|Bid||0.00 x 3000|
|Ask||22.30 x 900|
|Day's Range||18.99 - 19.10|
|52 Week Range||16.41 - 24.55|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.91|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.21|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.35 (7.11%)|
|1y Target Est||20.74|
Australia's Westpac Banking Corp was sued on Thursday by customers who said the bank had lent them money they could not afford to repay, the second such case the firm has faced in the past year. The case comes with Australia's financial services sector under great pressure to reform after a public inquiry uncovered widespread misconduct, including charging customers fees for no service, irresponsible lending and deception of regulators. Westpac had already agreed to pay a A$35 million ($25 million) fine for wrongly approving thousands of mortgages in a similar case filed by Australia's corporate regulator last year.
Australia added 65,400 full-time positions, while shedding 26,300 part-time ones, data from the Bureau of Statistics showed in Sydney Thursday. “The data will reassure the RBA that underlying momentum in the economy is still positive,” said Sarah Hunter, head of macroeconomics at BIS Oxford Economics in Sydney. Central bank Governor Philip Lowe earlier this month dropped a tightening bias in the face of these headwinds, though his central forecast remains for falling unemployment to eventually drive wages higher and return inflation to the midpoint of its 2-3 percent target.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in June 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]The banking sector -- and bank stocks -- saw an intriguing reversal in the 21st century.For most of the latter 20th century, banks generally paid depositors a higher rate of interest than bank stocks paid in dividend yields. This trend reversed soon after the turn of the century and became more pronounced after the 2008 financial crisis. Beginning in the early 2000's, interest-rate cuts gave bank stock investors dividend yields that exceeded the rates depositors earned in interest. Although interest rates have begun to gradually move higher in recent months, bank-deposit interest rates remain extremely low by any measure.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond Fortunately, some banks pay the 5%-plus returns comparable to bank and CD rates in the 20th century. These five stocks show that earning substantial cash payouts from banks remains possible -- if investors take a chance on bank stocks.[Editor's Note: This story was originally published June 29, 2018. It has since been republished and updated to reflect new information.] Source: (PRNewsFoto/Bladex) Bladex (BLX)Div. Yield: 8.17%Bladex (NYSE:BLX), or Foreign Trade Bank of Latin America, based in Panama City, serves as a special purpose bank. The bank works to facilitate trade and business relationships between Latin America and the Caribbean. Its commercial sector accounts for most of its activities and generates most of the institution's income. Its treasury sector handles funding, liquidity and investment management. Operating in Panama also creates a unique advantage. Since the Republic of Panama uses the United States dollar, it also enjoys the credibility that comes with conducting business in the world's reserve currency.BLX remains a stable institution for more reasons than its use of the U.S. dollar, though. This stability extends to the growth (or lack thereof) of revenue and net income levels. After seeing revenue and profit growth in 2014, both revenue and profits had fallen back to 2013 levels by 2017. Growth has stagnated since, and analysts believe that it will not resume until next year.Hence, dividends remain the compelling reason to invest in BLX stock. While dividend levels saw some fluctuations in past years, the company has held its annual dividend to the $1.54 per share level since 2016. This roughly translates into a 8.17% yield. Moreover, if profit growth predictions hold, consensus 2018 earnings of $1.82 per share should cover the dividend. Also, if the company meets 2019 profit forecasts of $2.18 per share, a dividend increase for 2019 remains a possibility. With the advantages of operating in Panama and the stability of its income, the BLX stock dividend remains a safe bet for a high dividend return. Source: Gyver Chang via Flickr (Modified) HSBC Holdings (HSBC)Div. Yield: 4.7%HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HSBC) is a British banking and financial services holding company. Founded in Hong Kong (then a British colony) in 1865 as a bank to finance trade between Europe and Asia, the bank now bases itself in London. Today, it provides banking and wealth management services to clients in 67 countries and territories across the world.Although revenue has seen years of decline, it has begun to rebound. Moreover, the price-earnings (P/E) ratio of HSBC stock is currently at 16.This level of profit growth should bode well for its dividend. Its current dividend stands at $2 per share. * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond New York Community Bancorp (NYCB)Div. Yield: 5.75%New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB) holds about $49.7 billion in assets and operates branches throughout metro New York City, as well as Arizona, Florida and Ohio.Like with many bank stocks that pay high dividends, investors should not buy NYCB stock in hopes of stock price growth. Both revenue growth and profit growth remain negligible. Its current P/E ratio stands at about 15.NYCB has maintained an annual dividend of 68 cents per share since 2016. This represents a cut from $1 per share per year, a level it had maintained for several years. However, with forecasted profits for 2019 at 80 cents per share, the current dividend of 68 cents per share places the bank on a more solid footing. Even with its lowered dividend, the dividend yield stands at an attractive level for income-oriented investors. Source: Shutterstock Oritani Financial (ORIT)Div. Yield: 5.87%Unlike most bank stocks with high dividend yields, Oritani Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ORIT) exhibits some degree of growth. The commercial bank, which is based in Washington, New Jersey, saw its stock price fall to a low of $6.37 per share in 2009. Now trading around $16.80 per share, both its stock price and its dividend saw huge increases as the stock emerged from the depths of the financial crisis.Those who bought near the 2009 low and held have also enjoyed massive dividend growth. The annual dividend in 2009 stood at 18 cents per share. By 2015, that dividend had grown to $1.20 per share. Though current conditions have forced the current annual dividend down to $1 per share, investors have still enjoyed both stock price and dividend growth over time.In the near term, it appears most of the benefits will come from the dividend. If the 2019 earnings projection of $1.10 per share holds, that places the forward P/E at around 14. Hence the stock trades near its average multiple. With 2020 profits expected to come in at $1.05 per share, the stock lacks the catalyst to energize growth. * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond However, some ORIT stock investors may want only the dividend. Buyers who have time to wait on stock growth still should do well. Hence, investors wanting a high dividend and long-term growth should receive both from ORIT if they can exercise patience. Source: Shutterstock Westpac Banking Corp (WBK)Div. Yield: 7.04%As Australia's oldest bank, Westpac Banking Corp (NYSE:WBK) has enjoyed an enormous first-mover advantage Down Under. The institution makes consumer and business loans as well as providing wealth management throughout Australia and New Zealand.The bank has leveraged an extensive network and a high credit rating to bolster both revenue and profit growth. Unlike many banks that pay high dividends, it has grown revenue and earnings consistently for several years. Although the stock has traded in a range since soon after the financial crisis, that might change in time. Over the last five years, revenues have increased by about 3.6% per year. While earnings may have fluctuated, they increased on average by just over 6.1% per year over the same period. As a result, the stock has fallen to an 11.07 P/E ratio. The average P/E over the last five years has stood at 14.2, indicating growth could come.As for the dividend, payment in Australian dollars has led to slight fluctuations. With that movement, the annual dividend currently comes in at $1.35 per share. Investors must endure some currency risk with this dividend. Still, with a yield of over 7% and the potential for stock growth, a little currency risk yields a substantial amount of reward.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Are These 7 Dividend Aristocrats ETFs Fit for a King? * 7 of the Best Emerging Markets Stocks to Buy * 5 Gold Stocks That Should Glitter in 2019 Compare Brokers The post 5 Bank Stocks That Pay Big Dividends to Shareholders appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Moody's Investors Service has today affirmed all 16 rated notes from eight WST RMBS transactions. On 1 February 2019, Westpac Securitisation Management Pty Limited (as trust manager for the eight WST RMBS transactions) advised noteholders that it is likely that some loans to borrowers who were not Australian residents as at the relevant cut-off date have been sold into the eight WST RMBS transactions. Such loans do not meet the eligibility criteria for the WST RMBS transactions.
Moody's Investors Service says that the execution of the Series 2008-1M WST Trust Amendment Deed 2019-1 and the substitution of AUD4.0 billion of mortgage loans into Series 2008-1M WST Trust (the Amendment) on 4 February 2019 will not, in and of itself and at this time, result in the downgrade or withdrawal of the current ratings of the Class A1 and Class B Notes issued by the above mentioned trust. "IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOODY'S RATINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY RETAIL INVESTORS. Moody's has determined that the Amendment in and of itself and at this time, will not result in the downgrade or withdrawal of the ratings of the Class A1 and Class B Notes.
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While sterling slipped on Tuesday after lawmakers rejected the latest Brexit plan, the currency remains within 1 percent of a three-month high set last week. “People seem optimistic today but in reality though, sterling’s going to find it hard work to stay above $1.32,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at Oanda Corp. in Singapore.
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Australia's Westpac Banking Corp did not breach its licence during a drive to boost its pension funds, an Australian court found on Friday, dismissing a regulator's claim even as it chided the bank for failing to treat its customers honestly. The Federal Court found that Westpac's sales campaign in 2014 that involved contacting customers and asking them to shift superannuation funds into the company's accounts did not amount to providing financial advice against licence conditions. The ruling is a blow for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), which is already under pressure for allowing bad behaviour to proliferate following damaging revelations of misconduct at a recently concluded inquiry into the financial sector.
Australia's largest pension fund, AustralianSuper, said it will vote against the executive pay of three of the country's biggest banks, in a show of the investment community's souring attitude towards the sector following a year-long misconduct probe. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC.AX), the country's second-largest lender, would be first to receive AustralianSuper's protest vote at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. The pension fund said it would also vote against the executive pay plans of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AX) and National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB.AX) in the coming weeks.
Moody's Investors Service says that housing loan delinquencies for Australia's four major banks continued to grow in the 12 months to 30 September 2018, although arrears remain at low levels. "IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOODY'S RATINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY RETAIL INVESTORS. "We expect that delinquencies on residential mortgages will rise moderately in 2019 from the current low base," says Daniel Yu, a Moody's Vice President and Senior Analyst.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Altria Group Inc. (MO), Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) and Westpac Banking Corp. (WBK) have declined to their three-year lows. Prevas will use AT&T's IoT solutions to help its customers more easily access their smart operations and services.
Moody's Investors Service has today upgraded the ratings on the Class C and Class E Notes issued by Crusade ABS Series 2015-1 Trust. "IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOODY'S RATINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY RETAIL INVESTORS. The upgrade was prompted by the increase in credit enhancement levels of Class C and Class E Notes from sequential pay, and the better default and loss performance compared with our initial assumptions.
An Australian court refused on Tuesday to approve a record A$35 million ($25 million) fine imposed on Westpac Banking Corp (WBC.AX) by the corporate regulator for using inappropriate calculations to determine if customers could afford home loans. The decision is a further blow to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), after a public inquiry into the financial sector found it had failed to stop systemic wrongdoing by the major banks. ASIC's announcement in September that Westpac had agreed to pay the fine was seen as a badly needed victory for the regulator as it attempts to rebuild its reputation as a tough cop on the beat.
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Westpac Banking Corp (WBC.AX) won vindication of its decision to fight accusations its conduct in handling of a key rate was unconscionable as an Australian court fined it A$3.3 million ($2.4 million), far less than the sum sought by a regulator. A federal court judge largely cleared Westpac in May of accusations it interfered with negotiations for an important internal price-setting measure called the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW), but said its actions still amounted to unconscionable conduct. The bank and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have since been haggling in court over Westpac's fine, and on Friday the judge rejected the regulator's argument that the bank be made to pay A$58 million.
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