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African Barrick Gold (ABG) has reported 'good progress' with its operational review, which was initiated in the first quarter to enable the company to deliver robust returns and cash flow over the long term and in the current gold price environment.11 days ago
Investment management firm Man Group jumped after it said that 2013 earnings per share (EPS) would be helped after a change in its regulatory status boosted surplus regulatory capital, allowing it to call/redeem certain debt securities. The strong rise came despite it saying that flows in the first quarter were "disappointing".3 weeks ago
Internet fashion retailer ASOS is in fashion and will continue to be so for some time to come. Yes, the company´s latest trading statement - due out on Tuesday - is likely to show that gross margins suffered this past fall and winter as the outfit "invested" in more customer traffic via price reductions. Yet that is likely to turn out to have been "a pause to refresh," and it worked. Sales have shot up by a third over the last half-year. Thus, some analysts see the shares rising towards 40 pounds over the next couple of years as investments in its on-line presence in Russia and China pay off. As well, the shift towards its own-label products has proved to be a hit with customers. Further, ASOS has stregthened its management team with Kate Bostock, who´s coming on board from Marks&Spencer. "The outfit is on the right side of the online revolution. Buy," says The Sunday Times´s Danny Fortson.4 weeks ago
Spectris rose following an upgrade by Citigroup, which raised its rating to 'buy' with a 2,413p price target. The stock fell significantly on Friday.4 weeks ago
Dixons Retail, the electrical retailer and services group, saw its shares climb after it announced an agreement to sell Webhallen to Komplett As, a Norwegian based e-commerce company for a cash consideration of approximately SEK140m. The sale of Webhallen, a subsidiary of PIXmania S.A.S, is expected to be completed by the end of May.5 weeks 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.
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