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.

Will Fosun rescue Thomas Cook?

China’s Fosun International is considering bidding for beleaguered British travel company Thomas Cook’s tour operating division.

Why I favour Japan over the UK market

The FTSE 100 is cheap, says Tim Price. But it’s not where I would invest now. The best value is to be found in Japan. Here’s why.

David Rosenberg: Fed may be getting ready to cut

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell looks as though he is now getting ready to cut interest rates, says David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff.

Good news for markets – the US employment data was terrible

US stocks rallied at the end of last week. And that was mostly down to one thing: disappointing employment data. John Stepek explains why the markets love a bit of bad news.

The charts that matter: the Fed chucks investors a bone

With America’s central bank sounding more likely to cut short-term interest rates, John Stepek looks at how it affects the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Has Bolsonaro blown it for Brazil?

Brazil’s Ibovespa stockmarket benchmark has given investors a thrilling ride over the past few months, but reality is now beginning to set in.

Regulators are taking on Big Tech

US regulators have launched a concerted attack on the Silicon Valley tech giants. Could their glory days soon be over? Matthew Partridge reports.

Beware the rise of private markets

These days, if you want to be in the growth game you need to be invested in private markets. But that’s a worrying trend, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Central banks might not be able to save us from what’s coming next

Markets are getting jittery. They’re looking to the US central bank to step in. So, asks John Stepek, will the Federal Reserve cut interest rates? And what happens if it does?

Is Kier Group worth buying after its post-profit-warning share-price plunge?

Shares at construction and outsourcing contractor Kier Group have taken a nosedive. Matthew Partridge examines why and asks if now is a good time to buy.

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