Stockmarkets

Markets: interest rate cut boosts FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 saw a sharp rise yesterday after the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% and extended its quantitative easing programme. The index closed up 1.6% at 6,740.

The charts that matter: Italy and Tesla spring surprises

In a week when the bond-market action turned to Europe and the SEC turned its sights on Tesla CEO Elon Musk, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Rodrigo Duterte’s inflation problem

Inflation in the Philippines has doubled over the past year to hit 6.4%. People are losing confidence in strongman president Rodrigo Duterte’s ability to tackle the problem.

China: the year of the bear

With equity prices sliding by more than 20% this year, China has entered a bear market.

US stockmarket shrugs off global gloom

While China has slipped into bear-market territory and emerging markets are shrouded in uncertainty, the US stockmarket has hit a new record high.

Comcast clinches Sky deal

US media conglomerate Comcast has emerged victorious in the battle for broadcaster Sky in a blind auction overseen by the UK’s Takeover Panel.

Value stocks or momentum stocks? Why not both?

If you want to beat the professionals over the long term, put part of your portfolio in momentum stocks, and a part in value stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Not invested in Japan yet? Now looks a good opportunity

Shinzo Abe’s time as Japan’s prime minister has been good for investors. With his re-election as party leader, John Stepek sees no reason for that to change.

India's economy will regain its footing

The emerging-market sell-off has engulfed India, but the big picture remains encouraging, and India should ride out this squall.

Tesco’s tectonic shift

Tesco is launching its own version of Aldi and Lidl – but cashing in on the fast-growing discount sector won’t be easy.

It’s too soon to sell out of tech stocks

US tech stocks continue to lead the global market upswing. The boom shows no sign of ending.

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