Consensus Recommendations (31 July)

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 4.76 3.64% Buy
AFI Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited 6.35 3.62% Not Rated
AGL AGL Energy Limited 16.3 3.85% Hold
AIA Auckland International Airport Limited 4.86 2.17% Sell
AIO Asciano Limited 8.14 2.00% Hold
AIZ Air New Zealand Limited 2.4 4.85% Hold
ALL Aristocrat Leisure Limited 8.5 1.88% Buy
AMC Amcor Limited 14.28 3.31% Hold
AMP AMP Limited 6.64 4.18% Buy
ANN Ansell Limited 24.64 1.97% Hold
ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd 32.47 5.58% Strong Buy
APA APA Group 8.97 4.04% Hold
ARG Argo Investments Limited 8.22 3.41% Not Rated
AST AusNet Services 1.355 6.23% Buy
ASX ASX Limited 43.81 4.17% Sell
AWC Alumina Limited 1.485 N/A Strong Buy
AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 5.29 3.43% Buy
BEN Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited 13.12 5.02% Sell
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 26.5 5.36% Hold
BLD Boral Limited 6.63 2.75% Hold
BOQ Bank of Queensland Limited 13.69 5.09% Buy
BTT BT Investment Management Limited 9.61 3.88% Hold
BXB Brambles Limited 10.83 2.62% Buy
CAR Carsales.com Limited 10.5 3.17% Buy
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia 87.08 4.72% Hold
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited 9.18 4.58% Buy
CGF Challenger Limited 7.11 3.92% Hold
CIM CIMIC Group Limited 23.51 4.26% Buy
COH Cochlear Limited 90.82 2.52% Hold
CPU Computershare Limited 12.33 2.66% Hold
CSL CSL Limited 96.35 1.45% Strong Buy
CTX Caltex Australia Limited 34.64 2.72% Buy
CWN Crown Resorts Limited 13.52 2.74% Hold
DLX DuluxGroup Limited 6.04 3.47% Buy
DMP Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited 39.01 1.11% Buy
DUE DUET Group 2.19 7.69% Sell
DXS Dexus Property Group 7.65 5.14% Hold
EGP Echo Entertainment Group Limited 4.94 1.82% Sell
FBU Fletcher Building Limited 7.16 4.96% Hold
FDC Federation Centres 2.95 5.46% Sell
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited 35.51 4.27% Hold
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd 1.895 6.78% Sell
FPH Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 6.75 2.20% Sell
GMA Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited 3.61 4.03% Buy
GMG Goodman Group 6.47 3.31% Buy
GPT GPT Group 4.51 4.79% Hold
HGG Henderson Group PLC 5.62 3.11% Buy
HSO Healthscope Limited 2.7 N/A Buy
HVN Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd 4.5 5.03% Hold
IAG Insurance Australia Group Limited 5.92 5.98% Hold
ILU Iluka Resources Limited 7.81 3.08% Buy
IOF Investa Office Fund 3.93 4.81% Buy
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 3.59 3.08% Sell
JHX James Hardie Industries Plc 18.7 2.72% Hold
LLC Lend Lease Group 15.58 4.01% Hold
MEZ Meridian Energy Limited 1.98 5.66% Hold
MFG Magellan Financial Group Limited 18.25 2.08% Not Rated
MGR Mirvac Group 1.88 4.89% Buy
MLT Milton Corporation Limited 4.85 3.79% Not Rated
MPL Medibank Private Limited 2.1 N/A Strong Buy
MQG Macquarie Group Limited 82 4.25% Buy
MYT Mighty River Power Limited 2.44 N/A Hold
NAB National Australia Bank Limited 34.56 5.69% Buy
NCM Newcrest Mining Limited 11.26 N/A Buy
ORA Orora Limited 2.31 2.81% Hold
ORG Origin Energy Limited 11.35 4.41% Buy
ORI Orica Limited 19.3 4.84% Buy
OSH Oil Search Limited 7.47 2.19% Buy
PRY Primary Health Care Limited 4.62 4.11% Hold
PTM Platinum Asset Management Limited 7.5 4.70% Hold
QAN Qantas Airways Limited 3.74 N/A Buy
QBE QBE Insurance Group Limited 14.52 3.29% Buy
QUB Qube Holdings Limited 2.39 2.27% Buy
REA REA Group Ltd 43.3 1.47% Buy
REH Reece Australia Limited 32.32 1.98% Not Rated
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited 65.17 1.41% Buy
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 53 5.21% Buy
RMD ResMed Inc. 7.52 1.59% Buy
S32 South32 Limited 1.8 N/A Strong Buy
SCG Scentre Group 3.96 5.21% Sell
SEK SEEK Limited 14.88 2.24% Buy
SGP Stockland 4.23 5.67% Buy
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited 20.45 3.23% Sell
SKI Spark Infrastructure Group 1.9 6.05% Not Rated
SOL Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited 13.85 3.54% Hold
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited 2.69 6.28% Hold
STO Santos Limited 7.43 N/A Buy
SUN Suncorp Group Limited 14.12 5.70% Buy
SYD Sydney Airport 5.59 4.34% Buy
TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 4.88 3.57% Sell
TCL Transurban Group 9.89 3.78% Buy
TLS Telstra Corporation Limited 6.45 4.61% Hold
TPM TPG Telecom Limited 9.44 1.10% Sell
TTS Tatts Group Limited 3.97 3.81% Buy
TWE Treasury Wine Estates Limited 5.78 2.25% Sell
WBC Westpac Banking Corporation 34.74 5.31% Buy
WES Wesfarmers Limited 42.34 4.61% Hold
WFD Westfield Corporation 9.99 4.07% Buy
WOW Woolworths Limited 28.63 4.82% Sell
WPL Woodside Petroleum Limited 35.68 6.81% 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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