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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]

Starbucks to create 240,000 jobs globally in four years

Starbucks to create 240,000 jobs globally in four years

Thu, 23 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US coffee shop chain Starbucks pledged to create almost a quarter of a million jobs worldwide by 2021 during its annual shareholders meeting. Of the 240,000 jobs Starbucks plans to ... [more]

US close: Dow ends lower as scepticism over tax cuts grows

US close: Dow ends lower as scepticism over tax cuts grows

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US stocks finished mixed on Thursday following downbeat trading in the previous session, as investors grew increasingly sceptical that President Donald Trump will be able to deliver... [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]

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]

Europe close: Stocks end on mixed note, Mibtel, Ibex higher

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - European equity markets were under pressure on Wednesday, following downbeat sessions in Asia and the US, with bank stocks the worst performers. The benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 index... [more]

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]

Sears sparks fears over survival possibilities, stock price tumbles

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US retailer Sears Holdings said on Wednesday that there is "substantial doubt" about whether it can secure its future in a fast-moving retail sector, leading to its shares tumbling ... [more]

Nike earnings sprint higher but shares hamstrung by cagey outlook

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US sportswear behemoth Nike Inc limped into the start of Wednesday's session after disappointing investors with soft sales numbers and a cautious outlook statement. Sales for the Or... [more]

Europe midday: Stocks under pressure on concerns about Trump policies

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - European equity markets were under pressure on Wednesday, following downbeat sessions in Asia and the US, with bank stocks the worst performers. At midday, the benchmark Stoxx Europ... [more]

Asia report: Markets lower after failed North Korea missile test

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Markets in Asia finished in the red on Wednesday, as North Korea tested another missile and a stronger yen weighed on Japanese stocks. The Nikkei 225 was down 2.13% to 19,041.38, wi... [more]

US pre-open: Stocks set for more losses as Trump optimism fades

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US stocks looked set for further losses on Wednesday as investors grow increasingly sceptical that President Donald Trump will be able to deliver on his promised tax cuts to boost b... [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]

AkzoNobel rejects second offer from PPG Industries

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Dulux owner AkzoNobel has rejected a second unsolicited takeover bid from US chemicals manufacturer PPG Industries, saying it substantially undervalues the company. Akzo also said t... [more]

US open: Stocks mixed as investors grow weary over Trump fiscal policies

Wed, 22 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US stocks were mixed on Thursday following downbeat trading in the previous session, as investors grew increasingly sceptical that President Donald Trump will be able to deliver on ... [more]

US close: Stocks end sharply lower as financials drop

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US stocks closed sharply lower on Tuesday, with financials under the cosh amid concerns that President Donald Trump will fail to deliver the promised tax cuts that have been proppin... [more]

Europe close: French stocks relative outperformers in down day for miners

Tue, 21 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - French stocks outperformed their European peers on a down day following a convincing performance by independent centrist Emmanuel Macron in the first televised debate for the French... [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]