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Business Secretary Vince Cable has demanded that part-nationalised lender RBS increase its lending to Britain's small- and medium-sized companies to take more responsibility for the economy recovery, The Times says.2 days ago
Banks were making a strong rise after UBS lifted its rating for the global banking sector from 'underweight' to 'overweight', saying that the operating environment is beginning to improve. In a research report titled 'Post-crisis banking', UBS said that the tone of its Global FID conference earlier this week was "neutral to slightly positive" and banks are starting to see "improving bottom-up trends". RBS led the risers, with Lloyds close behind.6 days ago
After a subdued start, the FTSE 100 pushed into positive territory ahead of the opening bell in New York with financials leading the rise after a broker upgrade.6 days ago
Stock of Bovis Homes, along with its peers, saw an extraordinary surge in its share price yesterday, up 12p to 765p, almost twice where it was last June. The stock is approaching a 30% premium to their estimated net asset value; this seems to be building in an awful lot of the future growth expected by analysts. "Not a bad time to take some profits," writes The Times's Tempus.6 days ago
Glencore Xstrata has brought in former BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward as its interim Chairman, a source told Reuters.7 days ago
Earlier this week we heard from the Reserve Bank (of Australia) and post those (RBA) minutes, which tended to confirm 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 1Q CPI print and the benign inflation outlook, to lower the cash rate.
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.
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.
Daily global markets overview with the overnight activity and what can be expected in the markets today. Information straight from the traders’ desks. Insights on commodities, equities, stocks and forex currencies.