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NZ shares mixed in holiday trade

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/01/2017 Sophie Boot

© Getty Images New Zealand shares were mixed with institutional traders still on holiday, as Warehouse Group and New Zealand Refining gained while Z Energy and Kathmandu Holdings fell.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index dipped 4.95 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 6,970.65. Within the index, 28 stocks rose, 13 fell and nine were unchanged. Turnover was $69 million.

Local trading was relatively quiet, but didn't follow stocks on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.2 per cent, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index dipped 0.1 per cent

"Most of the institutional players still seem to be out of the market, it very much is two-way retail trade going on, with pretty light volumes," said Grant Williamson, director at Hamilton Hindin Greene.

"The market itself is pretty flat today, probably not a bad performance - Wall Street lost a bit of ground last night, but we're not paying any attention to that."

Warehouse was the best performer on the index, up 2.2 per cent to $2.83, while NZ Refining gained 1.5 per cent to $2.63 and Argosy Property rose 1.5 per cent to $1.03.

Fonterra Shareholders Fund rose 0.5 per cent to $6.06, the highest it's been in a year. Dairy product prices fell at the GlobalDairyTrade auction this week, sliding for a second consecutive auction, which is an input cost for the fund which gives investors exposure to Fonterra's earnings.

"A number of analysts have picked it to perform much better in 2017, there are positive signs for shareholders in that stock," Williamson said.

Restaurant Brands New Zealand gained 0.8 per cent to $5.16. The fast food retailer's deal to buy Pacific Island Restaurants (PIR), the largest fast-food operator in Hawaii.

Z Energy was the worst performer, down 2 per cent to $7.25, with Kathmandu falling 1.6 per cent to $1.90 and Meridian Energy dropping 1.5 per cent to $2.58.

Outside the benchmark index, Pushpay gained 6.6 per cent to $1.79. The mobile payments app developer was issued with a "please explain" note by the NZX in mid-December after its share price dropped 27 per cent in the month, falling as low as $1.29, but has since bounced somewhat.

"That took a tumble late last year but it has really rebounded, for the week it's up a very impressive 31 per cent, but it did lose quite a bit of ground a month or two previous to that. They've got a quarterly update coming next week, so investors might be buying ahead of that," Mr Williamson said.

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