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.

Snap up cheap British stocks

American stocks are looking very expensive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should sell, says John Stepek.

If you'd invested in: Findel and N Brown Group

Retailer Findel has seen sales surge, while counterpart N Brown Group is considering closing all its physical shops.

Samsung starts to struggle

A slowdown in smartphone sales has dented profits at the Korean tech giant. But that’s not the only problem. Alice Gråhns reports.

The spectre of a crisis still haunts Europe

With talk of a trade war hampering equities in a region that is dependent on exports, investors are going cold on Europe.

China: a bad time to tussle over tariffs

Investors may be overestimating China’s vulnerability to a trade war, but a slowing economy and an overheated property market, it’s not a good time.

Jim Cramer: FANGs can withstand trade tensions

FANG stocks – the big tech companies – are perfect for current market conditions, says former hedge-fund manager Jim Cramer.

Trump fires first shots in trade war

Donald Trump has fired the first shots in a US-China trade war, slapping tariffs on $34bn of Chinese imports, with another $16bn to follow soon.

Don’t panic about the latest Brexit melodrama

Theresa May has laid out her plans for a soft Brexit. Yet despite all the high-profile resignations and dramatic headlines, it’s just business as usual for investors, says John Stepek.

America's bull market gets vertigo

America’s benchmark S&P 500 stockmarket index has been in a bull market since March 2009 – or just over 3,400 days. It is only 50 days short of the longest post-1945 bull run, October 1990 to March 2000.

Global M&A hits first-half record

In the first half of 2018, the value of global M&A reached $2.5trn, a 65% jump on the same period last year and a first-half record.

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