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US adds more jobs than expected in February; US jobless rate increases; German industrial output rises; Russia snubs Obama warning 18 hours ago
The US monthly jobs report was better than expected as 175,000 new non-farm payroll jobs were created during the month of February, compared to a consensus analyst estimate of 149,000. 19 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday disregarded a warning from US President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention. 19 hours ago
A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far. 19 hours ago
The Footsie is moving lower despite the better-than-expected US jobs data released just an hour ago. 19 hours ago
AGA Rangemaster's annual revenues rose 2.4 per cent to 250.4m pounds as the oven maker reaped the rewards of an upswing in the housing sector. 20 hours ago
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Tracking and security products developer Starcom (STAR), which floated on AIM in February 2013, has been selling its WatchLock padlock for a couple of years but with the backing of global locks supplier Assa Abloy the sales could grow even faster.
Assa Abloy is about to start selling the WatchLock in the UK and in April it will be launched in the US to be followed by roll-outs in other countries. The WatchLock will be sold under the Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and Yale brands.
As equity markets press on to record highs, we are seeing an increase in the number of companies looking to list their shares on open markets. Are they likely to be worth investing in?
Last year saw the highly-publicised flotation of Royal Mail (RMG), and white goods retailer AO.comrecently joined the market as AO World (AO.). Now a number of retailers are moving along the road to becoming publicly listed.
Small company finance provider 1PM (OPM) has come a long way in the past few years. The company has achieved a turnaround by increasing lending at the same time as minimising bad debts. 1PM has also attracted the backing of a major financial institution.
Small businesses are finding it difficult to gain finance from high street banks and 1PM is well placed to take advantage. It has been able to attract funding that has allowed the lending portfolio to grow.
Those who have followed me for some years know that I have been a fan of trading and investing in commodities for well over a decade and I have held numerous seminars with the commodities guru Jim Rogers.
Now unlike many I am happy to also go short or just step out of the area when I don’t see great opportunities. For the last few years I have really had less interest in commodities frankly the opportunities have been far better in stocks so why would I bother with commodities?
In my last piece a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a positive “Eureka” experience I had as a new trader, when I “finally realized that success was as much a function of what I traded even more than how I traded it.”
Today I want to expand on exactly why it is so important, and detail some simple methods you can use to determine your own universe within which you look for trades.