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German consumer confidence remains high, Gfk finds

German consumer confidence remains high, Gfk finds

Thu, 23 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - German consumer sentiment is expected to worsen in March, according to a survey published on Thursday. The GfK consumer sentiment index fell to 9.8 for April from 10.0 in March, bel... [more]

Two more rate hikes in 2017 reasonable, Fed's Kaplan says

Two more rate hikes in 2017 reasonable, Fed's Kaplan says

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - The US central bank should hike interest rates twice more in 2017 and was moving towards the point where the balance sheet could be allowed to start to reduce gradually, a top offic... [more]

Bonds: Gilts jump after London terror attack

Bonds: Gilts jump after London terror attack

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - These were the moves in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields: US: 239% (-3bp) UK: 1.18% (-8bp) Germany: 0.41% (-5bp) France: 1.05% (-5bp) Spain: 1.74% (-8... [more]

FX round-up: Sterling mixed on Wednesday after UK inflation supercharge ebbs

FX round-up: Sterling mixed on Wednesday after UK inflation supercharge ebbs

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling plugged away to achieve a mixed out-turn on major crosses Wednesday, but did manage to craft minor gains against both the US dollar and euro even as its inflation superchar... [more]

London close: FTSE lower as 'Trump effect' wanes, Parliament attacked

London close: FTSE lower as "Trump effect" wanes, Parliament attacked

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Stocks in London ended Wednesday lower as market watchers mulled a waning of the so-called "Trump effect," with traders rightly distracted by a potential lone-wolf terror attack at ... [more]

Commodities: Crude prices tumble after US inventories build; Brent peeps below $50

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Crude-oil futures are strongly lower Wednesday afternoon in the aftermath of two separate reports -- one this afternoon and the other last night -- that again showed rising US stock... [more]

London attack: Policeman among 5 dead in in Westminster outrage

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Five people, including a policeman, were killed on Wednesday after a terrorist mowed down pedestrians in a car before attempting to continue his rampage inside the Palace of Westmin... [more]

Fitch downgrades Saudi Arabia over reform doubts

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Saudi Arabia's sovereign debt rating to 'A+' from 'AA-' as it expressed major doubts about the government's financial reform programme. The Saudi... [more]

UK faces labour shortage as weak pound sparks EU worker exodus - BoE

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - EU workers are quitting the UK as the Brexit-induced weakness of sterling erodes the value of earnings they send abroad, adding to Britain's existing labour-shortage concerns, the B... [more]

US existing home sales slump in February

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sales of US existing homes fell much more than expected in February, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. Sales were down 3.7% to a seasonally-adjusted annua... [more]

Eurozone current account surplus narrows in January

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - The current account surplus in the Eurozone narrowed in January to a 15-month low, according to data released by the European Central Bank. The seasonally-adjusted current account b... [more]

Brent oil futures flirting with key technical support

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Front mont Brent crude oil futures are testing a key level of technical support which if lost might open the way for a fall towards $46.00. The level to watch on a close of market b... [more]

FX round-up: Sterling opens throttle to drive higher as UK inflation accelerates, dollar steers lower

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling opened the throttle Tuesday to drive higher against a raft of currencies and recoup some of its Brexit-induced weakness, this surge lamentably on the back of a shock accele... [more]

London close: Surge in UK inflation sees sterling, FTSE lower with miners suffering

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Stocks in London closed Tuesday convincingly lower as UK consumer inflation punched above 2% and market forecasts to send sterling lower amid dollar weakness, which served to underm... [more]

Britons keen to maintain free trade but limit freedom of movement after Brexit

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - New research suggests the electorate's view on Britain's exit from the European Union has changed little since the vote nine months ago - they want to have their cake and eat it. A ... [more]

Commodities: Crude falls ahead of API stockpiles data; more downside forecast

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Crude-oil futures are down heavily Tuesday as markets look to an expected rise in American Petroleum Institute's weekly stockpile figures out later tonight, with traders taking a vi... [more]

UK bans electronic devices on flights from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi and others

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - The British government has banned the use of electronic devices larger than smartphones on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia to the UK, following... [more]

Saudi Arabia holds key to extension of oil output cut deal, Russia says

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Russia's envoy to the Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries said a deal to curb oil output might be extended past June. A final decision depended largely on Saudi Arabia's ... [more]

Record number of fund managers says US equities overalued, BofA-Merrill finds

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - A record number of fund managers now believed US equities were overvalued, despite lofty expectations for faster economic growth worldwide, the results of a widely-followed survey f... [more]

US current account deficit shrinks in the fourth quarter of 2016

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - America's current account shortfall shrank at the end of 2016 on an increase in receipts from investments made abroad. The total US current account deficit improved from -$116.0bn i... [more]

S&P could end 2017 as high as 2,750 or fall to 2,170, Barclays says

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Analysts at Barclays set a 2,525 point year-end fair value target for the S&P 500 in anticipation of the US administration's spending plans, which they said would act as the "key" f... [more]

FBI director Comey confirms investigation into Trump ties with Russia

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey confirmed that an probe into possible links between President Donald Trump's election campaign and the Kremlin is ongoing. Co... [more]

Snap poll shows Macron wins first French presidential TV debate

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - A televised debate between France's main presidential candidates turned into a sparring match between centrist candidate Emmanuel macron and his far-tight rival, Marine Le Pen. Macr... [more]

FX round-up: Brexit start date ushers in new era of punishment for sterling

Mon, 20 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling had a tough time on key crosses Monday after PM Theresa May's office said Article 50 will be triggered on 29 March, beginning UK's divorce from the EU and ushering in a new... [more]

Bonds: Gilts edge higher as Brexit date set amid dovish Fed -speak

Mon, 20 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields: US: 2.48% (-2bp) UK: 1.23% (-1bp)Germany: 0.44% (+1bp)France: 1.12% (+1bp)Spain: 1.85% (... [more]