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Jihadi John's true identity revealed

Jihadi John's true identity revealed

Thu, 26 February 2015

The masked Islamic State (IS) militant known as "Jihadi John", who appeared in a series of videoed beheadings has been named as Mohammed Emwazi. He is a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from We... [more]

Citi cuts its 2015 outlook for US but raises for Eurozone

Citi cuts its 2015 outlook for US but raises for Eurozone

Thu, 26 February 2015

US banking giant Citigroup adjusted its economic outlook for the US and Eurozone, cutting 2015 growth forecasts for the world's largest economy but raising its forecasts for the 17-nation bloc. In its... [more]

ECB's QE triggers EUR92bn increase in European pension liabilities

ECB's QE triggers EUR92bn increase in European pension liabilities

Thu, 26 February 2015

The European Central Bank's quantitative easing measures will indirectly increase European pension liabilities by €92bn, according to Standard & Poor's. The ratings agency says that the launch of... [more]

Orders for US durable goods sprint past forecasts

Orders for US durable goods sprint past forecasts

Thu, 26 February 2015

US durable goods orders grew by 2.8% month-on-month in January according to the US Department of Commerce. Economists had been expecting an increase of 1.7%. Excluding the transportation sector order... [more]

US consumer prices dip into negative territory, but core prices hold up

US consumer prices dip into negative territory, but core prices hold up

Thu, 26 February 2015

US consumer prices drifted into negative territory in January as energy prices dropped by an out-sized 9.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The consumer price index (CPI) fell by 0... [more]

US unemployment claims jump unexpectedly

Thu, 26 February 2015

Initial weekly unemployment claims jumped by 31,000 to reach 313,000 over the seven days ending on 21 February, according to the US Department of Labor. The consensus forecast was for a print of 290,0... [more]

US unemployment claims jump unexpectedly

Thu, 26 February 2015

Initial weekly unemployment claims jumped by 31,000 to reach 313,000 over the seven days ending on 21 February, according to the US Department of Labor. The consensus forecast was for a print of 290,0... [more]

German and Portuguese bond yields drop to fresh lows in anticipation of ECB QE

Thu, 26 February 2015

German and Portuguese borrowing costs slipped to new record lows Thursday as investors flocked to the European sovereign bond market in anticipation of the European Central Bank's monthly bond-buying ... [more]

Afghanistan suicide bomber drives explosive car into Nato envoy

Thu, 26 February 2015

A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosive into a vehicle containing NATO's top envoy in Afghanistan, Turkish officials said. "A car bomb attack has been carried out on the vehicle of the sec... [more]

US home sales above expectations in January

Wed, 25 February 2015

New US home sales sold at an annual rate of 481,000 in January, declining slightly from 482,000 in December. However, analysts had expected a reading of 470,000. Meanwhile, revised data for December ... [more]

Germany voices doubts over Greece bailout extension vote

Wed, 25 February 2015

After the approval from the Eurogroup on Tuesday, Greece needs now the vote from several eurozone countries to a four-month bailout extension, with German politicians expected to pose a tough challeng... [more]

US mortgage applications decline to lowest level since January

Wed, 25 February 2015

Applications for US home mortgages fell for a third consecutive week in the week ended 20 February. According to figures released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the adjusted index of mortg... [more]

Bonds: Mind the political risks in Euroland, Citi says

Wed, 25 February 2015

These were the movements in the yields of some of the most widely followed 10-year sovereign bonds: US: 1.99% (+1bp) UK: 1.72% (-5bp) France: 0.61% (-4bp) Germany: 0.33% (-5bp) Italy: 1.49% (+1bp)... [more]

Irish 10-year government bond yield drops below 1%

Wed, 25 February 2015

On Wednesday morning the yield on Irish 10-year sovereign bonds dipped below 1% for the first time on record. That came despite what some market commentary described as a speech from US Federal reserv... [more]

Russia threatens to stop natural gas exports to Ukraine

Wed, 25 February 2015

Russian energy company Gazprom has threatened to stop delivering natural gas to Ukraine in the next two days after incurring in late payments. The feud over natural gas was thought to have been settle... [more]

Chinese manufacturing activity back in expansion zone

Wed, 25 February 2015

Manufacturing activity in China ended a two month reversal by moving back into expansion zone in February, according to a preliminary reading of HSBC's index which tracks the sector. Despite the run o... [more]

Bonds: Treasuries gain after Yellen comments

Tue, 24 February 2015

These were the movements in the yields of some of the most widely followed sovereign bonds: US: -6bp (1.99%) UK: -2bp (1.74%) Germany: -1bp (0.37%) France: -0bp (0.59%) Italy: +1bp (1.50%) Spain:... [more]

US service sector activity bounces back in February

Tue, 24 February 2015

Activity in the US services sector bounced back in February, as new work at companies recovered from the prior month's record low levels, the results of a survey showed. Markit's services sector purch... [more]

US consumer confidence declines in February

Tue, 24 February 2015

US consumer confidence dropped to 96.4 in February, after reaching a seven-year high of 103.8 in January. Barclays analysts had expected a reading of 99.5. The present situation index edged lower, fa... [more]

Yellen hints at plans for dropping 'patient' from Fed's statement

Tue, 24 February 2015

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told the Congress the Federal Reserve was making plans to drop the word "patient" from its statement. Speaking on Tuesday, Yellen insisted that investors should... [more]

US house price gains accelerated at the end of 2014

Tue, 24 February 2015

Home prices in the US registered a modest acceleration at the end of last year, according to a widely-followed gauge of housing trends. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City composite advanced at a 4.5% year-o... [more]

Eurogroup approves Greek bailout reforms, but IMF and ECB raise objections

Tue, 24 February 2015

Eurozone finance ministers have approved Greece's list of proposed economic reforms and backed a four-month extension to the country's bailout, though the International Monetary Fund and European Cent... [more]

Greece reform proposals approved by Eurogroup

Tue, 24 February 2015

A list of proposed economic reforms submitted Greece has been approved in a Tuesday afternoon conference call between eurozone finance ministers, which paves the way for the county to be given a four-... [more]

German economy accelerated significantly at the end of 2014

Tue, 24 February 2015

Economic activity in Germany accelerated significantly at the end of last year, after having narrowly avoided a recession in the previous two quarters. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) expan... [more]

Greece submits eleventh-hour reforms list to secure bailout extension

Tue, 24 February 2015

Greece submitted a list of economic reforms in the nick of time on Monday for European leaders to approve as part of its request for a four-month bailout extension. The proposals, which include effort... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Standard Chartered 976.00 5.37 17:13
Persimmon 1,756.00 4.39 17:08
Kingfisher 360.30 3.21 17:13
Randgold Resources Ltd. 5,175.00 2.48 17:11
Meggitt 553.00 2.22 17:09

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Reed Elsevier 1,130.00 -4.80 17:08
RSA Insurance Group 429.10 -4.71 17:11
easyJet 1,732.00 -4.47 17:13
Royal Bank of Scotland Group 386.60 -4.14 17:11
Centrica 245.60 -2.15 17:11