Consensus Recommendations (26 March)

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 4.52 3.82% Buy
AFI Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited 6.29 3.50% Not Rated
AGL AGL Energy Limited 14.82 4.32% Hold
AIA Auckland International Airport Limited 4.4 2.36% Hold
AIO Asciano Limited 6.57 2.45% Buy
AIZ Air New Zealand Limited 2.63 4.43% Hold
ALL Aristocrat Leisure Limited 8.26 1.94% Buy
AMC Amcor Limited 14.35 3.20% Hold
AMP AMP Limited 6.68 4.09% Buy
ANN Ansell Limited 27.3 1.82% Hold
ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd 37.19 4.90% Hold
APA APA Group 8.92 4.03% Sell
ARG Argo Investments Limited 7.98 3.51% Not Rated
AST AusNet Services 1.405 5.95% Buy
ASX ASX Limited 42.75 4.20% Hold
AWC Alumina Limited 1.685 4.16% Buy
AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 4.96 3.72% Hold
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited 12.95 5.10% Hold
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 31.11 4.63% Buy
BLD Boral Limited 6.37 2.67% Hold
BOQ Bank of Queensland Limited 14.36 4.87% Buy
BSL BlueScope Steel Limited 4.65 Unknown Buy
BTT BT Investment Management Limited 9.35 3.80% Hold
BXB Brambles Limited 11.57 2.45% Buy
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia 95.86 4.33% Hold
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 10.76 3.90% Hold
CGF Challenger Limited 7.21 3.87% Hold
COH Cochlear Limited 93.08 2.47% Strong Sell
CPU Computershare Limited 12.95 2.53% Buy
CSL CSL Limited 93.55 1.49% Buy
CTX Caltex Australia Limited 37.66 2.12% Sell
CWN Crown Resorts Limited 13.07 2.82% Buy
DMP Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited 36.22 1.20% Buy
DUE DUET Group 2.55 6.74% Strong Sell
DXS Dexus Property Group 7.72 5.08% Buy
EGP Echo Entertainment Group Limited 4.42 2.04% Sell
FBU Fletcher Building Limited 8.38 4.20% Sell
FDC Federation Centres 3.13 5.16% Sell
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 39.76 3.86% Buy
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 2.04 7.15% Hold
FPH Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 6.5 1.89% Hold
GMG Goodman Group 6.23 3.44% Hold
GPT GPT Group 4.61 4.69% Hold
HGG Henderson Group PLC 5.54 3.11% Buy
HSO Healthscope Limited 3.02 Unknown Buy
HVN Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd 4.43 5.11% Hold
IAG Insurance Australia Group Limited 6.14 6.11% Buy
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 10.25 4.85% Buy
ILU Iluka Resources Limited 8.05 2.85% Buy
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 4.12 2.67% Sell
JHX James Hardie Industries Plc 15.57 3.03% Buy
LEI Leighton Holdings Limited 21.55 4.57% Buy
LLC Lend Lease Group 16.66 3.74% Hold
MFG Magellan Financial Group Limited 19.83 1.92% Not Rated
MGR Mirvac Group 2.04 4.48% Buy
MLT Milton Corporation Limited 4.64 3.79% Not Rated
MPL Medibank Private Limited 2.34 Unknown Sell
MQG Macquarie Group Limited 78.33 3.64% Hold
MYT Mighty River Power Limited 3.08 Unknown Hold
NAB National Australia Bank Limited 39.3 5.17% Hold
NCM Newcrest Mining Limited 13.77 Unknown Buy
NVN Novion Property Group 2.64 5.19% Sell
ORA Orora Limited 2.3 2.93% Hold
ORG Origin Energy Limited 11.77 4.25% Buy
ORI Orica Limited 19.83 4.72% Buy
OSH Oil Search Limited 7.6 2.16% Buy
PPT Perpetual Limited 55.65 3.74% Buy
PRY Primary Health Care Limited 5.12 3.92% Hold
PTM Platinum Asset Management Limited 8.04 4.36% Sell
QAN Qantas Airways Limited 3.02 Unknown Hold
QBE QBE Insurance Group Limited 13.15 3.45% Strong Buy
QUB Qube Holdings Limited 3 1.78% Buy
REA REA Group Ltd 47.59 1.41% Buy
REH Reece Australia Limited 33.8 1.89% Not Rated
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited 67.62 1.38% Buy
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 56.83 4.87% Buy
RMD ResMed Inc. 9.05 1.32% Buy
SCG Scentre Group 3.9 5.30% Sell
SEK SEEK Limited 17.67 1.94% Hold
SGP Stockland 4.61 5.21% Buy
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited 20.72 3.34% Hold
SKI Spark Infrastructure Group 1.99 5.78% Not Rated
SOL Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited 14.64 3.35% Hold
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited 2.87 5.89% Sell
STO Santos Limited 7.34 4.50% Strong Buy
SUN Suncorp Group Limited 13.81 6.00% Hold
SYD Sydney Airport 5.29 4.58% Hold
TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 4.82 3.67% Sell
TCL Transurban Group 9.59 3.88% Buy
TLS Telstra Corporation Limited 6.37 4.67% Hold
TOL Toll Holdings Limited 8.88 3.15% Sell
TPM TPG Telecom Limited 9.16 1.12% Sell
TTS Tatts Group Limited 4 3.78% Buy
TWE Treasury Wine Estates Limited 5.24 2.48% Sell
WBC Westpac Banking Corporation 39.89 4.67% Buy
WES Wesfarmers Limited 44.07 4.42% Hold
WFD Westfield Corporation 10.11 4.02% Buy
WOW Woolworths Limited 28.96 4.77% Sell
WPL Woodside Petroleum Limited 35.1 6.48% Sell
XRO Xero Limited 23.99 Unknown Not Rated

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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