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.

Choppy waters on both sides of the Atlantic

The problems facing tech stocks have unsettled the stockmarket in the US, and Britain isn’t faring much better. Can investors expect the choppiness to continue? Dominic Frisby investigates.

The charts that matter: Big Tech starts to feel the strain

The wheels are finally coming off for Tesla. John Stepek looks at what’s happened to the electric car maker’s shares this week, and the other charts that matter to investors.

Chart of the week: The Dax’s “death cross” rattles traders

Last week, Germany’s benchmark index, the Dax 30, produced a “death cross”: a widely watched technical indicator that often heralds further falls.

Mario Gabelli: buy baseball

Mario Gabelli, founder, chairman and chief executive of GAMCO Investors, thinks investors should own a piece of a baseball team.

The rout in retail stocks

High street bellwether Next is just the latest big name to hit trouble. It has made mistakes, but is also grappling with sector-wide problems. Alice Gråhns reports.

Aviva’s jab at preference shares leaves scars

A backlash has forced Aviva to think again about scrapping its preference shares – but the damage is done, says John Stepek.

M&A boom is another sign of a top

Global dealmaking in 2018 has already exceeded the $1trn mark, the fastest start to a year on record. But is the M&A boom morphing into a bubble?

The stockmarket bull is running on a slippery slope

The old stockmarket adage of ‘sell in May and go away’ may be a warning that arrives too late this year.

Where to shelter from a trade war

If we end up in a full-blown trade war, investors should head for ‘closed’, or self-sufficient, economies.

Investors should stand clear as the tech giants stumble

The likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix have enjoyed a great run. But with governments cracking down, it’s time to pull the FANGs from your portfolio, says Jonathan Compton.

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