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US close: Dow and S&P edge forward as oil prices plummet

US close: Dow and S&P edge forward as oil prices plummet

Fri, 27 March 2015

US stocks edged higher on Friday, reversing earlier losses, but ended the week in the red as oil prices plummeted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.19% to 17,712.66, while the S&P and the ... [more]

Yellen says to expect 'gradual' interest rate hikes this year

Yellen says to expect 'gradual' interest rate hikes this year

Fri, 27 March 2015

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said investors should expect a "gradual" hike in interest rates by the end of the year, but warned the central bank will move cautiously. On Friday, speaking in... [more]

Ukraine housing to receive $15bn loan from China

Ukraine housing to receive $15bn loan from China

Fri, 27 March 2015

China is to loan Ukraine $15bn over the next 15 years, to aid in the development and construction of affordable housing, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Regional Development (UMRD). The loan will f... [more]

Europe close: Equity markets maintain composure to end the week with mild gains

Europe close: Equity markets maintain composure to end the week with mild gains

Fri, 27 March 2015

European share markets ended the week on a bright note, recovering from the losses seen in the previous session with a little help from a weaker euro and lower oil prices. At Europe's close, the DAX i... [more]

BlackBerry posts surprise fourth quarter profit but revenue declines below expectations

BlackBerry posts surprise fourth quarter profit but revenue declines below expectations

Fri, 27 March 2015

Mobile phone giant BlackBerry swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, though revenue for the period declined more than expected. The Canadian company posted net profit of $28m (£18.8m) for the fourth... [more]

Facebook hails UK drone-delivered wireless internet test

Fri, 27 March 2015

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said a recent UK test of solar-powered drones could soon see them deliver wireless internet to remote spots around the globe. On Thursday, speaking at the F8 summit in S... [more]

Sector Movers: FTSE 100 continues slide but REITs, Travel & Leisure stocks lend support

Fri, 27 March 2015

The FTSE 100 continued its slide from the 7,000 mark on Friday but real estate, travel and leisure and beverages stocks emerged as top performers to stem the decline. At 16:15 on the FTSE 100 was down... [more]

US open: Stocks in line for fifth consecutive day of losses after choppy start

Fri, 27 March 2015

US stocks fluctuated in early trading on Friday, as investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. Just after 10:00 in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 3.7... [more]

US fourth quarter GDP growth unchanged at 2.2%, exports rise

Fri, 27 March 2015

The US economy expanded 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, unchanged from the government's prior estimate. The reading was slightly below consensus expectations of an upwardly revised 2.4% reading an... [more]

US pre-open: Futures point to another day in the red ahead of Yellen's speech

Fri, 27 March 2015

US stock futures pointed to a fifth consecutive day in the red on Friday, as investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is expected to op... [more]

Europe midday: Core Eurozone equities retain gains thanks to weaker euro and oil

Fri, 27 March 2015

Core Eurozone equity indices maintained session gains on Friday as the weaker euro currency lifted shares of exporting stocks like German autos while the dip in oil prices allowed airlines to rebound.... [more]

Greek finance minister ready to resign, say press reports

Fri, 27 March 2015

Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is getting ready to resign from his post, say press reports. Varoufakis dismissed the speculation and said in a tweet on Friday that it was "somewhat amusing... [more]

Hedge funds deserve greater scrutiny, says Fed's Fischer

Fri, 27 March 2015

Stanley Fischer, the Federal Reserve vice chairman, said that hedge funds should be subject to greater scrutiny by federal regulators. Speaking in Frankfurt on Friday, Fischer said that while the US h... [more]

Amazon in talks to buy online fashion retailer Net-a-porter

Fri, 27 March 2015

Amazon is planning to enter the fashion market through the takeover of online retailer Net-a-porter from Swiss firm Richemont. Negotiations are at the early stages, as reported by Forbes, but the pote... [more]

Asia: Mixed market in China, Nikkei declines

Fri, 27 March 2015

Chinese stocks ended the week on a mixed note, with Shanghai's benchmark clinching a third straight week of gains. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.24% and finished the week 2% higher, the third we... [more]

Police search Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's home

Fri, 27 March 2015

Focus of the Germanwings air crash investigation has turned towards understanding what could have motivated the flight's co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to deliberately crash the plane, as alleged by the Fren... [more]

Europe open: Stocks recover on weaker euro and optimism around Eurozone data

Fri, 27 March 2015

Equity markets in Europe rebounded on Friday, as a weaker euro currency helped boost the shares of exporting companies, though concerns remained about geopolitical drama in the Middle East. At 0930 GM... [more]

Apple CEO Tim Cook to donate entire fortune

Fri, 27 March 2015

Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook said he plans to donate his $800m fortune to charity after paying his 10-year-old nephew's college education, according to Fortune. "You want to be the pebble in... [more]

Goldman Sachs beats JP Morgan to commodities trading top spot

Fri, 27 March 2015

Goldman Sachs has beaten investment banking rival JP Morgan to claim the accolade of the largest bank by commodities revenue, after the latter divested its raw materials business. According to London-... [more]

US close: Stocks lower, oil and gold surge on Middle Eastern conflict concerns

Thu, 26 March 2015

US stocks closed slightly lower on Thursday, recovering from steeper declines made earlier in the day as a result of conflict in the Middle East and underwhelming data. The Dow Jones Industrial Averag... [more]

Saudi air strikes in Yemen prompt oil price surge

Thu, 26 March 2015

Oil prices rebounded higher as Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen raised concerns that a regional conflict could shift supply and demand equilibrium. The airstrikes were aimed at rebels fighting to ov... [more]

Europe close: Equities stage a late session recovery despite closing in the red

Thu, 26 March 2015

European equity markets finished in the red on Thursday as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East allowed the bears to overcome the bulls. Saudi Arabia overnight launching air strikes on neighbourin... [more]

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to launch ground operations in Yemen, report claims

Thu, 26 March 2015

A coalition of Arab countries is to launch ground operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to a report. That follows last night's airstrikes by Saudi warplanes against rebel positions in Y... [more]

Whatsapp voice calls for iOS in a "couple weeks"

Thu, 26 March 2015

WhatsApp CEO Brian Actor announced on Thursday at Facebook's F8 Developer's conference in San Francisco that WhatsApp's voice call feature will soon be available for Apple users of the iOS system Acto... [more]

ECB's Draghi certain German trade surplus contravenes regulations

Thu, 26 March 2015

The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, is certain that Germany's trade surplus is in breach of European Union regulations on "excessive" trade imbalances. Many leading experts have ... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Carnival 3,245.00 7.18 17:08
InterContinental Hotels Group 2,640.00 2.76 17:09
Shire Plc 5,425.00 2.17 17:13
SABMiller 3,613.00 1.43 17:12
Compass Group 1,174.00 1.21 17:09

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Weir Group 1,714.00 -3.55 17:08
Glencore 288.15 -3.05 17:09
Sports Direct International 621.50 -3.04 17:07
Anglo American 1,044.00 -3.02 17:08
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,756.00 -2.98 17:08