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Bookmaker Paddy Power yesterday slashed its annual earnings forecasts, prompting a slump in its stock market value as investors dumped shares in the Dublin-based company. Winnings in favour of customers backing Irish golfer Padraig Hamilton at both the British Open and the US PGA championship as well as in almost two thirds of matches played [...]
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey’s first half profits fell sharply after writing down a massive £1.5bn loss on the value of its property assets. The new homes specialist, which earlier in the year warned it would breach its banking covenant over the full year, said yesterday that it was still in talks with its bankers about revising [...]
Two more leading financial services firms warn that they may quit Britain over tax Brit Insurance CEO Dane Douetil, a leading figure in the Lloyd’s of London market, has reignited fears of a mass exodus of big business from British shores, by confirming that his firm is seriously considering leaving the UK for another tax [...]
The US banking sector saw its profits nosedive by 86 per cent in the second quarter as the number of banks in crisis reached new heights, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said yesterday. Ongoing deterioration in the housing and credit markets saw federally-insured banks earn just $5bn (£2.5bn) in the second quarter, compared with $36.8bn [...]
Deals for new houses remained close to a record low last month, with approvals for mortgages 65 per cent lower than a year ago. Mortgage approvals totalled 22,448 last month, according to the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), just above June’s series low of 22,369 but almost 12,000 below the average of the past six months. [...]
Prospect of interest rate cuts pushes sterling and the euro down as the greenback surges Growing recession fears and expectations of interest rate cuts sent the pound tumbling to a two year low against the dollar yesterday. Markets are now pricing in a 75 basis point cut in interest rates over the next 12 months, [...]
The market climate has created just the right conditions to make a mint, says Katie Hope It’s pretty grim out there at the moment. Food and fuel prices are rising at the fastest rate on record, contributing to soaring inflation. Even Bank of England governor Mervyn King, who is charged with keeping inflation at around [...]
Project Turquoise is here, and promises to shake up the world of trading. But what does it mean for you?, asks Katie Hope Within two weeks, Project Turquoise will launch in full. The hotly awaited new trading platform set up by a consortium of nine investment banks, started quietly almost two weeks ago trading just [...]
The markets are anything but random, say proponents of Elliott Waves. Understanding them will improve your trading. Most people are led to believe that the markets are completely random and that there is no way of forecasting the next move, either up or down. But others seem to make large amounts of profits catching the [...]
It was Aztec Camera who once sang “Summer in the City and the air is still”. I don’t know about the air, but the equity markets have been relatively quiet over the last week, except for a Warren Buffett induced bounce on Friday. Thank goodness – I don’t think any of us needed another August [...]
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