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The FTSE 100 has finally ended its long-running winning streak after poor economic data from the States dampened stocks by the close of trade on Thursday.4 days ago
A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.6 days ago
Shares in BT Group soared on Friday after posting very strong results which saw annual pre-tax profit rise 11 per cent. Adding to the gains was the previous day's news that it will soon offer its sports channels free to any BT broadband customer.10 days ago
UK equities are now registering moderate gains and near their best levels of the day, buoyed by another rise in risk appetite which seemed to take its cue from the sharp move lower in the Japanese Yen overnight.11 days ago
The UK market opened with moderate gains on Friday morning, after a breakout - overnight - by the Japanese Yen, in its cross against the US dollar, apparently stoked risk appetite in capital markets globally. More important perhaps, that move in FX markets is a reflection of the relative fundamental strength of the American economy versus what some hedge-funds seem to consider is a terminally-ill Japan.11 days ago
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%.
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.
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.