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Hargreaves Lansdown stands to benefit from the Retail Distribution Review which came into effect this year. As well, the company's business model is structured in such a manner that it gains more through management charges as its clients do so. Further, it is more of a retail supermarket than a fund manager, with whom it is most often lumped together. Not surprising then - perhaps - that its assets under management are expected to have soared by a record 4.7bn pounds in the first three months of the year. The shares are trading on a high multiple but are not easy to value. Even so, the outfit does promise to pay out the majority of net profits in dividends, a useful income. "One for the long-term," says The Times's Tempus column.5 weeks ago
Fears over economic growth and a raft of disappointing earnings in the States weighed heavily on global markets on Wednesday, while a number of heavyweight stocks going ex-dividend dampened the FTSE 100 in London.5 weeks ago
Tullow Oil saw its shares drop significantly after its joints venture partner Northern Petroleum gave an update on one of its wells at its joint venture project in French Guiana. Following an announcement by Northern Petroleum, the company confirmed that the GM-ES-3 well, which to-date has had no significant hydrocarbon shows, will be drilled deeper in the hope that it will provide information that is crucial to developing the companies' understanding of the exploration potential of the area.5 weeks ago
A number of heavyweight stocks going ex-dividend assured that London's FTSE 100 index was in the red for a fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, while concerns over the global economy continued to weigh on sentiment.5 weeks ago
The FTSE 100 was in the red for the fourth straight day on Wednesday as a number of ex-dividend stocks provided a drag on London's benchmark index.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.
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.