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04 Jul
Thursday newspaper round-up: BNPL, Britishvolt, Reckitt, Rolls-Royce

Almost a third of shoppers who use buy now, pay later credit say repayments on the loans have become “unmanageable”, with the cost of living crisis pushing them into a debt spiral, new research has found. Consumers are spending more via the controversial form of credit, with shoppers who use BNPL now paying off an average of 4. 8 purchases – almost double the 2. 6 purchases in February, the research found. The average BNPL user’s outstanding balance currently stands at £254.

24 Jun
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Consumer confidence falls to record low - GfK

Consumer confidence has fallen to an historic low, a survey showed on Friday, as soaring inflation and the weakening economic outlook weighed heavily.

23 Jun
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Friday preview: US, UK consumer confidence in focus

Financial markets' focus at the end of the week will be on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment survey for the early June.

23 Jun
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Europe close: Economic fears hit stocks, bolster government bonds

European markets finished near their session lows on Thursday after the release of a spate of weaker-than-expected Purchasing Managers' Indices for euro area factory and services activity.

23 Jun
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Sector movers: Miners, Banks hit by poor PMIs globally, drop in bond yields

FTSE 350 stocks fell on Thursday as a spate of manufacturing and services sector surveys in the US and euro area printed well below economists' forecasts, feeding concerns around the outlook for the global economy.

23 Jun
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London close: Stocks turn weaker on growing global concerns

London stocks were once again in the red by the close on Thursday, reversing their lunchtime gains as recession fears continued to weigh on sentiment and as investors sifted through a raft of UK data.

23 Jun
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Director dealings: Berkeley board members make some big purchases

Berkeley Group was at the top of the list of director deals on Thursday afternoon, after four of its board members were linked to large purchases.

23 Jun
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Bushveld secures funding for Vametco mini-grid project

South Africa-focussed vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has secured funding for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Vametco hybrid mini-grid, it announced on Thursday.

23 Jun
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BA workers at Heathrow vote to strike over pay

The summer of industrial action looks set to grow, with British Airways workers at Heathrow voting on Thursday to walk out at the height of the summer holidays.

23 Jun
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Broker tips: THG, Liontrust, Rentokil Initial, Cerillion

Citi resumed coverage of e-commerce group THG on Thursday with a 'buy' rating and 220. 0p price target.

23 Jun
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US factory and services PMIs add to recession risks, but inflation may have peaked

Output from America's private sector increased in June at its slowest pace since the appearance of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in January and was at its second-softest since July 2020, the results of two closely-followed survey revealed.

23 Jun
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US open: Stocks trade higher as investors focus on Powell's testimony

Wall Street stocks traded higher early on Thursday as market participants continued to keep a keen eye on Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell's testimony in Washington.

23 Jun
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GlaxoSmithKline to invest £1bn in infectious disease R&D

GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it will invest £1bn over ten years to accelerate research and development (R&D) into infectious diseases that disproportionately impact lower-income countries.

23 Jun
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FTSE 250 movers: Trainline chugs lower; Capricorn Energy boosted by upgrade

London’s FTSE 250 was 1. 1% lower in afternoon trade on Thursday at 18,679. 64.

23 Jun
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FTSE 100 movers: Ocado recovers after heavy losses; British Land goes ex-div

London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 7% at 7,042. 93 in afternoon trade on Thursday.

23 Jun
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US current account deficit hits record high in first quarter of 2022

America's current account deficit reached a fresh record high equivalent to 4. 8% of the country's gross domestic product over the first three months of 2022.

23 Jun
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US initial jobless claims fall by 2,000

The number of Americans filing fresh unemployment claims fell by 2,000 in the seven days ended 18 June to hit 229,000, below expectations for a print of 227,000 and pointing to an exceptionally tight labour market.

23 Jun
Stifel upgrades Capricorn Energy to 'buy'

Stifel upgraded Capricorn Energy on Thursday to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’, as it said the proposed all-share deal with Tullow Oil significantly undervalues the group and a higher offer will likely be necessary for it to complete.

23 Jun
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Bitcoin and Ethereum meltdown: resistance and support levels to watch

The recent plunges in cryptoassets have caught many investors off guard, as they now see their portfolios reduced by as much as 70% as a result of Bitcoin's correction from its November 2021 highs. In addition, over the past year, fear of contagion has spread through the cryptocurrency market and more recently on concerns that several cryptoasset lenders and a hedge fund are insolvent. The fear culminated the past weekend, when Bitcoin fell to about $17,500 and Ethereum to $880.

23 Jun
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Canaccord Genuity raises target price on Cerillion

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity hiked their target price on software Cerillion from 950. 0p to 1,100. 0p on Thursday as they raised their estimates for the group and labelled expectations as "conservative".