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Chancellor George Osborne has signalled the prospect of the first stages of the privatisation of Lloyds Banking Group, The Telegraph reported. He hinted the sale of the state-backed lender's shares within months, saying the bank was in a good position for selling down the taxpayer's 39% internet. However, he warned that he would urgently look into a break-up of tax-payer backed Royal Bank of Scotland into a "good bank and bad bank".
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SDL and Micro Focus International share an odd similarity in that both software companies need to be nursed back to health by former chairmen, The Times' Tempus column reported. However, they are quite different businesses in that SDL writes its own innovative software, while Micro Focus allows customers to manage existing systems, such as those written in the computer language Cobol. SDL has released yet another profit warning this week while Micro Focus was the dog of the sector a couple of years ago, turned down for a purchase by four private equity houses. "The share price performance suggests that those bidders missed a bargain," the column said of Micro Focus. While the company is never going to be a high flier the shares represent a solid and fairly safe long-term investment, Tempus added, as revenue is expected to sustain about 5.0% per year. 33 minutes ago
US crude futures settled a touch lower on Wednesday, as the spotlight turned to the Federal Reserve's assessment of the US economy, and as investors picked through weekly oil inventories data. 44 minutes ago
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 15,112 (-206) 8 hours ago
UK markets gave back Tuesday' slight gains as traders continued to take positions, or stay on the side lines, ahead of the all-important policy decision - and accompanying market reaction - from the US Federal Reserve due out later this evening. 14 hours ago
Multinational electrical retailer Darty Group recorded a pre-tax loss during its full financial year as it booked exceptional costs of 115.3m euros following the closure of Darty Spain. 15 hours ago
A round-up of the biggest director buys today so far. 15 hours ago
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With Indian growth slowing, the currency has been hit hard. But while this benefits some parts of the economy, the impact of the US Fed decisions and upcoming Indian elections means there could be lots more different pressures on the rupee in the medium-term future.
The weakness in the rupee in 2013 has been astounding. The severity of the fall in the last few weeks has caught many by surprise with the rupee falling from the low 80s against sterling (INR/GBP) to the current level of 91.70 (on 18 June 2013), and the low 50s against the US dollar (INR/USD) to 58.60 at the time I write this.
Falkland Islands Holdings (FKL) provides investors with a lower risk exposure to the potential development of oil and gas prospects in the Falkland Islands. However, the return on the investment is unlikely to be seen until 2015 at the earliest.
Last year, FTSE 250 company Premier Oil acquired a 60% stake in the Sea Lion prospect discovered by Rockhopper.
From a purchasing power point of view, sterling above 1.50 USD seems difficult to justify and with Mark Carney taking the reins at the Bank of England from July we may already have seen sterling's 2013 year high. Carney has been a strong advocate of more quantitative easing (QE) in the UK, which would drive sterling sharply lower.
Sterling’s sharp rise against the US dollar has caught many by surprise, the currency has recovered from 1.51 USD in May to the current 1.57 USD level. However, the 1.57 level is proving difficult to cross and we won’t be surprised if the USD now begins to regain some ground and take the GBP back to below 1.55 USD over the next couple of weeks.
Fears over a reduction in global liquidity as central banks scale back easing measures sends emerging markets in a rout with slowing global growth adding to the malaise.
EM’s have been the biggest beneficiaries of loose global central bank money over the years; central banks around the world have pumped in $12trillion of extra liquidity since the financial crisis of 2008, preventing a systemic risk in the market.
Over the last few weeks global equity prices have fallen quite sharply, the FTSE 100 has fallen from 6875 which was reached on 22nd May (only 120 points from its all -time high set in December 1999) to the current level which is just above 6300 - an 8% fall in 3 weeks.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index has fared better, albeit still over 300 points lower now than its recent record high. The US benchmark index hit an all-time high on May 29th at 15542. The Nikkei index has experienced > 20% fall from 16,000 to 12,500 in a matter of a few weeks but it has since bounced to just above 13,000.