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

 


MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain, led by Xero

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain, led by Xero

By Tina Morrison

July 25 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares rose, led by Xero after investors gained confidence about the cloud-based accounting software firm's US expansion plans following upbeat comments at the company's annual meeting this week.

The NZX 50 Index rose 19.556 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,194.268. Within the index 21 stocks rose, 18 fell and 11 were unchanged. Turnover was $121 million.

Xero advanced 5.7 percent to $25.90. The stock has gained 9.8 percent since its annual general meeting in Wellington on Wednesday when chief executive Rod Drury was upbeat about the company's prospects in the US, where it faces a battle with the incumbent accounting software provider Intuit. Drury belaboured not only a belief that Xero's cloud-based product suite is outgunning Intuit's attempts to move into the cloud, but also that the company will benefit from establishing strong positions in the Australian and UK markets before embarking on the US.

"Post their AGM, Xero has continued to improve," said Grant Williamson, a director at brokerage Hamilton Hindin Greene. "The AGM presentation just gave investors a little bit more confidence that the company is on the right track, particularly in America, so that's created a bit of buying in the stock."

Telecom Corp, New Zealand's largest telecommunications provider, rose 0.7 percent to $2.954, its highest level since May 2008. The stock has gained 9.6 percent so far this month as investors favour yield stocks over growth stocks in anticipation the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates on hold for a period after hiking the benchmark yesterday for its fourth consecutive meeting this year.

"Telecom continues to grind its way higher," said Williamson. "That's been one of the better performing stocks in recent times. Investors now realise that interest rates are not going to go up too much more in the short term and therefore they are starting to come back and look at yield stocks on the market."

Demand for yield is pushing up property stocks and weakening growth stocks such as retirement village operators, Williamson said.

Kiwi Income Property Trust gained 1.3 percent to $1.195, Precinct Properties New Zealand rose 1.4 percent to $1.11, Property For Industry increased 1.1 percent to $1.36 and Goodman Property Trust advanced 0.5 percent to $1.075.

"Investors are turned off a little bit by the higher risk growth stocks and are now really looking more towards the defensive income stocks," said Williamson. "Retirement village stocks are under a bit of pressure as well mainly because they don't pay much in the way of income, they are considered growth stocks. We are seeing investors making a bit of a switch from growth to income."

"It is really an interest rate story with the Reserve Bank saying we will pause and review things a bit later on," he said. "Investors have come to the conclusion that in the short term, interest rates don't go any higher."

Ryman Healthcare slipped 1 percent to $8.06, while Metlifecare fell 2.1 percent to $4.19 and Summerset Group Holdings was unchanged at $3.12.

Meanwhile, debut stock Scales Corp closed weaker at $1.58, having first traded at $1.61, largely flat compared to the fruit and logistics company's $1.60 IPO price. Some 2.7 million shares of the company’s 139.8 million shares on issue changed hands.

"It was a pretty muted first day trading," said Williamson, adding the company is probably affected by some IPO fatigue in the market and current sentiment favouring defensive stocks rather than riskier companies such as Scales whose apple growing operations could be affected by weather and growing conditions.

Port of Tauranga rose 0.3 percent to close at a record high $15.85 as investors acquired more of the utility stock after it said earlier this month it had won a slot in Maersk's Southern Star service from Ports of Auckland, cementing its place as New Zealand's biggest container port.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Taxing Multinationals: EU Ruling Sours Apple

Shares of Apple slid, down 0.9 percent as of 3.08pm in New York, after the European Commission ruled that Ireland granted the company undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros (US$14.5 billion)—"illegal aid” under EU rules that the commission says Ireland now must recover from Apple. More>>

ALSO:

NZX Review: Best Practice Code Recommends Code Of Ethics

NZX, the sharemarket operator, is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its corporate governance best practice code including a published code of ethics, rules about share trading and continuous disclosure, and more transparency over board appointments and chief executive pay. More>>

ALSO:

Auditors:

Signs Of Life? SETI On Russian Space(?) Signal

A star system 94 light-years away is in the spotlight as a possible candidate for intelligent inhabitants, thanks to the discovery of a radio signal by a group of Russian astronomers... Could it be a transmission from a technically proficient society? At this point, we can only consider what is known so far. More>>

Post-Post: Brian Roche To Step Down As NZ Post CEO

Brian Roche will step down as chief executive of New Zealand Post in April 2017, having led the state-owned postal service's drive to adjust to shrinking mail volumes with a combination of cost cuts, asset sales, modernisation and expansion of new businesses. More>>

ALSO:

Company Results: Air NZ Rides The Tourism Boom With Record Full-Year Earnings

Air New Zealand has ridden the tourism boom and staved off increased competition to deliver the best full-year earnings in its 76-year history. More>>

ALSO:

New PGP: Sheep Milk Industry Gets $12.6M Crown Funding

The Sheep - Horizon Three programme aims to develop "a market driven, end-to-end value chain generating annual revenues of between $200 million and $700 million by 2030," according to a joint statement. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news