The market is down 14. The SFE Futures suggested a 19 point rise in the market this morning. The All Ords failed to push through resistance at 3728 — dropping off this morning. Most sectors down after starting slightly positive. Resources down 0.1% – BHP down 0.7% and RIO up 1.2%. The bounce in uranium stocks has been capped by Paladin’s negative operating result yesterday and broker comments this morning. Industrials and consumer staples down after their solid run yesterday on the back of Kirin’s tilt for Lion Nathan.

The Dow was up 70. Up 92 at best. Down 82 at worst. Financials up 4.5% — diversified banks up 8.4%. Apple, eBay and ConocoPhillips up on positive results. American Express posted a better-than-expected loss. Microsoft posts a revenue loss for the first time. Nucor and UPS down on results. Initial jobless claims in-line. Existing home sales worse-than-expected. BHP and RIO both up in ADR form overnight — 3.05% and 7.58% respectively. Metals down. Oil price up $1.05. Gold up $14.10. Bonds down. A$/US$ up.

Woodside Petroleum (WPL) posted generally weaker-than-expected 1Q production of 20.6m boe which were up 20% on year — thanks to new project contributions. 1Q revenue also weaker-than-expected, down 1% on-year due to the lower oil price. Revenue down about 34% on last quarter and production was down 11% on the 4Q08. WPL maintain production guidance for FY09 at 81-86m boe. Also noted Pluto LNG Train 1 is 55% complete. Additional debt facilities are under consideration for 2009. Undrawn debt facilities at US$1.6bn and indicative FY09 capex at A$1.64bn-$6.7bn.

  • Origin Energy’s (ORG) up 2.8% on its 51.4% owned NZ Contact Energy releasing 3Q operating statistics broadly in-line with expectations.
  • Macquarie Airports (MAP) posted solid EBITDA up 2.3% on-year at it’s 73% owned Sydney Airport.
  • Seek (SEK) out of a trading halt successfully completing a $65m share placement at 260c per share.
  • James Hardie (JHX) are considering their position after ASIC proceedings and may comment further after Penalties and costs of ruling.
  • UXC Limited (UXC) to supply $28.7m in renewable energy certificates.
  • Macmahon Holdings (MAH) in a trading halt pending an outlook statement.
  • GUD Holdings (GUD) announced pretax earnings in the three quarters to March were down 4% on-year (in-line with some broker’s forecasts).
  • Coca-Cola Amatil (CCL) in a US roadshow presentation said they’ve had a strong start to the year.


  • Macquarie Group keep a NEUTRAL on Newcrest (NCM) with a price target of 3500c after their production results — say NCM is the benchmark Australian gold play. Patersons maintain BUY. Goldman Sachs JB Were upgraded to BUY.
  • Merrill Lynch have Seek (SEK) at UNDERPERFORM but upped target to 225c from 220c. Like the counter-cyclical qualities of the learning businesses.
  • Street Talk reports Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis was due to meet with BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus only hours after RIO’s AGM on Monday — speculation persists regarding a possible alternative to the Chinalco deal.

The Dow Futures suggest a 25 point fall on Wall Street.

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