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Stocks: the MoneyWeek view

November 2014: Avoid America We would continue to steer clear of the American market, which is very expensive. Europe is a better bet, as it looks set to benefit from ECB money printing. Another dose of QE is also a reason to like Japan. We continue to like Brazil, India, Mexico and the Philippines.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Markets: FTSE 100 hit by downbeat data from Europe

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 slipped back after poor economic data from the eurozone dented investor confidence.

Japan’s surprise recession

Japanese stocks remain a good bet despite the unexpected contraction in the country’s growth.

Hugh Hendry: Why I’m now backing China

Star fund manager Hugh Hendry talks to Merryn Somerset Webb about why he’s changed his tune on Chinese stocks.

Halliburton’s urge to merge

A tie-up between Halliburton and Baker Hughes would create the biggest oil services group by revenue.

Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect: Shanghai market opens its doors to foreign investors

Most foreign investors can now access to Chinese stocks directly thanks to the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect.

Money flow drives markets

It’s not economic growth that makes China a buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s the money pouring into Chinese stocks.

Markets: positive news pushes FTSE 100 higher

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 saw further gains, adding 0.6% after upbeat economic news and strong corporate results.

Why Optimal Payments fell 22%

Misunderstandings arise when penny share directors aren’t clear about their intentions, says David Thornton. That can be devastating for the shares.

Stick with Japan – there’s more good news for investors to come

Japan may be officially in recession. But its prime minister and central bank really will do ‘whatever it takes’ to get its economy back on track. John Stepek explains.

Markets: FTSE 100 adds to gains

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 added to Friday’s gains, climbing 0.3% to close at 6,671.

Markets: FTSE 100 ends the week on a positive note

The FTSE 100 ended the week slightly up on Friday. The index closed up 0.2% at 6,647, a gain of 1.2% in the week.

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