MARKET NEWS

Banks weigh on Aust share market
22/05/2015 5:07 PM

The share market has finished flat after weakness among the big four banks offset strong gains among energy stocks.

The market had opened higher thanks to strong leads from the US and with stronger oil prices lifting energy stocks.

But lingering concerns about the banks dampened gains during afternoon trade, optionsXpress market analyst Ben Le Brun said.

"There seems to be three factors: the banks have just gone ex-dividend, there's been bond market volatility which the banks are quite susceptible to and ongoing capital concerns," he said.

"We've seen NAB raise capital and the market is of the belief the other three are going to have to tap investors at some stage to buffer their capital requirements especially if findings from the Murray inquiry are handed down in the short term."

Among the major banks, Commonwealth Bank was down 45 cents at $83.11, ANZ had shed 17 cents to $32.05, Westpac had dipped nine cents to $32.56, and National Australia Bank had dropped 15 cents to $33.23.

Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum had gained 83 cents to $35.70, and Santos had added 18 cents to $8.09.

BHP Billiton was up one cent at $29.25, its spinoff South32 was six cents lower at $2.31, Rio Tinto had shed 15 cents to $56.75, and Fortescue Metals was one cent lower at $2.11.

Luxury fashion retailer Oroton dumped 34 cents, or 13.28 per cent, to $2.22 after cutting its earnings forecast.

On Wall Street overnight, the S&P 500 closed at a new record following strong earnings from Best Buy and news that CVS Health would acquire senior pharmacy services company Omnicare for $US12.7 billion.

KEY FACTS

* At 1630 AEST on Friday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 2.4 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5,664.7 points.

* The broader All Ordinaries index was up 4.6 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 5,668.2 points.

* The June share price index futures contract was nine points higher at 5,675 points, with 14,018 contracts traded.

* The price of gold in Sydney at 1700 AEST was $1,208.60 per fine ounce, flat from $1,209.60 on Thursday.

* National turnover was 1.6 billion securities worth $3.6 billion.

Banks weigh on Aust share market
22/05/2015 4:36 PM

The share market has finished flat after weakness among the big four banks offset strong gains among energy stocks.

The market had opened higher thanks to strong leads from the US and with stronger oil prices lifting energy stocks.

But lingering concerns about the banks dampened gains during afternoon trade, optionsXpress market analyst Ben Le Brun said.

"There seems to be three factors: the banks have just gone ex-dividend, there's been bond market volatility which the banks are quite susceptible to and ongoing capital concerns," he said.

"We've seen NAB raise capital and the market is of the belief the other three are going to have to tap investors at some stage to buffer their capital requirements especially if findings from the Murray inquiry are handed down in the short term."

Among the major banks, Commonwealth Bank was down 45 cents at $83.11, ANZ had shed 17 cents to $32.05, Westpac had dipped nine cents to $32.56, and National Australia Bank had dropped 15 cents to $33.23.

Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum had gained 83 cents to $35.70, and Santos had added 18 cents to $8.09.

BHP Billiton was up one cent at $29.25, its spinoff South32 was six cents lower at $2.31, Rio Tinto had gained 15 cents at $56.75, and Fortescue Metals was one cent lower at $2.11.

Luxury fashion retailer Oroton dumped 34 cents, or 13.28 per cent, to $2.22 after cutting its earnings forecast.

On Wall Street overnight, the S&P 500 closed at a new record following strong earnings from Best Buy and news that CVS Health would acquire senior pharmacy services company Omnicare for $US12.7 billion.

KEY FACTS

* At 1630 AEST on Friday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 2.4 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5,664.7 points.

* The broader All Ordinaries index was up 4.6 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 5,668.2 points.

* The June share price index futures contract was nine points higher at 5,675 points, with 14,018 contracts traded.

* National turnover was 1.6 billion securities worth $3.6 billion.

Aust shares close flat
22/05/2015 4:16 PM

The Australian share market has closed flat, with a lacklustre performance from the big banks dragging on the broader market.

At the close on Friday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 2.4 points, or 0.04 per cent, higher at 5,664.7, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 4.6 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 5,668.2, according to preliminary figures.

On the ASX 24, the June share price index futures contract was eight points higher at 5,674, with 14,018 contracts traded.