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Stocks: the MoneyWeek view

April 2014: A shaky start to 2014 Stocks have had a wobbly start to the year. We remain wary of US stocks, which are expensive. European shares are far better value, and Japan is still a buy. Emerging markets have their problems, but they are increasingly reflected in the price.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Global markets roundup, 24 April

The FTSE 100 slipped back a little yesterday, closing down 0.1% at 6,674.

Russia may be unpopular… but it’s bloody cheap

Russian stocks are ‘like a coiled spring’. Everything points to now being a good time to buy, says Bengt Saelensminde.

Should high-frequency trading be banned?

Is the use of algorithms to execute trading strategies destabilising markets? With an FBI investigation on the cards, the stakes are high, says Simon Wilson.

Don’t get blindsided by a profit warning

Markets often overreact to profit warnings. For investors in big companies, it may mean a chance to pick up some cheap shares. But it’s a different story for small-cap firms.

Ongoing financial repression has created immoral hazard

Investors have been goaded into taking excessive risks, says Tim Price. Central banks only have themselves to blame.

Flagging Co-op loses its head

Is the resignation of Lord Myners a disaster for the Co-operative Bank? Matthew Partridge reports.

Nigeria takes pole position

South Africa has been knocked off the top spot as Africa’s largest economy.

Could China’s credit slowdown lead to a crash?

China’s growth has slowed by less than feared. But that was about it for the good news.

Biotech slump is buying opportunity

Biotechnology stocks have fallen into a bear market, leaving plenty of bargain buys on the table.

Don’t write Tesco off just yet

Tesco may be in trouble, but the supermarket giant is well-placed to stage a comeback.

The state of play in the stock markets

Volatility has returned to stock markets. David Thornton looks at what it means for investors in the longer term.

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