Fri 31st Oct 14, 15:24
The coming week will see the flow of economic data ramp-up. As always, the latest US non-farm payrolls figures, which are set for release on Friday, will focus traders' attention above all else. This is particularly true in the aftermath of the latest FOMC meeting, which put the state of the labour market front-and-centre in terms of determining their policy moves.
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Banking stocks, already bolstered by stronger-than-expected quarterly results from RBS, received another big lift on Friday afternoon as the Bank of England unveiled softer-than-expected requirements for leverage ratios. 1 hour ago
The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) announced tougher leverage ratio requirements for the UK's largest banks on Friday, though the rules were seen as softer than many had feared, causing banking stocks to surge in the City. 2 hours ago
Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has completed the sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global, it announced on Friday. 2 hours ago
US stocks soared on Friday, as the Dow Jones Industrials hit a new all-time intra-day high of 17,350.93 soon after the open, with investors buoyed by an unexpected boost to stimulus from the Bank of Japan. 2 hours ago
The 'final' reading on the University of Michigan's consumer confidence index came in at 86.9 points for the end of October, besting the 86.4 forecast by economists. 2 hours ago
The US Chicago regional purchasing managers' index for the manufacturing sector shot up to a reading of 66.2 in October, following a print of 60.5 in the month before. 2 hours ago
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