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Global Round up

Commodities: Gold continues to retreat, oil prices rise

Thu, 24 July 2014

Precious metal prices declined on Wednesday on the back of less risk aversion, though losses were only modest as geopolitical tensions remained high. After swinging between gains and losses during th... [more]

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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]

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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]

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Israel possibly violating international law in Gaza, says UN

Wed, 23 July 2014

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, said there is a "strong possibility" Israel is violating international law in Gaza. Pillay said Israel's killing of Pale... [more]

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EU to impose further sanctions on Russia as MPs question licence deals

Wed, 23 July 2014

The European Union has agreed to impose further sanctions on Russia, although leaders have stopped short of moving to the more serious Level Three sanctions. The new measures, which will target a lar... [more]

Commodities: Gold slips on profit taking as risk appetite returns

Wed, 23 July 2014

A strong US dollar and a return of risk appetite saw gold prices slip on Tuesday as investors booked profits after the recent rally. Heightened geopolitical risk in Gaza and Ukraine had sparked deman... [more]

US consumer prices rise as gasoline costs jump

Tue, 22 July 2014

Consumer prices in the States increased in June but largely reflected a surge in the price of gasoline. Inflation eased from 0.4% to 0.3% last month on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the US Bureau of L... [more]

Malaysia Airlines bodies reach Ukraine government

Tue, 22 July 2014

The remains of the 298 victims on board the downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrived in Ukrainian government hands on Tuesday as pro-Russian rebels passed over two flight-data recorders to investigators... [more]

Commodities: Gold price gains on geopolitical uncertainty

Tue, 22 July 2014

Weakness on equity markets helped gold prices rise slightly on Monday as heightened geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza boosted the demand for safe-haven assets. Gold for August delivery was 0.... [more]

Gaza death toll rises past 500

Mon, 21 July 2014

The death toll in Gaza rose past 500 on Monday as Israeli troops continued to storm the Palestinian region, according to Gaza health officials. In the latest development, at least four people were ki... [more]

Bundesbank sees Q2 stagnation in Germany

Mon, 21 July 2014

The Bundesbank (Buba) warned that the German economy probably stagnated in the second quarter, according to the central bank's monthly report published on Monday. Buba noted that the lost momentum in... [more]

Commodities: Oil and gold prices ease after strong gains

Mon, 21 July 2014

Oil prices eased on Friday but still ended higher on the week after a surge the day before as investors priced in an escalation of geopolitical risk across the globe. West Texas Intermediate futures ... [more]

Live: Malaysia Airlines jet crash

Fri, 18 July 2014

1655: The United Nations (UN) Security Council has called for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of the plane and "appropriate accountability" for those re... [more]

Gaza unrest drives uncertainty in European markets

Fri, 18 July 2014

The unrest in Gaza continued to fuel a downturn in markets on Friday as Israel upped its attacks on the Middle Eastern enclave. Analysts said Israel's invasion of the narrow strip which is home to 1.... [more]

Commodities: Gold, oil gain after Malaysian Airlines crash

Fri, 18 July 2014

Safe-haven demand saw the price of gold rise its most in a month on Thursday after the downing of a commercial aircraft in Ukraine escalated geopolitical tensions in eastern Europe. On the same day t... [more]

Malaysia crash hits financial markets and fuels political tension

Fri, 18 July 2014

The crash of a Malaysian Airlines jet in Ukraine, apparently shot down by separatist rebels, rocked financial markets on Friday and sparked fears of renewed tensions between Russia and the west. Flig... [more]

Malaysian airliner "shot down by rebels" in Ukraine - UPDATE

Thu, 17 July 2014

A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near Ukraine's border with Russia, allegedly after being shot down by pro-Russian rebels, the BBC and other international media rep... [more]

FARNBOROUGH INTERVIEW Meggitt silent on takeover talk but eyes more buys

Thu, 17 July 2014

Jet parts maker Meggitt stayed tight-lipped about takeover speculation at this week's Farnborough Air Show, but pledged to stay on the acquisition trail. Meggitt, which makes braking systems and whee... [more]

Russia hit by fresh round of sanctions

Thu, 17 July 2014

Russia is facing fresh sanctions from the US in an effort to curb the turmoil in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions against key parts of the Russian energy and financial industr... [more]

Eurozone inflation stuck far below ECB target

Thu, 17 July 2014

Eurostat confirmed on Thursday that inflation in the Eurozone inflation remained below the European Central Bank (ECB) target for the ninth consecutive month in June. The final reading consumer price... [more]

Worries rise in China after warning over company bond default

Thu, 17 July 2014

Worries rose in the world's largest corporate debt market, as a Chinese construction company warned on Thursday of a possible default next week. Huatong Road & Bridge Group announced that it coul... [more]

Commodities: Gold rebounds after recent sell-off, oil gains

Thu, 17 July 2014

Gold prices gained on Wednesday, rebounding after three straight days of losses for the yellow metal. Gold for August delivery finished 0.2%, or $2.70, higher at $1,299.80 a troy ounce on the Comex d... [more]

Commodities: WTI crude slips below $100, gold continues to fall

Wed, 16 July 2014

US oil prices slipped below $100 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time since May as concerns about a shortage of supplies in the Middle East continued to fade. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures ... [more]

Chinese GDP growth picks up to 7.5% in second quarter

Wed, 16 July 2014

Economic expansion in China picked up pace in the second quarter, figures showed on Wednesday, suggesting that the world's second-largest economy has stabilised after a slowdown earlier in the year. ... [more]

BIS warns of fresh financial crisis as investors ignoring risk

Tue, 15 July 2014

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has warned that the global economy is as vulnerable to a financial crisis as it was in 2007. Higher debt ratios and weak emerging markets are threatening ... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Reed Elsevier 959.50 2.18 09:07
Antofagasta 846.00 1.44 09:07
HSBC Holdings 613.10 0.96 09:07
Barclays 212.45 0.71 09:07
London Stock Exchange Group 1,931.00 0.57 09:07

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Kingfisher 314.10 -6.52 09:07
easyJet 1,346.00 -4.06 09:07
CRH 1,418.00 -2.81 09:07
Petrofac Ltd. 1,172.00 -2.09 09:07
ARM Holdings 866.00 -1.65 09:07