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5 small-cap stocks that topped our return charts in 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 31 Jan 2017

These five companies delivered top total return figures among Morningstar's small-cap segment of stocks under coverage in 2016

Market Index Performance l December 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 06 Jan 2017

These 5 stocks led large-cap share price growth in 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 Jan 2017

The top four are mining businesses, with the fifth a global steelmaker

Banks to weather rising bond yields

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 03 Feb 2017

While their funding costs are rising modestly, the major banks have the flexibility to raise interest rates on home loans to protect their income and profit margins, according to analysts

This stock's growth trajectory may be off the chain

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Jan 2017

The transaction reinforces the attractive fundamentals of the animal healthcare industry in developed markets, and bodes well for the integrated pet-care business model of Greencross (ASX: GXL)

How SMSFs should plan for $1.6m pension cap

Author: Accurium
Date: 06 Jan 2017

Much has been written about the government's superannuation changes, in particular the $1.6-million cap on the transfer into the tax-free retirement phase

This moated pharma stock's earnings may be on the rise

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Dec 2016

This national pharmacy wholesaler has seen impressive growth in earnings over the past two years, suggesting the scale benefits of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries' 442-strong distribution network are starting to emerge.

Another telco adjusts to structural shift in the sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 2016

This week's TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) annual general meeting reiterated management's previous earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) outlook for fiscal 2017, but concerns about the revenue effect of NBN have increased

Winners and losers in the Year of the Monkey

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Dec 2016

For Australian investors, picking the right sectors in the mischievous Year of the Monkey has proven challenging, with the Year of the Rooster set to deliver its own surprises

Shareholder strikes on CBA, AGL and GMG shine spotlight on ESG investing

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 25 Nov 2016

Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) , AGL Energy (ASX: AGL) and Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) were all targeted in the last quarter of 2016

Are infrastructure stocks a good buy right now?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Nov 2016

The defensive, bond-like characteristics of infrastructure stocks have appealed to both institutional and retail investors in recent years, drawn by their income potential relative to low fixed-income yields

These 2 ASX sectors could be good bargains

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 10 Nov 2016

The Australian share market is trading at a premium to historical levels and is not yet in bargain territory, though the telecommunication and healthcare sectors may represent some value, says Morningstar's head of equities research Peter Warnes

NAB's cash profit meets forecasts, dividend steady

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Oct 2016

National Australia Bank's (ASX: NAB) fiscal 2016 cash profit--a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big four Australian banks which strips out one-off items--rose 4.2 per cent to $6.48 billion

Inghams still not a goer

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 04 Nov 2016

Is TPG Capital a charity? The Inghams IPO has been repriced at $3.15--a 12 per cent discount to the bottom of the original indicative price range and a meaningful 24 per cent from the $4.14 top

Is an active or passive investment approach best for your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Oct 2016

The majority of individual investors (68 per cent) have a false sense of confidence in passive investing, according to a global study of financial advisers

Has the resources cycle turned?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 02 Nov 2016

Rising coal and iron ore prices have boosted confidence in the mining industry, with climbing share prices suggesting investors also have a renewed interest in the sector

Westpac posts flat full-year profit of $7.82bn

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Nov 2016

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) on Monday reported an underlying cash profit of $7.822 billion for fiscal 2016, unchanged on the previous year and in line with consensus expectations

Here's why this ASX energy stock presents an opportunity

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Oct 2016

Shares of Australian upstream oil and gas explorer AWE Limited (ASX: AWE) have fallen from a peak of about 94 cents in July 2016 to around 66 cents as of 5 October 2016, a fall of close to 30 per cent.

India, China hold pockets of investment opportunity

Author: Romina Graiver
Date: 22 Sep 2016

The gap between emerging market economies and those of developed markets are narrowing, creating considerable opportunities for investors, according to Romina Graiver, product specialist, global and emerging markets equities, William Blair

Here's why SMSF asset allocations need to change

Author: David Wanis
Date: 29 Sep 2016

As part of our team discussions around how investors can achieve the best outcomes from their portfolios, Schroders recently conducted some analysis of ATO data on SMSF portfolios--looking in particular at asset allocations

Here are the earnings season standouts and disappointments

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 14 Sep 2016

Amid subdued expectations, which were the biggest winners and losers? Morningstar's head of equities research, Peter Warnes, said the 2016 season "was reasonable and a little better than generally expected" under the circumstances.

What you need to know about listed investment companies

Author: Peter Warnes/Michael Malseed
Date: 26 Sep 2016

The older we get the less active we become

6 large-cap ASX stocks that look relatively cheap

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Oct 2016

The underperformance of Australian large-cap stocks vis-à-vis their mid- and small-cap counterparts since early 2015 has been widely reported, with falls in heavyweights Telstra (ASX: TLS) , the big banks and the big miners weighing on the S&P ASX 200 Index

Telco shares tumble as competition intensifies

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Sep 2016

TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) shares have tumbled recently as competition ramps up in the broadband market, and Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and Telstra (ASX: TLS) are suffering too as margins come under pressure with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN)

2 retail stocks display contrasting fortunes in threatened sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Sep 2016

The recent acquisition of Good Guys by JB Hi-Fi (ASX: JBH) has shaken up Australia's highly competitive retail sector, particularly the household goods segment

Why blockchain has got promise

Author: James Hickling
Date: 22 Sep 2016

Three years ago, a little-known digital currency called Bitcoin erupted on a bull-market run that boosted its value from around US$15 (A$20) a coin to just under US$1,000 in 12 months

Woolworths posts $1.2bn loss, cuts dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Woolworths' (ASX: WOW) net profit from ongoing operations and before one-off items for fiscal 2016 fell 39.2 per cent to $1.558 billion, following a year of "unprecedented change" for the retail giant

Medibank Private lifts profit, pays 11-cent FY16 dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2016

Medibank Private Limited (ASX: MPL) on Friday announced a net profit of $417.6 million for fiscal 2016, up 46.4 per cent on the prior year and ahead of Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $402.2 million

Qantas to return $500m to investors after record earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Qantas Group (ASX: QAN) has posted a record 57 per cent rise in underlying profit before tax to $1.53 billion for fiscal 2016, which will enable the resumption of dividend payments, the airline said on Wednesday

Utilities trading in overvalued territory

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Aug 2016

Utilities, like many infrastructure businesses, have long been a favourite among investors for regularly paying dividends and being considered relatively safe, or defensive, investments

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