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UK and Ireland focused renewable energy developer Kedco has signed a non-binding Heads of terms agreement with the Foresight Group to help finance its 12MW Enfield Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project located in
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Fed Chairman Bernanke may not opt for another term; Fed policy meeting starts; Multi-family housing starts bounce back less than expected 6 hours ago
Portuguese bonds finish higher on remarks from EU's Olli Rehn; Cyprus President calls for bail-out overhaul-FT; ECB chief still has an open mind on non-standard measures; European car registrations at 20-year low 9 hours ago
After a subdued start, the FTSE 100 finished with impressive gains on Tuesday as investors put aside worries ahead of the key 'risk event' of the week, the monetary policy meeting at the Federal Reserve. 11 hours ago
A round-up of the biggest director buys today so far. 12 hours ago
Fed Chairman may not opt for another term; Fed policy meeting starts; Multi-family housing starts bounce back less than expected 12 hours ago
Whitbread was performing well on Tuesday after the company reported a decent first quarter with group sales up 13.8 per cent, boosted by growth at Premier Inn and another strong performance from Costa which saw sales jump by an impressive 24.8 per cent. 13 hours ago
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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 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 Sterling 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.
Lets look at what creates support and resistance levels in markets, using gold as an example. Just watching these levels is a good trading strategy.
In my last piece (I feel the need, the need…to slow down) I commented on several things that traders could do to help improve their understanding of markets in an effort to improve their own trading.
Cleantech oil refiner Hydrodec (HYR) is set to accelerate its growth through a joint venture deal with a major US-based electricity transformer oil recovery business. A new strategic partnership with G&S Technologies will propel Aim-listed Hydrodec towards profitability and help it to scale up its US operations.
Analysts at Edison believe that Hydrodec could move into profit in 2015 and this model could form the basis of geographic expansion.