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4 investment stories you missed in the ASX200 this week

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) was eventful this week. Here are four big stories you may have missed that affected the ASX 200 index:

Bellamy’s Australia Ltd (ASX: BAL) rockets

Organic food and infant formula company Bellamy’s saw its share price grow by nearly 15% over the week.

It is been an amazing run for Bellamy’s, it is up 36% over the course of 2019 so far. If it gets the Chinese registration it needs it could go up even more.

InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) wants to raise money

The largest Australian funeral and cemetery company wants to raise up to $85 million to fund its renovation and regional acquisition strategies.

It will a combination of $20 million from a share purchase plan and a $65 million fully underwritten institutional placement.

Changing of the guard

In the S&P/ASX 100, IOOF Holdings Limited (ASX: IFL) has been replaced by Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL).

In the S&P/ASX 200, Infigen Energy Ltd (ASX: IFN) and Automotive Holdings Group Ltd (ASX: AHG) have been replaced by Pinnacle Investment Management Group Ltd (ASX: PNI) and Hub24 Ltd (ASX: HUB).

Coles Group Limited (ASX: COL) makes a deal with its hotels

Coles has made a $200 million deal for its hotels which will see Australian Venue Co run the hotels and get the economic benefit of that, whilst Coles will get the benefit of the roll-out of more liquor stores in Queensland.

There are 87 Spirit Hotels venues that will be operated by AVC, while Coles will retain 243 retail liquor stores in Queensland and 10 stores attached to Spirit Hotels venues in South Australia and Western Australia.

Coles has made a big move to focus on its core business. These top ASX shares are also making big moves to grow profit and shareholder returns.

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of InvoCare Limited and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of COLESGROUP DEF SET. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Automotive Holdings Group Limited and InvoCare Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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