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Companies announcing results next week

  Tuesday Rio Tinto (Q2 results) The Q1 trading update was a bit of a disappointment as production of copper fell short of market expectations, partly down to uncontrollable weather

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Stocks stall as Draghi drags euro lower

European and US markets have found it tough to follow up on Friday’s bullish push, with early gains reversed as risk aversion kicked in. The beneficiaries of today’s trading are

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Dovish Draghi drives euro devaluation

After a month of persistent gains for the FTSE, we are starting to get used to seeing the index trading in the red, with Theresa May’s Tuesday speech providing a

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Renzi’s resignation will hurt Italy

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had to resign after losing his referendum on constitutional and voting reforms. Having staked his political career on the vote, the larger-than-expected defeat (59% vs. 41%)

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European Banks could change from dogs to darlings

To our minds an investment in European banks represents potentially the single most attractive opportunity in our asset class. It is that very rare thing in the post quantitative easing

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Financial sector hit by Deutsche Bank woes

Market sentiment continues to suffer as a result of recent Deutsche Bank woes, with the financial sector leading the race to the bottom this morning. With the US Department of

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Corporate Europe remains upbeat despite Brexit shock

The economic outlook for the UK, of course, remains very uncertain – with survey data released since the vote suggesting a sharp slowdown looms. Most notably the manufacturing, construction and

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Buyers finally take a day off

As of yesterday’s intraday peak around 6940, the FTSE 100 had gained over 3% from the lows of last week. It is no surprise, therefore, to see profit-taking come into

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Profit from ultra-low interest rates

Investors have been left scratching their heads this summer as yields reached all-time lows. For UK investors this has been brought home by the Bank of England joining those central banks

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Markets sell-off as interest rate concerns weigh

The sell-off in the US on Friday has been attributed to a change in interest expectations. Until Friday many had written off a rate rise in September.  That possibility now