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S&P downgrades Russia credit grade to junk level

S&P downgrades Russia credit grade to junk level

Mon, 26 January 2015

Rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) lowered its long- and short-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings on the Russian Federation to 'BB+/B' from 'BBB-/A-3'. The agency also lowered the long-... [more]

Oil price decline may have run its course, OPEC says

Oil price decline may have run its course, OPEC says

Mon, 26 January 2015

Abdulla al-Badri, the secretary general of the Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has claimed that oil prices could be on the rise very soon. Speaking in London on Monday, Al-Badri... [more]

Eurozone banks under pressure from ECB to increase capital ratios

Eurozone banks under pressure from ECB to increase capital ratios

Mon, 26 January 2015

Europe's biggest banks are coming under intense pressure from European regulators, as concerns about Europe's financial situation continue to grow. The Eurozone's largest lenders were recently instruc... [more]

Obama pledges $4bn of investments to strengthen US ties with India

Obama pledges $4bn of investments to strengthen US ties with India

Mon, 26 January 2015

US president Barack Obama has pledged $4bn (£2.6bn) worth of investments and loans as he seeks to strengthen the US business relationship with India. Obama spoke of the importance of developing India'... [more]

Tsipras and 'radical' new Greek government to clash heavily with Europe

Tsipras and 'radical' new Greek government to clash heavily with Europe

Mon, 26 January 2015

Although European finance ministers have ruled out writing-off Greece's debts, economists warned Greece's new coalition government could clash heavily with its European lenders and reignite a broader ... [more]

German Ifo business climate beats expectations

Mon, 26 January 2015

The German Ifo business climate index beat consensus forecasts though the accompanying expectations indicator survey came in slightly below analyst estimates on Monday. The CESifo Group surveys approx... [more]

Greece's Syriza wins elections, potentially threatening the country's stability

Sun, 25 January 2015

Greece's far-left political party Syriza may have won enough votes in Sunday's elections in what one analyst described of "immense - maybe historical - importance". According to an exit poll conducted... [more]

ECB's QE programme could be extended or expanded, says Coeure

Fri, 23 January 2015

European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said the quantitative easing (QE) programme announced on Thursday could be extended or expanded if it fails to lift inflation. Couere t... [more]

GSK's Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials

Fri, 23 January 2015

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials. Trials of the vaccine, which uses a type of chimpanzee cold virus, are expected to begin as early as nex... [more]

Euro falls below $1.12 for the first time since November 2003

Fri, 23 January 2015

A day after the European Central Bank announced a plan to inject more than a trillion euros into the flagging Eurozone economy, the euro fell below $1.13 on Friday, hitting an 11-year low. On Thursday... [more]

Carney warns of growing inequality and calls for IT firms to be 'responsible' over tax

Fri, 23 January 2015

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England (BoE), called for the world's big technologies firms to pay more taxes. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Carney warned the threat of ineq... [more]

Eurozone business activity hits five-month high, composite PMI shows

Fri, 23 January 2015

Business activity growth in the Eurozone accelerated at its fastest pace in five months, according to the preliminary January purchasing managers' index (PMI) data published by Markit on Friday. The s... [more]

China manufacturing growth falls flat in January

Fri, 23 January 2015

China's manufacturing growth fell flat for the second consecutive month in January, while firms were forced to slash prices to secure business. The HSBC/Markit Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers'... [more]

US crude supplies reach 80-year high

Thu, 22 January 2015

US crude supplies have hit the highest level since July 1924, a new report has shown. On Thursday, US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said crude inventories rose by 10.1m barrels in the week e... [more]

OPEC says oil prices won't fall to $25 or lower

Thu, 22 January 2015

Abdalla El-Badri, the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said it did not expect the price of oil to fall to $25 a barrel or lower. "The price will not go to... [more]

Danish central bank cuts interest rates again, more expected

Thu, 22 January 2015

Denmark's central bank has slashed its main policy rate for a second time this week. Late on Thursday afternoon the country's monetary authority announced it had lowered its deposit rate by another 1... [more]

ECB keeps main policy rate at 0.05%

Thu, 22 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced its decisions to maintain its main policy rate at 0.05%. Further monetary policy measures will be communicated by the President of the ECB at a press conf... [more]

Gulf keystone names new chief executive officer

Thu, 22 January 2015

Gulf Keystone has hired the former regional head for BNP Paribas, Sami Zouari, as its next chief financial officer. Zouari has been allotted 1.5m market-priced share options by the company at the pric... [more]

Alpari co-founder applied to wind up-business in 2014, fearing the company was 'doomed'

Wed, 21 January 2015

Andrey Dashin, the co-founder of broker Alpari, applied to wind up Alpari Group Limited, the parent company of its retail FX brokerage Alpari UK, 12 months ago. Alpari UK collapsed last week in the wa... [more]

Honda warns against rivals' 'stupid loans'

Wed, 21 January 2015

Japanese car-maker Honda warned that its competitors were doing "stupid things" to boost auto sales. One of the firm's US executives said Honda's rivals have introduced seven-year-long car loans, whic... [more]

ECB said to propose QE of 50bn euros a month through 2016

Wed, 21 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) is reportedly considering calling for bond purchases in the region of €50bn per month for at least 12 months. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal... [more]

US housing starts rise 4.4% in December, more than forecast by analysts

Wed, 21 January 2015

US housing starts rose 4.4% to 1.09m in December, beating forecasts for a 1.2% increase or 1.04m units. The Commerce Department's figures marked the highest level in more than six-and-a-half years and... [more]

S&P to be banned for a year from the biggest part of commercial bond market

Tue, 20 January 2015

As part of a $60m settlement, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will suspend Standard & Poor's for a year from rating securities in the biggest piece of the commercial-mortgage bond mark... [more]

Should Hong Kong follow Switzerland's example and scrap its peg?

Tue, 20 January 2015

Hong Kong's peg to the US dollar has been put under scrutiny following the Swiss National Bank's (SNB) decision to abandon its exchange rate ceiling last week. The SNB scrapped a three-year policy of ... [more]

Chinese stocks plunge after policymakers raise margin requirement for small investors

Mon, 19 January 2015

Chinese equities plunged to their lowest level since 2009, after regulatory efforts to limit record margin lending fuelled concerns that traders will turn away from the world's best-performing stock m... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
easyJet 1,795.00 2.22 10:01
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) 560.00 2.00 10:01
Randgold Resources Ltd. 5,555.00 1.93 10:00
Centrica 275.40 1.47 10:01
Tullow Oil 375.60 1.40 10:01

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Dixons Carphone 408.30 -5.02 10:01
Royal Mail 437.60 -3.04 10:01
Intertek Group 2,286.00 -1.93 10:01
Anglo American 1,100.00 -1.57 10:01
Standard Chartered 932.60 -1.45 10:01