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  • Friday newspaper round-up: Argentina, Gaza, Shell...
    Fri 01 August 2014 06:37
    Argentina's government was in a defiant mood on Thursday after defaulting on its debt for the second time in 13 years. Economy minister Axel Kicillof, speaking after 11th hour talks with bondholders in New York failed to avert a default, played down the i

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Argentina, Centrica, Ukraine...
    Thu 31 July 2014 07:11
    Standard & Poor's last night downgraded Argentina's foreign currency rating to selective default as efforts to agree a last-minute deal to avert the country's second default in 12 years appeared close to failure. Argentine officials, led by Axel Kicillof,

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Sanctions, Centrica, Microsoft...
    Wed 30 July 2014 07:12
    EU governments have agreed to impose sweeping sanctions on Russia, targeting state-owned banks, imposing an arms embargo and restricting sales of sensitive technology and the export of equipment for the country's oil industry, in response to Moscow's cont

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Lloyds, Tesco, Tax inversion...
    Tue 29 July 2014 06:54
    Lloyds Banking Group has been accused of unlawful behaviour by the Bank of England after it emerged its traders had manipulated interest rates in order to cut fees for its emergency lifeline at the height of the financial crisis. [...] The revelations unl

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Smith&Nephew, Housing market, Barclays
    Mon 28 July 2014 07:10
    Medical device maker Smith&Nephew Chief Executive Olivier Bohuon expects the consolidation process in his industry to continue given that companies need to adjust their cost base. As for him, he does not waste time thinking about such possible tie-ups as

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Home Retail, strong pound, Lloyds Banking Group
    Sun 27 July 2014 18:00
    Home Retail Group is considering a sale of its £1.5bn Homebase DIY chain, the Mail on Sunday said. Home Retail wants to concentrate on its core Argos business under new group Chief Executive John Walden, who turned around Argos in the previous two years.

  • Sunday share tips: BG Group, BSkyB, Firestone Diamonds
    Sun 27 July 2014 17:00
    Sell shares of BG Group, Danny Fortson recommended in the Sunday Times. The shares were the best performers in the European oil industry in the second quarter of this year despite the absence of a Chief Executive. Chairman Andrew Gould's reputation has su

  • Newspaper roundup: Royal Mail, Balfour Beatty
    Fri 25 July 2014 08:04
    Royal Mail has hinted at legal action unless regulator Ofcom stops rival TNT Post UK "cherry-picking" its most lucrative mail delivery services. At the first annual shareholders' meeting in Royal Mail's 500-year history, a union official urged it to consi

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: StanChart, Big Six, Centrica...
    Thu 24 July 2014 07:16
    The directors of Standard Chartered rushed out a statement last night, giving emphatic support to the chairman Sir John Peace and chief executive Peter Sands amid growing shareholder pressure for heads to roll at the embattled blue-chip bank. Institutiona

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Apple, RBS, Tesco...
    Wed 23 July 2014 06:54
    Sales of the iPad have slumped to half their pre-Christmas high, with signs that demand for Apple's tablet computer may be in permanent decline. Despite a forecast-busting $7.7bn (£4.5bn) profit, the computing firm's shares dipped in after-hours trading

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Flight MH17, Forex market, Aldi...
    Tue 22 July 2014 06:55
    Four days after the Boeing 777 came crashing down into the fields of eastern Ukraine, the flight recorders from flight MH17 were finally handed over to the Malaysians at a surreal night-time ceremony in Donetsk, while the bodies of 282 victims began a slo

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Gaza, BSkyB, Royal Mail...
    Mon 21 July 2014 07:03
    US President Barack Obama has called for an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476. The call came as Israel escalated its offensive which on Sunday claime

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: BSkyB, FX inquiry, GlaxoSmithKline
    Sun 20 July 2014 17:41
    BSkyB is putting the final touches to a plan to buy its sister companies in Italy and Germany and will announce the takeovers in the next two weeks, the Sunday Times reported. The deals will boost Rupert Murdoch's effort to buy Time Warner in the US becau

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Malaysia Airlines, Times Warner, UK banks...
    Fri 18 July 2014 07:08
    The president of Ukraine has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the country of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board as the airliner exploded and rained down in fiery pieces over a rural


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Articles on the economy and stock markets

Chinese growth: on target

Chinese growth: on target

31 July 2014
Kate Marshall looks at the prospects for Asia's most significant economy.


Two Japanese ETF Strategies

Two Japanese ETF Strategies

30 July 2014
In this month’s Investment Times, we highlighted Japan as a country with appealing valuations. Adam Laird looks at how investors can use ETFs in Japanese markets.


Sterling's tour de force

Sterling's tour de force

22 July 2014
The main British hopes might be out of the Tour de France, but sterling continues to lead the pack. Currency Analyst Chris Saint explains why.



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