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Weekly Market Commentary Video - last update: 24-Oct-2014
A weekly market commentary video with leading economists and financial analysts. The video looks at potential market moves and target levels as well as how and why the markets are...read more.

Share Tips - last update: 19-Mar-2015
Daily broker share trading tips on the major UK companies that have had their ratings updated. Today the leading upgrades include...read more.

Weekly Financial Spread Betting Video - last update: 10-Mar-2015
A weekly financial spread betting video with technical analysis on the major market moves in the stock markets and forex markets, plus strategic price levels to watch out for...read more.

Daily Video Market Update - last update: 11-Mar-2015
A regularly updated playlist of interesting trading videos covering everything from macro market risks to views of individual companies....read more.

Spread Betting Daily - last update: 18-Mar-2015
Your daily spread betting update from the insiders. A look at the FTSE 100 and a range of other popular markets from crude oil to shares to gold to...read more.

Spread Bets Blog - last update: 19-Mar-2015
The Spread Bets blog offers regular trading reviews as well as thoughts and opinions from the traders and analysts at IG, City Index, CMC Markets and other leading spread betting companies. The guide...read more.

Morning Technical Analysis Video Update - last update: 12-Mar-2015
A video snapshot of the morning markets, covering important economic data, corporate news and the latest spread betting prices as well as expectations for the US open and...read more.

Weekly Technical Analysis Video - last update: 10-Mar-2015
A weekly technical analysis video for the FTSE 100, Dow Jones and major commodities markets. Analysis includes market trends, specific price targets, support and resistance levels, future market direction and...read more.

Spread Betting Companies - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A spread betting comparison showing which of the leading companies offer which markets as well as their trading offers and spread betting services. The comparison also discusses the advantages of...read more.

Financial Spread Betting Offers - last update: 20-Feb-2017
We review the latest spread betting offers from the leading companies. Companies currently running offers include Financial Spreads, InterTrader and...read more.

Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A detailed spread betting guide covering where to trade tax free*, plus spread betting account and company comparisons, the latest trading offers, how to...read more.

24 Hour Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
You can spread bet 24 hours a day on the FTSE, 30+ forex markets, gold, crude oil etc. Financial Spreads are also offering 24 hour spread betting on...read more.

Spread Betting Account - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A detailed spread betting account comparison covering the leading firms, including which spread betting accounts have trading offers, live charts, stop losses and who lets you trade shares, indices, forex and commodities markets as well as...read more.

Live Spread Betting Prices - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Live spread betting prices for the FTSE 100, Dow, GBP/USD, EUR/USD, gold and crude oil. As well as other markets there are details on where to find live prices for thousands of markets and...read more.

Spread Betting Charts - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Spread betting charts covering 100+ live markets including stock indices, shares and forex, plus which spread betting companies offer live candlestick charts and...read more.

Share Trading & Brokers Tips - last update: 18-Mar-2015
Share tips and brokers tips for the key UK, European and US companies that have been upgraded/downgraded. Today we have seen that...read more.

Daily Spread Betting Markets News - last update: 12-Mar-2015
A daily trading update from IG. Every weekday the experts offer their view of the markets...read more.

Stock Market Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A comprehensive stock market index spread betting guide with live charts and prices, how and where to trade 'index' markets, where you can practice trading, the most popular...read more.

Commodities Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A comprehensive commodities spread betting guide with live charts and prices for energies, metals and agricultural futures. Plus how and where to trade commodity markets, the influence of supply and...read more.

Forex Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The complete forex spread betting guide with live charts and prices, how and where to trade FX, the advantages of spread betting on currency pairs, where to find major, minor or exotic markets and...read more.

Shares Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A comprehensive guide to spread betting on shares with live charts and prices, which firms cover which stock markets, how to spread bet on UK and US equities...read more.

Crude Oil Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The complete guide to crude oil spread betting with live charts and prices, how & where to trade both US and Brent oil futures, important 'energies' trading facts and...read more.

Gold Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The complete guide to gold spread betting with live charts and prices, how & where to trade gold, a look at volatility in precious metals as well as...read more.

Limited Risk Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
FinancialSpreads offer an account where every spread bet has a limited risk. You can still trade over 2,500 markets tax-free*. The limited risk spread bets work by...read more.

Tight Spreads and Low Margins - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Tight spreads help keep your trading costs down. You can now trade 1pt on the FTSE 100, DAX and EUR/USD. You can also spread bet with low margins as little as 3% with...read more.

Free Spread Betting Demo Account - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A number of firms offer free spread betting demo accounts where you can practice spread betting for free. With the free spread betting demo accounts you can trade shares, forex and...read more.

Spread Betting Tips - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Here we cover daily share tips and spread betting tips such as risk management techniques. Plus what to include in your spread betting strategy and...read more.

Financial Spread Betting Guide to Charts - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Spread betting guide to charts, how to use candlestick charts covering technical analysis, moving averages, Bollinger bands, RSI, drawing retracement arrays, this charts guide also includes...read more.

Director Dealing - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Investors can now get Director Dealing information on UK shares via FinancialSpreads.com. The Director Dealing reports let investors see when directors are buying/selling shares in their own company. Investors can...read more.

Broker Recommendations on UK Shares - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Clients get free access to the latest Broker Recommendations. The data shows how many brokers have given a particular rating and they give a useful aggregate rating i.e. Buy, Overweight, Neutral, Underweight and Sell. The recommendations can be...read more.

Autochartist - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A quick guide to using the Autochartist software...read more.

OCO Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
OCO spread bets allow traders to react quickly to any market movements. A one-cancels-the-other order allows an investor to take two positions on the same market by...read more.

Financial Spread Betting with Limit Orders - last update: 20-Feb-2017
When financial spread betting with limit orders you can lock in profits by closing a winning trade once a market passes a trigger value. Financial spread betting is...read more.

Minimise Your Spread Betting Risk - last update: 20-Feb-2017
No one can truly predict the financial markets but you can minimise your spread betting risk using a number of different...read more.

Guaranteed Stops - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A guaranteed stop order will protect your spread bet when a market gaps. Financial Spreads offer both stop losses and guaranteed stops. In spread betting, the extra security of these trading orders...read more.

Rolling Daily Spread Betting Charges - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A quick and simple guide to rolling daily (and DFB) spread betting costs with how the overnight charges are calculated and differences between stock market index rolling trades and...read more.

Trailing Stop Orders - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The spread betting and CFD firm has introduced trailing stop orders to its accounts. In a move that is anticipated to be widely welcomed by the firm's clients...read more.

iPhone Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In addition to actual trading, iPhone spread betting apps also facilitate market analysis, allowing you to keep up-to-date with price movements, charting and financial news...read more.

iPad Financial Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The free iPad financial spread betting app gives investors the option to check the latest live data, review prices, open and close spread bets, set orders as well as customise their...read more.

Android Spread Betting Apps - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The GFT Android Trading App lets users trade 3,200+ markets, view charts, add technical overlays, create and edit trading orders as well as add price alerts. The spread betting and CFD Android app also lets users...read more.

UK Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A review of the UK spread betting market including which companies offer the FTSE 100, UK shares and forex, a comparison of leading companies, plus where investors can trade in Sterling, how to ...read more.

Why Spread Bet - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A quick guide to spread betting and where to spread bet. This guide covers tax free* investments, trading with no brokers' fees or commissions. The two-way trading that makes...read more.

Spread Betting Emails - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A free spread betting newsletter with the latest offers and where to find narrow spreads. The email also covers which companies are...read more.

World Stock Exchange Opening and Closing Times - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Here we talk through a comprehensive list of opening and closing times for some of the key stock market indices around the world. It's always useful to understand when the main stock exchanges open and close for business...read more.

Spread Betting History - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In 1974, financial spread betting was conceived by stockbroker Stuart Wheeler, as a way of speculating on gold prices without the expense or difficulty of purchasing gold. Wheeler introduced...read more.

Financial Spread Betting Markets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The most popular trade though is a Rolling Daily Contract or Rolling Daily spread bet. These are designed as short terms trades. If they are not closed at the end of the day they simply rollover to the next day for...read more.

Spread Betting Strategies - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A range of spread betting strategies from the pitfalls of trading to finding narrow spreads on the key markets, finding free charts and more...read more.

FTSE Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This FTSE spread betting guide comes with live prices and charts. It looks at trading both individual UK shares and the FTSE 100 stock market index, plus how to trade UK shares...read more.

Dow Jones Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Dow Jones spread betting guide comes with live prices and charts. It looks at trading both individual US shares and the Dow Jones stock market index, plus how to trade the American...read more.

DAX 30 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This DAX 30 spread betting guide has live prices and charts. It looks at trading both individual German shares and the DAX stock market index. Plus how to trade German stocks, which spread betting companies offer...read more.

Nikkei 225 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Nikkei 225 spread betting guide has live prices and charts, it looks at where to spread bet on the Japanese stock market index, how to trade the Nikkei 225 and...read more.

S&P 500 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
S&P 500 spread betting guide which looks at trading both individual American shares and the S&P 500 stock market index. Along with live prices and charts for US stocks, we review how you can trade...read more.

CAC 40 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This CAC 40 spread betting guide comes with live prices and charts. It looks at trading both individual French shares and the CAC stock market index, plus how to trade French stocks, which spread trading companies offer...read more.

NASDAQ 100 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This NASDAQ spread betting guide has live prices and charts. It looks at both individual technology shares and the NASDAQ 100 stock market index, plus how to trade US tech stocks, which spread trading companies offer...read more.

Australia 200 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Australia 200 spread betting guide has live prices and charts, it looks at where to spread bet on the Australian stock market index, how to trade the Australia 200 and...read more.

Hong Kong Hang Seng Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Hang Seng spread betting guide comes with live prices and charts. It looks at where to spread bet on the Hong Kong stock market index, how to trade the Hang Seng and...read more.

FTSE 250 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In this FTSE 250 spread betting guide we have live prices and charts for the UK mid-cap index. We also review trading both individual British shares and the FTSE 250 stock market index, plus...read more.

Euro Stoxx Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In this Euro Stoxx spread betting guide we have live prices and charts for the European stock market index. We also review how to trade the Euro Stoxx and...read more.

Russell 2000 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Russell 2000 trading guide looks at where to spread bet on the American small-cap stock market index. We have live prices and charts for the Russell 2000 index and...read more.

Spain 35 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Spain 35 spread betting guide has live prices and charts, it looks at where to spread bet on the Spanish stock market index, how to trade the Spain 35 and...read more.

Switzerland 20 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Swiss stock market spread betting guide has live prices and charts, it looks at where to spread bet on the Switzerland 20 index, how to trade the SMI and...read more.

Italy 40 Spread Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Italy 40 spread betting guide has live prices and charts, it looks at where to spread bet on the Italian stock market index, how to trade the Italy 40 and...read more.

AEX Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
AEX spread betting guide which looks at trading both individual Dutch shares and the AEX stock market index, where to find real-time charts/prices for Dutch stocks, which spread trading companies offer...read more.

Nifty 50 Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Nifty 50 Index trading guide looks at where to spread bet on the Indian stock market index, live spread betting charts and prices, how to trade the Nifty 50 Index and...read more.

Irish Stock Market Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Irish Stock Market spread betting guide which looks at trading both individual Irish shares and the Ireland stock market index, where to find real-time charts/prices for Irish stocks, which spread trading companies offer...read more.

Sweden 30 Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
This Sweden 30 trading guide looks at where to spread bet on the Swedish stock market index, live spread betting charts and prices, how to trade the Sweden 30 and...read more.

EURUSD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURUSD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPUSD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Sterling / Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPUSD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURGBP Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Pound spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURGBP, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

AUDUSD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Australian Dollar / US Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on AUDUSD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Sterling / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDCAD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
US Dollar / Canadian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDCAD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURAUD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Australian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURAUD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

AUDJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Australian Dollar / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on AUDJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

CHFJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Swiss Franc / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on CHFJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

NZDUSD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
New Zealand Dollar / US Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on NZDUSD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURCAD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Canadian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURCAD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDZAR Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / South African Rand spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDZAR, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDSGD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Singapore Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDSGD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDSEK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Swedish Krona spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDSEK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDNOK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Norwegian Krone spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDNOK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDDKK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Danish Krone spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDDKK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

NZDJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
New Zealand Dollar / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on NZDJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

NZDCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
New Zealand Dollar / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on NZDCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

NZDCAD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
New Zealand Dollar / Canadian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on NZDCAD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Pound / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPCAD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Pound / Canadian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPCAD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPAUD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Pound / Australian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPAUD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURSEK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Swedish Krona spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURSEK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURNZD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / New Zealand Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURNZD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

EURNOK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Euro / Norwegian Krone spread betting guide with how to spread bet on EURNOK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

AUDNZD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Australian Dollar / New Zealand Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on AUDNZD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

AUDCAD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Australian Dollar / Canadian Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on AUDCAD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

AUDCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Australian Dollar / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on AUDCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

SGDJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Singapore Dollar / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on SGDJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

GBPNZD Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Sterling / New Zealand Dollar spread betting guide with how to spread bet on GBPNZD, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

CADCHF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Canadian Dollar / Swiss Franc spread betting guide with how to spread bet on CADCHF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

CADJPY Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Canadian Dollar / Yen spread betting guide with how to spread bet on CADJPY, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

Chinese Renminbi Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our renminbi spread betting guide has live USDCNH charts and prices. Plus, worked Chinese yuan trading examples, where you can trade, where you can practice...read more.

USDPLN Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Polish Zloty spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDPLN, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDMXN Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Mexican Peso spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDMXN, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDHUF Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Dollar / Hungarian Forint spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDHUF, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

USDCZK Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
US Dollar / Czech Koruna spread betting guide with how to spread bet on USDCZK, where to find real-time FX prices and charts, plus which firms offer tax free* forex trading and...read more.

Silver Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our silver spread betting guide we have live silver charts & prices, fully worked precious metal trading examples, user comments and...read more.

Copper Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our copper spread betting guide we have live copper charts & prices, fully worked metals trading examples, user comments and...read more.

Natural Gas Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our natural gas spread betting guide we have a live natural gas charts & prices, fully worked energies market trading example, user comments and...read more.

Coffee Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our coffee spread betting guide we have a live coffee chart & prices, fully worked trading example for the soft commodity, user comments and...read more.

Wheat Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our wheat spread betting guide we have a live wheat chart & prices, fully worked trading example for the soft commodity, user comments and...read more.

Sugar Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our sugar spread betting guide we have a live sugar chart & prices, fully worked trading example for the soft commodity, user comments and...read more.

Differential Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Guide to spread betting on the Differentials. Where to trade and find live charts & prices for Differentials. Also fully examples and...read more.

Spread Betting on Sectors - last update: 20-Feb-2017
In our sectors spread betting guide we look at the typical FTSE 350 and Euro Stoxx 600 sectors and where you can trade them. We also take a look at why you might trade...read more.

Treasuries Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
More investors are spread betting on treasuries like government bonds and interest rates. The growth of treasuries trading has come from an increased dominance of macroeconomic news where...read more.

Bitcoin Spread Betting Guide - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Investors can now spread bet on Bitcoins to go up or down in value. The minimum stake is 50p and trades are settled according to...read more.

EFT Spread Betting Markets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Spreadex are now offering more forex markets and also letting clients spread bet in on ETFs which means that...read more.

Binary Betting - last update: 20-Feb-2017
The binary betting platform was designed from the ground up specifically for binary traders. The new forex and indices markets to the platform which...read more.

Spread Betting and the Volatility Index - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Market volatility can be gauged using the volatility index (VIX) so spread betting investors can use the VIX to...read more.

WorldSpreads - last update: 01-Jun-2014
And there is no more trading at World Spreads...read more.

Tradefair - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Tradefair offer commission free, tax free* trading on over 3,200 spread betting markets. With a Tradefair Plus account you can trade 24 hours a day on global indices, currencies and...read more.

TD Waterhouse Spreads - last update: 14-Jun-2015
The TD Waterhouse spread betting account offers the key advantages on leverage, tax free trading*, trading on equities, indices, currencies or commodities as well as...read more.

TD Waterhouse Trading - last update: 14-Jun-2015
TD Waterhouse offers a number of financial trading accounts including spread betting, CFDs, ISAs and...read more.

ShortsandLongs Review - last update: 11-Aug-2014
A quick review for the UK spread betting company, ShortsandLongs (now closed). They used to...read more.

Spreadex - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Spreadex provides tax free* trading on a wide variety of financial spread betting markets. With a Spreadex account you can trade commission free on indices, currencies, commodities, shares and...read more.

Spreadex Acquires the Cantor Index Non-Equities Spread Betting Clients - last update: 18-Mar-2013
All non-equities Cantor Index clients will be transferred to the Spreadex platform. Spreadex has been named 'No 1. for customer service' for the past two years. Cantor Index can continue to...read more.

Investors Say Spreadex Has the Best Customer Service - last update: 29-Jan-2013
Spreadex has been named Best Spread Betting Firm for Customer Service for the second year in succession. The award is a reflection of Spreadex's new financial trading platform, 24hr trading and...read more.

SpreadCo - last update: 20-Feb-2017
A Spread Co Account offers real-time pricing on a wide range of international markets, instant execution, a variety of trading orders and...read more.

ProSpreads Markets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
ProSpreads clients have access to some of the tightest spreads for speculating on the major indices, currencies and commodities. ProSpreads can offer this because it references its prices directly...read more.

Party Markets - last update: 19-Dec-2011
Party Markets, spread betting and CFD markets with stakes as low as 10p per point...read more.

PipTrade Spread Betting - last update: 14-Jun-2015
PipTrade features an innovative web-based trading platform that allows easy and simple trading execution on all major financial markets such as forex, metals such as gold and silver, commodities, equities, and major indices. This unique trading platform...read more.

Paddypowertrader - last update: 27-Apr-2011
Paddypowertrader (now closed) offered over 2,000 spread betting markets. With a Paddypowertrader account you can trade tax free*, 24 hours a day with no commissions, no broker's fees and you can...read more.

Ladbrokes Spread Betting - last update: 19-Dec-2011
Ladbrokes Financial Spreads offers Trailing Stops and Contingent Orders on a wide range of leading indices and share prices of the UK top 100 and 250 as well as leading Irish, European, US and...read more.

InterTrader - last update: 20-Feb-2017
InterTrader offer spread betting and CFD trading from one account and with no brokers' fees. InterTrader also offer 3000+ markets, 24 hour trading, advanced charts, technical analysis, heatmaps and...read more.

IG Index - last update: 20-Feb-2017
IG offer 8,000+ spread betting markets. With an IG account you can trade, tax free*, 24 hours a day, commission free on indices, forex, commodities and...read more.

GFT - last update: 14-Jun-2015
GFT offers tax free trading* with no broker's fees or commissions. A GFT account also provides a wide range of spread betting markets with forex, gold, oil, indices, shares and...read more.

Futures Betting - last update: 14-Jun-2015
The 'Futures Betting' platform provides traders with a professional trading platform that offers fast and reliable financial spread betting execution on major indices, currencies and commodities. The platform is aimed at individual professional traders as it...read more.

Finspreads - last update: 14-Jun-2015
No current offers. If in doubt, check the Finspreads website....read more.

Financial Spreads - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Financial Spreads offer tax free* spread betting on 3,000+ markets. With a Financial Spreads account you can trade 24 hours a day and commission free on forex, commodities, indices and...read more.

ETX Capital - last update: 20-Feb-2017
ETX Capital offer spread betting and CFDs on thousands of markets. As well as 24 hour trading, charts and iPhone trading, ETX Capital offers one-click trading, small stakes and...read more.

Trad Index Account - last update: 27-Dec-2011
And there is no more trading at Trad Index...read more.

CMC Markets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
CMC Markets offer commission free, tax free* spread betting as well as flexible trading orders on thousands of global markets. A CMC Markets account offers 24 hour trading on currencies, indices, gold...read more.

New Tools on the CMC Markets Platform - last update: 01-Feb-2013
CMC Markets have added a range of useful trading tools to their platform including, new chart functions, personal price tickers, Chinese Economic Calendar updates...read more.

City Index - last update: 20-Feb-2017
With a City Index Account you can access the spread betting and CFD markets. Spread betting markets are tax free* and commission free. Trade thousands of markets with flexible trading orders and...read more.

Capital Spreads - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Capital Spreads offer 3,000+ spread betting markets with no broker's fees or commissions. With a Capital Spreads account you can trade tax free* on forex, stock market indices, gold, oil, shares and...read more.

BetOnMarkets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
BetOnMarkets offers tax free* financial fixed odds trading with no commissions or broker's fees. With a BetOnMarkets account you can trade forex, shares, gold, crude oil and...read more.

Barclays Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Barclays (BARC.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Barclays spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

HSBC Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
HSBC trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked HSBC spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

RBS Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
RBS trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked RBS spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BHP Billiton Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
BHP Billiton (BLT.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked BHP Billiton spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

IAG Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
IAG trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked IAG spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Glencore Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Glencore (GLEN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Glencore spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BP Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
BP trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked BP spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Weir Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Weir trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Weir spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Pearson Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Pearson (PSON.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Pearson spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

John Wood Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
John Wood (WG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked John Wood spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

ITV Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
ITV trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked ITV spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Hargreaves Lansdown Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Hargreaves Lansdown spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Rexam Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Rexam (REX.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Rexam spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Investec Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Investec (INVP.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Investec spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

IMI Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
IMI trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked IMI spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

GKN Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
GKN (GKN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked GKN spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

ARM Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
ARM trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked ARM spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Alliance Trust Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Alliance Trust (ATST.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Alliance Trust spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Aggreko Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Aggreko (AGK.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Aggreko spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Friends Life Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Friends Life (FLG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Friends Life spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Vedanta Resources Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Vedanta Resources (VED.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Vedanta Resources spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Smith and Nephew Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Smith and Nephew (SN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Smith and Nephew spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Serco Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Serco (SRP.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Serco spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

SSE Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
SSE trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked SSE spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Schroders Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Schroders (SDR.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Schroders spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Sage Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Sage trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Sage spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Randgold Resources Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Randgold Resources (RRS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Randgold Resources spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

National Grid Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
National Grid (NG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked National Grid spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Land Securities Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Land Securities (LAND.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Land Securities spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Intercontinental Hotels Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Intercontinental Hotels (IHG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Intercontinental Hotels spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

ICAP Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
ICAP trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked ICAP spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Hammerson Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Hammerson (HMSO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Hammerson spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

G4S Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
G4S (GFS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked G4S spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Fresnillo Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Fresnillo (FRES.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Fresnillo spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Aviva Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Aviva (AV.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Aviva spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Carnival Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Carnival (CCL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Carnival spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Capita Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Capita (CPI.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Capita spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Cairn Energy Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Cairn Energy (CNE.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Cairn Energy spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Burberry Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Burberry (BRBY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Burberry spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Whitbread Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Whitbread (WTB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Whitbread spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Severn Trent Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Severn Trent (SVT.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Severn Trent spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Experian Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Experian (EXPN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Experian spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

British Land Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
British Land (BLND.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked British Land spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Old Mutual Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Old Mutual (OML.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Old Mutual spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

United Utilities Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
United Utilities (UU.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked United Utilities spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

SAB Miller Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
SAB Miller (SAB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked SAB Miller spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BAE Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
BAE trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked BAE spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Shire Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Shire (SHP.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Shire spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Centrica Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Centrica (CNA.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Centrica spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Unilever Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
Unilever (ULVR.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Unilever spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

WPP Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
WPP trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked WPP spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

TUI Travel Spread Bets - last update: 18-Jul-2016
TUI Travel (TT.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked TUI Travel spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Rolls Royce Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Rolls Royce (RR.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Rolls Royce spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Petrofac Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Petrofac (PFC.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Petrofac spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Man Group Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Man Group (EMG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Man Group spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

RSA Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
RSA trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked RSA spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Reed Elsevier Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Reed Elsevier (REL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Reed Elsevier spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BT Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
BT (BT-A.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked BT spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

AB Foods Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
AB Foods (ABF.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked AB Foods spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Admiral Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Admiral (ADM.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Admiral spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Home Retail Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Home Retail (HOME.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Home Retail spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BAT Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
BAT trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked BAT spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Prudential Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Prudential (PRU.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Prudential spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Morrisons Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Morrisons (MRW.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Morrisons spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Kingfisher Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Kingfisher (KGF.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Kingfisher spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Standard Life Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Standard Life (SL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Standard Life spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Lonmin Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Lonmin (LMI.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Lonmin spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Legal and General Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Legal and General (LGEN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Legal and General spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Imperial Tobacco Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Imperial Tobacco (IMT.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Imperial Tobacco spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Diageo Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Diageo (DGE.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Diageo spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BG Group Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
BG Group trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked BG Group spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

AstraZeneca Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
AstraZeneca (AZN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked AstraZeneca spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Wolseley Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Wolseley (WOS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Wolseley spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Tullow Oil Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Tullow Oil (TLW.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Tullow Oil spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

M&S Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
M&S (MKS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked M&S spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Rio Tinto Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Rio Tinto (RIO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Rio Tinto spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Anglo American Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Anglo American (AAL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Anglo American spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Standard Chartered Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Standard Chartered (STAN.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Standard Chartered spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Next Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Next trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Next spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Reckitt Benckiser Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Reckitt Benckiser spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Antofagasta Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Antofagasta (ANTO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Antofagasta spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

BSkyB Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
BSkyB (BSY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked BSkyB spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Sainsburys Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Sainsburys (SBRY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Sainsburys spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

GlaxoSmithKline Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked GlaxoSmithKline spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Kazakhmys Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Kazakhmys (KAZ.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Kazakhmys spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Lloyds Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Lloyds (LLOY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Lloyds spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Tesco Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Tesco trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Tesco spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Shell Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Shell (RDSB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Shell spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Vodafone Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Vodafone (VOD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on FTSE 100 equities, a worked Vodafone spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Sports Direct Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Sports Direct (SPD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Sports Direct spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Royal Mail Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
Royal Mail (RMG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Royal Mail spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

CRH Spread Bets - last update: 25-Jul-2016
CRH trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked CRH spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

LSE Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
LSE trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked LSE spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Ocado Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Ocado trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Ocado spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

JKX Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
JKX trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked JKX spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Easyjet Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Easyjet (EZJ.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Easyjet spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Bunzl Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Bunzl trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Bunzl spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Dixons Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Dixons (DXNS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Dixons spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Debenhams Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Debenhams (DEB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Debenhams spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Thomas Cook Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Thomas Cook (TCG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Thomas Cook spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

African Barrick Gold Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
African Barrick Gold (ABG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked African Barrick Gold spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Rentokil Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Rentokil (RTO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Rentokil spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Balfour Beatty Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Balfour Beatty (BBY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Balfour Beatty spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Premier Oil Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Premier Oil (PMO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Premier Oil spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Bwin.Party Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Bwin.Party (BPTY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Bwin.Party spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Rank Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Rank trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Rank spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Qinteq Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Qinteq (QQ.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Qinteq spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Provident Financial Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Provident Financial (PFG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Provident Financial spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Premier Farnell Spread Bets - last update: 19-Feb-2015
Premier Farnell (PFL.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Premier Farnell spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Petropavlovsk Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Petropavlovsk (POG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Petropavlovsk spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

National Express Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
National Express (NEX.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked National Express spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Moneysupermarket Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Moneysupermarket (MONY.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Moneysupermarket spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Mitchells & Butlers Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Mitchells & Butlers (MAB.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Mitchells & Butlers spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Michael Page Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Michael Page (MPI.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Michael Page spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Melrose Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Melrose (MRO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Melrose spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Marstons Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Marstons (MARS.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Marstons spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Laird Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Laird (LRD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Laird spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Ladbrokes Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Ladbrokes (LAD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Ladbrokes spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Kenmare Resources Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
Kenmare Resources (KMR.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Kenmare Resources spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

JD Sports Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
JD Sports (JD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked JD Sports spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

IG Group Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2015
IG Group (IGG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked IG Group spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Hiscox Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Hiscox (HSX.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Hiscox spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Hays Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Hays trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Hays spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Halfords Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Halfords (HFD.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Halfords spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Greggs Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Greggs (GRG.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Greggs spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Greene King Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Greene King (GNK.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Greene King spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Ferrexpo Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
Ferrexpo (FXPO.L) trading guide covering where to spread bet on UK equities, a worked Ferrexpo spread betting example, which firms have live candlestick charts and...read more.

Exillon Energy Spread Bets - last update: 18-Feb-2015
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LinkedIn Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our LinkedIn spread betting guide comes with live LNKD charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on LinkedIn shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

General Motors Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our General Motors spread betting guide comes with live GM charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on General Motors shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Yahoo Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Yahoo spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Yahoo shares, which firms offer demo accounts for NASDAQ stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Walgreen Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Walgreen spread betting guide comes with live WAG charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Walgreen shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Visa Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Visa spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Visa shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

UPS Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our UPS spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on UPS shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Union Pacific Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Union Pacific spread betting guide comes with live UNP charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Union Pacific shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Travelers Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Travelers spread betting guide comes with live TRV charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Travelers shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Time Warner Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Time Warner spread betting guide comes with live TWC charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Time Warner shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Texas Instruments Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Texas Instruments spread betting guide comes with live TXN charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Texas Instruments shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Target Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Target spread betting guide comes with live TGT charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Target shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Starbucks Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Starbucks spread betting guide comes with live SBUX charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Starbucks shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Southern Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Southern spread betting guide comes with live SO charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Southern shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Schlumberger Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Schlumberger spread betting guide comes with live SLB charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Schlumberger shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Qualcomm Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Qualcomm spread betting guide comes with live QCOM charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Qualcomm shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Philip Morris Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Philip Morris spread betting guide comes with live PM charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Philip Morris shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

PepsiCo Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our PepsiCo spread betting guide comes with live PEP charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on PepsiCo shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Oracle Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Oracle spread betting guide comes with live ORCL charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Oracle shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Nike Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Nike spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Nike shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Monsanto Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Monsanto spread betting guide comes with live MON charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Monsanto shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Honeywell Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Honeywell spread betting guide comes with live HON charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Honeywell shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Halliburton Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Halliburton spread betting guide comes with live HAL charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Halliburton shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Gilead Sciences Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Gilead Sciences spread betting guide comes with live GILD charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Gilead Sciences shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

General Dynamics Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our General Dynamics spread betting guide comes with live GD charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on General Dynamics shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Freeport-McMoran Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Freeport-McMoran spread betting guide comes with live FCX charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Freeport-McMoran shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Ford Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Ford spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Ford shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

FedEx Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our FedEx spread betting guide comes with live FDX charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on FedEx shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Express Scripts Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Express Scripts spread betting guide comes with live ESRX charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Express Scripts shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Exelon Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Exelon spread betting guide comes with live EXC charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Exelon shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Emerson Electric Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Emerson Electric spread betting guide comes with live EMR charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Emerson Electric shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

eBay Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our eBay spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on eBay shares, which firms offer demo accounts for NASDAQ stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Dow Chemical Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Dow Chemical spread betting guide comes with live DOW charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Dow Chemical shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Devon Energy Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Devon Energy spread betting guide comes with live DVN charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Devon Energy shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Costco Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Costco spread betting guide comes with live COST charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Costco shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Conoco Phillips Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Conoco Phillips spread betting guide comes with live COP charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Conoco Phillips shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Comcast Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Comcast spread betting guide comes with live CMCSA charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Comcast shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Colgate-Palmolive Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Colgate-Palmolive spread betting guide comes with live CL charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Colgate-Palmolive shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Citigroup Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Citigroup spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Citigroup shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Baxter Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Baxter spread betting guide comes with live BAX charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Baxter shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Bank of New York Mellon Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Bank of New York Mellon spread betting guide comes with live BK charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Bank of New York Mellon shares, which firms offer demo accounts for US stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Baidu Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Baidu spread betting guide comes with live charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Baidu shares, which firms offer demo accounts for American stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Amazon Spread Bets - last update: 20-Feb-2017
Our Amazon spread betting guide comes with live AMZN charts and prices. Also, how and where to spread bet on Amazon shares, which firms offer demo accounts for NASDAQ stocks and a user Q&A on...read more.

Greek Election Set to Dominate Forex Spread Betting Markets - last update: 15-Jun-2012
The Greek elections will likely shape the social, political and economic landscape in the country over the next decade. The initial reactions by the forex spread betting market are likely to be...read more.

Spread Betting Review of 2010 and a Look at 2011 - last update: 14-Jan-2011
2010 set off to a nervous start for many traders and investors. With the FTSE 100 trading at 5402, many were convinced that 5000 would be a price target that...read more.

Factors that Influence the Forex Markets - last update: 19-Jul-2011
If we had a complete list of all the factors that influence the forex markets it would be easy to make money with forex trades. As things stand, however, something...read more.

Spread Bets and Factors That Can Affect Shares - last update: 17-Feb-2010
The essential underlying feature of a stock exchange is that there is generally no fixed price for any stock. A company's shares are valued by the sum of trading actions that constitute its worth over a...read more.

Spread Betting, Shares and Dividends - last update: 16-Feb-2010
From a company's point of view, one of the main benefits of having its shares traded on a stock exchange is that it can help to raise capital. Private companies often enter the stock market in order to...read more.

US Stimulus Results - last update: 20-Feb-2009
To combine huge new spending with massive new tax cuts when investment liquidity is not exactly just lying around risks starving the corporate sector of the ability to tap into the capital markets. One of the dangers with such...read more.

Improved UK Markets? - last update: 20-Feb-2009
The problem still lies in the banks being able to function as banks. What the BoE is doing is preventing banks from charging for their money. Whilst the consumer is struggling both from a back log of debt and now...read more.

Short Selling Ban Lifted - last update: 16-Jan-2009
Genuine long-term investors should have no fear over short selling as they are supposed to be in the game for an extended term and are buying on yield, prospects, growth etc. Why worry if investors are spread betting on a market to go down? The fact that the stock has fallen only means...read more.

Spread Betting on Construction Sector Shares - last update: 03-Nov-2008
Back in the summer Taylor Wimpey's inability to get a fund raiser off the ground really hit the market. At that point we had become used to shareholders routinely stumping up the cash for...read more.

Spread Betting on Soft Commodities - last update: 17-Oct-2008
Although less popular than metals or energy-based commodities like crude oil, 'softs' like coffee still provide plenty of opportunity for anyone trading CFDs or spread betting. Or do they?...read more.

Crude Oil Spread Betting Predictions - last update: 24-Jul-2008
Are all the analysts still predicting a rise in crude oil prices? Which way should you bet on Oil to go next, up or down? We have scoured the financial press for reputable sources predicting a drop in prices. There are not many. Of course the negatives with this sort of research come in three forms of self interest. Firstly, the ...read more.

Spread Betting in Ireland - last update: 04-Sep-2009
Spread betting is an interesting system which allows you to trade financial markets across the world without any physical possession of stocks or commodities. If you are in Ireland you can...read more.

30 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 30-Aug-2013
Market report for 30 Aug 2013 covering the biggest movements of the UK 100 constituents and the popular global indices as well as European and UK company releases, details on the key macroeconomic indicators and...read more.

29 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 29-Aug-2013
Market report for 29 Aug 2013 examining the biggest movers among the UK 100 shares and the major global spread betting indices along with Eurozone and UK company results, highlights of the important international macroeconomic updates and...read more.

28 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 28-Aug-2013
Market report for 28 Aug 2013 examining the major spread betting indices and the biggest movements of the FTSE 100 companies along with UK and Eurozone corporate results, highlights of the days macroeconomic releases and...read more.

27 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 27-Aug-2013
Market report for 27 Aug 2013 dealing with the big movers of the UK 100 constituents and the major stock markets as well as information on the upcoming economic indicators, Eurozone and UK company updates and...read more.

22 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 22-Aug-2013
Market report for 22 Aug 2013 covering the popular global stock markets and the biggest moves of the FTSE 100 companies along with European and UK corporate releases, highlights of the important macroeconomic indicators and...read more.

21 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 21-Aug-2013
Market report for 21 Aug 2013 covering the big movements among the FTSE shares and the major indices as well as information on the main international macroeconomic releases, UK and European company results and...read more.

20 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 20-Aug-2013
Market report for 20 Aug 2013 covering the largest movers amongst the FTSE constituents and the popular spread betting indices as well as details on the days international macroeconomic releases, Eurozone and UK corporate results and...read more.

19 Aug 2013 Financial Market Report - last update: 19-Aug-2013
Market report for 19 Aug 2013 covering the biggest moves among the FTSE companies and the major global stock markets as well as UK and European company updates, details of the main economic releases and...read more.

Market Update: 16 Aug 2013 - last update: 16-Aug-2013
The AUD is trading higher against the USD. However, it was set for a weekly decline against the USD, amid speculation that the central bank would give guidance on...read more.

Market Update: 15 Aug 2013 - last update: 15-Aug-2013
International Airlines Group announced a $5.4 billion order with Airbus for 62 narrow-body passenger jets, as the company embarks on an aggressive expansion plan for...read more.

Market Update: 14 Aug 2013 - last update: 14-Aug-2013
The increase in crude oil comes as concerns about supply disruptions persisted, after reports showed that crude oil export from Libya dropped to its lowest level in...read more.

Market Update: 13 Aug 2013 - last update: 13-Aug-2013
The JPY fell against the USD, after a report revealed that Japan's economy slowed more than analysts' expectations in the second-quarter of 2013, fuelling speculation that...read more.

Market Update: 12 Aug 2013 - last update: 12-Aug-2013
UK business secretary Vince Cable, in an interview with The Telegraph, stated that UK's largely state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is unlikely to be reprivatised before...read more.

Market Update: 9 Aug 2013 - last update: 09-Aug-2013
Gold for December delivery jumped 1.9% or $24.60, to close at $1,309.90 per ounce yesterday, supported by upbeat trade data from China and as the dollar traded...read more.

Market Update: 8 Aug 2013 - last update: 08-Aug-2013
The Financial Times reported that GlaxoSmithKline is launching a $50 million venture capital fund to invest in companies that...read more.

Market Update: 7 Aug 2013 - last update: 07-Aug-2013
The AUD is trading lower against the USD, ahead of a report tomorrow which is forecast to show the unemployment rate in Australia rose to the highest level in...read more.

Market Update: 6 Aug 2013 - last update: 06-Aug-2013
Oil prices also fell, as newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the US and the European Union should end sanctions that have...read more.

Market Update: 5 Aug 2013 - last update: 05-Aug-2013
The GBP advanced against the USD, after data showed that UK construction activity expanded in July at the fastest pace since July 2010. The CAD declined...read more.

Market Update: 2 Aug 2013 - last update: 02-Aug-2013
Copper 3-month futures advanced 2.9% or $200.0, to end at $7,010.00 /MT. Aluminium 3-month futures ended 1.1% or $20.0 higher at $1,815.00 /MT. Gold for...read more.

Market Update: 1 Aug 2013 - last update: 01-Aug-2013
In forex trading, the AUD/USD is trading higher after Chinese government data showed that the manufacturing PMI in China advanced unexpectedly in...read more.

Market Update: 31 Jul 2013 - last update: 31-Jul-2013
Crude oil for September delivery fell to the lowest level in almost four weeks and declined 1.4% or $1.47, to settle at $103.08 per barrel. This came amid...read more.

Market Update: 30 Jul 2013 - last update: 30-Jul-2013
Barclays is planning to launch a rights issue to raise more than £5 billion to fulfil UK's regulatory requirements on leverage. The bank would also unveil plans...read more.

Market Update: 29 Jul 2013 - last update: 29-Jul-2013
The USD is trading lower against the JPY, ahead of data which is expected to show that pending home sales in the US declined in June and before US Federal...read more.

Market Update: 26 Jul 2013 - last update: 26-Jul-2013
Gold prices rose as a rise in US initial jobless claims raised speculation that the US Federal Reserve would maintain its easing measures for longer time. Yesterday,...read more.

Market Update: 24 Jul 2013 - last update: 24-Jul-2013
The EUR ended higher against the USD, after reports showed that Eurozone consumer confidence improved more than expected in July and French...read more.

Market Update: 23 Jul 2013 - last update: 23-Jul-2013
Crude oil for August delivery slipped 1.1% or $1.14, to expire at $106.91 per barrel, as weaker-than-expected corporate earnings and an unexpected...read more.

Market Update: 22 Jul 2013 - last update: 22-Jul-2013
The AUD advanced against the USD, after the People's Bank of China announced it would end some controls on its current lending...read more.

Market Update: 19 Jul 2013 - last update: 19-Jul-2013
Barclays stated that Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi sheikh who rescued the bank with a £3.5 billion capital injection at the height of the...read more.

Market Update: 18 Jul 2013 - last update: 18-Jul-2013
Crude oil for August delivery added 0.5% or $0.48 to $106.48 per barrel. This came after data from the EIA indicated that US crude oil inventories...read more.

Market Update: 17 Jul 2013 - last update: 17-Jul-2013
The USD fell against major rivals, as investors looked ahead to US Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's two-day testimony to Congress, to get further clarification...read more.

Market Update: 16 Jul 2013 - last update: 16-Jul-2013
Gold for August delivery climbed 0.5% or $5.90 to close at $1,283.50 per ounce yesterday, as dismal US retail sales data for June spurred speculation the...read more.

Market Update: 15 Jul 2013 - last update: 15-Jul-2013
The EUR ended lower against the USD, after Fitch Ratings downgraded France's credit rating to 'AA+' from 'AAA' and as the European Union's statistics...read more.

Market Update: 12 Jul 2013 - last update: 12-Jul-2013
The USD is trading lower against most of its major counterparts, as dovish comments from US Fed Chairman dampened expectations of tapering of US...read more.

Market Update: 11 Jul 2013 - last update: 11-Jul-2013
At 0500 BST today, FTSE 100 futures are trading 84.9 points higher. Chief Executive of J Sainsbury, Justin King stated that the number of smaller convenience...read more.

Market Update: 10 Jul 2013 - last update: 10-Jul-2013
The USD/CAD fell amid hopes that the Canada's corporations might post upbeat earnings results. Also providing strength is data revealing housing...read more.

Market Update: 9 Jul 2013 - last update: 09-Jul-2013
Gold for August delivery added 1.8% or $22.20 to close at $1,234.90 per ounce yesterday, after a broker stated that recent sell-off in gold is probably near to its...read more.

Market Update: 8 Jul 2013 - last update: 08-Jul-2013
CEO of Ryanair Holdings, Michael O'Leary, pitched up at a Competition Commission hearing, bristling with indignation over its provisional decision to force the airline...read more.

Market Update: 5 Jul 2013 - last update: 05-Jul-2013
Diageo stated that it has completed the acquisition of a further 14.98% stake in United Spirits Ltd for £344.19 million, thereby taking its total holding in United...read more.

Market Update: 4 Jul 2013 - last update: 04-Jul-2013
The EUR is trading lower against the USD as investors await the outcome of the ECB's monetary policy meeting. The Eurozone's first-quarter GDP figures are...read more.

Market Update: 3 Jul 2013 - last update: 03-Jul-2013
The AUD/USD pair is trading higher after data revealed that Australia's trade surplus widened to A$670 million in May from a revised figure of...read more.

Market Update: 2 Jul 2013 - last update: 02-Jul-2013
Gold for August delivery climbed 2.6% or $32.00 to close at $1,255.70 per ounce yesterday, amid bargain hunting, after the gold tumbled more than...read more.

Market Update: 1 Jul 2013 - last update: 01-Jul-2013
Gold for August delivery gained 1.0% or $12.10 to close at $1,223.70 per ounce on Friday, snapping its four-day losing...read more.

Market Update: 26 Jun 2013 - last update: 26-Jun-2013
CEO of Anglo American, Mark Cutifani stated that the outlook for the mining industry remains bleak due to slowdown in demand for...read more.

Market Update: 25 Jun 2013 - last update: 25-Jun-2013
The GBP is trading 0.1% lower against the USD at $1.5443, slightly higher against the EUR at €1.1768, and marginally higher against the JPY at...read more.

Market Update: 24 Jun 2013 - last update: 24-Jun-2013
The EUR/USD fell amid ongoing political uncertainty in Greece and following news that the IMF has threatened to suspend the Greek aid...read more.

Market Update: 21 Jun 2013 - last update: 21-Jun-2013
Crude oil for August delivery lost $3.34 to $95.14 per barrel, amid rising concern that further slowdown in the China's manufacturing sector would...read more.

Market Update: 20 Jun 2013 - last update: 20-Jun-2013
The GBP/USD fell after the minutes from the Bank of England's monetary-policy meeting showed that one-third of its policy makers voted in...read more.

Market Update: 19 Jun 2013 - last update: 19-Jun-2013
Gold for immediate delivery is trading 0.3% lower, at $1,365.70 per ounce. Gold for August delivery dropped 1.2% or...read more.

Market Update: 18 Jun 2013 - last update: 18-Jun-2013
Sky News reported that Lloyds Banking Group has submitted written evidence to the UK Treasury Select Committee showing that it...read more.

Market Update: 17 Jun 2013 - last update: 17-Jun-2013
The USD is trading 0.3% higher against the JPY at ¥94.60, as currency investors await the US FOMC meeting scheduled...read more.

Market Update: 14 Jun 2013 - last update: 14-Jun-2013
Vodafone Group's Indian subsidiary has been charged INR1000 million fine by the Department of Telecom for providing Subscriber Local...read more.

Market Update: 13 Jun 2013 - last update: 13-Jun-2013
The Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Stephen Hester, was persuaded to step down by...read more.

Market Update: 12 Jun 2013 - last update: 12-Jun-2013
The GBP/USD advanced after data revealed that industrial production in the UK increased more than expected in April. The JPY...read more.

Market Update: 10 Jun 2013 - last update: 10-Jun-2013
The Sunday Telegraph reported that the consortium made up of a Kuwaiti sovereign wealth fund and two pension companies is on the verge of...read more.

Market Update: 7 Jun 2013 - last update: 07-Jun-2013
The Financial Times reported that Centrica is in the final stages of negotiations to buy a stake in Cuadrilla Resource's licences in the...read more.

Market Update: 6 Jun 2013 - last update: 06-Jun-2013
The GBP/USD rose after a gauge based on a survey by Markit Economics and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply of Purchasing...read more.

Market Update: 5 Jun 2013 - last update: 05-Jun-2013
The AUD declined against the USD earlier in the session, after data indicated that Australia's first quarter gross domestic product growth missed...read more.

Market Update: 4 Jun 2013 - last update: 04-Jun-2013
In commodities trading, gold for August delivery rose 1.4% or $18.90 to settle at $1,411.90 per ounce yesterday, as the dollar lost ground against its major...read more.

Market Update: 3 Jun 2013 - last update: 03-Jun-2013
Crude oil for July delivery fell 1.8% or $1.64 to $91.97 per barrel, as a rise in the Eurozone unemployment rate and a decline in US consumer spending...read more.

Market Update: 31 May 2013 - last update: 31-May-2013
Gold prices garnered support from data showing a rise in gold holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the largest US gold-backed exchange-traded fund. The...read more.

Market Update: 30 May 2013 - last update: 30-May-2013
The GBP/EUR slipped after Confederation of British Industry reported that its indicator of annual sales growth in the UK declined to -11 in May, compared...read more.

Market Update: 29 May 2013 - last update: 29-May-2013
Gold prices declined as the demand for the safe haven asset diminished amid some upbeat US economic data, and after Bank of America Merrill...read more.

Market Update: 24 May 2013 - last update: 24-May-2013
The settlement deal that HSBC entered into with the US authorities, worth about $1.9 billion (£1.6 billion), over money laundering charges has...read more.

Market Update: 23 May 2013 - last update: 23-May-2013
The GBP/USD fell after Bank of England MPC's recent policy meeting minutes showed that three of the nine members voted in favour of...read more.

Market Update: 22 May 2013 - last update: 22-May-2013
Gold for June delivery shed 0.5% or $6.50 to close at $1,377.60 per ounce yesterday, as investors await cues from minutes of the FOMC's latest...read more.

Market Update: 21 May 2013 - last update: 21-May-2013
Crude oil for June delivery increased 0.7% or $0.69 to $96.71 per barrel. This came as the recent turmoil in the Middle East following Syrian...read more.

Market Update: 20 May 2013 - last update: 20-May-2013
Gold for June delivery declined by $22.20 to close at $1,364.70 per ounce on Friday, as the dollar rose against major currencies, decreasing...read more.

Market Update: 17 May 2013 - last update: 17-May-2013
The EUR fell against the GBP, as currency investors speculated that the ECB might extend its monetary stimulus measures to...read more.

Market Update: 16 May 2013 - last update: 16-May-2013
The JPY is trading higher against the USD, even after data showed that the nation's investors were net buyers of foreign bonds during the week ended...read more.

Market Update: 15 May 2013 - last update: 15-May-2013
Crude oil for June delivery slid 1.0% or $0.96 to $94.21 per barrel. The weakness came after the IEA stated that higher production in North America would...read more.

Market Update: 14 May 2013 - last update: 14-May-2013
The GBP traded lower against the USD, despite an unchanged quarterly GDP forecast by the Confederation of British Industry which estimated...read more.

Market Update: 13 May 2013 - last update: 13-May-2013
The GBP/USD traded lower, after data revealed that its trade deficit narrowed less than expected in March, coming in at £9.1 billion, and as US jobs...read more.

Market Update: 10 May 2013 - last update: 10-May-2013
The Financial Times reported that Old Mutual's US asset management business has attracted inflows of £2.6 billion for the first time in a year, prompting...read more.

Market Update: 9 May 2013 - last update: 09-May-2013
Marks & Spencer mulled to create an additional 500 jobs at its £200 million ecommerce distribution centre in the Midlands, as it seeks to bolster its...read more.

Market Update: 8 May 2013 - last update: 08-May-2013
BHP Billiton stated that it has halted work at some construction sites at the Eagle Ford shale in the US as it investigates the death of a...read more.

Market Update: 7 May 2013 - last update: 07-May-2013
Gold futures rose yesterday, supported by continued strength in physical demand for the precious metal, and amid bargain hunting by...read more.

Market Update: 3 May 2013 - last update: 03-May-2013
The AUD/USD is trading higher as Australia's producer prices index rose 0.3% in the 1Q from 0.2% in the previous quarter. The EUR closed lower...read more.

Financial Share Tips on World Equities - British American Tobacco, Anglo American, Rio Tinto - last update: 24-Jun-2013
Financial Share Tips on World Equities featuring: British American Tobacco, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and ...read more.

Tips on World Shares - Derwent London, Devro, Drax Group - last update: 21-Jun-2013
Tips on World Shares featuring: Derwent London, Devro, Drax Group and ...read more.

Financial Tips - Weir, Tullow Oil, Invensys - last update: 20-Jun-2013
Financial Tips featuring: Weir, Tullow Oil, Invensys and ...read more.

Shares Tips - Diageo, Go-Ahead Group, Micro Focus International - last update: 19-Jun-2013
Shares Tips featuring: Diageo, Go-Ahead Group, Micro Focus International and ...read more.

Financial Trading Tips on World Equities - J Sainsbury, Standard Chartered, Morrisons - last update: 18-Jun-2013
Financial Trading Tips on World Equities featuring: J Sainsbury, Standard Chartered, Morrisons and ...read more.

Shares Tips - Ashtead, Cable & Wireless Communications, Phoenix Group - last update: 17-Jun-2013
Shares Tips featuring: Ashtead, Cable & Wireless Communications, Phoenix Group and ...read more.

More Greek Finance Issues (and €7bn in Unpaid Healthcare Bills) - last update: 17-Dec-2009
S&P cut the Greek sovereign rating to BBB+ and kept Greece on ratings watch negative. The FT didn't help the Greek case, covering Greece in a full page article detailing €7bn in unpaid health-care bills to the...read more.

Outraged UK Bankers and 50% Source Tax on Bonuses - last update: 10-Dec-2009
The big headline news in the UK is the imposition of a 50% source tax on bonuses. The British press is full of stories about outraged bankers. For Ireland the chances are of a migration to Dublin's IFSC. ICAP have already said they'd quit the Square Mile...read more.

BoA Repays TARP but the Markets Still Aren't Happy - last update: 04-Dec-2009
Markets in Europe and the US opened positively, buoyed by the BoA's TARP repayment and a better than expected US initial jobless claims report. But those gains were erased after a disappointing...read more.

Gold Up Again as Sri Lanka's Central Bank Buys 10 Metric Tons - last update: 26-Nov-2009
Gold advanced to a record for the third time this week after Sri Lanka's Central Bank purchasing bullion and the Dollar extending its decline, spurring investors to find an alternative. Sri Lanka bought...read more.

Crude Oil Trades Close to $80 per Barrel - last update: 19-Nov-2009
Crude oil traded near $80 a barrel in New York after rising yesterday, as a government report showed US crude and fuel supplies dropped along with refinery production and imports. Oil reached a one-week high of...read more.

Dow Jones Retraces 50% of the 2008/2009 Bear Move - last update: 12-Nov-2009
The Dow Jones has retraced 50% of its bear 2007/2009 move. The best summary of what is happening came from Charles Diebel at Nomura: ''the current obsession in markets is that...read more.

Equities Fall on Missed Estimates - last update: 05-Nov-2009
In brief, the insurance sector is under some selling pressure after both Zurich Financial and Munich Re missed analysts estimates, as did copper producer Vedanta Resources. Miners in general were weaker as copper, lead and...read more.

What's Going On With The Irish Banks? - last update: 29-Oct-2009
The two big Irish banks, AIB and Bank of Ireland, are off about 50% since the euphoria of the NAMA legislation on the 17th of September. Also the two bank's share prices are hugely underperforming against the rest of their banking industry Why? Well Irish...read more.

Stock? ''You gotta know when to hold 'em 'n know when to fold 'em'' - last update: 22-Oct-2009
Lloyds is now likely to get permission to exit APS and that would presupposes £26bn capital raise. Mining giant Anglo American announced plans to further streamline its business by selling non-core assets with an aggregate of 11% of the group's...read more.

Chief Japanese Currency Strategist Forecasts the Demise of the Dollar - last update: 16-Oct-2009
A Japanese currency strategist forecasts the demise of the Dollar. The chief currency strategist of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Daisuke Uno, said the Dollar would drop to 50 Yen and lose its role as the world's reserve currency. This is the gutsiest forecast I've yet...read more.

Dow Jones Posts Best Quarter in 11 Years - last update: 01-Oct-2009
The Dow Jones logged its best single quarter performance in 11 years with Caterpillar, American Express and General Electric the top three performers. I can't emphasise enough that the ...read more.

What has Changed Between the FOMC's August and September Statements? - last update: 24-Sep-2009
1) The economy has picked up ''Information received suggests that economic activity has picked up following its severe downturn'' (from ''activity is levelling out''). 2) Housing activity is up and activity in the housing sector has increased (no mention of housing pickup in August)...read more.

Bear Hunting Season Continues as Bull Run Shows No Sign of Stopping - last update: 17-Sep-2009
The September bears are in rehab as the Pamplona Bull Run continued apace on a hump day. Equities punched higher as investors continue to put cash back to work buoyed ...read more.

Goldman Sach's Recommends a Punt on Industrial Companies - last update: 10-Sep-2009
Bourses in Europe were up over 1% yesterday, while the US was up just a little less as Goldman Sach's recommended a punt on industrial companies. Equity markets continue to...read more.

It Doesn't Take Much to Spook Investors - last update: 02-Sep-2009
US stocks have opened soft today. Region banks and financial names like AIG, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were again struggling, with the latter two on a report that the Mortgage Bankers Association proposed a new framework for the government's role in the secondary mortgage market. US datawise we've had a...read more.

Chinese Markets Continue to Struggle and with the Shanghai Composite Down 14% - last update: 27-Aug-2009
Recent volatility in Chinese shares has been keeping investors guessing. The Shanghai composite index is down 14% so far in August, on track for the biggest monthly decline since the darkest month of the financial crisis in ...read more.

S&P Back in Black Despite Chinese Equity Slump - last update: 20-Aug-2009
The market seems to be treating the slump in Chinese equities as a healthy correction which is almost officially sanctioned, rather than symptomatic of something more sinister afoot. The S&P 500 was back in the black by yesterday afternoon, led by a rally in energy stocks after an unexpected...read more.

US Economy is Levelling Out and Markets Can Keep the 'Punch Bowl' - last update: 13-Aug-2009
Whilst equity markets closed off their highs for the session the S&P 500 still managed a broad-based gain of 1.2%, with the price action reinforced by some more upbeat commentary in the insurance sector and better-than-expected earnings at...read more.

Bank of Japan to Forecast 3 Years of Deflation to March 2012? - last update: 06-Aug-2009
The Bank of Japan will probably forecast three years of deflation extending to March 2012 in its twice-yearly outlook report in October, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. This could delay its exit from its current ultra-easy monetary policy. The central bank already...read more.

China's Two Biggest State-Owned-Commercial-Banks Put a Lid on Lending - last update: 29-Jul-2009
Chinese stocks are well off overnight (-8%) as it seems someone is about to take the punch bowl away. China's two biggest state-owned commercial banks have put a lid on their 2009 lending targets, according to domestic media reports, in a move that will significantly slow overall Chinese credit growth in the second half....read more.

Better than Expected Results Dot Not Equal Good Earnings - last update: 21-Jul-2009
Equities are still on a roll with the S&P hitting an 8 month high, rising 1.1% yesterday. Caterpillar, Disney and Alcoa led the Dow Jones up while CIT Group soared 70% on its 11th hour (temporary) expensive reprieve from bankruptcy. Meanwhile way out West, California lawmakers and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said they've...read more.

Chinese 2009 Q2 GDP Accelerates to 7.9% - last update: 16-Jul-2009
Stocks soared at the off and stayed bid all day, as shorts were hastily covered in the wake of Intel's upside surprise. With risk appetite back, model-based accounts reportedly hungrily added to risk positive positions across the board, Crude Oil / Gas / Gold / Baltic Dry Freight index are all up...read more.

S+P 500, NASDAQ and Oil Futures all Close Below Key Moving Averages - last update: 10-Jul-2009
The S+P 500 closed below the 200-day Moving Average (MA). The Nasdaq closed below the 50-day MA for the first time since March 16th. Oil Futures closed below the 50-day MA. The VIX closed above the...read more.

The Global Recovery Will Run out of Steam Before it Begins to Feel Sustainable - last update: 02-Jul-2009
Output gaps will remain large, unemployment will continue to rise and central banks will be in no position to tighten monetary policy for a long time. As economic data begin to flatten out rather than returning to boom-time behaviour...read more.

Traders Bemused by the More Confident but Still Diligent Fed FoMC Statement - last update: 25-Jun-2009
Not much to report from the trenches where traders were a tad bemused by the more confident but still diligent Fed FoMC statement. Tech stocks continued to benefit, Asia's technology shares were lifted by gains in the Nasdaq 100 the previous day after...read more.

Oil Technicals Suggest Recent Rally is Stalling - last update: 18-Jun-2009
The crude oil charts suggest that the recent gains in oil may be difficult to sustain. For those of you fully signed up to the China reflation trade, look away now. It is not to say that the...read more.

Asian Psychological Barriers Could Keep Stock Markets Capped For a While - last update: 11-Jun-2009
For Asian equities key psychological barriers could keep equity markets capped for a while, with the Nikkei nearing 10,000 and the HSI closing in on 20,000. Whether the market conquers these markers...read more.

My View Would Have Us Firmly in the Camp of Strident Dollar Bears - last update: 03-Jun-2009
So the adage in markets regarding momentum is typically *do not stand in front of a moving train*, but the pace of the shift in the market's attitude towards the USD begs the questions a) who is driving the train and b) are there many...read more.

When Will the Recession End? (Not Soon) - last update: 27-May-2009
We are not yet at the bottom of the US and the global recession. The contraction is still occurring and the recession is going to be over more toward the end of the year rather than in the middle of the year. There is still too much optimism that a recovery...read more.

What To Do If The Bear Market Rally Has Ended? - last update: 20-May-2009
The bulls enjoyed and the bears endured a massive 37% rally in the S+P 500 from the March 9th lows to the May 8th highs. Both in terms of duration and magnitude, this proved to be the most intense rally during...read more.

The German Bad Bank Plan (is imminent according to unconfirmed reports) - last update: 29-Apr-2009
The German Finance Ministry estimates toxic assets worth €300bn and the important question now is who will pay for it? The central government...read more.

What Caused the Credit Crisis? The $2.7 trillion Write-down of US-Originated Assets - last update: 22-Apr-2009
The IMF has reminded us that it is a credit crisis caused by $2.7 trillion in write-downs of US-originated assets. This has led to a massive deleveraging process that is only about a third of the way through. In addition, the retrenchment from foreign markets is now outpacing the overall...read more.

Could Gold Hit the Big $2,000? - last update: 15-Apr-2009
Well first thing to note is that the precious commodity is trading below $1,000 this morning, at $890, so $2,000 is a long way off. But a big move is possible because...read more.

Can The Bear Market Rally Can Go Further? - last update: 08-Apr-2009
There are three reasons to be hopeful: 1) EVERYONE thinks this is a bear market bounce, and is basically uncommitted to the rally. Until higher prices are a consensus view, we won't...read more.

It's ''Extremely Difficult'' for European Companies to Roll Over £565bn of Corporate Bonds - last update: 01-Apr-2009
Despite poor data from the Chicago PMI, weak consumer confidence and more dire housing data, stocks jumped back. It turns out that the world decided that Monday's sell-off was just a buying opportunity for...read more.

Bear Market Rrallies of the Last Two Years were Official Announcement-Driven Events - last update: 25-Mar-2009
Some profit taking after the stellar gains (panic buying) on Monday was always on the cards. The surprise to this writer was that the correction was not a tad deeper, with the S+P 500 holding well above the key 800 level; mind you, financials were down 6.5% as the misplaced...read more.

Surely More Houses is the Last Thing the Housing Market Needs - last update: 18-Mar-2009
Is it just me but I would have thought more SUPPLY was the last thing a housing market whose prices are still in freefall requires?...read more.

Helicopter Ben Says 'Big Banks Can Survive Without Full Nationalisation' - last update: 25-Feb-2009
The latest plunge in US equity markets does not mean that stocks are now cheap. Admittedly, the S&P 500 now trades around 13 times...read more.

Are Republicans Really Supporting Bank Nationalisations? (We're in Trouble) - last update: 18-Feb-2009
When you get reports of Republicans supporting bank nationalisations, you know the whole sector is in chaos. Note the performance of American Express yesterday, down 11.3% on news of soaring late payments...read more.

The G7 Communique Was the Usual Watered Down Claptrap - last update: 16-Feb-2009
Stocks ended on a sour note Friday and down 5% for last week. One wonders where they might have ended if not for the giant stimulus package and the son of TARP? Markets had...read more.

ASOS Looks to Expand and Reduce Prices after Takeover Rumours Fade Away - last update: 17-Oct-2014
ASOS is going to plough profits back into the company to help overseas expansion and reduce prices; this could be a short-term loss and a long-term gain. There were a couple of takeover rumours surrounding ASOS in the past two months, with Amazon and eBay...read more.

Equity Indices Tumble as Traders Head into Treasuries and Bond Markets - last update: 16-Oct-2014
Indices saw losses increase dramatically yesterday, and while the US managed to finish in better form, particularly the Russell 2000 small-cap index, the outlook for Europe doesn't look as if it has improved. Caution still prevails, with...read more.

Dramatic Fall in Silver Highlights Fragile Nature of Recent Dead Cat Bounce - last update: 15-Oct-2014
Today's dramatic fall in the silver price demonstrates clearly how the rally of recent days was simply the oversold bounce that had been looming for a while. The $17.50 level and the 20-DMA both served nicely as resistance, with the...read more.

British Pound Falls Back Ahead of Key Bank of England Inflation Report - last update: 13-Oct-2014
The pound is back below the $1.61 mark and tomorrow's inflation report will be a good indicator of the Bank of England's thinking. The pound is currently trading at $1.6083 and has given up...read more.

Natural Resource Stocks Slide Amid Concerns Over a Possible German Recession - last update: 10-Oct-2014
Resource stocks are distinctly out of favour this morning, while concerns surrounding Germany slipping into a recession are not exactly helping the sentiment. We can also expect to see market reaction to the...read more.

Share Traders Await SABMiller Results and News of Attempt to Takeover Heineken - last update: 09-Oct-2014
SABMiller's last quarter was dominated by the company's ultimately unsuccessful attempts to acquire Dutch beer brewer Heineken. Traders are split between thinking this is a pre-emptive defensive move to ward off any...read more.

Equity Correction Turns Ugly Amid Weaker IMF Growth Outlook and Ebola Concerns - last update: 08-Oct-2014
The sell off in equity markets is starting to look a bit ugly at this point. Poor economic data, a less-than-optimistic outlook from the International Monetary Fund and Ebola fears have acted as catalysts for...read more.

Silver Bulls Struggle for Gains as Sellers Push the Metal Out of Oversold Territory - last update: 07-Oct-2014
Although back above $17, silver has seen sellers step in and firmly defend the $17.50 zone. The worry for silver bulls now will be that the move out of the oversold zone on the...read more.

Morrisons Shares Slump after Tesco Accounting Scandal and Poor Sainsburys Results - last update: 02-Oct-2014
As Tesco confirms incorrect accounting, and Sainsbury's lowers full-year targets, WM Morrison is sliding as markets assume it will be the next food retailer to disappoint. The tough environment that UK-based food retailers...read more.

US Bellwether Alcoa Looks to Repeat Positive Results and Re-Target Year Highs - last update: 29-Sep-2014
Once again Alcoa is set to kick off the latest US reporting season and on 8 October it is due to report its third-quarter figures. Considering the diverse exposure to manufacturing that Alcoa has, from cars and planes to...read more.

Weakening German Consumer Confidence Figures Sees Euro/Dollar Currency Pair Slump - last update: 26-Sep-2014
The euro is still edging lower against the US dollar as the wheels continue to come off the single currency. Germany consumer climate figures dropped in September to...read more.

Commodity Bulls Struggle for Gains Amid US Dollar Strength and Rising Treasury Yields - last update: 25-Sep-2014
Commodity bulls are still being hammered by a rising US currency and elevated yields on Treasury bonds that leave the raw materials sector out of favour. With gold barely 1% from the...read more.

Fundamental Concerns Hold Back Stock Markets Amid Profit Warnings and Tax Inversion Legislation - last update: 23-Sep-2014
Much is conspiring to hold equity indices back today and much of it is based on realistic fundamentals as opposed to a 'taper tantrum'. Profit warnings, a move on US tax inversion and plain old rights issues are...read more.

Sterling Recovers Losses as Scottish Referendum Poll Swings Back in Favour of the Union - last update: 11-Sep-2014
Sterling is back above the $1.62 mark after the latest Scottish referendum poll put the 'No' camp back in the lead, while the euro continues to meander around the $1.29 mark. The pound is trading at...read more.

DAX Languishes Below Resistance as Traders Worry Over Retaliatory Russian Sanctions - last update: 09-Sep-2014
The EU sanctions against Russia come into effect today and investors are likely pondering the retaliations that may follow. As is becoming the norm, the 9800 level is still the resistance point for the DAX, and with the rising trendline support coming from...read more.

Scottish Stocks Struggle as Banks Look Set to Relocate Headquarters if Scotland Gains Independence - last update: 08-Sep-2014
Scotland has a thriving financial services sector but the upcoming referendum has led to a number of finance houses voicing concerns over an independent country. Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland, and...read more.

BP Shares Slump as US Court Finds Firm Guilty of 'Gross Negligence' Over Deepwater Horizon - last update: 05-Sep-2014
The consequence of the US courts stating that BP was guilty of 'gross negligence', is the possibility that its fine per barrel of oil spilt could quadruple. This means that the UK-based oil company could see...read more.

Morrisons Need to Demonstrate Benefits of Ocado Deal Amid Tesco Profit Warnings - last update: 04-Sep-2014
On paper the amalgamation of Morrisons and Ocado had plenty of promise as both companies complimented each other. Morrisons has a large and relatively loyal customer base utilising its stores, while Ocado has...read more.

Underperforming Rexam Shares Risk Being Dropped from List of FTSE 100 Constituents - last update: 03-Sep-2014
Rexam, the company that manufacturers cans for household brands, such as Carlsberg and Pepsi, risks losing its FTSE 100 status despite being one of the original constituents of the index when it was created...read more.

Slump in British Manufacturing Sees GBPUSD Drop on Likely Delay to BoE Rate Hike - last update: 01-Sep-2014
GBPUSD is trading at $1.6620 after British manufacturing in August dropped to its lowest level since June 2013. The sector is still in expansion territory but this makes a Bank of England interest rate increase before...read more.

Dow Looks a Little Overbought Near Record Highs Ahead of Labor Day Bank Holiday - last update: 29-Aug-2014
As we approach Labor Day weekend in the US, the Dow Jones is flirting with its new all-time high so it's important to keep an eye out for any moves through the 17,154 level. Daily relative strength index is looking a...read more.

Equipment Rental Firm Ashtead Group Hopes that Earnings Will Push Shares Above April Highs - last update: 28-Aug-2014
Ashtead Group shares have steadily made their way back up to the April highs, but will these next figures help push it above that benchmark? Ashtead, the UK-based equipment rental company, is set to release...read more.

Risk Rally Sees Dow Jones Surge to Another All-Time High and Target 17,200 - last update: 27-Aug-2014
A fresh all-time high was recorded by the Dow yesterday, as the risk rally moves into high gear. Those with long-term timeframes will be looking towards areas above 17,200 as possible targets. The 17,060 level and...read more.

French Political Turmoil Drives the Euro Lower as Industry Minister Resigns Over Hollande's Policy - last update: 26-Aug-2014
French political turmoil has forced EUR/USD lower, while GBP/USD has managed to halt its descent. France has fallen a long way, having once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Germany in leading the Eurozone...read more.

Weak Eurozone Manufacturing Reports Hurt the Euro as Fed Comments Boost the Dollar - last update: 21-Aug-2014
The euro was dented by the weak manufacturing and service reports, which added insult to injury after last night's Federal Reserve minutes. The single currency was in the process of pulling back its losses when...read more.

Global Media Firm WPP Drifts Lower on Fall in Sales Despite World Cup Business - last update: 19-Aug-2014
Under normal circumstances, global sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup would ensure that business is brisk for companies like WPP, its global viewing figures for the final match were up to 1 billion, with over 34 million people...read more.

BHP Billiton Looks Set to Build on Strong Foundation as Iron Ore Production Soars - last update: 15-Aug-2014
BHP Billiton is scheduled to release full-year results on 19 August 2014. The company appears to have continued to build upon the strong foundation achieved in the interim period. A recently released operational review...read more.

Rising Concerns Over Ukraine Sees Gold Break Higher Despite Pressured Oil Prices - last update: 14-Aug-2014
Gold has received support today after concerns regarding Ukraine increased slightly, but oil remains under pressure. The precious metal has finally broken above $1,312, giving hope that further gains to the...read more.

FTSE 100 Benefits from Strength in US Markets and Moving Back from the Oversold Zone - last update: 11-Aug-2014
Last Friday's bullish candle, coupled with the daily RSI pulling back from the oversold zone, has seen the FTSE move back above the 6600 level. The 6587 level, the 61.8% retracement from...read more.

Bulls Fight Off the Bears to Ensure that the Dow Jones Holds Above Key 16,400 Support Level - last update: 07-Aug-2014
Beleaguered bulls will be relieved to see the Dow's attempt to dive through its 200-DMA yesterday was beaten back, with the index finding support just above 16,400. The big task now, in a similar way to the FTSE, is for the index to...read more.

Aviva Turnaround Plan Sees Insurance Firm Return to Profitability and Hike its Dividend - last update: 06-Aug-2014
Aviva's fund management division took a hit of 132 million after its parent company discovered improper allocation of bond trades by two former employees. Additional controls have been put in place since, and Mr Wilson is...read more.

Sterling Struggles for Gains Amid Fierce Central Bank Rate Hike Debate - last update: 05-Aug-2014
The debate continues; which country will be the first to increase interest rates? I don't anticipate the pound to drop below the $1.68 mark even if the services report misses expectations, whereas a strong report could push the pound to...read more.

Standard Chartered Looks to Recover after Announcement of Slump in Annual Profits - last update: 04-Aug-2014
Standard Chartered is very emerging-markets focused, generating 90% of its profits from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In late June, the share price took a knock when the bank stated that first-half profits would decline by 20% with...read more.

20 Aug 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 20-Aug-2013
Today's actions by both Glencore Xstrata and BHP Billiton have seen the total write-downs by mining giants around the world approach the $60 billion level. When two companies...read more.

19 Aug 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 19-Aug-2013
Bovis Homes is up 1% after announcing a 17% rise in operating profit for the first half of this year. The homebuilder revealed a six-month operating profit of £20.5 million...read more.

2 Aug 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 02-Aug-2013
On Wednesday, the ADP employment report showed an increase of 200,000 and the jobless claims dropped to a five-and-half-year low yesterday. If today's report...read more.

1 Aug 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 01-Aug-2013
The British banking sector is pushing the overall market higher, after Lloyds announced a strong set of results. The banking sector is up 1.2% after the partly...read more.

31 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 31-Jul-2013
The UK reporting season kicked off this week, and traders have welcomed the results which have been strong overall. Tullow Oil posted a 15% rise in pre-tax profits for...read more.

29 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 29-Jul-2013
This week will see almost all of the major UK and European banks post their latest figures, giving traders an insight into how well the banking sector is coping with...read more.

26 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 26-Jul-2013
Mining stocks are the biggest winner on the London market this morning, as natural resource stocks have been in an uptrend over the past month. Beijing recently...read more.

24 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 24-Jul-2013
Last night, the US index futures were pushed higher after iPhone manufacturer Apple revealed a gross profit margin of 36.9%, which was a touch...read more.

23 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 23-Jul-2013
Equities this side of the Atlantic are benefiting from the bull-run in the US; last night the S&P 500 closed at its third consecutive record close. In corporate news...read more.

22 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 22-Jul-2013
Equities are in the black after the result of the general election in Japan boosted investor confidence. Shinzo Abe's LDP won a majority in the general election, meaning that...read more.

19 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 19-Jul-2013
In the UK, Vodafone has gotten off to a very stable start following Verizon Wireless's report last night and its own figures this morning. Over the last couple of years...read more.

18 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 18-Jul-2013
Although today will see another raft of US corporate news-flow, European investors will be likely to hesitate ahead of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's...read more.

16 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 16-Jul-2013
Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced a record production level in iron ore for the first half of 2013, and also reiterated its full-year iron ore production target. The stock is...read more.

15 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 15-Jul-2013
European equity markets got off to a surprisingly brisk start this morning, and a dearth of economic data should ensure a positive mood at least until the US markets...read more.

12 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 12-Jul-2013
Once again eyes will look towards the US reporting season for equity news-flow. This afternoon sees the first reports of the major banks: JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. Next...read more.

11 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 11-Jul-2013
FOMC indecision has been reacted to positively by European indices. The FOMC board members appear to be split down the middle as to the...read more.

10 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 10-Jul-2013
European indices are weaker following last night's poor Chinese economic data. It is hardly surprising that the FTSE is seeing a corrective pull-back...read more.

9 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 09-Jul-2013
Greece was awarded the next installment of its bailout package; the €4.8 billion tranche will prevent the Athens administration from going bankrupt. Financial spread betting...read more.

8 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 08-Jul-2013
Once again Alcoa kicks off the US reporting season, with the mining and manufacturing company reporting its latest figures this afternoon. After...read more.

5 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 05-Jul-2013
Equity markets are a touch higher this morning as dealers look forward to the US jobs report at 1.30pm (London time). The FTSE 100 is up 0.1% this morning as investors...read more.

4 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 04-Jul-2013
Yesterday's panic has quickly been forgotten as indices start the day in a chirpy fashion. Under normal circumstances, European markets would anticipate...read more.

3 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 03-Jul-2013
Equity markets are in the red this morning as the focus has switched to the rising Portuguese bond yields. The spike in the cost of borrowing was triggered when the finance minister Vitor Gaspar resigned on...read more.

2 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 02-Jul-2013
The FTSE has slipped below the 6300 level as dealers lock in their profits from yesterday's rally. Overnight the RBA decided to keep interest rates at 2.75%, a historic low, but stated that there is still room for...read more.

1 Jul 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 01-Jul-2013
In the UK, the big news is that Mark Carney will finally be taking his place as governor of the Bank of England. Mr Carney has overseen arguably the most impressive management of the financial crisis by steering...read more.

26 Jun 2013 Spread Betting News - last update: 26-Jun-2013
Indices are in the black this morning as concerns over the Chinese credit market have subsided. The London equity benchmark is up 1%, after traders welcomed the...read more.

FTSE Bounces after Hitting 5-Month Lows - last update: 25-Jun-2013
In London, equities are up 1% as traders buy back into the market after the recent spate of selling. Yesterday stocks in London closed at a five-month low over fears that China is going through a credit bubble which...read more.

Soft Commodity Prices Weaken the FTSE - last update: 24-Jun-2013
Once again the mining sector is weighing the FTSE down, due to soft commodity prices across the board. Although the reaction to last week's FOMC comments has been more measured than that on 22 May, the...read more.

Equity Markets Push Higher after Fed Induced Collapse - last update: 21-Jun-2013
Equity markets are higher this morning after the massive collapse witnessed yesterday. The comments from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday night triggered a plunge in global equity markets yesterday, including the...read more.

Optimism on Fed Stimulus Maintenance Lifts Markets - last update: 18-Jun-2013
In London, equities are in the black this morning with dealers optimistic that the US Federal Reserve will keep its stimulus policy unchanged at tomorrow's meeting. The Fed's current monetary policy is very expansionary, with...read more.

Will Fed Q+A Session Spur a Rally in the Bourses? - last update: 17-Jun-2013
The importance of Wednesday's statement can't be underestimated, and investors will be holding their breath awaiting the outcome. This is the question that most equity traders around the globe will...read more.

Nikkei 225 Rallies after Bullish Note from Nomura - last update: 14-Jun-2013
Overnight, the Nikkei 225 finished up nearly 2% at 12,686 after investment bank Nomura revealed a bullish note for the Japanese index; they believe the Nikkei 225 will reach 18,000 by the end of the year. This comment encouraged...read more.

Will Upbeat US NFP Figures Lift Indices? - last update: 07-Jun-2013
Indices are broadly unchanged ahead of the US non-farm payrolls report at 1.30pm (London time). Investors are unwilling to buy back into the markets today ahead of the hotly-anticipated...read more.

FTSE Pushes Higher after Poor Trading Session - last update: 06-Jun-2013
The FTSE remains one of very few European indices to have started making inroads into yesterday's losses. There are a number of important economic data releases today that the financial market will...read more.

Profit Taking Pressures the Nikkei Index - last update: 05-Jun-2013
The Japanese market lost 3.8% last night, as the wave of profit taking continues. The Nikkei lost a large portion of the gains made over the past six months as traders made the decision to...read more.

Stocks Rise Following Fed President's QE Comments - last update: 04-Jun-2013
Stocks are higher this morning after comments from a prominent US central banker indicated the Fed is unlikely to reduce its stimulus package next month. Traders bought on the dip this morning as Fed President,...read more.

Dismal Chinese PMI Data Sees the Nikkei Drop 3% - last update: 03-Jun-2013
It has been another disappointing session for the Nikkei, as the Japanese index dropped another 3% overnight. This was compounded by some weak Chinese manufacturing PMI figures from HSBC that have again...read more.

Weakening Bullish Momentum Pulls Markets Lower - last update: 31-May-2013
Equity markets are in the red this morning, as shares investors take their money off the table ahead of the weekend. Stock markets are offside today as it appears the bull rally has run out of steam. Last...read more.

FTSE Ignores Weak Asian Session to Push Higher - last update: 30-May-2013
The fall in Asian markets overnight has quickly been factored out this morning as the FTSE moved into positive territory. The sharp decline of over 5% in Japan's Nikkei has seen a 10% reversal from its high earlier in...read more.

Equities Fall as the IMF Lowers Chinese Growth Forecasts - last update: 29-May-2013
Equities are in the red as the IMF lowers it growth forecasts for China. Index markets have lost ground after the IMF cut its growth forecast for China from 8% to 7.75% in 2013. This sent shock...read more.

BoJ Commitment to Stimulus Package Boosts Equities - last update: 28-May-2013
The markets have bounced back after the bank holiday break, as Mr Miyao reiterated the BoJ's commitment to keeping interest rates ultra-low and maintaining monetary easing. Stocks had drifted...read more.

Chinese Slowdown Fears See the FTSE 100 Fall Over 2% - last update: 24-May-2013
In London, equities are broadly unchanged after the FTSE suffered its biggest loss in a year yesterday. This morning is the calm after the storm, as index investors are unsure of which way to look after...read more.

Fed Comments and Chinese PMI Data Send Alarm Bells Ringing Around the Trading Floors - last update: 23-May-2013
A combination of last night's comments from Ben Bernanke and Chinese PMI figures have sent alarm bells ringing around the financial markets. Yesterday the markets waited patiently for Federal...read more.

Expectations for Prolonged Stimuli Lift Shares Markets - last update: 22-May-2013
Worse-than-expected UK retail sales, which benefit the argument for a prolonged stimulus package from the Bank of England, perversely helped to give UK shares a lift this morning. UK...read more.

Mining Sector Rallies as Investors Buy into Resource Stocks - last update: 21-May-2013
The mining sector is the best performing industry this morning as investors have bought back into natural resource stocks. Commodity-related stocks have lost lot of ground in the past three months...read more.

Will New Ocado Deal See Morrison's Rally? - last update: 17-May-2013
The much anticipated tie-up between Morrison's and Ocado will see an online service being offered by the start of 2014. Morrison's Supermarkets has been lagging at the back of the top four UK food retailers in terms...read more.

Will Thomas Cook Capital Raising Plans See its Market Cap Rise? - last update: 16-May-2013
Thomas Cook could be well worth watching. It has confirmed that, through a combination of a fully underwritten placing which will raise £425 million, £441 million of bonds expiring in 2020 and £691 million from...read more.

London Stock Exchange Group Rallies as Revenues Increase 7% - last update: 15-May-2013
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group revealed a 7% rise in yearly revenue, which came in above analysts' expectations and boosted the share price by 4%. The US Empire State manufacturing index is released...read more.

Disappointing Spanish Bond Auction Dampens Indices - last update: 14-May-2013
Indices are offside this morning after a disappointing bond auction held by the Spanish government. Equity benchmarks in London and around the Eurozone are in the red after the Madrid administration...read more.

Declining Profits See Standard Chartered Stock Fall - last update: 08-May-2013
In terms of corporate reporting, Standard Chartered announced an increase in revenue but a decrease in operating profit for the first quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012. Increased costs were...read more.

RBS Slumps 4% as Q1 Profits Disappoints Everyone - last update: 03-May-2013
RBS is down 4% after the part-nationalised bank revealed a first-quarter profit of £840 million when analysts were expecting a profit of £1.2 billion. The bank announced that they hope to be fully privatised within the...read more.

Weak Commodity Stocks Weigh on the FTSE - last update: 02-May-2013
The FTSE continues to struggle, weighed down by commodity stocks that have seen their prices take a battering after sharply dropping yesterday. It is difficult to pinpoint the catalyst for yesterday's collapse, but with...read more.

BG Group Stock Rises after Better-than-Expected Well Test Results - last update: 01-May-2013
In corporate news, BG Group revealed that a well test in Tanzania yielded better-than-expected results, and the stock is slightly up on the day. FTSE 250 telecommunications firm, Spirent, announced a 17% drop in...read more.

Rebounding Mining Stocks Boost the FTSE 100 - last update: 24-Apr-2013
The London equity benchmark is higher as mining-focused stocks bounce back from their recent slide. The sector's strong impact on the FTSE 100 has meant that the index is nearly 3% higher today. The banking...read more.

FTSE Maintains the 6300 Level as ARM Holdings Earnings Impress - last update: 23-Apr-2013
The FTSE is just above the 6300 level after chip maker ARM Holdings revealed strong earnings. ARM Holdings is a Cambridge-based computer chip manufacturer, and a supplier to tech giant Apple. The firm has...read more.

Markets Rise Despite Negative Comments from Olli Rehn - last update: 19-Apr-2013
Shares in Europe are higher following doubt expressed by the European Union commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Olli Rehn, concerning the effectiveness of austerity programmes. At...read more.

Will a Strong Verizon Report Lift the Vodafone Market? - last update: 18-Apr-2013
With such large and well-known brands reporting, it would be difficult for traders not to have half an eye on the US session. One that will have a direct effect on the FTSE will be Verizon, as it is 45% owned by Vodafone and...read more.

Stocks Fall as German Downgrade Rumours Circulate - last update: 17-Apr-2013
Stocks are in the red this morning as rumours of a German downgrade circulate. Talk is suggesting that one of the credit rating agencies is about to cut Germany's rating. There is no official news, but the rumour alone...read more.

Will Weaker Chinese GDP Data Weigh on Markets? - last update: 15-Apr-2013
With overnight Chinese data doing its best to set a sour note, European investors start the week concentrating on the positives. The Chinese economy is growing at a 7.7% rate, a figure that many...read more.

FTSE 100 Breaks its 4-Day Winning Streak as Bullish Momentum Wanes - last update: 12-Apr-2013
Indices are in the red this morning as dealers take their money off the table after the recent bull run. In London, shares are offside this morning as the FTSE 100 breaks its four-day winning streak. The...read more.

Improved Food Sales Boosts Marks and Spencer (but That's All) - last update: 11-Apr-2013
In equity news, Marks & Spencer is up 3% after food sales proved to be a surprising area of strength in a period when overall sales dropped for a seventh consecutive quarter. Russian miner, Evraz, has...read more.

Will Upbeat Alcoa Earnings Lifts its Market Cap - last update: 08-Apr-2013
Alcoa, as always, kick off the US reporting season later with share traders hoping for an impressive couple of weeks in equity news-flow. Over the last 12 months any correction in shares markets has...read more.

Underperforming Mining Stocks Undermine the FTSE Index - last update: 03-Apr-2013
The FTSE 100 index has fallen 0.3% so far this morning as the mining sector weighs down the UK's leading index. The mining sector, the biggest component of the FTSE 100, is down nearly...read more.

Reopening of Cyprus Stock Market Lifts the FTSE - last update: 02-Apr-2013
Equities in Europe are in the black this morning as the Cyprus stock market returns to action after two weeks of closure. In London, the FTSE is up nearly 1%, and traders are regarding the reopening of the...read more.

UK Banking Stocks See Selling pressure Before Easter Weekend - last update: 28-Mar-2013
A quick glance at the most traded FTSE markets indicator on our insight, news and analysis platform shows that the banking sector is very much under scrutiny at the moment, with selling pressure on...read more.

S+P 500 Hits New High amid Strong US Session - last update: 27-Mar-2013
The strong finish in the US puts the S&P 500's record high back in focus, but for the moments markets in the UK and Europe are displaying a notable lack of enthusiasm. Compared with the enthusiasm of...read more.

Eurogroup Comments Prevent the S+P 500 from Reaching Record Highs - last update: 26-Mar-2013
US markets finished the day in the red last night, fractionally closer to their lows. The S&P 500 had made a brief attempt at taking out all-time highs, but this failed to hold after Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that...read more.

BP Rises on Share Buyback Announcement - last update: 22-Mar-2013
BP announced a share buyback scheme worth $8 billion. Share buybacks are common practice when a company has large cash reserve and feels the share price is undervalued. The stock is...read more.

Cypriot Bank Levy Weighs Heavily on the Key Stock Markets - last update: 18-Mar-2013
It was always going to take something big to de-rail the upward progress of the indices driven by the US, but it looks like the Eurozone has managed to do it. The Eurozone had agreed to bail out...read more.

Bullishness Could See the S+P 500 Market Hit Record Highs - last update: 15-Mar-2013
The Dow reached an all-time high yesterday at 14,539, and the S&P 500 finished just two points shy of its record - if this bull run continues we could see the S&P 500 reach a new...read more.

Profit Taking Sees the FTSE Pullback from Recent Peak - last update: 13-Mar-2013
In London, traders are now locking in their profits after the benchmark index recently hit multi-year highs. The FTSE 100 closed at 6510, its highest point since 2007, but today it has dropped...read more.

Fresnillo Shares Dip after Announcing a 19% Drop in Full-Year Profits - last update: 12-Mar-2013
In shares news, silver miner Fresnillo reported a 19% drop in full-year profits. The Mexican company cited lower silver prices as the reason for the drop in profits, and the stock is down 4%. Staying within ...read more.

Iberia Agreement Could See International Consolidated Airlines Gain - last update: 11-Mar-2013
International Consolidated Airlines could see its share price improve after an agreement between Iberia and its staff was brokered by government-appointed mediators. But even with staff going back to work, IAG...read more.

US Bank Stress Test Results Lift Equities to 5-Yr Highs - last update: 08-Mar-2013
In London, equities have reached their highest level for five years, after it was revealed last night that all but one of the 18 major US banks had passed the Federal Reserve's stress test. The stress tests were designed to...read more.

Positive Beige Book Comments Boost the DJIA - last update: 07-Mar-2013
Encouraging comments from the Fed's Beige Book boosted the Dow market into the close, and that momentum has carried through to this morning's European markets. Today there is an extensive list...read more.

FTSE 100 at Highest Level Since the Lehman Brothers Collapse - last update: 06-Mar-2013
In London the index is up 0.5% from yesterday's close, as the bull run continues today. Yesterday the FTSE 100 reached its highest level since the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, and stocks continue to rise today. Some...read more.

Italy 40 Index Rises on Re-Election Hopes - last update: 05-Mar-2013
The Italian index is up nearly 2% as investors start to buy back into the market during the political stalemate. It has been over a week since Italy went to the polls, and there is still no sign of a...read more.

No Buyers as Profit Warning Sees Debenhams Share Price Fall Over 11% - last update: 04-Mar-2013
In a statement that is sure to send shockwaves through the UK high street, Debenhams have this morning announced a profit-warning that has seen the share price collapse in early trading. At one point the shares...read more.

European Markets Gain as the Dow Breaks the 14,000 Mark - last update: 28-Feb-2013
European markets were boosted by a strong performance from the US last night. After the Dow reached and broke through the 14,000 level, European markets have gained a real sense of belief. The...read more.

Stocks Decline as Italian Election Provides Uncertainty - last update: 26-Feb-2013
If there is one thing that traders dislike it is uncertainty, and spread betting account holders have wound down their long positions today as the outcome of the Italian election hangs in the balance. The yield on the 10-year...read more.

Investors Shrug Off QE Concerns and Take the FTSE Higher - last update: 22-Feb-2013
The FTSE is up 0.6% this morning as shares bounce back from yesterday's triple-digit loss. Investors have used Thursday's sell-off as an opportunity to acquire cheap stocks. Yesterday global...read more.

Global Markets Pull Back Following Fed Minutes - last update: 21-Feb-2013
Across the board, UK and European markets are lower after the US Federal Reserve strongly hinted at a reduction in quantitative easing. After last night's comments from the Fed, global markets have...read more.

Drax Group Rallies on Rising Full-Year Profits - last update: 19-Feb-2013
There have been a number of trading updates this morning. Drax Group, which owns one of the largest coal-fired power stations in Europe, reported a 4.4% rise in full-year profit. Drax is already up...read more.

Will Increased India Coverage Boost the Tesco? - last update: 18-Feb-2013
In corporate news today, to coincide with David Cameron's trip to India as part of a British business trade delegation, Tesco has announced plans to extend its coverage of the country in a multi-billion pound...read more.

100pt GBP/USD Sell-Off Pushes the FTSE Market Higher - last update: 13-Feb-2013
GBP/USD has subsequently dropped by over 100 points and continued the weak performance that has plagued it this year. Sir Mervyn outlined his assessment that the UK would have to deal with current high...read more.

Barclays Stock Rallies on Job Cuts and Full-Year Profits - last update: 12-Feb-2013
Barclays kicked off the UK's financial reporting season by announcing a 26% rise in full-year adjusted profit. The bank revealed 3700 job cuts in a bid to cut costs, and the stock is up 4.5% in...read more.

Will New Contract See the Rolls-Royce Market Rally? - last update: 11-Feb-2013
Rolls-Royce has confirmed it has negotiated an agreement to supply engines to the US Air Force for $97 million. Elsewhere in shares trading, Diageo has announced an expansion to its...read more.

FTSE 100 Rises as Chinese Data Boosts the Mining Sector - last update: 08-Feb-2013
The mining sector is driving the London index higher after China announced a better-than-expected trade balance. With approximately one third of the FTSE 100 comprised of commodity-related stocks, when Beijing reports...read more.

Increased Volumes Boost the ICAP Market Cap by 7% - last update: 06-Feb-2013
Inter-dealer broker ICAP is up 7% after the company reported a 17% rise in trading volumes for foreign exchange and fixed income products for the month of January. In other financial news, Hargreaves Lansdown announced...read more.

ARM Holdings Shares Rise with Strong Q4 Profit - last update: 05-Feb-2013
Chip-maker, ARM holdings announced a 16% rise in fourth-quarter profit, and its share price is also 2% higher. Ahead of their quarterly results next week, Barclays have this morning announced they are putting aside...read more.

Bank Restructure Talk Weighs on the Financial Markets - last update: 04-Feb-2013
Fresh comments about the segregation of investment and retail departments in UK banks are pulling the financial markets lower today. Once again the debate over the segregation of risk in the UK banking sector is...read more.

Weak French and German Figures Add to Negative Sentiment - last update: 31-Jan-2013
Once again, economic data from Europe is leading sentiment in the markets. The weak French and German figures have compounded the negativity that began with yesterday's US GDP figures. It may be too...read more.

Increased Revenues Boost the William Hill Shares - last update: 29-Jan-2013
In corporate reporting, bookmaker William Hill revealed a 12% rise in 53-week revenue; the stock is up 4%. Defence contractor Chemring was awarded a $28.5 million contract from the US army, and the share price is up 0.4%. In Eurozone news, Spain...read more.

FTSE 100 Starts Strongly as Investors' Optimism Rises - last update: 28-Jan-2013
The FTSE has made a solid start to the week in the first hour of trading. Markets opened positively in the aftermath of Davos, and analysts are assessing all that was said there. The general consensus is that markets are beginning to...read more.

Worse-than-Expected Q4 GDP Fails to Weaken the FTSE - last update: 25-Jan-2013
The London leading index is broadly unchanged after UK GDP undershot expectations, coming in at -0.3% rather than the -0.1% analysts predicted. This means the British economy shrunk by 0.3% in the last quarter of 2012, which included the...read more.

Rotten Figures See Apple Stocks Fall Over 8% - last update: 24-Jan-2013
It is not often when discussing the day ahead for Europe that one company is the focus. However, today is the exception, since the company in question is Apple. The fruit company has a German quote on the DAX and at 9.15am (GMT) it was trading...read more.

Falling UK Employment Boosts Investor confidence - last update: 23-Jan-2013
In London, shares are higher after the latest figures showed the UK's unemployment rate had fallen. A drop in the unemployment rate from 7.8% to 7.7% boosted investor confidence, as greater numbers of people in work should equate to...read more.

Shares Dip as Investors Decide to Take Profits - last update: 22-Jan-2013
Shares are lower today as traders lock in profits from yesterday's gains. Overnight, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) announced it will pursue a limitless plan of monetary easing, which essentially means printing...read more.

Will a Strong London Home Price Survey Stimulate the FTSE 100? - last update: 21-Jan-2013
It is likely the FTSE 100 will have very light volumes today, with only house-builders providing a spark of interest for investors. Listening to weather reports this morning you could be forgiven for assuming that...read more.

Chinese GDP Data Boosts Mining Sector Stocks - last update: 18-Jan-2013
Beijing stated that China's gross domestic product (GDP) had risen by 7.9%, whereas economists were expecting a reading of 7.8%. The mining sector is the biggest winner, as China's industrial economy requires a large...read more.

Rio Tinto Shares Fall after Announcing a CEO Replacement - last update: 17-Jan-2013
Also, after yesterday's news about Anglo American, it is now the turn of Rio Tinto to weigh the mining sector down. The announcement that it will be replacing the CEO, following a write-down of...read more.

Asian Slowdown Concerns Puts the Pressure on Equities - last update: 16-Jan-2013
The concern that Asia is slowing down has spooked investors this side of the world. As a result, shares in Europe are in the red this morning after stocks finished lower in the Far East last night. The...read more.

Burberry Shares Rises on Strong Chinese Sales - last update: 15-Jan-2013
Fashion house, Burberry are up 5% after reporting a 9% rise in third-quarter revenue, after the company's luxury brand did particularly well in China. Elsewhere in share trading, Halfords Group is up 1.5% after announcing...read more.

Rising Eurozone Confidence Pushes Peripheral Yields Lower - last update: 14-Jan-2013
A stream of encouraging European debt auctions has led to an easing of the fear factor for European investors. Ten-year sovereign debt yield levels are at or around six-month lows for most of the 'at risk'...read more.

Will Improved Sales Figures Lift the Beleaguered Tesco Share Price - last update: 10-Jan-2013
Tesco have reported improved sales figures this morning, but again, like its competitors, has ceded profit margins by placing so many goods at a discount in order to maintain market share. Less...read more.

German Markets Fall as November Exports Decline 3.4% - last update: 08-Jan-2013
German exports dropped by 3.4% for the month of November and this is having a negative effect on German markets. Investors are concerned that the weaker figures show the powerhouse of the Eurozone is...read more.

Extra Time for Basel Compliance Supports Banking Stocks - last update: 07-Jan-2013
Regulators have decided to extend the timeline for banks to comply with the latest Basel capital requirements, increasing it by four years. This easing of cash requirements has been warmly received by banking stocks in...read more.

Will a Weak NFP Figure Push Financial Markets Lower? - last update: 04-Jan-2013
Stocks are range trading ahead of the non-farm payrolls report which is due out at 1.30pm (GMT). Should the figure fall short of its estimates, investors might use this as an opportunity to...read more.

US Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on FTSE 100 Futures - last update: 28-Dec-2012
Even as some of the US markets enthusiasm filtered into the FTSE 100 futures market, which revisited the 5975 area once again, fiscal cliff concerns still remain. Index investors have exercised...read more.

The Japanese Yen Weakens on Stimulus Anticipation - last update: 27-Dec-2012
Japan's new finance minister has signalled that Tokyo is prepared to borrow more money to give a new boost to the Japanese economy. In FX trading, the news weakened the yen, which will be good news for Japanese...read more.

Expectations for Japanese QE Send Tokyo Stocks to 10-Month Highs - last update: 19-Dec-2012
Currently, there is positive sentiment in Japan. Shares in Tokyo closed at a ten-month high on speculation that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will announce a stimulus package. Dealers are buying stocks in...read more.

UK Shares Push Higher on Fiscal Cliff Optimism - last update: 18-Dec-2012
UK shares are higher this morning as traders are feeling more optimistic about the fiscal cliff in the US. Equity markets this side of the Atlantic are in the black, carrying on from last night's rally in the US, as talks...read more.

Aggreko Stock Slips 16% on Expectations to Miss Year-End Targets - last update: 17-Dec-2012
Aggreko has this morning posted a market update outlining the company's expectation that it will miss its year-end targets by £100 million. As such, the company has seen 16% knocked off its share price by...read more.

PMI Data Lifts the Shanghai Index off Four Year Lows - last update: 14-Dec-2012
The HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for December came in at 50.9, just ahead of the expected 50.8. The news helped to spark a 4.3% rally on the Shanghai index, which rose off four-year lows, aided by...read more.

Suspended Mine Production Sees Centamin Shares Fall 39% - last update: 13-Dec-2012
Shareholders of Egyptian gold miner, Centamin, are once again picking themselves off the floor. Shares were down 39% at 9.30am after the company halted production at its Sukari mine, citing the receipt of a...read more.

Optimism on EU Banking Union Meeting Lifts Markets - last update: 12-Dec-2012
Markets in London are higher this morning ahead of the EU banking union meeting. European leaders are meeting today to discuss the banking union directive. The aim of the union is to...read more.

Whitbread Shares Fizz as Q3 Profits Rise - last update: 11-Dec-2012
Whitbread is 4% higher this morning after reporting a 14.4% rise in third-quarter sales. The group owns Costa Coffee, which posted a 25% rise in yearly growth. Elsewhere, HSBC is...read more.

Rolls-Royce Stock Falls on Reported Fraud Investigation - last update: 06-Dec-2012
Rolls-Royce is down over 2% after reports that the Serious Fraud Office will investigate allegations of corruption in the firm's dealings in Indonesia and China. Also, Sage suffered another...read more.

Fresh and Easy Sale Speculation Lifts Tesco Shares Over 2% - last update: 05-Dec-2012
Tesco is up over 2% after the British retailer indicated it is going to sell its loss-making US business. Fresh & Easy has yet to make a profit in its five-year existence, even though...read more.

Break Down in Democrats/Republicans Fiscal Cliff Talks Weaken Markets - last update: 04-Dec-2012
Shares trading markets in London opened lower this morning after talks between US policymakers regarding the fiscal cliff broke down. Democrats and Republicans have vowed to work together and ensure a...read more.

RBA Rate Cut Speculation Sees AUD/USD Decline - last update: 03-Dec-2012
Heading into today's session, FX trading investors seemed to be predicting a 25 basis-point (bps) cut by the RBA to 3%. On this news, the AUD/USD slipped from levels around $1.0425 back into the low $1.0390s, but...read more.

US Fiscal Cliff Progress Boosts Equity Markets - last update: 29-Nov-2012
It now appears that both the Democrats and Republicans have realised they need to take action to fix the US fiscal cliff issues, and this has given equity markets a boost. Both parties have made encouraging...read more.

More Profit Taking Weighs on the Markets - last update: 28-Nov-2012
Markets in London are in negative territory this morning as last night's sell-off in the US spills over into the UK. It appears that investors are taking their profit from...read more.

Investors Get on their Bike as Falling Profits Cause Halfords to Slump - last update: 21-Nov-2012
In corporate news, Halfords is down over 5% this morning after the company reported a 22% drop in profit. The car parts and bicycle retailer experienced strong sales after the success of...read more.

Better-than-Expected Profit Sees Easyjet Shares Fly - last update: 20-Nov-2012
Easyjet are up over 5% after reporting a six month pre-tax profit of £317 million, ahead of the £314 million expected by analysts. The low-cost airline has more than doubled its dividend, making the shares more attractive to institutional investors. ...read more.

Concerns Over US Financial Problems Push Stocks Lower - last update: 16-Nov-2012
Stocks in London opened unchanged on the day and started to drift lower as concerns for the financial problems in the US played on investors' minds. In the US, policymakers have begun working on...read more.

Greek Finance Worries Puts More Pressure on Equities - last update: 09-Nov-2012
Shares are down in early trading in Europe as investors worry about the state of Greek finances. On Sunday the Troika will decide whether Greece will receive the next tranche of the bailout or...read more.

Obama Re-Election Supports Financial Markets - last update: 07-Nov-2012
Markets are higher this morning after Barack Obama won a second term as US President. Mr. Obama backs the Federal Reserve's plan to continue with quantitative easing and maintain...read more.

HSBC Shares Fall Over 2% as Provisions for US Fines Grow - last update: 05-Nov-2012
This morning, HSBC posted third-quarter figures, which showed an underlying pre-tax profit of $5 billion, less than the expected $5.6 billion. The figures also showed a further $800 million provision...read more.

Is it a Sinking Ship? Falling Revenue Causes Admiral Stock to Decline Over 5% - last update: 02-Nov-2012
Admiral Group are down over 5% after they announced a 2% drop in revenue; however, the insurer said it was track to meet its 2012 targets. RBS has put aside an additional £400 million for PPI...read more.

Lloyds Shares Decline as Increasing PPI Costs Climb - last update: 01-Nov-2012
A number of markets have reported figures in the UK. Lloyds has posted a third quarter loss after having to set aside a further £1 billion to cover potential costs for the mis-selling of PPI. The share...read more.

Will Hurricane Sandy Closures Weaken Soft Commodity Markets? - last update: 27-Oct-2012
European markets have had a subdued open after confirmation that Hurricane Sandy will hit the US coastline later this evening. This could affect soft commodities trading, oil futures, insurance...read more.

Greek Bailout Concerns See Shares Open Lower - last update: 26-Oct-2012
Markets have opened lower today in London and Europe as concerns about the Greek bailout continue. Greece has been granted more time to reach its cost cutting targets, but the Athens...read more.

Dow Jones Sell-Off Weighs on London - last update: 24-Oct-2012
Markets in London and on the continent are slightly lower this morning after last night saw the largest one-day loss on the Dow Jones since June. Concerns over the Eurozone have prevented investors...read more.

EU Summit Fails to Boost FTSE 100 - last update: 22-Oct-2012
At 9.15am the CAC was up 9, the DAX up 5 and EU Stock 50 up 8. The numbers might have been green, but none of Europe's main indices had broken into double digits and the FTSE 100...read more.

Strong US Corporate Earnings Drag the FTSE Higher - last update: 17-Oct-2012
Strong corporate earnings from the US helped push FTSE stocks to the largest one-day rise in over a month. Looking at corporate reporting in the UK, BHP Billiton reported a rise in iron-ore production and Swiss-based...read more.

European Optimism Sees Investors Lower Greek Yields - last update: 16-Oct-2012
Following on from yesterday's rally, investors are looking at the situation in the Eurozone in a more favourable light, with all eyes on the summit in Brussels on Thursday. The main focus will be Greece, as...read more.

Profit Taking Causes Shares to Pullback - last update: 12-Oct-2012
This morning, shares are down slightly after investors took profits from yesterday's rally. Investors are currently awaiting further news from the Eurozone. The head of the IMF, Christine...read more.

Chinese Stimulus Boosts Mining Stocks - last update: 10-Oct-2012
Spreads account holders will be watching China to see if further stimulus packages are announced - the central bank injected $42.2 billion into the financial system on Tuesday, which helped mining...read more.

Poor US Trading Session Sees Stock Indices Fall - last update: 08-Oct-2012
All the major European indices are down at 9am (London time) after US markets tailed off badly on Friday, while Asian markets did little to impress overnight. Eurozone ministers are meeting ostensibly to...read more.

Will Disappointing NFP Results Weigh on the Markets? - last update: 02-Oct-2012
The percentage out of work in the US is currently over 8%, and financial markets will be looking ahead to Friday's Non-Farm Payroll numbers to see if his bond buying programme is paying off. The question...read more.

Favourable Spanish Bank Stress Tests Lift CAC 40 - last update: 01-Oct-2012
The Spanish bank stress test results come in with a deficit of €59.3 billion, less than had been feared and well below the limit of €100 billion set. The CAC 40 had gained 40 points at...read more.

Spanish Yields Rise after Moody's Debt Downgrade - last update: 27-Sep-2012
Elsewhere in bonds, Spanish bond yields are once again over the 6% level, after Moody's downgraded Spain's debt from stable to negative yesterday. It does not appear that the ECB's bond buying...read more.

More Gloom as Global Economic Concerns Push Markets Lower - last update: 26-Sep-2012
Markets are in the red this morning as concerns over the Eurozone and the American economy continue to play on the minds of spread betting account holders. After the close in London yesterday, Charles...read more.

FTSE Pushes Higher with Commodities Holding their Head Above Water - last update: 21-Sep-2012
Commodities markets are stronger this morning and both gold (up 0.22%) and US light crude (up 0.89%) are helping push FTSE stocks higher. Most investors will be keeping an eye...read more.

Japanese 'Liquidity Punchbowl' Boosts FTSE 100 - last update: 19-Sep-2012
The decision by the Bank of Japan to offer its own 'liquidity punchbowl' has enlivened global markets this morning, after a couple of days of nervous trading. By 8.30am (London time), the FTSE 100 market...read more.

Spanish Bond Yields Rise to 6.06%, Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid - last update: 18-Sep-2012
Also, it is worth noting after the Spanish bond auction earlier this morning that their ten-year sovereign debt yield crept up to 6.06%. Equity index levels can become slightly distorted by one or two shares...read more.

Commodity Markets Rise on USD Weakness - last update: 17-Sep-2012
The steady drop in the US dollar, which has been given renewed impetus by Ben Bernanke's QE pledge, has lifted FX markets such as Sterling and the euro, and has also supported commodity...read more.

Upbeat US Budget Announcement Lifts the UK 100 - last update: 14-Sep-2012
Last night's US budget announcement by the Fed left US markets with almost two hours to reflect on its happiness before the close. This optimism crossed the Atlantic and at 9.30am the FTSE 100 market was...read more.

BAE Shares Soars 10% on Merger Talks - last update: 13-Sep-2012
In shares trading, merger activity is livening up the day, as BAE and EADS look to create a joint company that can rival the US giants of Lockheed and Boeing. Yesterday BAE shares surged 10% after a Bloomberg news report on...read more.

Eurozone Extend ECB-Fuelled Rally - last update: 07-Sep-2012
European financial markets have extended yesterday's ECB-fuelled rally on Friday morning, building on strong gains made across Asian markets overnight. The German DAX rose 0.8% to 7223, and the French CAC 40...read more.

Olympic Boost Sees the Whitbread Shares Trade 6.7% Higher - last update: 06-Sep-2012
Whitbread had risen to the top of the FTSE 100 leaderboard by 10am (London time), up 6.7% at 2241p after its Premier Inn chain received an Olympic boost. Miners are also strong this morning, with...read more.

FTSE 100 Decline Drags European Stocks Lower - last update: 05-Sep-2012
Tomorrow's ECB meeting continues to loom larger on the horizon, and just over an hour into the trading day European markets are on the retreat again following Tuesday's 86-point FTSE 100 market decline. After yesterday's...read more.

Poor Chinese Manufacturing Data Boosts Mining Markets - last update: 03-Sep-2012
Weaker Chinese data inspired the return of the 'bad news is good news' trade today, as mining shares rose on the expectation of further stimulus in China. Chinese manufacturing shrank in August to its lowest...read more.

WPP Drops Amid Weak Q2 Revenue Growth - last update: 30-Aug-2012
The biggest faller so far on Thursday morning is WPP, off earlier lows but still down 3.1% to 806p, after reporting Q2 revenue growth below consensus expectations and revising its full-year outlook. The advertising...read more.

Broker Downgrade Sees Ashmore Hit for Six - last update: 24-Aug-2012
The FTSE's biggest loser this morning, however, was investment group Ashmore, suffering a double blow from recent low trading volumes and a ratings downgrade by Citigroup from 'neutral' to 'sell'. At 9.45am...read more.

Poor Asian Trading Session Sees FTSE 100 Plunge - last update: 22-Aug-2012
A sharp fall in Asian markets overnight led the FTSE 100 index to start the day with a fifty-point drop, undoing all of Tuesday's gains to bounce off the 5800 mark. The Nikkei closed 0.27% down in Wednesday trading, recovering...read more.

Declining Copper Prices Weigh on Mining Stocks - last update: 20-Aug-2012
The other end of the performance table was dense with miners, with Eurasian down -2.25% as the price of copper declined on a bout of post-growth profit-taking. Randgold and Xstrata were similarly affected, falling a respective -1.84%...read more.

Stimulus Hopes Push DJIA Higher - last update: 17-Aug-2012
The Dow Jones index closed up 85 points (+0.65%) at 13,250, while the tech-based NASDAQ rose over 1% to 3062.39 as stimulus hopes and strong results from Cisco Systems boosted sentiment. There was further...read more.

Rising Operating Profits See Standard Chartered Shareholders 5.7% Better Off - last update: 14-Aug-2012
Standard Chartered's market was once again holding a comfortable lead against its blue-chip peers, up 5.73% by 9.30am (London time) after reporting a 15% rise in operating profits which far outstripped expectations. The rest of...read more.

Vedanta Resources Slumps as Metal Prices Fall - last update: 13-Aug-2012
The mining sector was also deep in the red, with Vedanta Resources (-2.41%), Xstrata (-1.81%), Shire, Eurasian Natural Resources, Kazakhmys and Anglo American all taking further damage as...read more.

BHP Billiton Stock Declines on Weak Chinese Factory Data - last update: 09-Aug-2012
Factory output growth for the world's largest economy slowed to 9.2% for July, the weakest in over three years and well below forecasts. Xstrata and Anglo American have managed to rise this morning, but others, such as Lonmin and BHP Billiton...read more.

Chesapeake Shines and Stock Rises 9% on Good Q2 Profits - last update: 08-Aug-2012
Upbeat numbers from high-end retailer Fossil prompted a general rally in luxury products, after the firm beat expectations for its second-quarter results. Also gaining was Chesapeake Energy, up 9% after...read more.

Markets Rally as Traders Anticipate ECB Action - last update: 30-Jul-2012
Markets continued to rally this morning as account holders speculated that the ECB will introduce bold policy measures to bring down borrowing costs in Spain and Italy on Thursday. Anonymous ECB officials have...read more.

Chocks Away as Better-than-Expected Pre-Tax Profit Lifts Easyjet Stock - last update: 25-Jul-2012
Conversely, the Easyjet gained 2.87% to 544p after it revealed a strong summer performance which was boosted by the wet summer in the UK. The airliner said pre-tax profit for the year ending 30 September will be between...read more.

Copper Prices Rise on Strong Chinese Manufacturing PMI - last update: 24-Jul-2012
In commodities trading, copper prices rose on hopes that the world's largest consumer of metals will maintain its level of demand. This came amid after China's HSBC manufacturing PMI rose to a five-month high in July, easing concerns of...read more.

Eurozone Concerns Weigh on US Futures Markets - last update: 23-Jul-2012
US futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street, with the NASDAQ 100, S&P 500 and Dow all down approximately 1% amid the Spanish bailout and Greek exit concerns. Closer to home, the FTSE 100 was trading at ...read more.

Upbeat Earnings Reports Keep Shareholder Happy - last update: 19-Jul-2012
The FTSE edged marginally higher this morning thanks to upbeat European earnings reports from the likes of AkzoNobel, Sandvik and Novartis. The FTSE 100 index was trading 0.14% higher at 5693.53, while the broader...read more.

A Strong Banking Sector Help Lift the FTSE 100 - last update: 18-Jul-2012
The FTSE 100 was supported by gains in the heavyweight mining and banking sectors, with RBS and Standard Chartered markets both up by around 1% to 203.9p and 1465.5p respectively. In mining, Vedanta Resources advanced...read more.

Credit Downgrade and 'Liquidity Risks' Push Italian Bonds Higher - last update: 13-Jul-2012
The yield on the ten-year Italian government bond climbed to 6.05% after Moody's downgraded the country's credit rating by two notches from A3 to Baa2, citing increased liquidity risks amid...read more.

Absence of Fed QE Pulls Stock Lower - last update: 12-Jul-2012
The FTSE 100 index sank 0.86% to 5615.65, while the broader FTSE 250 eased 0.18% to 10,948.17 by 10am (London time) as the Fed minutes for June failed to provide conviction on QE3. German DAX and French CAC indices...read more.

Spanish Debt Breather Boosts the London Stock Market - last update: 10-Jul-2012
The FTSE index rose this morning after Eurozone finance ministers granted Spain an extra year, until 2014, to reach its deficit reduction targets. But as nothing comes without a trade-off, in exchange for the breather...read more.

Worries on Eurogroup Meeting Weigh on Financial Markets - last update: 09-Jul-2012
Worries ahead of the Eurogroup meeting later today also weighed on financial markets, including government bonds. Eurozone finance ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels to follow up on the decisions made...read more.

Negative' Broker Outlook Hits the Barclays Share Price - last update: 05-Jul-2012
Barclays shares fell 0.6% to 165p after Moody's cut the bank's short-term outlook from 'stable' to 'negative', citing concerns about senior management resignations and uncertainty about the...read more.

No Surprise as LIBOR Scandal Sees Banking Stocks Decline - last update: 04-Jul-2012
To be quite frank, all the reports about the LIBOR scandal today are making it difficult to remain bullish about the banking markets. Barclays' share price fell 1.32% to 164.85p, Lloyds slid 1% to 31.49p, while RBS and HSBC were down by...read more.

Barclays Stock Rises as CEO Resigns - last update: 03-Jul-2012
Barclays climbed 1.8% to 171.55p. The bank's CEO Bob Diamond resigned today, a move that saw Marcus Agius, who announced his resignation yesterday, reinstated as full-time chairman. Miners...read more.

Strong UK and Eurozone PMI Data Lift the FTSE - last update: 02-Jul-2012
The UK manufacturing PMI rose to 48.6 in June from a three-year low of 45.9 the month before, exceeding expectations for a rise to 47.4. Equity markets edged higher following the data, with the FTSE 100 up...read more.

Pessimism on EU Summit Outcomes Lowers FTSE 100 - last update: 28-Jun-2012
By 9.50am (London time) the FTSE 100 Index was 0.7% lower at 5484.89 and the FTSE 250 Index was 0.6% below its previous close at 10684.94. Investors believe that nothing concrete...read more.

Speculation on European Pro-Growth Policies Boosts Equities - last update: 27-Jun-2012
European shares received a boost this morning as investors speculated that pro-growth policies will soon be introduced. There has been some talk of ECB President Mario Draghi looking into the possibility of...read more.

Markets Bounce Despite Eurozone Bank Downgrades - last update: 26-Jun-2012
I was surprised to see a bounce in the markets this morning, as the flow of negative news out of Europe hasn't shown any signs of deceleration. Moody's went on another downgrade spree last night, this time downgrading...read more.

Declining Commodities Prices Weigh on Mining Stocks - last update: 25-Jun-2012
Miners and energy stocks were the biggest fallers on the blue-chip index this morning as recent weak global economic data cast a shadow over the demand for commodities markets. Eurasian Natural Resources...read more.

Unchanged UK Unemployment Data Boosts London Equity Markets - last update: 20-Jun-2012
UK shares trading markets received a slight boost from this morning's data which showed that UK unemployment remained unchanged at 8.2% in April. Bank of England minutes disclosed that Messrs King, Posen and Miles...read more.

Pro-Bailout Party Election Win Lifts European Shareholders - last update: 18-Jun-2012
The FTSE 100 shot up 1.4% in early morning trading to 5555.32, while the FTSE 250 climbed 0.95% 10831.11. The DAX 30 was up 1.39% at 6316.14, while the French CAC 40 rose 1.35% to...read more.

Spanish Downgrade Sees Wall Street Futures Fall - last update: 14-Jun-2012
Wall Street futures were in the red on the back of the Moody's decision to downgrade Spain and Cyprus ahead of the weekend's Greek election. The FTSE 100 traded at 5447 as of midday in London, down ...read more.

Lacklustre Sales Figure Weakens Sainsburys Shares - last update: 13-Jun-2012
Sainsburys, meanwhile, fell 2.4% to 284.2p after sales in the 12 weeks ending 9 June rose 1.4% (excluding gasoline sales). That was less than the prior quarter's 2.6% increase and trailed...read more.

Spanish Bank Bailout Lifts the FTSE 100 - last update: 11-Jun-2012
The FTSE 100 was trading up 1.34% at 5507 as of 9.50am (London time), on the back of the Spanish bank bailout news and strong Chinese data over the weekend. Global stock markets surged in...read more.

Rising Profits See Johnson Matthey Shares Rise 3% - last update: 07-Jun-2012
Chemicals company Johnson Matthey was up more than 3% after reporting a 23% jump in full-year profit, leading to a special dividend payout by the world's largest supplier of catalytic...read more.

Tax U-Turn Sees the Greggs Share Price Surge - last update: 29-May-2012
Also in equities, hopes for more stimulus from China gave heart to the bulls, and the mining sector led the charge higher, while baker Greggs surged following news that George Osborne was abandoning his 'pasty tax'...read more.

Strong Support for Eurobonds Lifts the European Stock Markets - last update: 25-May-2012
The indices were also buoyed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who said that most European Union leaders support joint bonds for the Eurozone. Germany, however, has always been against the bonds as it...read more.

Bargain Hunters Push UK 100 Market Higher - last update: 24-May-2012
UK markets continued to crawl back towards 5300 this morning, edging higher despite an avalanche of negative data, as bargain hunters crept back in following yesterday's rout. Data released by the Office for...read more.

Chinese Forecast Cut Sees Investors Take a Bath on the FTSE - last update: 23-May-2012
Also weighing on the UK index was the news that the World Bank cut its economic growth forecast for China this year to 8.2%. They urged the country to rely on easier fiscal policy that boosts consumption, rather...read more.

Talk of Eurobonds Issue Boosts Market Sentiment - last update: 21-May-2012
Market risk sentiment seemed to be higher after the UK and France encouraged talks over issuing Eurobonds. Banks were up across the board, with RBS up 3.5%, whilst Vedanta Resources led the miners...read more.

Signs of Slowing Chinese Growth Weaken Rio Tinto - last update: 18-May-2012
BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto fell on indications of slowing growth in China. The latest reports showed house prices falling in a record number of Chinese cities last month, while Chinese auto dealers...read more.

Strong German GDP Figures Give Respite to Equity Traders - last update: 15-May-2012
Better-than-expected GDP figures from Germany provided traders with some respite today. However, it is hard to see there being a prolonged bullish reversal given the bearish sentiment among investors and...read more.

Strong German Data Fails to Lift the London Stock Market - last update: 14-May-2012
Banks and mining weighed on the index today, with the FTSE 100 index market trading at 5498, down 1.38% as of 9.00am London time. German wholesale price index data came in higher at 2.4% for April from 2.2%...read more.

Tensions Ease as EFSF Approves Greek Aid Tranche - last update: 10-May-2012
An announcement by the European Financial Stability Facility late on Wednesday may have also calmed European indices market tensions. The EFSF said that Greece will receive most of its next aid tranche...read more.

ITV Share Price Rallies Following a 13% Rise in External Revenue - last update: 09-May-2012
Shares in ITV made the best gain on the index, after the broadcaster unveiled a 13% rise in 'external revenue' of £87 million. This is positive because it demonstrates the company is able to wean itself off advertising revenue...read more.

Improved Chinese Manufacturing Figures See FTSE 100 Open Higher - last update: 02-May-2012
China's manufacturing sector appeared to be easing out of its downturn after figures showed that output declined at its slowest pace in the last six months. The HSBC manufacturing...read more.

Substantial Q1 Profits Prompt 2.4% Rally in Lloyds Shares - last update: 01-May-2012
Lloyds led gains in the banking sector, rallying 2.4% to 31.76p after reporting first-quarter profits that were substantially ahead of consensus forecast following a sharp decline in...read more.

Royal Bank of Scotland Shares Fall as S&P Downgrade Spanish Banks - last update: 30-Apr-2012
Elsewhere, the UK 100 fell 0.48% to 5749.41 this morning, breaking a four-day winning streak, as S&P's decision to downgrade 11 of Spain's largest banks revived contagion concerns. Back home,...read more.

FTSE Edges Higher Despite Spanish Credit Downgrade - last update: 27-Apr-2012
The FTSE 100 seemed to shrug off renewed Eurozone concerns, gaining 0.35% to 5768 by 10.30am (London time). The blue-chip index initially fell on the open after Spain was dealt another blow to...read more.

Traders Buy ARM Holdings after Juicy Apple Results - last update: 25-Apr-2012
ARM Holdings was the top FTSE 100 gainer, up 4.3%, bouncing after a lukewarm reception to in-line results from the British chip designer on Tuesday. The price gain was on the back of forecast-beating...read more.

Broker Upgrade Boosts Lloyds Shares - last update: 20-Apr-2012
Elsewhere, Lloyds was the second-biggest FTSE 100 gainer, up 3.5% as Investec Securities reiterated its 'buy' rating on the part state-owned British lender. Unsurprisingly, shares in Barclays and...read more.

Increased Gold Output Causes Fresnillo Shares to Climb 3% - last update: 18-Apr-2012
Fresnillo was one of the mining sector's best performers, gaining more than 3% as gold output was ahead of target, due to the opening of a new mine, Noche Buena. This came despite an...read more.

Weak Chinese GDP Figures Weigh on UK Stocks - last update: 13-Apr-2012
There were high hopes about China's GDP figures, with rumours in circulation yesterday suggesting that China will unveil surprisingly stronger growth data. The weak data unsurprisingly weighed on the FTSE 100...read more.

Fed Anti-QE Stance See Commodities Markets Slump - last update: 04-Apr-2012
The US and Asian sessions were all about reacting to the Fed, as it appears to be backing away from further quantitative easing. For the markets, the result was predictable; an initial sharp sell-off in equities...read more.

Acquisition Comments See Cairn Energy Share Price Rally - last update: 03-Apr-2012
Cairn Energy said it would buy Agora Oil and Gas, a Norwegian company for $450 million, to reduce its exposure to exploration assets mainly in Greenland. The news raised Cairn Energy's market up to...read more.

NASDAQ 100 Futures Fall Ahead of US Q4 GDP - last update: 29-Mar-2012
US futures pointed at a negative start today, with futures for the S&P 500, Dow, and Nasdaq 100 all down 0.25% on an average, ahead of weekly jobless claims, fourth-quarter GDP and personal consumption data...read more.

Barclays Up 2.2% on 'Encouraging' Start to the Year - last update: 27-Mar-2012
Barclays was 2.2% higher at 253.1p this afternoon after chief executive Bob Diamond said that the bank experienced an 'encouraging' start to the year, adding that the volumes exhibited a...read more.

German and Italian Confidence Indicators Boost the UK Stock Market - last update: 26-Mar-2012
The FTSE index traded at 5882, up 0.3% by midday in London, following better-than-expected German and Italian confidence indicators. Investors heaved a sigh of relief today, after Germany's Ifo institute...read more.

Pension Deal Sees BT Group's Shares Rally - last update: 23-Mar-2012
BT Group today agreed on a fresh pension deal with its trustee that it would halve its pension deficit by making a lump-sum payment of £2 billion by the end of the month. Its shares were trading at 231.13p or...read more.

FTSE 100 Trades Lower Following Budget Deficit Data - last update: 21-Mar-2012
The FTSE traded at 5902 as of 2pm (London time), following the release of the UK Budget. Earlier today, the FTSE market had lost 0.87% on the back of worsening budget deficit data. Chancellor of the Exchequer...read more.

Concerns Over Greece and China Help to Lower the US 500 Index - last update: 20-Mar-2012
US futures pointed to a negative start on Wall Street today, with futures for the Dow and Nasdaq both down 0.5%, while futures for the S&P 500 index traded 0.6% lower due to concerns over Greece and...read more.

Tullow Oil Shareholders Sell Up on Broker Downgrade - last update: 19-Mar-2012
Tullow Oil initially fell to 1494p today after UBS cut its recommendation on the oil explorer from "neutral" to "underweight". "We see ample exploration upside already priced into the shares. We believe it is difficult to see dramatic...read more.

Successful US Stress Tests Boost London Markets - last update: 14-Mar-2012
A brighter global economic forecast, coupled with solid corporate earnings, pushed the FTSE forward. The Fed also announced the stress test results, which showed most of the large US banks...read more.

Increasing Retail Sales Cause EUR/USD to Fall - last update: 13-Mar-2012
The EUR/USD market fell to a low of $1.3058 on the back of the fastest increase in US retail sales in five months. The Commerce Department said sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 1.1% to $407.8 billion in ...read more.

Better Than Expected Profits Sees Shareholders Buy Morrison's Stock - last update: 08-Mar-2012
WM Morrison Supermarkets, Britain's fourth-biggest food retailer posted an 8% surprise increase in full-year profits, although it said that the 2012 outlook remained tough. It gained 2.53% as of 11am (London time). Aviva...read more.

Barclays Shareholders Get a Broker Upgrade Bonus - last update: 02-Mar-2012
Banks were boosted after Goldman Sachs upgraded European banking shares yesterday as they anticipate a boost in liquidity and profit from the European Central Bank's three-year loans. Barclays rallied more than 3% and Lloyds gained...read more.

Strong Performance from the Banking Sector Lifts the London Stock Market - last update: 01-Mar-2012
The FTSE 100 index gained 0.63% to 5908 by midday in London on the back of gains in the banking sector. Barclays rallied 2.4% to 251p, while Lloyds, RBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered were all...read more.

12% Profit Increase Pushes Standard Chartered Higher - last update: 29-Feb-2012
Standard Chartered, the UK's second-largest bank by market value, was up 1.4% at 1646p after declaring a profit increase of 12% last year because of growth in corporate and consumer...read more.

Strong US Data to Sees the Dow Jones Close Above 1300 - last update: 28-Feb-2012
Good US data has been time and time again behind the dip buying in US shares. A better-than-expected print on durable goods, case-shiller house price index and consumer confidence...read more.

Rising Oil Demand Sees FTSE 100 Index Decline - last update: 27-Feb-2012
The FTSE index traded at 5881.48 by midday in London, representing a 0.9% decline. Investors fretted about growth prospects today, pointing out that the rising price of oil will dampen ...read more.

Optimism on Greek Deal Sees FTSE 100 Reach 5900 Level - last update: 17-Feb-2012
The FTSE 100 regained its 5900 level today on the view that a €130 billion bailout package for Greece will be approved on Monday. By around 2pm (London time), the FTSE 100 traded at 5910.93, down from...read more.

Cuts in Military Spending See BAE Systems Stock Shot Down - last update: 16-Feb-2012
BAE Systems, the largest defence contractor in Europe, sank 2.78% after it announced a 7% drop in full-year profit due to cuts in military spending by the US and the UK. To add to the cloudy...read more.

FTSE 100 Boosted by Chinese Aid Comments - last update: 15-Feb-2012
News about euro-area finance ministers cancelling an important meeting in Brussels today would have revived uncertainty and encouraged investors to take profits. But upbeat comments from the governor of the People's...read more.

Sterling Weaken as UK Placed on 'Negative Watch' - last update: 14-Feb-2012
Sterling was perhaps the hardest hit initially after the UK's outlook was revised to negative, although as the day went on, the Antipodean currencies started to underperform. Clearly this was not a...read more.

Greek Optimism Boosts Dow Jones Index - last update: 08-Feb-2012
US Dow Jones and S&P are slightly ahead, at 12,889 and 1348 respectively, boosted by scheduled Greek talks...read more.

Australian Dollar Soars on RBA Rate Decision - last update: 07-Feb-2012
A key event in Asia today was the RBA's decision to unexpectedly leave the official cash rate on hold at 4.25%. This sent Australian dollar markets soaring...read more.

Greece Uncertainty Sees S&P 500 Index Fall Despite Strong Job Data - last update: 06-Feb-2012
In US shares trading, Dow and S&P futures are at 12,818 and 1338 respectively, down on the Greece situation in spite of the better-than-expected jobs data on ...read more.

Will the Markets Trade Lower on Negative US Data? - last update: 01-Feb-2012
A wave of negative US data seems to have pulled the rug from under the 'risk on rally'. Some markets are querying that if we lose the positive US data...read more.

Chemring Stock Falls Despite Announcing Profit Growth - last update: 24-Jan-2012
Defence firm Chemring dropped 14% today despite announcing further profit growth, as UK shares trading investors fretted about possible additional reductions in defence...read more.

Shareholders Call their Vodafone Broker After Favourable Legal Ruling - last update: 20-Jan-2012
Telecoms giant Vodafone rose 1.8% to 177.7p after reports that a court in India had overturned an earlier ruling against the company. The legal...read more.

Tullow Oil Sees Shares Plummet as Investors Ignore Positive Reports - last update: 18-Jan-2012
Tullow Oil dropped 6.6% this morning to 1358p, as investors ignored the report of a good 2011 and focused on delays to production at...read more.

Carnival Shares Opens Lower on Cruise Ship Tragedy - last update: 16-Jan-2012
Shares in cruise line operator Carnival have duly opened lower this morning, as the world continues to receive new pictures of the disaster off ...read more.

Optimism in US Economy Boosts Commodity Markets - last update: 11-Jan-2012
Today's market action has been buoyed by a growing belief in the health of the US economy and the surge in the commodities markets overnight, which gained amidst...read more.

US Shares Edge Higher as EU Leaders Meet - last update: 10-Jan-2012
Overnight, US shares edged modestly higher as European leaders met to discuss the region's continuing debt crisis, with attention also focussed on the onset of the ...read more.

Domino's Pizza Looks Tasty After Strong Rise in Online Sales - last update: 04-Jan-2012
Retailers and consumer goods are on the agenda in the UK this morning, as clothing giant Next and food staple Domino's Pizza both provide...read more.

Crude Oil Rise on Iranian Comments Over Straits of Hormuz - last update: 29-Dec-2011
The crude oil market has received some attention in the past two days, as the Iranian and US navies make various noises about the Straits of Hormuz. Yesterday, Iran said that...read more.

UK Banking Stocks Weigh on Financial Markets - last update: 28-Dec-2011
Financial markets were weaker in London this morning, hurt by a lacklustre day for banks in Europe yesterday. The usual trio of Barclays, RBS and Lloyds fell back, while their...read more.

It Must be Christmas as ECB Liquidity Operation Boosts Stocks - last update: 21-Dec-2011
Christmas has come just in time for the indices of Europe, as the ECB announced the results of its latest liquidity operation. The sense of relief among investors is...read more.

AstraZeneca Shares Slip After R&D Impairment Charge - last update: 20-Dec-2011
Pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca announced this morning that it will take a $381.5 million pre-tax charge due to R&D impairment in the fourth quarter, following a double blow to...read more.

Traders Sell Ocado After Online Grocer Issues a Profit Warning - last update: 19-Dec-2011
Ocado and HMV have endured a very difficult year, and it doesn't look as if either of them will see their predicaments lessen in the New Year. Ocado issued a profit warning, saying that...read more.

Hang Seng Rises on Positive US Lead - last update: 16-Dec-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are enjoying modest gains after picking up a fairly positive lead from US markets. The Hang Seng, Nikkei and ASX 200 are up between 0.2% and...read more.

Asian Shares Struggle on Ratings Agency Eurozone Comments - last update: 14-Dec-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are struggling as investors react to the latest comments by ratings agencies regarding the outlook for Eurozone nations. Fitch came out and said...read more.

Whitbread Shares Tumble on Slowing Sales Growth - last update: 13-Dec-2011
This morning Britain's biggest hotel operator said its sales growth had slowed in the third quarter as tough economic conditions kept customers away from its Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee shops, which had previously proved resilient. News of the slowing growth sent Whitbread shares plummeting...read more.

CAC Trading Higher as Key EU Negotiations Unfold - last update: 09-Dec-2011
Markets are caught like the proverbial 'rabbit in the headlights' this morning, with traders and investors cautious due to the ongoing summit in Brussels. EU markets posted some gains, with the CAC 40 up 0.5% and...read more.

Kazakhmys Trades Higher After Better Than Expected Australian Growth - last update: 07-Dec-2011
Mining stocks were enjoying a good morning, following better-than-expected growth data from Australia. The country's economy grew by 1% in the third quarter, ahead of the forecast 0.8% growth, while the second quarter's expansion was revised up from 1.2% to 1.4%. Kazakhmys, Lonmin and Vedanta rose ...read more.

RBS Trade 3% Higher as Bank Sells off its Pub Group - last update: 02-Dec-2011
It would appear that the empire-building of RBS knew no bounds. This morning we learn that the bank has sold off its pub group Galaxy to a subsidiary of the Dutch brewer Heineken for £422 million. RBS shares were up 3.3% at...read more.

Randgold Resources Slump 5.5% on Production Concerns - last update: 28-Nov-2011
There was one standout loser this morning. Gold miner Randgold Resources slumped 5.5% to 6400p after the company said that production in the fourth quarter would be adversely affected. Wet weather, work stoppages and other problems will mean that ...read more.

Sharp Drop in Chinese PMI Data Unsettles Markets - last update: 23-Nov-2011
Earlier in the week Chinese officials unsettled markets with their comments about the likelihood of a renewed global recession, and China-related fears have returned to stalk markets this morning. The HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for November saw activity levels drop by the largest ...read more.

Thomas Cook Shares Plummet as Firm Renegotiates Debt - last update: 22-Nov-2011
Europe's second biggest tour operator, Thomas Cook, announced this morning it had entered fresh talks with its banks as a result of a deterioration in trading in some areas of the business in the current quarter, and because of its cash and liquidity position. Shares in the company fell over...read more.

Chinese Fears Over Global Economy Send Markets Lower - last update: 21-Nov-2011
A trio of problems have combined to send markets reeling this morning. The interminable Eurozone crisis has been joined by a new iteration of the US debt crisis and a warning from China about a lasting global recession. By...read more.

German Refusal to use ECB Funds to Solve EU Crisis Hits the FTSE Index - last update: 18-Nov-2011
The FTSE 100 slipped again this morning, as Eurozone woes persist, keeping investors in 'risk off' mode. German officials continue to insist the ECB cannot finance Eurozone governments, thus blocking off the one possible solution to the crisis. By 10.40am (London time), the FTSE 100 was...read more.

European Equity Markets Down as Bond Yields Rise - last update: 15-Nov-2011
European equities fell this morning as mixed economic data added to investors' concern over Europe's ability to tackle its debt problems, while government bond yields continued to rise. In Europe, shares were also lower with the French CAC and German DAX both down 1.5% and the...read more.

ITV Shares Higher as Broadcaster Increases Revenues - last update: 14-Nov-2011
Terrestrial broadcaster ITV managed to raise revenues by 4% for the nine months to 30 September, while audience figures, which ITV watches carefully, were up 2%, with 23% of the total UK audience watching one of the four ITV channels. The shares rose 3.4% to 65.8p ...read more.

UK Mid-Caps Drift Lower on Fears of a Eurozone Split - last update: 10-Nov-2011
European shares where lower this morning as the political and economic crisis in Italy and Greece spurred fears of a split in the Eurozone and a possible default. By 10.30am (London time) the FTSE 100 was 0.49% lower at 5433.37 and the FTSE 250 was 0.4% down to 10,227.94. European shares were ...read more.

Admiral Shares Plummet 30% Following Profit Warning - last update: 09-Nov-2011
Insurer Admiral has had a choppy year, and the seas have got much worse in recent weeks. The company's share price sank 30% to 844p, down 44% this year, after it released a profit warning, saying that a jump in personal injury claims meant that earnings would be at the lower end of...read more.

ASX 200 Market Lower on Eurozone Woes - last update: 03-Nov-2011
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index has defied a 1.5% gain on Wall Street to fall 0.3%, as investors remain cautious about Europe's debt woes. The market has extended its losses after France and Germany told Greece that a sixth tranche of aid won't be...read more.

Greek PM Bailout Referendum Decision Shocks Markets - last update: 01-Nov-2011
Greek PM George Papandreou shocked shareholders last night after he announced that he will put Greece's bailout to a referendum. The announcement threatened to intensify the Eurozone crisis after its leaders agreed last week on a second bailout of €130 billion for Athens, and a ...read more.

Aussie Stock Market Higher on Optimism over EFSF - last update: 28-Oct-2011
The Aussie market is up 0.1% at 4352 after hitting a three-month high of 4417.6 on the back of offshore markets reacting positively to the European financial stability plan. The index has significantly...read more.

Shell Share Rise as Third Quarter Profits Double - last update: 27-Oct-2011
This morning, Royal Dutch Shell announced that its profits had doubled in the third quarter, thanks to higher oil prices, robust demand for gas and stronger refining margins, and said that it would continue to sell off non-core assets. Europe's largest oil...read more.

Gold Rises as Economic Concerns Spur Risk Aversion - last update: 26-Oct-2011
US markets halted their three-day win streak on further concerns about the economic outlook and some disappointing earnings reports. With risk once again out of favour, gold prices emerged as the victor, posting a 2.7% gain. Among the...read more.

Antofagasta Shares Step Higher on Chinese PMI Data - last update: 24-Oct-2011
Chinese manufacturing data pointed to a slight rebound in activity in the world's second-largest economy. The data prompted a strong rally in mining shares, lifting the FTSE 100 back above the 5500 level for the first time since early August. Antofagasta, Fresnillo and Rio Tinto all...read more.

Home Retail Share Price Plunges on Weak Sales Data - last update: 19-Oct-2011
Shares in Home Retail slumped 13% to 104.2p after pre-tax profit dived by 70% to £28 million and sales dropped by 6% to £2.57 billion. The fall was heaviest at Argos, which saw sales decline 7.5% during the year, as the impact of reduced consumer spending and competition from the ...read more.

Banking Stocks Lead the European Based Markets Higher - last update: 06-Oct-2011
European stock markets rallied this morning, with banks leading gains amid continued hope for more concrete action by European policymakers, while investors await the latest interest rate decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England. By...read more.

Hong Kong Hang Seng Tracks American Markets Lower - last update: 04-Oct-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are all lower on the back of another appalling session on Wall Street, which saw the major indices finish at their lowest levels in almost a year. The Kospi is the worst performer - down by 5.1% - while the Nikkei 225 and the Hang Seng are seeing losses of 0.9% and ...read more.

Hang Seng Falls on Global Recession Fears - last update: 23-Sep-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are all lower following the terrible set of leads from overnight markets that saw participants running for the exit doors on fears of a global recession, following yesterday's dire outlook from the US Federal Reserve. The Hang Seng is down ...read more.

Debenhams up 3% on Better Than Expected Profits - last update: 20-Sep-2011
Retailer Debenhams rose 3% to 61p after comments that it expects to beat forecasts for pre-tax profit for the full year. A trading update from the group showed that like-for-like sales (including VAT) were up 1.2% for the full-year, although ...read more.

Gold Rallies on Reports of Central Banks Buying into Metal - last update: 19-Sep-2011
The yellow metal has staged a small recovery today, pushing back above $1800 per ounce. The gold market is being helped by the renewed Greece worries, but also by reports that European central banks have become buyers of gold for...read more.

Dow Jones Rises as Eurozone Leaders Renew Greek Aid Pledge - last update: 15-Sep-2011
In the US overnight, the major indices all logged their third straight gains, although they finished well off their highs, after Greek, French and German leaders renewed their pledge on Greek aid. This helped soothe recent speculation that a Greek default was imminent. The Dow Jones added 1.3%, the ...read more.

Asian Markets Fall on Comments by Chinese Premier - last update: 14-Sep-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are all trading lower as earlier signs of strength faded following comments from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Premier Wen said that China will look to help Europe through its current crisis but noted that Western nations must ...read more.

Stocks Lifted by Reports of China Buying into Italian Bonds - last update: 13-Sep-2011
In the US overnight, stocks rallied hard in the last hour of trade to erase the session's losses. This occurred following reports in the Financial Times that suggested China has been in discussion to purchase Italian bonds. Earlier...read more.

Lloyds Recovers From Eurozone Crisis Induced Losses - last update: 12-Sep-2011
Bank shares suffered heavily in opening trading, because of the Eurozone turmoil, but losses were pared as the morning went on. Indeed both Lloyds and RBS moved into positive territory, up 1%, while Barclays and HSBC lagged...read more.

Bernanke Fails to Reassure Stock Market Indices - last update: 09-Sep-2011
In the US overnight, the major stock market indices all finished the session lower after briefly pushing into positive territory. This came after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke failed to provide any details as to how they may look to ...read more.

Marks & Spencer Shares Rise on Optimism Over Store Revamps - last update: 08-Sep-2011
Marks & Spencer was among the top blue-chip risers as its share price increased 4.2% to 327.9p on optimism over plans to revamp its stores and on speculation about possible private equity interest in...read more.

Gold Hits Reverse as Investor Risk Appetite Increases - last update: 07-Sep-2011
While riskier assets raced higher this morning, gold reversed course and fell back. The yellow metal hit a low of $1818 per ounce, and by 10.45am (London time) it was at...read more.

Australian Indices See Losses After European Bourses Rout - last update: 06-Sep-2011
As expected after the rout on European bourses overnight, the Australian market is seeing broad-based losses, with indices investors becoming increasingly concerned that European/US policy makers...read more.

Fears Over US and European Banks Limit Equity - last update: 02-Sep-2011
Concerns about the health of banks on both sides of the Atlantic have been keeping investors busy for some weeks now, and, just when some of...read more.

Delay in Proposed Banking Sector Regulation Give RBS an 8% Boost - last update: 01-Sep-2011
Banks continued to see significant gains this morning as they welcomed the announcement that saw the proposed ring-fencing of their retail arms from other banking operations postponed until 2015. RBS saw the biggest gain in its share price, surging over 8% to 26.55p. Lloyds jumped almost 6% to...read more.

Tesco Shares Rise as Supermarket Giant Pulls Out of Japan - last update: 31-Aug-2011
Supermarket giant Tesco has announced it will be withdrawing from Japan after the company decided that it would be unable to achieve critical mass. Tesco employed 4000 people in the country, but the division had the weakest like-for-like growth in the latest full-year results. Tesco shares gained 1.9% to ...read more.

Barclays Surges Higher Lifting the FTSE - last update: 25-Aug-2011
The FTSE 100 was up this morning, reaching 5254.17 on the back of strength in the mining and banking shares. Barclays soared over 8% to 162p and Kazakhmys jumped over 6% to 1008p by 10am (London time). The broader FTSE 250 gained 1% to...read more.

Yen Rises Despite Japanese Credit Downgrade - last update: 24-Aug-2011
It would seem that not even a downgrade of Japan can halt the strengthening of the yen market. Moody's, which has continued to rate the US as AAA despite the S&P downgrade last month, has lowered its rating on Japan from Aa3 to Aa2, citing the ever-increasing...read more.

Rumours of M&A Activity Lifts Financial Markets - last update: 23-Aug-2011
Rumours of M&A activity helped to lift investor sentiment this morning. ARM Holdings was among the top blue-chip risers, jumping 5.2% as traders revived talks about the chip designer's appeal as a bid target. Charter International jumped 10.6% to 688p after the...read more.

FTSE 100 Drops 2% as Banking Sector Falls on US Fed Concerns - last update: 18-Aug-2011
European banking arms in the US are under scrutiny this morning as the US Fed and regulators signal concerns that Europe's debt crisis could spill into the US banking system. The FTSE 100 dropped over 2% this morning to a low of 5199.71 as the banking sector weighed heavily on...read more.

German GDP Spooks Wall Street as Markets Fall - last update: 17-Aug-2011
Yesterday's German GDP data - combined with the lack of any meaningful output from the Merkel-Sarkozy meeting - seems to have spooked traders on Wall Street, leaving the major US indices to finish Tuesday's session squarely in negative...read more.

DAX Plummets 2 Percent on Dreadful Economic Data - last update: 16-Aug-2011
European markets slipped back this morning as investors were reluctant to stretch the rebound of the last few sessions following the release of dreadful European data. The FTSE 100 dropped to 5265.83 this morning. In Germany, the Dax plummeted over 2% to ...read more.

Global Economic Recovery Running Out of Steam and Copper Futures Fall 5.5% - last update: 15-Aug-2011
The momentum of the global economic recovery is running out of steam and analysts believe that the demand for industrial commodities in the remainder of this year will decline. September copper futures saw a 5.5% decline last week and light-sweet crude oil for September delivery fell almost 4% over ...read more.

Equities Markets Finally Rally on Bargain Hunting - last update: 12-Aug-2011
Buyers moved into the equities market to snap up beaten-down blue chips, and a stronger-than-expected unemployment claims figure eased some concern about the slowing economy. The NASDAQ was the top gainer - adding 4.7% - while ...read more.

ASX 200 Market Builds on Late US Surge - last update: 10-Aug-2011
In Australia, the ASX 200 is currently 2.6% firmer at 4139, just off its session highs of 4162. The late overnight surge on Wall Street has been enough of a catalyst to see investors resume their buying, which kicked off around noon yesterday with the...read more.

FTSE 250 Sheds 4.5 Percent on Weak UK Economic Data - last update: 09-Aug-2011
The FTSE 250 dropped 4.5% as official data released highlighted the fragility of the UK's economic recovery. Manufacturing production unexpectedly fell by 0.4% after a rise of 1.8% in May. Economists had predicted a 0.2% increase. Industrial ...read more.

US Credit Downgrade Spurs Safe Haven Buying and Lifts the Silver Market - last update: 08-Aug-2011
The impact of S&P's downgrade of the US (which, by the way, puts it on the same footing as Belgium) has yet to be fully appreciated, but it has had the effect of sending gold racing higher yet again. Flight to safety has also given the silver market a push again, moving...read more.

Eurozone Crisis Deteriorates Sending Indices Diving - last update: 04-Aug-2011
Equity markets suffered yet more losses this morning as indices investors continued to slash their exposure to risky assets. With the debt crisis in Europe deteriorating by the second and investors flocking into...read more.

Threat of US Credit Downgrade Looms Over the Markets - last update: 02-Aug-2011
Despite the US appearing to have averted a debt default after the House of Representatives approved a deal last night to raise the government's borrowing limit, the threat of a potential US credit rating downgrade still added pressure on the financial markets. Mining...read more.

Financial Markets Lifted by US Debt Ceiling Agreement - last update: 01-Aug-2011
Markets worked themselves up into a lather of excitement this morning, after news that US lawmakers had finally managed to hammer out some sort of resolution to the debt ceiling impasse that has paralysed financial markets for the past two weeks. The deal...read more.

Lloyds Share Price Tumbles as Eurozone Debt Fears Resurface - last update: 29-Jul-2011
Banks have come under pressure as Eurozone fears resurface barely a week after a Eurozone summit that was supposed to have provided a solution. Financial stocks are also suffering as the debt ceiling debate rumbles on with no solution yet in sight. Barclays, RBS and Lloyds all dropped by...read more.

ASX 200 Falls as US Default Deadline Looms - last update: 28-Jul-2011
In Australia, the ASX 200 is currently 1.4% weaker at 4472, just above its intraday low of 4465. With no resolution to the US debt ceiling crisis having yet been reached, and the deadline of 2nd August looming large in the mind of the market, indices investors are taking...read more.

Aussie Climbs Higher on Speculation Over Rate Hike - last update: 27-Jul-2011
Expectations of further rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which would make the Aussie more attractive for yield-seeking investors, increased as forex traders began to suspect that the bank would take steps to cool price growth in the economy. The surprise...read more.

Disappointing UK GDP Reading Sends FTSE 100 Lower - last update: 26-Jul-2011
Positive announcements from resource companies provided equities with some relief this morning, however, stock market sentiment quickly turned following a disappointing second-quarter UK GDP reading. By 10.30am (London time) the FTSE 100 was 0.4% lower at 5901.66, despite a...read more.

FTSE Rallies as Weak Dollar Lifts Mining Stocks - last update: 25-Jul-2011
Although the FTSE 100 opened sharply lower, it has clawed its way back up throughout the morning, with mining stocks helping to support the index on the back of a weaker US dollar. By 10.30 am (London time), the FTSE 100 was...read more.

Greek Debt Deal Lifts Banking Stocks and Pushes FTSE Towards 6000 - last update: 22-Jul-2011
Banks rose as sovereign debt concerns eased, while miners recovered yesterday's losses, pushing the FTSE 100 back towards 6000. However, while there may be some relief on one debt front, the other battle, in Washington, continues unabated, and...read more.

Hang Seng Lower as Chinese PMI Contracts for First Time in a Year - last update: 21-Jul-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are all lower following the modestly weaker overnight leads from London and the softer-than-expected Chinese HSBC PMI reading that showed contraction for the first time in a year. The Nikkei 225 and Hang Seng are both 0.3% lower. In...read more.

Speculation Over US Debt Ceiling Agreement Sends FTSE 100 Higher - last update: 20-Jul-2011
Upbeat earnings reports and news of a possible deal on the US debt ceiling meant that the FTSE 100 was up once again this morning. Signs of a possible accord between American lawmakers prompted investors to leave the US dollar and Treasuries and...read more.

Crude Oil Rises on Speculation of a Drop in US Crude Stocks - last update: 19-Jul-2011
Ahead of a report tomorrow that may show US crude oil inventories dropped for a seventh week alongside rising demand in China, crude oil rose this morning, counteracting speculation that Europe's debt crisis will temper fuel consumption. Light-sweet crude was...read more.

Safe Haven Demand Lifts the Silver Market Higher - last update: 18-Jul-2011
Safe haven demand is lifting gold and silver, with the yellow metal reaching new highs of $1600 per ounce, and silver hitting price levels not seen for several weeks, around the $40 per ounce level. Gold and silver might be up, but other commodities are...read more.

Markets Trade Cautiously Ahead of European Bank Stress Test Results - last update: 15-Jul-2011
There was an understandable atmosphere of caution over the markets this morning, with the FTSE 100 opening lower and then eking out small gains, as investors awaited the publication of European bank stress test data. Last year's...read more.

Hang Seng Trades Lower as Moody's Puts US Credit Rating on Negative Watch - last update: 14-Jul-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are mostly lower after credit rating agency Moody's said- after hours - that the United States' triple-A credit rating is under review for possible downgrade. There has seen widespread caution throughout Asia, with the Kospi and Hang Seng the...read more.

Copper Prices Rise on Chinese Growth Figures - last update: 13-Jul-2011
Continued strong growth helped to buoy assets connected with the Chinese economy, such as commodities and the Australian dollar. Copper prices firmed, while the Aussie pushed back above $1.06 as traders bought the currency in expectation of continued high demand for the output...read more.

Italian Stocks Post Heavy Losses as Bailout Fears Grow - last update: 12-Jul-2011
With increasing fears that Italy will soon be next to follow Greece in requiring a bailout from the European Union, Italian stocks posted some of the heaviest losses this morning as European officials failed to...read more.

Will Italy be Forced to ask for EU Help? (Just Like Greece, Portugal & Ireland) - last update: 11-Jul-2011
Italian ten-year bonds have seen their yields rise in recent days, while a sell-off in Italian banking stocks reflects worries that Italy will be forced to tread the same path as Greece, Ireland and Portugal and request help from the wider EU. ...read more.

BSkyB Shares Drop on Speculation That News Corp Will Withdraw Takeover Bid - last update: 08-Jul-2011
British Sky Broadcasting Group, flagged up on our factsheet earlier today, saw its share price tumble 4.4% to 776p on speculation that News Corp will drop the takeover bid for the company. According to Bloomberg News, the UK government said that it will take some time before giving a final...read more.

Strength in Heavyweight Mining Sector Lifts the FTSE - last update: 07-Jul-2011
The FTSE opened in positive territory this morning thanks to strength in the heavyweight mining sector. By 12.15pm (London time) the FTSE 100 index was 23.32 points (+0.40%) above its previous close at 6028 while the broader (more domestic) FTSE 250 index was...read more.

UK 100 Falls on Surprise Chinese Interest Rate Hike - last update: 06-Jul-2011
The FTSE 100 index was 0.59% lower at 5987.63, while the FTSE 250 index was 0.19% below its previous close at 12123.32 by midday. The blue-chip index was paring earlier losses by late morning when out of the blue the Bank of China announced a surprise 25 basis-point increase in...read more.

African Barrick Gold Shares Drop on Profit Taking in Mining Stocks - last update: 05-Jul-2011
Anxiety over Greece, China and the US instigated a bout of profit-taking across mining stocks this morning, limiting the FTSE's upside potential. Rio Tinto, Kazakhmys, and African Barrick Gold were the worst performing miners, down between 0.4% and...read more.

Antofagasta Shares Rise Despite Signs of Chinese Economic Slowdown - last update: 04-Jul-2011
The reaction in the mining sector this morning seems to suggest that the commodities market is not too concerned about the slowdown in China. Essar Energy, Eurasian, BHP Billiton and Antofagasta were among the best performing miners this morning, with gains ranging ...read more.

Hang Seng Lifted by Improved Investor Appetite - last update: 01-Jul-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are all in positive territory, following Wall Street's lead, indicating a general improvement in investors' risk appetite. The Hang Seng and Kospi are the top performers - up 1.5% and 1.3% respectively - while the...read more.

ASX Lifted as Greek Vote Result Spurs Investor Appetite - last update: 30-Jun-2011
In Australia, the ASX 200 is currently 1.6% firmer at 4602, right on its session highs. With the Greek government passing its austerity package overnight, the mood of the market has lifted considerably with investors notably more willing to buy into risk names. Gains for...read more.

Investor Confidence over Greek Austerity Vote Result Lifts FTSE 100 - last update: 29-Jun-2011
The FTSE 100 traded at 5832.22 by 11.10am (London time), representing a 1.13% gain from the prior day's close, while the broader FTSE 250 index was 0.96% higher at 11718.05. The market is confident that the Greek austerity vote will pass. Even ...read more.

Investors Trading Cautiously Ahead of Greek Austerity Vote - last update: 28-Jun-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are mixed following the positive overnight leads from the US, although investors continue to remain cautious ahead of the crucial Greek parliamentary vote. The Nikkei 225 is the...read more.

Silver Trades Lower as Greek Debt Worries Spur Risk Aversion - last update: 27-Jun-2011
Gold bucked the negative trend in commodities today, with July futures up 0.15% to $1,502.75 per troy ounce by late morning trading. In contrast, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, natural gas and crude oil prices were all lower this...read more.

UK Shares Rebound on News That EU Leaders Agree on Greek Bailout - last update: 24-Jun-2011
UK shares have rebounded from yesterday's sell-off following a statement from China that it expects to have inflation under control by the end of the year, and also by news that EU leaders have agreed to dispatch yet more money to Greece. Two of...read more.

Fed President's Resolve to End Quantitative Easing Triggers FTSE 100 Fall - last update: 23-Jun-2011
The FTSE 100 fell on Thursday morning, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated plans to end QE2 at the end of the month, despite increasing evidence of a slowdown in economic growth. Investors have now shifted their attention back to...read more.

US Stocks Trade Higher on Optimism over Greece - last update: 22-Jun-2011
In the US overnight, stocks continued their rebound as investors bet that the Greek parliament would vote in favour of the current government. This has just been confirmed, which is another crucial...read more.

Markets Rise on Eurogroup President Comments over Greece - last update: 21-Jun-2011
Equities recovered from a three-month low this morning following yesterday's upbeat announcement from Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker, but investors are likely to be cautious ahead of...read more.

Copper Prices Shed 1.3% as Strong Dollar Hurts Commodities - last update: 20-Jun-2011
The stronger US dollar has sent commodities into another funk, pushing US crude back towards $90 per barrel, while copper is down 1.3% to $404 per pound. Gold is little changed however, as declines prompted by a rising dollar are...read more.

Asian Markets Weakened as Uncertainties Over Greece Weigh - last update: 17-Jun-2011
Across Asia, regional indices are mostly lower despite the improvement in sentiment overnight, and some modest gains on Wall Street. Uncertainty over the Greek debt situation and US economic growth is continuing to weigh on investors' minds. The Shanghai Composite is the...read more.

EUR/USD Drops as ECB Governing Council Director Suggests Doubling Bailout Fund - last update: 16-Jun-2011
The EUR/USD sank to a low of 1.4074 this morning after Nout Wellink, governing council director of the ECB, said the bailout fund should be doubled to €1.5 trillion to take into account the contagion risk for both Ireland and Portugal. Greece's fiscal position has begun to infect sentiment towards other highly...read more.

FTSE Falls Below 5800 on Weak Consumer Spending - last update: 15-Jun-2011
After clinging on yesterday to 5800, the FTSE 100 fell below this level again, as news of major reforms in the financial sector knocked banking stocks. A poor first-quarter update from Sainsbury's served to remind investors about the weak state of UK consumer spending, while...read more.

The Hong Kong Hang Seng Rises on Chinese Inflation Data - last update: 14-Jun-2011
The markets have all rallied strongly following the Chinese inflation data release. Having been down as much as 0.7%, the Kospi is now the best performer, up 1.5%. Elsewhere, the Shanghai Composite, Nikkei 225 and Hang Seng are all up between 0.3% and 1.1%. In...read more.

FTSE 250 Falls as Banking Sector Climbs but Mining Stocks are Mixed - last update: 13-Jun-2011
The FTSE 250 lost 0.2% to 11759.82. Mining stocks were mixed, as commodity prices fell back, but the financial sector was up on the back of reports that suggest that the UK's big banks may meet the government's lending targets...read more.

S&P 500 Snaps Losing Streak and Rises on Bargain Hunting - last update: 10-Jun-2011
On Wall Street overnight, stocks finally snapped their six-session losing streak to close higher for the first time in June, as participants saw the recent sell-off as overdone, and bargain hunters moved in. The broad-based S&P 500 was the best performer, adding 0.7%, while ...read more.

Euro/Dollar Rate Rises Ahead of ECB Monetary Committee Meeting - last update: 09-Jun-2011
The Euro / Dollar market has resumed its upward progress this morning in advance of the ECB's monthly interest rate decision. The single currency is pushing towards a one-month high before the ECB ...read more.

Sterling Struggling Against Euro as Weak UK growth Weighs - last update: 08-Jun-2011
Sterling has generally struggled against the euro this year, as weak UK growth prevents the Bank of England from lifting rates. On the other hand, a good performance from the German economic powerhouse has pushed the ECB into raising rates, making the single European currency...read more.

Burberry Up and HMV Gets Yet Another Rescue Deal - last update: 07-Jun-2011
Struggling music retailer HMV continues to enjoy a turnaround in its fortunes, as its shares rose a further 12% to 13.75p, having jumped from 8p to 12p yesterday. ...read more.

Portuguese Election Means €78bn Bailout Programme can Start - last update: 06-Jun-2011
Meanwhile, the victory of the centre-right Social Democrats has given the euro a small boost this morning, since the €78 billion bailout programme can now be implemented...read more.

FTSE 250 Rises on Gains in Transport Sector After Upgrades - last update: 03-Jun-2011
In FTSE 250 shares news, transport groups were lifted following a note from JP Morgan, who started coverage on Stagecoach and Go Ahead with an overweight rating. The two companies rose 2% and 3.5% respectively, helping ...read more.

Markets Drop on Concerns Over Global Recovery - last update: 02-Jun-2011
Investors have become increasingly nervous about the state of the global economy, and the poor US news yesterday combined with existing concerns about monetary tightening in east Asia. Sentiment is likely to...read more.

FTSE 100 Falls as a Range of Blue Chips go Ex Dividend - last update: 01-Jun-2011
Ex-dividend factors are weighing on the FTSE 100 index as Vodafone, National Grid, Marks and Spencer, WPP, Intertek and Capital Shopping Centres are all trading without their payout attractions today. All of the affected companies are...read more.

Asian Markets Lifted by Japanese Economic Data - last update: 31-May-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are mostly higher, albeit on light volumes, after positive economic data out of Japan. Data showed that Japan's industrial and manufacturing activities are starting to show signs of recovery following...read more.

Risk Appetite Buoys the UK Mining Sector - last update: 27-May-2011
Bullish conditions on global markets, meanwhile, were benefiting the FTSE's roster of big miners. As at 10.20am (London time), Rio Tinto was up +1.94%, Xstrata +1.79% and Antofagasta +1.75% as a surge of optimism saw...read more.

UK 100 Pulls Back from Early Morning Gains - last update: 26-May-2011
The UK 100 began the day in positive fashion, adding about half a percent by 9am, but has quickly corrected that sharp ascent and was trading about 15.68 points (+0.27%) up on the day at 10.45am in London. The index is receiving strong support...read more.

US Shares Fall on Concerns over Economic Recovery - last update: 25-May-2011
On Wall Street overnight, US Shares finished a choppy session modestly lower as signs of economic weakness continued. However, it would have likely been worse had...read more.

Kazakhmys Drags Mining Stocks up as FTSE Bounces Back - last update: 24-May-2011
The FTSE has clawed back some ground this morning following yesterday's 1.9% fall over renewed Eurozone fears, with miners predominant on the blue-chip index's early leaderboard. Copper miner Kazakhmys (+2.8%) headed the FTSE at 10am, from...read more.

FTSE Drops on Greek Debt and Icelandic Volcanic Eruption Fears - last update: 23-May-2011
The FTSE is down sharply this morning as Greek default fears hit resource prices and the shadow of another Icelandic eruption spooked markets. US and Asian markets closed out last week with a steep drop, and this morning the...read more.

European Equities Boosted by Strong US Lead on LinkedIn IPO Success - last update: 20-May-2011
The FTSE 100 moved back to 6000 once more this morning, as a good finish on Wall Street, helped by the soaring success of LinkedIn's IPO, put the bulls firmly in charge. Only time will tell whether...read more.

Commodities Price Rebound Lifts US Markets - last update: 19-May-2011
In the US overnight, stocks snapped a three day losing streak to close near their session highs as prices rebounded in the commodities markets. This occurred as participants began to...read more.

FTSE 100 Rises on Land Securities Earnings and Strong Heavyweight Sectors - last update: 18-May-2011
The FTSE 100 snapped the longest losing streak for two months today, as better than expected earnings from Land Securities triggered a strong rebound in real estate stocks. Miners and banks also...read more.

Banking Shares in Trouble as Rumours Circulate of a Greek Default - last update: 17-May-2011
Investors are being deterred from taking stakes in the banking sector due to the continuing uncertainty over Greece, as rumours of default continue to rumble around...read more.

Markets Start to See Risk Aversion on Falling Metal Prices - last update: 16-May-2011
With metal prices falling once more today, mining stocks once again suffered as investors continued to shy away from riskier assets due to fears about...read more.

Stock Markets Rise as Weakening US Dollar Boosts Commodities - last update: 13-May-2011
In the US overnight, stocks erased a good chunk of yesterday's falls as commodities recovered on the back of a retreating US dollar while traders saw the recent declines as...read more.

Fresnillo Leads Shares Lower on Falling Silver Price - last update: 12-May-2011
Yesterday's sell-off continued this morning, as investors took flight from risky assets on fears about the state of the global economic recovery. Miners are the chief hindrance to any hope of gains for the leading index, with Mexican silver miner Fresnillo once again...read more.

UK Shares Rise After Gains in US Markets and Commodities - last update: 11-May-2011
A third consecutive day of gains for US markets and further gains in the commodity markets are providing the impetus for today's advance. Gains on the day are broad-based but are being led by...read more.

Imperial Tobacco Sees Positive Results Despite Weaker European Sales - last update: 10-May-2011
Imperial Tobacco reflected some of April's strong retail sales data in its results, as earnings for its first half rose 7% instead of the forecast 5.5%. Sales growth came from emerging markets, as trading in Europe (even in Germany) suffered from...read more.

Positive US Non Farms Data Boosts Shares Markets - last update: 09-May-2011
Investors seem prepared once more to believe that the global economy is continuing to improve, helped by Friday's upbeat non-farm payrolls report. However, a lack of UK and US economic data this morning means that...read more.

Weak US Leads Weigh on Australian ASX 200 Index - last update: 06-May-2011
The Australian, the ASX 200 is currently 0.2% weaker at 4746, well off its earlier session lows of 4713. On the back of heavy overnight losses across US markets, the Australian market opened down sharply but may...read more.

Lloyds Shares Fall on Surprise Announcement of Q1 Losses - last update: 05-May-2011
In the banking sector, Lloyds provided a nasty shock for the markets as it swung back into the red for its first quarter. Provisions for potential compensation claims resulting from Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) lie behind...read more.

US Dollar Sees Strength on Chinese Exchange News - last update: 04-May-2011
A surprise move by the Chinese to lower the CNY fix by a marginal amount to 6.5013 saw capital flows into the USD with AUD/USD and EUR/USD coming under pressure. Reports in the Wall Street Journal that George Soros's fund had been selling out of precious metals...read more.

FTSE 100 Markets Rise After Bin Laden News - last update: 03-May-2011
The FTSE 100 was able to post modest gains this morning, remaining solidly above 6000, but the atmosphere remains febrile as investors continue to debate the full impact of yesterday's momentous news...read more.

Dow Jones Rallies to Multi Year Highs After Bernanke Speech - last update: 28-Apr-2011
Overnight, US markets rallied to fresh multi-year highs after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a 'no surprises' press conference following the FOMC's decision to keep the Fed funds rate unchanged. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged...read more.

US Indices Break Resistance and Reach 3 Yearly Highs - last update: 27-Apr-2011
Overnight, US markets broke through recent resistance to touch their highest levels in nearly three years, after continuing strong earnings reports and a surprisingly optimistic consumer confidence reading. It was the Dow and S&P's highest close since...read more.

AUD/USD Correlation With Gold Rises Above 80 Percent - last update: 26-Apr-2011
Interestingly, the correlation between AUD/USD and gold is at 80%, the highest since mid February, and as gold fell today we saw the AUD/USD dip below $1.07...read more.

Strong US Earnings Sees Asian Indices Make Gains - last update: 21-Apr-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are ending the Easter-shortened week on a positive note, with all indices firmly in the black following the very strong corporate earnings and economic data out of the US overnight. The Kospi and Hang Seng are...read more.

Safe Haven Trades See Gold Breach $1500 Psychological Level - last update: 20-Apr-2011
The gold price has passed a psychological milestone today, as the cost of an ounce of the yellow metal moved above $1500. As the ultimate safe haven, gold is seen as...read more.

US Stocks Fall as Standard and Poors Cut American Credit Outlook - last update: 19-Apr-2011
On Wall Street overnight, the US stock markets started the week on a negative footing, sinking the most in a month. This came as crude oil slid lower and gold surged to another record high after Standard & Poor's cut the American credit outlook...read more.

Euro Weakens on Finnish Election Result - last update: 18-Apr-2011
The euro has come under heavy pressure this morning following a series of worrying news items. In Finland, the Euro sceptic True Finns party gained almost a fifth of votes cast in national elections...read more.

Markets Trade Flat on High Chinese Inflation Reading - last update: 15-Apr-2011
The Chinese inflation data we've seen overnight may have come in higher than expected but the overshoot was marginal and financial markets haven't reacted adversely to the news in isolation...read more.

Reckitt Benckiser Shares Fall as their CEO Announces Retirement - last update: 14-Apr-2011
Reckitt Benckiser, the consumer goods company, provided an object lesson in 'key man risk' today, after its shares lost 7.5% following news of the departure of its chief executive, Bart Becht. Mr Becht has been at the helm of Reckitt for 16 years...read more.

UK Employment Boosts the London Stock Market - last update: 13-Apr-2011
A slightly improved picture for UK employment helped to stiffen investors' nerves, while commodity regained their composure as markets realised that yesterday's note from...read more.

Poor Retail Sales and Falling Commodities Weaken UK Shares - last update: 12-Apr-2011
There were heavy falls for UK shares this morning, as abysmal retail sales figures combined with a commodity-linked sell-off in the mining sector, prompted by a cautious note from...read more.

Equity Markets Rise Despite Gold Reaching All Time Highs - last update: 08-Apr-2011
Despite soaring crude oil prices and gold continuing to push out to fresh all-time highs, equity markets remain in an upbeat mood as we approach the weekend break. Even yesterday's latest...read more.

Bank Stocks Rise as Portugal Requests Bailout - last update: 07-Apr-2011
Bank stocks were in the ascendant following the news from Portugal, as the acknowledgement of the inevitable sent a feeling of relief through London's financial sector. RBS gained 3% to 44.03p and Barclays...read more.

Marks & Spencer Announce Better than Expected Sales Data - last update: 06-Apr-2011
Some positive news for the UK retail sector emerged from Marks & Spencer, which announced that overall like-for-like sales were up 0.1%, although this masked a 3.4% drop in non-food sales...read more.

FTSE 100 Falls Below 6000 on Eurozone and Inflationary Concerns - last update: 05-Apr-2011
The FTSE 100 slipped below 6000 once again, as worries about the Eurozone and elevated inflationary pressures reignited fears about the global economic recovery. An unexpectedly strong reading on...read more.

Rising Commodity Prices Lift Heavyweight Mining Sector - last update: 04-Apr-2011
Resurgent commodity prices lifted the heavyweight mining sector, with the biggest riser being silver miner Fresnillo, which rose 3.3% to 1617p, thanks to a leap in silver prices that pushed the white metal past...read more.

As Usual a Weakening Yen Boosts the Nikkei - last update: 01-Apr-2011
The yen has continued to weaken, providing a boost for beaten up Japanese exporters. The Nikkei 225, the Kospi and Hang Seng are all higher by between...read more.

UK Shares Trade Mixed on Weak Retailers and Strong Miners - last update: 31-Mar-2011
The FTSE 100 struggled to remain in positive territory this morning, as a broad weakness across retail shares countered gains in mining and energy stocks...read more.

Tech Heavy Nasdaq Leads US Stocks Higher - last update: 30-Mar-2011
On Wall Street overnight, US stocks continued their ascent, with the S&P 500 hitting a three-week high, as energy and materials names led the market higher. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the best performer...read more.

Australian Dollar Reaches New Highs on the Currency Markets - last update: 29-Mar-2011
Most traders have been watching the AUD/USD pretty closely after it hit a fresh post-float high of 1.0315 overnight. It moved through previous closing resistance...read more.

UK Banking Shares Rise After Eurozone Agreement - last update: 28-Mar-2011
The banking sector was broadly higher thanks to the weekend Eurozone agreement, with Barclays and HSBC up 1%. However, widespread drops in commodity prices following...read more.

African Barrick Gold Rises After Discovering More Gold - last update: 25-Mar-2011
African Barrick Gold gained 4.06% after finding more gold at the Nyanzaga Project in Tanzania. The FTSE was also buoyed by a rise from Reckitt Benckiser and Invensys, which gained 3.39% and...read more.

More Trouble on the European Periphery as Portuguese Prime Minister Steps Down - last update: 24-Mar-2011
Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates stepped down last night after parliament voted against the minority government's recent austerity proposals...read more.

Sainsbury Plunges 5.39% After Missing Market Estimates - last update: 23-Mar-2011
Sainsbury plunged 5.39% this morning after missing sales estimates for the ten weeks to 19 March. Excluding fuel, like-for-like sales gained 1% during the fourth quarter, below the 2.1% median estimate...read more.

Sterling Rises as UK Inflation Continues to Grow - last update: 22-Mar-2011
The Bank of England will be pressed further to lift interest rates after UK inflation quickened at a faster pace than expected in February. Sterling rose on the data, as it suggests the BoE may be forced to lift interest rates...read more.

Warren Buffet Suggests Japanese Stocks Present Buying Opportunity - last update: 21-Mar-2011
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett commented today that the tragedy would not change the economic future of Japan. Mr Buffett added that if he owned any shares in Japan, he would not be selling...read more.

Stock Market Trading Remains Dominated by Poor Sentiment - last update: 18-Mar-2011
The stock market this week has been dominated by fear and 'headline' news, with the VIX index spiking more than 40% over the course of the week. The absence of any...read more.

Indices Rise on Hopes of G7 Aid to Japan - last update: 17-Mar-2011
After six days of declines, indices staged a rebound this morning on hopes that G7 talks over the weekend may result in a coordinated approach to stemming Japan's nuclear crisis...read more.

Crude Oil Prices on the Rise as Bahrain Forces Attack Protesters - last update: 16-Mar-2011
Crude oil prices have risen again this morning following action by security forces in Bahrain. Police and military forces cleared Pearl Square in Manama, Bahrain's capital, where anti-government protests have been...read more.

Japanese Nikkei 225 Takes a Big 11.6% Tumble - last update: 15-Mar-2011
The Nikkei 225 is down a massive 11.6% while the Hang Seng, Kospi and Shanghai Composite are all lower between 2.1% and 3.8%. Japanese share traders resumed where they left off on Monday selling...read more.

Aggreko Shares Rise on Speculation of Japanese Demand - last update: 14-Mar-2011
Shares of power supply firm Aggreko jumped 6% to 1492p on expectation its products will be needed en masse in Japan, while BG Group added 1.85% to reach 1487p as a result of speculation that Japanese...read more.

Insurers Fall as Japan is Hit by Earthquake and Tsunami - last update: 11-Mar-2011
Japan was struck by the biggest earthquake in 140 years this morning, which has already claimed ten lives. Aviva and Prudential lost 2.36% and 2.04% respectively as the extent of the damages...read more.

Morrison's Unveils Two Year Share Buyback Scheme - last update: 10-Mar-2011
Morrison's unveiled plans to buy back £1 billion of shares over the next two years and is also aiming for double-digit percentage growth in dividend payments over the next three years...read more.

Asian Markets Rise After Positive US Session and OPEC Comments - last update: 09-Mar-2011
Across Asia, stock market indices are all higher in afternoon trade, following the positive leads from Wall Street and the comments from OPEC overnight. The Nikkei 225 is the best performer...read more.

UK Shares Earnings Due on Quiet Day for Economic Announcements - last update: 08-Mar-2011
Earnings news is set to pick up a little, however, with petrochemicals engineering firm Weir Group out of London, along with insurer Old Mutual, Antofagasta and Tullett Prebon...read more.

Intertek Performs Well After Announcing Strong 2010 Results - last update: 07-Mar-2011
Safety services firm Intertek jumped 4.6% to 1986p after announcing good results for 2010. The group increased revenue by 9% to £1.3 billion...read more.

Strong US Data Boosts Major US Shares on Wall Street - last update: 04-Mar-2011
On Wall Street overnight, US stocks surged as the major indices jumped more than 1.5%, following talk of a Middle East mediation plan from Venezuela and a series of stronger...read more.

AMEC Rises After Positive Yearly Earnings Results - last update: 03-Mar-2011
AMEC, the engineering and oil services firm jumped 6.55% to 1203p after full-year earnings gained 30% last year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to...read more.

Commodities Remain Near Recent and Record Highs - last update: 02-Mar-2011
WTI oil is hovering near $100 a barrel, while Brent crude is trading near $115 a barrel. Gold is also near a record high of $1431.50 an ounce as investors seek shelter from the...read more.

Fresnillo Shares Rise on Increased Production and Profits - last update: 01-Mar-2011
Shares in Fresnillo rose 2.07% to 1627p after announcing preliminary results this morning. The gold and silver miner said production reached new records in 2010, with silver output up 1.7% while gold increased 33.4%...read more.

HSBC Improves Results Weakens on Missed Expectations - last update: 28-Feb-2011
Looking at financial shares, HSBC saw performance improve in all its divisions last year and succeeded in doubling pre-tax profits to just over $19 billion. A 169% increase over the 2009 figure...read more.

Calmer Oil Market Reassures Investors Despite LSE Technical Issues - last update: 25-Feb-2011
Despite a technical failure halting trading, sentiment on the London Stock Exchange seemed improved as a calmer oil market helped to reassure investors. However, optimism was limited...read more.

RBS Pulls Back After Disappointing Analysts Expectations - last update: 24-Feb-2011
Royal Bank of Scotland lost 2.79% this morning, after full-year results disappointed analysts. The bank narrowed its full-year loss to £1.1 billion, from £3.6 billion in 2009. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg...read more.

Weakening Copper Prices Weigh on UK Mining Shares - last update: 23-Feb-2011
Copper prices fell as risk-aversion continued to reign among investors, with Antofagasta dropping 1.8% to 1358p and Rio Tinto shedding 1.16% to 4290p. However, the banking sector...read more.

Escalating Libyan Tensions Push FTSE Below 6000 - last update: 22-Feb-2011
Escalating tensions in Libya knocked the FTSE below the psychological 6000 mark yet again. The situation in Libya took a turn for the worse, with leader Muammar Gaddafi refusing to relinquish power. In a speech...read more.

Diageo Plans to Purchase Turkish Spirits Company Mey Icki - last update: 21-Feb-2011
Drinks giant Diageo, the owner of Guinness, has announced plans to buy Turkish spirits producer Mey Icki for £1.3 billion. Mey Icki is the market leader in production of Raki...read more.

Anglo American Continues its M&A Activity - last update: 18-Feb-2011
So far Anglo American has sold $3.3 billion of non-core assets, and it has announced a joint venture with Lafarge to merge their UK cement and aggregates businesses...read more.

Investors Look Forward to a Raft of Earnings News - last update: 17-Feb-2011
There's a flood of European earnings news with high profile names including Kingfisher and Ladbrokes in the UK, BNP Paribas, Pernod Ricard and AXA in France...read more.

Hang Seng Rises as Markets Digest Positive BHP Results - last update: 16-Feb-2011
Across Asian markets, regional indices are all higher as markets digest BHP's earnings result and positive manufacturing data out of the US last night. The Hang Seng is the region's best performer...read more.

Chinese Imports Data and Citi Upgrades Lift Materials Sectors - last update: 15-Feb-2011
Chinese data released yesterday, showing larger-than-expected growth in imports, combined with Citigroup raising its price target on several steel and coal companies to serve as the catalyst for the energy and materials sectors to...read more.

FTSE 100 Moves Ahead as Egyptian President Mubarak Steps Down - last update: 14-Feb-2011
The FTSE 100 managed to edge forward during morning trading, as mining stocks were lifted by rising commodity prices, and the resignation of Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak calmed fears about...read more.

Asian Indices Weaken Despite Positive US Outlook - last update: 11-Feb-2011
Across the Asian markets, regional indices are all modestly lower despite continued improvement in the US economic outlook and hopes of a near-term resolution to the unrest in Egypt...read more.

Diageo Shares Pull Back on Missed Estimates - last update: 10-Feb-2011
Shares in Diageo fell 4.55% to 1196p after the alcoholic drinks producer missed estimates. The company said like-for-like sales in the first-half rose 4%, missing the 4.5%...read more.

Widening UK Trade Balance Dampens FTSE Rally - last update: 09-Feb-2011
The FTSE 100 February rally took a breather this morning after a widening of the UK trade balance dampened spirits, while disappointing results from...read more.

BG Group Boosts UK Shares After Beating Expectations - last update: 08-Feb-2011
Gas giant BG Group rose 1.18% to 1457p after reporting full-year results today. Earnings for the year were $4.01 billion, beating the $3.4 billion median estimate from analysts...read more.

AstraZeneca Weakens on Poor Cancer Drug Trial Results - last update: 07-Feb-2011
AstraZeneca was hit by another set of problems this morning, with the latest poor drug results coming from its cancer treatment, Zibotentan. Advanced trials on the...read more.

Nikkei 225 Rises 1.1% on After a Good Day in the US Markets - last update: 04-Feb-2011
Across Asia, the Nikkei 225 is currently higher by 1.1%, taking its cues from US markets which overcame early modest losses to finish in the green...read more.

US Markets Hold Up Well Despite Reasons to Lighten Risk - last update: 03-Feb-2011
It was an interesting night in equity, commodity and currency markets, with plenty of reasons to lighten-up on risk. US markets held up well...read more.

UK Mining Sector Shares Push FTSE Past 6000 Level - last update: 02-Feb-2011
The FTSE 100 extended yesterday's rally and sailed past the psychological 6000 mark, led by a rally in the mining sector. Risk appetite was also fuelled by...read more.

Sterling Rises Following Positive January Manufacturing Data - last update: 01-Feb-2011
Manufacturing activity in the UK rose at a record pace in January, surprising economists who were expecting activity to remain unchanged on the month. Sterling rose strongly following the release...read more.

Egyptian Crisis Weakens UK Travel Stocks - last update: 31-Jan-2011
Holiday firms were hit hard by the Egyptian crisis, with travel agents Thomas Cook and TUI Travel among the heaviest fallers on the FTSE 100. Thomas Cook...read more.

Materials and Energy Sectors Weigh on AUS 200 Index - last update: 28-Jan-2011
In Australia, the ASX 200 closed down 0.7% at 4774, but well off its session lows of 4755. Materials and energy names followed the weak leads of their offshore peers and...read more.

Japanese Debt Downgrade Leads Yen Sharply Lower - last update: 27-Jan-2011
Credit rating agency S&P surprised financial markets this morning after downgrading Japan's sovereign credit rating from AA to AA-. The downgrade sent the yen sharply lower...read more.

Futures Markets Help to Indicate a Strong Opening for the US - last update: 26-Jan-2011
March futures for the Dow Jones and S&P 500 are up 0.3% and 0.4% respectively, indicating that Wall Street will see a strong advance after the opening bell. This afternoon...read more.

Nikkei 225 Leads Asian Markets Higher After Positive US Session - last update: 25-Jan-2011
Across Asia, regional markets are mostly higher following the positive lead from Wall Street. The Nikkei 225 is the best performer, up 1.0% on optimism ahead of the upcoming earnings season...read more.

UK Government Reaches Impasse With Banks Over Lending Targets - last update: 24-Jan-2011
In the UK markets, talks between the government and the country's largest banks reached an impasse, as the banks argue that lending targets for weaker businesses might...read more.

Precious Metal Prices Remain Under Pressure - last update: 21-Jan-2011
Prices of precious metals such as gold and silver remain under pressure as the recovery in Europe and the US continues to take hold. However, the money...read more.

Investors Lock in Profits as China's Growth Exceeds Expectations - last update: 20-Jan-2011
Concerns that China's booming economy will lead to further policy tightening this year gave investors an excuse to lock in recent profits and take a breather from the stock market rally which...read more.

Banks Suffer After Citigroup Miss Earnings Estimates - last update: 19-Jan-2011
The banks suffered yesterday after Citigroup missed earnings estimates. Barclays was down 1.56%, Lloyds retreated 0.5%, and HSBC fell...read more.

Tech Stocks Weaken as Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave - last update: 18-Jan-2011
Sentiment among Asian technology names has been hurt following the news overnight that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take medical leave for the third time since...read more.

Traders Should Keeping an Eye on Rolls Royce - last update: 17-Jan-2011
Traders should also be keeping an eye on Rolls Royce. Shares in the company rose 0.15% to 655.5p after it reported a contract win that will see it supply gas turbines and...read more.

Fresnillo Expects Increased Silver Production for 2011 - last update: 14-Jan-2011
Fresnillo rose 1.54% to 1582p after reporting their fourth-quarter production report. The miner expects a 5% increase in silver production for 2011 to 44 million ounces...read more.

Investors Await Spanish Bond Auction Results - last update: 13-Jan-2011
Attention in the markets is now on Madrid, which is set to have its own bond offer today. Expectations are that this will also get away without any hitches and the offered rate will...read more.

Sainsbury's Receives Boost From Christmas Sales Report - last update: 12-Jan-2011
It was a good Christmas for Sainsbury, according to data released by the supermarket, with a 3.6% rise in like-for-like sales (excluding fuel) in the fourteen weeks to...read more.

Euro Receives Boost as Japan Pledges to Buy Euro-Bonds - last update: 11-Jan-2011
Japan is committed to buying a significant tranche of the Euro-bond issue due later in the month. This is injecting some confidence into the euro, pushing asset prices...read more.

Smith & Nephew Rejects J&J Bid - last update: 10-Jan-2011
For the second time in as many months, the rules on company reporting appear to be taken merely as suggestions, as news emerged that Smith & Nephew had rejected a bid approach without informing...read more.

easyJet Shares Continue to Soar as BA Shareholders Crash - last update: 07-Jan-2011
In sharp contrast to yesterday's disappointing news from British Airways, budget airline easyJet reported that traffic in December rose 7.6%. 3.66 million flyers travelled on the firm's planes, up from 3.34 million in 2009. The load factor, which measures how well the firm fills its planes, also rose, from 85.4%...read more.

Resource Stocks Top FTSE 100 Leaderboard - last update: 06-Jan-2011
Resources stocks were among the best performers on the FTSE this morning after Randgold Resources, Eurasian Natural Resources and...read more.

Next Plc Expects Profit to Rise 7-10% as Internet Trading Remains Strong - last update: 05-Jan-2011
Despite this morning's statement however, Next appeared in the FTSE 100's top five stocks, rising 35p (+1.74%) after standing by its profit estimate for the 12 months ending in January. Next, which expects profit to rise between 7% and 10%, said internet trading remained strong...read more.

BP Shares Rise on Takeover Rumours and Oil Prices - last update: 04-Jan-2011
BP jumped 4.93% to 488.5p bolstered by the recent gains in oil price and also reports that Royal Dutch Shell was considering making a takeover bid for BP during the wake of...read more.

Euro Continues Positive Week in the Forex Markets - last update: 31-Dec-2010
The euro continued its good performance in the forex markets for the week, rising 0.47% against the US dollar to $1.3352...read more.

US Foreclosures Rate Rises in Third Quarter - last update: 30-Dec-2010
In the markets, foreclosures on houses in the US jumped in the third quarter of 2010, according to official data from bank regulators, as the number of borrowers that...read more.

China Raises Interest Rates on Christmas Day - last update: 29-Dec-2010
A slew of news from China has provided much for investors to chew on now that they have digested their Christmas turkey. On Christmas Day, while the western world gathered for...read more.

Randgold Pulls Back on Political Tensions in the Ivory Coast - last update: 24-Dec-2010
Randgold Resources fell 5.4% to 5205p after it issued another statement saying that its operations in the Ivory Coast would be hit by the political turmoil in that country. Incumbent president...read more.

Rio Tinto Increases Offer for Riversdale Mining - last update: 23-Dec-2010
Rio Tinto has increased its offer for Riversdale Mining to £2.5 billion, as it attempts to win over shareholders of the Australian firm such as Tata Steel. The two companies have been in talks...read more.

FTSE 100 Rises Towards 6000 Level - last update: 22-Dec-2010
The FTSE 100 continued to claw its way towards 6000 this morning, but volumes remained low as geopolitical tensions returned once more to discourage...read more.

Euro Weakens as Moody's Considers Portugal's Rating - last update: 21-Dec-2010
The brief calm that descended on the Euro in the forex markets was shattered this morning as ratings agency Moody's took another look at Portugal's credit rating. Moody's said that...read more.

CBI Downgrades UK Growth Forecast for Q1 2011 to 0.2% - last update: 20-Dec-2010
The CBI has downgraded its growth forecast for the UK economy for the first quarter of 2011. Growth of 0.2% is now expected, down from the previous figure of 0.3%, with higher-than-expected inflation and job cuts in the public sector slowing growth....read more.

AstraZeneca Suffers Further FDA Approval Delay - last update: 17-Dec-2010
Drugs giant AstraZeneca slumped 5% to 2999.5p after it suffered another delay in getting US approval for its blood-thinning drug Brilinta. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has...read more.

More Concerns as Moody's Put Spain's Aa1 Credit Rating on Negative Watch - last update: 16-Dec-2010
Across Asia, regional markets are mostly lower following the modestly weaker leads from the US. Once again, European concerns have risen to the surface after Moody's put Spain's Aa1 credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade. ...read more.

US Shares Finish Session Stronger - last update: 15-Dec-2010
In the US overnight, shares finished the session firmer, although they were off their highs after bond yields rose. This occurred after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its commitment to...read more.

The Pound Climbs on Higher UK Inflation - last update: 14-Dec-2010
In the forex markets, the pound initially climbed as a result, as rising inflation makes it more difficult for the Bank of England (BoE) to justify additional...read more.

FTSE Buoyed as China Fails to Raise Rates - last update: 13-Dec-2010
The FTSE remained firmly above the 5800 level in morning trading, as China surprised the market by holding off from an interest rate hike...read more.

ASX 200 Index Trades in a Tight Range - last update: 10-Dec-2010
The ASX 200 closed 0.1% higher at 4745 having traded in a tight range all session. Today's trading was notable for...read more.

US Treasuries Hit a Six-Month High - last update: 09-Dec-2010
The US Dollar rose and Treasuries hit a six-month high. For the session, the NASDAQ and S&P 500 were the best performers, both adding...read more.

Nikkei 225 Performs Well After US Rally - last update: 08-Dec-2010
Across Asia, regional markets are mixed after the US market's rally stalled overnight after solid early gains. As of 05:25, the Nikkei 225 is the region's best...read more.

Wolseley Rises on Increased Gross Profits - last update: 07-Dec-2010
Wolseley, the plumbing and trade distributor, topped the FTSE 100 after gaining 4.15% to 1906p. The company issued an interim management...read more.

Desire Share Dive to 45% Despite New Drilling Programme - last update: 06-Dec-2010
Last week the company said that it had found oil at the 14/15-2 Rachel North well, but subsequent testing showed that there were only residual traces of oil and that the mobile fluid found was actually water. Desire added that its drilling programme in the area had identified...read more.

The Permanent Printing of Money is Not a Solution - last update: 03-Dec-2010
Although the meeting revealed that the ECB was not yet ready to abandon the peripheral states to the whims of the market, its reticence on the subject of bond-buying shows that the German hawks on the committee are still in the ascendant. German...read more.

UK Economic Recovery to Continue in 2011 Despite Government Cuts - last update: 02-Dec-2010
My central view is that the direct impact of this reduced spending, via the impact of lower government procurement and smaller transfer payments, is unlikely to derail the recovery...read more.

Thomas Cook Slumps on Weak Results - last update: 01-Dec-2010
If you're looking to spread bet on shares, holiday firm Thomas Cook slumped 4.46% to 178p as it announced underlying pre-tax profit of £277 million in...read more.

European Indices Cautious due to European Debt and Korean Conflict - last update: 30-Nov-2010
Indices were proceeding with caution this morning as ongoing European debt concerns and geopolitical tensions in Korea kept investors on the sidelines. The situation in Europe is showing...read more.

FTSE 100 Drops Back after Irish Optimism Falters - last update: 29-Nov-2010
The FTSE 100 doubled back on early gains as optimism about the Irish bailout package gave way to renewed worries about the spread of sovereign debt contagion in the Eurozone. EU officials...read more.

Eurozone Debt and Far East Tension Hits Indices - last update: 26-Nov-2010
Fears of conflict in the Far East and a festering Eurozone debt crisis dominated indices, causing risk appetite to evaporate and equities to fall after two days of gains. The Eurozone debt crisis appears to be...read more.

FTSE Edges Higher Following Irish Budget Announcement - last update: 25-Nov-2010
The FTSE edged higher this morning following the release of the Ireland's budget, while bid speculation in the commercial real estate sector also buoyed the index. The Irish government announced their budget plan yesterday, which will...read more.

FTSE Index Rallies on Upbeat GDP Data - last update: 24-Nov-2010
The FTSE rose after upbeat GDP data was released, rebounding from a sell-off yesterday which was sparked by ongoing European debt worries and heightened fears stemming from North Korea's attack on South Korea. However, the indices...read more.

Global Indices in the Red due to Clashes in Korea - last update: 23-Nov-2010
Global indices were firmly in the red this morning after artillery fire from North Korea on a South Korean military base prompted investors to shun riskier assets. An attack from North Korea on a nearby South Korean...read more.

News of Irish Bailout Sees FTSE Rally - last update: 22-Nov-2010
News that Ireland would receive a funding package from the EU, IMF and the UK to help shore up its finances provided a boost to the FTSE and various other indices this morning. After insisting that it...read more.

Lloyds Shares Falls as Banks Struggle on Concerns over European Debt - last update: 19-Nov-2010
Despite the news that Ireland will receive funds, the UK banking sector was down this morning due to worries that the crisis will now move on to engulf Portugal and Spain. Lloyds fell...read more.

FTSE Rebounds as Irish Debt Fears Ease - last update: 18-Nov-2010
Easing tensions over Ireland's debt woes and an increase in UK retail sales sparked a healthy rebound in London indices this morning. Anticipation of a successful...read more.

London Stocks Struggle to Establish a Direction After Yesterday's Bloodbath - last update: 17-Nov-2010
Continuing Eurozone debt worries meant that London indices struggled to establish a direction in early trading after yesterday's bloodbath. The FTSE fell...read more.

Dow Jones Falls as US Indices Struggle but Dollar Index Trades Higher - last update: 16-Nov-2010
On Wall Street overnight, indices gave up most of their early gains in the last few hours of trade as the US dollar index continued its push higher, with both the...read more.

BHP Billiton Shares Rise Following Failed Bid - last update: 15-Nov-2010
BHP Billiton abandoned its takeover bid for Canadian firm PotashCorp after the Canadian government blocked the move. The mining giant said...read more.

Poor Cisco and Walt Disney Results Hinder the American Stock Market - last update: 12-Nov-2010
On Wall Street, indices finished the session lower as worse-than-expected results from the likes of Cisco and Walt Disney weighed on sentiment and the US dollar rose amid sustained...read more.

BT Group Up 3.51% as Q2 Earnings Rise 16% - last update: 11-Nov-2010
BT Group was also a stellar performer this morning, rising 3.51% to 165p. The telecommunications company reported a 16% increase in second-quarter adjusted earnings to 5.1p a share. The group also...read more.

Downbeat Data Scuppers FTSE Rally - last update: 10-Nov-2010
The rally on the FTSE 100 was scuppered by trade data out of China today, which seems to suggest that the country's inexorable appetite for foreign goods was not...read more.

Vodafone Share Rise as Indices Rally - last update: 09-Nov-2010
Telecoms giant Vodafone rose 1.63% to 177.85p, after raising its full-year profit guidance from £11.8 billion to £12.2 billion. Group revenue increased 3.9% to £22.6 billion in the first half, while...read more.

Indices Edge Back as Eurozone Debt Worries Return - last update: 08-Nov-2010
The markets edged back from last week's two-year high this morning, as worries about the state of peripheral Eurozone economies returned to haunt the indices. Renewed worries about...read more.

Indices Surge as Markets Factor in Further Quantitative Easing - last update: 05-Nov-2010
On Wall Street, US indices surged to new two-year highs as traders came to grips with the Fed's latest plan to purchase US$600 billion worth of long-dated treasuries. News that...read more.

FTSE Rallies on Fed QE2 Announcement - last update: 04-Nov-2010
The FTSE rallied this morning, after the Fed launched QE2 last night and UK house prices posted bigger-than-expected gains. A host of upbeat earnings from the likes of...read more.

Next Issues Earnings Warning in Interim Management Statement - last update: 03-Nov-2010
Retailer Next, in its interim management statement, issued a warning that clothes prices were likely to rise by 8% in 2011 because of higher cotton costs. The firm said that...read more.

Unexpected RBA Decision see AUD Rally - last update: 02-Nov-2010
RBA's decision to hike rates caught forex markets off guard, with investors immediately pushing the AUD up from the $0.9880 level just before the announcement to around the $0.9970 level minutes after the...read more.

Rise in Passenger Numbers Sees Ryanair Profits Jump - last update: 01-Nov-2010
Ryanair reported a surge in passenger numbers in the six months to 30 September, that indicated that travellers are still happy to use the firm's planes despite the host of accompanying charges. A 10% rise in customers to...read more.

British Airways Record First Profits in Two Years - last update: 29-Oct-2010
Flag-carrier British Airways announced its first profit in two years, as the company prepares to complete its merger with Spain's Iberia. A half-year pre-tax profit of £158 million was booked, compared with...read more.

Shell Earnings Jump 18% in Q3 to $3.5bn - last update: 28-Oct-2010
Oil giant Shell saw earnings jump 18% in the third quarter of 2010, to $3.5 billion, although this was below the $4.5 billion made in the second quarter. Shell said that it had...read more.

British American Tobacco Shares Fall Despite Increased Sales in Asia - last update: 27-Oct-2010
British American Tobacco reported a rise in cigarette volumes in the Asia Pacific region for the first nine months of 2010, although volumes...read more.

Once Again the Euro Struggles to Hold Above $1.40 Level - last update: 26-Oct-2010
Once again we saw the equity markets react negatively to the stronger USD with markets closing off their high. The euro once again proved it really struggles to hold the 1.40 level, with...read more.

BG Group Set for Gains as Oil Field Estimates Described as Conservative - last update: 25-Oct-2010
BG Group looks set for a further boost in its stake in the Tupi field offshore Brazil, as the field's operator, Brazilian state oil firm Petrobras, described the current estimated size of the field as conservative. Previous drilling had indicated that...read more.

Commodity Shares Struggle Following BHP Billiton takeover of PotashCorp Problems - last update: 22-Oct-2010
The long running BHP Billiton/PotashCorp saga took another turn today as Saskatchewan, the Canadian province that houses PotashCorp's headquarters, called on the Canadian government to...read more.

Sterling Rallies versus the Dollar but Struggles versus the Euro - last update: 21-Oct-2010
In the forex markets, sterling gained on the US dollar over general US dollar weakness, but it is at six-month lows against the euro. This may suggest that investors are expecting the Bank of England to now step in with...read more.

FTSE Struggles Following Chinese Interest Rate Hike - last update: 20-Oct-2010
The FTSE 100 had a disappointing start to the day as it followed the US markets lower in the wake of the Chinese interest rate hike, but it regained its composure ahead of...read more.

Banking Gains and Mining Falls leaves FTSE Flat - last update: 19-Oct-2010
The FTSE was trading flat this morning, with broad declines in the mining sector countering gains in the banking sector. Investors were cautious with...read more.

FTSE 100 Struggles Following Joint Venture Failure - last update: 18-Oct-2010
News of the failure of a joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto combined with falling commodity prices to batter mining stocks this morning, weighing down the FTSE 100 despite...read more.

American Indices Stage Late Rally to Pare Early Losses - last update: 15-Oct-2010
In American indices overnight, US stocks staged a late-session rally to pare earlier losses following a weaker-than-expected jobless claims report and concerns over the foreclosure practices of major banks. After the closing bell...read more.

Mining Rally Helps FTSE, but Banking Weakness Holds it Back - last update: 14-Oct-2010
The rally on the FTSE fizzled this morning after solid gains from the miners were offset by weakness in the banking sector. Miners rose to the top of the FTSE after ...read more.

FTSE Rallies Following Quantitative Easing Speculation and Upbeat Intel Results - last update: 13-Oct-2010
The FTSE rallied off the back of reinforced expectations on monetary easing following the FOMC minutes and upbeat results from Intel overnight that saw ...read more.

Investors Begin to Factor Quantitative Easing into Price of Dollar - last update: 12-Oct-2010
It seems more participants are beginning to subscribe to the thought that the US Dollar is already pricing in Quantitative Easing (QE) and may in fact be closer to a bottom. There could be a...read more.

FTSE Eventually Rallies due to US Stimulus Hopes - last update: 11-Oct-2010
The FTSE had a choppy start to the week, eventually pushing forward due to hopes that the US will employ additional stimulus measures and...read more.

Sterling Rallies Briefly versus the Dollar on PPI Data - last update: 08-Oct-2010
PPI data briefly buoyed Sterling against the US dollar, to $1.5899, before settling back down to remain flat during the morning at $1.5871. Just hours before...read more.

FTSE Recovers due to Positive Manufacturing Data - last update: 07-Oct-2010
The FTSE recovered from earlier losses after manufacturing and industrial production expanded by more-than-expected in August, however...read more.

Tesco Topped by Sainsbury in Half Year Sales Increase - last update: 06-Oct-2010
Sainsbury has bested arch-rival Tesco in the first half of the year, reporting a 2% increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales excluding petrol for the first six months. The rate of sales growth also...read more.

Nikkei Rallies as Bank of Japan Expected to Intervene - last update: 05-Oct-2010
The BoJ's latest efforts are expected to be more aggressive and comprehensive, giving hope that they will be more effective this time around. The Nikkei reacted positively, rising 1.47%, while the yen remained steady against the US dollar to trade at...read more.

FTSE Falls Following Drop in Commodity Prices - last update: 04-Oct-2010
Energy and mining stocks were hit this morning by a fall in commodity prices, sending the FTSE 100 into retreat despite improved...read more.

Asian Markets Rally on Positive US Data - last update: 01-Oct-2010
Elsewhere in the indices markets, across Asia, regional markets have started the new quarter in mixed fashion after better-than-expected...read more.

FTSE Struggles After Spanish Downgrade and Irish Bailout - last update: 30-Sep-2010
The FTSE struggled to gain traction this morning. A downgrade to Spain's sovereign debt rating and massive bail-out costs for Anglo Irish Bank kept investors...read more.

Gold Reaches High on Currency Devaluation Concerns - last update: 29-Sep-2010
Gold hit a fresh high this morning of $1313.80 an ounce, before settling back to $1309.77. Worries over currency devaluation have supported gold in recent weeks, and should continue to...read more.

Sage Shares Rise on SAP Takeover Rumours - last update: 28-Sep-2010
Business software developer Sage was the biggest gainer in the FTSE 100 this morning, rising 3.23% to 274.90p. The shares rose over rumours that German software maker SAP AG may be...read more.

Euro Weakens as Moody's Downgrades Anglo-Irish Bank - last update: 27-Sep-2010
The Euro fell against the US Dollar, to $1.3441 at 10.30 am (London time), after ratings agency Moody's said that it had downgraded...read more.

Lack of Economic Data Sees Sterling Unchanged - last update: 24-Sep-2010
Sterling was mostly unchanged against the US Dollar due to a lack of UK economic data this morning. However, the Euro gained ground against...read more.

Portuguese Debt Rises to 392bp Above German Bonds - last update: 23-Sep-2010
The gap between the yield on Portuguese and German bonds widened to 392 basis points on 20 September, a high for the lifetime of the Euro...read more.

Gold Looks Set to Break $1,300 and Mining Shares Trade Higher - last update: 22-Sep-2010
The rising gold market, which hit $1293.63 per ounce during the morning and looks set to break the $1300 per ounce mark, buoyed miners...read more.

US Stocks Rally as IBM Plan Takeover Bid - last update: 21-Sep-2010
In the US overnight, stocks started the week on the front foot with the S&P 500 jumping to a four-month high as IBM announced a takeover bid...read more.

Brit Insurance up 4.91% as Apollo and CVC Plan to Make a Fourth Offer - last update: 20-Sep-2010
Brit Insurance added 4.91% to reach 1036p as private equity firms Apollo and CVC teamed up to make a fourth, and improved, offer for the insurer. ...read more.

FTSE Rises on Good Quarterly Earnings in the US - last update: 17-Sep-2010
After trading in a tight range all week, the FTSE rose strongly this morning after quarterly results from Oracle and Research in Motion (RIM) topped analysts' forecasts...read more.

Kingfisher Reports Positive First Half Results - last update: 16-Sep-2010
Kingfisher, Europe's largest home-improvement firm, reported a 22% jump in first half pre-tax profit to £351 million, ahead of a Bloomberg forecast for £342 million. The group was able to use its large size to...read more.

Yen Weakens as Japanese Authorities Intervene - last update: 15-Sep-2010
Earlier in the Asian session the big news story was the confirmation by Japanese finance minister Noda that the Ministry of Finance has intervened in the forex market by...read more.

London Stock Market Trades Flat Ahead of Greek Bond Auction - last update: 14-Sep-2010
The FTSE was trading near its previous close as mixed economic data encouraged investors to lock in recent profits as a degree of trepidation remains before a...read more.

Lloyds Rises on Speculation of Dividend Payments - last update: 13-Sep-2010
Lloyds Banking Group has continued to outperform rivals this morning, rallying 3.2% on speculation that it will be able to start paying dividends to shareholders, as its capital reserves are...read more.

Deutsche Bank Falls on Capital Raising Speculation - last update: 10-Sep-2010
Once again, concerns over European banks appear to be weighing, with Deutsche Bank reported to be eyeing a significant equity sale to raise capital and other institutions tipped to...read more.

Goldman Sachs Weakens as FSA Impose Fine - last update: 09-Sep-2010
US investment bank Goldman Sachs is poised to encounter a bout of selling pressure today, after the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) slapped the company with a £17.5 million fine for...read more.

Wall Street Pull Back Snaps Longest Winning Streak Since July - last update: 08-Sep-2010
On Wall Street overnight, US stocks declined for the first time in five days, snapping their longest winning streak since July on renewed concerns over the European debt crisis...read more.

Market Strategists Predict Stocks and Gold Poised for a Sell-off - last update: 07-Sep-2010
The market appears to have become rather bearish all of a sudden and strategists have told CNBC that stocks and gold are poised for a sell-off...read more.

BP Stocks Rise on Efforts to Sell Assets - last update: 06-Sep-2010
Energy majors contributed to gains on the FTSE this morning, with BP up 1.1% to 406.15p after the Financial Times reported that the company may sell its Alaskan assets. According to the newspaper, the company tried to...read more.

Autonomy Corporation Rises on Bid Conjecture - last update: 02-Sep-2010
Looking at the FTSE 100, the morning's big winners included technology firm Autonomy Corporation, which rose 4.60% to 1706p over takeover conjecture involving more than one...read more.

TUI Travel Rises as Parent Seeks to Buy Shares - last update: 01-Sep-2010
TUI Travel was the star FTSE 100 performer in morning trading, as the company's shares gained 5.18% to 211.70p on reports in the Financial Times that TUI's German parent was...read more.

Nikkei 225 Closes Lower as Yen Rises - last update: 31-Aug-2010
Asian equity markets finished in the red, lead by a 3.6% drop in the Japanese Nikkei. Japanese investors dismissed the government's attempt to stem the Yen's rise and...read more.

3PAR Rises on Dell and HP Bidding War - last update: 27-Aug-2010
In after-hours trading, shares in 3PAR rose to 6.8% to $27.80, which may be an indication that shareholders are expecting Dell to come back with a slightly higher...read more.

Diageo Falls on Lower than Expected Earnings - last update: 26-Aug-2010
Drinks giant Diageo dropped 1.49% to 1050.15p as it fell short of expectations for pre-tax profit for the year to 30 June. Pre-tax profit was £2239 million, ahead of the previous year's...read more.

Japanese Yen Surges to 15 Year High Against the US Dollar - last update: 25-Aug-2010
The session saw the Yen market surge to its highest level versus the US Dollar since 1995. Ten year Treasury yields also fell to the lowest level in 17 months as...read more.

Vedanta Resources Slumps 5.6% as India Rejects Mining Proposal - last update: 24-Aug-2010
Vedanta Resources slumped 5.6% to 1923p after India rejected its proposal to mine bauxite in the Indian state of Orissa. The government may also revoke their permit to...read more.

Petrofac Shares Rise on Positive Earnings - last update: 23-Aug-2010
Petrofac said that the work in Iraq was potentially worth hundreds of millions of Dollars and is expected to lead to a larger contract award in the second half of...read more.

Australian Dollar Weakens Ahead of General Election - last update: 20-Aug-2010
The Australian Dollar slipped against its US counterpart, falling to $0.8890. AUD/USD will be one to watch as over the weekend, as Australians go to the voting booth for...read more.

BHP Feels Negative Effects of Hostile Potash Bid - last update: 19-Aug-2010
Australian miner BHP Billiton began to feel negative effects from its now-hostile takeover attempt on US firm Potash Corp. The ratings agency Standard & Poor's said that it...read more.

Dow Jones Rises on Positive US Economic Data - last update: 18-Aug-2010
On the Wall Street markets overnight, largely stronger-than-expected economic data saw the major US indices move higher, with the Dow...read more.

US Technology Shares Outperform Peers - last update: 17-Aug-2010
The technology-laden Nasdaq easily outperformed, adding 0.4% while the S&P 500 finished unchanged and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell...read more.

Aviva Moves Higher on Bid Speculation - last update: 16-Aug-2010
Insurer Aviva continued to be dogged by speculation regarding possible bids, despite its rejection of an offer worth £5 billion from rival...read more.

Germany Surprises Investors with 2.2% Q2 GDP - last update: 13-Aug-2010
Germany surprised investors this morning with a whopping 2.2% surge in second-quarter GDP growth. The last time Europe's biggest economy saw GDP expand at this rate was two decades ago, when the country went through reunification....read more.

Sterling on the Back Foot as Emergency Budget Likely to Restrict UK Growth - last update: 12-Aug-2010
Sterling was on the back foot over concerns that the Emergency Budget announced in June is likely to hamper UK growth, particularly after the Bank of England's address yesterday pointing to the uncertainties facing the economy going...read more.

BT Trades 4.37% Lower as Stock Goes Ex-Dividend - last update: 11-Aug-2010
The biggest faller so far today though is BT Group, another stock trading ex-dividend. At 10.30am the telecommunications giant was down 4.37% to 140p. The Bank of England...read more.

FTSE Opens Lower on Weaker Chinese Data - last update: 10-Aug-2010
The FTSE started the day in the red after data released from China showed imports growing slower than expected. According to information from the Chinese government...read more.

US Dollar Index Takes a Small Step Backwards - last update: 09-Aug-2010
The US Dollar index, a measure of the US Dollar's strength against a basket of foreign currencies, retreated to 80.3810 from 80.407. Meanwhile...read more.

FTSE Receives Boost as RBS Returns to Profit - last update: 06-Aug-2010
The return to profit of RBS helped lift the FTSE this morning and saw shares in RBS rise 2.12% to 53.10p. Much of the profit was a result of a drop in bad-loans provisions, which is...read more.

Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Close at 2 Month Highs - last update: 05-Aug-2010
Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at two-month highs with gains of 0.4% and 0.6% respectively. The NASDAQ was...read more.

Next Considers Restrained Consumer Spending in the Future - last update: 04-Aug-2010
Next issued a statement reflecting the likely effect that the UK government austerity measures are likely to have on its second-half trading, saying 'consumer spending will be more restrained...read more.

Australian Dollar Weakens as RBA Holds Rates - last update: 03-Aug-2010
The Australian Dollar was weaker against most currencies after the RBA decided to leave interest rates on hold this morning, with little indication of a...read more.

The FTSE Falls on Weak UK Consumer Confidence - last update: 30-Jul-2010
The FTSE was dragged lower this morning after the GfK NOP, a research group based in London, reported a drop in UK consumer confidence. The index...read more.

FTSE Strengthens on Positive UK Shares Results - last update: 29-Jul-2010
The FTSE got off to a good start after opening, with promising first-half updates from a number of major firms. The biggest riser in the morning was publisher Reed Elsevier, which surged...read more.

European Indices Move Higher on Banking Upgrades - last update: 28-Jul-2010
At 10.45am (London time) France's CAC 40 was up to 3687.53, up 21.13 points (+0.58%), while the DAX 30 in Germany was trading at...read more.

Banking Sector Rises After Deutsche Bank Trading Report - last update: 27-Jul-2010
The better-than-expected results from Deutsche Bank saw banks gain broadly this morning. UBS rose 9.6% to 17.20 Swiss Francs, while Deutsche Bank gained...read more.

Bank Stress Test Results Buoys Sterling vs. the Dollar - last update: 26-Jul-2010
Sterling continued to make gains against the Dollar on Monday as the bank stress test results and stronger UK economic data propelled demand for riskier...read more.

Vodafone Announces Rising Quarterly Revenue - last update: 23-Jul-2010
Mobile phone giant Vodafone announced that quarterly revenues had risen for the first time since the onset of the global recession. Revenue increased by 1.1% to...read more.

Kingfisher Falls on Weakening UK Sales - last update: 22-Jul-2010
Retail group Kingfisher said that it had seen sales drop in the ten weeks to 10 July. The owner of B&Q reported a 0.8% fall in like-for-like sales for the period, with underlying sales in Britain sinking by...read more.

Apple Forecasts Bullish Fourth Quarter Revenue - last update: 21-Jul-2010
Apple is expecting fourth-quarter revenue to be $18 billion, ahead of the $17 billion forecast by analysts. In the past Apple has been known to be conservative with its profit guidance, so this...read more.

Yen Strength Continues to Weigh on Japanese Exporters - last update: 20-Jul-2010
Turning our attention to today's session, it looks set to start on a suitably upbeat note. The only real detractor at the moment seems to be Japan, where the Yen's strength is...read more.

M&A News Boosts Industrial Sector - last update: 19-Jul-2010
Boosting positive sentiment this morning was fresh talks of M&A activity among industrial stocks. International Power jumped 9.5% after the company confirmed it is in discussions with...read more.

Goldman Sachs Agrees to Pay $550m SEC Fine - last update: 16-Jul-2010
Firstly, Goldman Sachs has consented to pay $550 million after concluding a settlement with US regulators over misleading investors over mortgage...read more.

JP Morgan and Google Prepare to Give Updates - last update: 15-Jul-2010
In terms of earnings, the US season continues apace with highlights today set to include JP Morgan before the open and Google after the...read more.

UK Companies Set to Release Updates - last update: 14-Jul-2010
Home builder Barratt, miner's Fresnillo and Rio Tinto plus pub group JD Wetherspoon are amongst the earnings releases slated for ...read more.

Alcoa Produces Positive Results to Boost Markets - last update: 13-Jul-2010
Alcoa is typically seen as a barometer for the overall economy as it sells its products to construction, airline, auto and home appliance industries. The fact that...read more.

Exxon Mobil May Soon Bid For BP - last update: 12-Jul-2010
BP is also said to be in talks with Apache as it prepares to sell up to $12 billion of assets to help fund the cleanup operation. Rumours that Exxon Mobil may soon make a bid...read more.

Antofagasta Rises After Citi Upgrade - last update: 09-Jul-2010
Citigroup said Antofagasta's valuation was 'too low and attractive, given the company's commodity exposure and financial strength.' Separately,...read more.

Reporting UK Companies May Provide Direction - last update: 08-Jul-2010
There is a flurry of earnings news that might offer some direction at the stock specific level including Associated British Foods, First Group, Hays and...read more.

Sainsburys Performs Well on Bid Speculation - last update: 07-Jul-2010
Food retailer J Sainsbury was among the few positive performers, up 3.9% to 341p on talk that the Qataris are planning to raise their stake in the...read more.

FTSE Falls on Widespread Risk Aversion - last update: 06-Jul-2010
The FTSE 100 in London fell 0.3% while the broader-based FTSEurofirst 300 drifted 0.1%. The Euro retreated approximately 0.2% which shows a further...read more.

Commodities Perform Well Despite Risk Aversion - last update: 05-Jul-2010
Uncertainty about the global economic recovery encouraged investors to scurry back to the safety of the US Dollar this morning. Risk aversion is usually negative for commodities, but...read more.

FTSE 100 Up a Dash Ahead of US Non Farms Data - last update: 02-Jul-2010
The FTSE 100 Index rose 19 points (+0.40%) to 4824.73 by 11:00am (London time), ahead an important US labour market report. At around the same time...read more.

Weakening Commodities Weigh on Mining Stocks - last update: 01-Jul-2010
A broad fall in metal and energy commodities hit Xstrata, Lonmin and Petrofac, which fell between 2.7% and 3.12%. The slowdown in China's manufacturing growth also...read more.

Japan's Exporters are Hurt by Rising Yen - last update: 30-Jun-2010
Across Asia, regional markets are all lower following the plunge on Wall Street, with Japan's exporters hurt by a rising Yen, as risk appetite evaporated...read more.

Euro Falls to 20 Month Lows Against the Pound - last update: 29-Jun-2010
The Euro is worth noting at the moment, currently trading at 20-month lows against the Pound as UK rate hikes are back on the agenda. There are also concerns over...read more.

G20 Summit Agrees 'Tailored' Fiscal Policies - last update: 28-Jun-2010
A coordinated agreement to implement 'tailored' policies to slash budget deficits without derailing growth at the G20 summit on Sunday helped enliven the FTSE this...read more.

Standard Chartered Moves Higher Ahead of Results - last update: 25-Jun-2010
At 9.30am Standard Chartered, due to unveil its quarterly update on Monday, led the UK blue-chip index, up 2.78% to 1758p. Also showing in the top five on the...read more.

AUD Rises as New Australian PM Considers Tax Talks - last update: 24-Jun-2010
The newly appointed Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has made it clear that she will open the door for discussions on a revised proposed tax. The Australian Dollar initially rose on...read more.

Sterling Markets Rises After UK Budget - last update: 23-Jun-2010
The UK emergency budget was delivered yesterday and, if you were to look at Sterling and gilts, it would seem that the market is looking favourably towards the...read more.

Investors are Sceptical About How Far China Will let the Renminbi Appreciate - last update: 22-Jun-2010
In any case, a rise in the Renminbi alone may not be enough to spark a material surge in Chinese demand. And even if it did, would demand be sustainable? I think China may have to introduce additional policies aimed at stimulating growth and imports before the market resumes the rally...read more.

Uncertainty Ahead of Budget Leads Banks Lower - last update: 21-Jun-2010
Uncertainty about the levy left banks vulnerable to profit taking this morning. Sector losses ranged from 0.5% to 3.15%, with Barclays the...read more.

Investors Worry Euro Rally May Be Over - last update: 18-Jun-2010
The Euro has been hovering near three-week highs and could come under selling pressure leading into the weekend as some investors may feel the recent rally in the Euro may...read more.

Australian 200 Index Drifts Lower During Session - last update: 17-Jun-2010
In Australia, the ASX 200 is drifting lower towards the end of its session, to be 0.7% weaker at 4527, just off its lows of the day. While the industrial sector and...read more.

S&P 500 Closes Higher on Improved Sentiment - last update: 16-Jun-2010
We're seeing concrete evidence now that the market is paying attention to the strong economic data that continues to flow. Price action is reflecting this, with the S&P 500 closing...read more.

BSkyB Surge on News Corp Offer - last update: 15-Jun-2010
Pay-TV firm British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) dominated the FTSE leader board this morning, soaring 18.3% to 710.5p after News Corp, a major shareholder, made an...read more.

Sterling Rallies Against Dollar After Hawkish Comments - last update: 14-Jun-2010
A strong revival in risk appetite and hawkish comments from BoE policymaker Andrew Sentance helped Sterling rally over 1% against the US Dollar to...read more.

BP Moves Higher Despite Dividend Threat - last update: 11-Jun-2010
BP's shares climbed despite reports that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is much bigger than previously thought and news of a potential cut or deferral in the company's second quarter dividend...read more.

ARM Holdings Shares Rise on Bid Speculation From Apple - last update: 10-Jun-2010
Shares in ARM Holdings skyrocketed 16.2% to 318.40p on rumours that Apple may be interested in making a bid for the company again. However a spokesperson from ARM is said to...read more.

FTSE 100 Index Fails to Hold Morning Gains - last update: 09-Jun-2010
The UK's blue-chip index climbed 36 points in the first hour this morning, but has since given up those gains. At 10.30am, the FTSE 100 was down by...read more.

Tesco Falls on News That CEO Will Step Down - last update: 08-Jun-2010
Tesco was a major faller today, down 2.5% to 396.9p on news that chief executive Sir Terry Leahy will retire next year. Sir Leahy will be replaced by...read more.

UK Banks Fall on Rumours of Regulatory Stress Test - last update: 07-Jun-2010
Shares of Barclays slumped as much as 4.2% to 276.35p earlier today while Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland tumbled as much as...read more.

Aviva Rise After Goldmans Broker Upgrade - last update: 04-Jun-2010
Shares of insurer Aviva climbed 0.2% to 339.8p this morning after Goldman Sachs upgraded the company from 'Neutral' to 'Buy'. 'In our opinion, Aviva's share price has been disproportionately...read more.

FSA Fines JP Morgan Chase Record Sum - last update: 03-Jun-2010
The Financial Services Authority fined JP Morgan Chase a record £33.32 million for failing to separate client money held by its futures and options business from the firm's own money...read more.

BP Continues to Attempt to Plug Leak - last update: 02-Jun-2010
Questions are going to continue to linger over the outlook for BP, as the company attempts to stem the damage both to the environment and to its reputation. Equally, investors are trying to understand...read more.

Prudential Rises as AIG Reject Revised Offer - last update: 01-Jun-2010
In the financial sector, Prudential managed to buck the negative trend and climb 3.5% to 560.5p after AIG rejected the insurer's request to cut the price of...read more.

Fresnillo Performs Well on Positive Trading Report - last update: 28-May-2010
Mexican miner Fresnillo was the mining sector's best performer, up 2.8% to 907.5p after management confirmed that business was robust in 2010 thanks to the high price of precious metals and...read more.

Man Group Rises on Better Than Expected Results - last update: 27-May-2010
Man Group saw its shares soar 7.8% to 232p following a smaller-than-expected drop in full-year pre-tax profits. The hedge fund also said client assets had stabilised after a...read more.

FTSE Expected to Rise as Investors Look For Bargains - last update: 26-May-2010
The FTSE 100 is tipped to add in excess of £20 billion at the open. Without doubt markets have been looking toppy for a while and the extended rally we saw in equities has been questioned many times. However, with...read more.

FTSE 100 Hits Eight Month Low and Below 5,000 - last update: 25-May-2010
By 10.45am (London time), the FTSE 100 Index had breached the psychological 5000 level, down 145.12 points (-2.9%) to 4924.49. The FTSE slumped to an eight-and-a-half month low this morning, as...read more.

Speculators Buy Gold Faster Than It Can Be Mined - last update: 24-May-2010
Data from UBS shows that speculators are buying gold faster than the world's biggest producers can mine; exchange-traded products backed by bullion added...read more.

BA Rises on Business Class Recovery Expectations - last update: 21-May-2010
British Airways climbed 1% to 188.4p after saying it expects a recovery in business-class traffic to help the company breakeven next year. The airline today posted a...read more.

Indices Move Lower as Korean Tensions Rise - last update: 20-May-2010
In Australia, the ASX 200 is 1.1% lower at 4337.7 after a volatile morning session following threats towards South Korea of 'full-scale war' from the North after...read more.

German Ban on Short Selling Causes Euro Sell-Off - last update: 19-May-2010
The FTSE dropped sharply from the open this morning, as Germany's ban on naked short selling hit European markets and the Euro. Analysts warned that with many avenues for speculation against...read more.

Dow Jones Rallies From Weakness to Finish Stronger - last update: 18-May-2010
After spending nearly 90% of the session in the red and being down as much as 184 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to finish...read more.

BP Makes First Breakthrough at Halting Leak - last update: 17-May-2010
BP has made its first breakthrough in stemming the oil spill which has been wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. After repeated failed attempts in the past three weeks, including placing a dome over...read more.

Wolseley Rises on Expectations to Beat Estimates - last update: 14-May-2010
Plumbing and heating products distributor Wolseley bucked the negative trend today, surging 6.2% to 1708p after saying it expects profits to beat consensus estimates. The company said...read more.

BT Group Shares Rise Well After Results - last update: 13-May-2010
The biggest gainer on the FTSE 100 this morning was BT Group, which announced fourth-quarter results that topped consensus estimates. The phone company surged...read more.

FTSE Makes Gains Following Correction and Bailout News - last update: 12-May-2010
The FTSE's modest early rise this morning follows a 53.21 points (-1%) correction yesterday, in the wake of Monday's 5.2% Eurozone debt rescue-fuelled surge. It also comes as the...read more.

Tech Heavy Nasdaq Performs Well - last update: 11-May-2010
The technology-heavy NASDAQ was the top gainer, rising 4.8% while the S&P 500 rose 4.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 3.9%. The coordinated plan from...read more.

Sterling Rises Ahead of Lib Dem Coalition Decision - last update: 10-May-2010
Sterling climbed 1.2% against the Dollar, meanwhile, but upside was limited as Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said he would decide whether to form a coalition with...read more.

RBS Returns to Operating Profit - last update: 07-May-2010
Royal Bank of Scotland moved into profit at operating level during the first quarter following a decline in impairment charges. Operating profits over the quarter came in...read more.

Sterling Rises to Nine Month High Versus the Euro - last update: 06-May-2010
Sterling has risen to nine month highs against the Euro as investors seek a haven from the failing currency. Riots have broken out in Greece with...read more.

FTSE Reverses Earlier Poor Start - last update: 05-May-2010
The FTSE started the day in retreat after yesterday's dramatic decline on Wall Street, but the index has managed to reverse the trend as miners rallied...read more.

Eurozone Troubles Lowers Demand for Commodities - last update: 04-May-2010
The demand outlook for commodities was tainted by fears that the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone will spread. An anonymous German government source today...read more.

Risk Currencies Perform Well Despite Weak Banking Sector - last update: 30-Apr-2010
Surprisingly, risky currencies were predominantly unscathed by a turn in banking sector sentiment, with the Australian Dollar, Euro and Sterling all...read more.

US Reporting Season Continues With P&G - last update: 29-Apr-2010
Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer goods company, will release quarterly results later today. Its shares traded 0.44% higher in...read more.

Global Markets Fall on Greek Downgrade to 'Junk' Status - last update: 28-Apr-2010
S&P lowered Greece's rating to junk status while Portugal's was cut two steps. When you have the VIX jumping 30% and 96% of S&P 500 stocks falling, you know you're in for...read more.

Lloyds Rises as Bank Returns to Profitability - last update: 27-Apr-2010
Lloyds Banking Group climbed 1.4% to 71.22p after releasing an upbeat interim management statement. The bailed out bank said that it 'returned to profitability' in the...read more.

Rising Metal Prices Benefit Miners - last update: 26-Apr-2010
Rising metal prices benefited the mining sector today, with Antofagasta jumping 3.8% to 1031p, Kazakhmys climbing 2.3% to 1463p and ...read more.

Carnival Shares Rise as Ash Cloud Closes European Airspace - last update: 23-Apr-2010
Carnival rallied 4.1% to 2803p, as investors expect the cruise operator to benefit from the ash cloud which closed much of Europe's airspace...read more.

Banking Sector Weighs on FTSE Index - last update: 22-Apr-2010
Unsurprisingly banks weighed on the blue-chip index this morning. Barclays was the sector's worst performer, down...read more.

Australian Sectors See Broad-Based Gains - last update: 21-Apr-2010
In Australia, the ASX 200 is currently 0.7% higher at 4960, just off its highs of the day of 4970. Gains for the day are broad-based with all sectors except...read more.

Goldman Sachs' Results Expected to be Positive - last update: 20-Apr-2010
All eyes will be focused on Goldman Sachs tonight, as it stands, analysts are looking for an 18% increase to both revenue and earnings per share. Despite elevated expectations...read more.

Travel Shares Fall as Icelandic Volcano Closes European Airspace - last update: 19-Apr-2010
Travel stocks were in the red, after TUI Travel said it has taken a £20 million hit from the closure of most of Europe's airspace due to a huge cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano. TUI's share price slumped...read more.

The AUS 200 Index Fails to Hold Above 5000 - last update: 16-Apr-2010
In Australia, yesterday's ASX 200 foray above the 5000 level has proven to be short lived with markets retreating from the opening bell to be currently 0.5% lower at 4978 and just off the lows of...read more.

Time to Raise Interest Rates to Prevent Chinese Economy from Overheating? - last update: 15-Apr-2010
It stands to reason that an interest rate hike would cool China's appetite for natural resources. These expectations have, as you can imagine, weighed on metal and oil prices and left shares in the heavyweight mining sector unsettled. ...read more.

Positive Intel Numbers Help Nasdaq Rise - last update: 14-Apr-2010
After the bell we saw earnings numbers from Intel. The numbers were positive with Intel's quarterly profit nearly quadrupling and top line revenue...read more.

Alcoa Revenue is Weaker than You Would Expect and a Pickup is Not There - last update: 13-Apr-2010
Alcoa also reported a narrower net loss of $201 million, or 20 cents a share, in the first quarter, compared with a net loss of $497 million, 61 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier...read more.

EU Rescue Package Pushes Euro Higher - last update: 12-Apr-2010
Details of an EU rescue package for Greece provided the stock market with a boost this morning. This development sent the Euro up to its highest level in nearly...read more.

Euro and Sterling Advance Against US Dollar - last update: 09-Apr-2010
The resurgence of risk appetite helped the Euro, Australian Dollar and Sterling advance against the US Dollar today, which in turn boded well for...read more.

Greek Bonds Continue to Rise Past 7% - last update: 08-Apr-2010
The spread between the Greek 10-year bond and bunds widened to 425 basis points this morning, according to data from Bloomberg, the widest spread since the Euro's 1999 debut. Investors should...read more.

BA Due to Release Post-Strike Traffic Figures - last update: 07-Apr-2010
Earnings remain relatively quiet, but British Airways is due to unveil traffic figures for March which should capture the impact of last month's...read more.

Dow Jones Index Aims for 11,000 - last update: 06-Apr-2010
The next target for the US market is for the Dow Jones to hit 11,000, which is not that much of a stretch given its overnight close of...read more.

Resource Shares Rise Amid Positive Asian Data - last update: 01-Apr-2010
Resource shares dominated the FTSE leaderboard this morning following an influx of positive economic data from the likes of China, Japan, South Korea...read more.

Russell 2000 Rises Faster than Dow Jones - last update: 31-Mar-2010
The Russell 2000, a benchmark for US small cap stocks is up 15% since early February, outpacing the Dow Jones Industrial Average's rise of 7%. This is pretty impressive considering...read more.

BHP Billiton Announces Pricing Changes - last update: 30-Mar-2010
Iron ore contract negotiations were certainly a focus in Asian markets with BHP Billiton announcing it had agreed to sell the majority of its production on...read more.

Vodafone Shares Perform Well on Verizon News - last update: 29-Mar-2010
Vodafone was among the best blue-chip performers this morning, up 2.6% to 150.5p a share. This comes after the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times reported that...read more.

Nikkei and Shanghai Composite Outperform Asian Indices - last update: 26-Mar-2010
The Nikkei and the Shanghai Composite are the best performers, up 1.4% and 1.6% respectively, while the Kospi and Hang Seng are both firmer by...read more.

Strong Next Results Boosts Market Morale - last update: 25-Mar-2010
Next dominated the FTSE leader board this morning, rallying 5.3% to 2180p after a reporting a full-year profit of £364.1 million, beating the average...read more.

BA Seems Resigned to Facing the Short-term Losses in Order to Secure Changes in Working Practices - last update: 24-Mar-2010
British Airways has also seen gains despite recent strike action. The airline's share price has risen 19% since late February. Jonathan Wober, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in London said...read more.

Cairn Energy Boosts FTSE on Raising Forecasts - last update: 23-Mar-2010
Cairn Energy rallied to the top of the FTSE leader board this morning, surging 12.1% to 424.7p after upping output forecasts at its...read more.

Weak Commodities Futures Weigh on Mining Shares - last update: 22-Mar-2010
April Gold futures slid 0.3% to $1,104.6 per troy ounce this morning and May high-grade copper futures sank nearly 1% to...read more.

Lloyds Bank Leads FTSE 100 Higher - last update: 19-Mar-2010
Banks dominated the FTSE leader board this morning, with bailed-out lender Lloyds Banking Group leading the pack, up...read more.

We Still Want a Solution Within the European Union But it Doesn't Look Good - last update: 18-Mar-2010
If there is no clear support at the EU summit on March 25, we will have to decide where to go next. There are a number of scenarios on the table, but the most prominent one is the IMF...read more.

Fresnillo, Xstrata, Kazakhmys and ENRC All Looking Good - last update: 17-Mar-2010
Fresnillo, Xstrata, Kazakhmys and Eurasian Natural Resources were all among the FTSE's top performers, gaining 1 - 2.4% in the wake of the...read more.

RBS Shares Rise on Plans to Buy Back Debt - last update: 16-Mar-2010
Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 70% government owned, saw its share climb 2.3% this morning as investors welcomed reports the bank is planning to...read more.

Confidence Weakens After Moody's Downgrade Talk - last update: 15-Mar-2010
Stock market confidence was crushed by Moody's Managing Director Pierre Cailleteau, who said the UK and US have moved 'substantially' closer to...read more.

Banks and Miners Pull FTSE Different Ways - last update: 12-Mar-2010
The FTSE 100 fluctuated between gains and losses this morning following a tug of war between banks and miners. Banks were higher on the view that...read more.

Nikkei 225 Outperforms Other Asian Indices - last update: 11-Mar-2010
Across Asia, regional markets are mixed as they digest a slew of economic data out of China and Japan. The Nikkei 225 is the...read more.

Standard Life Makes £47bn in Cost Savings - last update: 10-Mar-2010
The insurance giant also revealed that it had made significant savings by cutting costs, with £47 billion out of a £75 billion two-year cost-saving target already met since the beginning of 2009...read more.

Bearish Report Weighs on UK Banking Sector - last update: 09-Mar-2010
A bearish report on British banks by Credit Suisse also weighed on the sector this morning. Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds lost between...read more.

Petrofac Reveals Surge in Full-Year Profits - last update: 08-Mar-2010
Oilfield services provider Petrofac rallied over 4% to 1116p, after unveiling a 33% surge in 2009 full-year net income, driven by a surge in...read more.

Australian Index Rises Ahead of US Non-Farms - last update: 05-Mar-2010
In Australia, the ASX 200 closed 0.3% firmer at 4767, slightly off session highs of 4780. It was very positive to see broad-based gains, especially...read more.

China's Growth Path is 'Unbalanced, Uncoordinated and Unsustainable' - last update: 04-Mar-2010
In addition, Stephen Roach, Chairman of Morgan Stanley in Asia, today said that the comments of China's Premier Wen Jiabao, who recently described China's growth path as being 'unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unsustainable', were a 'serious concern'. ...read more.

Greek Measures Boost European Markets - last update: 03-Mar-2010
In Europe, the Dax and the CAC 40 slowed their losses, as Greece's government passed measures to cut its deficit by a further...read more.

FTSE Trades Higher Despite Volatility - last update: 02-Mar-2010
Although the FTSE 100 traded in positive territory throughout this morning's session, there were a few choppy bouts, with occasional losses across the...read more.

Copper Prices Rise After Chilean Earthquake - last update: 01-Mar-2010
May copper futures (COMEX) jumped 6.18% to $3.487 per pound earlier today, the biggest intraday gain since April. This came after an earthquake of...read more.

Lloyds Banks Weakens After Poor Report - last update: 26-Feb-2010
Lloyds Banking Group was in the limelight this morning. Its shares retreated 3.2% to 53.13p after posting a wider-than-expected full-year loss following...read more.

BAT Slides After Missing Estimates - last update: 25-Feb-2010
British American Tobacco slid 2% to 2,186.5p after unveiling net income of £2.71 billion, missing the £2.95 billion average estimate shown in...read more.

Banks Trade Well Ahead of RBS and Lloyds Results - last update: 24-Feb-2010
Banks fared better than most, Royal Bank of Scotland up 0.25% to 36.09p and Lloyds Banking Group 1.3% higher to 52.42p ahead of their...read more.

Wolseley Benefits From Raising Profit Forecasts - last update: 23-Feb-2010
Building supplies group Wolseley rallied to the top of the FTSE leader board this morning, up 10.7% to 1604p. This came after saying it expects full-year trading profit...read more.

Surely the London's Blue Chip Index Cannot Continue to Rise? - last update: 22-Feb-2010
After two weeks of consistent gains for London's blue chip index the inevitable questions are being asked about sustainability. On current form, the FTSE seems to be setting a course for 5500, a mark reached briefly in early January...read more.

Markets Hit By Surprise Fed Discount Rate Hike - last update: 19-Feb-2010
The FTSE took a slight dip this morning, following news that the US Federal Reserve has taken the first step towards bringing stimulus measures to an end. Investors worldwide were hit with a surprise after...read more.

BT Down 2.2% as S&P Cut the Operator's Credit Rating - last update: 18-Feb-2010
The biggest loser was BT Group, down 2.2% to 114.4p after traders reacted to S&P's move to cut the telecoms operator's credit rating. This decision by S&P was prompted by continuing fears over...read more.

Man Group Trades Higher After M&A Speculation - last update: 17-Feb-2010
Man Group, the biggest publicly-traded hedge fund manager, shot to the top of the FTSE leader board, up 7% to 243.9p on the back of takeover talk. The Daily Mail has said that Blackrock was interested in...read more.

Barclays Reports Higher Profits Than Expected - last update: 16-Feb-2010
Banking shares dominated the FTSE 100 leader board this morning after Barclays, the UK's second-biggest bank, reported full-year net profits of £9.39 billion. This was more than double the...read more.

BA Rallies as US Regulators Approve American Airways Deal - last update: 15-Feb-2010
British Airways rallied 4.3% to 203.9p this morning, after US regulators approved a long-planned alliance with American Airways and Iberia - a synergistic tie up that could...read more.

US Dollar Rally Pressures Commodities - last update: 12-Feb-2010
The US Dollar rallied broadly, exerting pressure on metal prices and consequently, the heavyweight resource sector. A stronger Dollar also exerted pressure on March crude oil, which...read more.

Xstrata, BHP, Anglo, Fresnillo, Antofagasta and Vedanta all up +2% - last update: 11-Feb-2010
Xstrata, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Fresnillo, Antofagasta and Vedanta Resources were among the top risers, all up by over 2%. Oil and gas producers were also en vogue, with...read more.

EU Members Discuss Greek Support - last update: 10-Feb-2010
The EU will be discussing ways to support Greece, in particular, with German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble set to brief lawmakers today on steps to take in support of...read more.

US Index Futures Indicate Positive Opening - last update: 09-Feb-2010
Dow and S&P 500 futures traded up between 0.6% and 0.80%, suggesting the market currently expects Wall Street to open higher this afternoon following...read more.

Xstrata Moves Higher After Re-instating Dividends - last update: 08-Feb-2010
Xstrata climbed more than 3% to 985p after announcing that it is restoring its dividend payments, in the belief that the outlook for commodities is promising. 'Robust economic growth and ...read more.

ICAP Free-falls After Downgrading Profit Forecasts - last update: 05-Feb-2010
ICAP plunged by 18% to 299.6p this morning, after downgrading its full-year profit forecasts on the back of a slowdown across newer businesses, which are...read more.

Energy Sector Falls After Poor Shell Results - last update: 04-Feb-2010
Energy majors were struck by a bout of profit taking today, after Royal Dutch Shell reported a fourth-quarter profit of $1.18 billion - down 75% from the $4.8 billion the...read more.

Miners Rise After Strong Manufacturing Data - last update: 03-Feb-2010
The recent positive manufacturing data from the US and UK has helped keep miners buoyant this morning. Rio Tinto was up 1.53% to 50.50p and Anglo American rose...read more.

Energy Majors Weaken After BP Misses Expectations - last update: 02-Feb-2010
Energy majors weighed the most on the blue-chip index earlier this morning, with BP knocked back 4.2% to 569.47p after failing to live up to the market's high expectations. Europe's biggest oil company today...read more.

Utility Sector M&A Speculation Drives UK Shares - last update: 01-Feb-2010
Driving gains across the domestic stock market was deal-making speculation in the utility sector, which drove Northumbrian Water up by 10.3% to 285.2p and...read more.

UK Markets Boosted by US Federal Reserve News - last update: 28-Jan-2010
The FTSE advanced as much as 1.2% from the open before encountering resistance at the 5280.36 mark. The blue-chip index was powered on the back of the Federal Reserve's decision to...read more.

Energy Sector Weakness Weighs on FTSE - last update: 27-Jan-2010
In the energy sector, the biggest losers were Tullow Oil, down 4.61% to 1160p and Cairn Energy, which lost 3.13% at 324.5p. Other losers included...read more.

Financial Indices Trade Lower Amid Equity Weakness - last update: 26-Jan-2010
By around 10:45am (London time) the FTSE had declined 37.53 points (-0.71%) to 5222.78, while the broader FTSE 250 had retreated 49.89 points (-0.54%) to 9243.23. In the meantime, March Dow Jones and S&P 500...read more.

FTSE Faces Directionless Open to the Week - last update: 25-Jan-2010
The FTSE 100 has been hovering between 5321 and 5265 during the early morning session following a directionless start. A rally across the...read more.

Banks Weaken on US Reform Concerns - last update: 22-Jan-2010
Banks are suffering on the back of a US banking sector overhaul aimed at limiting financial risk-taking, and miners falling on the view that...read more.

FTSE Falls After Concerns Over Chinese Economic Policies - last update: 21-Jan-2010
The downward trend on the FTSE has remained in tact so far, as fresh evidence of robust growth in China implies the country may have to continue...read more.

Pharmaceuticals Rise After Blow to Obama's Reform Plans - last update: 20-Jan-2010
Pharmaceuticals managed to prop up the index after Republican Scott Brown won Massachusetts' Senate election and dealt a potentially killer blow to Obama's planned healthcare reforms in the...read more.

Vodafone Supports FTSE After Upgrade - last update: 19-Jan-2010
Mobile telecommunications heavyweight Vodafone provided some support to the FTSE as well this morning, rising 1% to 136.95p following an upgrade from...read more.

International Power Heads Leader Board After M&A Speculation - last update: 18-Jan-2010
Electricity producer International Power climbed to the top of the FTSE leader board, after the Sunday Times newspaper reported that French power giant GDF Suez is planning to...read more.

US Tech Stocks Rise After Intel's Strong Report - last update: 15-Jan-2010
Technology shares were particularly en vogue today after Intel's strong earnings reinforced speculation for a strong recovery in PC demand. The fourth-quarter results from the world's largest semiconductor firm roared past...read more.

Weak Dollar Aids Commodities Prices (as Usual) - last update: 14-Jan-2010
The news of low borrowing costs continuing weighed on the US Dollar and lifted commodity prices, which in turn benefited mining shares. Banks were trading...read more.

Royal Dutch Shell 'A' Shares Slide 2% as Crude Oil Prices Continue to Slip - last update: 13-Jan-2010
The price of Royal Dutch Shell A shares slid 37.50p (-1.98%) to 1858.50p. Europe's second largest oil producer by market value lost ground as the price of crude oil retreated for the third day in New York trading...read more.

Tesco Report Pushes Retail Stocks Higher - last update: 12-Jan-2010
The market cheered early, after domestic retail giant Tesco revealed that it has experienced its best Christmas performance in three years. Tesco unveiled a...read more.

Commodity Strength Boosts Mining Shares - last update: 11-Jan-2010
Miners were particularly en vogue this morning, as underlying commodities surged on the back of stronger than expected growth in...read more.

FTSE Opens Well Ahead of US Non-Farms Data - last update: 08-Jan-2010
The FTSE opened modestly higher today, yet it doesn't seem as if there is going to be any exciting movement before this afternoon's all-important US non-farm payroll data. Payrolls are widely expected to...read more.

Wolseley up 2.65% Following Broker Upgrade to 'Buy' - last update: 07-Jan-2010
At the top of the board, building supplies company Wolseley is up 36p (+2.65%) following an upgrade by broker UBS from 'neutral' to 'buy' on the strength of first-quarter results. Also among today's winners are...read more.

UK Shares Retreat After Poor M&S Figures - last update: 06-Jan-2010
After closing at a 16-month high yesterday, UK stocks retreated in early trading as retail giant Marks & Spencer reported disappointing Christmas sales figures and UK consumer confidence fell in...read more.

Cadbury Remains in the Spotlight as Kraft Plans to Improve Offer - last update: 05-Jan-2010
Cadbury was back in the spotlight as well today, after US food giant Kraft pledged to improve the cash element of its hostile takeover offer for the company. Kraft said it has agreed to sell its...read more.

Lloyds and RBS Trade Higher After Itau Unibanco Takes a Look - last update: 04-Jan-2010
Banks added the most points to the blue-chip index this morning, with Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland the sector's best performers after the Sunday Times reported that...read more.

UK Banking Shares Continue to Recover - last update: 31-Dec-2009
Banking shares continued to recover today, as the market speculated that the worst was now behind for the sector. The best performing banks so far were Standard Chartered and Lloyds Banking Group, which traded around...read more.

Miners Weaken Despite Rising Copper Prices - last update: 30-Dec-2009
Miners retreated in spite of rising copper prices; high grade copper futures expiring in March traded 0.8% higher at $3.339 per pound this morning, as investors speculated that a labour strike at the Chuquicamata copper mine in...read more.

Retail Shares Rise After Strong Christmas Trading - last update: 29-Dec-2009
Retail shares were marginally higher on signs of a strong Christmas trading period. British retail bellwether John Lewis has reported a strong online start to its seasonal clearance sale, saying online sales surged a record...read more.

FTSE Trades Sideways Ahead of Christmas Break - last update: 24-Dec-2009
The FTSE has been moving sideways so far today, with news flows thin and trading volumes light ahead of the Christmas break. By 10:35am (London time) the blue-chip index was trading...read more.

Banks and Miners Aid UK Stocks - last update: 23-Dec-2009
The stock market ascent was aided by resource and banking shares. Standard Chartered was the best performing stock in the banking sector this morning, up 2.1% to 1580p followed by Barclays, which gained 1.7% to 277.1p. Miners were also in favour, with...read more.

Optimism Over Recovery Boosts Crude Oil Prices - last update: 22-Dec-2009
The general optimism for a stronger-than-estimated economic recovery has also helped to boost crude oil prices towards $74 a barrel, which in turn has aided...read more.

European Equities Regain Losses Despite ONS Pointing to Record Public Sector Borrowing - last update: 18-Dec-2009
European equities clawed back some of yesterday's lost ground this morning, on a day when many index futures and options contracts expire. This came despite news from the Office for National Statistics that the UK public sector net borrowing reached a...read more.

Banking Equities Weigh as Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates at Record Lows - last update: 17-Dec-2009
In the UK, the FTSE 100 has also lost ground this morning, slipping 53 points or 1% to 5266 by 11.00am, with banking stocks being most responsible. HSBC dropped...read more.

GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca Shares Rise as Defensive Stocks Perform Well - last update: 16-Dec-2009
The UK's blue-chip market has been led higher by a bout of buying in defensive stocks this morning, with health care giants AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline both rising by...read more.

British Airways Shares Crash as Staff Vote for 12 Day Strike - last update: 15-Dec-2009
Embattled airline carrier British Airways was among the FTSE's underperformers. The company's shares traded 2.7% lower at 195.6p, after staff voted for a 12 day strike from...read more.

Positive Dubai News Boosts UK Banking Sector - last update: 14-Dec-2009
The latest news on Dubai helped spark a mini rally across the UK banking sector, with shares in Standard Chartered surging 4.2% to 1573p and HSBC jumping...read more.

Global Shares Surge as Chinese Factory Output Figures Spark Rally - last update: 11-Dec-2009
After a couple of hours of trading, the FTSE was standing at 5301, up 57 points (1.1%), with mining stocks making some of the bigger gains. This came after data showed that factory output in China surged...read more.

Apple Shares Trade Higher on Plans to Launch Tablet Computer - last update: 10-Dec-2009
Apple shares rose a notable 4.2% after Oppenheimer said in a research note that the home of the iPod and the iMac has plans to launch a tablet computer in late March or April. Taking its cue from the other side of...read more.

Banks Recover Ahead of Pre-Budget Report - last update: 09-Dec-2009
As investors awaited news of the Chancellor's plans for the financial sector, banking stocks recovered some of the ground they lost yesterday, with RBS up 1.5% to 30.9p, Barclays up...read more.

UK Retailers Weaken After Disappointing Results - last update: 08-Dec-2009
Tesco was in the limelight this morning, after unveiling disappointing third quarter figures. The food retailer's shares dropped 1.3% to 430p. Rival J Sainsbury saw its shares edge...read more.

FTSE Falls After US Non-farm Payrolls are Substantially Better Than Anticipated - last update: 07-Dec-2009
The FTSE was back in the red today, following an impressive rebound on Friday evening when US non-farm payrolls came in substantially better than...read more.

Banks Drag UK Shares Lower as National Audit Office Points to £850 Billion Bailout Cost - last update: 04-Dec-2009
Not surprisingly, the UK banking sector took the most points off the FTSE this morning, with the likes of Standard Chartered, Royal Bank of Scotland and...read more.

US Indices Trade Higher After Beige Book Reveals Improvement in American Economy - last update: 03-Dec-2009
Dow and S&P 500 futures traded around 0.50% higher, after last night's Beige Book business survey revealed that the...read more.

FTSE 100 Receives Boost From Miners as Gold Soars to New Record High - last update: 02-Dec-2009
Miners helped the FTSE 100 build on yesterday's gains this morning after gold soared to a new record high. However, at midday the UK's leading index has started to...read more.

Risk Appetite Returns After Impressive Chinese Manufacturing Data - last update: 01-Dec-2009
Risk appetite rebounded today after China's manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace in five years in November. The rise was driven by an improvement in foreign demand for...read more.

UK Banks Weaken After Dubai Exposure Worries - last update: 30-Nov-2009
Banks were among the biggest casualties, on the fear that a default in Dubai would derail the sector's recovery. Standard Chartered's share price dropped 1.38% to 1499p, Barclays declined...read more.

Concerns Over Dubai's Financial Health Drag FTSE Lower - last update: 27-Nov-2009
Concerns over Dubai's financial heath continued to weigh on the FTSE this morning. Dubai World's delay to repay its debt obligation has continued to...read more.

Ofwat Decision Aids Water Utility Companies - last update: 26-Nov-2009
Water companies managed to buck the negative trend today following Ofwat's decision to cut water bills by less than anticipated over the next five years. Shares of United Utilities advanced...read more.

Gold Continues to New Highs and Boosts Mining Firms - last update: 25-Nov-2009
Randgold Resources was the star performer - its share price rose 3.37% as the price of gold continued its upward trajectory, hitting a fresh peak of...read more.

Burberry Stocks Rebound Despite Cut in Broker Recommendation - last update: 24-Nov-2009
Burberry was also downgraded by Morgan Stanley today. The broker cut its recommendation on luxury retailer from 'overweight' to 'equal-weight', yet its share price edged...read more.

Expected Counter Offer from Hersheys Buoys Cadbury Share Price - last update: 23-Nov-2009
Cadbury rose 1.5% to 812.5p this morning, as investors speculate that US confectioner Hershey will attempt to takeover the UK firm as well. Kraft is also interested in acquiring...read more.

FTSE Rebounds With Stronger Banks and Miners - last update: 20-Nov-2009
A rebound in miners and banks helped the FTSE claw back some of yesterday's sharp losses this morning. By 10.30am, the blue-chip FTSE 100 Index was...read more.

Miners Continue to Weigh on Global Markets as Positive Catalysts Run Out - last update: 19-Nov-2009
Not to sound like a broken record, but it was the heavyweight mining sector that took the most points off London's blue-chip FTSE 100 Index this morning. The worst performing miners this morning were...read more.

Cadburys Shares Gain Despite Lack of Offer from Hershey or Ferrero - last update: 18-Nov-2009
Cadbury's share price rose 1.1% to 797p despite the fact that talks between Hershey and Ferrero have yet to produce an offer. RBS and Cable and Wireless were lagging, dropping to...read more.

FTSE Reduces on Profit Taking After Reaching Highs - last update: 17-Nov-2009
It seems as though investors have taken the opportunity to lock in some profits this morning following yesterday's rally, which saw the FTSE 100 rise to the highest level since...read more.

Mining Stocks Push Higher as Investors Buy Commodities to Hedge Dollar Depreciation - last update: 16-Nov-2009
Mining stocks were in demand this morning, as investors bought commodities to hedge against a depreciating US Dollar. December gold futures climbed to a new record high of...read more.

British Airways Confirms Merger With Iberia - last update: 13-Nov-2009
Britain's biggest airline carrier British Airways today formally confirmed that it has agreed to merge with Spain's Iberia - a synergistic deal which will create the world's third-largest airline by...read more.

Thomas Cook and BT Group Rally as Leisure and Telecom Shares Improve - last update: 12-Nov-2009
Thomas Cook and Whitbread were among the other star performers in the travel & leisure sector, up 2.5% to 220.9p and 2.7% to 1284p respectively. BT was also in the limelight climbing 4.4% to 148.2p after raising its...read more.

FTSE 100 Advances Amid Chinese Industrial News - last update: 11-Nov-2009
London's FTSE 100 advanced this morning on the back of industrial and trade news out of China and better-than-expected local earnings. By 11am (London time) the FTSE...read more.

Robust UK Data and Upbeat HSBC Report Helps Stock Markets Rally - last update: 10-Nov-2009
Robust domestic economic data and an upbeat announcement from banking titan HSBC helped keep the FTSE 100 in the black. By 10.30am (London time), the FTSE 100 was...read more.

Kraft Prepares Hostile Bid For Cadburys - last update: 09-Nov-2009
Traders were eagerly waiting to see whether American food giant Kraft would turn hostile on its British rival Cadbury today - Reuters has reported that Kraft Foods may formalise a...read more.

Shares in Barclays Bank Rally as JPMorgan Raises Price Target - last update: 06-Nov-2009
Barclays was another gainer, rising 2% and benefiting from a positive shift in JP Morgan's target price for the stock. British Airways today announced a pre-tax...read more.

Vedanta Resources Falls as Earnings Decline and Profits Fall - last update: 05-Nov-2009
Vedanta Resources, a leading producer of zinc and copper, slid more than 3% after announcing that its first-half profit had fallen to $188 million. First-half earnings per share fell...read more.

Leading European Indices Perform Well as Societe Generale Beats Estimates - last update: 04-Nov-2009
At 10.30am, the FTSE 100 was up 29.8 points (+0.6%) to 5067 points, while the mid-cap FTSE 250 had gained 157 points (+1.8%) to 8913.7. Europe's leading indices also climbed this morning, in part after France's second-biggest bank...read more.

UK Banking Stock Trades Higher as Lloyds Bank Looks to Raise Capital - last update: 03-Nov-2009
The banking sector was in the limelight this morning, with Lloyds Banking Group formally confirming that it will raise £21 billion in order to avoid paying an exorbitant £15.6 billion fee to insure its risky assets under the...read more.

UK Banks Weaken Ahead of Sector Shake Up Plans - last update: 02-Nov-2009
The FTSE relinquished earlier losses, as gains in the resource sector countered the dip in banking shares. The UK banking sector has remained in focus, as the government is expected to unveil plans on a...read more.

Rio Tinto Rallies after Announcing that Capital Expenditure in on Target - last update: 30-Oct-2009
Mining shares gained on the back of rising metal prices. Rio Tinto jumped 1.8% to 2835p after announcing that its capital expenditure for 2009 will be approximately...read more.

National Express Shares Plunge as Stagecoach Merger Falls Through - last update: 29-Oct-2009
Lower down the market, National Express, the troubled bus and train operator, plunged 9.6% to 329.7p after confirming that potential merger plans with rival Stagecoach have...read more.

FTSE Index Falls to Three Week Low after Drop in US Consumer Confidence - last update: 28-Oct-2009
The FTSE 100 reached a three-week low today, as both banking and mining stocks - two of the market's key constituent sectors - once again found themselves under pressure. Today's sell-off is partly attributable to the...read more.

Forced Breakup of ING Sees UK Banks Suffer From Profit Taking - last update: 27-Oct-2009
Royal Bank of Scotland, the 70% state-owned bank, and Lloyds Banking Group, which is 43% owned by the government, were struck by a strong bout of profit taking today, as Monday's news concerning the...read more.

FTSE 100 Weakens After Wall Street Losses Triggers Apprehension - last update: 26-Oct-2009
The FTSE 100's performance was somewhat lacklustre this morning, as Friday's sharp losses on Wall Street triggered a strong bout of apprehension. Financials were the biggest...read more.

UK GDP Contracts 0.2% and Pushes Sterling Lower - last update: 23-Oct-2009
The report reveals that the fall in GDP came on the back of a surprise decline in the country's dominant services sector, which contracted by 0.2% over the quarter. Sterling, which has risen sharply over...read more.

Dow Dips as Banking Analyst Recommends Selling Shares in Wells Fargo - last update: 22-Oct-2009
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 ended last night's trading session nearly 1% lower, after an influential banking sector analyst Richard Bove recommended selling shares in...read more.

UK Retail Shares Perform Well as Home Retail Reports Half Year Results - last update: 21-Oct-2009
In the UK, Home Retail Group is reporting half-year results, and cautious expectations are that these will show pre-tax profits of a relatively flat £121.4 million. Still in retail, Tesco Shares and Sainsbury's shares were both...read more.

Barclays Weakens as Qatari Wealth Fund Sells Warrants - last update: 20-Oct-2009
Barclays share price took a bit of a battering this morning after a Qatari sovereign wealth fund confirmed that it is selling half of the warrants it holds in the bank. The wealth fund said it is selling 379.22 million shares in Barclays by...read more.

Strong Metal Prices Encourage Rally for Resource Stocks - last update: 19-Oct-2009
Stronger metal prices helped miners rise as well this morning, with Fresnillo rallying 3.9% to 855p and Kazakhmys jumping 3.7% to 1304p. Kazakh miner Eurasian Natural Resources added...read more.

FTSE Rises After Dow Closes Above 10,000 - last update: 16-Oct-2009
The FTSE made decent gains this morning, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to end last night's trading session back above the 10,000 level. Sentiment was also boosted by...read more.

Miners Pull FTSE From 56-Week High on Disappointing Merger News - last update: 15-Oct-2009
The FTSE fell from a 56-week high this morning, after heavyweight mining shares retreated on the back of disappointing merger news. Shares of Anglo American slid 2% to 2264p after...read more.

Kazakhmys and Xstrata Highlight Mining Sector Gains - last update: 14-Oct-2009
The morning's gains were focused on the mining sector with Kazakhmys gaining 5.43% at 1242p; Xstrata gaining 5.90% at 1014p; Rio Tinto rising...read more.

FTSE Weakens on Profit Taking Despite Positive Whitbread Report - last update: 13-Oct-2009
The FTSE gave up some of yesterday's gains this morning, despite an encouraging report from Whitbread, as apprehensive investors took...read more.

Antofagasta Slides as Declining Metal Prices Weaken Miners - last update: 09-Oct-2009
Miners came under some selling pressure this morning after the price of gold, silver, platinum, nickel and copper declined. The worst performing miner this morning was Antofagasta, with a...read more.

Miners Rally on Good Results from Alcoa at the Start of US Earnings Season - last update: 08-Oct-2009
The FTSE 100 Index climbed over 1% early this morning, as miners rallied on the back of Alcoa's exceptional third-quarter results. Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, kicked off the...read more.

Sainsbury's Growth Report Sees UK Retailers Weigh on the FTSE 100 - last update: 07-Oct-2009
Retailers Sainsbury's and WM Morrison weighed heaviest on the blue-chip index today after Sainsbury's - the UK's third-largest grocer - said it expects growth to...read more.

Gold Futures Soar as Gulf Arab States Plan to End Dollar Based Crude Oil Trading - last update: 06-Oct-2009
October gold futures climbed to an 18 month high of $1020 an ounce today, after an exclusive report published by the Independent revealed that...read more.

British Miners Find Support from Firmer Copper Prices and Broker Upgrades - last update: 05-Oct-2009
Miners, which were mainly supported by slightly firmer copper prices and some positive broker comments, contributed the most points to...read more.

FTSE Trades Slightly Lower Ahead of Payroll Data - last update: 02-Oct-2009
London's blue chip Index continued to trade in negative territory this morning, as apprehensive investors played it safe and took profits ahead of this afternoon's all-important US non-farm payroll data. Today's non-farm payrolls may be the...read more.

Stocks Sell Off as Macroeconomic Data Affects Market Confidence - last update: 01-Oct-2009
Macroeconomic data is beginning to appear unstable, with every two pieces of good data seemingly followed by a bad one - a phenomenon the market hasn't been accustomed to over the past six months and which is now beginning to take its toll on nerves. The market immediately sold off after...read more.

Indices Perform Better After IMF Adjustment - last update: 30-Sep-2009
By around 11am, the FTSE 100 had climbed to 5185.19 points, an improvement of 25.47 points (+ 0.49%) on yesterday's close. The broader FTSE 250 was also on the move this morning, trading 59.68 points (+ 0.65%) up on its previous close at 9275.25. Both the Cac 40 and the Dax 30 were ahead in...read more.

Investors Take Profits after Rally as Domestic Data Falters - last update: 29-Sep-2009
London's blue-chip FTSE 100 Index was trading marginally lower this morning, as yesterday's rally encouraged investors to lock-in profits. The release of mixed domestic economic data didn't bode too well for...read more.

Concerns Over China's Consumption Weaken Commodities - last update: 28-Sep-2009
The FTSE relinquished early morning gains as fears of a slowdown in China's appetite for commodities and potential regulatory reforms across the financial services industry struck the resources and banking sectors. Mining shares were...read more.

Rebound in Crude Prices Aids Energy Shares after Tumble - last update: 25-Sep-2009
A rebound in crude oil helped heavyweight energy shares move higher this morning, with BP gaining 1.3% to 553.2p, Cairn Energy rising 1.2% to 2700p and Tullow Oil advancing 1.6% to 1157p. Yesterday's 4.5% decline in crude oil was viewed as excessive. 'In the medium term, six to nine months from now, prices are expected to...read more.

Investor Concern Over Fed Policy Boosts the Dollar and Hurts Commodity Prices - last update: 24-Sep-2009
This, in turn, helped the US Dollar appreciate, weighing on commodity prices, and triggered a bout of profit-taking across the heavy-weight resource sectors at the start of trading today. The FTSE has begun to recovery from earlier losses by...read more.

FTSE Approaches Best Quarterly Gains In a Decade - last update: 23-Sep-2009
The FTSE 100 rose 0.47% to 5167.19 by 10.30am this morning - and is approaching its best quarterly performance in almost a decade. The UK's leading blue-chip index has gained 49.5% since its six-year slump in March - and this optimism has...read more.

Heavyweight Resource Stocks and Corporate News Boost the FTSE 100 Index - last update: 22-Sep-2009
The FTSE resumed its uptrend this morning, as a rebound across commodity prices, broker upgrades and upbeat corporate news lured investors back to the market. Heavyweight resource shares added the most points to the...read more.

Weakness for Banking and Mining Equities Hurts the Leading UK Index - last update: 21-Sep-2009
Banks were also treading in negative territory today. Lloyds Banking Group fell 1.8% to 108.65p, Standard Chartered declined 2% to 1467p, Barclays lost 1.4% to 368.4p while HSBC retreated 1% to 722.5p. Royal Bank of Scotland, the sector's worst ...read more.

Broker Downgrade from Citigroup Sees Tullow Oil Underperform the Energy Sector - last update: 18-Sep-2009
Tullow Oil was the sector's worst performer, however, down 3.3% to 1204p on the back of a broker downgrade; Citigroup today cut its recommendation on the oil explorer from 'buy' to 'hold'. Elsewhere, Cadbury traded marginally higher, up 0.2% to 787p this morning. Real Estate Company British Land was...read more.

UK Index Continues to Rise Towards 5200 Despite Weak Retail Sales - last update: 17-Sep-2009
The UK 100 continued to rise toward the 5200 level this morning, shrugging off weaker-than-expected domestic retail sales figures, as strong overnight gains on Wall Street, oil discoveries and bid talk in the...read more.

Indices Rally After Economic Optimism Inspires Good US and Asian Sessions - last update: 16-Sep-2009
The FTSE 100 opened strongly this morning, amid renewed optimism about a global recovery and strong gains for US and Asian markets overnight, with the Dow closing at...read more.

FTSE Trades Lower Despite Stabilisation of UK House Prices - last update: 15-Sep-2009
The blue-chip FTSE 100 Index was trading marginally lower this morning, despite further evidence of stabilisation in UK house prices. The latest report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) revealed that...read more.

Protectionist Tensions Between US and China Weakens FTSE - last update: 14-Sep-2009
London's blue-chip FTSE 100 Index sank below the 5000 level this morning, as lower commodity prices, downbeat comments about the UK recovery, house prices and protectionist tensions between China and the US encouraged...read more.

Tesco Climbs as Supermarket Unveils Partnership with Fortis - last update: 11-Sep-2009
Supermarket giant Tesco climbed 1.3% to 383.2p, meanwhile, after unveiling that it has formed a partnership with Belgian-based insurance group Fortis - a development that will create more than 1,500 new jobs. Pub group JD Wetherspoon was also in the limelight today, after...read more.

FTSE Remains Above 5000 After Beige Book Release and Rise in UK House Prices - last update: 10-Sep-2009
London's blue chip FTSE 100 Index was supported above the 5000 level this morning following an upbeat overnight report from the US and further evidence of a recovery in UK house prices. The Federal Reserve's so called 'beige book', a report which provides a snapshot of the economic conditions prevailing across 12 of America's Federal districts, was...read more.

UK Shares Resume Uptrend as British Economy Returns to Growth - last update: 09-Sep-2009
Trading was somewhat mixed this morning, with the FTSE seen opening in the red on the back of profit-taking but later resuming its uptrend. A report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) revealed that the UK economy has started growing again, while a separate publication from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG showed an increase in the...read more.

Good Results from Kingfisher and M&A News Send Markets Higher - last update: 08-Sep-2009
The FTSE Index touched an 11-month high this morning, as investors continued to plough into equities after Kingfisher disclosed better than expected bottom line figures. M&A news also contributed to market optimism this morning; Cadbury's shares rose...read more.

Cadbury Skyrockets on Rejection of £10.2bn Kraft Offer - last update: 07-Sep-2009
Cadbury gained a stunning 39% as details emerged that it had rejected a £10.2 billion bid by Kraft, North America's largest food company. Kraft said that its proposed merger would produce a 'global powerhouse in snacks, confectionary and quick meals.' The failed bid values Cadbury at...read more.

Peugeot Citroen Rally on Plans to Build Electric Car with Mitsubishi - last update: 04-Sep-2009
Peugeot Citroen announced that it has signed an agreement to develop an electric car in co-operation with Mitsubishi Motors, with the aim of producing the new vehicle by the end of 2010. The news helped push...read more.

Rising Metal Prices Stabilise FTSE as Mining Stocks Strengthen - last update: 03-Sep-2009
The FTSE 100 Index was largely flat in early trading today, gaining seven points to 4824 by 10am, and trading in a range of just 25 points. Rising metal prices provided a boost to mining stocks, but these gains were offset by weakness in the...read more.

Financial Sector Weighs as RBS and Legal & General Slump - last update: 02-Sep-2009
The FTSE was down for the second day this morning, losing 28.15 points or 0.58% by 10am, while European and Asian stocks also fell for the third consecutive day. The majority of the morning's losers were in the financial sector, with RBS losing 4.68% at 52.90p; Legal & General losing...read more.

World Indices Trade Lower on Profit Taking After Long Weekend - last update: 01-Sep-2009
The FTSE has fallen this morning in the first session since the long weekend, slipping 51.94 points (-1.06%) to 4856.96 at 10am. Europe's other major indices have also opened weaker, with the German Dax already 125.26 points (-2.27%) lower to 5392.09 shortly after 10am. Looking ahead, US futures are currently indicating...read more.

Revision to UK Economic Contraction Lifts Morale and Aids Equity Markets - last update: 28-Aug-2009
The FTSE advanced more than 1% this morning as an official government report unveiling a smaller-than-expected UK economic contraction lifted morale. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revised its...read more.

Tullow Oil and BG Group Help Support British Stock Prices - last update: 27-Aug-2009
Miners and energy majors were predominantly responsible for supporting the FTSE this morning. Tullow Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and BG Group were also in positive territory, up between 0.05% and 0.8% at 1061p, 1700p, 527.75p and 1050p respectively. Most banks traded lower this morning, apart from...read more.

FTSE Index Breaches 4900 Level to Reach 10-Month High - last update: 26-Aug-2009
The FTSE 100 was holding its position above 4900 this morning, after closing yesterday's trading above that mark (4916.8) for the first time since early October 2008. London's leading index fluctuated in early trading, but by 11.00am (London time) had resolved to...read more.

Profit Taking on UK 100 after Downbeat Banking Sector Comments - last update: 25-Aug-2009
A bout of profit-taking struck London's UK 100 this morning after US equity market sentiment weakened on the back of downbeat banking sector comments. By around 10:30am (London time), the UK 100 was trading 9.63 points (-0.20%) lower at 4886.60 and the broader UK 250 was...read more.

Mining Equities Push FTSE Higher as Traders Buy into Recovery Story - last update: 24-Aug-2009
A rally in the mining sector propelled London's FTSE to a level last seen at the beginning of October 2008 this morning. There has been a lot of encouraging macroeconomic data emanating from both sides of the Atlantic recently, which is supporting the global economic recovery story and encouraging...read more.

Stocks See Cautious Trading as China Plans to Restrict Lending - last update: 21-Aug-2009
Trading on the FTSE was somewhat cautious this morning, as China is said to be planning to tighten its banking sector capital requirements in order to curb the lending that has fuelled a 60% rally on its stock market. The motives behind this potential development are...read more.

Commodities Boost Equity Markets as Energy Firms Rally - last update: 20-Aug-2009
Energy majors Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Cairn Energy were trading between 1.4% and 2.6% higher at 1611p, 517.5p and 2493p respectively, after the price of crude oil advanced near its highest level since June. Miners were also in vogue after...read more.

Indices Trade Lower on Chinese Concerns and Bearish Asian Sentiment - last update: 19-Aug-2009
The FTSE fell in early trading this morning and by 11am was standing at 4649.69, down 36.09 points. London's leading index fell on open following bearish sentiment in eastern markets. China's stocks fell on concern that...read more.

Barclays Bucks Positive Trend as FTSE is Lifted by Banks and Miners - last update: 18-Aug-2009
Lloyds Banking Group rose 0.7% to 95.7p while Barclays bucked the positive trend and fell 1.5% to 341.85p. Miners also helped lift the FTSE, with Rio Tinto advancing 3.4% to 2321p after unveiling that...read more.

Profit Taking Hits Shares as BNP Paribas Raises Doubts Over Economic Strength - last update: 17-Aug-2009
The FTSE was struck by another bout of profit-taking this morning, as investors realised that the rally was overdone. "We don't believe that the underlying macro-economic fundamentals...read more.

British Land Faces Takeover Speculation after Daily Telegraph Report - last update: 14-Aug-2009
British Land takeover speculation and mining sector upgrades helped lift London's blue-chip FTSE 100 index toward the 4800 level this morning. The Daily Telegraph newspaper has reported that...read more.

Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Decision Inspires Renewed Optimism for Global Recovery - last update: 13-Aug-2009
A renewed bout of optimism struck global equity markets today following the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision. Upbeat economic data from Europe also boded well for market sentiment. The Federal Reserve last night...read more.

Weak Unemployment Statistics and Poor Outlook on Inflation Fails to Hold the FTSE Down - last update: 12-Aug-2009
The FTSE 100 beat global trends to rise to 4683.93 by 11am this morning despite rising UK unemployment statistics and the BoE's pessimistic outlook on inflation. In a report on global stocks released today, a group of Citigroup analysts stated that...read more.

Friends Provident Agrees to Takeover Offer from Resolution - last update: 11-Aug-2009
News of a takeover in the insurance sector and upbeat UK housing market data propelled the FTSE higher this morning. Friends Provident advanced 2.4% to 76.8p a share, after the life insurer...read more.

Insurance Sector Rallies as Friends Provident Enters Buyout Discussions - last update: 10-Aug-2009
The FTSE fell from a 10-month high today, as weakness across banks and miners renewed bid activity in the insurance sector. Friends Provident, the 177-year old life insurer, this morning confirmed that it has resumed talks with buyout group...read more.

Poor RBS Figures Hurt UK Stocks Ahead of US Non Farm Payrolls - last update: 07-Aug-2009
Weak underling results at RBS caution ahead of the all-important US non-farm payroll data weighed on the FTSE. Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which is 70% owned by the government, plunged...read more.

The FTSE 100 Targets 4,700 on Positive Data from the UK Housing Market - last update: 06-Aug-2009
Upbeat news about Britain's housing market and stronger earnings at Aviva helped lift the FTSE toward the 4700 level this morning. There was a ray of light for UK homeowners in negative...read more.

Financials Gains as Lloyds Believes that Bad Debt Levels Have Peaked - last update: 05-Aug-2009
The FTSE 100 began marginally lower on Wednesday, despite a positive morning for financial stocks after Lloyds Banking Group said its bad debt levels had peaked. The UK's blue-chip index had...read more.

Standard Chartered Announces Unexpected Capital Raising Plan - last update: 04-Aug-2009
The recent rally on the FTSE looks to have stopped today, as an unexpected capital raising announcement from...read more.

Strong Barclays and HSBC Results Ignite Rally in the UK Banking Sector - last update: 03-Aug-2009
The interim results of Barclays and HSBC ignited a rally across the banking sector today, helping lift market sentiment overall and sending the FTSE closer towards the 4700 level. Shares in Barclays managed to...read more.

Financial Markets Struggle for Direction as Traders Await US GDP - last update: 31-Jul-2009
The FTSE was trading somewhat flat this morning, as investors remained on the sidelines ahead of the critical second-quarter US GDP figures. There's undeniably a strong element of caution tied to...read more.

FTSE 100 Trades Higher as Several UK Firms Beat Expectations - last update: 30-Jul-2009
The FTSE 100 traded higher today after better than expected results from a number of companies, including...read more.

French CAC and German DAX Gain as Leading Indices Rally - last update: 29-Jul-2009
Leading indices also tracked up, with the German DAX 1.62% higher at 5258.58, and the French CAC up more than...read more.

Energy Majors Remain in Focus as BP Reports Higher Replacement Cost Profits - last update: 28-Jul-2009
Energy majors were also in focus today, with oil giant BP reporting second-quarter replacement cost profits at the higher end of consensus estimates. Replacement cost profit, which strips out...read more.

Shares Climb as First-Quarter Sales Hit Targets at Vodafone - last update: 24-Jul-2009
Vodafone was in focus this morning, announcing that first-quarter sales climbed 9.2% to £10.7 billion, in line with analyst estimates, from £9.8 billion a year earlier. However, when...read more.

Water Companies Hit Utility Sector as Ofwat Proposes Bill Reductions - last update: 23-Jul-2009
Water companies were hit hard this morning after water regulator Ofwat put forth proposals that would see the average water bill drop by £14 to...read more.

UK Investors Bank Profits as Seven Day Rally Comes to an End - last update: 22-Jul-2009
The FTSE opened lower today as investors deemed the index overbought and banked profits to end a seven-day uptrend in...read more.

WM Morrison's Report Ensures that Food Retailers Lift the UK 100 - last update: 21-Jul-2009
Food retailers contributed to uplift in the FTSE, yet trading remains cautious following six straight sessions of gains. Food retailer Wm Morrison dominated the FTSE 100 leader...read more.

Stock Markets Benefit from Merger Talk in the Life Insurance Sector - last update: 20-Jul-2009
Merger talk in the life insurance sector and renewed rescue hopes over embattled US commercial lender CIT Group helped enliven the FTSE this morning. Speculation over Lloyds and RBS returning to profitability in the first half also boded well. The sector was...read more.

Struggling Heavyweight Miners Take Points off the Leading UK Index - last update: 16-Jul-2009
The FTSE snapped a three-day winning streak this morning, as apprehensive investors took profits on the back of sharp gains made earlier this week. Heavyweight miners took the most points off...read more.

European Indices Post Healthy Gains as Fresnillo and Tullow Oil Boost the FTSE - last update: 15-Jul-2009
Major European indices posted healthy gains this morning, the Dax 30 gained 71.4 points (1.49%) to 4853.1, while the CAC 40 rose around 40 points (1.30%) to 3121.8. Large FTSE gains were seen in the...read more.

Chinese Data Points to a Resurrection in Demand for Commodities - last update: 14-Jul-2009
Both domestic and Chinese data point to a resurrection in demand, and that's boding well for commodity and equity markets this...read more.

Banking Sector Falters on Prospect of Major Losses at Lloyds - last update: 13-Jul-2009
The prospect of further large losses at Lloyds did not bode well for investor sentiment today and, not surprisingly, losses were seen spreading throughout most of the sector. Shares in Barclays eased...read more.

US Equities Rise as Strong Quarterly Updates Boost Investor Optimism - last update: 10-Jul-2009
US equities opened in positive territory this afternoon, after better-than-expected quarterly results left investors feeling more optimistic about the...read more.

Associated British Foods Announces Impressive Sales Figures at Primark - last update: 09-Jul-2009
Associated British Foods, the owner of the Primark discount fashion chain, reported that sales from continuing operations rose 19% on the year. It also unveiled a 15% rise in...read more.

French CAC and German DAX Fall as Oil Companies Struggle - last update: 08-Jul-2009
The FTSE is lower in early trading, Similar weakness has been seen across European markets, with the French CAC falling and the German DAX shedding about...read more.

Improved US Sentiment and Search for Value Aids Financial Stock Markets - last update: 07-Jul-2009
The FTSE managed to rebound off a two-month low this morning, as a pick-up in sentiment on Wall Street last night encouraged investors back to equities in search of value and...read more.

Risk Aversion Sees Commodity and Equity Markets Decline - last update: 02-Jul-2009
Elevated levels of risk aversion took its toll on both commodity and equity markets this morning. Crude Oil was knocked back, with...read more.

UK Stocks Enjoy Gains as Marks and Spencer Release Strong Sales Report - last update: 01-Jul-2009
Strong manufacturing figures and better than expected sales results from the Marks and Spencer Group helped boost the FTSE 100 first thing this morning, taking the index above the...read more.

Construction Firms and House builders Provide Support Despite Drop in UK GDP - last update: 30-Jun-2009
Gains across house builders and banks supported the FTSE this morning, despite the release of a larger-than-expected drop in first-quarter domestic GDP figures. House builders Bovis Homes, Barratt Developments, and Redrow advanced...read more.

Vodafone Shares Climb as FT Reports Firm is Considering an Offer for T-Mobile - last update: 29-Jun-2009
Elsewhere, mobile telecommunications giant Vodafone climbed nearly 1.5% to 117.9p after unidentified sources told the Financial Times that the company was examining the case for making an offer for T-Mobile or...read more.

Brent Crude Oil Rallies as Nigerian Rebels Attack Royal Dutch Shell Oilfield - last update: 26-Jun-2009
Commodities were back in vogue this morning as investors were more optimistic about the prospects for a global economic recovery. In the meantime, crude oil prices were seen strengthening back toward the...read more.

Energies and Commodities Face Substantial Resource Slack - last update: 25-Jun-2009
The prices of energy and other commodities have risen of late. However, substantial resource slack is likely to dampen cost pressures, and the committee expects...read more.

UK Blue Chips Await Testimony from MPC Members at the Treasury Select Committee - last update: 24-Jun-2009
With stock markets slipping back over recent days, particularly after the World Bank's unexpected downward-adjustment of its global GDP forecast, the UK's blue-chip index has remained flat through the...read more.

US Stocks Fall After World Bank Downgrades Global Growth Forecasts - last update: 23-Jun-2009
US stocks suffered their worst one-day decline in two months yesterday. The S+P 500 ended the session 28.19 points (-3.06%) in the red at 893.04, wiping out all of the gains made so far this year, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled...read more.

Crude Oil Tumbles on Poor Outlook for World Growth Prospects - last update: 22-Jun-2009
The prospect of weaker global growth didn't bode too well for commodities, especially crude oil, which fell close to the $68 a barrel this morning. That in turn weighed on...read more.

HSBC and Banking Equities Rally on UBS Upgrade to 'Key Call List' - last update: 19-Jun-2009
The heavyweight banking sector was responsible for driving the FTSE higher this morning, with Barclays up 2.8% to 276.25p and Lloyds Banking Group 1.7% higher at 70.5p. HSBC, meanwhile, had advanced 1.4% to 530.75p after UBS added the stock to its European...read more.

Unexpected Slump in British Retail Sales Exacerbates FTSE Declines - last update: 18-Jun-2009
An unexpected drop in domestic retail sales exacerbated declines on the FTSE this morning. Official figures released today unveiled a 0.6% monthly decline in UK retail sales volumes in May, the first drop in three months, following a 0.9% rise the month before. The latest figure was much lower than...read more.

Falling Hopes of a Sharp Economic Rebound Sees Commodity Markets Drop - last update: 17-Jun-2009
Miners were the biggest drag on the blue-chip index this morning after underlying commodity prices retreated as hopes for a sharp global economic rebound faded. Shares in...read more.

US Stock Market Futures Dip Ahead of Housing and Inflation Figures - last update: 16-Jun-2009
Dow Jones Futures and S+P 500 futures contracts were trading between 0.1% and 0.2% below fair value, indicating that US stock markets are likely to...read more.

Copper Declines on Demand Worries and Takes the Shine Off Miners - last update: 15-Jun-2009
Commodity prices, sensitive to news about the outlook for global economic growth, fell today, taking the limelight away from miners. Copper declined in Asia on speculation that supply...read more.

Commodities Drop as Alistair Darling Warns of Economic Risks of High Prices - last update: 12-Jun-2009
Commodities were also weaker today as investors became more cautious about the economic outlook. Alistair Darling yesterday warned that Britain's economic recovery could falter on the back of rising oil prices, while...read more.

FTSE Slides Despite NIESR Report Suggesting that UK Economy is at a Turning Point - last update: 11-Jun-2009
The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) released a statement yesterday that the UK economy has reached a turning point. This news has not, however, done much to halt...read more.

Japanese Nikkei 225 Index Jumps as Global Commodities Surge in Value - last update: 10-Jun-2009
However Asian bourses performed strongly overnight, with the Nikkei 225 jumping 1% to 9885.13 - its highest level for eight months, after global commodity prices rallied and oil went...read more.

UK Energy Companies Benefit from Gains in Crude Oil Prices - last update: 09-Jun-2009
Energy companies, meanwhile, benefitted from rising crude oil prices, which traded above $69 a barrel this...read more.

S&P 500 Contracts Look to Rally Despite Weakness in European Stocks - last update: 08-Jun-2009
Looking ahead, June Dow and S&P 500 contracts were trading around 0.8% below fair value this morning, indicating that Wall Street is...read more.

Resource Stocks Boost the UK 100 as Rio Tinto Targets Deal with BHP Billiton - last update: 05-Jun-2009
The FTSE was trading back above the 4400 level this morning, aided by a rebound in mining shares. The mining sector was hit by a strong bout of selling pressure yesterday after...read more.

Debenhams Shares Weigh on the FTSE 250 on Plans to Raise Capital - last update: 04-Jun-2009
FTSE 250 listed department store group Debenhams confirmed plans to raise £323 million in fresh capital today, saying that the proceeds will go towards reducing debt. According to the Financial Times, the...read more.

FTSE 100 Takes a Significant Knock as Major Stocks Go Ex-dividend - last update: 03-Jun-2009
The FTSE 100 is down significantly this morning after major stocks went ex-dividend...read more.

Barclays Plummets as Abu Dhabi Shareholders Look to Sell - last update: 02-Jun-2009
Barclays was the worst performer on the blue-chip index this morning. The bank plummeted 14.62% to 270p after one of its largest Middle Eastern shareholders, International Petroleum Investment Corp (IPIC), an investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi...read more.

Encouraging Chinese Data Helps Commodities and Resource Stocks - last update: 01-Jun-2009
The release of encouraging economic data from China helped commodities and resource stocks rally once again, sending the FTSE 100 just a few points...read more.

US Bond Yields Rise as Fed Looks to Buy $300bn of US Debt - last update: 28-May-2009
According to Bloomberg, the yields on 10-year Treasury notes have risen more than 100 basis points since March, when the Federal Reserve said it would buy up to $300 billion of US debt over a six-month period in an effort to reduce rates. This fresh concern tempered sentiment on Wall Street last night, sending the...read more.

Eurozone Stock Market Indices Dip Ahead of US Home Sales Data - last update: 27-May-2009
In the eurozone, the German DAX momentarily slipped 19.45 points (0.39%) to 5005.05 while the French CAC 40 rose...read more.

Speculation that OPEC Will Maintain Targets Sees Energy Firms Track Losses in Crude Oil - last update: 26-May-2009
Energy companies tracked losses in crude oil futures, which fell on speculation that OPEC will keep output...read more.

Jump in Metal Prices Sees Miners Boost the UK Stock Market - last update: 22-May-2009
A rebound in the mining sector this morning helped the FTSE recover a fraction of yesterday's losses. Heavyweight miners were back in vogue today, rising on the back of a rebound in metal prices and a flow of...read more.

Vodafone Stocks Drift on Ratings Cut for the Heavyweight Telecoms Firm - last update: 21-May-2009
Heavyweight mobile telecommunications company Vodafone was also having a rough day, sliding 2.3% to 116.15p after Nomura cut its rating from...read more.

Nikkei 225 Rallies Despite Record Slump in Japanese Economy - last update: 20-May-2009
Despite the news of a record slump in the Japanese economy, the Nikkei rose...read more.

Rising Confidence in US Banks Boosts Commodity Prices - last update: 19-May-2009
The optimistic developments that occurred in the US rubbed off onto commodity and oil prices as...read more.

Thomas Cook Flies High as Owners Seek German Government Loan - last update: 18-May-2009
Thomas Cook Group climbed to the top of the FTSE 100 leader board this morning, soaring 9.7% to 245.5p after debt-laden German retailer Arcandor, which has a controlling stake in...read more.

US Markets Enjoy Opening Gains as Barclays Looks to Offload Asset Management Arm - last update: 15-May-2009
Looking ahead to the US, June Dow futures were trading 0.2% above fair value while June S+P 500 Futures were up by 0.07%, indicating that Wall Street is currently expected to open...read more.

London Equities Gain as Banks Outstrip Losses in Natural Resource Shares - last update: 14-May-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index was trading back in the red early this morning but later managed to pare losses as gains in banks outstripped losses in...read more.

British Shares Tread Carefully Despite Array of Major Corporate Updates - last update: 13-May-2009
The FTSE 100 remained relatively flat in early trading, despite a wide array of significant announcements from the index's major players. As of...read more.

Anglo American Suffers as Chinese Trade Figures Drag Mining Stocks Down - last update: 12-May-2009
The slowdown in China's international trade did not bode well for miners because it indicates that demand for commodities is likely to remain weak. Anglo American was down by...read more.

Weakness in Copper Futures Market Stifles Antofagasta Shares - last update: 11-May-2009
Antofagasta, the Chilean copper producer, fell 1.5% to 628.5p as July high grade copper futures traded at...read more.

Positive US Banking Stress Test Results Buoy S+P 500 Index - last update: 08-May-2009
S+P 500 futures contracts are currently trading around 1% above fair value, indicating that US equity markets are likely to open in positive terrain today...read more.

Barclays Report Suggests that Brent Crude Oil Could Target $70 Level - last update: 07-May-2009
June Brent Crude Oil was 2.37% above its previous close at $57.48 a barrel, while June WTI rose 2.5% to $57.78 a barrel. An interesting report released by Barclays earlier this week revealed that oil could rise to $71.55 a barrel if...read more.

UK 100 Opens Lower After Strong Gains as Weak Wall Street Close Weighs - last update: 06-May-2009
Despite achieving its best single-day rise since mid-January yesterday, the FTSE opened flat this morning, perhaps influenced by a poor close on Wall St last night. While there were...read more.

Speculation that US Banks Will Pass Stress Tests Pushes S&P 500 Through Key 900 Level - last update: 05-May-2009
The S&P 500 breached the psychological 900 level yesterday, ending the session 3.4% higher at 907.24 as investors speculated that US banks will...read more.

FTSE 100 Encounters Profit Taking After Biggest Monthly Rise Since 2003 - last update: 01-May-2009
The FTSE 100 had a lacklustre start today after having posted its biggest monthly rise since 2003...read more.

Equities Rally as Federal Reserve Offers Encouragement Over the Health of the US Economy - last update: 30-Apr-2009
This development ignited a rally on US markets last night, which left the Dow Jones Industrial Average 168.78 points (+2.1%) higher at 8185.73 and the S+P 500...read more.

Crude Prices Continue to Trade at Huge Discount to July 2008 Record Highs - last update: 29-Apr-2009
Following the record crude oil highs of $147 a barrel last July, oil firms have seen prices slashed to...read more.

Travel Sector Suffers as Swine Flu Outbreak Taints Sentiment - last update: 28-Apr-2009
Concerns over the impact of the swine flu outbreak on the wider economy continued to taint equity sentiment in the UK this morning. Travel-related stocks were...read more.

US Futures Look Set to Open Lower as Swine Flu Concerns Grip the Market - last update: 27-Apr-2009
Wall St is also likely to open in negative terrain this afternoon, as June Dow, S+P 500 and Nasdaq futures contracts traded more than...read more.

Stock Markets See Reluctance to Rally after Weak Results from Morgan Stanley - last update: 23-Apr-2009
By around 10.30am, the FTSE 100 Index was up by 10.84 points (+0.27%) to 4041.5, while the broader FTSE 250 had advanced...read more.

UK Stocks See Range Bound Trade as FTSE 100 Tests Key 4,000 Level - last update: 22-Apr-2009
The FTSE is currently in a holding pattern this morning, drifting either side of the 4000 mark as all eyes look towards...read more.

London FTSE 100 Index Edges Higher as Tesco Results Beat Expectations - last update: 21-Apr-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index edged marginally higher this morning as Tesco's consensus-beating results helped spur gains...read more.

GlaxoSmithKline Share Prices Gains on Reports of Acquisition Deal - last update: 20-Apr-2009
UK pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline was also in the headlines this morning. Bloomberg has reported that it is nearing an agreement to acquire Stiefel Laboratories, a maker of...read more.

Vodafone Rises on Ratings Upgrade from Sanford Bernstein - last update: 16-Apr-2009
Also on the rise was Vodafone, which rose 1.37% to 122.15p on the back of...read more.

Rio Tinto Inspires Mining Sector Weakness on Poor Iron Ore Output Figures - last update: 15-Apr-2009
The FTSE's day began with large drops in the financial and mining sectors. Rio Tinto were down more than 3.8% to 2405p after announcing a 15% fall in first-quarter iron ore output and...read more.

International Energy Agency Points to Slowdown in Global Oil Demand Which Hurts Shell Shares - last update: 14-Apr-2009
Royal Dutch Shell retreated 1.2% to 1444p after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that world crude oil demand would fall by...read more.

Banks Add to the FTSE as Barclays Looks to Sell iShares Unit - last update: 09-Apr-2009
The FTSE was higher at the start of trading today, with banks adding the most points to the blue-chip index after...read more.

British Indices Shy Away from Resistance as Alcoa Issues Discouraging Guidance - last update: 08-Apr-2009
British indices, unsurprisingly, followed suite this morning, with the blue-chip FTSE 100 Index declining...read more.

BAE Systems Enjoys 'Outperform' Recommendation and Higher Target Price - last update: 07-Apr-2009
The leading riser was BAE Systems, jumping 6.5% to 350p following a reassuring note from Credit Suisse, which retained its 'outperform' rating on BAE's shares and its target price of...read more.

S+P 500 Futures Drift on Rumours of Collapse in IBM Deal to Buy Sun Microsystems - last update: 06-Apr-2009
Looking ahead, US Dow and S+P 500 futures were up by around 0.5% this morning, relatively weak when compared to the performance of European bourses. The cautious sentiment in US markets may be...read more.

UK Housing and Manufacturing Data Offers Glimmer of Hope at the End of the Tunnel - last update: 03-Apr-2009
After so many months of relentless bad economic news, the fact that there appeared to be genuinely promising news emanating from the manufacturing sector and the housing market yesterday was...read more.

Rising Copper Prices Boost Asian and UK Stock Markets - last update: 02-Apr-2009
Rallying stock prices have not been confined to the UK. We have seen strong overnight performances from the Asian markets, with the Nikkei finishing...read more.

Improved Broker Rating Sees Vodafone Group Move into Positive Territory - last update: 01-Apr-2009
In more positive territory was Vodafone Group, which basked in the glow of a 'buy' rating from...read more.

Major European Indices Tread Cautiously Higher Ahead of US Consumer Confidence Report - last update: 31-Mar-2009
With most major European indices also posting reasonable gains this morning, conditions are looking tentatively favourable ahead of...read more.

Car Manufacturers Hurt the German DAX as BMW and Daimler Slump - last update: 30-Mar-2009
Automobile stocks slumped heavily on the German DAX this morning, with BMW, the country's largest luxury car-maker, declining 4.4% to 22.24 euros and Daimler slipping...read more.

S&P 500 Remains on Course for Largest Monthly Increase in 35 Years - last update: 27-Mar-2009
The US's other major indices also fared well. The S&P 500 gained 2.3% to 832.86 points, and is on course for its biggest...read more.

Dismal UK Retail Sales Knocks FTSE 100 Back After Strong Start - last update: 26-Mar-2009
The FTSE edged marginally higher at the start of trading today but gains were knocked back after the release of dismal UK retail sales, which triggered a selling spree...read more.

London Market Edges Towards Resistance Around the 4,000 Level - last update: 25-Mar-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index initially edged a notch closer to the 4000 level this morning, but cautious sentiment in financial and...read more.

US Treasury Plans Sees Dow Jones Industrial Average Rocket Higher - last update: 24-Mar-2009
The euphoric state seen in equities last night petered out this morning as investors locked in short-term gains. This sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by a staggering...read more.

Vodafone Share Price Trades Higher on Announcement of Network Sharing Plans - last update: 23-Mar-2009
The world's largest mobile-phone company Vodafone was also in positive terrain today, up 0.7% to 120.85p after announcing that it has...read more.

Weakness for Banks and Retail Shares Sees British Equities Fall Back - last update: 20-Mar-2009
British equity markets were back in the red this morning as losses in banks and retailers overshadowed gains in the...read more.

Blue-Chip FTSE 100 Index Gives Up Early Morning Gains - last update: 19-Mar-2009
The UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 index started higher but fell back this morning, after recovering from...read more.

German DAX Climbs as Europe Follows the FTSE Higher - last update: 18-Mar-2009
Europe's major bourses have followed the FTSE higher. In Germany the Dax 30 has climbed 54.35 points (+1.36%), while the French CAC 40 is...read more.

Stocks in Royal Dutch Shell Weaken Amid Speculation of Scrap to Share Buyback Plans - last update: 17-Mar-2009
Energy shares also felt the brunt, with Royal Dutch Shell 'A' shares down 2.74% to 1595p on speculation it may...read more.

AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline Benefit from Rally in Pharmaceutical Sector - last update: 16-Mar-2009
The pharmaceutical sector also supported the FTSE's gains today, with AstraZeneca up 3.5% to 2393p and GlaxoSmithKline adding 3% to 1064p. This morning, the biggest drag on...read more.

Heavyweight Mining Shares Force British Equities Lower for Second Consecutive Day - last update: 12-Mar-2009
British equity markets fell for a second day today, with the heavyweight mining sector taking most points off the FTSE 100 after...read more.

Financial Sector Proves Pivotal as Insurance Stocks Boost the FTSE - last update: 11-Mar-2009
Financial stocks played a pivotal role in determining the fate of British indices once again this afternoon as the FTSE, led by insurers, swung higher following...read more.

London Index Gains as Miners and Banks Outweigh Energy Stocks - last update: 10-Mar-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index traded marginally higher this morning, as a rally in...read more.

Lonmin Drags UK Mining Sector into the Red as JPMorgan Cuts Recommendation - last update: 09-Mar-2009
The entire mining sector was also in the red this morning, with FTSE 250 platinum producer Lonmin among the worst performers, sliding 5.9% to 1041p after JPMorgan cut its recommendation from...read more.

British Equity Markets See Volatility Ahead of US Nonfarm Payrolls Data - last update: 06-Mar-2009
British equity markets swung between gains and losses this morning as investors traded cautiously ahead of...read more.

Energy Sector Stocks Continue to Underperform - last update: 05-Mar-2009
BG Group, Cairn Energy and Royal Dutch Shell were among the worst performers in the energy sector, down by more than...read more.

Wall Street Index Rallies as Broad Base of Stocks Help Gains - last update: 04-Mar-2009
Back on Wall Street, a mixed bag of companies helped the Dow Jones rise this...read more.

UK Index Bounces Off 6-Year Low but May Struggle to Move Higher - last update: 03-Mar-2009
The FTSE had bounced off a six-year low this early morning, but gains were...read more.

S&P 500 Futures Contracts Points to Lower Open for US Stock Markets - last update: 02-Mar-2009
As it stands, US Dow Jones and S&P 500 futures contracts were trading between 1.5% and 2% below...read more.

Poor Results from Lloyds Banking Group Knocks FTSE 100 into the Red - last update: 27-Feb-2009
The release of disappointing results from Lloyds Banking Group broke the euphoric state that was dominating the fragile banking sector yesterday, leading financial stocks back into negative terrain and knocking the FTSE into the red this...read more.

Banking Stocks Rally Despite RBS Reporting One of the Largest UK Corporate Losses - last update: 26-Feb-2009
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which is nearly 70% owned by the government, today reported one of the biggest losses in UK corporate history and raising additional capital from...read more.

British Indices Rally as Banking Sector Gains Provide Encouragement - last update: 25-Feb-2009
British indices continued to nudge higher this morning, riding on the back of renewed optimism in the US, as banks climbed higher following the Dow's 236-point rally on Wall Street last...read more.

Light Sweet Crude Oil Continues to Trade Below the Key $40 Level - last update: 24-Feb-2009
Light Sweet crude remained capped below the $40 level at $38.38 a barrel, down...read more.

Royal Bank of Scotland Skyrockets on Cost Cutting Rumours - last update: 08-Mar-2009
In the UK, Royal Bank of Scotland surged to the top of the FTSE leader board this morning, its share price up 17% to 22.63p, on rumours that it was planning to cut costs by more than...read more.

S+P 500 Futures Dip Ahead of US Inflation Data - last update: 20-Feb-2009
S+P 500 futures contracts were trading around 1.3% below fair value, indicating that...read more.

Shell Rallies as CEO Announces Collaboration Discussion with Gazprom - last update: 19-Feb-2009
Royal Dutch Shell gained 0.5% to 1714p after its chief executive said the company was in discussion with Gazprom about...read more.

Global Growth Fears See Japanese Nikkei 225 Close at Lowest Monthly Level - last update: 18-Feb-2009
The volatile opening of the FTSE is perhaps unsurprising considering last night's losses in the US and Asian Markets. Japan's Nikkei closed 1.5% lower at 7534.44, the lowest level...read more.

Royal Dutch Shell Shares Decline as US Crude Oil Remains Below $37 per Barrel - last update: 17-Feb-2009
Heavyweight energy shares were also once again under pressure as WTI crude prices remained capped below $37 a barrel. Cairn Energy and Royal Dutch Shell were down by...read more.

Stocks Slump on Disappointment as G7 Finance Ministers Fail to Address Concerns - last update: 16-Feb-2009
Also disappointing the market was the outcome of The Group-of-Seven meeting, which took place in Rome over the weekend. Finance ministers attending the event failed to...read more.

WTI Oil Prices Rally as Obama Introduces Plans to Subsidise US Mortgage Payments - last update: 13-Feb-2009
Crude oil futures benefitted from US developments, with March Light Sweet crude (WTI) up...read more.

Disappointing Results from Diageo Hurts UK Equity Markets - last update: 12-Feb-2009
UK equities fell this morning on the back of disappointing results from Diageo and a bout of selling pressure in the mining sector. The world's biggest alcoholic drinks group Diageo slashed its...read more.

Dow Jones Plunges Below 8,000 Level on Lack of Detail in US Bailout Plans - last update: 11-Feb-2009
Across the Atlantic last night the Dow Jones plunged by 381.99 points (-4.6%), crashing back through the 8000 level to close at 7888.88 after suffering its largest points fall for more than...read more.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Points to Decline in British House Prices - last update: 10-Feb-2009
In economic news, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) house price balance revealed that British house prices fell to -76 in January from -74 the month before, suggesting that...read more.

Energy Stocks Drag FTSE Lower Despite Strong Barclays Earnings Boosting UK Banks - last update: 09-Feb-2009
Most UK banks rose on the back of better-than-expected earnings results by Barclays this morning. Gains in the sector were overshadowed, however, by weaknesses in heavyweight energy and...read more.

British Airways Shares Fall on Report of 9-Month Losses - last update: 06-Feb-2009
In corporate news, British Airways (BA) took centre stage today after reporting a pre-tax loss of £70 million for the first nine months to 31 December 2008 against a profit of £816 million the year before. BA, which has a large part of its cost base denominated in...read more.

European Equity Markets Lose Faith as Corporate Results Disappoint Across the Board - last update: 05-Feb-2009
The upbeat morale witnessed in British and European equity markets yesterday dissipated on the back of this morning's grim developments emanating from Swiss Re, Deutsche Bank, Banco Santander and Unilever, leaving analysts mulling over the accuracy of their forecasts - were they...read more.

German DAX 30 Rallies Despite Weakening UK Economic Data - last update: 04-Feb-2009
In other key European markets today, the DAX 30 had gained 33.3 points (+0.8%), while in France the CAC 40 was up 40.5 points (+1.4%) to 3022.8. Last night, the...read more.

Vodafone Stocks Rally as Surprise Jump in Q3 Sales Beats Expectations - last update: 03-Feb-2009
Vodaphone, the world's largest mobile-phone company, surprised investors today by reporting a 14.3% rise in third-quarter sales of £10.47 billion, up from...read more.

Barclays Share Price Plummets as Moody's Downgrades Debt Rating - last update: 02-Feb-2009
The beleaguered UK banking sector was in focus this morning, with Barclays tumbling 10.3% to 95.2p a share after it was struck by a downgrade from credit-rating company Moody's Investors Service. On Sunday, Moody's downgraded the bank's long-term debt rating by two notches to...read more.

UK Index Opens Slightly Higher as the Banking Sector Offsets Mining Weakness - last update: 30-Jan-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index opened cautiously higher this morning, with gains in the banking sector offsetting losses in mining and...read more.

Shares Drop as Royal Dutch Shell Reports Huge Losses - last update: 29-Jan-2009
In energy, Royal Dutch Shell, the biggest oil company in Europe, reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $2.81 billion, compared with a profit of $8.47 billion during...read more.

European Gains Follow Rallies in Overnight US and Asian Trading - last update: 28-Jan-2009
Europe's gains this morning follows widespread rises overnight in the US and Asia. The Dow closed...read more.

Bleak Update from Severn Trent Weighs Heavily on the UK Utility Sector - last update: 27-Jan-2009
The FTSE was hit by a bout of profit-taking this morning following yesterday's positive rally. A bleak trading update by Severn Trent and declines in utility companies pulled markets...read more.

FTSE 100 Rallies as Barclays Boosts UK Banking Sector - last update: 26-Jan-2009
A banking sector rally, led by Barclays, helped lift the FTSE 100 Index this morning. The embattled UK bank that has lost more...read more.

Gold Futures Win Support as UK Economy Enters Recession - last update: 23-Jan-2009
On the commodities front, March gold contracts also won some support, rising 1.85% to $875.6 an ounce. March Brent Crude Oil was down by...read more.

Morrison's Shares Slide on Concerns Over Profit Margins and Debt Levels - last update: 22-Jan-2009
Wm Morrison was trading lower this morning, down 2.9% to 256.5p, on investor concern about the company's profit margins and debt levels. The supermarket has announced that sales (excluding fuel) at stores open at least a year jumped...read more.

Financial Markets Await Trading Results from US Heavyweights Apple and eBay - last update: 21-Jan-2009
With relatively little in the way of economic announcements from across the pond later, the focus in the US switches to a number of earnings updates, among them Apple and eBay. After yesterday's sell-off, the opening...read more.

Bank of America Leads NYSE Banks Lower on Shocking State Street Update - last update: 20-Jan-2009
Banks trading on the New York Stock Exchange were sharply lower this afternoon as risk aversion to the sector spread from the UK to the US. About half an hour after the opening bell, Bank of America was down by...read more.

UK Shares Drive Higher as Government Announces Further Bank Bailout Funds - last update: 19-Jan-2009
London's FTSE 100 Index started the week in positive terrain this morning after the UK government announced further aid to help embattled banks. The UK government today revealed a...read more.

Indices Enjoy Broad Based Rally as Congress Approves Second Bank Bailout - last update: 16-Jan-2009
Today, sentiment on the FTSE is upbeat, with most sectors on the rise again as overnight developments in the US removed a lot of uncertainty from the market. Also, the sharp sell-off seen over...read more.

London Equities Lose Out as Banking Sector Health Comes into Question - last update: 15-Jan-2009
Around £53 billion was wiped off the value of London equities yesterday as investors fretted over the health of the banking sector and pondered over bleak economic data in the US. Unsurprisingly, the FTSE weakened further...read more.

FirstGroup Leads UK Stocks Lower on Poor Sales and Trading Update - last update: 14-Jan-2009
This morning's biggest loser, however, was FirstGroup which slid by as much as 11.57% to 372.5p. Britain's biggest train operator, which released its trading statement today, slumped after saying it had recorded poor sales at...read more.

FTSE 100 Index Sees Longest Losing Streak in More than 2 Years - last update: 13-Jan-2009
This morning's fall makes this the FTSE's longest losing streak in over two years, contrasting sharply with the 400-point gain made by the blue-chip index during its six-day winning streak during the first week of January 2009. At 9.30am the FTSE 100 was down...read more.

UK Financial Markets Remain Concerned by Slew of Negative Economic Reports - last update: 12-Jan-2009
Anyone thinking that the economic scene can't get much worse than 2008, think again. Three separate reports released by the BRC, BCC and RICS this morning heightened concerns about...read more.

Dow Jones Sees Volatility as Non-Farm Payrolls Beat Expectations but Unemployment Rate Weighs - last update: 09-Jan-2009
At the start of the opening bell today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 8769.62, but by 3.30pm (London time), the index had...read more.

French CAC 40 Sees Encouraging Start to Trading in 2009 - last update: 02-Jan-2009
European markets have started the year brightly, with the DAX 30 and CAC 40 up nearly...read more.

Global Stock Markets Reflect on Spectacular Losses in 2008 - last update: 31-Dec-2008
There will also be a lot to reflect on for investors worldwide, with markets globally having seen spectacular losses in 2008; the Nikkei 225 fell 42.1% for...read more.

British Mining Shares Receive Help from Rise in Commodity Prices - last update: 30-Dec-2008
The FTSE was boosted yesterday by a rise in commodity prices, propelling mining and oil...read more.

Positive Investor Sentiment Encourages Gains in the German DAX 30 - last update: 29-Dec-2008
The week's early positive sentiment has also spread across Europe, where the Dax 30 is 101.4 points (+2.2%) ahead to...read more.

Falling Crude Oil Prices Dampen UK Christmas Cheer - last update: 24-Dec-2008
British indices remained glum on the last working day before Christmas as oil prices threw a wet blanket on miners and a bleak...read more.

Wall Street Shares Rally Despite Fall in US GDP and Decline in New Home Sales - last update: 23-Dec-2008
Wall Street opened higher this afternoon despite a contraction in final third-quarter US gross domestic product, a larger-than-expected drop in new home sales and further tensions in the auto sector. Data released by the Commerce Department this afternoon revealed...read more.

World Stock Markets Struggle as Toyota Posts First Operating Loss - last update: 22-Dec-2008
Also tainting market morale today was Japanese auto bellwether Toyota. The world's second-largest carmaker warned that it would post the first operating loss in history and its...read more.

Cut in UK Rates and VAT Inspires Boost to British Consumer Confidence - last update: 19-Dec-2008
In economic news, British consumer confidence rose, surprisingly, for a second month running in December after a cut in VAT and lower interest rates encouraged shoppers to...read more.

Possible Dividend Reductions See HSBC Shares Continue to Fall - last update: 18-Dec-2008
HSBC bucked the trend however, falling for the sixth consecutive day on concerns over possible dividend reductions and capital raisings. Its share price had...read more.

FTSE Closes Higher as Cut in US Interest Rates Boosts Wall Street - last update: 17-Dec-2008
The FTSE 100 closed 31.5 points ahead on Tuesday, while Wall Street received a shot-in-the-arm last night as the Fed cut...read more.

Tullow Oil Leads FTSE Shares Higher After Making a 'Significant' New Oil Discovery - last update: 16-Dec-2008
Shares in Tullow Oil bucked the subdued sentiment in the mining sector, advancing 9.54% to 626p (placing it at the top the FTSE 100 leader board) after the oil and gas explorer said it has made a 'significant' new crude oil discovery...read more.

Growing List of Madoff Scam Victims Sees Financial Services Weigh on US Markets - last update: 15-Dec-2008
By around 3.15pm the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen by 70.8 points (-0.82%) to 8558.88 and the broader S&P 500 had slid 8.08 points to 871.65. The Nasdaq was also lower, down...read more.

Global Equity Markets Drop as US Senate Turns Down Automaker Bailout Plans - last update: 12-Dec-2008
Disappointing overnight developments in the US sent ripples through global equity markets this morning. The $14 billion automaker bail-out plan was rejected in the Senate last evening and news emerged that JP Morgan may report disappointing fourth quarter results. Not surprisingly, Wall Street ended its trading session in...read more.

Retail, Financial and Pharmaceutical Sectors Drag the FTSE Lower - last update: 11-Dec-2008
Downside pressures in the retail, financial and pharmaceutical sectors weighed on the FTSE during early morning trading. The blue-chip FTSE 100 Index, however, managed to recover by mid-morning trading, on the back of a pick-up in...read more.

WTI Crude Oil Surges on Expectation of Production Cuts - last update: 10-Dec-2008
Crude Oil (WTI) for January delivery was trading at $43.03 a barrel this morning, up 2.3% from yesterday's close. January Brent crude was up...read more.

Worse-than-Expected UK Retail Sales Weigh on the UK 100 Index - last update: 09-Dec-2008
A barrage of bleak economic data weighed on the FTSE this morning. A report released today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed that retail sales fell at their fastest pace in more than three years...read more.

FTSE 100 Enjoys Positive Start to the Week as Obama Pledges to Invest in Infrastructure - last update: 08-Dec-2008
The UK's leading indices have had a positive start to the week, with the FTSE 100 up 4% at 4211 and the FTSE 250 up 3.68% at 5895 by...read more.

Financial Markets Slide Amid Fears that NFP Will Reveal Huge Job Losses in the US - last update: 05-Dec-2008
British and European equity markets continued to slide this morning as investors fear that non-farm payrolls will reveal the US economy slashed more jobs in...read more.

Stocks Struggle as House Prices in the UK Continue to Fall - last update: 04-Dec-2008
Earlier today, we were reminded of just how bad the situation really is. HBOS this morning reported that UK house prices fell by a further 2.6% in...read more.

UK Stock Market Indices Fail to Build on Previous Gains - last update: 03-Dec-2008
The UK's leading indices have so far failed to build upon yesterday's gains. At 10am the FTSE 100 was 1% lower to 4081.9, while the broader FTSE 250 had...read more.

Equity Traders Remain Cautious After Sharp Wall Street Sell Off - last update: 02-Dec-2008
Equity investors in Britain and Europe remained cautious this morning following a steep sell-off on Wall Street and Asian markets. The DJIA ended yesterday's session sharply...read more.

FTSE Slumps Despite Positive Atmosphere Created by Previous Three Days of Gains - last update: 01-Dec-2008
If three consecutive days of gains on the FTSE 100 last week created the illusion of some kind of financial recovery, such notions would appear to have been dispelled this morning as the FTSE slumped more than...read more.

Energy Traders Remain Cautious Ahead of OPEC Meeting in Cairo - last update: 28-Nov-2008
Looking ahead to the weekend, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will hold an informal meeting in Cairo on Saturday. There are some suspicions the organisation could surprise the market with...read more.

Global Indices Rally on Renewed Hopes of a Bailout for General Motors - last update: 27-Nov-2008
Renewed hopes of a bail-out for General Motors and the decision to elect former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to head of economic advisory for the Obama Administration also...read more.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes Higher for Third Consecutive Session - last update: 26-Nov-2008
After closing 18.3 points (+0.4%) stronger at 4171.3 on Tuesday, the Dow finished ahead for a third consecutive day last night, though only by...read more.

Brent Crude Oil Futures Continue to Fall Towards $50 per Barrel - last update: 25-Nov-2008
Crude oil futures were also lower, with January Brent crude down 2.8% to $52.42 a barrel and January...read more.

British Markets Surge as Citigroup Bailout Sees Wall Street Rebound from 11 Year Low - last update: 24-Nov-2008
British and European equity markets rose this morning after Wall Street rebounded from an 11-year low on...read more.

US Stock Markets Point to a Positive Start for Wall Street - last update: 21-Nov-2008
Looking ahead to the US, US stock futures are currently pointing higher, which means we are likely to see a positive start on Wall Street this afternoon. By around 10.20am, December Dow futures were...read more.

Oil and Gas Stocks Suffer as Crude Oil Prices Trade Lower - last update: 20-Nov-2008
Oil and gas producers also suffered after crude oil prices fell back towards...read more.

FTSE Underperforms as UK Mining Sector is Hurt by Falling Metal Prices - last update: 19-Nov-2008
The FTSE has been led downwards this morning by the mining sector as metal prices slide, with...read more.

Nikkei 225 Tumbles as Japanese Economy Slides into Recession - last update: 18-Nov-2008
Yesterday, Japan fell into a recession and Citigroup, the second-largest US bank, announced plans to shed over 50,000 jobs - far more than had been anticipated. Asian markets felt...read more.

Falling Banking Sector Shares See FTSE 100 Struggle for Gains - last update: 17-Nov-2008
The major sectors weighing the most on the FTSE this morning were banks and...read more.

Brent Crude Oil Slumps Despite Expected Production Cuts from OPEC - last update: 14-Nov-2008
January Brent Crude Oil was, however, down by $1.03 (-1.83%) to $55.36 a barrel and December Nymex was...read more.

Weaker Crude Oil Demand Outlook Weighs on Energy Shares - last update: 13-Nov-2008
The weaker outlook for oil weighed on the sector this morning, with BP down 3.62%...read more.

FTSE 100 Opens Higher Amid Positive Supermarket Updates - last update: 12-Nov-2008
The FTSE 100 began higher in early trading today, with positive numbers from supermarket giant Sainsbury's helping to boost sentiment. But the spectre of...read more.

UK Housing Data Improves but Remains in Negative Territory - last update: 11-Nov-2008
The RICS house price balance rose to a reading of -81.8 in October from -84.5 in September. This means that the percentage of agents and surveyors reporting...read more.

HSBC Stocks Struggle as US Loan Defaults Inspire Writedown - last update: 10-Nov-2008
HSBC's writedown was attributable to devalued US loan defaults and was higher than Bloomberg's median estimate of $3.7bn. Despite the ongoing...read more.

US Futures Markets Suggest that Dow Jones and S&P 500 Will Open Higher - last update: 07-Nov-2008
Into the mid-morning session, December Dow (Wall St) and S&P futures contracts were up by around 1.6%, indicating that, as things stand, Wall Street is likely to...read more.

Waning Crude Oil Prices Weighs on UK Energy Sector - last update: 06-Nov-2008
The energy sector was also hammered by waning crude oil prices, with BP, Cairn Energy and Tullow Oil among the worst performers, all down between...read more.

FTSE Underperforms Despite Record Number of Voters Heading to American Polls - last update: 05-Nov-2008
The FTSE is sharply lower this morning after the six-day rally inevitably ran out of steam, despite healthy gains across Asian stocks and in the US yesterday as voters went to the polls in record numbers. At 10am the UK's leading index was down by...read more.

Marks and Spencer Shares Rally Despite 34% Drop in First Half Profit - last update: 04-Nov-2008
This morning, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, Marks & Spencer, posted a 34% drop in its first-half profit, yet the market still cheered as the drop was less pronounced than originally feared, especially when viewed in...read more.

Federal Reserve Rate Cut Proves Insufficient to Prevent Stock Market Slump - last update: 03-Nov-2008
Although the rate reduction is a step in the right direction, it was not enough to keep US equity markets out of the red yesterday and the fact that the Fed may need to...read more.

American Stocks Rally as Contracting US Growth Figures Still Beat Expectations - last update: 31-Oct-2008
Unsurprisingly, by around 3.15pm (London time) the Dow was up by 144 points (+1.6%) at 9135 and the broader...read more.

UK House Prices Tumble at their Fastest Rate in 17 Years - last update: 30-Oct-2008
The latest Nationwide house price survey showed UK house prices falling by the most in at least 17 years in October, declining 14.6% (around £30,000) on the year to £158.872. Over the month, house prices fell...read more.

Dow Jones Reverses Gains as Traders Await Update from the Federal Reserve - last update: 29-Oct-2008
After a brief rally the Dow was down 0.13% at 3pm as investors warily await the decision from the...read more.

Wall Street Rebounds after Dipping on Poor US Economic Data - last update: 28-Oct-2008
Wall Street started its session in positive terrain this afternoon, shaking off dire economic data and rebounding on...read more.

HSBC Shares Tumble on Plans to Sell HSBC Rail - last update: 27-Oct-2008
Banks also buckled under the pressure, with HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered both losing over...read more.

Weak Corporate Results and UK GDP Figures Weigh Heavily on Global Indices - last update: 24-Oct-2008
A bad day for Asian markets crimped investor sentiment in the West this morning, following a slew of dismal results. Also adding to the panic was the release of worse-than-expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures in...read more.

Wall Street Sees Volatility on Weak Earnings Outlook and Rising Energy Shares - last update: 23-Oct-2008
A combination of weak economic data, a poorer sales and earnings outlook and rising energy shares triggered a bout of volatility on Wall Street this...read more.

Stocks Dip as US Retail Sales Data Trails Expectations - last update: 12-Sep-2008
The much awaited US retail sales data for August trailed consensus expectations, dropping 0.3% over the month, after a downwardly revised 0.5% fall in July. The latest figure was significantly...read more.

Quick Daily Comments on the Global Markets - last update: 06-Jul-2010
Here we take a quick look at the global markets (updates now closed)...read more.

The FTSE Trades Lower Ahead of US Non-Farm Payroll Figures - last update: 05-Feb-2010
The FTSE has been seen opening lower this morning, adding to yesterdays sharps falls as concerns mounted ahead of the US Non-Farm payroll figures expected...read more.

Investor Confidence Shaken by Weak UK GDP Figures - last update: 29-Jan-2010
Another weak start to the markets this morning as investor's confidence remains shaken by the weak UK GDP figures published yesterday. This has resulted in the threat of a double dip recession looming larger in people's minds...read more.

Investors Wait for the Markets to Cool Before Buying Back In - last update: 22-Jan-2010
Investors have been waiting for a while for UK markets to cool down after the recent rally but we are still seeing money waiting hesitantly on the sidelines...read more.

Greece will 'Formulate a Program Based on Our Principles & Targets, We Can Follow Our Own Way' - last update: 15-Jan-2010
Markets have drifted slightly lower partly due to comments from the Greek PM, stating that Greece will "formulate a program based on our principles, on our targets, we can follow our own way"....read more.

Marks & Spencer Fail to Dress-up Sombre Report - last update: 08-Jan-2010
Morning news is dominated by retailers as Marks & Spencer released a fairly sombre sounding statement. We are also seeing some...read more.

Markets Digest Pre-Budget Report from the UK Chancellor - last update: 11-Dec-2009
There is a quiet start to the financial markets today as investors digest yesterdays electioneering by the Chancellor. Market sentiment is still...read more.

Traders Get Ready for Another Set of Poor US NFP Figures - last update: 04-Dec-2009
The employment figures have not made pleasant reading recently and so traders will be preparing themselves for a poor number. ...read more.

Rio Tinto Drops as the Miners Gets Downgraded - last update: 20-Nov-2009
Rio Tinto is trading lower this morning after Credit Suisse downgraded it to underperform from neutral. Speculation of a new bid for Rio by...read more.

Cost Cutting Sounds Good to BT Shareholders - last update: 13-Nov-2009
BT results this morning have proven to be a relief for investors keen to see the effects of cost-cutting over the...read more.

Will the Dow Jones Hold onto 10,000 Ahead of the New Employment Data? - last update: 06-Nov-2009
This will set the tone for this afternoons trading and be a factor in whether the Dow Jones can hold 10000 going into the weekend...read more.

BP Dominates the FTSE as it Jumps 5% on the Back of Cost Cutting - last update: 30-Oct-2009
BP is dominating the FTSE this morning as it publishes stronger than expected figures largely due to cost cutting programmes, sending the stock surging up 5%. In the morning session...read more.

Sterling Weakens on the Back of Poor UK GDP Figures - last update: 23-Oct-2009
Sterling is taking a hit on surprisingly weak GDP figures which means that the UK is not following...read more.

Lloyds Banks to Offload Halifax Estate Agencies for £1 - last update: 16-Oct-2009
Lloyds share price has benefited from news that it is offloading Halifax Estate Agencies for ££1 to LSL Properties, shares are trading...read more.

No Surprises as Gold Traders Take Profits - last update: 09-Oct-2009
Retracement in Gold today just simply due to some end of the week profit taking, not surprising given the...read more.

Mining Stock Trade Lower as the US Dollar Strengthens - last update: 02-Oct-2009
Miner's are weak again as continued Dollar strength weakens underlying commodities, whilst...read more.

Markets Remain Bearish Towards Sterling - Watch Out You Cable Traders - last update: 25-Sep-2009
We are still seeing investors bearish on Sterling and so would expect some sellers to come in should Cable...read more.

Markets Sit Patently and Wait for Options to Expire - last update: 18-Sep-2009
A very quiet start to the day as we wait for options expiry later on in the day. Volumes seem pretty...read more.

It Would Take a Brave Investor to Bet Against Current Momentum - last update: 11-Sep-2009
The rally that few people understand has continued today and it would take a brave investor to bet against the current momentum. The FTSE seems...read more.

FTSE Looks Good But Commodity Futures Hit New Recent Highs - last update: 04-Sep-2009
FTSE to a very strong start as commodities pushed on to new recent highs overnight as...read more.

Markets Break Major Resistance Levels and Enter No Mans Land - last update: 28-Aug-2009
Having broken major resistance levels the markets are in a bit of no mans land, with the next major resistance levels unlikely to be breached in the next week. The markets feel like they are due a pullback and...read more.

Rightmove Trades up 6% to 26p - last update: 21-Aug-2009
After reporting a first half drop in sales this morning property website company Rightmove is trading up 6% (26p) as investors focus on its forecast that it will...read more.

I'm Expect the UK Market to Trade Sideways on Light Volumes and Low News - last update: 14-Aug-2009
I would expect the UK market to trade pretty sideways on light volume and low news but we may see an impact from the CPI and Michigan figures coming out of the US later on this afternoon...read more.

Depressing Figures as We Career Towards Deflation - last update: 07-Aug-2009
These are very depressing figures, but unfortunately they're going to get worse before they get better. We've already seen this week that we're careering towards deflation and...read more.

Brent Crude Hits $70.80 and New 8 Month High - last update: 15-Jun-2009
Brent Crude Oil closed at $70.80 last week, an eight month high, as oil prices continue to benefit from...read more.

Finally, the Beleaguered Pound Has a Good Week - last update: 08-Jun-2009
Sterling was actually having a good week before Thursday's rating action, probing its best levels since...read more.

OPEC Still Eyes the $70-$80 per Barrel Target - last update: 01-Jun-2009
The OPEC meeting produced few surprises in terms of output (which remained unchanged), but re-iterated cartel's target price of $70-$80 by year-end. US Crude Oil surged past its 200-day average of...read more.

Another Strong Start for the Wall Street Market - last update: 25-May-2009
Equity markets started the week strongly, with the Dow Jones getting close to 8600 on Wednesday evening and the German ZEW confidence figures coming in at a three year high. Thursday morning brought a shock to the indices though...read more.

A Firm Pull Back Halts the 2 Month US Market Rally - last update: 18-May-2009
The two month indices rally finally saw a slight pull back last week. The Dow Jones fell 3.1% to 8289 while the broader, the S&P 500 finished...read more.

Money Continues to Flow into Riskier Assets - last update: 11-May-2009
Money continued to move towards seemingly riskier currencies like EUR and GBP last week which hurt USD. EUR/USD rose 2.7% and GBP/USD climbed 2.2%. EUR/GBP reversed early...read more.

Stock Markets Remain Low But Continue to Fight Back - last update: 04-May-2009
The FTSE 100 gained over 3% to finish the week at 4159. The Dax 30 rose 3.4% to 4747. The S+P 500 rose just under 2%, breaking the much ballyhooed 875 level. The Dow Jones rose 2.2%, as the markets...read more.

China Raises Gold Reserves by 75% Since 2003 - last update: 27-Apr-2009
China revealed that it had raised its Gold reserves by over 75% since 2003 and would continue to do so. This helped the...read more.

Tentative Signs that the Sharp Economic Decline May Be Slowing - last update: 20-Apr-2009
The Dow Jones rose another 0.8% to 8136. In Europe, the FTSE climbed 2.2% to 4102 and the German DAX...read more.

EUR/USD Falls 2.4% and the US Safe Haven Comes into Play - last update: 13-Apr-2009
EUR / USD was the big mover last week, falling 2.4% to $1.3159 with USD seeing some safe haven buying and a growing consensus that...read more.

Equities Traders Smile and Stocks Rally for One Month - last update: 06-Apr-2009
World indices had another week of gains last week, with the rally being extended to nearly a month now. The Dow Jones finished up 2.85% to 8037 while the broader S+P 500...read more.

Another Positive Week for Stock Markets But is it Just a Dead Cat Bounce? - last update: 30-Mar-2009
World indices had another week of gains last week, with the rally being extended to nearly a month now. The Dow Jones finished up 2.85% to 8037 while the broader S&P 500 rose an even 3%. In Europe, the FTSE...read more.

US Quantitative Easing Goes Up with a Another Cheeky $1.2 Trillion of Purchasing - last update: 23-Mar-2009
The U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it will step up its quantitative easing efforts by buying another $1.2 trillion of assets in a surprise move to help stimulate the economy...read more.

A Dramatic Week Sees the Dow Sheds 5.4% and the FTSE Loses 6.4% - last update: 09-Mar-2009
Another week of indices losses saw the Dow Jones (Wall St) lose 5.4% to 6683. In Europe, the FTSE shed 6.4%, the German DAX fell...read more.

Fresh Lows to the Key Global Stock Markets - last update: 02-Mar-2009
Across the world, indices made fresh multi-year lows. Dow Jones (12-year), Irish ISEQ (14-year) and Japanese Nikkei (26 year). In the end, the Dow Jones lost...read more.

Dollars Looks Stronger but Global Equities Remain Weak - last update: 23-Feb-2009
On renewed global equities weakness, the US dollar put in a strong performance that boosted haven demand for the US currency. But much of those gains were wiped out last Friday as the major Forex crosses...read more.

UK to Start Quantitative Easing - last update: 16-Feb-2009
Bank of England head Mervyn King announced that they would start quantitative easing which put sterling under pressure last week. GBP/USD fell 2.7% to...read more.

US Non Farm Payrolls See a Massive -598k Fall - last update: 09-Feb-2009
Indices continue to hold up well near support levels despite even more dire economic data. The market must be getting used to this as last Friday's nonfarm payrolls of -598K was a lot worse than expected. The Dow...read more.

Sterling Finally Bounces Back from Multi-Year Lows - last update: 02-Feb-2009
Sterling recovered from multi-year lows as fears over the collapse of the UK's financial system appeared over-done. GBP/USD rose almost 4.5% to $1.4420. Hints that the ECB would...read more.

UK Banks Hammered as Markets Speculate on Which are Actually Bankrupt - last update: 26-Jan-2009
UK and Irish banks took a hammering as the market speculated which of them are actually bankrupt but won't admit it. Weaker Eurozone members Spain, Portugal and Greece saw their sovereign debt downgraded, ...read more.

Euro Supported by Higher Interest Rate Levels - last update: 19-Jan-2009
Trichet signalled that the ECB may not cut at their next meeting and this resulted in the Euro holding up well last week. EUR/GBP rose 1.78% to £0.9011 with EUR/USD falling 1.05%. Sterling had another...read more.

Oil Inventories Spike as Demand Collapses - last update: 12-Jan-2009
US crude oil inventories increased by 6.7m barrels (forecast of +700k) last week, reflecting a collapse in US demand. Brent Crude Oil's price responded, dropping...read more.

New Year and More Falls for the US Stock Market - last update: 05-Jan-2009
Indices tried to shrug off the negative news in the early part of last week, but succumbed under the pressure in the end. The Dow Jones finished down...read more.

Euro Remains Resilient Compared to the Dollar and Sterling - last update: 29-Dec-2008
In a low volatility week, the Euro was again the strongest of the major currencies. EUR/GBP rose another 2.83% to £0.9596 and EUR/USD climbed...read more.

We Close 2008 With another Volatile Week - last update: 22-Dec-2008
Indices soared late Tuesday evening after the interest rate cut, but gave those gains back later on in the week. The Dow Jones finished down 1.34% at 8562. In Europe, both the FTSE and the DAX...read more.

World Economic Data is Certainly Against My Positions - last update: 15-Dec-2008
Last week started brightly for indices as the tentative bear market rally continued - the Dow Jones even touched 9,000 in late Monday trading. But optimism floundered in the face of even more poor economic numbers, negative company reports and job cut announcements. Thursday then saw the collapse of...read more.

Dow Jones Rolling Daily Market Goes in an 800 Point Rally - last update: 08-Dec-2008
The Dow Jones daily rolling market went on an 800 point rally. It finished the week at 8827, up 10% while in Europe, the FTSE gained 9.5% to 4300. In both cases these rallies meant...read more.

The US and UK Both Shank by 0.5% in Q3 2008 - last update: 01-Dec-2008
Economic data again surprised to the downside, with the US and UK economies both shrinking by 0.5% in the third quarter. But the markets largely ignored that as the Dow Jones daily rolling spread bet went on an 800 point rally. It finished the week at...read more.

Brent Futures Drop Below the $50 Level - last update: 24-Nov-2008
Brent Crude Oil dropped to $49.69, an 8.08% fall, as prices continued to fall steadily last week. As the recession continues and demand for fuel drops, Goldman Sachs closed it $200 oil price recommendation. Gold, on the other hand, had a third week of...read more.

Gold Markets Get Back to a More Solid Footing - last update: 17-Nov-2008
Gold fared better, rising 1.22%. Its price has ranged over the past three weeks without...read more.

UK Company Earnings Misses Spook the Stock Markets - last update: 10-Nov-2008
In fact the FTSE 100 finished Thursday down 5.24% after the surprisingly large slash of rates. Earnings misses are continuing to spook the markets with many companies announcing significantly lower...read more.

Traders Switch Out of Fixed Interest Rates and into Equities - last update: 03-Nov-2008
Equities overcame another week of dismal economic news to rally strongly into the month end. The US and Japan were just two of a group of countries that...read more.

The Dow Jones Traded a 300 Point Range Every Day Last Week - last update: 27-Oct-2008
World indices continued their hugely volatile trading last week. The Dow Jones ranged at least 300 points every day last week and finished 5.12% lower at 8300. It was a similarly bad week in Europe as the FTSE lost 5.08% and the Dax 30 lost...read more.

The Price of a Barrel of Oil Halves in 3 Months - last update: 20-Oct-2008
Brent Crude Oil tumbled a further 11.05% last week amid a volatile range of 1600 points from its high to its low. Its price is now $69.64, less than half its level only 3 months ago. Gold is now being sold off as traders are...read more.

All the Major Indices Lose for 5 Straight Days - last update: 13-Oct-2008
All the major indices had five straight losing days, with no mini-rally lasting longer than a couple of hours. The Dow Jones lost a jaw-dropping 19.75% to close at 8294. That is 41.57% lower than its peak exactly one year ago. The FTSE collapsed 15.60%, the DAX shrunk...read more.

European Banking Crisis Continues with Inevitable Rates Cuts - last update: 06-Oct-2008
The European banking crisis and inevitable future rate cuts resulted in the Euro and Sterling weakening against the US Dollar last week. EUR / USD lost...read more.

No Bailout Equals No Support for the Dow Jones - last update: 29-Sep-2008
With no bailout plan agreed, the Dow Jones finished down 1.80% and the FTSE 100 down 4.20%. The NASDAQ lost 3.41% and the German DAX fell 1.98%...read more.

Lehman Brothers Collapsed Last Week - What Will Happen This Week? - last update: 22-Sep-2008
The week started with the news that Lehman Brothers had collapsed and AIG had to be bailed out by the Fed. Indices crashed as everyone began to wonder which bank would be next....read more.

Commodities Remain Highly Volatile as Brent Trades Over $100 and Under $90 - last update: 15-Sep-2008
Commodities were also extremely volatile with Brent Crude Oil trading in a range of under $90 to over $100. It finished with a 1.29% gain. Gold added $88 last Thursday, its largest ever one day Dollar gain. It closed...read more.

US Dollar Rally Hit a Huge Roadblock - last update: 08-Sep-2008
Last Friday saw the recent Dollar rally hit a huge roadblock, GBP / USD gained over 2% that day and added 1.71% on the week. The Euro had a bad week on the back of poor economic forecasts from the ECB. EUR / USD gained a mere 0.13% and EUR / GBP slipped well...read more.

Few Winners as Irish Stocks Start H1 Reporting - last update: 01-Sep-2008
Nearly half the Irish companies on the ISEQ reported first half earnings last week and Irish Life & Permanent were the clear winners. Their profits of € 300 million beat expectations and led to a 20.1% gain on the week. At the other end...read more.

A Good Bounce Helps Investors in the Mining Sector - last update: 25-Aug-2008
Instead commodity prices and the financial crisis pulled the strings. Commodity and mining stocks in particular had a strong week, with Rio Tinto gaining 11.6%. However financials...read more.

Commodities Continued to Fall Despite Escalating Russian-Georgia Conflict - last update: 18-Aug-2008
Despite an escalation in the Russian-Georgia conflict, Commodities continued to fall. Further Dollar strength, and increasing fears of slower growth, destroyed the gold price. Over the week the precious metal dropped a massive $70, breaking below the key support level at...read more.

Crude Oil Drops from $146 to $113 in One Month - last update: 11-Aug-2008
Commodities tumbled this week due to deteriorating growth prospects in world economies. Oil markets took the worst beating as Crude lost 8.9%. Less than a month after touching $146, Brent Crude is now barely over $113. Gold did not fare much better, as it lost 5.9% to close at $856.70...read more.

Crazy Merrill Lynch Stock Falls 12% and 9% Before Bouncing Up 8% - last update: 04-Aug-2008
Amongst financials Merrill Lynch epitomised the craziness. On Monday it fell 12% and on Tuesday another 9.5% before rebounding 8% before Tuesdays close. The reason: they revealed they were selling $30.6bn worth of CDOs for just $0.22...read more.

Weak Global Economic Data Bring a Harsh Dose of Reality - last update: 28-Jul-2008
Equity markets began the week in good spirits. Corporate earnings were generally better than expected and a rally in oil and gold failed to attract any enthusiasm. However Thursday brought a harsh dose of reality in the form of weak economic numbers across the globe. In the UK, retail sales...read more.

Wobbling Crude Oil Markets Knock $14 Off the Brent Futures Market - last update: 21-Jul-2008
There had already been signs of a wobble in the Crude Oil price before Bernanke expressed his concern about weaker growth. But this speech, followed by Wednesday's report of far larger stocks of oil, and combined with Thursdays option expiry smashed the oil price. Brent Crude ended the week down $14...read more.

It's another Day of Investors Hitting the Big Red 'Sell' Button - last update: 14-Jul-2008
The US Dollar and Sterling both fell against the Euro as their economies looked to be weakening at a faster rate. The FTSE closed down 2.8% at 5261, the Dax -1.9% at 6153. In the US the S&P closed -1.9% at 1239 and the Dow -1.7% at 11100, after dropping below 11000 earlier in the day. In the Far East the Nikkei...read more.

The Dow Jones is Now Officially a Bear Market - last update: 07-Jul-2008
Emerging markets bore the brunt of the selling with falls of 4-6%. The Dow Jones is now officially a bear market. The FTSE 100 has so far survived by only...read more.

President of OPEC Suggests Oil Futures will Hit the $170 this Summer - last update: 30-Jun-2008
Crude Oil rose to a new record high, and the Dollar fell, as the president of OPEC said that he could see oil at $170 this summer. ...read more.

A Week of Mixed Data Will Keep Investors Guessing - last update: 23-Jun-2008
First out of the blocks will be the markets reaction to the outcome of the Jeddah meeting on Crude Oil. On Wednesday the US Federal Reserve will announce any change in interest rates, but no change is expected. There are bags of sentiment surveys...read more.

Crude Drops $4 as the Futures Market Gets More Volatile - last update: 16-Jun-2008
Brent Crude dropped around $4 on the week, finishing at $134.25 and the Euro ended the week at EUR-USD $1.5380 and EUR-GBP £0.789. Elsewhere the Dax 30 fell by 0.6% and FTSE 100 fell by 1.8%. But Asia...read more.

Poor US Employment Data Hits the Key Global Stock Markets - last update: 09-Jun-2008
Due to the weak US Unemployment numbers the Dow ended the week 3.3% down. The FTSE and The DAX were effected by the US and ended 3% and almost 5% down respectively while the Nikkei ended...read more.

Slowing EU Economic Data Hits the Euro - last update: 02-Jun-2008
The FTSE finished the week 0.6% lower. By contrast, the Dax ended the week 2.2% higher, the S&P rose 1.8% and the Dow +1.3%. The Nikkei, benefiting from a weaker Yen, also rose by...read more.

Mini-bubble Bursts as Equity Markets Lose 4% - last update: 26-May-2008
The mini-bubble burst in equity markets as investors picked up on the dilemma facing central banks; with inflation above target and still rising, banks could not cut rates to stimulate growth in the economy...read more.

Chinese Earthquake Helps Push Crude Oil to a New High - last update: 19-May-2008
Oil pushed ahead to another new high of $127.82. This was mainly on fears that China would step up demand for fuel after the earthquake damaged several hydro-electric power plants...read more.

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