Australia’s Westpac Banking Stock In Trading Halt

The stock of Westpac Banking Corp(WBK) of Australia is currently on a trading halt. Hence the ADR did not trade yesterday (Wednesday) on the NYSE. The halt is in place due to the rights offering the bank announced on Tuesday. So the stock will open for trading on Monday (10/19/15) on the Australian and other exchanges including …

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Australian Banks’ Loans to Households and Market Share

The banking industry in Australia is similar to the Canadian banking industry in many ways. For example, the market in Canada is dominated by five large banks whereas four Australian banks are the big players in the domestic market. The four large banks in Australia are Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZBY), Commonwealth Bank of Australia …

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Investors Can Consider Adding Australian Bank Stocks After Recent Slide

Australian bank stocks have fallen recently due to various reasons. Income investors looking to hold these stocks for five years or more can consider adding them at current levels. From a Bloomberg article: After losing A$57 billion ($44 billion) in market value, Australian bank stocks are starting to look more like, well, bank stocks. Valuations …

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Are Australian Companies Missing Out On Growth Opportunities?

On Monday we looked at some of the reasons for investing in Australian dividend stocks. High payout ratio is one of the main advantages of Australian stocks.However a report published by the Boston Consulting Group questioned if Australian firms are missing out on potential growth opportunities as they are focused too much on satisfying investors’ hunger …

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Six Reasons To Invest In Australian Dividend Stocks

The Australian equity market provides one of the best opportunities for investors hunting for foreign dividend stocks. As a developed economy the country has positive factors that are common in other developed countries such as those in Europe, the US, etc. For example, political risk is practically zero. Though the Australian economy is a resource-based economy …

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Five Australian Stocks To Consider For Income and Growth

The U.S. market has performed well this year with the S&P 500 up 11.8% as of yesterday. On the other hand, many of the other developed markets including Australia.are lower than the U.S. market.Australia’s SP/ASX 200 benchmark index is basically flat at -0.30% year-to-date. The following chart shows the long-term performance of ASX 200 against S&P 500: Click …

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