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OzRant for Friday, April 27th 2012

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Ords slightly (0.26%) lower; volume above average and losers dominate breadth stats by 1.5:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0.3% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.4% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 0.2% gain.The KOSPI has added 0.6% for the session thus far.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Annualized Housing Starts for March 2012 was released in Japan; the result was 0.848M a decline of 0.07 from the prior reading of 0.917M – less than the consensus estimate of 0.875M.
  • Construction Orders y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was -0.3% rising 1.5 from the prior reading of -1.8%
  • Housing Starts y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the series posted a reading of 5.0% a decline of 2.5 from t he prior reading of 7.5% – less than the market’s pre-release guess of 8.2%.
  • Vehicle Production y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was 143.7% adding 124 from the prior reading of 19.7%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – declined gently, dropping 11.6 points (0.26%), finishing at 4433.4 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4455.5 at 10:46 am, while the low for the day was 4434.4 – set at 3:13 pm Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.93bn units, 7.6% above its 10-day average of 1.79bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1490 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 509 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 662.4m units; there were 523 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 727.5m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 147 rose while 156 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 1.5:1, with 246.42m shares traded in gainers while 363.16m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 13.1 points (0.3%), closing out the session at 4362.1 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4433.40 -11.60 (0.3%)
ASX 20 2605.40 -9.50 (0.4%)
ASX 50 4362.20 -16.20 (0.4%)
ASX 100 3556.10 -11.40 (0.3%)
ASX 200 4362.10 -13.10 (0.3%)
ASX 300 4360.20 -12.70 (0.3%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3903.20 3.50 (0.1%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2464.10 0.00 (0.0%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 9.5 points (0.36%), closing out the session at 2605.4 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 5 index components finished to the upside, and 14 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 437.84m units; 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 30.01m shares, while the 14 decliners had volume traded totalling 96.77m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), +$0.84 (2.95%) to $29.27 on volume of 4.6 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), +$0.02 (0.66%) to $3.07 on volume of 8 million shares;
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), +$0.14 (0.55%) to $25.71 on volume of 10.8 million shares;
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), +$0.02 (0.28%) to $7.27 on volume of 2.9 million shares; and
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), +$0.08 (0.27%) to $30.16 on volume of 3.7 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$1.12 (2.95%) to $36.90 on volume of 4.5 million shares;
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), -$0.73 (1.1%) to $65.43 on volume of 3.5 million shares;
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), -$0.11 (0.82%) to $13.23 on volume of 3.4 million shares;
  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), -$0.11 (0.8%) to $13.72 on volume of 5.4 million shares; and
  • National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB), -$0.2 (0.79%) to $25.15 on volume of 11.4 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market , while still dropping overall, did significantly better than its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 67 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 72 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 902.6m units: volume in the 67 gainers totalling 152.62m shares, with tra de totalling 103.25m units in the index’s 72 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • PMP Ltd (PMP), +$0.37 (148%) to $0.62 on volume of 1.7 million shares;
  • Alliance Resources Ltd (AGS), +$0.07 (21.88%) to $0.39 on volume of 5.7 million shares;
  • Cape Lambert Iron Ore Ltd (CFE), +$0.04 (7.29%) to $0.52 on volume of 350.2 thousand shares;
  • ResMed Inc (RMD), +$0.18 (5.84%) to $3.26 on volume of 10 million shares; and
  • Silex Systems Ltd (SLX), +$0.20 (5.71%) to $3.70 on volume of 494.2 thousand shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Coffey International Ltd (COF), -$0.11 (17.5%) to $0.50 on volume of 6.1 million shares;
  • Imdex Ltd (IMD), -$0.3 (10.14%) to $2.66 on volume of 1.9 million shares;
  • JB Hi-Fi (JBH), -$0.67 (6.26%) to $10.04 on volume of 1.8 million shares;
  • FKP Property Group (FKP), -$0.03 (4.85%) to $0.49 on volume of 3 million shares; and
  • Carbon Energy Ltd (CNX), -$0 (4.76%) to $0.08 on volume of 828.3 thousand shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4433.4 -11.6 -0.26 1671.9m
XFL ASX 50 4362.2 -16.2 -0.37 579.8m
XJO ASX 200 4362.1 -13.1 -0.3 1010m
XKO ASX 300 4360.2 -12.7 -0.29 1634.1m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3903.2 3.5 0.09 188.5m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2464.1 0 0 865.7m
XTL ASX 20 2605.4 -9.5 -0.36 429.8m
XTO ASX 100 3556.1 -11.4 -0.32 768.4m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 5 31 65 147 67 509
Declines 14 51 105 157 72 523
Advancing Volume 30m 103.6m 216.6m 246.4m 152.6m 662.4m
Declining Volume 96.8m 268.1m 415.3m 364m 103.2m 727.5m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 2 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 9 lost ground.

The best performing index was Utilities (XUJ), which added 31.3 points (0.65%) to 4839.1 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 26.19m units; 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 17.69m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 8.27m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Spark Infrastructure Trust (SKI), +$0.04 (2.47%) to $1.45 on volume of 8.7 million shares;
  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), +$0.03 (1.49%) to $2.05 on volume of 1.9 million shares;
  • Duet Group (DUE), +$0.02 (0.82%) to $1.84 on volume of 3.6 million shares;
  • APA Group (APA), +$0.04 (0.78%) to $5.14 on volume of 1.6 million shares; and
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), +$0.08 (0.53%) to $15.06 on volume of 1.9 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Information Technology (XIJ), which gained 3 points (0.56%) to 537.2 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 2.77m units today. 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 2.77m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • SMS Management & Technology Ltd (SMX), +$0.08 (1.35%) to $5.99 on volume of 171.3 thousand shares;
  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), +$0.06 (0.72%) to $8.41 on volume of 2.5 million shares; and
  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), +$0.02 (0.3%) to $6.63 on volume of 140.4 thousand shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Healthcare (XHJ), which dipped 57.2 points (0.63%) to 8956.3 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 18.06m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 6.3m units, and 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 11.76m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$1.12 (2.95%) to $36.90 on volume of 4.5 million shares;
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), -$0.01 (1.47%) to $0.67 on volume of 1.2 million shares; and
  • Primary Health Care Ltd (PRY), -$0.01 (0.36%) to $2.80 on volume of 556.5 thousand shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Materials (XMJ), which slid 65.2 points (0.6%) to 10825.6 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 215.8m units; The 20 decliners had volume traded totalling 102.99m units, and 12 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 82.3m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • OM Holdings Ltd (OMH), -$0.02 (4.04%) to $0.48 on volume of 117 thousand shares;
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), -$0.02 (3%) to $0.49 on volume of 3.1 million shares;
  • Amcor Ltd (AMC), -$0.19 (2.46%) to $7.52 on volume of 6.1 million shares;
  • Iluka Resources Ltd (ILU), -$0.4 (2.29%) to $17.08 on volume of 2.9 million shares; and
  • Western Areas NL (WSA), -$0.1 (1.94%) to $5.05 on volume of 808.5 thousand shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Energy (XEJ), which slid 64.4 points (0.46%) to 14048.9 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 84.93m units; The 10 decliners had volume traded totalling 23.81m units, and 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 5.71m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd (CVN), -$0.01 (4.17%) to $0.12 on volume of 448.6 thousand shares;
  • OIL Search Ltd (OSH), -$0.13 (1.73%) to $7.39 on volume of 6.4 million shares;
  • Paladin Energy Ltd (PDN), -$0.03 (1.52%) to $1.62 on volume of 6 million shares;
  • Molopo Energy Ltd (MPO), -$0.01 (1.48%) to $0.67 on volume of 267.1 thousand shares; and
  • Australian Worldwide Explorat (AWE), -$0.02 (1.14%) to $1.73 on volume of 2.1 million shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XUJ Utilities 4839.1 31.3 0.65 26m
XIJ Information Technology 537.2 3 0.56 3m
XTJ Telecommunications 1205.6 -0.1 -0.01 67m
XNJ Industrials 3723.4 -2.2 -0.06 70m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7620.7 -6.2 -0.08 286m
XPJ Property Trusts 857 -1.7 -0.2 97m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4919.2 -12 -0.24 81m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1292.9 -3.2 -0.25 6 2m
XEJ Energy 14048.9 -64.4 -0.46 85m
XMJ Materials 10825.6 -65.2 -0.6 216m
XHJ Healthcare 8956.3 -57.2 -0.63 18m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 0 496.9m
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS T elstra Corp Ltd 3.51 0.00 0 64.4m
SDL Sundance Resources Ltd 0.47 0.01 1.08 47.5m
GFF Goodman Fielder 0.64 -0.02 -3.05 27m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
PMP PMP Ltd 0.62 0.37 148 1.7m
AGS Alliance Resources Ltd 0.39 0.07 21.88 5.7m
PVE Po Valley Energy 0.15 0.02 11.11 193.4k
CFE Cape Lambert Iron Ore Ltd 0.52 0.04 7.29 350.2k
RMD ResMed Inc 3.26 0.18 5.84 10m
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
COF Coffey International Ltd 0.50 -0.11 -17.5 6.1m
IMD Imdex Ltd 2.66 -0.30 -10.14 1.9m
TWO Talent2 International Ltd 0.38 -0.03 -7.32 397.1k
MLX Metals X Ltd 0.21 -0.02 -6.67 206.9k
JBH Jb Hi-Fi 10.04 -0.67 -6.26 1.8m

OzRant for Thursday, April 26th 2012

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All Ords up modestly, adding 0.25%; volume above average and breadth favours the gainers by 1.4:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 has added 0% so far; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 0.4% gain.The KOSPI has added 0.1% for the session thus far.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Conference Board Leading Index for February 2012 was released in Australia; the result was 0.0 (a nice round number) falling 1% from the prior reading of 1.0%
  • DEWR Internet Skilled Vacancies m/m for March 2012 was released in Australia; the outcome was 0.8% an increase of 0.5 from the prior reading of 0.3%
  • All Industry Activity Index m/m for February 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was -0.1% an increase of 0.9 from the prior reading of -1.0% – above the marke t’s pre-release guess of -0.2%.

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – advanced modestly, rising 11.1 points (0.25%), finishing at 4445 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4466.2 at 10:11 am, while the low for the day was 4433.9 – set at 10:00 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.92bn units, 8.6% above its 10-day average of 1.77bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1457 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 480 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 917.1m units; there were 533 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 704.2m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 162 rose while 150 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the gainers by a margin of 1.4:1, with 386.2m shares traded in gainers while 281.74m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – posted a modest rise of 14.8 points (0.34%), closing out the session at 4375.2 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4445.00 11.10 (0.3%)
ASX 20 2614.90 11.10 (0.4%)
ASX 50 4378.40 18.00 (0.4%)
ASX 100 3567.50 13.40 (0.4%)
ASX 200 4375.20 14.80 (0.3%)
ASX 300 4372.90 14.40 (0.3%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3899.70 3.50 (0.1%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2464.10 -3.60 (0.1%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – advanced by under a percent, adding 11.1 points (0.43%), closing out the session at 2614.9 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 12 index components finished to the upside, and 8 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 380.79m units; 12 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 97.67m shares, while the 8 decliners had volume traded totalling 36.43m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.72 (1.93%) to $37.98 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), +$0.11 (1.54%) to $7.25 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), +$0.15 (1.1%) to $13.81 on volume of 3.7 million shares;
  • Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA), +$0.55 (1.08%) to $51.70 on volume of 4 million shares; and
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.86%) to $3.50 on volume of 46.8 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$1.07 (4.02%) to $25.53 on volume of 9.9 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.07 (2.24%) to $3.05 on volume of 7.6 million shares;
  • Suncorp-Metway Ltd (SUN), -$0.07 (0.85%) to $8.13 on volume of 5.6 million shares;
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), -$0.06 (0.45%) to $13.31 on volume of 1.9 million shares; and
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), -$0.12 (0.35%) to $34.51 on volume of 1.4 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) swam in the opposite direction to the big fish today. lost ground even as the Top20 posted a gain. The Small Ords slid modestly, falling 3.6 points (0.15%), closing out the session at 2464.1 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 74 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 68 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 841.33m units: volume in the 74 gainers totalling 115.61m shares, with trade totalling 112.91m units in the index’s 68 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Berkeley Resources (BKY), +$0.09 (27.69%) to $0.42 on volume of 3.7 million shares;
  • Reverse Corp (REF), +$0.00 (10.53%) to $0.04 on volume of 127.5 thousand shares;
  • Arafura Resources Ltd (ARU), +$0.02 (8%) to $0.27 on volume of 1.2 million shares;
  • PaperlinX Ltd (PPX), +$0.01 (7.78%) to $0.10 on volume of 3.2 million shares; and
  • ROC Oil Co Ltd (ROC), +$0.02 (5.33%) to $0.40 on volume of 1.2 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Neptune Marine Services Ltd (NMS), -$0 (6.45%) to $0.03 on volume of 2.3 million shares;
  • Alesco Corp (ALS), -$0.1 (6.17%) to $1.45 on volume of 137.3 thousand shares;
  • Alliance Resources Ltd (AGS), -$0.02 (5.88%) to $0.32 on volume of 1 .9 million shares;
  • Cooper Energy NL (COE), -$0.04 (5.69%) to $0.58 on volume of 1.5 million shares; and
  • Minemakers Ltd (MAK), -$0.01 (4.35%) to $0.22 on volume of 498 thousand shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4445 11.1 0.25 1541.6m
XFL ASX 50 4378.4 18 0.41 517.5m
XJO ASX 200 4375.2 14.8 0.34 884.2m
XKO ASX 300 4372.9 14.4 0.33 1502.6m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3899.7 3.5 0.09 176.1m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2464.1 -3.6 -0.15 809m
XTL ASX 20 2614.9 11.1 0.43 373.2m
XTO ASX 100 3567.5 13.4 0.38 693.6m
Mark et Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 12 57 112 162 74 480
Declines 8 33 71 151 68 533
Advancing Volume 97.7m 284.2m 463.5m 386.2m 115.6m 917.1m
Declining Volume 36.4m 166.6m 253.5m 281.8m 112.9m 704.2m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 9 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 2 lost ground.

The best performing index was Telecommunications (XTJ), which added 12.9 points (1.08%) to 1205.7 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 52.12m units today. The lone rising index component had volume amounting to 46.8m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 5.17m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.86%) to $3.50 on volume of 46.8 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Healthcare (XHJ), which gained 78.7 points (0.88%) to 9013.5 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 10.05m units; 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 7.57m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 1.34m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • ResMed Inc (RMD), +$0.06 (2%) to $3.06 on volume of 1.5 million shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.72 (1.93%) to $37.98 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), +$0.01 (0.74%) to $0.68 on volume of 2.4 million shares; and
  • Ansell Ltd (ANN), +$0.05 (0.34%) to $14.72 on volume of 1.2 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Utilities (XUJ), which climbed 34 points (0.71%) to 4807.8 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 24.79m units; 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 19.14m shares, while the 2 decliners had volume traded totalling 4.92m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), +$0.01 (1.83%) to $0.56 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), +$0.03 (1.49%) to $2.04 on volume of 1.2 million shares;
  • Spark Infrastructure Trust (SKI), +$0.02 (1.43%) to $1.42 on volume of 7.8 million shares;
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), +$0.17 (1.15%) to $14.95 on volume of 1.3 million shares; and
  • SP AUSNET (stapled) (SPN), +$0.01 (0.92%) to $1.10 on volume of 4.1 million shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Consumer Discretionary (XDJ), which dipped 11.8 points (0.9%) to 1296.1 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 77.94m units; The 8 decliners h ad volume traded totalling 40.58m units, and 11 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 21.08m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Fairfax Media Ltd (FXJ), -$0.02 (2.78%) to $0.70 on volume of 29.2 million shares;
  • APN News & Media Ltd (APN), -$0.02 (2.44%) to $0.80 on volume of 1.7 million shares;
  • Wotif.com Holdings (WTF), -$0.08 (1.79%) to $4.40 on volume of 963.8 thousand shares;
  • Invocare Ltd (IVC), -$0.13 (1.61%) to $7.92 on volume of 163.3 thousand shares; and
  • Billabong Intl Ltd (BBG), -$0.04 (1.45%) to $2.72 on volume of 1.2 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Property Trusts (XPJ), which slid 1.1 points (0.13%) to 858.7 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 86.39m units; The 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 31.21m units, and 7 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 55.18m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.07 (2.24%) to $3.05 on volume of 7.6 million shares;
  • Dexus Property Group (DXS), -$0.02 (1.63%) to $0.91 on volume of 16.8 million shares;
  • Charter Hall Group (CHC), -$0.02 (0.83%) to $2.40 on volume of 355.7 thousand shares;
  • Goodman Group (GMG), -$0.03 (0.82%) to $3.61 on volume of 5.8 million shares; and
  • Bunnings Warehouse Prop Trust (BWP), -$0 (0.13%) to $1.87 on volume of 661.2 thousand shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XTJ Telecommunications 1205.7 12.9 1.08 52m
XHJ Healthcare 9013.5 78.7 0.88 10m
XUJ Utilities 4807.8 34 0.71 25m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4931.2 31.1 0.63 62m
XNJ Industrials 3725.6 20.7 0.56 48m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7626.9 21 0.28 263m
XEJ Energy 14113.3 21.9 0.16 82m
XIJ Information Technology 534.2 0.1 0.02 3m
XMJ Materials 10890.8 1 0.01 175m
XPJ Property Trusts 858.7 -1.1 -0.13 86m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1296.1 -11.8 -0.9 78m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 0 496.9m
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS T elstra Corp Ltd 3.50 0.03 0.86 46.8m
FXJ Fairfax Media Ltd 0.70 -0.02 -2.78 29.2m
ESG Eastern Star Gas Ltd 0.87 0.00 0 21m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
IOF ING Office Fund 2.71 2.07 320.16 3.3m
BKY Berkeley Resources 0.42 0.09 27.69 3.7m
TZN Terramin Australia Ltd 0.18 0.02 12.9 613.1k
REF Reverse Corp Ltd 0.04 0.00 10.53 127.5k
CGX CGA Mining Ltd 2.06 0.16 8.42 5k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
NRT Novogen Ltd 0.09 -0.01 -8.08 5k
CSS Clean Seas Tuna Ltd 0.04 0.00 -6.67 911.8k
NMS Neptune Marine Services Ltd 0.03 0.00 -6.45 2.3m
ALS Alesco Corp 1.45 -0.10 -6.17 137.3k
ARH Australasian Resources Ltd 0.16 -0.01 -6.06 40.8k

OzRant for Tuesday, April 24th 2012

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All Ords up modestly, adding 0.08%; volume above average and breadth favours the gainers by 1.1:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0.2% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.8% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 0.2% gain.The KOSPI has lost 0.5% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Consumer Prices Index RBA Trimmed Mean q/q for January 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 0.3% sliding 0.3 from the prior reading of 0.6% – less than the consensus estimate of 0.6%.
  • Consumer Prices Index RBA Trimmed Mean y/y for January 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 2.2% a drop of 0.4 from the prior reading of 2.6% – less than the market’s pre-release guess of 2.4%.
  • Consumer P rices Index RBA Weighted Median q/q for January 2012 was released in Australia; the outcome was 0.4% a decline of 0.1 from the prior reading of 0.5% – less than the consensus estimate of 0.6%.
  • Consumer Prices Index RBA Weighted Median y/y for January 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 2.1% declining 0.5 from the prior reading of 2.6% – less than expectations of 2.3%.
  • Credit Card Spending s.a. m/m for March 2012 was released in New Zealand; the series posted a reading of 0.3% a decline of 0.2 from the prior reading of 0.5%
  • Credit Card Spending y/y for March 2012 was released in New Zealand; the result was 5.2% adding 1.2 from the prior reading of 4.0%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – advanced modestly, rising 3.6 points (0.08%), finishing at 4433.9 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4447.1 at 12:08 pm, while the low for the day was 4415.6 – set at 10:09 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.79bn units, 1.8% above its 10-day average of 1.76bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1375 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 377 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 729.8m units; there were 628 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 657.2m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 109 rose while 193 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the gainers by a margin of 1.1:1, with 349.38m shares traded in gainers while 317.16m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – posted a modest rise of 8 points (0.18%), closing out the session at 4360.4 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4433.90 3.60 (0.1%)
ASX 20 2603.80 7.20 (0.3%)
ASX 50 4360.40 11.10 (0.3%)
ASX 100 3554.10 8.60 (0.2%)
ASX 200 4360.40 8.00 (0.2%)
ASX 300 4358.50 6.40 (0.1%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3896.20 4.80 (0.1%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2467.70 -19.80 (0.8%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – advanced by under a percent, adding 7.2 points (0.28%), closing out the session at 2603.8 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 13 index components finished to the upside, and 6 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 389.43m units; 13 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 115.96m shares, while the 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 24.9m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.08 (2.35%) to $3.48 on volume of 58.3 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), +$0.07 (2.3%) to $3.11 on volume of 7.7 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.19 (2.11%) to $9.18 on volume of 7.5 million shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), +$0.55 (1.87%) to $29.89 on volume of 2.7 million shares; and
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.40 (1.81%) to $22.54 on volume of 7.4 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$1.01 (3.66%) to $26.59 on volume of 8.3 million shares;
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), -$1.05 (1.58%) to $65.60 on volume of 3.5 million shares;
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), -$0.45 (1.56%) to $28.39 on volume of 2.4 million shares;
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), -$0.44 (1.26%) to $34.52 on volume of 1.7 million shares; and
  • BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP), -$0.29 (0.82%) to $35.03 on volume of 7.9 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) swam in the opposite direction to the big fish today. lost ground even as the Top20 posted a gain. The Small Ords slid modestly, falling 19.8 points (0.8%), closing out the session at 2467.7 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 39 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 99 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 853.79m units: volume in the 39 gainers totalling 85.14m shares, with trade totalling 145.64m units in the index’s 99 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Reverse Corp (REF), +$0.01 (15.15%) to $0.04 on volume of 4.1 thousand shares;
  • Alliance Resources Ltd (AGS), +$0.03 (7.94%) to $0.34 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), +$0.03 (5.32%) to $0.50 on volume of 6.5 million shares;
  • Oilex Ltd (OEX), +$0.01 (3.7%) to $0.28 on volume of 125.1 thousand shares; and
  • Brockman Resources Ltd (BRM), +$0.08 (3.57%) to $2.32 on volume of 157.8 thousand shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • PMP Ltd (PMP), -$0.04 (13.33%) to $0.26 on volume of 236.9 thousand shares;
  • Cockatoo Coal (COK), -$0.04 (12.5%) to $0.28 on volume of 20.2 million shares;
  • Biota Hldgs Ltd (BTA), -$0.06 (6.4%) to $0.81 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Deep Yellow Ltd (DYL), -$0.01 (5.26%) to $0.09 on volume of 1.3 million shares; and
  • Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE), -$0.1 (4.97%) to $1.82 on volume of 4.1 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4433.9 3.6 0.08 1567.1m
XFL ASX 50 4360.4 11.1 0.26 506.1m
XJO ASX 200 4360.4 8 0.18 892.1m
XKO ASX 300 4358.5 6.4 0.15 1529.7m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3896.2 4.8 0.12 201.9m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2467.7 -19.8 -0.8 821.8m
XTL ASX 20 2603.8 7.2 0.28 381.7m
XTO ASX 100 3554.1 8.6 0.24 708m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 13 47 86 109 39 377
Declines 6 37 86 194 99 628
Advancing Volume 116m 269.2m 427.3m 349.4m 85.1m 729.8m
Declining Volume 24.9m 169m 263.6m 317.2m 145.6m 657.2m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 8 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 3 lost ground.

The best performing index was Telecommunications (XTJ), which added 24 points (2.05%) to 1192.8 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 62.73m units today. 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 62.73m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd (TEL), +$0.08 (3.98%) to $2.09 on volume of 3.3 million shares;
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.08 (2.35%) to $3.48 on volume of 58.3 million shares; and
  • Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SGT), +$0.04 (1.45%) to $2.45 on volume of 1.1 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Property Trusts (XPJ), which gained 13.5 points (1.6%) to 859.8 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 98.37m units; 9 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 68.91m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 25.15m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Stockland (SGP), +$0.07 (2.3%) to $3.11 on volume of 7.7 million shares;
  • CFS Retail Property Trust (CFX), +$0.04 (2.14%) to $1.91 on volume of 9.8 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.19 (2.11%) to $9.18 on volume of 7.5 million shares;
  • Charter Hall Group (CHC), +$0.04 (1.67%) to $2.43 on volume of 1 million shares; and
  • Mirvac Group (MGR), +$0.02 (1.6%) to $1.27 on volume of 12.1 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Utilities (XUJ), which climbed 52.8 points (1.12%) to 4773.8 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 22.19m units; 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 11.42m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 0.95m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • SP AUSNET (stapled) (SPN), +$0.03 (2.84%) to $1.09 on volume of 4.4 million shares;
  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), +$0.05 (2.55%) to $2.01 on volume of 1.3 million shares;
  • APA Group (APA), +$0.12 (2.3%) to $5.13 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Duet Group (DUE), +$0.04 (1.95%) to $1.83 on volume of 3.1 million shares; and
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), +$0.01 (0.07%) to $14.78 on volume of 1.1 million shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Materials (XMJ), which dipped 123.8 points (1.12%) to 10889.8 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 142.83m units; The 25 decliners had volume t raded totalling 89.3m units, and 7 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 32.68m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), -$0.01 (3.7%) to $0.13 on volume of 8.4 million shares;
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$1.01 (3.66%) to $26.59 on volume of 8.3 million shares;
  • Gindalbie Metals Ltd (GBG), -$0.02 (3.23%) to $0.60 on volume of 3.5 million shares;
  • Independence Group NL (IGO), -$0.12 (2.76%) to $4.23 on volume of 354.1 thousand shares; and
  • OneSteel Ltd (OST), -$0.03 (2.3%) to $1.28 on volume of 9.8 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Energy (XEJ), which slid 77.1 points (0.54%) to 14091.4 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 104.88m units; The 13 decliners had volume traded totalling 73.67m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 7.23m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Paladin Energy Ltd (PDN), -$0.11 (6.55%) to $1.57 on volume of 40.8 million shares;
  • Australian Worldwide Explorat (AWE), -$0.1 (4.97%) to $1.82 on volume of 4.1 million shares;
  • Linc Energy (LNC), -$0.04 (3.39%) to $1.14 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Molopo Energy Ltd (MPO), -$0.02 (2.9%) to $0.67 on volume of 605.1 thousand shares; and
  • Beach Petroleum Ltd (BPT), -$0.03 (1.76%) to $1.40 on volume of 15.1 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Information Technology (XIJ), which slid 1.3 points (0.24%) to 534.1 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 2.53m units; The 2 decliners had volume traded totalling 2.42m units, and volume in the lone rising index component was 0.11m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), -$0.06 (0.89%) to $6.68 on volume of 263.8 thousand shares; and
  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), -$0.05 (0.6%) to $8.31 on volume of 2.2 million shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XTJ Telecommunications 1192.8 24 2.05 63m
XPJ Property Trusts 859.8 13.5 1.6 98m
XUJ Utilities 4773.8 52.8 1.12 22m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7605.9 55 0.73 267m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4900.1 30.9 0.63 59m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1307.9 4.2 0.32 69m
XHJ Healthcare 8934.8 21.6 0.24 12m
XNJ Industrials 3704.9 2.2 0.06 51m
XIJ Information Technology 534.1 -1.3 -0.24 3m
XEJ Energy 14091.4 -77.1 -0.54 105m
XMJ Materials 10889.8 -123.8 -1.12 143m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 0 496.9m
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS T elstra Corp Ltd 3.48 0.08 2.35 58.3m
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 1.57 -0.11 -6.55 40.8m
CPA Commonwealth Property Office 1.03 -0.01 -0.72 24.3m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
REF Reverse Corp Ltd 0.04 0.01 15.15 4.1k
AGS Alliance Resources Ltd 0.34 0.03 7.94 1.6m
HIN Heartware International Inc 1.97 0.14 7.65 26.8k
ARH Australasian Resources Ltd 0.17 0.01 6.45 50k
GNM Gujarat NRE Minerals Ltd 0.19 0.01 5.56 416.5k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
PMP PMP Ltd 0.26 -0.04 -13.33 236.9k
COK Cockatoo Coal 0.28 -0.04 -12.5 20.2m
PDN Pala din Energy Ltd 1.57 -0.11 -6.55 40.8m
BTA Biota Hldgs Ltd 0.81 -0.06 -6.4 1.6m
DVN Devine Ltd 0.66 -0.04 -5.76 142.3k

OzRant for Monday, April 23rd 2012

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Ords slightly (0.32%) lower; volume above average and losers dominate breadth stats by 1.3:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed down 0.1% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.2% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is down 0.8%.The KOSPI has lost 0.1% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Coincident Index for February F 2012 was released in Japan; the result was 95.0 an increase of 1.3 from the prior reading of 93.7
  • Leading Index for February F 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was 96.3 sliding 0.3 from the prior reading of 96.6
  • Supermarket Sales y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was -2.4% losing 2.7 from the prior reading of 0.3%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – declined gently, dropping 14.1 points (0.32%), finishing at 4430.3 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4444.4 at 10:00 am, while the low for the day was 4429.5 – set at 10:57 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.97bn units, 25.9% above its 10-day average of 1.57bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1377 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 427 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 682.8m units; there were 558 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 441.2m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 106 rose while 191 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 1.3:1, with 187.17m shares traded in gainers while 244.36m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 14.1 points (0.32%), closing out the session at 4352.4 points.

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4430.30 -14.10 (0.3%)
ASX 20 2596.60 -6.30 (0.2%)
ASX 50 4349.30 -11.70 (0.3%)
ASX 100 3545.50 -10.00 (0.3%)
ASX 200 4352.40 -14.10 (0.3%)
ASX 300 4352.10 -14.00 (0.3%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3891.40 -14.90 (0.4%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2487.50 -18.00 (0.7%)

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 6.3 points (0.24%), closing out the session at 2596.6 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 5 index components finished to the upside, and 14 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 322.78m units; 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 36.82m shares, while the 14 decliners had volume traded totalling 36.27m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), +$0.20 (1.48%) to $13.69 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.89%) to $3.41 on volume of 25.3 million shares;
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.07 (0.32%) to $22.17 on volume of 4.3 million shares;
  • Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA), +$0.08 (0.16%) to $51.02 on volume of 1.8 million shares; and
  • ANZ Banking Group (ANZ), +$0.03 (0.13%) to $23.48 on volume of 3.4 million shares.

 

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.45 (1.6%) to $27.60 on volume of 4.3 million shares;
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), -$0.11 (1.53%) to $7.09 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.04 (1.31%) to $3.02 on volume of 6 million shares;
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), -$0.15 (1.11%) to $13.32 on volume of 2.4 million shares; and
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$0.37 (0.98%) to $37.33 on volume of 849.6 thousand shares.

 

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market had significantly worse day than its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords slid modestly, falling 18 points (0.72%), closing out the session at 2487.5 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 33 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 106 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 830.34m units: volume in the 33 gainers totalling 78.41m shares, with trade totalling 147.92m units in the index’s 106 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFU), +$0.01 (12.9%) to $0.11 on volume of 3.2 million shares;
  • Alliance Resources Ltd (AGS), +$0.04 (12.5%) to $0.32 on volume of 807.9 thousand shares;
  • Brockman Resources Ltd (BRM), +$0.19 (9.31%) to $2.23 on volume of 513.5 thousand shares;
  • Nexus Energy Ltd (NXS), +$0.02 (7.32%) to $0.22 on volume of 21.6 million shares; and
  • Flinders Mines Ltd (FMS), +$0.01 (6.25%) to $0.21 on volume of 18.1 million shares.

 

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Biota Hldgs Ltd (BTA), -$0.09 (9.52%) to $0.86 on volume of 2.2 million shares;
  • Deep Yellow Ltd (DYL), -$0.01 (8%) to $0.09 on volume of 2.1 million shares;
  • Cockatoo Coal (COK), -$0.03 (7.25%) to $0.32 on volume of 8.9 million shares;
  • Resolute Mining Ltd (RSG), -$0.09 (5.23%) to $1.63 on volume of 4.2 million shares; and
  • Minemakers Ltd (MAK), -$0.01 (4.17%) to $0.23 on volume of 381.2 thousand shares.

 

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4430.3 -14.1 -0.32 1335.4m
XFL ASX 50 4349.3 -11.7 -0.27 391.5m
XJO ASX 200 4352.4 -14.1 -0.32 683.8m
XKO ASX 300 4352.1 -14 -0.32 1297.4m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3891.4 -14.9 -0.38 105.5m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2487.5 -18 -0.72 800.5m
XTL ASX 20 2596.6 -6.3 -0.24 316.8m
XTO ASX 100 3545.5 -10 -0.28 496.9m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 5 26 53 106 33 427
Declines 14 56 115 192 106 558
Advancing Volume 36.8m 112.3m 181.7m 187.2m 78.4m 682.8m
Declining Volume 36.3m 102.4m 217.6m 244.4m 147.9m 441.2m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 2 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 9 lost ground.

The best performing index was Telecommunications (XTJ), which added 6.7 points (0.58%) to 1168.8 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 28.45m units today. 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 28.24m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 0.21m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd (TEL), +$0.03 (1.52%) to $2.01 on volume of 2.9 million shares; and
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.89%) to $3.41 on volume of 25.3 million shares.

 

Second in the index leadership stakes was Financials ex Property Trusts (XXJ), which gained 1.2 points (0.02%) to 4869.2 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 35.67m units; 9 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 20.99m shares, while the 7 decliners had volume traded totalling 10.41m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), +$0.20 (1.48%) to $13.69 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Ioof Hldgs Ltd (IFL), +$0.07 (1.16%) to $6.12 on volume of 195.1 thousand shares;
  • Challenger Fin Ser (CGF), +$0.04 (1.05%) to $3.85 on volume of 1.7 million shares;
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.07 (0.32%) to $22.17 on volume of 4.3 million shares; and
  • Insurance Australia Group Ltd (IAG), +$0.01 (0.29%) to $3.48 on volume of 6 million shares.

 

The worst-performed index for the session was Information Technology (XIJ), which dipped 4.9 points (0.91%) to 535.4 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 1.25m units; The 2 decliners had volume traded totalling 1.16m units, and volume in the lone rising index component was 0.09m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), -$0.07 (0.83%) to $8.38 on volume of 1 million shares; and
  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), -$0.01 (0.15%) to $6.74 on volume of 139.1 thousand shares.

 

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Healthcare (XHJ), which slid 68.7 points (0.76%) to 8913.2 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 6.23m units; The 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 2.76m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 2.57m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Primary Health Care Ltd (PRY), -$0.06 (2.09%) to $2.81 on volume of 669.8 thousand shares;
  • Sonic Healthcare Ltd (SHL), -$0.16 (1.27%) to $12.39 on volume of 882.6 thousand shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$0.37 (0.98%) to $37.33 on volume of 849.6 thousand shares;
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), -$0.16 (0.8%) to $19.77 on volume of 160 thousand shares; and
  • Ansell Ltd (ANN), -$0.06 (0.4%) to $14.80 on volume of 200 thousand shares.

 

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Energy (XEJ), which slid 108.7 points (0.76%) to 14168.5 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 74.43m units; The 10 decliners had volume traded totalling 21.79m units, and 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 24.26m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Aquila Resources (AQA), -$0.18 (3.48%) to $4.99 on volume of 223.9 thousand shares;
  • Linc Energy (LNC), -$0.04 (2.88%) to $1.18 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Australian Worldwide Explorat (AWE), -$0.05 (2.55%) to $1.91 on volume of 2.2 million shares;
  • Karoon Gas Australia Ltd (KAR), -$0.12 (1.89%) to $6.24 on volume of 423.8 thousand shares; and
  • Santos Ltd (STO), -$0.24 (1.7%) to $13.85 on volume of 2.5 million shares.

 

Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XTJ Telecommunications 1168.8 6.7 0.58 28m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4869.2 1.2 0.02 36m
XPJ Property Trusts 846.3 -1.2 -0.14 55m
XUJ Utilities 4721 -11.9 -0.25 21m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7550.9 -24.5 -0.32 256m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1303.7 -7.1 -0.54 44m
XNJ Industrials 3702.7 -22.1 -0.59 39m
XMJ Materials 11013.6 -73.7 -0.66 121m
XHJ Healthcare 8913.2 -68.7 -0.76 6m
XEJ Energy 14168.5 -108.7 -0.76 74m
XIJ Information Technology 535.4 -4.9 -0.91 1m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 0 494.9m
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.41 0.03 0.89 25.3m
NXS Nexus Energy Ltd 0.22 0.02 7.32 21.6m
ESG Eastern Star Gas Ltd 0.87 0.00 0 21m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
CFU Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd 0.11 0.01 12.9 3.2m
AGS Alliance Resources Ltd 0.32 0.04 12.5 807.9k
BRM Brockman Resources Ltd 2.23 0.19 9.31 513.5k
NXS Nexus Energy Ltd 0.22 0.02 7.32 21.6m
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd 0.46 0.03 7.06 662.2k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
NRT Novogen Ltd 0.10 -0.01 -10 77k
BTA Biota Hldgs Ltd 0.86 -0.09 -9.52 2.2m
DYL Deep Yellow Ltd 0.09 -0.01 -8 2.1m
COK Cockatoo Coal 0.32 -0.03 -7.25 8.9m
PVE Po Valley Energy 0.14 -0.01 -6.67 67.2k

OzRant for Friday, April 20th 2012

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Ords pretty much UNCH for the day (0.08% lower); volume above average and breadth favours the gainers by 1.3:1: sectors mixed with a slight downside bias. The NZSE50 closed down 0.3% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.3% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing unchanged on the day.The KOSPI has lost 1.3% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Export Price Index q/q for January 2012 was released in Australia; the result was -7.0% declining 5.5 from the prior reading of -1.5% – less than the consensus estimate of -3.0%.
  • Import Price Index q/q for January 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of -1.2% losing 3.7 from the prior reading of 2.5% – less than the market’s pre-release guess of -0.1%.

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – dropped a scant 3.5 points (0.08%), finishing basically unchanged at 4437.8 points. The index traded in a preternaturally narrow range, from an intraday high of 4444.7 at 10:15 am, to low for the day just 12 points (0.3%) lower at 4432.1 – set at 10:37 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.78bn units, 12.7% above its 10-day average of 1.58bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1369 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 459 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 620.3m units; there were 540 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 615.1m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 132 rose while 178 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the gainers by a margin of 1.3:1, with 326.46m shares traded in gainers while 254.74m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 3.1 points (0.07%), closing out the session at 43596 points.

 

 

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4437.80 -3.50 (0.1%)
ASX 20 2598.90 -1.10 (0.0%)
ASX 50 4354.00 -2.20 (0.1%)
ASX 100 3555.50 2.60 (0.1%)
ASX 200 4359.60 -3.10 (0.1%)
ASX 300 4359.30 -3.20 (0.1%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3901.80 -12.90 (0.3%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2501.70 0.40 (0.0%)

 

 

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 1.1 points (0.04%), closing out the session at 2598.9 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 6 index components finished to the upside, and 13 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 343.93m units; 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 15.98m shares, while the 13 decliners had volume traded totalling 46.12m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.81 (2.2%) to $37.70 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • ANZ Banking Group (ANZ), +$0.10 (0.43%) to $23.40 on volume of 4.2 million shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), +$0.07 (0.24%) to $29.42 on volume of 1.7 million shares;
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.04 (0.18%) to $22.06 on volume of 4.1 million shares; and
  • Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA), +$0.07 (0.14%) to $50.85 on volume of 2 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • AMP Ltd (AMP), -$0.11 (2.54%) to $4.22 on volume of 7.8 million shares;
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), -$0.39 (1.33%) to $28.88 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), -$0.09 (0.66%) to $13.45 on volume of 3.6 million shares;
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.15 (0.53%) to $28.01 on volume of 3.1 million shares; and
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), -$0.03 (0.42%) to $7.18 on volume of 1.7 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) swam in the opposite direction to the big fish today. posted a gain despite weakness in the big-caps. The Small Ords advanced by under a percent, adding 0.4 points (0.02%), closing out the session at 2501.7 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 67 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 79 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 488.75m units: volume in the 67 gainers totalling 222.73m shares, with trade totalling 98.14m units in the index’s 79 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), +$0.04 (31.82%) to $0.15 on volume of 43 million shares;
  • Cooper Energy NL (COE), +$0.06 (9.17%) to $0.66 on volume of 1.8 million shares;
  • Icon Energy Ltd/Australia (ICN), +$0.02 (8.16%) to $0.27 on volume of 4.2 million shares;
  • Blue Energy Ltd (BUL), +$0.01 (7.89%) to $0.08 on volume of 7.9 million shares; and
  • Pharmaxis (PXS), +$0.09 (7.35%) to $1.32 on volume of 1.6 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Bradken Ltd (BKN), -$0.9 (10.64%) to $7.56 on volume of 4.2 million shares;
  • Kagara Zinc Ltd (KZL), -$0.01 (7.69%) to $0.12 on volume of 7.2 million shares;
  • Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFU), -$0.01 (7.07%) to $0.09 on volume of 795.4 thousand shares;
  • Brockman Resources Ltd (BRM), -$0.16 (7.05%) to $2.05 on volume of 297.8 thousand shares; and
  • HFA Holdings (HFA), -$0.05 (5.88%) to $0.80 on volume of 123 thousand shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4437.8 -3.5 -0.08 1084.3m
XFL ASX 50 4354 -2.2 -0.05 439.2m
XJO ASX 200 4359.6 -3.1 -0.07 831.8m
XKO ASX 300 4359.3 -3.2 -0.07 1014.1m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3901.8 -12.9 -0.33 132.3m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2501.7 0.4 0.02 442.6m
XTL ASX 20 2598.9 -1.1 -0.04 339.3m
XTO ASX 100 3555.5 2.6 0.07 571.5m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 6 26 64 132 67 459
Declines 13 57 114 180 79 540
Advancing Volume 16m 75.6m 242.6m 326.5m 222.7m 620.3m
Declining Volume 46.1m 173m 310.9m 255.3m 98.1m 615.1m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, it was pretty much even stevens, with a very slight lead to the duds… the 5 that had an “up” day were just shaded by the remaining 6 which didn’t.

The best performing index was Healthcare (XHJ), which added 87.7 points (0.99%) to 8981.9 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 11.21m units; 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 5.02m shares, while the 4 decliners had volume traded totalling 6.19m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.81 (2.2%) to $37.70 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), +$0.01 (0.75%) to $0.68 on volume of 2.8 million shares;
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), +$0.04 (0.2%) to $19.90 on volume of 305 thousand shares; and
  • Cochlear Ltd (COH), +$0.01 (0.02%) to $62.51 on volume of 241.5 thousand shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Energy (XEJ), which gained 136.6 points (0.97%) to 14277.2 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 85.34m units; 8 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 47.61m shares, while the 7 decliners had volume traded totalling 12.81m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Karoon Gas Australia Ltd (KAR), +$0.39 (6.55%) to $6.34 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • OIL Search Ltd (OSH), +$0.41 (5.87%) to $7.40 on volume of 16.2 million shares;
  • Beach Petroleum Ltd (BPT), +$0.06 (3.99%) to $1.44 on volume of 19.6 million shares;
  • Australian Worldwide Explorat (AWE), +$0.06 (2.89%) to $1.96 on volume of 4.3 million shares; and
  • Linc Energy (LNC), +$0.01 (0.42%) to $1.21 on volume of 3.7 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Information Technology (XIJ), which climbed 1.9 points (0.35%) to 540.3 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 1.48m units today. The lone rising index component had volume amounting to 0.11m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 1.17m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • SMS Management & Technology Ltd (SMX), +$0.09 (1.52%) to $6.00 on volume of 113.4 thousand shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Utilities (XUJ), which dipped 33.7 points (0.71%) to 4731.3 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 27.38m units; The 4 decliners had volume traded totalling 15.55m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 4.72m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Spark Infrastructure Trust (SKI), -$0.06 (3.98%) to $1.39 on volume of 11.5 million shares;
  • SP AUSNET (stapled) (SPN), -$0.02 (1.41%) to $1.05 on volume of 2.2 million shares;
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), -$0.06 (0.4%) to $14.77 on volume of 511 thousand shares; and
  • APA Group (APA), -$0.02 (0.39%) to $5.05 on volume of 1.3 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Industrials (XNJ), which slid 14.2 points (0.38%) to 3724.8 points. The 32 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 37.26m units; The 17 decliners had volume traded totalling 26.61m units, and 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 2.56m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Bradken Ltd (BKN), -$0.9 (10.64%) to $7.56 on volume of 4.2 million shares;
  • Alesco Corp (ALS), -$0.05 (2.89%) to $1.51 on volume of 43.4 thousand shares;
  • Boart Longyear Ltd (BLY), -$0.12 (2.87%) to $4.06 on volume of 2.2 million shares;
  • CSR Ltd (CSR), -$0.04 (2.2%) to $1.67 on volume of 3.3 million shares; and
  • Leighton Hldgs Ltd (LEI), -$0.36 (1.76%) to $20.07 on volume of 1 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Materials (XMJ), which slid 29.7 points (0.27%) to 11068.4 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 215.63m units; The 22 decliners had volume traded totalling 68.94m units, and 12 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 119.47m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), -$0.03 (5.56%) to $0.47 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Panoramic Resources Ltd (PAN), -$0.04 (3.04%) to $1.12 on volume of 354.6 thousand shares;
  • Boral Ltd (BLD), -$0.1 (2.62%) to $3.71 on volume of 8.2 million shares;
  • Lynas Corporation Ltd (LYC), -$0.03 (2.62%) to $1.12 on volume of 14.9 million shares; and
  • Sims Metal Management Ltd (SGM), -$0.34 (2.26%) to $14.73 on volume of 479.4 thousand shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XHJ Healthcare 8981.9 87.7 0.99 11m
XEJ Energy 14277.2 136.6 0.97 85m
XIJ Information Technology 540.3 1.9 0.35 1m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7565.7 1.5 0.02 260m
XTJ Telecommunications 1165.4 0.1 0.01 38m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4857.8 -3.7 -0.08 37m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1308.1 -1.7 -0.13 40m
XPJ Property Trusts 847.5 -1.3 -0.15 78 m
XMJ Materials 11068.4 -29.7 -0.27 216m
XNJ Industrials 3724.8 -14.2 -0.38 37m
XUJ Utilities 4731.3 -33.7 -0.71 27m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 0 58.1m
SDL Sundance Resources Ltd 0.48 0.01 1.06 54.9m
PLA Platinum Australia Ltd 0.15 0.04 31.82 43m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.39 0.00 0 35.1m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
PLA Platinum Australia Ltd 0.15 0.04 31.82 43m
THG Thakral Hldgs Ltd 0.75 0.17 29.31 24m
GNM Gujarat NRE Minerals Ltd 0.18 0.03 16.13 1.2m
WEC White Energy Co. Ltd 0.47 0.05 11.9 1.2m
COE Cooper Energy NL 0.66 0.06 9.17 1.8m
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
BKN Bradken Ltd 7.56 -0.90 -10.64 4.2m
CGX CGA Mining Ltd 1.85 -0.19 -9.31 0.9k
KZL Kagara Zinc Ltd 0.12 -0.01 -7.69 7.2m
CFU Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd 0.09 -0.01 -7.07 795.4k
BRM Brockman Resources Ltd 2.05 -0.16 -7.05 297.8k

OzRant for Thursday, April 19th 2012

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All Ords up modestly, adding 0.32%; volume above average and losers dominate breadth stats by 1.5:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0.1% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.8% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 0.4% gain.The KOSPI has lost 0.2% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • NAB Business Confidence for January 2012 was released in Australia; the result was -1 dropping 2 from the prior reading of 1
  • RBA Foreign Exchange Transaction for March 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 944M a gain of 572 from the prior reading of 372M

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – advanced modestly, rising 14.1 points (0.32%), finishing at 4441.3 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4453.7 at 1:57 pm, while the low for the day was 4425.6 – set at 10:03 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 2.54bn units, 63.6% above its 10-day average of 1.55bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1389 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 534 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 1.06bn units; there were 447 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 1.11bn shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 172 rose while 122 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 1.5:1, with 502.18m shares traded in gainers while 744.84m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – posted a modest rise of 14 points (0.32%), closing out the session at 4362.7 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4441.30 14.10 (0.3%)
ASX 20 2600.00 7.30 (0.3%)
ASX 50 4356.20 11.90 (0.3%)
ASX 100 3552.90 10.70 (0.3%)
ASX 200 4362.70 14.00 (0.3%)
ASX 300 4362.50 14.00 (0.3%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3914.70 20.60 (0.5%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2501.30 12.70 (0.5%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – advanced by under a percent, adding 7.3 points (0.28%), closing out the session at 2600 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 13 index components finished to the upside, and 6 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 460.76m units; 13 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 164.32m shares, while the 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 45.49m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), +$0.49 (1.42%) to $35.04 on volume of 2.4 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), +$0.04 (1.33%) to $3.05 on volume of 10.8 million shares;
  • BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP), +$0.40 (1.14%) to $35.50 on volume of 16.5 million shares;
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), +$0.13 (0.97%) to $13.52 on volume of 3.4 million shares; and
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.89%) to $3.39 on volume of 92.5 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.48 (1.68%) to $28.16 on volume of 4.5 million shares;
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), -$0.5 (1.68%) to $29.27 on volume of 2.4 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), -$0.15 (1.64%) to $9.02 on volume of 14.1 million shares;
  • Suncorp-Metway Ltd (SUN), -$0.09 (1.09%) to $8.14 on volume of 6.1 million shares; and
  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), -$0.14 (1.02%) to $13.54 on volume of 7.1 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market absolutely wiped the floor with its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords advanced by under a percent, adding 12.7 points (0.51%), closing out the session at 2501.3 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 80 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 59 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index tra ded a total of 889.17m units: volume in the 80 gainers totalling 171.84m shares, with trade totalling 578.26m units in the index’s 59 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Oilex Ltd (OEX), +$0.05 (17.65%) to $0.30 on volume of 814.9 thousand shares;
  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), +$0.01 (10%) to $0.11 on volume of 11.6 million shares;
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Ind (API), +$0.03 (8.82%) to $0.37 on volume of 3.6 million shares;
  • Intrepid Mines Ltd (IAU), +$0.05 (6.85%) to $0.78 on volume of 2.5 million shares; and
  • Icon Energy Ltd/Australia (ICN), +$0.02 (6.52%) to $0.25 on volume of 2.5 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest dow ners (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Apex Minerals NL (AXM), -$0 (33.33%) to $0.00 on volume of 498 million shares;
  • Brockman Resources Ltd (BRM), -$0.28 (11.29%) to $2.20 on volume of 145.2 thousand shares;
  • Tower (TWR), -$0.09 (6.72%) to $1.25 on vol ume of 4.9 thousand shares;
  • Arafura Resources Ltd (ARU), -$0.02 (5%) to $0.29 on volume of 1.8 million shares; and
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), -$0.03 (4.81%) to $0.50 on volume of 1.6 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4441.3 14.1 0.32 1725.3m
XFL ASX 50 4356.2 11.9 0.27 600.9m
XJO ASX 200 4362.7 14 0.32 1041.5m
XKO ASX 300 4362.5 14 0.32 1651.3m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3914.7 20.6 0.53 196.9m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2501.3 12.7 0.51 853.5m
XTL ASX 20 2600 7.3 0.28 449.9m
XTO ASX 100 3552.9 10.7 0.3 797.7m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 13 50 111 173 80 534
Declines 6 32 60 123 59 447
Advancing Volume 164.3m 339.4m 581.3m 502.2m 171.8m 1.06bn
Declining Volume 45.5m 139m 262m 745.1m 578.3m 1.11bn
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 8 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 3 lost ground.

The best performing index was Consumer Staples (XSJ), which added 68.6 points (0.92%) to 7564.2 points. The 11 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 271.83m units; 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 17.87m shares, while the 2 decliners had volume traded totalling 2.41m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Metcash Ltd (MTS), +$0.07 (1.79%) to $3.99 on volume of 8.3 million shares;
  • Graincorp Ltd A (GNC), +$0.15 (1.66%) to $9.20 on volume of 744.2 thousand shares;
  • Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (CCL), +$0.17 (1.37%) to $12.60 on volume of 2.2 million shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), +$0.23 (0.79%) to $29.35 on volume of 2.8 million shares; and
  • Woolworths Ltd (WOW), +$0.20 (0.78%) to $25.85 on volume of 3.7 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Telecommunications (XTJ), which gained 10.1 points (0.87%) to 1165.3 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 95.39m units today. 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 95.39m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.89%) to $3.39 on volume of 92.5 million shares;
  • Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SGT), +$0.01 (0.42%) to $2.41 on volume of 405.7 thousand shares; and
  • Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd (TEL), +$0.01 (0.25%) to $2.00 on volume of 2.5 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Healthcare (XHJ), which climbed 63.5 points (0.72%) to 8894.2 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 17.88m units; 7 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 11.33m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 6.55m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Primary Health Care Ltd (PRY), +$0.07 (2.49%) to $2.88 on volume of 2.8 million shares;
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), +$0.41 (2.11%) to $19.86 on volume of 552.6 thousand shares;
  • Ansell Ltd (ANN), +$0.20 (1.36%) to $14.92 on volume of 732.7 thousand shares;
  • Sonic Healthcare Ltd (SHL), +$0.11 (0.88%) to $12.66 on volume of 1.6 million shares; and
  • Cochlear Ltd (COH), +$0.51 (0.82%) to $62.50 on volume of 191.9 thousand shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Information Technology (XIJ), which dipped 4.8 points (0.88%) to 538.4 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 2.59m units; The 2 decliners had volume traded totalling 2.44m units, – none of the index components ended with a gain. The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), -$0.14 (1.63%) to $8.43 on volume of 2 million shares; and
  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), -$0.05 (0.74%) to $6.75 on volume of 417 thousand shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Property Trusts (XPJ), which slid 4.9 points (0.57%) to 848.8 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 147.01m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 45.13m units, and 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 72.56m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Westfield Group (WDC), -$0.15 (1.64%) to $9.02 on volume of 14.1 million shares;
  • Mirvac Group (MGR), -$0.02 (1.61%) to $1.22 on volume of 13.7 million shares; and
  • GPT Group (GPT), -$0.02 (0.62%) to $3.18 on volume of 17.3 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Utilities (XUJ), which slid 22.1 points (0.46%) to 4765 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 20.47m units; The 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 11.25m units, and volume in the lone rising index component was 2.01m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), -$0.03 (4.27%) to $0.56 on volume of 2.1 million shares;
  • Infigen Energy (IFN), -$0.01 (2.04%) to $0.24 on volume of 137.3 thousand shares;
  • Spark Infrastructure Trust (SKI), -$0.02 (1.37%) to $1.45 on volume of 4.1 million shares;
  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), -$0.03 (1.25%) to $1.98 on volume of 1.6 million shares; and
  • APA Group (APA), -$0.02 (0.39%) to $5.07 on volume of 2 million shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XSJ Consumer Staples 7564.2 68.6 0.92 272m
XTJ Telecommunications 1165.3 10.1 0.87 95m
XHJ Healthcare 8894.2 63.5 0.72 18m
XMJ Materials 11098.1 77.2 0.7 209m
XEJ Energy 14140.6 75.4 0.54 86m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1309.8 3.7 0.28 53m
XNJ Industrials 3739 5.2 0.14 56m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4861.5 1.3 0.03 82m
XUJ Utilities 4765 -22.1 -0.46 20m
XPJ Property Trusts 848.8 -4.9 -0.57 147m
XIJ Information Technology 538.4 -4.8 -0.88 3m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders

Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 -33.33 498m
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.39 0.03 0.89 92.5m
DXS Dexus Property Group 0.94 0.01 1.08 53.2m
WHC Whitehaven Coal Ltd 5.48 -0.55 -9.12 38.1m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
GMG Goodman Group 3.60 2.91 417.99 6.7m
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.30 0.05 17.65 814.9k
PLA Platinum Australia Ltd 0.11 0.01 10 11.6m
API Australian Pharmaceutical Ind 0.37 0.03 8.82 3.6m
THG Thakral Hldgs Ltd 0.58 0.05 8.41 228.8k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 -33.33 498m
BRM Brockman Resources Ltd 2.20 -0.28 -11.29 145.2k
WHC Whitehaven Coal Ltd 5.48 -0.55 -9.12 38.1m
TWR TOWER Ltd 1.25 -0.09 -6.72 4.9k
GNM Gujarat NRE Minerals Ltd 0.16 -0.01 -6.06 59.9k

OzRant for Wednesday, April 18th 2012

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All Ords posts solid 1.31% gain; volume above average and breadth favours the gainers by 4.2:1: every sector index rose. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 1.2% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 has added 2.1% so far; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 1.2% gain.The KOSPI has added 1% for the session thus far.

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Westpac Leading Index m/m for February 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 0.2% declining 0.4 from the prior reading of 0.6%
  • ANZ Consumer Confidence Index for April 2012 was released in New Zealand; the outcome was 114.0 an increase of 3.8 from the prior reading of 110.2
  • ANZ Consumer Confidence Index m/m for April 2012 was released in New Zealand; the result was 3.4% gaining 6.1 from the prior reading of -2.7%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – rose strongly, registering a gain of 57.4 points (1.31%), finishing at 4426.2 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4427 at 11:31 am, while the low for the day was 4368.8 – set at 10:00 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.76bn units, 12.1% above its 10-day average of 1.57bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1369 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 622 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 1.08bn units; there were 337 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 328.6m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 236 rose while 70 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the gainers by a margin of 4.2:1, with 517.81m shares traded in gainers while 123.55m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – managed a solid gain, adding 58.9 points (1.37%), closing out the session at 4347.7 points.

 

 

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4426.20 57.40 (1.3%)
ASX 20 2592.70 34.80 (1.4%)
ASX 50 4343.40 56.80 (1.3%)
ASX 100 3541.40 46.90 (1.3%)
ASX 200 4347.70 58.90 (1.4%)
ASX 300 4347.60 58.40 (1.4%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3892.40 57.10 (1.5%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2488.60 37.70 (1.5%)

 

 

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – performed solidly, in moving up 34.8 points (1.36%), closing out the session at 2592.7 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 19 index components finished to the upside, and 1 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 373.96m units; 19 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 125.48m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 1.79m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.28 (3.16%) to $9.15 on volume of 9.9 million shares;
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), +$1.85 (2.86%) to $66.55 on volume of 4.9 million shares;
  • BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP), +$0.95 (2.78%) to $35.10 on volume of 14.7 million shares;
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), +$0.64 (2.2%) to $29.76 on volume of 2.4 million shares; and
  • Stockland (SGP), +$0.06 (2.04%) to $3.00 on volume of 7.2 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$0.13 (0.35%) to $36.74 on volume of 1.8 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market had a somewhat better day than its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords performed solidly, in moving up 37.7 points (1.54%), closing out the session at 2488.6 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 109 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 33 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 410.83m units: volume in the 109 gainers totalling 195.69m shares, with trade totalling 100.21m units in the index’s 33 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • OM Holdings Ltd (OMH), +$0.06 (13.33%) to $0.51 on volume of 2.3 million shares;
  • PaperlinX Ltd (PPX), +$0.01 (10.23%) to $0.10 on volume of 2.3 million shares;
  • Panoramic Resources Ltd (PAN), +$0.07 (6.6%) to $1.13 on volume of 459.4 thousand shares;
  • Aquarius Platinum (Bermuda) (AQP), +$0.13 (6.47%) to $2.14 on volume of 727 thousand shares; and
  • OneSteel Ltd (OST), +$0.07 (5.6%) to $1.23 on volume of 7.7 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • TAP OIL Ltd (TAP), -$0.1 (11.36%) to $0.78 on volume of 2.1 million shares;
  • Platinum Australia L td (PLA), -$0.01 (4.76%) to $0.10 on volume of 5.1 million shares;
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Ind (API), -$0.02 (4.23%) to $0.34 on volume of 1.3 million shares;
  • Flinders Mines Ltd (FMS), -$0.01 (3.75%) to $0.19 on volume of 46.7 million shares; and
  • Cockatoo Coal (COK), -$0.01 (2.82%) to $0.35 on volume of 2.3 million shares.
Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4426.2 57.4 1.31 1057m
XFL ASX 50 4343.4 56.8 1.33 487.5m
XJO ASX 200 4347.7 58.9 1.37 861.1m
XKO ASX 300 4347.6 58.4 1.36 1017.7m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3892.4 57.1 1.49 151.9m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2488.6 37.7 1.54 378.3m
XTL ASX 20 2592.7 34.8 1.36 366.7m
XTO ASX 100 3541.4 46.9 1.34 639.4m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 19 75 156 237 109 622
Declines 1 11 23 70 33 337
Advancing Volume 125.5m 341.1m 563m 517.9m 195.7m 1.08bn
Declining Volume 1.8m 22.4m 59m 123.6m 100.2m 328.6m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, it was green across the board, as every sector managed to keep its head above water.

The best performing index was Materials (XMJ), which added 256 points (2.38%) to 11020.9 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 176.7m units; 31 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 130.71m shares, while the 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 36.79m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Apex Minerals NL (AXM), +$0.00 (50%) to $0.00 on volume of 15.9 million shares;
  • Kagara Zinc Ltd (KZL), +$0.02 (13.64%) to $0.13 on volume of 9.7 million shares;
  • OM Holdings Ltd (OMH), +$0.06 (13.33%) to $0.51 on volume of 2.3 million shares;
  • Energy Resources Of Australia (ERA), +$0.16 (10.32%) to $1.71 on volume of 7.9 million shares; and
  • PaperlinX Ltd (PPX), +$0.01 (10.23%) to $0.10 on volume of 2.3 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Property Trusts (XPJ), which gained 19 points (2.28%) to 850.9 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index tr aded a total of 98.03m units; 11 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 71.49m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.28 (3.16%) to $9.15 on volume of 9.9 million shares;
  • Charter Hall Group (CHC), +$0.07 (3.07%) to $2.35 on volume of 549.7 thousand shares;
  • Dexus Property Group (DXS), +$0.03 (2.76%) to $0.93 on volume of 9.2 million shares;
  • Mirvac Group (MGR), +$0.03 (2.7%) to $1.24 on volume of 6.8 million shares; and
  • Bunnings Warehouse Prop Trust (BWP), +$0.04 (2.19%) to $1.87 on volume of 701 thousand shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Energy (XEJ), which climbed 178.3 points (1.28%) to 14065.2 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 85.36m units; 13 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 45.81m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 0.79m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Energy Resources Of Australia (ERA), +$0.16 (10.32%) to $1.71 on volume of 7.9 million shares;
  • Linc Energy (LNC), +$0.08 (7.24%) to $1.19 on volume of 5.3 million shares;
  • Australian Worldwide Explorat (AWE), +$0.04 (2.13%) to $1.92 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), +$0.64 (1.88%) to $34.62 on volume of 1.7 million shares; and
  • Aquila Resources (AQA), +$0.08 (1.6%) to $5.08 on volume of 411.6 thousand shares.

As mentioned above, there were no declining sectors today – so we can move on down to the Asian market stuff now.

Sector Indices

Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XMJ Materials 11020.9 256 2.38 177m
XPJ Property Trusts 850.9 19 2.28 98m
XEJ Energy 14065.2 178.3 1.28 85m
XNJ Industrials 3733.8 43.3 1.17 41m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4860.2 55 1.14 58m
XIJ Information Technology 543.2 5.2 0.97 1m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1306.1 8.2 0.63 46m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7495.6 40.3 0.54 277m
XHJ Healthcare 8830.7 39.2 0.45 10m
XUJ Utilities 4787.1 10 0.21 21m
XTJ Telecommunications 1155.2 0.5 0.04 46m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.19 -0.01 -3.75 46.7m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.37 0.01 0.3 37.7m
GMG Goodman Group 0.70 0.00 0 22.2m
ESG Eastern Star Gas Ltd 0.87 0.00 0 21m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AXM Apex Minerals NL 0.00 0.00 50 15.9m
KZL Kagara Zinc Ltd 0.13 0.02 13.64 9.7m
OMH O M Holdings Ltd 0.51 0.06 13.33 2.3m
ERA Energy Resources Of Australia 1.71 0.16 10.32 7.9m
PPX PaperlinX Ltd 0.10 0.01 10.23 2.3m
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
TAP TAP OIL Ltd 0.78 -0.10 -11.36 2.1m
PBT Prana Biotechnology Ltd 0.15 -0.01 -6.25 121.9k
CRK Carrick Gold Ltd 0.35 -0.02 -5.41 61.6k
SWK Swick Mining Services Ltd 0.36 -0.02 -5.33 54.8k
PLA Platinum Australia Ltd 0.10 -0.01 -4.76 5.1m

 

OzRant for Tuesday, April 17th 2012

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Ords slightly (0.32%) lower on below-average volume and losers dominate breadth stats by 1.4:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0.2% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.1% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is down 0.7%.The KOSPI has lost 0.4% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • New Motor Vehicle Sales m/m for March 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 4.0% gaining 3.8 from the prior reading of 0.2%
  • New Motor Vehicle Sales y/y for March 2012 was released in Australia; the series posted a reading of 4.0% an increase of 1.9 from the prior reading of 2.1%
  • Capacity Utilization m/m for February F 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was -1.7% sliding 5.1 from the prior reading of 3.4%
  • Consumer Confidence for March 2012 was released in Japan; the series posted a reading of 40.3 advancing 0.4 from the prior reading of 39.9 – above expectations of 40.
  • Industrial Production m/m for February F 2012 was released in Japan; the result was -16% a drop of 14.8 from the prior reading of -1.2%
  • Industrial Production y/y for February F 2012 was released in Japan; the result was 1.5% falling 0 from the prior reading of 1.5%
  • Tokyo Condominium Sales y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the outcome was -6.1% dropping 19.1 from the prior reading of 13.0%
  • Non Resident Bond Holdings for March 2012 was released in New Zealand; the series posted a reading of 60.9% gaining 0.6 from the prior reading of 60.3%

Notice something, Dear Reader: have a look at how manifestly awful the Japanese data are.

It is now over 20 years since the Japanese equity bubble popped. Repeated monetary and fiscal stimulus – the same policy prescription favoured by the Western parasite-political class to try to respond to more recent bubbles – has failed in Japan, time and time and time and time again.

I think it may have been as far back as 2001 when Bill Bonner (founder of the Daily Reckoning) write that the script for the first quarter of the 21st century had already been written – in Japanese.

Demography (an aging population), technological change, and a host of other factors concatenated to produce the ‘perfect storm’ in Japan – where property prices in the 6 major cities are 80% below their 1992 highs.

 

And if that hasn’t got you thinking, muse on this. What if Earth had not been hit by a trillion-ton asteroid 65 million years ago? (OK, maybe it wasn’t a trillion tons… but it was fucking big).

The dinosaurs had gone about their business for 100 million years with no challenge to their dominance when all of a sudden they got fratzed en masse. That cleared the field for smaller, smarter creatures to get a toehold. And here we are.

Without that event there’s not a huge likelihood that proto-mammals would have survived to evolve into us (and the quasi-human species that preys on us – homo cheneyensis blairius sarkozii, the human career parasite).

So imagine a universe with a billion Earth-like planets, on which relatively few get smacked by a giant bit of space-rock.

Now it’s clear that chaotic systems (like evolution) can find their way to their stable manifold without the intervention of big lumps of space debris, but nonetheless… if the dinosaur is a ‘dominant except in the event of an asteroid’ body type, does that mean that most inhabited Earth-like planets will just have giant lizards with absolutely no industrial or social framework?

As youse all know, it has long been my view that any civilisation that is more than 2 generations more developed than we are, will have transcended biology and will flit about he universe in radiation-proof, solar powered (or dark energy powered) nano-machines. That is, there are no ‘space ships’ or ‘greys’ or ‘close encounters’, because that schlock is not required – to the extent they thought we were worth investigating for some reason, they would flit down, interface with us without our knowledge, and flit away. (So SETI is a waste of resources, like most government initiatives).

That doesn’t in any way change the stuff I was on about above: that if the dinosaur is the ‘default’ life form, there will be vast numbers of planets with Earth-like atmospheres, that have nothing on them except giant lizards eating each other, plus plants and bugs.

Amazing, right?

Anyhow… buckle up, here we go.

 

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – declined gently, dropping 14 points (0.32%), finishing at 4368.5 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4400.1 at 10:55 am, while the low for the day was 4366.7 – set at 3:50 pm Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.57bn units, 3.4% below its 10-day average of 1.62bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1322 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 356 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 560.8m units; there were 603 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 690.7m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 101 rose while 190 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 1.4:1, with 255.79m shares traded in gainers while 355.96m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index th at forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 13.7 points (0.32%), closing out the session at 4288.6 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4368.50 -14.00 (0.3%)
ASX 20 2557.70 -6.70 (0.3%)
ASX 50 4286.10 -11.30 (0.3%)
ASX 100 3494.40 -10.60 (0.3%)
ASX 200 4288.60 -13.70 (0.3%)
ASX 300 4289.00 -13.80 (0.3%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3837.60 -24.70 (0.6%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2450.10 -12.40 (0.5%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 6.7 points (0.26%), closing out the session at 2557.7 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 3 index components finished to the upside, and 15 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 350.33m units; 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 9.6m shares, while the 15 decliners had volume traded totalling 90.26m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), +$0.59 (2.07%) to $29.12 on volume of 1.9 million shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.60 (1.65%) to $36.87 on volume of 2.9 million shares; and
  • National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB), +$0.20 (0.81%) to $24.85 on volume of 4.9 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • AMP Ltd (AMP), -$0.05 (1.17%) to $4.22 on volume of 5.4 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), -$0.08 (0.89%) to $8.87 on volume of 5.2 million shares;
  • Woolworths Ltd (WOW), -$0.21 (0.82%) to $25.54 on volume of 2.9 million shares;
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), -$0.49 (0.75%) to $64.70 on volume of 3 million shares; and
  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.02 (0.68%) to $2.94 on volume of 4.5 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market had significantly worse day than its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords slid modestl y, falling 12.4 points (0.5%), closing out the session at 2450.1 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 49 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 86 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 440.2m units: volume in the 49 gainers totalling 198.68m shares, with trade totalling 123.36m units in the index’s 86 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Energy Resources Of Australia (ERA), +$0.18 (12.73%) to $1.55 on volume of 8 million shares;
  • Flinders Mines Ltd (FMS), +$0.02 (8.11%) to $0.20 on volume of 91.5 million shares;
  • OM Holdings Ltd (OMH), +$0.03 (7.14%) to $0.45 on volume of 673.9 thousand shares;
  • Lynas Corporation Ltd (LYC), +$0.06 (5.02%) to $1.15 on volume of 34.3 million shares; and
  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), +$0.01 (5%) to $0.11 on volume of 8.3 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Linc Energy (LNC), -$0.17 (12.99%) to $1.11 on volume of 14 million shares;
  • Icon Energy Ltd/Australia (ICN), -$0.03 (9.8%) to $0.23 on volume of 5 million shares;
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), -$0.05 (8.26%) to $0.50 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • Ramelius Resources Ltd (RMS), -$0.05 (5.49%) to $0.78 on volume of 1.6 million shares; and
  • Cooper Energy NL (COE), -$0.04 (5.34%) to $0.62 on volume of 510.9 thousand shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4368.5 -14 -0.32 1049.1m
XFL ASX 50 4286.1 -11.3 -0.26 448.7m
XJO ASX 200 4288.6 -13.7 -0.32 813.3m
XKO ASX 300 4289 -13.8 -0.32 1001.6m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3837.6 -24.7 -0.64 154.3m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2450.1 -12.4 -0.5 398.7m
XTL ASX 20 2557.7 -6.7 -0.26 345.8m
XTO ASX 100 3494.4 -10.6 -0.3 603m

 

Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 3 22 55 102 49 356
Declines 15 58 111 190 86 603
Advancing Volume 9.6m 76.2m 167.1m 255.8m 198.7m 560.8m
Declining Volume 90.3m 229.7m 344.8m 356m 123.4m 690.7m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 3 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 7 lost ground.

The best performing index was Healthcare (XHJ), which added 48.4 points (0.55%) to 8794.4 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 11.37m units; The lone rising index component had volume amounting to 2.86m shares, while the 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 6.89m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.60 (1.65%) to $36.87 on volume of 2.9 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Consumer Discretionary (XDJ), which gained 5.6 points (0.43%) to 1297.2 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 48.69m units; 12 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 24.88m shares, while the 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 6.77m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Fleetwood Corp Ltd (FWD), +$0.21 (1.69%) to $12.65 on volume of 167.3 thousand shares;
  • Invocare Ltd (IVC), +$0.11 (1.38%) to $8.06 on volume of 210 thousand shares;
  • David Jones Ltd (DJS), +$0.03 (1.31%) to $2.32 on volume of 2.4 million shares;
  • Harvey Norman Hldgs Ltd (HVN), +$0.03 (1.3%) to $1.95 on volume of 1.3 million shares; and
  • Crown Ltd (CWN), +$0.10 (1.13%) to $8.94 on volume of 2.8 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Utilities (XUJ), which climbed 0.7 points (0.01%) to 4775.1 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 18.86m units; 4 index components rose, with r ising volume amounting to 9.73m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 5.15m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), +$0.03 (4.59%) to $0.57 on volume of 5.8 million shares;
  • Envestra Ltd (ENV), +$0.01 (0.63%) to $0.80 on volume of 770 thousand shares;
  • Duet Group (DUE), +$0.01 (0.56%) to $1.79 on volume of 1.9 million shares; and
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), +$0.03 (0.2%) to $14.89 on volume of 1.3 million shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Materials (XMJ), which dipped 81.7 points (0.75%) to 10763 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 163.71m units; The 28 decliners had volume traded totalling 78.99m units , and 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 55.95m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), -$0.05 (8.26%) to $0.50 on volume of 2 million shares;
  • PaperlinX Ltd (PPX), -$0 (4.35%) to $0.09 on volume of 442.6 thousand shares;
  • OneSteel Ltd (OST), -$0.05 (3.73%) to $1.16 on volume of 6.2 million shares;
  • Western Areas NL (WSA), -$0.17 (3.18%) to $5.17 on volume of 298.9 thousand shares; and
  • James Hardie Industries Nv (JHX), -$0.24 (3.13%) to $7.43 on volume of 2.7 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Consumer Staples (XSJ), which slid 52.6 points (0.7%) to 7449.4 points. The 11 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 277.77m units; The 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 19.2m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 10.55m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Woolworths Ltd (WOW), -$0.21 (0.82%) to $25.54 on volume of 2.9 million shares;
  • Goodman Fielder (GFF), -$0.01 (0.75%) to $0.66 on volume of 8.2 million shares;
  • Graincorp Ltd A (GNC), -$0.06 (0.67%) to $8.88 on volume of 482.7 thousand shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), -$0.18 (0.62%) to $28.99 on volume of 2.2 million shares; and
  • Metcash Ltd (MTS), -$0.02 (0.51%) to $3.88 on volume of 5.4 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Energy (XEJ), which slid 91.8 points (0.66%) to 13886.9 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 87.39m units; The 10 decliners had volume traded totalling 37.16m units, and 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 23.21m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Linc Energy (LNC), -$0.17 (12.99%) to $1.11 on volume of 14 million shares;
  • Paladin Energy Ltd (PDN), -$0.09 (4.79%) to $1.69 on volume of 12.3 million shares;
  • Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd (CVN), -$0.01 (4%) to $0.12 on volume of 2.8 million shares;
  • Aquila Resources (AQA), -$0.08 (1.57%) to $5.00 on volume of 232.5 thousand shares; and
  • Karoon Gas Australia Ltd (KAR), -$0.07 (1.18%) to $5.86 on volume of 346.6 thousand shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XHJ Healthcare 8794.4 48.4 0.55 11m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1297.2 5.6 0.43 49m
XUJ Utilities 4775.1 0.7 0.01 19m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4807.2 -0.2 -0 51m
XIJ Information Technology 537.6 -1 -0.19 2m
XNJ Industrials 3689.1 -11.9 -0.32 38m
XTJ Telecommunications 1154.7 -3.9 -0.34 43m
XPJ Property Trusts 831.5 -3.7 -0.44 72m
XEJ Energy 13886.9 -91.8 -0.66 87m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7449.4 -52.6 -0.7 278m
XMJ Materials 10763 -81.7 -0.75 164m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.20 0.02 8.11 91.5m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.36 -0.01 -0.3 36.9m
LYC Lynas Corporation Ltd 1.15 0.06 5.02 34.3m
GMG Goodman Group 0.70 0.00 0 22.2m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
ERA Energy Resources Of Australia 1.55 0.18 12.73 8m
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.20 0.02 8.11 91.5m
FPA Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd 0.44 0.03 7.32 943.5k
OMH OM Holdings Ltd 0.45 0.03 7.14 673.9k
GNM Gujarat NRE Minerals Ltd 0.16 0.01 6.67 401.5k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
LNC Linc Energy 1.11 -0.17 -12.99 14m
ICN Icon Energy Ltd/Australia 0.23 -0.03 -9.8 5m
MBN Mirabela Nickel Ltd 0.50 -0.05 -8.26 2m
HIN Heartware International Inc 1.74 -0.11 -5.95 5.7k
ARH Australasian Resources Ltd 0.16 -0.01 -5.88 8.2k

OzRant for Monday, April 16th 2012

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Ords slightly (0.45%) lower on below-average volume and losers dominate breadth stats by 2:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed down 0.4% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 1.7% for the session; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is down 0.6%.The KOSPI has lost 0.8% so far today.

 

 

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • Nationwide Department Store Sales y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the series posted a reading of 14.1% a gain of 14.5 from the prior reading of -0.4%
  • Tokyo Department Store Sales y/y for March 2012 was released in Japan; the result was 26.7% adding 28.5 from the prior reading of -1.8%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – declined gently, dropping 19.8 points (0.45%), finishing at 4384.4 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4404.2 at 10:00 am, while the low for the day was 4368.6 – set at 10:57 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.53bn units, 9.5% below its 10-day average of 1.69bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1332 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 333 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 464.3m units; there were 653 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 693m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 96 rose while 221 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 2:1, with 193.8m shares traded in gainers while 383.34m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index tha t forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 18.4 points (0.43%), closing out the session at 4304.9 points.

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4384.40 -19.80 (0.4%)
ASX 20 2564.40 -10.20 (0.4%)
ASX 50 4299.90 -16.60 (0.4%)
ASX 100 3507.40 -14.30 (0.4%)
ASX 200 4304.90 -18.40 (0.4%)
ASX 300 4305.10 -19.20 (0.4%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3868.10 -23.00 (0.6%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2462.40 -17.30 (0.7%)

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 10.2 points (0.4%), closing out the session at 2564.4 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 4 index components finished to the upside, and 16 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 325.83m units; 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 38.92m shares, while the 16 decliners had volume traded totalling 40.22m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.74%) to $3.39 on volume of 27.6 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.06 (0.67%) to $8.98 on volume of 4.1 million shares;
  • ANZ Banking Group (ANZ), +$0.13 (0.57%) to $23.11 on volume of 5.3 million shares; and
  • Woolworths Ltd (WOW), +$0.10 (0.39%) to $25.82 on volume of 1.9 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.83 (2.84%) to $28.41 on volume of 2.8 million shares;
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), -$0.6 (1.73%) to $34.16 on volume of 2.1 million shares;
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), -$0.48 (1.66%) to $28.51 on volume of 1.5 million shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), -$0.37 (1.25%) to $29.14 on volume of 1.8 million shares; and
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), -$0.75 (1.14%) to $65.20 on volume of 2.1 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market had significantly worse day than its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords slid modestly, falling 17.3 points (0.7%), closing out the session at 2462.4 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 31 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 127 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 450.29m units: volume in the 31 gainers totalling 95.84m shares, with trade totalling 275.37m units in the index’s 127 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Linc Energy (LNC), +$0.21 (19.39%) to $1.28 on volume of 17.7 million shares;
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Ind (API), +$0.04 (12.9%) to $0.35 on volume of 1.8 million shares;
  • Photon Group (PGA), +$0.01 (11.9%) to $0.05 on volume of 34.5 million shares;
  • Energy Resources Of Australia (ERA), +$0.08 (6.13%) to $1.39 on volume of 2.6 million shares; and
  • PaperlinX Ltd (PPX), +$0.00 (3.41%) to $0.09 on volume of 1.4 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Flinders Mines Ltd (FMS), -$0.04 (17.05%) to $0.18 on volume of 122 million shares;
  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), -$0.01 (9.09%) to $0.10 on volume of 7.3 million shares;
  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), -$0.05 (8.82%) to $0.54 on volume of 10 million shares;
  • Kagara Zinc Ltd (KZL), -$0.01 (8.7%) to $0.11 on volume of 7.7 million shar es; and
  • Nido Petroleum Ltd (NDO), -$0 (6.78%) to $0.06 on volume of 4.2 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4384.4 -19.8 -0.45 975.7m
XFL ASX 50 4299.9 -16.6 -0.38 399.4m
XJO ASX 200 4304.9 -18.4 -0.43 695.7m
XKO ASX 300 4305.1 -19.2 -0.44 941m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3868.1 -23 -0.59 119.6m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2462.4 -17.3 -0.7 422.1m
XTL ASX 20 2564.4 -10.2 -0.4 321.9m
XTO ASX 100 3507.4 -14.3 -0.41 518.9m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 4 29 48 97 31 333
Declines 16 53 135 222 127 653
Advancing Volume 38.9m 107.2m 178.1m 195m 95.8m 464.3m
Declining Volume 40.2m 110m 248m 383.4m 275.4m 693m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 2 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 9 lost ground.

The best performing index was Telecommunications (XTJ), which added 8.4 points (0.73%) to 1163.7 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 31.93m units today. 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 31.6m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), +$0.03 (0.74%) to $3.39 on volume of 27.6 million shares; and
  • Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd (TEL), +$0.01 (0.5%) to $2.01 on volume of 4 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Property Trusts (XPJ), which gained 1.8 points (0.21%) to 839.3 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 74.58m units; 5 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 29m shares, while the 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 8.8m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Dexus Property Group (DXS), +$0.02 (1.67%) to $0.92 on volume of 10.1 million shares;
  • Commonwealth Property Office (CPA), +$0.01 (1.24%) to $1.02 on volume of 9.8 million shares;
  • Bunnings Warehouse Prop Trust (BWP), +$0.02 (0.82%) to $1.84 on volume of 573.9 thousand shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.06 (0.67%) to $8.98 on volume of 4.1 million shares; and
  • GPT Group (GPT), +$0.02 (0.47%) to $3.19 on volume of 4.4 million shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Information Technology (XIJ), which dipped 6.2 points (1.14%) to 538.6 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 1.55m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 1.55m units, – none of the index components ended with a gain. The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), -$0.12 (1.39%) to $8.53 on volume of 1.2 million shares;
  • SMS Management & Technology Ltd (SMX), -$0.05 (0.86%) to $5.74 on volume of 64.3 thousand shares; and
  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), -$0.02 (0.29%) to $6.77 on volume of 318 thousand shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Materials (XMJ), which slid 113 points (1.03%) to 10846.2 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 114.31m units; The 30 decliners had volume traded totalling 71.52m units, and 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 11.23m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Platinum Australia Ltd (PLA), -$0.01 (9.09%) to $0.10 on volume of 7.3 million shares;
  • St Barbara Ltd (SBM), -$0.09 (4.19%) to $2.06 on volume of 519.8 thousand shares;
  • Iluka Resources Ltd (ILU), -$0.71 (3.99%) to $17.09 on volume of 4.7 million shares;
  • Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd (KCN), -$0.22 (3.51%) to $6.05 on volume of 326.6 thousand shares; and
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.83 (2.84%) to $28.41 on volume of 2.8 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Utilities (XUJ), which slid 43.3 points (0.9%) to 4770.5 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 22.26m units; The 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 15.54m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 5.08m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), -$0.05 (8.82%) to $0.54 on volume of 10 million shares;
  • APA Group (APA), -$0.16 (3.04%) to $5.11 on volume of 1 million shares;
  • Infigen Energy (IFN), -$0.01 (2.04%) to $0.24 on volume of 298.2 thousand shares;
  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), -$0.04 (1.77%) to $1.95 on volume of 1.4 million shares; and
  • Envestra Ltd (ENV), -$0.01 (1.26%) to $0.79 on volume of 678.1 thousand shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XTJ Telecommunications 1163.7 8.4 0.73 32m
XPJ Property Trusts 839.3 1.8 0.21 75m
XNJ Industrials 3701 -4.6 -0.12 34m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4807.4 -11.5 -0.24 35m
XHJ Healthcare 8745.8 -37.5 -0.43 11m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1294 -5.6 -0.43 34m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7508.7 -34.8 -0.46 265m
XEJ Energy 13966.9 -78.1 -0.56 72m
XUJ Utilities 4770.5 -43.3 -0.9 22m
XMJ Materials 10846.2 -113 -1.03 114m
XIJ Information Technology 538.6 -6.2 -1.14 2m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.18 -0.04 -17.05 122m
PGA Photon Group 0.05 0.01 11.9 34.5m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.39 0.03 0.74 27.6m
GMG Goodman Group 0.70 0.00 0 22.2m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
LNC Linc Energy 1.28 0.21 19.39 17.7m
NRT Novogen Ltd 0.11 0.01 15.38 32.5k
API Austra lian Pharmaceutical Ind 0.35 0.04 12.9 1.8m
PGA Photon Group 0.05 0.01 11.9 34.5m
SWK Swick Mining Services Ltd 0.38 0.04 10.29 53.5k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.18 -0.04 -17.05 122m
ESV EServGlobal Ltd 0.29 -0.05 -14.71 103.1k
PLA Platinum Australia Ltd 0.10 -0.01 -9.09 7.3m
EWC Energy World Corporation Ltd 0.54 -0.05 -8.82 10m
KZL Kagara Zinc Ltd 0.11 -0.01 -8.7 7.7m

OzRant for Friday, April 13th 2012

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All Ords up modestly, adding 0.91%; volume above average and breadth favours the gainers by 2.9:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 has added 1.2% so far; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is showing a 1.7% gain.The KOSPI has added 1.1% for the session thus far.

 

 

 

There was no economic data of note released in the region today.

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – advanced modestly, rising 39.5 points (0.91%), finishing at 4401.2 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4410 at 11:01 am, while the low for the day was 4361.7 – s et at 10:00 am Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 1.87bn units, 8.8% above its 10-day average of 1.71bn shares.The ASX’s daily listing of all stocks included 1338 different 3-letter FPO’s which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 634 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 1.02bn units; there were 334 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 446.3m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 217 rose while 84 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the gainers by a margin of 2.9:1, with 406.01m shares traded in gainers while 142.38m shares traded in the day’s losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – p osted a modest rise of 40 points (0.93%), closing out the session at 4320.6 points.

 

 

 

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4401.20 39.50 (0.9%)
ASX 20 2574.60 23.00 (0.9%)
ASX 50 4314.70 38.60 (0.9%)
ASX 100 3519.80 32.00 (0.9%)
ASX 200 4320.60 40.00 (0.9%)
ASX 300 4321.40 40.10 (0.9%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 3885.00 39.80 (1.0%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2475.70 27.90 (1.1%)

 

 

 

The “heavy hitters” of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – advanced by under a percent, adding 23 points (0.90%), closing out the session at 2574.6 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 17 index components finished to the upside, and 3 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 347.33m units; 17 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 57.08m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 43.55m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG), +$0.80 (2.84%) to $29.00 on volume of 1.5 million shares;
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), +$1.56 (2.42%) to $66.02 on volume of 3.9 million shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.18 (2%) to $8.92 on volume of 4.4 million shares;
  • BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP), +$0.61 (1.8%) to $34.51 on volume of 10 million shares; and
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), +$0.58 (1.69%) to $34.80 on volume of 1.5 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), -$0.02 (0.59%) to $3.35 on volume of 36.1 million shares;
  • ANZ Banking Group (ANZ), -$0.03 (0.13%) to $22.95 on volume of 4.6 million shares; and
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), -$0.01 (0.07%) to $7.10 on volume of 2.9 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) The small end of the market absolutely wiped the floor with its large-cap counterpart. The Small Ords performed solidly, in moving up 27.9 points (1.14%), closing out the session at 2475.7 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 111 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 37 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 380m units: volume in the 111 gainers totalling 153.2m shares, with trade totalling 85.55m units in the index’s 37 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Nido Petroleum Ltd (NDO), +$0.01 (15.69%) to $0.06 on volume of 7.8 million shares;
  • Intrepid Mines Ltd (IAU), +$0.09 (12.5%) to $0.77 on volume of 2.7 million shares;
  • Lynas Corporation Ltd (LYC), +$0.08 (7.77%) to $1.11 on volume of 31 million shares;
  • Elders Ltd (ELD), +$0.02 (6.67%) to $0.24 on volume of 3.5 million shares; and
  • Berkeley Resources (BKY), +$0.02 (6.15%) to $0.35 on volume of 164.6 thousand shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • ING Real Estate Community Living Group (ILF), -$0.02 (6.98%) to $0.20 on volume of 507.6 thousand shares;
  • Deep Yellow Ltd (DYL), -$0.01 (4.55%) to $0.11 on vo lume of 873.7 thousand shares;
  • PMP Ltd (PMP), -$0.02 (4.48%) to $0.32 on volume of 2.6 thousand shares;
  • MEO Australia Ltd (MEO), -$0.02 (4.41%) to $0.33 on volume of 13.8 million shares; and
  • Kagara Zinc Ltd (KZL), -$0.01 (4.17%) to $0.12 on volume of 14.2 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4401.2 39.5 0.91 1003.1m
XFL ASX 50 4314.7 38.6 0.9 462m
XJO ASX 200 4320.6 40 0.93 815.8m
XKO ASX 300 4321.4 40.1 0.94 957.4m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 3885 39.8 1.04 149.8m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2475.7 27.9 1.14 345.6m
XTL ASX 20 2574.6 23 0.9 340.8m
XTO ASX 100 3519.8 32 0.92 611.8m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 17 68 148 218 111 634
Declines 3 14 30 84 37 334
Advancing Volume 57.1m 265.8m 450.4m 406m 153.2m 1.02bn
Declining Volume 43.5m 57.9m 114.1m 142.4m 85.6m 446.3m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 9 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 2 lost ground.

The best performing index was Materials (XMJ), which added 202.4 points (1.88%) to 10960 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 210.22m units; 33 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 162.32m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 5.27m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Lynas Corporation Ltd (LYC), +$0.08 (7.77%) to $1.11 on volume of 31 million shares;
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), +$0.03 (5.77%) to $0.55 on volume of 951.7 thousand shares;
  • Panoramic Resources Ltd (PAN), +$0.05 (4.76%) to $1.10 on volume of 608.1 thousand shares;
  • PanAust Ltd (PNA), +$0.14 (4.47%) to $3.27 on volume of 5.9 million shares; and
  • Atlas Iron Ltd (AGO), +$0.11 (3.93%) to $2.91 on volume of 7.1 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Property Trusts (XPJ), which gained 11 points (1.34%) to 834.8 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 93.22m un its; 10 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 65.86m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Astro Japan Property Group (AJA), +$0.10 (3.77%) to $2.75 on volume of 42.6 thousand shares;
  • Charter Hall Group (CHC), +$0.07 (3.13%) to $2.31 on volume of 1 million shares;
  • Abacus Property Group (ABP), +$0.05 (2.27%) to $2.03 on volume of 861.2 thousand shares;
  • Commonwealth Property Office (CPA), +$0.02 (2.02%) to $1.01 on volume of 13.2 million shares; and
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.18 (2%) to $8.92 on volume of 4.4 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Healthcare (XHJ), which climbed 82.6 points (0.95%) to 8776.7 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 10m units; 7 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 9.01m shares, none of the stocks in the index lost ground. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), +$0.01 (1.55%) to $0.66 on volume of 2.7 million shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.51 (1.42%) to $36.31 on volume of 1.2 million shares;
  • Ansell Ltd (ANN), +$0.17 (1.16%) to $14.78 on volume of 668.4 thousand shares;
  • ResMed Inc (RMD), +$0.02 (0.67%) to $2.99 on volume of 2.6 million shares; and
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), +$0.12 (0.61%) to $19.78 on volume of 416.4 thousand shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Telecommunications (XTJ), which dipped 6.4 points (0.55%) to 1152 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 38.67m units; The sole declining stock traded 36.05m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 2.62m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), -$0.02 (0.59%) to $3.35 on volume of 36.1 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Utilities (XUJ), which slid 1.5 points (0.03%) to 4800.8 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 15.12m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 5.61m units, and 3 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 6.03m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Energy World Corporation Ltd (EWC), -$0.02 (3.28%) to $0.59 on volume of 3.5 million shares;
  • Spark Infrastructure Trust (SKI), -$0.01 (0.68%) to $1.47 on volume of 1.1 million shares; and
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), -$0.01 (0.07%) to $14.85 on volume of 1 million shares.
Sector Indices

Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XMJ Materials 10960 202.4 1.88 210m
XPJ Property Trusts 834.8 11 1.34 93m
XHJ Healthcare 8776.7 82.6 0.95 10m
XEJ Energy 14051.2 121.9 0.88 71m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7544.4 58.5 0.78 262m
XIJ Information Technology 543.6 3.4 0.63 2m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4816.8 28.6 0.6 39m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1297.8 6.9 0.53 36m
XNJ Industrials 3701.5 17.5 0.48 39m
XUJ Utilities 4800.8 -1.5 -0.03 15m
XTJ Telecommunications 1152 -6.4 -0.55 39m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders

 

Code Name Close +/- % Volume
FGL Fosters Group Ltd 5.38 0.00 0 246.7m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 3.35 -0.02 -0.59 36.1m
LYC Lynas Corporation Ltd 1.11 0.08 7.77 31m
SDL Sundance Resources Ltd 0.45 0.00 0 26.3m
FMG Fortescue Metals Group 5.90 0.22 3.87 25.3m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
NDO Nido Petroleum Ltd 0.06 0.01 15.69 7.8m
IAU Intrepid Mines Ltd 0.77 0.09 12.5 2.7m
LYC Lynas Corporation Ltd 1.11 0.08 7.77 31m
ELD Elders Ltd 0.24 0.02 6.67 3.5m
BKY Berkeley Resources 0.35 0.02 6.15 164.6k
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
QTM Quantum Energy Ltd 0.02 0.00 -9.52 168.6k
ILF ING Real Estate Community Living Group 0.20 -0.02 -6.98 507.6k
SWK Swick Mining Services Ltd 0.34 -0.02 -5.56 89.1k
DYL Deep Yellow Ltd 0.11 -0.01 -4.55 873.7k
PMP PMP Ltd 0.32 -0.02 -4.48 2.6k

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