Ebos, Tower and A2 Milk lead NZX50 down

  • 26/09/2016
Ebos, Tower and A2 Milk lead NZX50 down

New Zealand shares fell in light trading, with Ebos Group, Tower and A2 Milk leading the index lower.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index fell 31.88 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,264.86. Within the index, 28 stocks rose, 17 fell and five were unchanged. Turnover was $106.7 million.

"It's a very quiet day after what was a busy week last week - with retailers reporting, Fonterra, and the Reserve Bank's interest rate decision, things have gone from one extreme to another and it's exceptionally quiet," said Peter McIntyre, investment adviser at Craigs Investment Partners.

Ebos was the worst performer on the index, down 2.4 percent to $18.55, while Tower dropped 2 percent to 98 cents.

Meridian Energy fell 2.1 percent to $2.79. It's due to pay an 8.4 cent final dividend and a 2.44 cent special dividend on Thursday.

"It's still carrying a reasonable dividend, there's no strong rationale as to why they're significantly weaker - they're the largest gentailer in the market, maybe there's been some rotation or lightening of exposure there," McIntyre said.

A2 Milk declined 1.6 percent to $1.85. It reached a record $2.30 a month ago but has fallen back since, having plunged after reporting its annual earnings despite meeting its guidance with a return to full-year profit and a 127 percent jump in revenue that was driven by infant formula sales in Australia and China.

"It's below the $2 mark, which is sometimes a trigger for it to bounce back up again," McIntyre said.

Air New Zealand continued to fall, down 1.1 percent to $1.80, and has dropped 32 percent this year.

Vector was the best performer, up 3.4 percent to $3.35, while Z Energy rose 1.6 percent to $8.30.

Port of Tauranga rose 1.5 percent to $19.80, Comvita gained 1.3 percent to $11.50, and New Zealand Refining Co advanced 1.3 percent to $2.39.

Outside the main index, Energy Mad fell 7.4 percent to 5 cents. The energy efficient light-bulb maker has warned lower prices for carbon dioxide offsetting certificates in Australia mean its sales volumes are likely to decline.

Augusta Capital dropped 1.4 percent to $1.055 and Pyne Gould Corp was unchanged at 20.5 cents.