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Close Points
Currency Close Points
All Ordinaries 5899 21 0.35 $A vs $US 0.7796 -0.0005 -0.06
S&P/ASX 200 5929 20 0.34 $A vs GBP 0.5049 -0.0010 -0.19
  $A vs YEN 92.87 -0.25 -0.26
  $A vs EUR 0.6954 -0.0010 -0.14
  $A vs $NZ 1.0334 -0.0016 -0.15
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ASX Code Company Name Impact Recommendation
ABC Adelaide Brighton Limited (ABC)
ACR Acrux Limited (ACR)
HGG Henderson Group PLC (HGG)
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited (IFL)
MQA Macquarie Atlas Roads Group (MQA)
NEC Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (NEC)
PPT Perpetual Limited (PPT)
QAN Qantas Airways Limited (QAN)
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited (RHC)
SAI SAI Global Limited (SAI)
SYD Sydney Airport (SYD)
TRG Treasury Group Limited (TRG)
TSE Transfield Services Limited (TSE)
AWC Alumina Limited (AWC)
HPI Hotel Property Investments (HPI)
NSR National Storage REIT (NSR)

Friday 27 February - Local shares experienced a sharp fall after often as a major sell-off from Woolworths shares weighed heavily on the sharemarket in early morning trade. However, the market shook off a sluggish start before midday, and finished higher after a late rally led by index heavyweights CBA, Telstra and CSL. All sectors performed positively today, with the exception of consumer staples. The Australian dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

The All Ordinaries added 20.60 points (0.35%) to 5,898.50 while the S&P/ASX 200 gained 20.30 points (0.34%) to 5,928.80.

Qantas Airways (QAN)

Qantas Airways announced its monthly traffic and capacity statistics for January 2015. The passenger numbers for January 2015 decreased by 2.0% from 2014. Group capacity (Available Seat Km) increased by 0.2% and Group demand (Revenue Passenger Kilometres) increased by 0.6%, resulting in a revenue seat factor of 80.4% which was 0.3% points higher than 2014. Group Domestic capacity in the month was lower compared to the pcp, in line with the mixed demand environment. For January 2015, every Company segment (Qantas Domestic, Jetstar Domestic, Qantas International, Jetstar International, Jetstar Asia) reported higher yields and positive revenue per Available Seat Km growth compared to the pcp. QAN lifted 4 cents (1.40%) to $2.89.

Rio Tinto (RIO)

Rio Tinto announced that it is streamlining its product groups and corporate functions as part of the continued focus on efficiency and costs. Under the new arrangements, the Company's world-class portfolio of assets will be condensed into four product groups: Aluminium, Copper and Coal, Diamonds and Minerals, and Iron Ore. The new Copper and Coal product group will bring the Company's coal operations alongside the existing Copper portfolio. Copper chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will lead the combined product group. Uranium will be added to the Diamonds and Minerals product group, under the leadership of product group chief executive Alan Davies. RIO rose 71 cents (1.11%) to $64.41.

At the time of publication, the Nikkei was quoted at 18,776.12. The NZX closed at 5,878.47 up 16.79 (0.29%).

The Australian dollar was last quoted at 77.96 US cents.

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