CBA – Earnings

Commonwealth Bank of posted a 21% fall in half-year net profit to $4.88bn in the six months through December from $6.16bn a year earlier. Cash earnings fell 11% to $3.89bn.

An interim dividend of A$1.50 a share, down 25% on year.

We remain cautious on the local banks following the strong run-up in share values.

CBA – Reports 12 Aug

Commonwealth Bank of remains under Algo Engine sell conditions and we see resistance building near the $74 price level.

CBA reports FY20 earnings on 12 August, at which time the market will focus on CBA’s dividend and any capital management commentary. Consensus expectations are for earnings to be $7.8bn, (down 10% on 2019 numbers), and the 2H20 dividend to be cut by 50%.

We remain on the short side of the CBA trade.