Shares in GUD Holdings Limited (ASX:GUD) closed 3.41 per cent higher as it said net profit after tax (NPAT) was up 33 per cent to a record A$46.4 million for the year ending 30 June 2010, up from A$34.8 million in the prior year. The strong result is attributed to a combination of margin expansion, continued tight cost control, a reduction in interest costs and modest sales growth.
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Australian Market Report of May 21, 2010: GUD Holdings (ASX:GUD) to Make Takeover Bid for Dexion (ASX:DEX)
The Australian share market sank massively at opening on Friday, after Wall Street and European markets overnight slumped again due to Europe debt jitters. The Dow Jones industrial average experienced its deepest one-day plunge in more than a year, as investors feared that the European debt crisis might spread around the world.
The Australian sharemarket sharply fell on Wednesday with all sectors in the red. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index lost 73.3 points, or 1.6 per cent, at 4644.6 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 73.1 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 4670.
Australian stocks declined yesterday on profit taking selling after US aluminium giant Alcoa reported its fourth quarter earnings result, which missed the market expectations. The resources sector drove the local shares lower. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 51.2 points, or 1.03 per cent, at 4,899.5 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index lost 49.6 points, or one per cent, to 4,931.6 points.
The Australian share market posted a strong gain boosted by banks and miners on Tuesday after good lead from European markets and Wall Street. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 69.1 points, or 1.49 per cent, at 4704.2 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index surged 64.9 points, or 1.39 per cent, to 4724.4.
The Australian sharemarket gave up early gains on Wednesday after the GDP figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a disappointing result in economy growth. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 11.6 points lower, or 0.2 per cent, at 4661.9, while the broader All Ordinaries slashed 11.7 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 4676.1
On Friday, the US stocks were boosted by the encouraging earnings from major retailers and The Walt Disney Co. A record number of U.S. companies beat earnings expectations in the third quarter. This week a new round of economic data including retail sales, inflation readings and housing starts will be the focus after most corporate results already reported.
Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher overnight towards the 10,000 points psychological level, helped by a market confidence on corporate earnings of blue chip companies. Energy stocks were also up on the back of a jump in crude oil prices.
Overnight the US stocks closed higher on the positive Alcoa earnings and better-than-expected weekly jobless claims and consumer spending. Investors were also encouraged by the US retailers' first same-store sales gains in more than a year.