Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Australia: Banks stocks supported by housing finance growth

Australian market holds the line as bank stocks are supported by growth in housing finance

By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets)
12.55 AEDT, 12 November 2012

China’s October export performance and Australia’s housing finance growth both serve to remind investors that there are plenty of “green shoots” for world economies at present and that the US “Fiscal Cliff” represents a risk in both directions. Improved consumer sentiment, signs of life in housing markets and a levelling out in China’s economy all potentially form a decent base for improved markets in 2013 if US politicians are able to negotiate a confidence building solution to the fiscal problem.

The Australian stock market has outperformed the US markets since the Presidential election and this may continue under present conditions. While a major fiscal drag on the US economy would reverberate through all world economies, the recent decline in US markets also reflects positioning for the risk to US investors posed by the potential for removal of tax concessions on dividends and capital gains as part of any US fiscal agreement.

Today’s housing finance figures are encouraging for those investors seeking refuge in bank dividend yields in recent months. Loan growth follows an uptick in building approvals over the past couple of months and increases the probability that bank stocks can continue to provide investors with an attractive yield while at the same time achieving moderate earnings growth.

The August peak at 4403 remains a key support level for the S&P/ASX 200 index. While the market remains above this level, the chances are that the current correction will be relatively shallow and the impact of fiscal cliff nerves relatively contained. A break below that level would indicate more serious investor pessimism and a correction of the whole rally from the June low at 3985. That could see a test the 200 day moving average at around 4280.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news