Consensus Recommendations (3 September 2015)

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 4.41 4.20% Hold
AGL AGL Energy Limited 16.33 3.92% Hold
AIZ Air New Zealand Limited 2.18 6.92% Hold
AWC Alumina Limited 1.24 N/A Strong Buy
AMC Amcor Limited 13.56 3.87% Hold
AMP AMP Limited 5.65 4.84% Buy
ANN Ansell Limited 22.26 2.40% Buy
APA APA Group 8.28 4.59% Hold
ARG Argo Investments Limited 7.8 3.78% No Rating
ALL Aristocrat Leisure Limited 8.23 1.94% Buy
AIO Asciano Limited 8.4 0.98% Hold
ASX ASX Limited 37.2 5.04% Hold
AIA Auckland International Airport Limited 4.45 3.09% Hold
AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 4.97 4.83% Buy
AST AusNet Services 1.315 6.42% Buy
ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd 27.42 6.56% Buy
AFI Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited 5.9 3.90% No Rating
BOQ Bank of Queensland Limited 12.2 5.72% Hold
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited 10.52 6.27% Hold
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 24.63 6.69% Hold
BSL BlueScope Steel Limited 4.18 1.58% Buy
BLD Boral Limited 5.5 3.27% Hold
BXB Brambles Limited 9.9 3.11% Strong Buy
BKW Brickworks Limited 15.16 2.95% Hold
BTT BT Investment Management Limited 9.37 3.97% Hold
CTX Caltex Australia Limited 31.3 2.73% Buy
CAR Carsales.com Limited 9.55 3.62% Buy
CGF Challenger Limited 6.97 4.30% Hold
CIM CIMIC Group Limited 22.9 4.38% Buy
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 8.39 5.01% Sell
COH Cochlear Limited 85.36 2.23% Hold
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia 73.63 5.69% Hold
CPU Computershare Limited 9.73 3.89% Hold
CWN Crown Resorts Limited 11.37 3.25% Hold
CSL CSL Limited 91.03 1.81% Strong Buy
DXS Dexus Property Group 7.38 5.56% Hold
DMP Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited 38.84 1.33% Buy
DUE DUET Group 2.16 7.94% Sell
EGP Echo Entertainment Group Limited 4.8 2.29% Sell
FDC Federation Centres 2.74 6.17% Sell
FPH Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 6.6 2.25% Sell
FBU Fletcher Building Limited 6.59 5.29% Buy
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 37.11 4.10% Hold
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 1.855 2.79% Sell
GMG Goodman Group 5.89 3.77% Buy
GPT GPT Group 4.42 4.91% Hold
HVN Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd 4.17 6.12% Hold
HSO Healthscope Limited 2.68 2.61% Buy
HGG Henderson Group PLC 5.3 3.47% Buy
ILU Iluka Resources Limited 7.24 3.19% Buy
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 3.47 3.17% Sell
IAG Insurance Australia Group Limited 5.04 5.74% Hold
IOF Investa Office Fund 3.82 5.04% Hold
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 8.84 6.00% Buy
JHX James Hardie Industries Plc 17.54 2.94% Buy
LLC Lend Lease Group 13.51 4.00% Hold
MQG Macquarie Group Limited 74.04 4.70% Buy
MFG Magellan Financial Group Limited 17.84 4.20% No Rating
MPL Medibank Private Limited 2.36 2.25% Buy
MEZ Meridian Energy Limited 2.05 6.60% Hold
MYT Mighty River Power Limited 2.5 5.71% Hold
MLT Milton Corporation Limited 4.34 4.24% No Rating
MGR Mirvac Group 1.735 5.42% Buy
NAB National Australia Bank Limited 30.7 6.40% Buy
NCM Newcrest Mining Limited 11.06 N/A Buy
OSH Oil Search Limited 6.65 2.38% Buy
ORI Orica Limited 15.3 5.65% Hold
ORG Origin Energy Limited 7.81 6.40% Strong Buy
ORA Orora Limited 2.26 3.21% Hold
PTM Platinum Asset Management Limited 6.82 5.41% Hold
QAN Qantas Airways Limited 3.5 N/A Buy
QBE QBE Insurance Group Limited 12.92 3.72% Buy
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited 61.42 1.64% Buy
REA REA Group Ltd 40.03 1.78% Buy
REH Reece Australia Limited 35.55 2.14% No Rating
RMD ResMed Inc. 7.27 1.98% Buy
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 49.54 5.61% Buy
STO Santos Limited 4.75 7.01% Buy
SCG Scentre Group 3.76 5.49% Sell
SEK SEEK Limited 12.18 2.96% Buy
SGM Sims Metal Management Limited 11.84 2.41% Strong Buy
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited 20.17 3.47% Sell
S32 South32 Limited 1.495 N/A Strong Buy
SKI Spark Infrastructure Group 1.875 6.13% No Rating
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited 2.95 6.24% Hold
SGP Stockland 3.86 6.22% Buy
SUN Suncorp Group Limited 12.56 6.53% Buy
SYD Sydney Airport 5.84 4.20% Buy
TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 4.58 4.32% Hold
TTS Tatts Group Limited 3.59 4.60% Buy
TLS Telstra Corporation Limited 5.65 5.40% Hold
TPM TPG Telecom Limited 8.93 1.16% Sell
TCL Transurban Group 9.7 4.12% Buy
TWE Treasury Wine Estates Limited 5.99 2.34% Sell
SOL Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited 13.5 3.63% Hold
WES Wesfarmers Limited 39.75 5.03% Hold
WFD Westfield Corporation 9.74 4.23% Buy
WBC Westpac Banking Corporation 30.42 6.07% Strong Buy
WPL Woodside Petroleum Limited 31.1 7.43% Sell
WOW Woolworths Limited 25.23 5.51% Sell

NOTE: Share prices as at previous close. 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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