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FTSE 100 listed advertising multinational WPP has reported that Y&R Advertising has opened Y&R Yangon, making it one of the first international networks to open a majority-owned advertising agency in Myanmar.
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Nikkei: -7.32% (14,483.98 points). Shanghai Se Composite: -0.21% (2,296.86 points). Hang Seng Index: -2.37% (22,708.67 points). 32 minutes ago
Euro/Dollar: 1.2744/1.30. Ftse 100: 6,535/6,950.60. S&P 500: 1,576/1,687. 36 minutes ago
Pearson, the FTSE 100-listed publishing and education firm, on Thursday announced plans to shake up its organisational structure in an effort to tap into new growth opportunities. 50 minutes ago
Beverage giant SABMiller ramped up annual revenue after strong growth in developing markets with lager volumes increasing in all divisions except North America. 55 minutes ago
City sources predict the FTSE 100 will open down 125 points from yesterday's close of 6,840, after US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his highly-anticipated speech to Congress last night. 1 hour ago
At a 33 per cent premium to their net asset value one could be forgiven for worrying that shares of Great Portland Estates are considerably overvalued. After all, that was the valuation reached just before the Great Bubble burst, with an all too familiar ending. Further, the company is essentially a big bet that the London office market will continue to thrive in the long-term. Having said that, the current Chief Executive has 'called the market' correctly before and in the last downturn the company bought land on the cheap. Significantly, 81 per cent of the firm´s assets are in the West End and not just in London. This area has not seen the sort of rental growth witnessed during the early Noughties. Even so, there is no harm in taking some profits on shares that have outperformed, says The Times´s Tempus. 1 hour ago
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Earlier this week we heard from the Reserve Bank (of Australia) and post those (RBA) minutes, which tended to confirm what most had suspected (that the strength of AUD was a pivotal factor in what was an otherwise close decision to cut interest rates).
The all-important policy guidance at the end of the minutes reveals that the RBA opted to use “some” (the “some” comment is a repeat from a couple of weeks ago) of the scope afforded by the low 1Q CPI print and the benign inflation outlook, to lower the cash rate.
The markets seem to be extending their highs in recent days with no concern about the continuing threat of war in the Middle East.
This morning, news that Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights was largely ignored by the financial markets.
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.