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Icap is fighting to restructure and survive. Hence the very positive market reaction on Tuesday when it announced that it would beat its target for cost savings. Far more important even, traders breathed a sigh of relief that it did not cut its dividend payment. Nevertheless, a 12 per cent revenue decline alongside pre-tax profits off by 20 per cent at 284m pounds shows how difficult it is to align costs with declining markets. In addition, there are pending regulatory changes the impact of which, positive or negative, is hard to discern. Icap has been dragged into the Libor scandal, and if found guilty, could face a fine of up to 25m dollars. "The yield of 6.5 per cent may look attractive, but, given the uncertainties, I would be in no mood to chase," The Times´s Tempus says.5 days ago
Severn Trent topped the leaderboard after it confirmed press speculation that it has received a bid approach from a consortium of investors, which is rumoured to value the UK utility company around 5.3bn pounds. In a statement released this morning, Severn Trent said it had received an approach with a view to making a proposal from Canadian infrastructure investor Borealis, the Kuwait Investment Office and Universities Superannuation Scheme.6 days ago
Strong gains in the utilities sector after a takeover approach for Severn Trent and some well-received results from Babcock International weren't enough to lift markets into positive territory by Tuesday lunchtime, as the FTSE 100 snapped an eight-day winning streak.6 days ago
Nomura has kept its 'neutral' rating and 195p target price for telecoms giant Vodafone after the announcement of a 2.1bn-pound dividend payment from its stake in Verizon Wireless (VZW).6 days ago
Panmure Gordon has reiterated its 'hold' rating for engineering support services giant Babcock, but has said that there is scope for forecast upgrades after the group's better-than-expected full-year results.6 days ago
Despite general US data thus far this week coming in a little softer, the dollar retains a bid tone, as US risk markets keep on posting new highs despite much speculation on whether USD may have rallied a little too far, too quickly.
Today we await CPI numbers and US data including housing, jobless claims and the Philly Fed.)
The depreciation of the Japanese yen has been an ongoing process for many months now, and recent developments have contributed to its continued decline. However, upcoming data might change the direction upwards.
Japan’s currency is once more weakening compared to the US dollar.
Despite the fact that it’s only mid- May, the FTSE100 looks set to record a new high for the 12th consecutive month.
Compared to the likes of the Dow, the Dax and the S&P500, the FTSE being quite heavily weighted with the financial and mining sector has dragged itsheels in re-acquiring a record high level. Perhaps it’s the mining sector that is serving as a drag which since February has seen a total decline of almost 25%.
The fine wine market is expected to continue its recent resurgence in 2013 and, if you haven’t thought about investing in this asset class before there are increasingly strong reasons for certain types of investor.
Traders and other high-frequency type traders need read no further, this is for long-term investors. It can be traded with spread betting.
Because there is a limited supply of top wine and high demand from around the globe that usually exceeds supply this generally keeps prices up over the long term - but like some illiquid shares, in the short term prices can remain unmoved for a while. But unlike shares, many buyers don't just buy for investment; they happily and rapidly drink up their bottles which reduces the world stocks.
Shares in eco-boiler maker Energetix have been given the serious cold shoulder since a recent announcement by the company. Just look at the chart below where the price has fizzled from 35p to below 15p in a fortnight.
It's not surprising really. When your chief executive resigns and you confess that might need more cash in the future, the market doesn't tend to take a fond view. However, I believe the market has over-reacted on a long-term view, as it generally does, which allows more optimistic investors to take opportunity.
Energetix is poised to benefit from government energy deregulation and has a shrewd and unusual business model that is not reflected in the shares - this time next year I can see the shares back to where they were in April.
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