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A wave of M&A news failed to give UK markets a boost on Monday as investors took profits after stocks hit their highest in two months the previous session.
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The finance and operations director of GB Group has acquired 24,000 shares in the identity intelligence solutions firm following the release of an upbeat half-year report. 28 minutes ago
FirstGroup took a hit amid claims it has missed out on the opportunity to acquire the East Coast mainline. It seems the company's bid will be overlooked in favour of Eurostar and Keolis when the government releases a statement on the final decision this week. FirstGroup has failed to win several prestigious franchises prior to this, including the Thameslink Great Northern service and the Essex Thameside operations. 1 hour ago
Petrofac's share price dropped by a quarter after the group scaled back its profit assumptions, saying that depressed oil prices and the timing of deliveries will result in a weaker bottom line. The company said net profits for 2014 will be at the lower end of the guided $580m-600m range, but would fall to just $500m in 2015. It had previously predicted "strong earnings growth" next year. 1 hour ago
The proposed tie-up between insurance groups Aviva and Friends Life Group could create "substantial synergies", according to The Share Centre, details of which still remain unknown. 1 hour ago
The market will on Tuesday have its eye on US data, including gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer confidence, to monitor the health of the world's biggest economy. 2 hours ago
Budget airline Ryanair announced a partnership with online hotel and accommodation website Booking.com. 2 hours ago
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The week ahead in the currency markets, as we sit just over a week away from the next ECB meeting with the German economy looking to be bouncing back, while across the pond will we see increased demand for the dollar against the pound with a small stream of US data due this week, including GDP and consumer confidence on Tuesday, durable goods on Wednesday and initial jobless claims on Thursday.
Also, a look at two of the major commodities, gold and oil, as investors react to central banks getting back on the stimulus bandwagon and Thursday’s OPEC meeting to determining which direction the oil price will move next.
This month I recommend both buying Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and going short EURUSD, as I remain bearish on the euro and bullish on the dollar and think parity is looming.
Most readers will be familiar with Fiat cars, however many investors are still not aware that Fiat now also own Chrysler (bought out of bankruptcy in 2009), Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Ram Trucks, Abarth, Maserati and Ferrari.
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.
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