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Shares in banking sector drop in run-up to financial results announcements

Turbulence is something that large parts of the banking sector have experienced for a number of years, some as far back as 2007. While there are signs that the tide is beginning to turn in their favour once again, recent performance in the financial markets suggest that there is...

Markets and experts eagerly anticipating Royal Mail stock flotation

Seen by many as a great British institution, Royal Mail will no longer be in public ownership as of Tuesday October 15. Shares in the delivery firm are set to be floated on the stock market, priced individually between 260p and 330p, which may seem like an attractive proposition...

Spread Betting – The Recent Facts and Figures

The overwhelming majority of commodity traders expect prices to grow or remain steady by the end of the year, according to a survey by a top UK spread betting provider. The survey was sent to 200 fund managers and contained a range of questions about their expectations for...

Achieving a Balanced Portfolio

The reminders to individual investors to maintain a balanced portfolio come every day as either helpful hints in the email inbox, or given as sage advice on the news at the end of the money reports each evening on the news. It is always a similar quip, following a detailed...

Bernanke squashes fears of monetary stimulus

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, squashed any suggestions that the US central bank was on the verge of tapering its $85 billion a month monetary stimulus package. The head of the worlds largest central bank was addressing the US congress during one of his...

US Stocks advance on earnings

At this time of year investors are solely focused on earnings, a point that was once again emphasised today as US retail sales data came in below expectations. The report showed that sales in the world’s largest economy had risen by 0.4% one analysts had predicted an...

S&P 500 and DJIA little changed, NASDAQ advances

During a somewhat cautious trading session in New York on Wednesday the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed little changed as investors weighed the economic situation in China and the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting. It took a monumental effort...

US stocks rally ahead of Fed minutes

US stocks advanced a fourth consecutive day ahead of the Federal Reserve’s minutes which are to be released during tomorrow’s trading session. Investors seem to be in good spirits ahead of what could be an extremely important report, suggesting that they feel the...

US stocks make slight gains during shortened trading, despite political unrest in Egypt

US stocks made slight gains during a shortened trading day, with the New York Stock Exchange closing at 1 PM Eastern Time due to the US national holiday for 4th July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced by 56.14 points, or 0.4 percent, closing at 14,988.55 during an...

Japan Trade Deficit Hits Stocks

As the European markets opened this morning many analysts were expecting a relatively sharp decline in stocks and they did not have to wait long to be proven right. The decline came on the back of Japan’s worse-than-expected trade deficit results which were announced in the early...