Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.9 percent to 4,648.10 at the 4:10 p.m. close of trading in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index dropped 0.2 percent to 3,280.34 at the 5 p.m. close in Wellington.
The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. (ALL AU) climbed 2.3 percent to A$3.56. The world’s second-largest maker of slot machines was raised to “outperform” from “underperform” at Credit Suisse Group AG.
Asciano Group (AIO AU) dropped 4.3 percent to A$1.565. Australia’s largest port and rail operator said first-quarter coal shipments missed its expectations.
ASX Ltd. (ASX AU) fell 3.5 percent to A$37.30. Australia’s main stock exchange might lose listings and relevance if Singapore Exchange Ltd.’s bid for it is blocked, the Australian newspaper reported, citing former ASX Chairman Maurice Newman. Separately, Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc. yesterday said Singapore Exchange’s plan to combine with ASX isn’t favorable for the Tokyo bourse, which owns almost 5 percent of its Singapore rival.
Clough Ltd. (CLO AU) plunged 12 percent to 64 Australian cents. The Australian engineering company was downgraded to “underperform” from “outperform” at Credit Suisse Group AG.
FKP Property Group (FKP AU) gained 1.6 percent to 93.5 Australian cents on speculation Stockland, its second-biggest shareholder, may seek to acquire the real-estate company after selling out of rival GPT Group.
Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. (KAR AU) lost 6 percent to A$9.49. Karoon, ConocoPhillips’ partner in a gas venture off Australia’s northwest coast, said it expects to raise as much as $773 million in a Brazilian share sale of part of its South American business to fund exploration.
Lynas Corp Ltd. (LYC AU) slumped 6.7 percent to A$1.455. The rare-earths developer was downgraded to “neutral” from “overweight” at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
National Australia Bank Ltd. (NAB AU) rose 2.1 percent to A$25.26 after the nation’s biggest business lender said second-half cash profit jumped 32 percent as revenue from business banking recovered and bad debts fell.
PanAust Ltd. (PNA AU) declined 5.6 percent to 76.5 Australian cents. The owner of the second-largest copper mine in Laos was downgraded to “hold” from “buy” at Deutsche Bank AG.
Toll Holdings Ltd. (TOL AU) plunged 6.6 percent to A$6.20. Australia’s biggest freight company said Chief Executive Officer Paul Little will step down after more than two decades in the post
Nuplex Industries Ltd. (NPX NZ) lost 0.9 percent to NZ$3.34 after the stock was downgraded to “hold” from “buy” at Deutsche Bank AG.