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Market Analysis

  • Global equity markets edge higher, stocks head lower

    Global equity markets edged higher yesterday, lifted by solid corporate results and benign US inflation data that may give the Federal Reserve enough leeway to keep interest rates lower for longer, but US stocks faltered as some big corporate...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Avonmoor from Algiers to Annaba, the Anne Schepers from Valencia to Livorno (both Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd) and Agamemnon from Port Said to Genoa (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) today. The Kapalua Kontor...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Jamila from Bejaia to Casablanca and the Avon-moor from Skikda to Algiers (both Carmelo Caruana Co Ltd) today. The Elbella from Misurata to Mersin, the Coneste from Algiers to Tunis, the CMA CGM...

  • The summer bond market rally

    The summer bond market rally

    Few investors may have noticed the extent of the rally in Malta Government Stock prices over the past three months. Since most local investors have substantial exposures to Malta Government Stocks (especially those of a longer term nature due to...

  • World stocks climb as euro dips

    World stock indexes rose and the euro fell yesterday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi renewed a pledge to keep monetary policy loose for an extended period. A recovery in Russian and Chinese shares also helped emerging markets...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Maersk Sheerness from Port Tanger to Port Said (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd), the CMA CGM Ivanhoe from Port Said to Genoa, the CMA CGM Lyra from Fos-Sur-Mer to Port Said and the Fas Dammam from Bejaia...

  • European stocks close unchanged

    European stocks ended flat yesterday, as worries over Scotland’s vote on independence and growing expectations of a more hawkish stance from the US Federal Reserve kept investors on edge. The market has become concerned that supporters of Scottish...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Vega Carina from Skikda to Bizerte, the Conwest from Algiers to Algiers, the Oued Ziz from Skikda to Skikda (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the Northern Jupiter from Port Tanger to Port Said and the...

  • Euro rises on ECB’s report

    The euro rebounded from a 13-month low yesterday after a report suggested the European Central Bank might not introduce more stimulus next week while major US stock indexes were little changed, with the S&P 500 hovering just above the 2,000...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Analena from Bejaia to Tunis and the Northern Jupiter from Port Said to Genoa (both Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) today. The Maersk Taurus from Port Said to Port Tangier (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd)...

  • HSBC Malta: low interest rates negatively impact interim profits

    HSBC Malta: low interest rates negatively impact interim profits

    The half-year results published by HSBC Bank Malta plc on August 4 show a 25 per cent decline in pre-tax profits to €39.6 million. The €13 million reduction in profits is mainly attributable to: (i) €5.2 million as a direct result of a reduction...

  • Stocks rise on hopes of conflicts cooling

    A global gauge of stock markets rose yesterday as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine border, while Brazilian markets were shaken by the death of presidential candidate Eduardo...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Devon Strait from Ambarli to Tunis, the Saint Roch from Tripoli to Benghazi, the CMA CGM Palleas from Tanger Med to Suez, the EM Spetses from Mersin to Antalya, the CMA CGM Onys from Damietta to Genoa...

  • Investment Registration Scheme

    Investment Registration Scheme

    Legal Notice 256 of 2014 published on July 22 brought into effect the 2014 Investment Registration Scheme which was first announced in the Budget on November 4, 2013. This is the fourth registration scheme launched by the government of Malta...

  • European shares fall, weighed by earnings and Ukraine woes

    European shares closed lower yesterday, as strong US growth failed to offset some weak earnings reports and concern the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will escalate. Holcim’s and HeidelbergCement’s shares fell 4.8 per cent and 2.8 per cent...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Oued Ziz from Skikda to Skikda, the CMA CGM Pelleas from Port Said to Genoa, the Vega Carina from Skikda to Tunis (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd) and the Antwerp from Bejaia to Bejaia (Thomas Smith...

  • Is the European banking crisis returning?

    Is the European banking crisis returning?

    Last Thursday, fears over the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks triggered a sharp decline across international equity markets especially in the banking sector. Meanwhile, yields on Portuguese government bonds rose reflecting declining...

  • European shares recover as BES bounces back

    European equity markets recovered yesterday from losses in the previous session as a rebound in Banco Espirito Santo and in mining stocks lifted the region’s bourses. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had slipped 0.4 per cent on...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The EM Spetses from Mersin to Antalya, the Star Comet from Durres to Taranto, the CMA CGM Ivanhoe from Port Said to Genoa, the Stadt Schwerin from Algiers to Algiers, the CMA CGM Quarts from Damietta to...

  • Major stocks hover near record highs

    Major stock markets held near record highs yesterday on signs of an improving global economy and continued central bank support, while the dollar and bond yields rose on an upbeat report on US employment. The Dow Jones Industrial average and the...

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