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A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.Yesterday
Barratt Developments: Deutsche Bank lowers target price from 336p to 327p, while leaving its buy recommendation unaltered.6 days ago
The Chancellor has launched legal action to block the European Union-wide levy on financial transactions (FTT) which traders fear could have a devastating impact on the City. More specifically, Osborne is worried by the fact that the levy will apply even to those countries who opt out of the agreement. Great Britain already has two other claims outstanding against the EU for setting financial rules which allegedly handicap the City, the FT writes.4 weeks ago
Three people are said to have been killed and over a hundred injured by two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston marathon yesterday. "The White House said the incident would be handled as an 'act of terror'. If confirmed as terrorism, it would be the most dramatic such incident on the mainland US since the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in 2001," writes the Financial Times.5 weeks ago
Amur Minerals Corporation: HB Markets initiates with a speculative buy.8 weeks ago
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.
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%.
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