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Despite setting a new intraday record just before the close, the FTSE 100 finished just a few points lower on Friday as investors took profits after a batch of mixed economic data from the States.
Despite setting a new intraday record just before the close, the FTSE 100 finished just a few points lower on Friday as investors took profits after a batch of mixed economic data from the States. 2 days ago
Rightmove was top of the risers as Cannacord Genuity upgraded its rating on the stock from 'hold' to 'buy' on better-than-expected annual results. The broker also hiked its target price for the shares from 2,600p to 3,034p and said it still sees 13% potential upside to this new forecast. 2 days ago
British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines flew to the top of the risers after reporting operating earnings 80.5% higher at £1.4bn for 2014, thanks partly to cheaper fuel, while its Iberia division swung from a loss to a profit. Chief executive Willie Walsh said the Spanish unit's "turnaround has been remarkable". 2 days ago
UK stocks touched a new intraday record on Friday before slipping into the red, as investors treaded carefully on another busy day for corporate earnings and economic data. 2 days ago
Strong gains from Lloyds, IAG and Old Mutual were not enough to lift markets on Friday as UK stocks held steady near record levels. 3 days ago
UK stocks were expected to open more or less flat on Friday after markets eked out another record close the previous session. 3 days ago
Normally, when you make investments, you buy assets on the open market – for example, you might buy stocks, commodities or currency pairs. However, it is also possible to make investments without owning an asset at all – in fact, this is becoming an increasingly popular way of investing.
This type of investment is known as a contract for difference (CFD), and is essentially a contract between yourself and a CFD broker.
Steve Ruffley is a professional market strategist and trading mentor. He has been involved in financial markets for well over a decade and is author of the soon to be published “Ruff Guide to Trading” .
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In my last lesson you learned about trading a long straddle, using the example of WTI crude oil. In this lesson, you will learn to use the power of an options strategy to execute more than one option at the same time for news announcements and major economic events. A popular strategy to take advantage of an expected increase in volatility is that very same long straddle.
For example, on Thursday February 26, the second estimate of UK gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2014 will be released. This is an event that will move markets, but is not a major event but can often lead to higher volatility in the immediate aftermath.
Brownfield land developer Inland Homes (INL) has changed its strategy in the past year or so and it is building more homes rather than selling the land on to other developers. That is enabling it to generate additional profit from the land, yet the share price suggests the underlying value of the land is being largely undervalued by investors.
The continued need for more housing in the UK puts Inland in a strong position, particularly as brownfield sites are generally more likely to be favoured in the planning process than greenfield ones.
Oscillators, also known as ranging indicators, are leading indicators used to analyze non-trending markets that are moving in a horizontal pattern within a range.
The stochastic oscillator in particular is a momentum indicator that can provide buy or sell signals in a non-trending market by indicating when the market can be expected to reverse its course.