Sharesight users’ top 20 ASX trades of FY20/21


Welcome to our annual Australian financial year trading snapshot, where we look at the 20 most traded ASX stocks by Sharesight users during the Australian 2020/21 financial year. To find out the market-moving news behind some of these stocks, keep reading.

In this FY20/21 trading snapshot, trades were strongly led by Zip Co (ASX: Z1P), which has had a strong year with global expansion and impressive earnings reports, as well as a share price increase of almost 50% throughout the financial year. Afterpay (ASX: APT) was another highly traded stock, which saw record-breaking earnings and a share price increase of over 90% during the period. Other popular ASX trades included medical stocks CSL (ASX: CSL) and Mesoblast (ASX: MSB), both of which struggled throughout the pandemic but have seen recent recovery in their share prices towards the end of the financial year.

Zip Co (ASX: Z1P)

  • July 2020: Market cap rises by more than AU$1.4 billion after Quadpay acquisition announcement

  • August 2020: Zip Co has a record-breaking Q4

  • September 2020: Zip Co completes QuadPay acquisition

  • October 2020: Zip Co has almost doubled its transaction volumes and revenue compared to last year

  • November 2020: Shares rise following announcement of strong FY21 growth figures

  • December 2020: Zip Co raises AU$120 million for overseas expansion

  • January 2021: Announces strong quarterly earnings; 88% revenue growth YoY

  • February 2021: Seeks US investors; potential US exchange listing

  • March 2021: Share price drops as Zip Co reports mounting losses

  • April 2021: Raises AU$400m for US growth and further global expansion

  • May 2021: Zip Co expands global presence with buyouts in EU and UAE

Afterpay (ASX: APT)

  • July 2020: Records highest ever quarterly earnings as COVID shutdown encourages online shopping; announces AU$800 million global expansion plans

  • August 2020: Afterpay lands AU$80 million European expansion deal

  • September 2020: Online sales help boost Afterpay share price by 800%

  • October 2020: Afterpay enters partnership with Westpac, giving users access to banking services

  • November 2020: Moves to co-CEO model to manage international growth

  • December 2020: RBA rules merchants using BNPL cannot pass fees onto customers

  • January 2021: Share price has grown 250% YoY

  • March 2021: Launches Clearpay in European payments market

  • April 2021: Afterpay seeks Nasdaq listing; could delist from ASX

  • May 2021: Signs that Afterpay may enter SME lending space

  • June 2021: Share price could come under pressure as PayPal expands Australian payment offerings


  • July 2020: Initiates US Coronavirus vaccine trial

  • October 2020: Finalises deal to produce 51 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine

  • November 2020: CSL to build AU$800m vaccine manufacturing facility

  • December 2020: Coronavirus vaccine by UQ and CSL abandoned due to false-positive HIV response

  • January 2021: CSL trading around its COVID lows

  • February 2021: CSL certain it could produce vaccine to tackle COVID-19 variants

  • March 2021: Share price up following AstraZeneca vaccine approval

  • April 2021: CSL to make 50 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses despite public pushback

  • June 2021: Share price lower despite plans to buy rights for haemophilia treatment

a2 Milk (ASX: A2M)

  • August 2020: a2 Milk sees record-breaking profits, spurred by ‘pantry stocking’ amid pandemic

  • October 2020: Analysts bearish on a2 Milk due to poor projected growth

  • December 2020: Share price plummets more than 20% following forecasted revenue decline

  • January 2021: a2 one step closer to acquiring majority of Mataura Valley Milk

  • March 2021: Lowers 2021 outlook due to COVID-related losses

  • April 2021: a2 shares down 63% in 9 months

  • May 2021: a2 forced to dump NZ$96m of expired infant formula due to reduced Chinese demand

  • June 2021: With its share price trending up, is a2 Milk on the rebound?

Fortescue Metals (ASX: FMG)

  • August 2020: Fortescue posts record profit; increases dividend to shareholders

  • October 2020: Accused of withholding AU$1.9m in royalties from Aboriginal people

  • January 2021: Fortescue reports AU$1.2b December profit on back of high iron ore prices; raises dividend expectations

  • February 2021: Senior executives resign over cost blowout of AU$2.6b Iron Bridge project

  • March 2021: Fortescue declares goal to go carbon neutral by 2030

  • April 2021: Achieves 1.5b tonnes of iron ore exports from Pilbara operations

  • May 2021: Iron Bridge project faces US$3.5b cost blowout

Mesoblast (ASX: MSB)

  • August 2020: Share price soars as Mesoblast progresses on COVID-19 vaccine and stem cell treatment

  • October 2020: Mesoblast’s remestemcel-L drug rejected by FDA

  • December 2020: Share price plummets following poor trial results for COVID-19 treatment

  • March 2021: Mesoblast receives AU$138 million cash injection from US backer

  • June 2021: Share price gains 18% following 52-week low

Telstra (ASX: TLS)

  • July 2020: Share price reaches turning point following COVID-19 slump

  • August 2020: FY20 profits see 14% drop

  • September 2020: Share price hits 52-week low following weak FY21 guidance

  • October 2020: Share price drops 23%; hits multi-year low

  • November 2020: Telstra announces its biggest restructure since privatisation, splitting into three legal entities

  • February 2021: Share price reaches 6-month high; dividend price maintained

  • May 2021: Telstra fined AU$50 million for mistreatment of Indigenous customers

Kogan (ASX: KGN)

  • July 2020: Kogan reports strong June quarter; gross profit increase of over 115%

  • August 2020: Profits surge 56% as shoppers turn online

  • November 2020: Kogan condemned over AU$80m executive bonuses

  • April 2021: Share price plummets following disappointing Q3 earnings report

  • May 2021: Earnings drop by over 42% as consumer appetite dwindles

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