- ASX 200 up 17 to 5995 in quiet thin trade.
- High 6012 Low 5980.
- Up 5 points for the week.
- Banks firm on WBC’s AGM.
- Miners weak on metal and iron ore prices.
- Energy in focus.
- TLS continues rally.
- AUD rallies to 75.13c
- US futures up 35.
- Bitcoin surging in volatile trading again to over US$16,400. CME futures start December 18th.
- Asian markets make headway China CSI 300 up 0.25%. HK up 0.86% and Nikkei up 1.16%
- MARCUS CALL – There is Fundamental Analysis and there is Technical Analysis – but there is another body of analysis you need to learn.
- SMALL STOCK PORTFOLIO – An update on our portfolio. LYC has its last day of trading on a deferred basis.
- SMALL CAP STOCK OF THE DAY – Exposing ourselves to the tourism theme – this time via Experience Co (EXP).
- INSIDERS – Two new insights today. A Buy on MOD Resources and a sell on EUR. Thank you Monty and Shadowfax.
- RETIREMENT TODAY – The self-accepting inevitability of retirement and how to draw positives. Harold reflects on the last few decades.
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Movers and Shakers
- AGL +1.45% broker upgrade.
- ORG +1.33% upgraded by Goldman.
- APA -5.44% broker downgrade.
- AWE +10.61% Chinese launch all-cash takeover at 73c.
- PLS +7.34% addition to index.
- GXY +2.97% ORE +2.89% lithium back in favour. Broker upgrade.
- ALQ +4.42% on directors buying.
- CCL +2.05% beverage MD appointment.
- LOV +2.95% finding friends.
- YOJ +9.09% broker support.
- MYO -0.83% Bain sells large parcel.
- BIG -6.08% goes small on profit-taking.
- ASX -1.88% after blockchain CHESS announcement.
- SBM -4.13% $5m placement form CYL.
- EUR -10.20% as placement weighs.
- FSF -3.40% milk powder weakness.
- BPT +5.29% monthly drilling report.
- FXJ +5.67% short covering DHG +4.44% on substantial notice from FIL.
- GSW – Launches $100m issue.
- WGN +25.46% new IPO jumps on debut.
- Speculative stock of the day: Bioxyne (BXN) +39.53% after launching a NZ dairy formula product in SE Asia. 16k cans of BK18 ordered and weight loss and beauty products launched.
- Biggest risers – PLS, BPT, BIN, VOC, GXY and FXJ.
- Biggest fallers – CLQ, APA, BIG, YAL, CGF and NST.
FUTURES AND HIGHS AND LOWS
- Mesoblast (MSB) +1.13% Named global technology leader in Cell Therapy industry by Frost and Sullivan.
- IAG (IAG) +0.28% improves its capital efficiency and reduces earnings volatility. From 1st January three reinsurers will receive 12.5% of IAG’s consolidated gross earnings premium and pay 12.5% of claims and expenses.
- AWE (AWE) +10.61% Chinese CERCG back with a 73c cash bid.
- Senex (SXY) +5.88% The company has announced approvals milestones for the Surat Basin. The company has now got environmental approvals to develop up to 425 wells.
- MYOB (MYO) –0.83% Looks like a block of stock has gone through the market this morning at 360c. Worth around $350 it appears to be part of Bain Capital’s $900m stake. JP Morgan has placed the stock with a range of institutional investors. Bain last sold shares in February when it sold 100m shares at 355c.
- NBN delay could result in $500m in lost revenue. Singaporean new kid, MyRepublic stands to miss out on new HFC cable orders to the tune of 22%. Currently has 3% of the market. TLS cut earnings by $600m on the delay. MyRepublic is an IPO hopeful. Very hopeful.
- Index changes coming on December 18. In are LYC, PLS, WTC and out are FXL, JHC, and REG.
- Australian Housing finance: Occupied housing finance -0.6%. Total Dwellings up 0.6%. Investment housing up 1.6%. AUD relatively unchanged at 75.03c
- In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.3% in October 2017.
- In trend terms, commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 1.0% and commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.3% while the commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 0.5%.
- Chinese exports jumped 10.3% in November. Imports increased 15.6% Trade surplus of US$40bn.
- Asian LNG prices at a three year high as China battle pollution.
- Japanese 3Q GDP rose 2.5%. Estimates were for 1.5%.
- Galaxy Entertainment is planning to develop a resort in the Philippines as casino operators seek out new markets for growth. Will open a US$300m-US$500m on the island of Boracay. Melco Resorts is the only Macau-based operator that has a footprint in the Philippines.
- South Korean frenzy on Bitcoin buying continues.
EUROPE AND US MORNING HEADLINES
- EU is expecting UK PM May to sign an agreement on Friday. Irish issues sorted?
- US has averted a 8 December shutdown with a two-week extension.
- Ladbrokes Coral is in play with a GBP3.9bn deal with GVC. Implications for our gaming stocks perhaps.
- Chemical giant BASF agreed to merge its oil and gas unit Wintershall with DEA, a vehicle of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, to create one of the largest independent oil and gas firms in Europe. The new company will produce around 590,000 barrels per day and proven reserves of 2.1bn barrels of oil equivalent. BASF will control 67% of the new firm while Fridman’s LetterOne will own the remaining 33%.