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.

Can Kier avoid collapse?

Kier, the engineering group, has had to bring forward a strategic review to placate anxious investors. What happens next? Alex Rankine reports.

Hong Kong faces a perfect storm

Hong Kong is under threat from both China and the US, as the American Congress proposes removing the arrangements that exempts the territory from Donald Trump’s new tariffs.

If you know where to look, there’s lots to buy

Markets look pricey,but there are actually many more stocks trading below average valuations than usual, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing

Facebook could be on to a winner with Libra, its new cryptocurrency, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he explains why.

It’s decision time for the US Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve will soon meet to decide on what to do with US interest rates. Markets are banking on a change of course, says John Stepek. But will the Fed oblige?

What does Lufthansa’s profit warning mean for airline stocks?

German airline Lufthansa issued a profit warning this morning. And it’s not the only airline finding things tough. But are there any bargains in the sector?

BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust, largely invested in Brazil, is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.

The bull market’s secret weapon

The bull market may be a little long in the tooth. But it’s not over yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And the huge productivity boom from widespread digitalisation will prolong it further.

Why the big tech companies should be broken up

Rather than wait and be at the mercy of regulators, the big tech companies should begin the process of breaking themselves up, says Matthew Lynn.

Chart of the week: Switzerland the safe haven

Investors rattled by the prospect of a global slowdown and a worsening trade war are heading for Switzerland; the local stockmarket index has just hit a new record.

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