At time of writing, shares of biotech giant CSL Limited [ASX:CSL] are trading up 4.95%, at $230.36.
As you can see below, as a blue chip, the CSL share price has a strong proclivity to move with markets.
From this, we can conclude that if the market was to make a strong downwards move, the CSL share price would likely be dragged down with it. This is despite a strong earnings report today, which revealed an improved dividend.
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Highlights from CSL results report
These were the main highlights from the CSL results report:
- NPAT up 11% to US$1.92 billion
- Revenue up 7.9% to US$8.5 billion
- FY2020 forecasted NPAT of US$2.05 billion (7-10% growth)
- Final dividend of US$1 or $1.48
- Total full year dividend of $US1.85 or $2.68 up 18%
The report also noted the two immunoglobulin products (Privigen and Hizentra) were up 23% and 22% in sales respectively.
This was due in part to the use of Hizentra for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP).
This strong profit and revenue growth as well as a healthy uptick in the CSL dividend should stand the stock in good stead for the immediate future, especially after Trump gave global markets a bit of relief recently.
The US President has delayed the 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods and they will now be effective 15 December.
Outlook for CSL share price
Given that CSL shares are strongly correlated with the ASX 200, the outlook for the CSL share price is largely dependent on which way the ASX will move in the next few months.
With markets starting to get choppy, Murray Dawes has an excellent look at the ASX sell zone in this video:
He concludes that once it enters this zone, the ASX could breakout higher or move sharply down.
The bottom line is that the next move will be a significant one.
So returning to CSL, there is an element of risk in the short term despite its forecasted growth in NPAT for next year.
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For Money Morning