Market close: Shares fall, led by Cavalier, Heartland

New Zealand shares fell as equity markets were generally weaker across Asia after a selloff on Wall Street on Friday. Cavalier and Heartland NZ led the decline.

The NZX 50 Index fell 5.81 points, or 0.1%, to 3908.26. Within the index, 24 stocks fell, 17 rose and nine were unchanged. Turnover was $87 million.

Cavalier fell 3.6% to $1.87 and Heartland, the building society with aspirations to be a bank, fell 2.9% to 67 cents.

Warehouse Group, the country's biggest listed retailer, rose 0.6 percent to $3.14 after posting a 1.9% gain in first-quarter sales with its Blue Shed stationery stores leading growth as its Red Sheds reported a flat result.

Group sales rose to $377.3 million in the three months ended October 28, from $370.4 million in the same period a year earlier, the Auckland-based company says in a statement.

Sales at its Red Shed stores edged up 0.8% to $325.7 million and were flat on a same-store basis, while the stationery outlets' revenue climbed 9.1% to $51.6 million.

Westpac Banking Corp, Australia's second-biggest lender, rose about 1% to $31.85 after reporting full-year net profit that declined 15% to $A5.97 billion. That missed a Bloomberg survey of $A6.29 billion.

Acurity Health Group, the private hospital operator formerly known as Wakefield Health, was unchanged at $5.90 after it reported a 25% drop in first-half earnings as the cost of upgrading its Bowen Hospital site weighed on the bottom line. It expects annual profit will fall by as much as a quarter.

The group downgraded its flat annual earnings outlook, saying net profit is expected to be between 20% and 25% lower than a year earlier.

Fletcher Building rose 0.1% to $7 and Telecom dropped 1% to $2.395.

NZX, the stock exchange operator, was unchanged at $1.23. Growth in the value of trading on the NZX accelerated last month as the benchmark NZX 50 Index reached near five-year highs.

The total value traded on the NZX rose 26% to $2.5 billion in October from the same month a year earlier, with a 26% rally in the value of equity transactions and a 12% gain in debt security trading, according the NZX's monthly shareholder metrics report.

Auckland International Airport, the country's main international gateway, rose 0.8% to $2.66 after saying it had promoted its general manager retail and commercial Adrian Littlewood as its new boss. Mr Littlewood succeeds Simon Moutter, who left to take the top job at Telecom.

Port of Tauranga was unchanged at $12.90. Asciano, Australia's largest national rail freight and ports operator, has exercised its right to acquire the 50% of the C3 marshalling and stevedoring business in New Zealand for $70 million from Port of Tauranga.

C3, formally known as Toll Owens Limited, operates at 13 ports throughout New Zealand. Port of Tauranga had offered to buyout Asciano at the same price and Asciano exercised its right under a so-called shootout clause of the joint venture.

Skellerup rose 3.8% to $1.65 and was the biggest gainer on the benchmark index.

(BusinessDesk)

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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.8012 0.0052 0.65%
AUD 0.9077 0.0006 0.07%
EUR 0.6252 0.0028 0.45%
GBP 0.4952 0.0024 0.49%
HKD 6.2173 0.0415 0.67%
JPY 85.2240 0.1390 0.16%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1244.2 5.700 2014-10-20T00:
Oil Brent 85.4 -0.760 2014-10-20T00:
Oil Nymex 82.8 -0.040 2014-10-20T00:
Silver Index 17.3 0.020 2014-10-20T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5197.9 5238.9 5197.9 0.68%
NASDAQ 4254.2 4316.9 4258.4 1.35%
DAX 8819.3 8834.7 8850.3 -1.50%
DJI 16373.1 16401.6 16380.4 0.12%
FTSE 6310.3 6320.3 6310.3 -0.68%
HKSE 23073.4 23231.5 23070.3 -0.25%
NI225 15115.3 15115.3 15111.2 -1.66%