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Market buzz - 8 hours ago
A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.
Company news - 7 hours ago
Lloyds Banking Group said it planned to sell a further 15 per cent of its stake in wealth manager St James's Place to swell its equity capital 500m pounds.
Broker tips - 9 hours ago
Lloyds moved to reassure markets on Wednesday by playing down concerns about new tough capital requirements, but Investec still rates the stock as a 'sell'.
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Earlier this week we heard from the Reserve Bank (of Australia) and post those (RBA) minutes, which tended to confirm what most had suspected (that the strength of AUD was a pivotal factor in what was an otherwise close decision to cut interest rates).
The all-important policy guidance at the end of the minutes reveals that the RBA opted to use “some” (the “some” comment is a repeat from a couple of weeks ago) of the scope afforded by the low 1Q CPI print and the benign inflation outlook, to lower the cash rate.
The markets seem to be extending their highs in recent days with no concern about the continuing threat of war in the Middle East.
This morning, news that Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights was largely ignored by the financial markets.
This morning silver fell to levels not seen since September 2010 as commodity prices slumped overnight in Asia and this extended in early London trading. Although here is plenty of physical buying from China, India and the Middle East – there is heavy computer ETF selling.
A strong dollar and outperforming equity markets have shifted investor’s attention to more risky assets with silver suffering.
Despite general US data thus far this week coming in a little softer, the dollar retains a bid tone, as US risk markets keep on posting new highs despite much speculation on whether USD may have rallied a little too far, too quickly.
Today we await CPI numbers and US data including housing, jobless claims and the Philly Fed.)
The depreciation of the Japanese yen has been an ongoing process for many months now, and recent developments have contributed to its continued decline. However, upcoming data might change the direction upwards.
Japan’s currency is once more weakening compared to the US dollar.