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US close: Boston Fed president doesn't rule out more QE, stocks rise

US close: Boston Fed president doesn't rule out more QE, stocks rise

Fri, 17 October 2014

US stocks registered a large bounce on the last day of the week following the sharp falls observed throughout the rest of the week, following soothing words from policymakers around the world. Chief a... [more]

ECB leak reveals contents of first ever monetary policy minutes

ECB leak reveals contents of first ever monetary policy minutes

Fri, 17 October 2014

European Central Bank (ECB) minutes reportedly got leaked on Friday for the first time ever. Although the Bank of England (BoE) and the Federal Reserve (Fed) regularly report the minutes of their deli... [more]

Europe close: Stocks end higher on upbeat data in Eurozone, US

Europe close: Stocks end higher on upbeat data in Eurozone, US

Fri, 17 October 2014

European stocks ended the week on a high note after better-than-expected economic reports were released in the Eurozone and US. Eurostat shifted its level of EU and euro-area gross domestic product up... [more]

US open: Stocks rally after increase in US consumer confidence, housing starts

US open: Stocks rally after increase in US consumer confidence, housing starts

Fri, 17 October 2014

US stocks gained as investors weighed better-than-expected earnings and US data. A report showed US housing starts rose 6.3% in September following a 12.8% drop a month earlier. Analysts had pencilled... [more]

US housing starts beat expectations in September

US housing starts beat expectations in September

Fri, 17 October 2014

US housing starts grew at a seasonally adjusted pace of 1.017m in September, for a 6.3% gain in month-on-month terms, according to the Department of Commerce. Versus the year-ago period they saw a ris... [more]

University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumps to 86.4, ahead of forecasts

Fri, 17 October 2014

The University of Michigan's preliminary consumer confidence index for the month of October edged higher, to a reading of 86.4. The consensus estimate had been for a print of 84.2. In a positive deve... [more]

US pre-open: Futures surge after upbeat Morgan Stanley, GE results

Fri, 17 October 2014

US stock futures surged on Friday as investors hunted for profits after the recent sell-off, with housing-starts data and earnings from Morgan Stanley and General Electric impressing the market. S&P 5... [more]

Ukraine digs anti-tank ditches along Russian border

Fri, 17 October 2014

The Ukrainian State Border Service (USBS) has built more than 200 watchtowers on the Russian border and has been digging ditches in case tanks across state lines with Russia, the Ukrainian National Se... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks gain after strong data, fall in Greek yields

Fri, 17 October 2014

European stocks gained after reports showed an upgrade in euro-area economic growth and a rise in construction production. Eurostat has shifted its level of EU and euro-area gross domestic product upw... [more]

Asia: Markets finish mixed, Japanese stocks hit by stronger yen

Fri, 17 October 2014

Asian stocks ended Friday's session mixed with Hong Kong shares trading higher but indices in Japan and mainland China falling amid continuing market volatility. The Nikkei 225 plunged 1.39% to 1,533,... [more]

Europe open: Stocks rise after positive remarks from Fed

Fri, 17 October 2014

European stocks opened higher following a rebound Stateside on bullish remarks from a Federal Reserve official. St. Louis Fed Bank President James Bullard said the central bank should consider extendi... [more]

Support and resistance levels for the main equity benchmarks

Fri, 17 October 2014

The following are the technical support and resistance levels for the major global equity benchmarks. SECURITY: SUPPORT/RESISTANCE Ftse 100: 6,072/6,404. S&P 500: 1,820/1,904. Dow Jones: 15,8... [more]

US close: Stocks higher after bullish remarks from Yellen, Bullard

Thu, 16 October 2014

US stocks rebounded on Thursday on bullish from remarks from Federal Reserve officials, a day after crashing on global economic concerns. St. Louis Fed Bank President James Bullard said the central ba... [more]

Europe close: Nervous investors send stocks mostly lower

Thu, 16 October 2014

European stocks were mostly lower on Thursday amid nervousness after US markets crashed a day earlier on fears over a global economic slowdown, too-low inflation and a plunge in oil prices. Heavy sell... [more]

US Philly Fed index comes in slightly ahead of forecasts

Thu, 16 October 2014

Manufacturing conditions in the north-eastern US cooled a tad in October, according to a monthly gauge on activity crafted by the Federal Reserve bank of Philadelphia. The headline index derived from ... [more]

Putin warns of siphoning as Ukraine plans EU and US gas transport tender

Thu, 16 October 2014

Ukraine said it expected European and US companies to bid to invest in its gas transport system when the public tender process is launched shortly, though Russia has warned that "unsanctioned gas siph... [more]

China steps up Ebola preparations in hospitals

Thu, 16 October 2014

China has stepped up preparations for a potential outbreak of Ebola, ensuring hospitals have ample equipment and setting up a national database of suspected and confirmed Ebola patients. The country's... [more]

US open: Markets tumble despite positive data from jobless claims

Thu, 16 October 2014

US stocks tumbled on Thursday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered another triple digit drop, despite positive reports on jobless claims and industrial production. US initial jobless claims... [more]

Philadelphia Fed president Plosser says rates should rise sooner rather than later

Thu, 16 October 2014

Unperturbed by the latest ructions in global capital markets, on Thursday the president of the Federal Reserve bank of Philadelphia, Charles Plosser, said the US central bank should begin raising its ... [more]

Initial weekly US jobless claims drop to lowest since April 2000

Thu, 16 October 2014

Initial weekly US jobless claims dropped by 23,000 over the seven days ending on 11 October, according to the Department of Labor. That was the lowest tally since April 2000. The consensus forecast ... [more]

US pre-open: Futures sink despite strong Goldman earnings, jobless claims

Thu, 16 October 2014

Better-than-expected quarterly results from banking group Goldman Sachs were failing to prevent another rout on US stock markets on Thursday with Wall Street futures pointing to another sell-off in pr... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks slide as Greek 10-year yields surge on political uncertainty

Thu, 16 October 2014

European stocks slid as Greek government bonds declined amid political uncertainty in the Mediterranean country. Yields on 10-year Greek government bonds surged in late morning trading after officials... [more]

Islamic State pulls back from Kobani as US airstrikes intensify

Thu, 16 October 2014

US strikes in the Syrian city of Kobani intensified on Thursday, forcing jihadi group Islamic State (IS) to retreat from its attempt to take over the region lying between the borders of Syria and Turk... [more]

Greek 10-year bond yields surge on political uncertainty

Thu, 16 October 2014

Yields on 10-year Greek government bonds were surging higher in later morning trading on Thursday as international capital markets continued to react to a perceived increase in political uncertainty i... [more]

Aegon agrees to sell Canadian life operations for €423m

Thu, 16 October 2014

Aegon has agreed to sell its Canadian life business to Wilton Re for €423m (C$600m). "We continually review the performance of our businesses to ensure that they support our ambition to become a ... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Tullow Oil 524.00 8.29 16:59
Petrofac Ltd. 1,060.00 7.34 16:43
Hargreaves Lansdown 921.00 5.74 17:01
Sports Direct International 606.50 5.48 17:07
Sainsbury (J) 244.80 5.06 17:01

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Rolls-Royce Holdings 832.00 -11.54 17:07
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,224.00 -3.56 17:11
Fresnillo 798.00 -2.09 16:59
Admiral Group 1,222.00 -1.45 17:11
Travis Perkins 1,621.00 -0.98 17:05