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Reality bites as BHP ditches progressive dividend - 24 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Feb 2016

BHP Billiton (BHP) accepted financial reality on Tuesday by axing its progressive dividend policy and culling its senior executive team after racking up a US$5.7-billion half-year net loss

Contributing superannuation for children - 23 Feb 2016

Author: Kathy Evans
Date: 23 Feb 2016

As we get older we know how important it is to focus on building our superannuation for retirement, but have you ever considered getting your children started on building their superannuation? The earlier our children start contributing towards building their superannuation, the better off they will be in their retirement.

QBE ups cash profit, dividends - 23 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Feb 2016

QBE Insurance (QBE) on Tuesday announced a cash profit of US$893 million for 2015, up 9 per cent on the previous year or 21 per cent on a constant currency basis

Tech sell-off doesn't alter strong outlook - 22 Feb 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Technology stocks have sold heavily in the US in recent times and this could represent a good opportunity to buy undervalued stocks or diversify portfolios with exposure to global technology shares, according to some analysts

All Ords doesn't inspire confidence - 22 Feb 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Overview

Brambles lifts profit, full-year guidance - 22 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Brambles (BXB) on Monday announced a 2 per cent year-on-year rise in net profit after tax to US$290.9 million for the half year ended 31 December 2015

Medibank Private posts 58pc profit rise - 19 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Australia's largest private health insurer Medibank Private (MPL) on Friday announced a 58 per cent rise in net profit to $227.6 million for the half year ended 31 December 2016

Origin shareholders to share pain - 19 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Origin Energy (ORG) shareholders will share the pain of sinking oil prices, after the energy company slashed its dividend and warned that future payments would depend on improved prices

Santos slides into red on weaker oil - 19 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Santos Limited (STO) has joined its rivals in racking up red ink on the back of falling oil prices

Crystal ball is cloudy - 18 Feb 2016

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 18 Feb 2016

The New Year is typically celebrated with fireworks--the major cities all trying to outdo each other with both colour and impact

Oil slump weakens Woodside - 18 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Slumping oil prices almost wiped out the profits of energy company Woodside Petroleum (WPL) , which booked write-downs of US$1.1 billion after cutting its oil price forecasts

Telstra lifts 1H profit, reaffirms guidance - 18 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Telstra (TLS) on Thursday announced a net profit after tax of $2.1 billion for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 0.8 per cent on the previous corresponding half year, on the back of growth in retail fixed bundle and mobile customer numbers

ANZ cash profit rises, flags bad debt charge - 17 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Wednesday announced a cash profit of $1.85 billion for the first quarter ended 31 December 2015, up 5 per cent on the average of the third and fourth quarters in fiscal 2015

CSL celebrates anniversary with record profit - 17 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Blood products maker CSL Limited (CSL) has celebrated its 100th anniversary by posting a record US$719 million net profit, up 4 per cent on the previous half year, with double-digit sales growth across its plasma therapy units

Guess who's spending again? - 17 Feb 2016

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Nine years after the last increase, seven years after zero was reached and two years since quantitative easing was abandoned, recent history's most awaited rate rise occurred

Bear hasn't run its course - 16 Feb 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Feb 2016

Overview

NAB posts $1.7bn 1Q cash profit - 16 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Feb 2016

National Australia Bank (NAB) on Tuesday announced an unaudited cash profit from continuing operations--which excludes the recently demerger and IPO of Clydesdale Group in the UK--of approximately $1.7 billion for the first quarter ended December 2015

Small caps face unknown in 2016 - 15 Feb 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 15 Feb 2016

Australian small-cap stocks had a good year last year, with the ASX Small Ordinaries Index returning 10.2 per cent, with the hefty gains of Blackmores (BKL) a key example of a large gainer, while the S&P/ASX 200 returned just 2.6 per cent

6 events you may have missed - 15 Feb 2016

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 15 Feb 2016

In 2011, the US suffered the embarrassment of losing its triple-A debt rating for the first time when Republicans abandoned the formality of renewing Washington's debt limit in an attempt to blackmail Democrats into agreeing to spending cuts

Increasingly addled - 12 Feb 2016

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Long ago and far away in the adolescent cauldron known as Los Altos High School, I attended a senior US history class with a man-child named Delos Roman

Market likes what it hears with Cochlear - 12 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Cochlear Limited (COH) shares surged by 14 per cent on Thursday after the world's biggest hearing implant maker raised its fiscal 2016 earnings guidance on stronger sales and profits

Rio Tinto dumps dividend policy - 12 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Mining giant Rio Tinto Limited (RIO) has confirmed investors' fears by officially scrapping its progressive dividend policy, after a collapse in commodity prices cut profits in half for fiscal 2015

Market activity boosts ASX profit - 11 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

ASX Limited (ASX) on Thursday announced a net profit of $213.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 7.3 per cent on the prior year, after the stock-market operator saw increased activity across all areas of the business

Suncorp's earnings hit by hazards - 11 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

Suncorp Group (SUN) on Thursday announced a 16 per cent fall in net profit to $530 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, after its general insurance business took a hit from a higher-than-expected number of natural hazards and investment market volatility

The importance of quality - 11 Feb 2016

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 11 Feb 2016

"It's quality, rather than quantity, that matters." The quote may sound like a tag line from a 1950's advertisement, but surprisingly it comes from Roman Emperor Nero's tutor and adviser, Lucius Seneca.

Volatile markets rock Computershare - 11 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 11 Feb 2016

Volatile financial markets have clouded the outlook for Computershare Limited (CPU) , the world's biggest share registry company, which saw its shares drop nearly 8 per cent on Wednesday despite posting higher profits

CBA lifts half-year cash earnings 4pc - 10 Feb 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Feb 2016

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Wednesday announced a 4 per cent year-on-year rise in cash profit--a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big banks--to $4.8 billion for the first half of fiscal 2016

AGL's earnings fizzle on gas write-downs - 10 Feb 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 10 Feb 2016

Energy retailer AGL Energy (AGL) has attributed its decision to quit exploration and production of natural gas for a statutory net loss of $449 million for the half year to 31 December, down 246 per cent on the previous period

Harry is a lousy investor! - 10 Feb 2016

Author: Marcus Burns
Date: 10 Feb 2016

We are approaching another "reconciliation point" for equities, being the first-half results for fiscal 2016

Will the dead cat bounce? - 09 Feb 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Feb 2016

Overview

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