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Morningstar Morning Research Update Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013


Overseas Market Report

Stocks fell as eurozone concerns came back into play amid an apparent political scandal in Spain and the country's ability to manage its debt adequately. Treasuries rose as a result, while Spanish bond prices fell.

Following last week's employment report, the Conference Board reported its Employment Trends Index for last month fell slightly to 109.38 from an upward revised December reading of 109.47, indicating that employment growth could be slowing for the foreseeable future. .. Read More

Foreign Equities (05-Feb-2013 / Close)CloseChange% Change
/Dow Jones (US)13880-130-0.93
/S&P 5001496-17-1.15
/FTSE 100 Index6247-100-1.58
/DAX 307638-195-2.49
/CAC 403660-114-3.01
/Nikkei 225 (Japan)11260690.62
/SSE Composite Index242890.38
/BSE Sensitive19751-30-0.15
/NZ 5042460-0.01

Commodities (05-Feb-2013 / Close)CloseChange% Change
/Oil - West Texas crude97.8-0.0-0.03

Currency (05-Feb-2013 / Close)CloseChange% Change
/$A vs $US1.0426---0.03
/$A vs GBP0.6617--0.32
/$A vs YEN96.250.440.46
/$A vs EUR0.7716-0.0100-1.01
/$A vs $NZ1.2365---0.41
/$US vs Euro0.7399-0.0100-0.98
/$US vs UK0.6345--0.36
$US vs CHF0.9082----

Research Updates (9)

Special Reports (0)
There were no special reports published on the previous business day.

Funds (4)
/Colonial First State Global Resources (4713) Silver
/Investors Mutual Australian Share (5339) Silver
/Investors Mutual Industrial Share (8742) Bronze
/Maple-Brown Abbott Australian Equity (2867) Bronze

Shares (5)
/Contact Energy (CEN-NZ) Hold
/DWS (DWS) /Reduce
/Fairfax Media (FXJ) /Hold
/Myer Holdings (MYR) /Hold
/Whitehaven Coal (WHC) Reduce

ETFs (0)
There were no research reports published on the previous business day.

Fixed Income (0)
There were no research reports published on the previous business day.


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