Fri 24th May 13, 08:47
Markets opened tentatively on Friday morning with sentiment still fragile following a plunge the day before as traders reacted to concerns about stimulus measures in the US and a slowdown in China.
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European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi spoke on the high levels of interconnection between the UK and the Eurozone and stressed the importance of moving towards a tighter union and following through on the banking system integration. 59 minutes ago
Inland Homes said it has raised 4.9m pounds, before expenses, through the placement of more than 18m shares. 58 minutes ago
Amur Minerals, the exploration and development company focused on Far East Russia, has received formal notification that the Federal Agency on Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) has completed calculation of the one-time payment to convert a portion of its exploration licence to a mining licence on its Kun-Manie nickel copper sulphide project. 1 hour ago
Barratt Developments: Liberum Capital raises target price from 270p to 358p, while downgrading to hold. Deutsche Bank moves target price from 327p to 354p and reiterates a buy recommendation. 2 hours ago
AIM-listed Falcon Oil & Gas has executed a conditional agreement with Sweetpea Petroleum Pty, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PetroHunter Energy Corporation, to acquire its 50m shares (or 24.2 per cent interest) in Falcon Oil & Gas Australia(FOGA). 1 hour ago
H&T Group's shares fell Friday after the financial services and pawnbroker company said it expects volatile gold prices will impact pre-tax profits. 1 hour ago
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Earlier this week we heard from the Reserve Bank of Australia and the minutes of their meeting, which generally confirmed what most had suspected: that the strength of AUD was a pivotal factor in what was an otherwise close decision to cut interest rates.
The all-important policy guidance at the end of the minutes reveals that the RBA opted to use “some” (the “some” comment is a repeat from a couple of weeks ago) of the scope afforded by the low first quarter inflation figures and outlook, to lower the cash rate.
The latest Japanese GDP reading highlights the success that the new massive stimulus programme being carried out in Japan has had in revitalising that stricken economy. Today’s drop in UK inflation suggests that the new Bank of England governor may be wise to suggest a similar policy for the UK.
The markets seem to be extending their highs in recent days with no concern about the continuing threat of war in the Middle East.
This morning, news that Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights was largely ignored by the financial markets.
This morning silver fell to levels not seen since September 2010 as commodity prices slumped overnight in Asia and this extended in early London trading. Although here is plenty of physical buying from China, India and the Middle East – there is heavy computer ETF selling.
A strong dollar and outperforming equity markets have shifted investor’s attention to more risky assets with silver suffering.