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Security solutions group G4S was making decent gains on Friday ahead of its 2013 results due out next week, with Charles Stanley providing a lift after giving the stock an 'accumulate' recommendation.
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US non-farm payrolls (NFP) expanded by 175,000 during the month of February, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. 1 hour ago
US stock futures were little changed after the Labor Department revealed employers added more jobs than forecast but the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose. 2 hours ago
Department store John Lewis has lowered its annual bonus rate for employees to 15 per cent after its pension deficit swelled to over one billion pounds in 2013. 58 minutes ago
Markets await non-farm payrolls; 150k gain expected by analysts, jobless rate to hold steady; Broker comments move stocks amid lack of earnings; Heavyweight miners fall. 3 hours ago
US non-farm payrolls report in focus; German industrial production rises; Russia rebuffs Obama's plea; Euro rallies on ECB meeting 3 hours ago
Barclays has lifted its target price for insurance group Aviva from 380p to 415p after the company beat expectations with its annual results, though the bank still kept an 'underweight' recommendation on the stock on valuation concerns. 4 hours ago
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Tracking and security products developer Starcom (STAR), which floated on AIM in February 2013, has been selling its WatchLock padlock for a couple of years but with the backing of global locks supplier Assa Abloy the sales could grow even faster.
Assa Abloy is about to start selling the WatchLock in the UK and in April it will be launched in the US to be followed by roll-outs in other countries. The WatchLock will be sold under the Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and Yale brands.
As equity markets press on to record highs, we are seeing an increase in the number of companies looking to list their shares on open markets. Are they likely to be worth investing in?
Last year saw the highly-publicised flotation of Royal Mail (RMG), and white goods retailer AO.comrecently joined the market as AO World (AO.). Now a number of retailers are moving along the road to becoming publicly listed.
Small company finance provider 1PM (OPM) has come a long way in the past few years. The company has achieved a turnaround by increasing lending at the same time as minimising bad debts. 1PM has also attracted the backing of a major financial institution.
Small businesses are finding it difficult to gain finance from high street banks and 1PM is well placed to take advantage. It has been able to attract funding that has allowed the lending portfolio to grow.
Those who have followed me for some years know that I have been a fan of trading and investing in commodities for well over a decade and I have held numerous seminars with the commodities guru Jim Rogers.
Now unlike many I am happy to also go short or just step out of the area when I don’t see great opportunities. For the last few years I have really had less interest in commodities frankly the opportunities have been far better in stocks so why would I bother with commodities?
In my last piece a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a positive “Eureka” experience I had as a new trader, when I “finally realized that success was as much a function of what I traded even more than how I traded it.”
Today I want to expand on exactly why it is so important, and detail some simple methods you can use to determine your own universe within which you look for trades.