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The market for UK initial public offers is expected to regain its buoyancy in 2015 after several flotations were pulled towards the end of 2014 and despite the looming general election and oil prices undermining the investor confidence.
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European stocks began the day moving lower after Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza's stunning victory on Sunday, but for the most quickly recovered their poise to trade near unchanged. 19 minutes ago
London stocks started the morning moderately lower after Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party came within a whisker of gaining an outright majority in Sunday's elections, although various economists seemed sanguine that even under a worst case scenario the threat to the Eurozone as a whole was rather limited given the financial reforms put in place over the last few years. 1 hour ago
Greece sent shockwaves across Europe last night as anti-austerity party that has promised to end austerity and refuse to take orders from Berlin and Brussels triumphed in the country's election, wrote The Times. Syriza, founded by ex-communists and led by the firebrand Alexis Tsipras, is the first of a new wave of anti-cutback parties on the Continent to take power since the financial crisis, the paper said. 3 hours ago
The dollar was advancing against most major currencies on Friday as the effects of qualitative easing began to show. 5 hours ago
Shire has hailed the regulatory approval of a rare disease drug created by NPS Pharmaceuticals, a firm that the FTSE 100 group is currently in the process of acquiring, and received good news about one of its own drugs. 3 hours ago
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to supply engines for major Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian, marking its entry into that country's market for freight locomotives for export. 2 hours ago
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A multi-strategy note from analysts at Morgan Stanley has outlined the implications for the markets after the European Central Bank’s announcement of quantitative easing.
The announcement by ECB president Mario Draghi that the central bank will purchase €60bn per month of debt from euro-zone governments, agencies and institutions for at least the 18 months from March 2015 went "beyond market expectations" and the bank's own forecasts and should therefore be viewed as a "positive surprise", Morgan Stanley said.
After last week's article about determining the ‘moneyness’ of buy call options, you should be comfortable with that concept. I will now introduce you to the power of buy put options and their ‘moneyness’. “Power of buy Put options”, you are thinking? Why, Yes!
Think of how great it would have been to open a buy put option trade before the Swiss National Bank announcement in mid-January, which created huge swings in various currency markets. (If you need reminding, here's my earlier article on put and call options.)
In 1979, legendary trader and technical analyst J. Welles Wilder developed the Average Directional Index (ADX), and said on several occasions that he believes it is the most powerful tool a trader can use.
Whether you agree with him or not depends on whether you’re a fan of trend-trading, but there’s no disputing that the ADX is a permanent fixture in a trader’s toolbox, and can be relied upon to answer the following question: ‘how strong is this trend?’
With 2015 starting off with wild market swings here’s a stock which I believe will hold up and stands to have another good year.
Regular readers will know I tend to mainly invest in US listed stocks however I do also have a few UK listed holdings two of which I have held for over 14 years and made a tidy profit.
Share price weakness at Iomart (IOM) following a failed bid approach and a disappointing interim statement offers investors a buying opportunity. The cloud computing and managed hosting services provider has good growth prospects and is a strong cash generator.
Iomart offers managed hosting, co-location, content delivery networks and cloud computing services. It owns its own physical network infrastructure, including eight data centres. The vast majority of revenues are recurring.