Market Report
12 Jan
BlackRock profits boosted by recently enacted tax laws

US investment management company BlackRock reported stronger than expected profits from its fourth trading quarter after drawing further cash into its exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

12 Jan
Week ahead: Chinese data, SPD vote in focus

Over the coming week, the market spotlight will be on a barrage of Chinese economic data and a key vote by delegates from Germany's Socialist party on whether to move ahead with formal negotiations to forge a grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU.

12 Jan
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Europe close: Stocks, euro jump after breatkthrough in German coalition talks

Stocks on the Continent fared well at the end of the week as the two main German parties achieved a breakthough in negotiations to form a grand coalition after a marathon 24 hours of talks, boosting asset prices across the single currency bloc.

12 Jan
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London close: Stocks, pound climb in tandem on Brexit optimism

London stocks managed to carve out small gains, with the top-flight index hitting a record intraday high, even as pound jumped to its best level since the referendum after it was reported that Spain and Holland would back a soft Brexit deal.

12 Jan
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Wells Fargo eyes closure of 900 branches despite $3.4bn boost to profits

US bank Wells Fargo announced on Friday that it was planning to close around 900 branches over the next four years as part of a cost-cutting initiative, despite having posted an immediate $3. 4bn boost to its profits resulting from reforms to federal tax laws enacted in December.

12 Jan
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Facebook will prioritise posts from friends over publishers

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has announced Facebook will give priority to posts from friends over posts from companies or the media, with the aim of "having more meaningful social interactions".

12 Jan
JP Morgan beats expectations despite $143m loss from single client

JPMorgan Chase beat Wall Street's expectations for earnings in its fourth trading quarter, saying recent reforms to US tax laws would help boost profits, not only by cutting down the amount of tax the firm paid to the federal government but also by enticing more corporations to borrow further.

12 Jan
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Second referendum would overturn 'Leave' decision, poll finds

A new poll has found that a fresh vote on Brexit would overturn the 'leave' result of the first referendum. The results came after Brexiteer Nigel Farage unexpectedly suggested a second referendum the day before.

12 Jan
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US open: Stocks continue to push higher as dollar slips back

Wall Street's main market gauges are continuing to push higher, helped by another drop in the US dollar and as investors sift through earnings from the likes of JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.

12 Jan
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FTSE 250 movers: Brokers see SSP as attractive and Inmarsat as a bid target

London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 75% to 20,894. 21 by late afternoon on Friday, led by shares fuelled by positive broker comment.

12 Jan
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JPMorgan downgrades Tui and upgrades SSP

Travel operator Tui was downgraded by JPMorgan Cazenove after its good share price run last year and what is expected to be a "less supportive" 2018, while SSP was upgraded as its shares offer an "attractive entry point".

12 Jan
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FTSE 100 movers: GKN rockets as it rejects Melrose offer; Just Eat gives back gains

London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% to 7,788. 20 in afternoon trade on Friday, having hit a record intraday high of 7,790. 96 earlier, led higher by engineer GKN.

12 Jan
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Euro rallies to three-year high versus dollar after German coalition breakthrough

The euro rose to a three-year high against the dollar on Friday as investors welcomed a breakthrough in German coalition talks.

12 Jan
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Pound jumps on news Spain and Holland to push for 'soft' Brexit

Sterling rose to its best level since the Brexit vote on Friday on news that Spain and Holland's finance ministers have reached an agreement that would see the two work together to lock down a Brexit deal that would keep the UK as close to the EU as possible.

12 Jan
SDL revenues grow on improved margins

Language translation technology group SDL announced on Friday that, based on unaudited results, it was expecting to deliver an adjusted EBITDA for 2017 of approximately £22m after the firm saw language services division improve gross margins throughout the second half of the trading year.

12 Jan
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Unite urges government to block 'predatory' Melrose bid for GKN

Unite has urged the government to block what it called a "predatory" and "destructive" takeover bid for engineer GKN by turnaround specialist Melrose Industries.

12 Jan
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Prospex Oil and Gas kicks off flow-testing at Italian asset

European-focussed energy investor Prospex Oil and Gas announced on Friday that flow-testing at the Podere Maiar-1 well in Italy had begun, with results from the testing expected to be available before 19 January.

12 Jan
Trump denies saying 'shithole' countries in immigration talks

President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan compromise to extend protections against deportations of young immigrants on Thursday and questioned why would he allow more immigrants coming from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa. On Friday the president denied having said the derogatory comments.

12 Jan
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US retail sales grow more quickly than expected in December

US retail sales grew more strongly than expected last month amid especially strong demand for building materials and for on-line retailers.

12 Jan
Escher Group sees FY earnings at around $2.8m

Dublin-based software company Escher Group said on Friday that full-year revenue is expected to be marginally ahead of the $18m forecast in the trading update in November, while adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation will be around $2. 8m.