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British Land has signed a deal to pre-let its London development, The Leadenhall Building, a joint venture with Oxford Properties.
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Germany is working on minor changes to European Union (EU) treaties in the hopes of speeding up the decision-making process, while at the same time avoiding an overhaul that might result in the repatriation of powers from Brussels to the UK. 53 minutes ago
Cruise ship operator Carnival, the world's largest, issued a brutal profit warning overnight for its full-year earnings per share, primarily as a result of lower net revenue yield expectations due to its current cruise ticket pricing. 55 minutes ago
After just three weeks on the job, G4S Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ashley Almanza has already been promoted to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position, replacing Nick Buckles who announced his decision to retire on Tuesday. 55 minutes ago
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The Paragon Group of Companies, a specialist buy-to-let and consumer finance group, increased half year profit, after a sharp rise in buy-to-let lending activity, and said it is well positioned for future growth. 1 hour ago
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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.
Despite the fact that it’s only mid- May, the FTSE100 looks set to record a new high for the 12th consecutive month.
Compared to the likes of the Dow, the Dax and the S&P500, the FTSE being quite heavily weighted with the financial and mining sector has dragged itsheels in re-acquiring a record high level. Perhaps it’s the mining sector that is serving as a drag which since February has seen a total decline of almost 25%.
The fine wine market is expected to continue its recent resurgence in 2013 and, if you haven’t thought about investing in this asset class before there are increasingly strong reasons for certain types of investor.
Traders and other high-frequency type traders need read no further, this is for long-term investors. It can be traded with spread betting.
Because there is a limited supply of top wine and high demand from around the globe that usually exceeds supply this generally keeps prices up over the long term - but like some illiquid shares, in the short term prices can remain unmoved for a while. But unlike shares, many buyers don't just buy for investment; they happily and rapidly drink up their bottles which reduces the world stocks.