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Sky’s results “higher than market forecast”

Announcing its H1 results, Sky said operating profit was up 12%, revenue was up 5% and 337,000 new customers joined in Q2. The group also announced that James Murdoch is

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Markets rally as Japan adopts negative rates

The central bank’s negative rate only applies to specific deposits by commercial banks which BoJ deems to be excessive –  everything else will remain zero or positive. Put simply, commercial

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Markets tread on thin ice

Today saw the FTSE finally break through 6024 following two unsuccessful attempts earlier this week. However, these gains are proving short-lived as an Iranian rebuttal of oil production cuts saw

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Companies reporting in the week ahead

Monday  Companies reporting today include: BT (Q3 results) Tuesday  St. Modwen Properties This specialist brownfield site regeneration group has seen its share price fall by around 28% since late summer.

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Where to find equity income in turbulent times

The hunt for income is on. Dividend sustainability at some of the largest firms on the FTSE 100 is in doubt as profits waver and future revenue streams remain unclear,

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FTSE says hello to 6000 again

The Bank of Japan completed the trio of central bank meetings that over the past week or so have kept investors enthralled. The statements from the ECB, the Fed and

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UK economy grows by 2.2% in 2015

Given the volatility and worries over global growth rates of late, the latest GDP numbers came as a bit of a relief and as a result we have seen a

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Key risks for UK real estate in 2016

We expect healthy occupier demand and a broader recovery in the rental market to drive capital appreciation in coming months. Good quality, higher-yielding assets are likely to do especially well

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Markets remain optimistic in wake of FOMC

There was enough in last night’s Federal Reserve statement to suggest the US central bank is tiptoeing away from the idea of four rate hikes to maintain the rally in

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Traders await FOMC volatility

Volatility within European and US equity markets appears to be rather elusive today, reflecting the risk and unpredictability that is around the corner in the form of the FOMC interest