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.

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.

Where to find Japan’s small, cash-rich bargain stocks

One of the few big opportunities in global markets is Japan’s small-cap value sector. And now there is finally a fund that focuses directly on this niche, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Three top-notch small European companies going cheap

Professional investor Francesco Conte picks three outstanding small European companies to buy now.

Chart of the week: cannabis is getting too high

The first ETF to track marijuana producers passed C$1bn in September, doubling its value in a year – but the sector is getting ahead of itself.

Japanese margins hit new peak

Over the past five years, Japanese companies’ average pre-tax profit margin has risen from 4.5% to 7.7%.

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