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  • Deal or no deal? - Bayer versus Monsanto

    Deal or no deal? - Bayer versus Monsanto

    About Bayer AG (market cap €71 billion) Bayer AG produces and markets healthcare and agricultural products, and polymers. The Company manufactures products that include aspirin, antibiotics, anti-infectives, and cardiovascular, oncology, and...

  • How has credit fared so far in May?

    How has credit fared so far in May?

    The sharp tightening trend from mid-February to the end of April has ended. News from China is seemingly deteriorating, US profit figures have been choppy whilst interest rate expectations in the US may start rising rather than remaining in the...

  • Markets jitter on Fed signals

    Markets jitter on Fed signals

    Originally this week’s write-up intended to focus on the current situation in Venezuela, whereby the political saga escalated to very concerning levels with the President declaring a state of emergency. However, despite being aware that Wednesday...

  • Eight declines drag MSE down

    Eight declines drag MSE down

    The MSE Share Index retreated by 0.36 per cent to 4,551.609 points as the declines registered by eight shares outweighed the gains in another three equities. Despite the broad trading activity, the total value of equities traded today remained on...

  • Top European equity performers in the past year

    Investors that have held on to European equities in the past year are probably in the red. There is a good reason; from the 50 companies in the Euro Stoxx 50, only a handful of European equities increased in price in the past year. The following...

  • Opportunities in real estate Investments

    Having finally sat down to watch ‘The Big Short’ over the weekend, I can recommend the film as a worthy eye opener to the fundamental cause behind the meltdown of the US housing market in 2008, which unfortunately triggered the eventual global...

  • Good start to the week for MSE

    Good start to the week for MSE

    The MSE Share Index opened the week on a positive note as it edged up by 0.14 per cent to a near two-week high of 4,569.830 points on robust volumes totalling nearly €642,000 – the highest in eight weeks. Trading activity was spread across twelve...

  • Third straight day of gains for MSE Index

    Third straight day of gains for MSE Index

    The MSE Share Index closed in the black today for the third consecutive trading session as it reached a five-day high of 4,563.341 points (+0.03 per cent). Trading activity was spread across twelve equities with five registering gains, another six...

  • Brazil and the impeachment story

    Brazil and the impeachment story

    Lately, emerging market investors were surely following with certain detail the ongoing political saga which has pushed the largest emerging market economy in dire straits. The political impeachment put forward against Rousseff, Brazil’s current...

  • Unilever NV – A household name in your portfolio

    Unilever NV – A household name in your portfolio

    About the company Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Unilever...

  • Teapot kept on boil as Brexit vote looms

    Teapot kept on boil as Brexit vote looms

    Mixed sentiment has surrounded global markets this week as an approaching Brexit vote in June seems to have taken the biggest slice of market concerns. Investors have in fact highlighted the negative implications a Yes vote would have on the UK...

  • Planning for today and tomorrow

    Planning for today and tomorrow

    Not for many, but for some, money really does make the world go round. Let's face it, in this day and age, where everyday life has become more materialistic and people have become more ambitious and push themselves even further in life, the sense...

  • Are L'Oreal shares worth it?

    Are L'Oreal shares worth it?

    L’Oreal reported a revenue figure for Q116 of €6.5bln, higher than the €6.4bln figure reported in Q115. The Company managed to increase sales year-on-year, something which we are not seeing with most companies which have reported results so...

  • China’s economic data

    China’s economic data

    It is of no surprise that financial markets are dependent on China’s data. The second largest economy over the years was considered as the new emerging striking force in terms of manufacturing, in addition lately to the service sector which over...

  • BMW Q1 results and outlook

    BMW Q1 results and outlook

    BMW reported its first quarter 2016 earnings this week. The main highlights were as follows; Revenue Revenues in the first quarter fell 8.8 per cent year on year despite BMW selling 5.9 per cent more cars than in the first quarter of 2015. The...

  • An introduction to Investment management

    Returns over the past year have struggled to gain momentum, with active fund managers seeking cautious investment stances amid the persistent waves of volatility. One of the best investment returns of the year would surely have gone to those on...

  • Credit rallies in April as investors remain weary

    Similar to what happened in March, April was all about the build up to the highly anticipated central bank meetings of the ECB and US Federal Reserve.  Credit spreads in the Eurozone within the HY space tightened during the first two weeks of the...

  • Whitbread plc – keeping 2020 targets seen as a positive

     Whitbread PLC is a multinational hotel, coffee shop and restaurant company headquartered in Dunstable, United Kingdom. Its largest division is Premier Inn, which is the largest hotel brand in the UK with around 650 hotels and over 50,000 rooms.

  • The Fed’s latest decision and yesterday’s GDP figures

    Most market participants were not surprised by yesterday’s Federal Reserve decision, whereby once again it maintained its current fund rate within the range of 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The only surprise was the omission of few words which...

  • Valeo SA

    Valeo SA

    This week Valeo reported sales figures for the first quarter of 2016. Sales rose 10 per cent over the same quarter last year beating market expectations. The share price on the French stock exchange has risen 3.9 per cent at the time of...

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