Fri 29th Aug 14, 12:34
UK stocks were registering only a slight advance towards midday, as investors debated the prospect for further easing from the European Central Bank at the 4 September policy meeting and ahead of a spate of high-frequency data due for release later Stateside.
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The buoyant British housing market and a consumer feel-good factor have helped carpet and floor-covering maker Victoria to move into the black. 13 minutes ago
European stocks gained as a report showed Eurozone inflation slowed, fuelling speculation on quantitative easing measures by the European Central Bank (ECB). 46 minutes ago
The United Nations (UN), Nato, the US and EU leaders held separate meetings between Thursday and Friday, as the western countries seek to address the crisis in Ukraine. 13 minutes ago
Africa-focused oil explorer Afren has a way to go to rebuild trust but it will get there, analysts at Canaccord Genuity explained to clients in a note released on Friday morning. 37 minutes ago
Unemployment in the Eurozone remained unchanged in July, according to data published on Friday by Eurostat. 2 hours ago
The rate of consumer price inflation in the euro area slowed to a 0.3% year-on-year pace in August, according to preliminary data from Eurostat. 3 hours ago
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The moving average convergence divergence (MACD) system is a trend indicator that helps us determine the current trend of the market and its strength.
The MACD indicator uses the difference of the distance between two moving averages, usually the 12 and the 26 period moving averages, to indicate if the market is currently in an uptrend, a downtrend, or moving sideways.
Soft drinks maker Nichols (NICL) has a strong, long-term track record but an unfavourable litigation result has knocked the share price. The underlying business remains strong and the shares provide a steady income.
Nichols has a range of brands that it owns or it licences for the soft drinks market. They include the core brand Vimto, Panda, Sunkist, Levi Roots and Weight Watchers.
Geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting around the world presenting trading opportunities to those observers keen enough to pick up on them. As well as the usual safe haven assets such as gold, the Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen, traders may not miss out on the opportunities presented by somewhat “riskier” assets, such as oil.
Middle Eastern politics are complicated issues, but one does not need to be a scholar in the subject to understand that any kind of moderate to major disturbance is enough to send ripples of tension through the oil market.
Using the easy-to-spot "head and shoulders" pattern we can often fairly reliably predict where a currency pair will go next. In this example we look at the recent movement in the euro versus the Japanese yen.
The euro had been losing ground versus the yen, but after the last visit that the price made to the round number and psychological level of the 136.00, it started heading higher and it is very close to touching the 138.00 again.
It’s hard for me to think of Tate & Lyle Plc (TATE) without immediately thinking “sugar”. However, in 2010 the sugar side of the business, including use of the Tate & Lyle Sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup brands, was sold to American Sugar Refining as part of a major restructuring of the company.
But as an investor I’m after a different kind of sweetness; the kind that comes from a reliable dividend which grows progressively over time, and in that department Tate & Lyle is still very much a player.