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German retail sales unexpectedly drop in April

German retail sales unexpectedly drop in April

Tue, 31 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - German retail sales unexpectedly fell in April, according to the latest figures from Destatis. Retail sales were down 0.9% on the month, versus expectations for a 0.9% increase. Sti... [more]

US close: Markets take possibility of Fed rate hike in their stride

US close: Markets take possibility of Fed rate hike in their stride

Sat, 28 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Wall Street advanced at the end of the week, with traders apparently taking slightly hawkish remarks from the head of the US central bank in their stride. The Dow Jones Industrial A... [more]

US Fed rate hike probably appropriate in coming months, Yellen says

US Fed rate hike probably appropriate in coming months, Yellen says

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Another interest rate hike in the US will probably be appropriate in the coming months, US Federal reserve chief Janet Yellen said. In an interview with profesor Gregory Mankiw at H... [more]

US dollar, sterling firm as Fed's Yellen speaks

US dollar, sterling firm as Fed's Yellen speaks

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - The US dollar and sterling are higher this evening on most other currencies, with chatter continuing on when the next US interest rate hike will come and lingering caution on the UK... [more]

Europe close: Stocks end the week on a quiet note

Europe close: Stocks end the week on a quiet note

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - European equity markets were little changed on Friday, struggling for direction as oil prices fell back and investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The b... [more]

Facebook, Microsoft pair-up to build Atlantic subsea cable

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - US tech giants Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to build a high-specification undersea cable across the Atlantic to deliver speedy online and cloud services for their respectiv... [more]

US open: Stocks gain after US GDP beats forecasts

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - US stocks gained on Friday after a better-than-expected gross domestic product report. At 1445 BST the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.12%, the S&P 500 increased 018% and the Na... [more]

US consumer sentiment improves less than expected in May

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Consumer sentiment in the US improved less than expected in May, according to the final reading from the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment inde... [more]

Philips Lighting jumps in first day of trading

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Royal Philips successfully floated a 25% stake its lighting business in what market commentary described as a further step towards focusing on manufacturing goods for the health-car... [more]

Thermo Fisher to buy FEI in $4.2bn deal

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Thermo Fisher Scientific has agreed to buy lab equipment company FEI for $107.50 per share in cash, or around $4.2bn. Oregon-based FEI, which manufactures transmission electron micr... [more]

US Q1 GDP better than first estimated but still sluggish

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - US growth did not slow as sharply in the first quarter as initially estimated, according to data released by the Commerce Department. The second release of data showed US gross dome... [more]

Asia: Stocks jump across the region

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Asian equities finished the session with almost across-the-board gains on Friday, ahead of a long-weekend in the UK and in the US. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was unable to c... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks struggle for direction

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - European equity markets were little changed on Friday, struggling for direction as oil prices fell back and investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. At mi... [more]

Fund flows flirting with contrarian buy signal, BofA says

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Flows into and out of the different asset classes over the latest week were flirting with a possible 'contrarian' buy signal in global equities, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch strate... [more]

US pre-open: Stocks seen touch higher as investors eye Yellen, oil price

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - US futures suggested stocks on Wall Street would open just a touch higher on Friday amid weaker oil prices and with investors likely reluctant to make bold moves ahead of a speech b... [more]

Citi reiterates underweight stance on global equities

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Analysts at Citi reiterated their cautious view on global equities, pointing out the recent so-called 'bull flattening' seen in the US government interest rate curve. "We are still ... [more]

Europe open: Stocks nudge lower as oil retreats, ahead of Yellen speech

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - European equity markets nudged lower in early trade as oil prices fell back and investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. At 0900 BST, the benchmark Stoxx ... [more]

Japan CPI misses forecasts, consumption tax hike may be delayed

Fri, 27 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - A lead indicator for price pressures in Japan fell short of market expectations in April, leading some analysts to caution of the risk that the world´s third largest economy might b... [more]

US close: Stocks end little changed as oil prices retreat

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - US stocks failed to make any headway on Thursday as oil prices reversed early gains to settle lower and investors digested some encouraging economic news that could be seen as under... [more]

Second rate increase may be appropriate fairly soon, Fed´s Powell says

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - A second interest rate hike in the US may be appropriate fairly soon, if the economic data continued to live up to expectations, one of the Federal Reserve´s top officials said. "If... [more]

FX round-up: Sterling falls after slowdown in Q1 GDP confirmed

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Sterling was lower as UK's Q1 2016 gross domestic product (GDP) growth was confirmed to have slowed, with the US dollar down after a range of data and commentary from Federal Reserv... [more]

Europe close: Auto shares pace gains

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - European equities managed a higher close on Thursday despite weakness in the banking sector and a slide lower in Brent after prices breached the $50 a barrel mark - for the first ti... [more]

US pending home sales index jumps in April

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Contract activity in the US homebuilding sector reached its highest level in more than a decade in April, according to the results of a widely-followed survey of conditions in the s... [more]

US open: Wall Street drifts lower ahead of Fed speakers

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Shares on Wall Street were drifting slightly lower in late morning trading in New York following the release of a mixed bag of economic data and ahead of a much awaited speech on th... [more]

US durable goods orders rise 3.4% in April, buoyed by aircraft sales

Thu, 26 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - New orders for US-made durable goods rose 3.4% month-on-month in April, the Department of Commerce said, following on from a 1.9% gain in March. Core durables, which exclude transpo... [more]