Australian Stock Market Report – Brambles, TPG, Telstra Shares & more
The Market Last Week, Next Week and Stock tips - 21st April 2017
Will Britain suffer election fatigue? – Reserve Bank – do they have tunnel vision on housing prices-or should they see Spec Savers? – Tatts- suitors are getting more excited – Brambles pallets are delivered on time and on budget – Motor car sales stall – Challenger impresses with annuities.
Mrs. May more attracted to June
Theresa May seeks endorsement as Britain’s Prime Minister, as she pilots the UK’s ship of state out of the European Union. If recent voting trends are any indication, Mrs. May is a ‘shoe in’ to increase her party’s majority when Britons go to the polls on June 8th. Such as result would then give Mrs. May enhanced gravitas in navigating the shoals of negotiation in UKs exit from the EU.
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Share market doesn’t hang up on Telstra
Up-start mid-size telco stock TPG shocked the telco cognoscenti by flagging its prospective entry into the mobile phone space - thereby encroaching on what has been the prime reserve of Telstra. However the knee-jerk reaction of this announcement saw Telstra’s share price fall from $4.58 to $4.00 in the space of a couple of days. However, by weeks end around half of this retracement had been erased.
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The Lotto balls fall Tatts way
The titanic struggle to become “Lotto Supremo” between TABCORP and a group called Pacific Consortium (which includes such notables as Macquarie Group among others), heated up last week. The Pacific Group upped the ante with a takeover price for Tatts shares of $4.21 which appears to be slightly in excess of TABCORP’s cash and scrip offer, Time will tell but my guess is that TABCORP will up its offer.
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Brambles – the pallets are getting stacked higher
Australian born pallet maker Brambles delivered a quietly satisfactory trading update this week. Its profit guidance that it gave at its previous report was confirmed. Nevertheless Brambles future profit growth is somewhat underwhelming. Until such time as its outlook steps up a gear, I believe that other options are preferable.
There are always storm clouds flitting over the share market skies from time to time. But they are usually gone as soon as they appear. Investors are far better off looking at the longer term forecast, and in my view, the longer term looks ok. In particular, the US, Asian Chinese are doing quite well, and European economies and recovering while here in Australia, the International Monetary Fund is the most positive on our economy than I have seen in many years.
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Looking ahead in Australia
On Wednesday – Consumer Price Index and skilled vacancies
On Thursday – Export/import price index
On Friday- Producer Price Index.
Looking ahead in the US
A range of manufacturing and industrial production data; house sales information, and weekly jobless figures.
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