Australian share market updates for the week ending 17 January 2021
- Chart of the week;
- Upcoming and recent IPOs;
- Director trades;
- Buybacks; and
- Short sales.
Chart of the week
The value of new loan commitments for housing in Australia increased 5.6% to $24 billion in November, a 23.7% increase from November 2019. Ongoing low interest rates, the Government’s Homebuilder grant (which has been extended to 31 March 2021), and an improving economy have all helped fuel residential lending.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Upcoming Initial public offerings (IPOs)
Companies that have recently applied to the ASX for listing. Click here for a full list of upcoming ASX IPOs.
No new companies this week.
Companies that commenced trading this week.
Felix Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: FLX) operates a cloud-based enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) and marketplace platform for the commercial construction and related industries. Felix connects contractors and their third-party vendors, automating and streamlining a range of critical procurement-related business processes.
FLX raised approximately $12 million by the issue of 33,333,333 shares at an issue price of $0.36 per share.
The company listed on Tuesday at $0.375 and finished the week at $0.425.
Director buys can be a sign that those with the most insight into a company view its shares as undervalued. Knowledgeable “insiders” are the best placed to know what a share is really worth. One or two trades may not be significant, but a larger number by different directors can warrant further investigation.
Click here to purchase a spreadsheet of on-market ASX director trades for the last six months.
Companies with two or more directors buying and no sells in the last 30 days, not mentioned in previous newsletters.
Irongate Group (ASX: IAP) is a multi-sector property investment and asset management real estate investment trust.
A buyback, also known as a repurchase, is the purchase by a company of a portion of its outstanding shares. This reduces the number of shares on issue so increases the earnings per share, all else being equal. A company will usually buy shares back when they see them as good value.
Click here for the latest buyback announcements.
No new buybacks announced this week.
Shorting a share is betting the price will decrease. It can pay to check short positions in a share you are considering purchasing.
Click here for a full list of shorted ASX shares.
The below table shows the twenty most shorted shares on the ASX. Data is lagged 4 days.
There are no new entrants to the list from last week.
“I just wait until there is money lying in the corner, and all I have to do is go over there and pick it up. I do nothing in the meantime.” – Jim Rogers
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