QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX: QBE), under the financial services, provides for underwriting of general and reinsurance risks. The stock traded at a market price of $10.89 with a daily price change of $0.69 or a percentage change of 6.76% on August 16, 2018 and the stock has seen a performance change of -13.56% over the past 12 months. Accompanied by the premium growth, fewer weather catastrophes, and rate increases, QBE has reported a rise in interim profit. Compared to the same period last year for the six months ended June 30, net profit rose 4 percent to $US370 million ($511.2 million), and this number excludes the Latin America business of QBE. However, the total revenue declined to the US $7.3 billion which is down by 6 percent, but the cash net profit was up 3 percent. Due to mark-to-market losses in QBE's fixed interest portfolio and lower returns from growth assets, investment returns slid to $US287 million in the half from $US424 million.
Downer EDI Limited (ASX: DOW) is a known name in the industrial sector. The stock was trading flat at a market price of $7.51 with an initial daily price change of $0.035 or a percentage change of 0.466% on August 16, 2018. The stock has seen a performance change of 10.28% over the past 12 months. As annual net profit slid to $71.4 million down by 61 percent due to a strip of one-off items, Downer chief said that the contractor hoped to restructure its contract of Royal Adelaide Hospital. In its mining business, EBITDA fell to $50.4 million which is down by 40 percent. The group’s revenue rose to $12 billion, by 65%.
Invocare Limited (ASX: IVC) under the consumer discretionary sector, is a leading provider of services relating to funerals, burials, and cremations. The stock traded at a market price of $13.14 with a daily price change of -$1.26 or a percentage change of -8.75% on August 16, 2018 and the stock has seen a performance change of 1.55% over the past 12 months. As death rates fall below usual trends, Invocare has cut its interim dividends given the hit to its performance. The company has a market share of 33 percent in Australia and is among key shorted stocks. 30 percent above the expectations, Invocare was producing earnings from the revamped sites. Net profit after tax dropped by 50 percent to $ 20.9 million for the six months period ending June 30, 2018. Total revenue was up to $223.7 million which is up by 2.5 percent. Operating earnings after tax was down to $23.5 million which is 7.4 percent.
ASX Limited (ASX: ASX) saw its stock trading at a market price of $68.18 near its 52-week high, with a daily price change of $0.350 or a percentage change of 0.516% on August 16, 2018 and the stock has seen a performance change of 26.79% over the past 12 months. The underlying net profit is up to $465.3 million which is up 7.2 percent, and has been led by a 75 percent jump in the amount of capital raised in IPOs and more trading in future market. The revenue was up by 7.7 percent to $823 million which is the highest in 8 years. In the 2019 financial year, ASX is expecting expenses to be up 9 percent. With the secondary data center and other projects, the capex went up to $54.1 million for the year. The full year dividend was 7 percent higher to $2.16.
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