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Europe close: Stocks gain on Greek bailout extension approval, unexpected rise in German inflation

Europe close: Stocks gain on Greek bailout extension approval, unexpected rise in German inflation

Fri, 27 February 2015

European stocks gained after Germany approved Greece's bailout extension and after a report showed German inflation rose expectedly in February. The Greek extension, which was approved by its Eurozone... [more]

Fed's Dudley warns against overly cautious approach on rates hike

Fed's Dudley warns against overly cautious approach on rates hike

Fri, 27 February 2015

William Dudley, the president of the New York Federal Reserve, said that longer-run value of the federal funds rate is 3.5%, way below its historical level of 4.5%. The longer-run value is important a... [more]

US consumer confidence falls for the first time in seven months

US consumer confidence falls for the first time in seven months

Fri, 27 February 2015

US consumer confidence declined in February, retreating from an 11-year high in the wake of rises in fuel costs and severe winter weather in parts of the country. The University of Michigan final inde... [more]

Chicago PMI tumbles to five and half year low in February

Chicago PMI tumbles to five and half year low in February

Fri, 27 February 2015

The Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index tumbled to 45.8 from 59.4 in February, its lowest level in five and a half years. The reading came in way below analysts' expectations of a 58.0 reading and fell... [more]

US open: Dow and S&P dip slightly as fourth quarter GDP declines

US open: Dow and S&P dip slightly as fourth quarter GDP declines

Fri, 27 February 2015

US stocks edged lower on Friday, after data showed that US growth had declined slightly in the fourth quarter Just before 10:00 in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.11%, while the S&P ... [more]

US GDP falls from 2.6% to 2.2% in the fourth quarter

Fri, 27 February 2015

US gross domestic product in the fourth quarter fell to 2.2% from a 2.6% in the previous quarter, but above analysts' expectations of a 2.0% reading. Meanwhile, US personal consumption declined slight... [more]

German consumer price index above forecast in February

Fri, 27 February 2015

German preliminary consumer price index (CPI) inflation rose 0.1% year-on-year in February, compared with expectations of a 0.3% contraction and after a 0.4% decline in January. The harmonised year-on... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks mixed as Germany approves Greece's bailout extension

Fri, 27 February 2015

European stocks were mixed as the German parliament approved Greece's four-month bailout extension. The Greek extension, which was approved by its Eurozone creditors last week, is in the process of be... [more]

US pre-open: Markets set for low open amid flurry of mixed data

Fri, 27 February 2015

Markets look set for a low open on Friday after mixed earnings came in overnight from well-known US businesses and a looming second revision of US fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP). Fourth q... [more]

Santander confirmed as next sponsor of London's "Boris Bikes"

Fri, 27 February 2015

London's blue 'Boris bikes' will be getting a red makeover as Santander was finally confirmed as the new sponsor for the cycle hire scheme. A seven-year sponsorship worth £6.25m a year has been agreed... [more]

Asia: Stocks mixed on Japanese data, Chinese stimulus speculation

Fri, 27 February 2015

Asian stocks were mixed following the release of a raft of Japanese data. Nikkei's 225 index ended up 0.06% after a further slowdown in Japanese inflation fuelled speculation the Bank of Japan will in... [more]

Europe open: Stocks little changed ahead of final vote on Greece loan extension

Fri, 27 February 2015

European stocks were little changed ahead of a final vote on Greece's bailout extension. The German parliament is meeting this morning to vote on a plan to extend Greece's bailout by another four mont... [more]

Facebook rolls out suicide prevention measures

Thu, 26 February 2015

Facebook announced that it has added new resources to help people expressing suicidal or self-harming thoughts on the social network. These resources will rollout over the next few months, according t... [more]

US close: Stocks receded amid falling oil prices and poor data

Thu, 26 February 2015

US stocks fell on Thursday after oil prices lowered and fresh economic data queried Janet Yellen's dovishness. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.06% to 18,214.42 while Nasdaq advanced 0.42% to 4... [more]

IBM warns of FX hit to earnings but pledges to pump $40bn into business

Thu, 26 February 2015

US tech giant International Business Machines Corp, widely known as IBM, warned that the strength of the US dollar will reduce the company's revenue growth in the first quarter of 2015 by more than it... [more]

Europe close: Stocks rally on positive German data

Thu, 26 February 2015

European stocks rallied after German data on unemployment and consumer confidence beat forecasts. German unemployment fell 20,000 in February, more than the 10,000 decline that was expected, leaving t... [more]

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

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

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

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

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 open: Dow and S&P edge lower as US slips into deflation

Thu, 26 February 2015

US stocks were mostly lower on Thursday after disappointing data showed US had slipped into deflation. Just before 10:00 in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.17%, while the S&P 500... [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]

US pre-open: Stock futures flat after inflation data and jobless claims

Thu, 26 February 2015

US stock futures were up a touch ahead of Wall Street's open Thursday as investors shift their focus to consumer price inflation figures out of the world's largest economy together with weekly jobless... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) 580.00 3.66 17:11
Associated British Foods 3,125.00 2.49 17:10
Intertek Group 2,530.00 2.43 17:10
InterContinental Hotels Group 2,650.00 2.12 17:10
Imperial Tobacco Group 3,193.00 2.08 17:08

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Intu Properties 353.50 -5.10 17:07
Royal Bank of Scotland Group 367.20 -5.02 17:11
Barclays 256.90 -1.98 17:11
Weir Group 1,704.00 -1.73 16:56
Aberdeen Asset Management 468.60 -1.53 17:07