Banking Sector

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is actively involved in providing a range of banking and financial products and services to retail, small business, corporate and institutional clients. ANZ listed on the ASX on 30 September, 1969. The Company operates mainly in Australia and New Zealand. ANZ has its business operations also across the Asia Pacific regions, and in various other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. ANZ head office is based in Melbourne, where it first opened an office as the Bank of Australasia in the 1830s.

Westpac Banking (WBC)

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Formerly called the Bank of New South Wales, Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) is one of the four largest and principal banks in Australia. It provides a variety of financial and banking services including institutional and commercial banking services, wealth management services, and retail services in Australia and New Zealand markets. WBC was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange on the 18th of July 1970. Its average annual revenue reaches approximately $22 billion out of its issued capital of $5 billion. Its headquarters is located in Sydney, Australia.

Credit Squeeze and Non-Bank Lenders

The subprime mortgage crisis has created a credit squeeze. The credit crisis has led to increased costs of debt and the lack of investor interest to refinance existing debts, which lead to the collapse of RAMS home loans and also the recent end for packaged mortgages (also called securitisation). Higher interest rates are expected as non-bank lenders cannot offer home loans as a result of the credit crisis. Since non-bank lenders are out of the picture, the lack of competition means higher interest rates.

Merger Talks Between Westpac and St George

Merger of two big financial institutions of Australia – Westpac Banking Corporation and St George is likely to be announced today. Westpac revealed yesterday that it is in talks with St George for a possible merger between the two.

ANZ Bank Update

ANZ Bank (ANZ) have a maintained Neutral recommendation and a $24.72 12 month share price target from Australian shares analyst Macquarie Research Equities.

ANZ: Banking Sector News

Australian Banking Sector Update

Here is an Australian banking sector update from stockmarket analyst, Macquarie Research Equities. They rank their stock preferences in order from Wetpac (WBC), National Australia Bank (NAB), ANZ (ANZ), St George Bank (SGB) and Commonwealth Bank (CBA).

Banking Sector: Sector Strategy

Banking Sector Update

Banking sector update provided by Australian sharemarket analyst Macquarie Research. The analysts still prefer the banking sector and their company preference in order are: WBC, CBA, ANZ, SGB and NAB.

Banking Sector: Where is the Banking Sector Heading?

Banking Sector Update

Here is an Australian Banking Sector Update from stock analyst Macquarie Research Equities:

Banking Sector: ANZ & WBC Short-Term Value Ideas

Australian sharemarket analyst Macquarie Research Equities (MRE) has some short term value ideas in the banking sector: ANZ & WBC. Rotation amid the rising bond yield environment saw the banks underperform last week. The sector ended the week up 0.2% (adjusting for SGB's dividend), while the cyclicals drove the market up 1%. Among the majors, NAB performed the best, rising 0.9% last week. The worst performer was WBC, closing down 0.8%. Though all three regionals finished in positive territory, they still underperformed the broader market.

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