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Positive quarterly sales result but Woolworths not out of woods

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 02 May 2017

"We are pleased with the progress we have made on our key priorities, with the strong sales growth in Australian Food during the quarter a particular highlight," said Brad Banducci, group CEO, Woolworths (ASX: WOW )

What lies ahead for Australia's mining and energy companies

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 28 Apr 2017

Mathew Hodge and Mark Taylor, senior equity analysts covering mined commodities and energy, on Thursday provided their expert insights into Morningstar's overall medium-term outlook for the sector, during our exclusive webcast, "Mountains still to climb: What lies ahead for mining and materials"

Inflationary sea change

Author: Simon Stevenson
Date: 20 Apr 2017

The last year has seen a major sea change in views around the outlook for inflation

Amazon effect, rates not enough to dent REITs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Apr 2017

Rising bond yields and the "Amazon effect" have hit the real estate investment trust (REIT) sector

Most stocks stink

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 11 Apr 2017

The reply to the headline's question surely can't be yes, because that would be no story at all; everybody knows that stocks beat Treasuries

Growth versus value stocks: What next for markets?

Author: Jacob de Tusch-Lec
Date: 10 Apr 2017

The powerful rally in cyclical "value" stocks and financials seen in the second half of last year--and which carried over into January, paused for breath in February

How long can the bull keep running?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Apr 2017

If it feels like the current bull market has been running for years, that's because it has

SMSF trustees travelling overseas may need company power of attorney

Author: Natasha Ng
Date: 07 Apr 2017

What happens if they, in their capacity as directors of the corporate trustee, need to sign off on decisions concerning them as members but they are overseas? This is a very common scenario and therefore it is very important that if the trustee of your fund is a company that the company appoints a company power of attorney in anticipation of this type of situation.

Some things you should know about the super changes

Author: Genene Wilson
Date: 06 Apr 2017

There is a one-time opportunity for total contributions of up to $575,000 before 30 June for some people

Here are 4 good reasons to own this healthcare stock

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Apr 2017

Healthscope Limited (ASX: HSO) this week announced that former Telstra (ASX: TLS) executive Gordon Ballantyne will be taking the helm of Australia's second-biggest private hospital operator effective 15 May 2017, replacing outgoing CEO Robert Cooke

What's in the secret sauce of index funds?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 03 Apr 2017

Having recently been named Morningstar's Australian Fund Manager of the Year for the second time in three years, Vanguard knows plenty about what makes equity markets tick

Amazon threat to Australian retail sector may be overdone

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 28 Mar 2017

Wesfarmers, Woolworths and other dominant players in the Australian retail space have continued to deliver solid performances for investors, Warnes told Morningstar subscribers who took part in its second webcast of 2017 earlier this month

SMSF exposure to residential housing raises concerns

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Mar 2017

There has been increasing talk about a housing bubble in Australia

South32 to buy back US$500m in shares

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Mar 2017

South32 Limited (ASX: S32) aims to return an additional US$500 million (A$655 million) to shareholders, equating to 4.5 per cent of its current market capitalisation, via an on-market share buyback, the diversified miner told the ASX on Monday

Here's how the Australian ETF industry is transforming

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 27 Mar 2017

But while the local market's offerings may appear dull in comparison, local funds are getting more diverse as managers seek to reach new investors

Here's what you need to know about Downer's bid for Spotless

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Mar 2017

Downer EDI Limited (ASX: DOW) on Tuesday launched a $1.3-billion takeover bid for facility and laundry services provider Spotless Group Holdings (ASX: SPO) , an offer which sent shares in the latter soaring nearly 50 per cent in the hours after the bid was announced

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

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

Here are 2 undervalued shares paying fully-franked dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Mar 2017

Platinum Asset Management (ASX: PTM) , a highly-regarded global equities manager, delivered a weak earnings result for the first half of fiscal 2017, with net profit down 20 per cent to $95.4 million following a 12 per cent fall in funds under management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMP unveils big loss as insurance takes toll

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 09 Feb 2017

AMP's underlying profit dived to $486 million, down from a $1.1 billion profit a year earlier

Suncorp posts profit as bank, insurance earnings rise

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 09 Feb 2017

The company's revenue rose 10.8 per cent to $8.64 billion for the half year to 31 December, compared to the same period a year earlier

CIMIC's 2016 profit, dividends beat forecast

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Feb 2017

CIMIC Group (ASX: CIM) on Wednesday announced a net profit for 2016 of $580.3 million, up 11.5 per cent on 2015, at the top end of company guidance, and ahead of Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $575.9 million

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

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