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The latest figures from quoted water utility Severn Trent revealed a company in healthy shape, with pre-tax profits 10% ahead at £155.8m. Critically, it no longer seems to be the case that the company's future dividend growth will be hurt by the looming settlement with its regulator, Ofwat. Indeed, surprisingly the firm believes that it can further slim its workforce without negatively impacting its frontline services. Management has also suggested it can afford to push up water bills by significantly less than inflation over the next regulatory period, spanning the next five years. On top of that, the 5.6% increase in its interim payment was easily covered by earnings.
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US equity markets rose on Wednesday, despite a rise in jobless claims for the first time since September and mixed data on orders for durable goods. 5 hours ago
Worries among Rightmove investors about the fall-out from the upcoming launch of new entrant Agents' Mutual (AM) were weighing heavily on the stock on Wednesday, as Investec downgraded its rating on the shares from 'hold' to 'sell'. 8 hours ago
Machine tools and laser marking company 600 Group saw its profits for the first half of the year rise despite a "patchy" European market. 8 hours ago
UK low-cost airline group Flybe has entered into a white-label deal with Scandinavia's largest carrier, SAS, to operate four of its aircraft from next year. 9 hours ago
European stocks were mixed as analysts weighed UK economic growth figures and a batch of US data released before the markets close for Thanksgiving. 7 hours ago
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These are the 10 top share tips and recommended trades for 2015 from our network of experts: professional traders, analysts and stock tipsters. Stock tips include some supermarkets, a US car maker, an AIM penny share and a FTSE 100 insurer, while there are three top forex trades and a pair of indices.
Good luck if you add them to your portfolio, but remember picking one share to buy for 2015 is a notoriously difficult thing to do and investments can go down as well as up!
The following article will instruct you how to buy gold options to trade a trend.
You should be familiar with the method of selling or buying in the underlying spot or commodities markets to trade a downtrend or uptrend, respectively. You may add a stop-loss order to control your maximum loss. If the market reaches the stop-loss, your position is closed at a loss.
The week ahead in the currency markets, as we sit just over a week away from the next ECB meeting with the German economy looking to be bouncing back, while across the pond will we see increased demand for the dollar against the pound with a small stream of US data due this week, including GDP and consumer confidence on Tuesday, durable goods on Wednesday and initial jobless claims on Thursday.
Also, a look at two of the major commodities, gold and oil, as investors react to central banks getting back on the stimulus bandwagon and Thursday’s OPEC meeting to determining which direction the oil price will move next.
This month I recommend both buying Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and going short EURUSD, as I remain bearish on the euro and bullish on the dollar and think parity is looming.
Most readers will be familiar with Fiat cars, however many investors are still not aware that Fiat now also own Chrysler (bought out of bankruptcy in 2009), Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Ram Trucks, Abarth, Maserati and Ferrari.
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.