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

 


MARKET CLOSE Fonterra holds up as NZX50 cracks 4,200

MARKET CLOSE Fonterra holds up as NZX50 cracks 4,200

Jan 28 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares rose again today, cracking through the 4,200 mark on the NZX50 Index of leading stocks, as Fonterra fought a global media blitz to allay concerns about the safety of New Zealand milk.

The NZX50 closed up 4.616 points, or 0.11 percent, at 4,2204.437. Within the index, 25 stocks rose, 14 fell, and 11 were unchanged. Turnover was very light on a day when markets in Auckland and Australia were shut for public holidays, at $43.830 million.

Leading the market up was transport and logistics firm Freightways, which put on 2.06 percent to close at $4.45, followed by a 1.85 percent uptick in Skellerup Holdings shares to close at $1.65.

However, all eyes were on Fonterra Shareholders Fund unit prices on the first trading day since global media began paying attention to the discovery of minute traces of a chemical used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, in milk powder.

Fonterra units fell from $4.23 over the day to close at $7.13, and often appeared well-supported at around $7.14. Total FSF volume was 601,770.

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings enlisted help from Prime Minister John Key to get the message out to key export markets for New Zealand's $14.5 billion dairy export trade that the chemical was at concentrations 100 times below European requirements and constituted no public health or safety risk.

Andrew Bascand, at Harbour Asset Management said Fonterra appeared to be front-footing the issue successfully with international investors.

"Commentary from our Chinese agents says they are comfortable with where we are at," he said. "The thing to watch for is for a country to want to be cautious. We don't want to be put in an 'on the bench' situation" where a product was even temporarily withdrawn from sale.

"Even if that did happen, it's an opportunity to invest," Bascand said.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: RBNZ Starts Talks On Tougher Rules For Property Speculators

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is stepping up preparations to restrict lending to residential property investors as it watches house prices, particularly in Auckland, continue to rise strongly. More>>

ALSO:

Research: ‘Ageing Well’ Science Challenge Launched

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $14.6 million. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Govt Resisting Pressure To Pump More Cash Into Solid Energy

Prime Minister John Key says it is “not the government’s preferred option” to make a fresh capital injection into the troubled state-owned coal miner, Solid Energy, but dodged journalists’ questions at his weekly press conference on whether that might prove necessary... More>>

ALSO:

Lagest Ever Privacy Breach Award: NZCU Baywide Accepts “Severe” Censure In Cake Case

NZCU Baywide says that once it was found to have committed a breach of a former staff member’s privacy, it had attempted to resolve the matter... the censure and remedies for its actions taken almost three years ago are “severe” but accepted, and will hopefully draw a line under the matter. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: PayPal Stops Processing Mega Payments; NZX Listing Still On

PayPal has ceased processing payments for Mega, the file storage and encryption firm looking to join the New Zealand stock market via a reverse listing of TRS Investments, amid claims it is not a legitimate cloud storage service. More>>

ALSO:

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

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