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Market buzz - 8 hours ago
(ShareCast News) - Despite billions of pounds in fines, several years of investigations and a slew of criminal prosecutions, many banks have yet to take on board the lesson of the market-rigging scandals, a report by the City watchdog has found. In a series of damning findings, the Financial Conduct Authority said that some lenders had yet to take even basic steps towards ensuring there could be no repeat of the Libor, foreign exchange and gold price manipulation scandals. - The Times
Company news - less than a minute ago
(ShareCast News) - RPS Group posted a drop in first-half pre-tax profit following weakness in the oil and gas sector, although revenue rose as the consultancy company was able to offset the worst effects of the downturn thanks to the diverse range of its activities and geographies.
Broker tips - 23 minutes ago
(ShareCast News) - Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Melrose Industries to 'neutral' from 'outperform' with an unchanged price target of 285p following news of the company's disposal on Wednesday.
Morning traders' note - 7 hours ago
This is a daily global markets overview for the 30th July 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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This week it has been difficult to avoid news about the Chinese stock market crash. On Monday the Shanghai Composite Index fell by more than 8% and over the last three months it’s down by more than 30%.
However, is this really all that surprising? I don’t think it is.
We’ve all heard the phrase “markets were extremely volatile today “ or similar. But what does Volatility actually mean when it’s related to the financial markets?
Volatility is the amount a price can change over a given time period with no regard for direction.
Just before the dawn of 2015, Bullbearings gathered together eight trading experts (plus me) to select some stock tips and top trades for 2015. This is a half-time report, with a top-10 leadboard and each tipster giving an update on their chosen recommendation.
Safe to say, I'm propping up the table and making the rest of them look good - but as I said at the time, picking one share to buy is a notoriously difficult thing to do - especially if you take a speculative punt on a small cap. It's been an unusual year and there's still five months to go...
Nasstar (NASA), which I highlighted at 8.5p at the end of last year, had made good progress in its first 18 months as a quoted company but the loss of a major customer will have a negative effect on the second half of 2015.
The news, in a recent trading statement, is bad news for the current financial year and the performance of the share price in 2015 but the underlying attractions of the cloud-based IT services and hosting provider remain.
You may have a stellar portfolio; it might seem as if every trade is going your way lately, but there is one critical factor that is often overlooked by traders and desk jockeys alike.
Both quantity and quality of sleep tend to be neglected by many people in our modern age, leading to an increased risk of countless health conditions, ranging from weight gain and inflammation, to a compromised immune system and even a greater risk of cancer.