The Australian stock market is off to a positive start on
Tuesday's trading day, as overnight leads from the European and
U.S. stocks markets were taken, though lightly by investors still
wary how the recent jump in oil prices will curb potential
With no expected economic data at the local front, investors
are likely to harp on the financial results of local companies
today led by QBE, James Hardie, Aristocrat Leisure, Boral, Prime
Media and Southern Cross Media.
CMC Markets chief analyst Ric Spooner says that the domestic
equities markets and global markets as well are looking for a
"new catalyst" that could either make or break the laggards cast
by the increasing fuel prices.
"The US S&P 500 Index last night arrived at the 1370 post
GFC (global financial crises) peak achieved in May last year.
However it failed to push past this level on the day. Whilst the
price is the same as last year's peak, the market is somewhat
more conservatively valued on a price earnings basis this time
around. Depending on what measure you use, forward PEs are around
3% below last May's peak. On that basis, there is ample scope for
prices to push well past this peak and still maintain valuations
not far above the average that has applied since the GFC," notes
He adds that "Tuesday's trading is expected to be relatively
quiet with investors focussed primarily on company reports rather
than macro factors."
James Hardie (
)has reported a US$27.7 million net operating profit, excluding
asbestos, ASIC expenses and tax adjustments, for the quarter
ended 31 December 2011. This represents an increase of 32%
compared to the corresponding quarter of the prior year,
according to its filing to the ASX.
QBE Insurance (ASX:QBE) , on the other hand, took a beating
after reporting a 45% drop in its 2011 profits as the natural
calamities sent members claims soaring. Trading of shares of QBE
were halted at the moment as the company announced some capital
raising to be done within the quarter. Moreover, QBE CEO Frank
O'Halloran announced he will be stepping down later in August
The market is looking forward to this week's reports on retail
sales, capital expenditure and building approvals that will
likely influence interest rates.
"These data will also and provide the Aussie dollar with a
clue about how to deal with the current resistance level", says
In the US on Tuesday, data on durable goods orders, home
prices, consumer confidence and the Richmond Fed index are