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Fashion retailer New Look Group on Monday completed the sale of its French Mim subsidiary to Hong Kong-based Main Asia.
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Electronics manufacturer and distributor, Solid State, has reported a sales and profit increase for the six month period to 30 September. 2 hours ago
The Russian finance minister has warned that the country's economy could plunge into a new recession. 1 hour ago
Portugal was taken by surprise this weekend when it saw its former prime minister being arrested at a Lisbon airport over tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering accusations. 4 hours ago
Avingtrans took a hit on Monday after warnings profit would be hit by a number of short-term issues across its divisions in its latest trading update. 2 hours ago
Shares in Mopowered Group tumbled on Monday after the group warned its full-year revenues would be lower than market expectations of £1.6m due to fewer than anticipated client wins. 3 hours ago
European stocks were mostly higher as investors digested an unexpected increase in German business confidence and speculation over another increase in Chinese interest rates. 2 hours ago
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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”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.
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