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Market Analysis

  • Interest rate risk – what is it all about?

    Bonds (or fixed income instruments) as well as bond funds (also known as collective investment schemes or mutual funds) are rightly-so classified and categorised to be at the lower end of the risk spectrum of asset classes within global capital...

  • Equity star performers of the week

    Equity markets are on a role and this earnings season has taken markets by surprise. With global growth concerns and the recent negative events such as Brexit, investors feared earnings season would be more of the same bad news. But the opposite...

  • MSE Share Index rebounds amid a quiet session

    After registering four consecutive daily declines, the MSE Share Index edged up by 0.17 per cent to 4,466.235 points today. Activity was limited to just three shares, with two of them (BOV and Mapfre Middlesea) registering gains whilst MPC closed...

  • Beware of the Fad

    The craze over recent weeks has undoubtedly been around Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app for smartphones. For those, such as myself, unfamiliar with the concept, it consists of catching mini-cartoon figures in real life locations using the phone’s camera...

  • Credit supply and CSPP to dictate spread movement in Eurozone

    At present we have two relatively strong forces at play within the European credit markets. On one end, we’ve got the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme (CSPP), which is merely a form of Quantitative Easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB)...

  • Important company results due

    Tomorrow is an important day in the overseas earnings season as many important companies report results. Below are some of these companies: McDonald’s Corp (MCD US EQUITY - Q216 results out) McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates fast-food...

  • European earnings season ain’t ugly after all

    Companies continue to report results for the first half of this year and it seems the market was too conservative after all. Below are some blue chip European companies which reported results above expectations, paving the way for another good...

  • Turkey, a new reality

    A few years back I was responsible for a fund that invested substantially in Turkey. It may seem odd, but back then, the country had arguably the most technologically advanced banking and telecommunications sectors in Europe. A workforce with the...

  • Coup d’état for Turkey, Coup de vent for investors

    The direction of market confidence isn’t easy of late given the recent set of events and mixed market data emerging around the globe. One would have put the EU on a steady course to recovery a few months back, yet Brexit headwinds, market...

  • RS2 share price slides to a 4-month low

    RS2 share price slides to a 4-month low

    Negative sentiment on the local equity market persisted as the Malta Stock Exchange Share Index retreated by a further 0.37 per cent to its lowest level in over four weeks of 4,465.562 points – the sixth consecutive decline in as many trading...

  • BOV and HSBC down as MSE enters fifth consecutive negative session

    BOV and HSBC down as MSE enters fifth consecutive negative session

    The MSE Share Index finished lower for the fifth consecutive trading session today as it retreated by a further 0.34 per cent to a fresh three-week low of 4,482.186 points. Activity was spread across thirteen equities, five of which closed in...

  • MSE Share Index slips below the 4,500 mark

    MSE Share Index slips below the 4,500 mark

    The MSE Share Index finished lower for the fourth consecutive trading session today as it retreated by a further 0.50 per cent to 4,497.349 points – the lowest level this month. Trading activity improved as €0.3 million worth of shares changed...

  • MSE Share Index posts 3-day negative streak

    MSE Share Index posts 3-day negative streak

    The MSE Share Index finished lower for the third consecutive trading session today as it retreated by 0.19 per cent to 4,520.114 points. Trading activity was restricted to just six shares with four of them registering declines. On the other hand,...

  • Investors turn to risk on mode

    We ended last week on a positive note after the US posted jobs data which was far better than expected. However there are investors who cash in on their profits at the end of the week, not knowing what the weekend could bring. To most investors’...

  • FIMBank share price reaches new 7-year high

    FIMBank share price reaches new 7-year high

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s decline by a further 0.08 per cent to 4,528.825 points as the declines in the share prices of BOV and MaltaPost outweighed the gains registered in FIMBank and Loqus Holdings. The highlight of the day was...

  • Trade wars

    Theresa May is set to take over as UK Prime Minister today and the pound continues to regain lost ground against a number of peers on optimism of re found political stability ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union. Uncertainty remains in...

  • Credit continues to grind tighter

    From what can be evidenced in bond markets over recent weeks, the search for yield phase in the Eurozone remains ever present, despite the glitches witnessed post Brexit referendum as the fresh wave of ECB bond purchases is set to keep yields...

  • High trading activity in RS2 shares

    High trading activity in RS2 shares

    The MSE Share Index started the week on a positive note as it edged marginally higher to 4,568.844 points on strong volumes. Indeed, the total value of equities traded today reached €1.41 million – the highest level of daily trading activity in...

  • A choppy week for equity markets

    Last week was another volatile week for equity markets. We started off with the Fed minutes showing the Fed would put its breaks of rate hikes this year and we ended it with a huge surprise in the US jobs number which made investors re-think the...

  • HSBC share price touches twelve-year low

    HSBC share price touches twelve-year low

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s decline by a further 0.22 per cent to 4,568.285 points as losses across five equities outweighed the gains registered by Medserv and FIMBank. Week-on-week, the local equity index retreated by 0.23 per cent...

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