked, up 6.3 per cent on the first half of fiscal 2016

Telstra profit, shares nosedive

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Feb 2017

Revenue dropped to $12.8 billion, from $13.7 billion

Challenger lifts profit 8pc on record annuity sales

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 14 Feb 2017

Including a profit from the sale of Kapstream Capital in the prior corresponding period, statutory net profit was down about 14 per cent to $202 million

Trump-led trading spike benefits ASX 1H17 result

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Feb 2017

Group revenue for the market operator grew 2.8 per cent to $386 million in the six months to 31 December 2016, from $376 million a year earlier

CSL reports net profit, dividend growth for 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Feb 2017

It also reported earnings before interest and taxes of US$1.09 million, up 36 per cent year on year

Rio Tinto back in black with US$4.6bn profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 09 Feb 2017

The Anglo-Australian miner posted net earnings of US$4.6 billion (A$6 billion) for 2016, marking a US$5.5-billion turnaround after recording a US$866 million loss for the previous year

Origin books $1.68bn LNG-linked loss for 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Feb 2017

This is largely attributed to a post-tax $1.9 billon impairment, relating to a $1 billion carrying value reduction of Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), in which Origin (ASX: ORG) holds a 37 per cent stake

Aurizon books $54m 1H17 net profit despite earlier write-downs

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Aurizon Holdings (ASX: AZJ) recorded $54 million in statutory net profit after tax (NPAT) for the first half of fiscal 2017 (1H17)--a return to positive territory after its $108-million statutory loss in the same period last year

Treasury Wine more than doubles earnings, ups dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 14 Feb 2017

Net profit and earnings per share (EPS) for the half year to 31 December 2016, including one-off items, stood at $136.2 million and 18.5 cents a share, respectively

Amcor lifts half-year underlying profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Statutory profit for the half year was US$286.6 million, down 6 per cent, while earnings per share (EPS) were up 4.6 per cent to 26.7 US cents on a constant currency basis, the packaging company said in a statement to the ASX

ANZ delivers 31pc lift in 1Q17 cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Feb 2017

The result also benefitted from a lower bad debt charge and the sale of the bank's old headquarters at 100 Queen Street, Melbourne, ANZ said in a statement to the ASX on Friday

Medibank losing health insurance customers

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 17 Feb 2017

Health insurance operating profit fell to $249.4 million for the six months ended 31 December, 2016, down from $271.7 million the same period a year earlier

4 points to note as resources rally

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Little more than a year ago, we were struck by how far materials, dominated by minerals producers, had fallen as a proportion of the ASX through time

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