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Market buzz - 3 hours ago
Insurer Direct Line's shares are worth holding, according to Midas in the Mail on Sunday. The insurer is part of a new tendency of companies to pay special dividends on top of their two payments per year. Directors have proposed special dividends every year and are expected to pay two for 2015, taking the company's yield to a jaw-dropping 13.6%. A return of 27p a share is imminent after the sale of its international business last year, with analysts forecasting an ordinary annual dividend of 13p and another special dividend for 2015 of about 5p. Although premiums are thought to be increasing, a good chunk of profits come from instalment income, where customers pay higher monthly premiums. These recently came under scrutiny from the Financial Conduct Authority and, if the regulator takes action or customers start altering their behaviour, that could affect Direct Line's profits and dividends.
Company news - 2 days ago
Shares in online retail-focused brokers Plus500 fell by more than a third on Friday morning as investors grew increasingly concerned about its finances, leading to shares in sector peer TechFinancials also suffering.
Broker tips - 2 days ago
UBS raised its price target on Berkeley Group to 3400p from 2900p, noting that it expects the London property market to pick up again from its pre-election slowdown.
Morning traders' note - 2 days ago
This is a daily global markets overview for the 22nd May 2015 from the analyst team at Accendo Markets providing a snapshot of overnight activity and what can be expected in the markets today. The information is straight from the traders’ desks, with news and insights on equities markets, commodities, and forex.
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I have written at length over the years about oil prices and how to trade to them and the truth is that no matter how much experience one has it’s not an easy commodity to predict and ergo to trade.
There are a number of considerations one must delve through prior to taking any position on the oil price particularly when using leverage.
Debt and legal services provider Fairpoint has been transformed in recent years. Originally known as Debt Free Direct, the company was focused on individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) but non-IVA revenues were two-thirds of total revenues of £38.3m in 2014.
The move into legal services will enable Fairpoint to grow faster than it would have if it remained focused on debt management services.
Preparation is key for daily trading, same as for athletes, footballers, darts players. You can gain small but important advantages if you prepare carefully. Bullbearings gleans some insights from Markus Strauch of Momemtum Signals about his daily routine and explains why his schedule is so important.
Read to the bottom for lots more Bullbearings articles on becoming a day trader from the comfort of your own home.
The metals market and the currency markets are historically linked together and in some cases there are metals where prices may fluctuate in a similar manner to currency exchange rates.
Although there are specific supply and demand components of various metals that are different to that of currencies, fluctuations in the prices of metals may move in tandem with currencies over well-defined periods.
In technical analysis, a trend is defined by the highs and lows of the candles.
If the price is making higher high and higher lows, then the trend is bullish or the instrument is in an uptrend. When the price is making lower lows and lower highs, then the trend is bearish or the instrument is in a downtrend.