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NASDAQ 100 4,527.1572 -2.3098 -0.0510% 22/05/2015
DOW JONES 18,235.3496 -53.7202 -0.2938% 22/05/2015
EUR/USD 1.0980 0.0000 0.0090% 01/01/70 00:00:00
GBP/USD 1.5470 0.0000 0.0120% 01/01/70 00:00:00
GOLD 1,204.1000 0.0000 0.0000% 25/05/15 22:00:13
BRENT CRUDE 65.6500 0.0000 0.0000% 25/05/15 22:00:16
UK RISK PREMIUM 134.0000 0.0000 0.0000% 22/05/15 17:40:02
BITCOIN/USD 135.0000 135.0000 0.0000% 25/02/14 01:59:06

NASDAQ 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Expedia Inc. 113.00 6.71 22:10
NetApp Inc. 33.14 4.31 22:10
Intuit Inc. 106.76 2.50 22:10
Analog Devices Inc. 67.10 2.45 22:10
Avago Technologies Ltd. 132.64 2.35 22:10

NASDAQ 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Ross Stores Inc. 97.03 -4.45 22:09
Autodesk Inc. 56.39 -1.95 22:10
Dollar Tree Inc 77.18 -1.91 22:10
Charter Communications Inc. 175.33 -1.86 21:41
Wynn Resorts Ltd. 106.54 -1.44 21:55

Top News

Spanish stocks sag in aftermath of regional elections

Spanish stocks sag in aftermath of regional elections

Spanish stocks began the morning lower as traders in Madrid reacted to the stiff punishment inflicted by the country's voters on the ruling centre-right People's Party (PP) in the wake of Sunday's regional and municipal elections.

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HSBC considering sale of Brazilian unit

HSBC considering sale of Brazilian unit

HSBC has confirmed speculation that......[more]

Whitbread poaches new CEO from Lloyds

Whitbread poaches new CEO from Lloyds

Costa coffee shops and Premier Inns hotels......[more]

Close Brothers benefits from investor risk appetite

Close Brothers benefits from investor risk appetite

Merchant bank Close Brothers enjoyed......[more]

Plus500 hit by short-seller attack

Plus500 hit by short-seller attack

Shares in online Plus500 broker......[more]

IS in full control of Syrian Palmyra

IS in full control of Syrian Palmyra

The forces loyal to the Syrian president collapsed...[more]

HP to sell 51% of its stake in China

HP to sell 51% of its stake in China

Hp also announced its Q2 fiscal results...[more]

Sunday newspaper round-up: Vodafone, National Grid, bank legal claims

Sunday newspaper round-up: Vodafone, National Grid, bank legal claims

Several of Vodafone's major shareholders have urged the telecoms giant to pursue a merger with US-based Virgin Media owner Liberty Global and offload some of its overseas businesses. After Liberty's owner, US billionaire John Malone, dropped heavy hints about a potential deal, the Sunday Telegraph reported that some of the UK's largest investment groups would support a plan by FTSE 100 telecoms giant Vodafone to sell off networks in countries such as India, Turkey and South Africa in order to focus on a merger of its European arm. The paper said two major shareholders in the UK company confirmed they were backing the plan, with several more understood to be debating the idea, “putting the board under growing pressure to respond”.

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Sunday share tips: Tate & Lyle, Direct Line and Bloomsbury Publishing

Sunday share tips: Tate & Lyle, Direct Line and Bloomsbury Publishing

Insurer Direct Line's shares are worth holding, according to Midas in the Mail on Sunday. The insurer is part of a new tendency of companies to pay special dividends on top of their two payments per year. Directors have proposed special dividends every year and are expected to pay two for 2015, taking the company's yield to a jaw-dropping 13.6%. A return of 27p a share is imminent after the sale of its international business last year, with analysts forecasting an ordinary annual dividend of 13p and another special dividend for 2015 of about 5p. Although premiums are thought to be increasing, a good chunk of profits come from instalment income, where customers pay higher monthly premiums. These recently came under scrutiny from the Financial Conduct Authority and, if the regulator takes action or customers start altering their behaviour, that could affect Direct Line’s profits and dividends.

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Sunday share tips: Tate & Lyle, Direct Line and Bloomsbury Publishing

Sunday share tips: Tate & Lyle, Direct Line and Bloomsbury Publishing

Sun, 24 May 2015

Insurer Direct Line's shares are worth holding, according to Midas in the Mail on Sunday. The insurer is part of a new tendency of companies to pay special dividends on top of their two payments per y... [more]

Sunday newspaper round-up: Vodafone, National Grid, bank legal claims

Sun, 24 May 2015

Several of Vodafone's major shareholders have urged the telecoms giant to pursue a merger with US-based Virgin Media owner Liberty Global and offload some of its overseas businesses. After Liberty's o... [more]

UBS lifts Berkeley price target, sees period of excess capital generation

Fri, 22 May 2015

UBS raised its price target on Berkeley Group to 3400p from 2900p, noting that it expects the London property market to pick up again from its pre-election slowdown.... [more]

Company News [more]

GCP Infrastructure Investments posts rise in first-half profit

GCP Infrastructure Investments posts rise in first-half profit

Fri, 22 May 2015

GCP Infrastructure Investments reported a 17% rise in first-half net profit on Friday.... [more]

Amur Minerals soars on Kun Manie production license approval

Fri, 22 May 2015

Shares in exploration and development company Amur Minerals rose a whopping 76% on Friday after the company said that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved its production license for the... [more]

Mandarin Oriental and Olayan Group snap up Madrid's Hotel Ritz

Fri, 22 May 2015

Mandarin Oriental and Saudi Arabian multinational The Olayan Group have bought the Hotel Ritz, Madrid in a joint venture worth €130m.... [more]

Economic News [more]

Cameron committed to EU reform, despite reluctant reception

Fri, 22 May 2015

A reformed EU is achievable, but negotiations will be challenging, according to UK Prime Minister David Cameron.... [more]

Director Dealings [more]

Hays finance boss offloads £1.2m in shares

Thu, 21 May 2015

The finance director of Hays has raised over £1.2m from selling shares in the recruitment specialist, cutting his stake by 44%.... [more]

Week Ahead

Week ahead: US data in focus

Sun, 24 May 2015

The coming week will see a raft of macroeconomic data published Stateside, with perhaps the second reading on first quarter gross domestic product standing out the most. The most recent tracking estim... [more]