Consensus Recommendations (29 April)

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 and share prices are at yesterday’s close.

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 4.64 3.72% Buy
AGL AGL Energy Limited 15.49 4.13% Hold
AIZ Air New Zealand Limited 2.64 4.41% Hold
AWC Alumina Limited 1.64 Unknown Buy
AMC Amcor Limited 13.9 3.31% Hold
AMP AMP Limited 6.7 4.17% Buy
ANN Ansell Limited 27.43 1.77% Hold
APA APA Group 9.48 3.79% Sell
ARG Argo Investments Limited 7.98 3.51% Not Rated
ALL Aristocrat Leisure Limited 8.69 1.84% Buy
AIO Asciano Limited 6.66 2.44% Buy
ASX ASX Limited 42.96 4.20% Hold
AIA Auckland International Airport Limited 4.46 2.33% Hold
AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 4.88 3.76% Hold
AST AusNet Services 1.52 5.52% Buy
ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd 35.41 5.15% Hold
AFI Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited 6.28 3.50% Not Rated
BOQ Bank of Queensland Limited 13.33 5.24% Hold
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited 12.05 5.48% Hold
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 32.42 4.45% Buy
BLD Boral Limited 6.49 2.62% Hold
BXB Brambles Limited 10.94 2.60% Buy
BTT BT Investment Management Limited 9.46 3.88% Hold
CTX Caltex Australia Limited 35.9 2.27% Hold
CGF Challenger Limited 7.08 3.94% Hold
CIM CIMIC Group Limited 21.12 4.66% Buy
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 10.38 4.05% Hold
COH Cochlear Limited 85 2.70% Strong Sell
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia 92.58 4.49% Hold
CPU Computershare Limited 12.71 2.60% Hold
CWN Crown Resorts Limited 13.69 2.70% Buy
CSL CSL Limited 93.73 1.49% Strong Buy
DXS Dexus Property Group 7.39 5.31% Buy
DMP Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited 37.98 1.14% Buy
DUE DUET Group 2.57 6.69% Strong Sell
EGP Echo Entertainment Group Limited 4.59 1.96% Sell
FDC Federation Centres 2.97 5.44% Sell
FPH Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 6.29 1.96% Hold
FBU Fletcher Building Limited 7.99 4.41% Hold
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 44.1 3.48% Buy
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 2.45 5.47% Sell
GMG Goodman Group 6.44 3.32% Hold
GPT GPT Group 4.6 4.70% Hold
HVN Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd 4.48 5.06% Hold
HSO Healthscope Limited 2.89 Unknown Buy
HGG Henderson Group PLC 5.51 3.21% Buy
ILU Iluka Resources Limited 8.37 2.76% Buy
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 4.17 2.64% Sell
IAG Insurance Australia Group Limited 5.89 6.27% Buy
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 10.47 4.75% Buy
JHX James Hardie Industries Plc 15.11 3.17% Buy
LLC Lend Lease Group 16.7 3.73% Hold
MQG Macquarie Group Limited 83.17 3.43% Hold
MFG Magellan Financial Group Limited 21.11 1.80% Not Rated
MPL Medibank Private Limited 2.25 Unknown Sell
MYT Mighty River Power Limited 2.9 Unknown Hold
MLT Milton Corporation Limited 4.61 3.82% Not Rated
MGR Mirvac Group 2.07 4.41% Buy
NAB National Australia Bank Limited 38.38 5.29% Hold
NCM Newcrest Mining Limited 14.84 Unknown Buy
NVN Novion Property Group 2.51 5.46% Sell
OSH Oil Search Limited 8.25 1.94% Buy
ORI Orica Limited 20.36 4.59% Buy
ORG Origin Energy Limited 13.07 3.83% Buy
ORA Orora Limited 2.3 2.93% Hold
PPT Perpetual Limited 56.75 3.73% Buy
PTM Platinum Asset Management Limited 7.75 4.52% Hold
PRY Primary Health Care Limited 5.12 3.92% Hold
QAN Qantas Airways Limited 3.3 Unknown Hold
QBE QBE Insurance Group Limited 13.88 3.39% Strong Buy
QUB Qube Holdings Limited 2.79 1.94% Buy
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited 64.59 1.43% Buy
REA REA Group Ltd 48.7 1.37% Buy
REH Reece Australia Limited 34 1.88% Not Rated
RMD ResMed Inc. 8.13 1.47% Buy
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 58.79 4.71% Buy
STO Santos Limited 8.3 Unknown Buy
SCG Scentre Group 3.84 5.38% Sell
SEK SEEK Limited 16.86 2.04% Hold
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited 20.55 3.37% Hold
SKI Spark Infrastructure Group 2.06 5.58% Not Rated
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited 2.77 6.10% Sell
SGP Stockland 4.53 5.30% Buy
SUN Suncorp Group Limited 13.51 6.14% Buy
SYD Sydney Airport 5.46 4.44% Hold
TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 4.9 3.61% Sell
TTS Tatts Group Limited 4.09 3.69% Buy
TLS Telstra Corporation Limited 6.37 4.67% Hold
TOL Toll Holdings Limited 8.97 3.12% Sell
TPM TPG Telecom Limited 9.17 1.13% Sell
TCL Transurban Group 9.96 3.75% Buy
TWE Treasury Wine Estates Limited 5.63 2.31% Sell
SOL Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited 14.69 3.34% Hold
WES Wesfarmers Limited 43.15 4.52% Hold
WFD Westfield Corporation 9.86 4.12% Buy
WBC Westpac Banking Corporation 38.39 4.85% Buy
WPL Woodside Petroleum Limited 35.58 7.01% Sell
WOW Woolworths Limited 29.8 4.63% Sell
WOR WorleyParsons Limited 11.47 6.74% Hold
XRO Xero Limited 20.17 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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