MARKET NEWS

US gains lead Aust share market higher
27/08/2014 5:11 PM

The Australian share market has closed modestly higher after the S&P 500 index in the United States finished above 2,000 points for the first time, helped by more encouraging data on the US economy.

100 Doors managing partner Peter Esho said positive sentiment from the S&P 500 being at an all-time high had flowed through to the local bourse.

"That's a major stimulatory element, I think, so our market is grinding higher," Mr Esho said.

"Along with that, reporting season (company financial results) has been positive on balance, so there's no real reasons to be negative."

Mr Esho said, however, that overall market gains on Wednesday were slight given that the soft iron ore price was still weighing upon the big miners and constraining any share price increases.

In the resources sector, global miner BHP Billiton was up 11 cents at $37.33, Rio Tinto firmed two cents to $64.13, and Fortescue Metals improved three cents to $4.31.

Among the major banks, Commonwealth Bank rose 38 cents to $81.12, Westpac gained 21 cents at $35.12, ANZ lifted 24 cents to $33.54, and National Australia Bank was 24 cents richer at $34.80.

Telstra, which traded ex-dividend on Wednesday, was down 21 cents, or 3.66 per cent, at $5.53.

Seven West Media was 3.5 cents lower at $1.985. It posted a $149.2 million profit for 2013/14 helped by cost cuts and improved television earnings, which helped it turn around its $70 million loss a year earlier.

Kerry Stokes-led Seven Group Holdings dropped four cents to $7.53, after falling commodities prices hammered its annual profit, which fell 46 per cent to $261.1 million.

Building products maker Boral jumped 24 cents to $5.63 after returning to profitability.

Flight Centre descended 41 cents to $47.02 after its profit fell 16 per cent.

Property developer Lend Lease gained 20 cents at $13.95, after increasing its full year profit by nearly 50 per cent.

KEY FACTS

* On Wednesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 13.6 points, or 0.24 per cent, at 5,651.2 points.

* The broader All Ordinaries index was up 14.4 points, or 0.26 per cent, at 5,648.9 points.

* The September share price index futures contract was up 33 points at 5,629 points, with 21,608 contracts traded.

* The price of gold in Sydney at 1700 AEST was $US1,285.00 per fine ounce, down $US4.80 on Tuesday's price of $US1,289.80.

* National turnover was 1.97 billion securities worth $4.8 billion.

US gains lead Aust share market higher
27/08/2014 4:46 PM

The Australian share market has closed modestly higher after the S&P 500 index in the United States finished above 2,000 points for the first time, helped by more encouraging data on the US economy.

100 Doors managing partner Peter Esho said positive sentiment from the S&P 500 being at an all-time high had flowed through to the local bourse.

"That's a major stimulatory element, I think, so our market is grinding higher," Mr Esho said.

"Along with that, reporting season (company financial results) has been positive on balance, so there's no real reasons to be negative."

Mr Esho said, however, that overall market gains on Wednesday were slight given that the soft iron ore price was still weighing upon the big miners and constraining any share price increases.

In the resources sector, global miner BHP Billiton was up 11 cents at $37.33, Rio Tinto firmed two cents to $64.13, and Fortescue Metals improved three cents to $4.31, according to preliminary closing figures.

Among the major banks, Commonwealth Bank rose 38 cents to $81.12, Westpac gained 21 cents at $35.12, ANZ lifted 24 cents to $33.54, and National Australia Bank was 24 cents richer at $34.80.

Telstra, which traded ex-dividend on Wednesday, was down 21 cents, or 3.66 per cent, at $5.53.

Seven West Media was 3.5 cents lower at $1.985. It posted a $149.2 million profit for 2013/14 helped by cost cuts and improved television earnings, which helped it turn around its $70 million loss a year earlier

Kerry Stokes-led Seven Group Holdings dropped four cents to $7.53, after falling commodities prices hammered its annual profit, which fell 46 per cent to $261.1 million.

Building products maker Boral jumped 24 cents to $5.63 after returning to profitability.

Flight Centre descended 41 cents to $47.02 after its profit fell 16 per cent.

Property developer Lend Lease gained 20 cents at $13.95, after increasing its full year profit by nearly 50 per cent.

KEY FACTS

* At 1624 AEST on Wednesday, according to preliminary closing figures, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 13.6 points, or 0.24 per cent, at 5,651.2 points.

* The broader All Ordinaries index was up 14.4 points, or 0.26 per cent, at 5,648.9 points.

* The September share price index futures contract was up 32 points at 5,628 points, with 21,230 contracts traded.

* Preliminary national turnover was 1.97 billion securities worth $4.79 billion.

Aust shares close higher
27/08/2014 4:16 PM

The Australian share market has closed higher, managing modest gains despite heavyweight Telstra's shares dropping as it paid out dividends.

At the close on Wednesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 13.6 points, or 0.24 per cent, higher at 5,651.2, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 14.4 points, or 0.26 per cent, at 5,648.9, according to preliminary figures.

On the ASX 24, the September share price index futures contract was 28 points higher at 5,624, with 19,007 contracts traded.