Consensus Recommendations (11 February)

Australian analysts cover approximately 450 ASX listed companies. Their research reports are regularly collated and an average “consensus recommendation” is generated for each ASX company.

While the number of analysts contributing to the database of recommendations varies significantly, there is generally between 12-20 participating firms at any one time.

Smaller-cap companies are sometimes only covered by one analyst, and therefore by default their single rating becomes the “consensus recommendation”. While this decreases the validity of the “consensus” factor, it still indicates that at least one participating research department has published an official rating.

*** Market Index consensus data is for the ASX top 100 by market capitalisation only.

Understanding the rating scale

There is no industry standard rating system for stocks. Most companies use a 5-point scale and the three most common scales are:

Code Company Price Yield Consensus
ABC Adelaide Brighton Limited 3.88 4.25% Buy
AFI Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited 6.11 3.60% N/A
AGL AGL Energy Limited 14.46 4.43% Hold
AIA Auckland International Airport Limited 4.3 2.36% Sell
AIO Asciano Limited 6.19 2.61% Hold
AIZ Air New Zealand Limited 2.37 4.28% Hold
ALL Aristocrat Leisure Limited 7.07 2.26% Buy
AMC Amcor Limited 13.05 3.42% Hold
AMP AMP Limited 6.01 4.07% Hold
ANN Ansell Limited 23.99 1.85% Sell
ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd 34.9 5.25% Buy
APA APA Group 8.54 4.21% Sell
ARG Argo Investments Limited 8.39 3.34% N/A
AST AusNet Services 1.42 5.89% Hold
ASX ASX Limited 39.83 4.54% Hold
AWC Alumina Limited 1.875 Unknown Buy
AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 4.98 3.55% Buy
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited 13.97 4.71% Hold
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 31.39 4.55% Buy
BLD Boral Limited 5.86 2.90% Hold
BOQ Bank of Queensland Limited 13.68 5.11% Buy
BSL BlueScope Steel Limited 5.47 Unknown Hold
BXB Brambles Limited 10.4 2.89% Buy
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia 92.59 4.44% Hold
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 9.91 4.89% Hold
CGF Challenger Limited 6.29 4.43% Hold
COH Cochlear Limited 86.76 2.56% Strong Sell
CPU Computershare Limited 11.47 2.79% Buy
CRZ Carsales.com Limited 10.37 3.32% Buy
CSL CSL Limited 90 1.50% Buy
CTX Caltex Australia Limited 34.43 1.27% Sell
CWN Crown Resorts Limited 13.93 2.72% Strong Buy
DUE DUET Group 2.6 6.61% Strong Sell
DXS Dexus Property Group 8.04 4.87% Buy
EGP Echo Entertainment Group Limited 4.52 1.99% Hold
FBU Fletcher Building Limited 8.01 4.44% Sell
FDC Federation Centres 2.98 5.40% Sell
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 37.1 4.10% Buy
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 2.49 6.44% Hold
FPH Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 5.95 2.07% Sell
GMA Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited 3.94 Unknown Buy
GMG Goodman Group 6.45 3.34% Hold
GPT GPT Group 4.78 4.35% Hold
HGG Henderson Group PLC 4.85 3.19% Buy
HSO Healthscope Limited 2.65 Unknown Buy
HVN Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd 4.14 5.29% Hold
IAG Insurance Australia Group Limited 6.47 5.96% Buy
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 9.95 5.01% Buy
ILU Iluka Resources Limited 7.19 1.67% Buy
IOF Investa Office Fund 4.2 4.48% Hold
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 3.76 2.93% Hold
JHX James Hardie Industries Plc 13.61 3.40% Buy
LEI Leighton Holdings Limited 21.45 5.03% Buy
LLC Lend Lease Group 17 3.65% Hold
MFG Magellan Financial Group Limited 20.25 1.88% N/A
MGR Mirvac Group 2.09 4.39% Buy
MLT Milton Corporation Limited 4.72 3.73% N/A
MPL Medibank Private Limited 2.45 Unknown Hold
MQG Macquarie Group Limited 67.5 4.17% Hold
MYT Mighty River Power Limited 3.25 Unknown Hold
NAB National Australia Bank Limited 37.03 5.48% Buy
NCM Newcrest Mining Limited 14.12 Unknown Buy
NVN Novion Property Group 2.48 5.52% Sell
ORA Orora Limited 2.1 3.11% Sell
ORG Origin Energy Limited 11.92 4.19% Strong Buy
ORI Orica Limited 19.26 4.98% Buy
OSH Oil Search Limited 8.22 1.13% Buy
PRY Primary Health Care Limited 4.91 4.20% Hold
PTM Platinum Asset Management Limited 8.81 3.89% Hold
QAN Qantas Airways Limited 2.59 Unknown Hold
QBE QBE Insurance Group Limited 11.3 3.17% Buy
QUB Qube Holdings Limited 2.38 2.38% Buy
REA REA Group Ltd 50 1.33% Hold
REH Reece Australia Limited 32.55 1.97% N/A
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited 60.97 1.51% Buy
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 60.7 4.01% Buy
RMD ResMed Inc. 8.12 1.47% Buy
SCG Scentre Group 3.96 5.08% Hold
SEK SEEK Limited 18 1.79% Hold
SGP Stockland 4.6 5.22% Buy
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited 19.42 3.51% Hold
SKI Spark Infrastructure Group 2.24 4.91% N/A
SOL Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited 13.4 3.54% Hold
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited 3.27 5.17% Sell
STO Santos Limited 7.97 4.40% Strong Buy
SUN Suncorp Group Limited 14.42 5.84% Buy
SYD Sydney Airport 5.14 4.47% Sell
TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 4.98 3.60% Sell
TCL Transurban Group 9.26 4.00% Hold
TLS Telstra Corporation Limited 6.51 4.57% Hold
TOL Toll Holdings Limited 6.02 4.73% Sell
TPM TPG Telecom Limited 7.25 1.43% Sell
TTS Tatts Group Limited 3.9 3.66% Hold
TWE Treasury Wine Estates Limited 5.04 2.60% Sell
WBC Westpac Banking Corporation 36.81 5.06% Hold
WES Wesfarmers Limited 44.17 4.53% Hold
WFD Westfield Corporation 9.75 3.19% Hold
WOR WorleyParsons Limited 10.51 7.70% Buy
WOW Woolworths Limited 32.29 4.37% Sell
WPL Woodside Petroleum Limited 35.2 7.23% Sell

NOTE: Analysts tend to produce more reports with a “Buy” than a “Sell” so the number of recommendations generally favour the buy side.



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