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Large and small-cap performance may converge

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Sep 2016

Australian large capitalisation stocks have struggled through 2016 following a bad year in 2015, and some experts believe that underperformance could diminish into 2017

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

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

CSL shares lower but not for long

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Shares in Australian biopharmaceutical company CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) have dropped after the company posted a 10 per cent fall in full-year net profit to US$1.24 billion ($1.6 billion), dragged down by the company's purchase of the loss-making influenza vaccine business Novartis

Sonic booms offshore while Australia remains subdued

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Revenue grew to $5.05 billion, 20 per cent up on fiscal 2015's $4.2 billion result, and a dividend (30 per cent franked) of 74 cents a share was announced

Dexus reports growth in earnings and distributions for FY16

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

The Australian REIT reported more modest gains on the income front, announcing a distribution of 43.5 cents a share, up 6 per cent on fiscal 2015

InvoCare posts 45.8pc rise in 1H profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) on Tuesday announced a 45.8 per cent rise in comparable net profit to $30 million for the half year to 30 June, after the funeral, cemetery and crematorium operator's cost management offset a lower-than-expected number of deaths

JB Hi-Fi's profit, dividend beats forecast

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Aug 2016

Retailer JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) on Monday announced a fiscal 2016 net profit of $152.2 million and earnings per share (EPS) of 153.8 cents a share, up 11.5 per cent on the previous year and ahead of Morningstar's expectations for a profit of $145 million and EPS of 144.9 cents a share

Newcrest rewards shareholders

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 15 Aug 2016

The Melbourne-based company posted a 12 per cent drop in net profit to US$332 million for fiscal 2016, with its underlying profit down 24 per cent to US$323 million due to lower realised gold and copper prices, offset by reduced operating expenses due to its recent switch to US dollar reporting

Telstra dials up profit hike

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Telstra Limited (ASX: TLS) has dialled up a profit rise and reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the year to 30 June, in a "boring" but solid result for the Australian telecommunications carrier

Retirees draw on super slowly, don't blow the cash

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Retirees are increasingly choosing to access their superannuation through income streams rather than lump sums, and the trend will only continue, with more than one in four Australian retirees drawing a pension from their superannuation funds, official figures reveal, with the average withdrawal at $502 a week

Transurban continues distribution growth trend

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 Aug 2016

Roads infrastructure company Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) on Tuesday announced a distribution of 23 cents a share for the second half of fiscal 2016, including a 3.5-cent a share fully franked component

Cochlear lifts profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 09 Aug 2016

Sales revenue rose 23 per cent year over year to $1.158 billion, with growth delivered across all product categories and regions, the hearing implant maker said in a statement to the ASX

Medical breakthrough underpins this stock's value

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 27 Jul 2016

This Australian wholesaler of a ground-breaking Hepatitis C cure will benefit from the Turnbull government's $1-billion commitment to eradicating the disease over five years

Property versus shares

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 21 Jul 2016

First, the good news for residential property investors

The riddle of weak productivity

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 18 Jul 2016

Gordon Moore said that cramming more components onto integrated circuits, as his article of 1965 was titled, would lead to "such wonders as home computers ..

Growth assets for the new financial year

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Jul 2016

So, which asset classes might perform better in the new financial year? Small was beautiful in the year to 30 June, with the S&P/ASX 200 Index posting its first fall in four years, dropping by 4.1 per cent to finish at 5,233.

Proposed ASX listing rules curtail retail IPO access

Author: Ben Bucknell
Date: 23 Jun 2016

The ASX has proposed reducing the minimum number of investors that a company must have to list to 100 (for large companies) or 200 (for small companies) in its consultation paper, "Updating ASX's admission requirements for listed entities"

3 pharma stocks with high growth potential

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Jun 2016

"Because right now, there is a bit of a cloud over them, should Clinton come in," he said, speaking exclusively with Morningstar.com.au last month

400 million reasons to invest in LICs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 01 Jun 2016

More than 30 LICs have listed on the ASX since 2012, increasing their total number to 87 as of April 2016, while their market value doubled to $30 billion over the same period

4 top ASX-listed technology stocks

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 20 May 2016

REA Group (REA) and SEEK Limited (SEK) have outperformed the S&P/ASX 200 over the past year, and newer technology stocks WiseTech Global (WTC) and Aconex (ACX) have also performed well, representing the strong growth potential of technology shares, though investors may have to pay a relatively high price for their strong performance

The return of value investing

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 May 2016

Morningstar has long urged investors to seek companies with sustainable competitive advantages but with attractive valuations

NAB delivers $3.3bn profit, flat dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 05 May 2016

National Australia Bank (NAB) on Thursday announced a 6.5 per cent rise in cash profit, a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big four banks, to $3.3 billion for the half year to the end of March 2016

Hedging currency risk more popular on lower dollar

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 21 Mar 2016

If you're planning to invest in offshore assets, then the decision about whether or not to hedge your currency exposure is an important one as movements in the Australian dollar can either erode or add value to your investment

Hyperion wins Morningstar Australian Fund Manager of the Year Award

Author: Morningstar
Date: 07 Mar 2016

In announcing the winners of the Australian Morningstar Awards 2016, Morningstar Australasia director of manager research ratings, Tom Whitelaw, said Hyperion "deserved applause for its unwavering commitment to thorough bottom-up research and commitment to maintaining its disciplined investment style through the trials and tribulations of the investment cycle"

Brambles lifts profit, full-year guidance

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

Demystifying technical analysis

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 15 Jun 2015

When I began using technical analysis back in the mid-1980s, I was met with a lot of derision by some fundamental analysts

5 key drivers of quality ETFs

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 26 Mar 2015

Last year, assets in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) hit a record high, according to Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management head of South-east Asia passive investments Sam Manchanda

Volatility not an accurate risk measure

Author: Dan Kemp
Date: 25 Mar 2015

Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan once said that "we drive into the future using only our rear-view mirror"

5 portfolio construction mistakes

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 24 Dec 2014

1) Confusing asset allocation with diversification Investors tend to use the terms interchangeably

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