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.

Facial recognition: Big Brother is watching you

Facial recognition technology is no longer dystopian fiction. It’s a rapidly growing technology subsector covering a wide range of applications. Ben Judge explains what they are and highlights the key players.

Investors should head east for income growth

Dividend payouts are also on the up in Asia. Income investor should look to these two investment trusts to get a slice.

A Gary Shilling: we're already in a recession – but the future is bright

Author and strategist A Gary Shilling says the US economy is declining. But a recession won’t last, and things are looking good in the longer term.

Prepare for another Trump bump in 2020

What can we expect if Donald Trump wins again in 2020? These three big changes look likely, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: the bond bubble keeps getting bigger

Markets are still absorbing the impact of the Federal Reserve’s shift closer to cutting rates that we saw last week. John Stepek looks at what’s happening to the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

Private equity’s “wall of money” is back at pre-financial crisis levels

2019 is on course to be a record year for private equity deals. The latest is TDR Capital’s £2bn bid for car auction group BCA. John Stepek looks at what all this money sloshing about means for the markets.

Allergan: AbbVie’s expensive facelift

Pharma giant AbbVie is buying Botox maker Allergan for $63bn. That’s a huge sum given the target’s uncertain prospects. Matthew Partridge reports.

Carrefour checks out of China

Supermarket group Carrefour is selling an 80% stake in its Chinese division, after trying various tactics to bolster its performance.

Emerging markets move away from their reliance on commodities

Developing countries are becoming less reliant on cyclical commodities and moving into more lucrative areas such as technology

Boeing regains altitude with 737 Max orders

In a deal worth $24bn, IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, plans to buy 200 of Boeing’s troubled 737 Max planes.

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