Fri 23rd Jan 15, 22:12:45
Shareholders in Standard Life are sitting pretty after the relevant authorities cleared the way for the firm to payout £1.75bn in cash. That comes in the wake of the £2.2bn sale of its Canadian arm last September. That will result in a large outflow of capital, which will nonetheless be compensated for by a share consolidation. Yet what really matters is the company's constant solid performance.
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US stocks were mixed on Friday after the positive impact of the ECB failed to last into the afternoon. 2 days ago
Investors next week are expected to concentrate on the result of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting, on Wednesday. 2 days ago
Jimmy Choo was topping the FTSE 250 after reporting net revenue rose 12% to £299m last year, driven by growth in Asia. In its first trading update since listing on the London Stock Exchange in October, the luxury shoe maker said it was "delighted" with sales which were helped by new store openings in China and a strong performance in Japan. 2 days ago
European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said the quantitative easing (QE) programme announced on Thursday could be extended or expanded if it fails to lift inflation. 2 days ago
UK stocks pushed higher on Friday, finishing at levels not seen in over four months, lifted by improving economic data and continued optimism surrounding a massive bond-buying plan by the European Central Bank (ECB). 2 days ago
Stocks in the euro-area gained after European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said the quantitative easing (QE) programme could be extended or expanded if the impact on inflation was not enough. 2 days 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.