ASX 200 (XJO) To Open Higher, 3 ASX Shares To Watch


The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open higher today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) rose by 1.48% on Tuesday.

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 67.94US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): up 1.44%

Oil (WTI): $US56.78 per barrel

Gold: $US1,502 per ounce

ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) has released its third quarter result to investors.

The major ASX bank reported that compared to the quarterly average of the first half of 2019 and excluding customer-related remediation, cash earnings increased by 1% to $1.65 billion due to revenue increasing 1% and flat costs thanks to its ongoing productivity savings.

NAB also reported that it achieved an unaudited statutory net profit of $1.7 billion.

NAB’s credit quality update wasn’t so promising. Impairment charges increased 21.7% to $247 million for the quarter compared to the third quarter in 2018.

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CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) is another business to report today, it has revealed its FY19 result with investors.

CSL reported that its net profit after tax (NPAT) increased by 11% to US$1.92 billion for FY19, it rose 17% in constant currency terms. Profit / earnings per share (EPS) rose by 16% in constant currency terms to US$4.236.

The CSL result was driven by revenue growth of 11% with “strong growth” in immunoglobulin and albumin therapies, high patient demand for specialty products Haegarda & Kcentra, the successful evolution of the haemophilia therapies portfolio and Seqirus delivering strong profit growth.

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Another business to report today is Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU).

Computershare said that its revenue increased by 4.8% to $2.41 billion, EBITDA (click here to learn what EBITDA means) rose by 10.2% to $685.9 million and profit/earnings per share (EPS) increased by 12.8%. Computershare’s Board grew the final dividend by 9.5% to $0.23.

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Jaz Harrison

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