As Lance Franklin racked up 10 goals in Sydney’s thumping win over Carlton on the weekend, this year’s 22nd and final AFL Rising Star nomination Will Hayward picked off his third hat-trick of the season.
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Statistically it was one of Hayward’s quietest games as he managed only three touches in a remarkably efficient performance, but the AFL had seen enough already this year to nominate Hayward as one of its star youngsters after a superb debut season.

The 18-year-old has played 17 games after being taken with pick 21 in last year’s draft, kicking 22 goals alongside Coleman medallist Franklin who Hayward credits as a major influence in his transition to the AFL.

“He’s always there getting around me if I kick a goal, it’s really good and he gives me a lot of confidence,” Hayward said.

“It was very special to witness that, you don’t get to run out on the SCG and witness Bud kick 10 every week so it was pretty special.

“He’s been huge along with everyone else in the forward group and Brett Kirk, the forwards coach, they teach me endless things and I learn something new every training session and every day I’m here.”

Teammate Tom Papley has anointed Hayward as coach John Longmire’s “teacher’s pet”, and it’s easy to see why he’s forged such a reputation.

He kicked three goals in just his second game, the Swans’ one-point loss to Collingwood in round three, and has failed to kick a major in only five matches.

Hayward has played in 10 of the Swans’ 14 wins, and has forced his way into the best 22 while many of his more experienced teammates have been unable to do so after Sydney’s playing list has returned to full health.

“At the start there was that stage where we were struggling a bit and had a few players out,” Hayward said.

“There was just that stage where we went back to doing the basics well and we got a few of our key players back and it all turned around from there.

“Given from how we’ve started they [the fans] have been huge, the crowds at our home games have been getting bigger and bigger the support we have had from our crowds has been really good.

“I always knew how big a club it was, even as an Adelaide boy I knew it was such a successful club and so rich in history and I was stoked when my name was read out by them on draft night.”

Hayward is Sydney’s second Rising Star nomination, following Lewis Melican’s superb showing in the round-18 win over St Kilda.

Swans youngster Callum Mills won last year’s Rising Star, and has been one of Sydney’s most consistent performers again in 2017 having played every game.

The Swans host Essendon on Saturday week in an elimination final at the SCG.

News of a fresh North Korean missile test early Tuesday morning sent traders scurrying for safe-haven assets such as gold and bonds and sent sharemarkets around the region tumbling as investors lost their appetite for risk.
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The S&P/ASX 200 had been set for a cautiously upbeat start before the fresh provocation from the rogue state, but instead sank like a stone at the open and failed to recover from there amid heavy selling in the biggest, most liquid blue-chip names. The benchmark measure ended the session down 41 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 5669, wiping out the year’s gains in the process. Close to three quarters of the top 200 names ended the session in the red.

While markets reacted swiftly as news broke that North Korea had fired a missile over Japan for the first time since 2009, with gold, bonds and the yen bid quickly higher, “the initial knee jerk risk off move was relatively shallow and short-lived,” RBC Capital Markets head of Asia currency strategy Sue Trinh said.

“All things considered, the market reaction to this latest development has been impressive for its muted tone.”

“It is a sad indictment that markets have become increasingly desensitised to otherwise disturbing events, but you can’t really blame them; the buy the dip investment strategy has paid off and will carry on doing so – until it doesn’t.”

The n dollar pushed as high as US79.73?? on Monday night, with traders speculating that the currency was set to make another assault on US80??, only for the Aussie to drop close to US79?? as the news about North Korea’s missile launch hit news wires. The Aussie recovered over the session to fetch US79.3?? in late Tuesday trade.

That sanguine attitude was less obvious on the ASX, which threatened to make a decisive break below its recent multi-month trading range. The big banks weighed heaviest on the bourse, with CBA dropping 1.2 per cent, and Westpac, NAB and ANZ losing a uniform 1.3 per cent. Macquarie was hit particularly hard, shedding 2.1per cent.

Gold miners were a rare bright spot, with the sector adding 2.6 per cent as the stocks traced the yellow metal’s price higher. Newcrest Mining climbed 2.2 per cent. Iron ore miner Fortescue also managed to lift, by 1.4 per cent, while Rio Tinto added 0.2 per cent and South32 finished flat.

Amid the geopolitical drama, the final days of earnings season produced some well received profit updates. Among the highlights was vitamins business Blackmores, which jumped 7.5 per cent, Downer EDI, which moved up 2 per cent, and Caltex, which gained a more modest 0.9 per cent.

New Zealand telco Chorus slumped for a second day on a trio of broker downgrades, bringing its losses since it reported on Monday to a hefty 13 per cent. Stock watchAltium

Shares in Altium surged 12 per cent to $9.50 on Tuesday to approach after the engineering software firm the previous evening reported an annual net profit of $28.1 million, up 22 per cent from the prior year. Revenues climbed 18 per cent to $111 million, around 3 per cent ahead of consensus forecasts. The company’s management reiterated their goal of reaching $200 million in revenue by the 2020 financial year. A final dividend of 12 cents was declared. It was a “strong” result, Credit Suisse analysts said, who maintained their “outperform” rating on the stock despite noting the shares are “not inexpensive”. “However, this should be viewed in the context of [over] 20 per cent earnings per share growth and multiple areas of incremental upside,” they said. Movers’Chump change’

CBA shares dropped a further 1.2 per cent to $75.73 on Tuesday with the bank still under a cloud from the allegations of money laundering that emerged earlier this month. The scandal has wiped more than $13 billion off the lender’s market value this month, meaning CBA has lost its crown as the ASX’s biggest company by market capitalisation, ousted by miner BHP Billiton. Credit Suisse analysts described CBA’s share price slide as a switch “from market darling to chump change”. South Korea

South Korea’s stock market declined as much as 1.6 per cent on Tuesday, while the won weakened 0.4 per cent after North Korea’s missile launch. South Korean “investment risk” is rising as Pyongyang escalates tensions, Huh Nam Kwon, chief executive officer at Shinyoung Asset Management said. The issue could start affecting the Kospi’s fundamentals, he said. “Uncertainties are rising, it’s hard to predict what will happen next.” The KOSPI hit a record high in July and is up 16 per cent this year. TV stocks

Media names with television interests came under pressure Tuesday as investors digested Monday’s surprise news that US company CBS planned to but embattled Ten Network Holdings. Seven West Media slumped 5.1 per cent on Tuesday while Nine Entertainment lost 2.9 per cent. “While the CBS takeover proposal still needs to be signed off by the regulator and creditors, it is very difficult to see any positives for key competitors, Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media,” Credit Suisse analysts concluded. Gold

Gold was, as ever, one of the primary beneficiaries of heightened risk aversion among investors on Tuesday, as the precious metal pushed 0.7 per cent higher over the session to $US1317 an ounce. The yellow metal is trading at its highest point for 2017, extending the year’s gains to 15 per cent. It’s not all about investors seeking shelter in an uncertain world. Weakness in the greenback, in which gold is priced, has added extra lustre to the yellow metal: Bloomberg’s US dollar spot index is at its lowest since January of 2015 and is off almost 10 per cent in 2017.

Moving on: James Sneddon and daughter Charlotte. He is selling Das Hund Haus to support his physiotherapist fiancee Pip Cave’s business and develop his online sexual health clinic Stigma Health. Picture: Marina NeilTHE Newcastle owner of a bar being raffled for sale has sold more than five times his goal number of vouchers for the controversial campaign, which will reach its climax on Thursday.
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Owner of German-themed bar and restaurant Das Hund Haus at Hamilton, James Sneddon, secured a permit from Liquor and Gaming NSW to hold a trade promotion to sell $25 two-for-one-meal vouchers, which gives buyers five free entries into a lottery to win the business plus $30,000 cash.

He aimed in April to sell 2000 vouchers, but has since reached 11,000 – and counting. Only 700 have been redeemed for meals.

“It’s been a terrific outcome,” Mr Sneddon said.

“It was the ultimate entrepreneur journey –I took a leap of faith because I had a hunch. I was not quite sure how it would go, but I’m pretty relieved. We had people buying vouchers from 20 countries. We also had mums come in and call their kids overseas, saying ‘You’re going to win this –I want you to come home’.”

Mr Sneddon will cease selling vouchers at 5pm Thursday, before hosting a $40 per head function where the new owner will be announced at 8pm. He said two justices of the peace and a Liquor & Gaming NSW representative wouldbe present for the draw, which involves uploading a file of voucher holders’ names to website random苏州模特佳丽招聘, which will select the winner.

The Newcastle Herald reported in April Mr Sneddon had decided to sell the business by raffle after n couple Doug and Sally Beitz raffledtheir island resort. “I was not even thinking about it for my venue, but when I decided to sell I realised the traditional method didn’t have certainty.” Mr Sneddon said he listed the business – which he estimated was valued at between $150,000 and $225,000 –for $200,000 earlier this year, but was unable to reach a deal.

He said it was being raffled with 33months left on the lease, no debts, less than 20 litres of alcohol and an offer to train new staff. The liquor licence will be transferred to the new owner.

Mr Sneddon said as well as national media attention, including a Sunrise appearance that boosted his voucher sales from around 5500 to 11,000 in three weeks, he has also received hurtful criticism.“People need to think outside the box a bit more,” he said. “I had the word ‘scam’ thrown my way every day. That word to me is equivalent to the worst four-letter words out there. It really cut to the bone. Some people are downright abusive. I’m looking after my family and my next venture is about helping people, so I’m not motivated by greed. I’ve been 100 per cent transparent. But there’s been overwhelmingly positive messages too.

“I’m feeling excited, but ready for it to be finished.”

A spokesman for Liquor&GamingNSW said it was “monitoring the promotion including the running of the draw to ensure it complies with the Lotteries and Art Unions Act”.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn announcing the full year resultsPhoto Pat Scala , Melbourne , AFRThursday the 17th of August 2017 .Qantas is the star performer of the “mum and dad” stocks this profit reporting season with its declaration of its second-highest ever profit.
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Its share price had soared to about $5.30 at the end of July from about $3.20 a year earlier. After its profit result of last week, the flying kangaroo’s share price jumped to more than $5.60.

Add the dividends and that’s a total return for Qantas shareholders of more than 73 per cent – far and away the best performing of the widely held stocks.

Other highlights from the reporting season from among the stocks favoured by small investors include another record profit for the Commonwealth Bank.

A low point was Telstra’s announcement that it would cut futures dividends for its more than one million shareholders by up to 30 per cent.

Craig James, the chief economist at CommSec, says while dividends remain in vogue it has been apparent for the last few reporting periods that there is a re-assessment by companies about just blindly paying a dividend at all costs.

James created the Mums and Dads Index in 1999 to reflect the stocks mostly widely held by small shareholders – including Telstra, CBA, Woolworths, Qantas, AMP, Tabcorp, Suncorp, IAG and Wesfarmers. Since the creation of the index, it has under-performed the broader market.

However, as these stocks generally pay higher dividends their returns have been less volatile.

n shares, including dividends, returned 6.6 per cent for the year to July 31, 2017 while a portfolio of the nine equally weighted stocks favoured by small investors returned 5.9 per cent.

That is a better relative performance than for the year to January 2017, when the market returned 11.6 per cent and the Mums and Dads Index produced a return of only 0.9 per cent.

Chris Batchelor, independent market commentator, says to get growth in their portfolios, small investors should be adding a bit of exposure to stocks outside of the household names.

“Many investors are attracted to these stocks because of the high levels of franked dividends, but ultimately it’s the combination of dividends and share price growth that determines an investor’s total return,” he says.

Batchelor says small investors typically have no or little exposure to resources, technology, infrastructure and real estate sectors, among others.

The score cardQantas

Result: For the year to June 30, 2017, profit was $852 million, down 17 per cent from 2016, when it received a windfall from the sale of its Sydney Airport domestic terminal.

Positives: It’s Qantas’ second-highest profit; beaten only by the previous year’s profit. Qantas continues to enjoy earnings growth from domestic flights and its loyalty business.

Negatives: Qantas’ international division reduced its profit margin on international routes, contributing to a 36 per cent fall in earnings before interest and tax to $327 million.

Key point: Discounting for international airfares continues to be a challenge for the airline’s international business

Dividend: Announced a $373 million on-market share buyback and declared a dividend of 7?? a share taking the total dividend for the year to 14??. Woolworths

Result: Woolworths reported a 3.6 per cent drop in underlying profit from continuing operations for the year to June 25 to $1.422 billion from $1.476 billion last year.

Positives: Total sales at Woolies and its retail offshoots grew 3.7 per cent to $55.5 billion over the year.

Negatives: Losses at Big W increased from $14.9 million in 2016 to $150 million, with total sales falling 5.8 per cent.

Key point: Same-store supermarket sales grew 3.6 per cent during the year, outpacing the sales growth of rival Coles.

Dividend: A final dividend of 50?? per share to take total dividend for the year to 84??, a 9.1 per cent increase on the prior year. Commonwealth bank

Result: ‘s biggest bank pulled off another full-year record profit of almost $10 billion, almost 5 per cent for the year to June 30 compared to the previous year.

Positives: The bank just keeps making record profits, with a consistently good performances across its divisions.

Negatives: Allegations have been made that ‘s biggest bank breached laws to combat money laundering. The banking regulator is to conduct a public inquiry into “organisational and cultural” issues at the bank.

Key point: The bank will look to sell its life insurance business in and New Zealand in a deal which could be worth up to $5 billion.

Dividend: A final dividend of $2.30 per share, giving a full-year dividend of $4.29. IAG

Result: Net profit after tax increased almost 50 per cent to $929 million, helped by stronger investment income, higher insurance prices and releases from reserves.

Positives: IAG has done well for its shareholders for the year to July 31, 2017 with its share price at about $5.70, about a dollar higher than a year ago.

Negatives: The company’s outlook for reported insurance profit margins left some analysts underwhelmed.

Key Point: It’s expecting claim costs to rise.

Dividend: IAG will pay a fully-franked final dividend of 20?? a share, taking its full-year dividend to 33?? a share. Suncorp

Result: Full-year cash profit of $1.075 billion, an increase of 3.6 per cent on the previous financial year.

Positives: Strong performance of its insurance arm.

Negatives: Despite the lift in profit, the result fell short of market expectations. Banking and wealth earnings were subdued.

Dividend: An increase in final dividend by 2?? to 40?? a share to takes full-year dividend 73??, up 7 per cent on last year. AMP

Result: A fall for six months to June 30 of about 15 per cent to $445 million, compared to the previous corresponding period.

Positives: Underlying profit was $533 million for the half year; almost 4 per cent higher than the earlier corresponding period’s $513 million.

Negatives: Some analysts questioned whether AMP could make better use of the capital released in the life insurance business rather than returning the capital to shareholders.

Key Point: Will complete a reinsurance program for its life insurance business by year-end that would release $1 billion in capital and protect it from spikes in claims.

Dividend: AMP will pay a 14.5?? a share dividend for the half-year, an increase on 14??. Telstra

Result: Full-year profit in the year to June fell by about a third to $3.9 billion. However, that was mainly due to a $1.8 billion windfall gain in the prior year from the sale of Chinese car web site Autohome.

Positives: Without the Autohome sale, comparable earnings were up 1.1 per cent at $3.87 billion.

Negatives: Telstra said it will cut future dividends by up to 30 per cent.

Key point: Telstra is challenged by stronger competition.

Dividend: Telstra will pay a final dividend of 15.5?? to take the full year dividend to 31??. Tabcorp

Profit: Tabcorp reported a full-year net loss of $20.8 million because of costs related to its proposed merger with Tatts, legal battles and expenses at its new British business.

Positives: Though a loss, the gaming company reported a 2 per cent lift in revenue to $2.23 billion for the 12 months to June 30.

Negatives: The gaming giant was hit by $199.7 million in costs, including, among others, costs for its acquisition of gaming tech firm Intecq and proposed takeover of Tatts.

Key point: The main worry is the uncertainty surrounding the proposed merger with Tatts.

Dividend: A final dividend of 12.5?? will be paid, taking its full-year distribution to 25??. Wesfarmers

Result: The conglomerate reported a net profit after tax for the 12 months to June 30 of $2.87 billion, up from $2.25 billion a year earlier, excluding impairments against Target and its coal assets in 2016.

Positives: Its industrials division did well, mostly as a result of higher coal prices. Kmart’s earnings grew 17.7 per cent to $553 million with a 7.5 per cent lift in sales.

Negatives: Coles earnings fell 13 per cent as it tripled it further discounted prices and improved customer service.

Key point: Target again ran into the red, reporting a $10 million loss.

Dividend: Final dividend $1.20, bringing the full-year dividend to $2.23, almost 20 per cent above the prior year.