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FTSE ends above 6,700; Easter retail sales rise; Ukraine kills militants, EU ponders Crimea sanctions
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Shares rose in hospital cleaning specialist Tristel after the AIM-listed outfit's products were praised by a hospital in Coventry for helping get rid of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and Norovirus infections. 1 hour ago
European stocks managed to end the day in the blue after a late afternoon swoon in reaction to an Interfax report that Russia was to start military drills on its western border. 42 minutes ago
A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far. 2 hours ago
Global M&A activity gave stocks in the healthcare equipment and services a boost on Thursday, with Smith & Nephew rising strongly after a takeover bid for sector peer Biomet. 2 hours ago
Easter put a spring in the step of UK retail sales in April, according to business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). 2 hours ago
Q1 in line with expectations; FY 2014 revenue to decline by mid-single-digits; FY 2015 return to growth expected 2 hours ago
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In this, the first of a series of four articles, I will explain some forex misconceptions are, and outline the feature that is the real “holy grail” of the market. In the following three parts, I will show how a robust trading strategy can be built that will give the new or aspiring trading an edge with an overwhelming probability of profitability over the long run.
In order to begin our journey, it helps to begin with an allegorical story, in order to demonstrate the nature and challenge of the struggle of trading.
Those who have followed me for some years will know I am a fan of seasonality and as I have explained in previous updates, financial markets do not go up or down evenly throughout the year in a nice orderly straight line; that would be far too easy.
If we invested $10,000 in the Dow Jones on 1st November and and then taken our money out on April 30st from 1950 to date we would now have over $950,000. We would have been out of the market May until end of October each year missing a few crashes in the process.
The USD/CHF pair fell during the session on Friday, but did so in a relatively tame manner, leading me to believe there are still opportunities for short-selling.
After all, we have seen for strong selloffs as far as daily candles are concerned, and then have finally see the market settle down for the Friday session.
Cloud computing services provider Nasstar (NASA) has been transformed by its acquisition of rival e-know.net. The integration of the operations is already far advanced and the business should be profitable this year.
e-know.net was established by David Redwood in 2000 and it was much larger than Nasstar, which paid £13m in cash and shares for the company in January and raised £10.5m from a placing at 5p a share.
Shares in Abcam (ABC), the provider of antibodies for the life sciences research and testing sector, have fallen by more than a quarter in recent weeks after a profit warning at the beginning of last month, with some investors clearly now having doubts about the long term future for the company. But new research might indicate things aren't as bad as some doomsayers believe.
Independent antibody search engine CiteAb has released new data today that suggests that this is a temporary dip for Abcam, with a brighter future ahead.