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Ebola fears spark emergency Cobra meeting

Wed, 30 July 2014

The UK government has called a meeting of its emergency Cobra committee to prepare precautions should the outbreak of Ebola virus currently gripping west Africa spread to these shores. The European U... [more]

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US GDP grows by 4% in second quarter

Wed, 30 July 2014

The US economy expanded at an annualised pace of 4% in the second quarter of 2014, bouncing back strongly from a steep contraction in the weather-disrupted first quarter. The estimate smashed economi... [more]

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ADP private payrolls rise 218,000 in July, miss forecasts

Wed, 30 July 2014

The American private sector added fewer-than-expected jobs in July, as hiring cooled after the strongest reading in 19 months in June. According to ADP, private-sector payrolls increased by 218,000 i... [more]


Eurozone economic mood stable but consumers downbeat on jobs

Wed, 30 July 2014

Eurozone economic sentiment remained broadly stable in July, although employment concerns weighed on consumer confidence, according to data published on Wednesday by the European Commission (EC). The... [more]

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Bonds: IMF warns of risks to global growth

Tue, 29 July 2014

The following were the yield and basis point (bp) movements of some of the most-watched 10-year bonds this afternoon: US: 2.47% (-2bp) UK: 2.55% (+0bp) Germany: 1.12% (+0bp) France: 1.51% (+0bp) Spai... [more]

Higher interest rates could hurt global growth, IMF warns

Tue, 29 July 2014

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday warned that higher interest rates around the world and a weakness in emerging markets could reduce global growth by two percentage points in the next f... [more]

EU extends sanctions against Russia - UPDATE

Tue, 29 July 2014

The European Union (EU) agreed on Tuesday evening to impose new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the turmoil in Ukraine. Amongst the new measures contemplated are limits on Russian st... [more]

Over 100 Palestinians killed as Israel steps up Gaza attacks

Tue, 29 July 2014

Ongoing fighting in Gaza on Tuesday claimed the lives of at least a hundred Palestinians, according to reports. Israel is said to have stepped up its attack of Gaza with 60 airstrikes targeting Hamas... [more]

Russia and Gaza conflicts present "disturbing" parallel with WWI

Tue, 29 July 2014

There is a real and troubling danger of conflict emerging in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, according to a former US Deputy Secretary of State. "My crystal ball is no better than any other," Strob... [more]

Russia sanctions to be stepped up by EU and US - UPDATE

Tue, 29 July 2014

The European Union (EU) and the US are poised to impose a new set of heavier sanctions on Russia that will include restrictions on certain sectors including banking and energy. The new measures will ... [more]

China's demand for oil back on the rise

Tue, 29 July 2014

China's demand for oil turned around in June, according to a Platts analysis of Chinese government data published on Tuesday. Specifically, the apparent oil demand (based on crude throughput volumes ... [more]

Bonds: Treasuries edge lower as traders position for FOMC, jobs report

Mon, 28 July 2014

The following were the yield and basis point (bp) movements of some of the most-watched 10-year bonds this afternoon: US: 2.49% (+2bp) UK: 2.58% (+0bp) Germany: 1.15% (+0bp) France: 1.54% (+0bp) Sp... [more]

Russia says sanctions may boost economic independence

Mon, 28 July 2014

Russia has said that new US and European sanctions would boost its economic independence. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he would not respond to sanctions, a day before the European Union (EU) w... [more]

Russia ordered to pay former Yukos shareholders $50bn

Mon, 28 July 2014

Shareholders in Russia's former oil firm Yukos have been awarded $50bn, marking the biggest compensation package in an arbitration case to date. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled ... [more]

European diplomats discuss tougher economic sanctions against Russia

Fri, 25 July 2014

European ambassadors on Friday reached a preliminary agreement about economic sanctions against Russia after last week's downing of a Malaysian airliner. Sanctions could include closing European Unio... [more]

Russia unexpectedly raises central bank interest rate

Fri, 25 July 2014

In an unexpected move, Russia's Central Bank upped its interest rate by half a percentage point to 8% over worries concerning inflation and "geopolitical tensions". The rate rise comes after further ... [more]

Bodies of downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrive in Netherlands

Thu, 24 July 2014

The bodies of those killed on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that was downed in Ukraine have arrived in the Netherlands to be identified. Two planes transported 51 bags containing bodies or body ... [more]

Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found in Mali - UPDATE

Thu, 24 July 2014

The wreckage of an Air Algerie commercial plane that crashed in Tilemsi, Mali has been found, according to French media. The plane, carrying 116 people, the majority of which were French, went missin... [more]

UK banks told to build bond buffer under new world rules

Thu, 24 July 2014

UK banks will be required to build a buffer of loss-absorbing bonds at least as big as the capital already held under new international rules, according to a Bank of England (BoE) official. The crack... [more]

US jobless claims reaches lowest level in eight years

Thu, 24 July 2014

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell rapidly last week to the lowest level in more than eight years. Jobless claims dropped by 19,000 to 240,000 in the week ended July 19th... [more]

Banks fall victim to Android cyber attacks

Thu, 24 July 2014

Banks across four countries fell victim to a sophisticated cyber attack after criminals discovered a hole in their android-based authentications systems. The campaign, known as Operation Emmental, at... [more]

ECB announces theft by hackers

Thu, 24 July 2014

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced on Thursday that its website had been attacked by hackers and contact information was stolen. The Eurozone's monetary authority stressed that no "market sens... [more]

Eurozone PMI picks up, but insufficient to create jobs

Thu, 24 July 2014

Although the business activity in the Eurozone grew at one of the strongest rates in the last three years, growth remained too weak to encourage a meaningful level of hiring, according to the purchasi... [more]

French manufacturing contracts for third consecutive month

Thu, 24 July 2014

French manufacturing contracted in July at its fastest pace this year, according to Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) numbers that were worse than forecast. French manufacturing PMI shrank from 48.2 to... [more]

Bank of Spain forecasts acceleration in economy

Wed, 23 July 2014

The Bank of Spain (BoS) forecast an acceleration in the Spanish economy for this year and next thanks to the improving financial conditions, labour market and consumer confidence, according to the mon... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Barclays 228.40 4.24 17:05
Travis Perkins 1,689.00 2.67 16:59
Royal Bank of Scotland Group 362.90 2.51 16:59
Capita 1,235.00 1.65 16:42
Reckitt Benckiser Group 5,295.00 1.44 16:55

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Antofagasta 816.00 -4.56 16:40
GKN 351.90 -4.02 17:07
Sainsbury (J) 313.80 -2.94 17:11
Compass Group 983.00 -2.48 17:07
BHP Billiton 2,048.00 -2.29 17:07