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Reports say German state buys CD containing data of Swiss bank clients

Reports say German state buys CD containing data of Swiss bank clients

Sun, 21 December 2014

German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have bought a CD containing data about several thousand German clients of a Swiss bank. According to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, ... [more]

OPEC does not need to cut production, says Kuwaiti minister

OPEC does not need to cut production, says Kuwaiti minister

Sun, 21 December 2014

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) does not need to cut production, said Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali al-Omair. "I don't think we need to cut [...] we gave a chance to others, th... [more]

Non-OPEC members to blame for oil price slump, says Saudi minister

Non-OPEC members to blame for oil price slump, says Saudi minister

Sun, 21 December 2014

Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, has blamed the decline of oil prices on a "lack of co-operation" from countries who are not members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPE... [more]

US close: Markets ascend as post-Fed boom continues and crude futures rise

US close: Markets ascend as post-Fed boom continues and crude futures rise

Fri, 19 December 2014

US stocks advanced on Friday in a continuation of the week's post-Fed boost after a day of little economic data. The Dow Jones Industrials rose 0.15% to 17,804.80 while the S&P 500 increased 0.46% to ... [more]

Europe close: Stocks little changed after mixed data, oil price rebound

Europe close: Stocks little changed after mixed data, oil price rebound

Fri, 19 December 2014

European stocks were little changed after mixed reports on German and UK consumer confidence and a rebound in oil prices. GfK's forward-looking consumer confidence index for Germany climbed to 9.0 in ... [more]

US open: Markets trading up as crude futures soar

Fri, 19 December 2014

US stocks were trading in the green Friday, still boosted by the post-Fed rally after a quiet day for economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.10% to 17,799 early in the day, while the... [more]

US pre-open: Markets set to continue Thursday's rally

Fri, 19 December 2014

Wall Street was set to end the week on a strong note, after markets soared on Thursday as investors digested the Federal Reserve's statement from the day before. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is e... [more]

Russian finance minister says rouble will stabilise in 2015

Fri, 19 December 2014

Russia's rouble rebounded on Friday after the country's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that exporters will step up dollar sales. At 12:... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks little changed after German, UK consumer confidence reports

Fri, 19 December 2014

European stocks were little changed as traders weighed reports on German and UK consumer confidence. GfK's forward-looking consumer confidence index for Germany climbed to 9.0 in January from 8.7 in D... [more]

China 2013 GDP revised upward but unlikely to influence growth this year

Fri, 19 December 2014

China's gross domestic product (GDP) for 2013 was up 3.4% to 58.8trn yuan (£6.1trn) according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics. The upward revision of the GDP, which marks a rise of 1.9t... [more]

Europe open: Stocks gain as German consumer confidence rises

Fri, 19 December 2014

European stocks advanced after a report showed German consumer confidence rose more than forecast. GfK's forward-looking consumer confidence index climbed to 9.0 in January from 8.7 in December, excee... [more]

US close: Markets soar in post-Fed rally as oil futures settle in the red

Thu, 18 December 2014

US stocks advanced on Thursday, continuing the post-Fed rally regardless of the day's mixed economic data. The Dow Jones Industrials rose 2.43% to 17,778.15 while the S&P 500 increased 2.4% to 2,061.2... [more]

Europe close: Stocks end higher after upbeat data in Germany, UK and US

Thu, 18 December 2014

European stocks gained after data showed German business confidence and UK retail sales grew while US jobless claims fell. Ifo's index on German business sentiment rose to 105.5 in December from 104.7... [more]

Philadelphia manufacturing growth cools down in December

Thu, 18 December 2014

Manufacturing sector activity in the mid-Atlantic region slowed considerably in December as growth pulled back from a 21-year high the previous month. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia´s monthl... [more]

Aer Lingus rejects takeover bid from IAG

Thu, 18 December 2014

British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has made a takeover bid for Aer Lingus, IAG said in a statement on Thursday, although the Irish flag carrier rejected it. IAG, led b... [more]

US service-sector growth unexpectedly slows in December

Thu, 18 December 2014

The US services sector continued to grow in December but at a much slower pace, Markit revealed on Thursday. The US services purchasing managers' index (PMI) reading came in at 53.6 this month, a decr... [more]

US open: Stocks extend post-Fed rally despite mixed data

Thu, 18 December 2014

US stocks jumped strongly on Thursday as the post-Fed rally continued into its second day despite a raft of mixed economic data. By 10:07 in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.4%, whi... [more]

GM suspends deliveries to Russian dealers

Thu, 18 December 2014

Following the rouble's sharp decline, US car-maker General Motors (GM) has suspended the delivery of cars to dealerships in Russia. "In view of the volatility of rouble exchange rate and with the aim ... [more]

US initial jobless claims come in less than forecast at 289,000

Thu, 18 December 2014

US jobless claims decreased by 6,000 to 289,000 in the week ended 13 December, the fewest since early November, the Labor Department said. Analysts had been expecting 295,000 claims. Jobless claims ha... [more]

US pre-open: Markets to rally in the wake of Fed's decision

Thu, 18 December 2014

US stock futures pointed to an opening rally on Thursday, with markets set to surge ahead on the back of the Federal Reserve's last meeting of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is expected to... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks rise after rise in German business confidence, UK retail sales

Thu, 18 December 2014

European stocks advanced as investors weighed an increase in German business confidence and better-than-forecast UK retail sales data. Ifo's index on German business sentiment rose to 105.5 in Decembe... [more]

North Sea oil industry "on the brink of collapse" - oil boss

Thu, 18 December 2014

The fall in oil prices has pushed the UK's oil industry into a state of crisis, according to a senior industry leader. Oil companies are cutting staff and investment in a bid to save money, after it w... [more]

Iranian minister blames drop in oil price on OPEC "political conspiracy"

Thu, 18 December 2014

Iran's oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has blamed the drop in oil prices on a "political conspiracy", hinting that the Islamic Republic may keep up pressure on the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Coun... [more]

Construction in the Eurozone rises at fastest pace in 2014 in October

Thu, 18 December 2014

Construction in the Eurozone rose at the fastest pace this year in October, as households and businesses look to be more inclined to invest. On Thursday, the EU statistics agency said that constructio... [more]

Asia: Stocks higher following US Fed statement

Thu, 18 December 2014

Asian stocks on Thursday rose following comments from the US Federal Reserve that it will be "patient" to tighten monetary policy. Japanese Nikkei 225 index was higher by 2.32%, driven by the speech f... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Tullow Oil 425.60 6.85 16:43
Tesco 185.40 5.46 16:55
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,431.00 4.41 17:03
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets 176.20 3.65 17:03
BHP Billiton 1,377.50 3.57 17:02

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
TUI AG Reg Shs (Post- 16/12/14)(DI) 1,073.00 -3.25 17:01
SSE 1,624.00 -1.46 17:02
Smiths Group 1,072.00 -1.29 17:03
Sky 891.00 -1.22 16:43
Shire Plc 4,629.00 -1.13 17:15