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Market Analysis

  • The year 2014 and beyond

    The year 2014 and beyond

    The past 12 months have been a real rollercoaster ride for most investors; whether bond or equity investors or whether exposed to developed or emerging markets, the capital markets have been all over the place. Until the Federal Reserve pronounced...

  • Currency reflections as 2013 gives way to 2014

    As 2013 bows out, we all tend to reflect, look back on what the previous year has brought, or maybe, taken away from us. When it comes to investments it’s not much of a different story. In reality while many investors tend to underestimate the...

  • Maltapost’s dividend unchanged despite slight decline in profits

    Maltapost’s dividend unchanged despite slight decline in profits

    Maltapost plc published its September 2013 full-year results on December 6, revealing a revenue increase of 2.5 per cent to a record level of €21.6 million but a 5.4 per cent decline in pre-tax profits to €1.95 million. The slight decline in...

  • European shares rally before the US Fed decision

    European shares advanced yesterday, more than recouping the previous session’s losses, as investors positioned themselves for a US Federal Reserve decision on its monetary stimulus. Shares have been weakening over the past two weeks on concern the...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime) today. The Maersk Bintan from Izmir to Algeciras, the Seago Piraeus from Valencia to Piraeus (both Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) tomorrow. The MV...

  • My name is Bond!

    My name is Bond!

    Almost 20 years ago, in September 1994, Gasan Finance Company plc launched the first private bond issue listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. It was a landmark issue in many ways, setting the pathway for a number of other issuers to follow, and at...

  • Forex market braced for the FOMC decision

    Before the Federal Reserve’s highly anticipated December FOMC meeting, which came to a conclusion on Wednesday, the dollar traded cautiously against its peers but still managed to hover within one per cent of a five-year high against the...

  • Palm City not affected by instability

    Palm City not affected by instability

    The brief kidnapping of the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan on October 10 and the difficulties experienced by the Libyan Government to restore order in the face of the unrest by militias and other gangs created renewed tension in Libya in recent...

  • European shares ease over Wall St

    European shares eased in late trade yesterday, as increased certainty over US government spending following a budget deal there was overshadowed by growing expectations that a scaling back of Federal Reserve stimulus is imminent. US-exposed stocks...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Vega Aquila from Leixoes to Taranto, the Hansa Narvik from Misurata to Misurata, the BFP Galaxy from Izmir to Piraeus, the Oued Ziz from Tunis to Tunis, the Vega Sigma from Algiers to Annaba (all Carmelo...

  • Money train stuck in transit

    Money train stuck in transit

    We are told the world is awash with money. I must admit I have not been able to observe this phenomenon by reference to my statistically (as well as monetarily) irrelevant bank account. However, it appears I am not alone in this. In a recent...

  • Is December taper still possible?

    Throughout the course of last week as customary (since it was the first week of the current month) we got a considerable amount of important economic data. Apart from the manufacturing data out of Europe and the US, the week got busier towards the...

  • Crimsonwing’s improved outlook and performance

    Crimsonwing’s improved outlook and performance

    Last Thursday, Crimsonwing plc published its interim results covering the six months ended September 30, 2013. The interim financial statements revealed a record performance for the group with revenues up 13.7 per cent to €9.86 million, earnings...

  • Europe shares fall again on US data

    European shares fell for a third consecutive session yesterday in response to evidence of growing momentum in the US economic recovery that could mean a scaling-back of stimulus by the Federal Reserve. Standard Chartered was a stand-out faller,...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Ecem Kalkavan from Leixoes to Naples, the Northern Dexterity from Colombo to Southampton, the CMA CGM Jasper from Damietta to Tilbury (all Carmelo Caruana Ltd) and the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa...

  • Pension reforms: one step closer

    Pension reforms: one step closer

    Almost six months ago I wrote an article about the local pension system which followed a country report issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) within which, among other, the pension and health care reforms were strongly critised. Only a...

  • Bright outlook for dollar as Fed, BoJ & ECB policies diverge

    The euro stalled at the start of the week against the dollar, after failing to sustain gains above the 1.3600 level. EUR/USD slipped at the end of last week following a relatively quiet week where it flirted with the above key handle. The...

  • RS2 CEO: Listing important for deal on Barclays shareholding

    RS2 CEO: Listing important for deal on Barclays shareholding

    The CEO of RS2 Software plc Radi El Haj claimed that the company’s Stock Exchange listing was an important factor for expediting the due diligence exercise that was conducted by Barclays Bank plc in connection with the licensing and the...

  • German deal drives euro, boosts stocks

    An agreement to form a German coalition government lifted the euro to a four-year high against the yen yesterday and helped buoy stocks around the world, already well bid on signs of more central bank liquidity. The long-awaited coalition pact...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Stadt Flensburg from Benghazi to Al Khoms, the Maersk Evora from Genoa to Port Said, the Faust from Port Said to Genoa (all Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd), the Sena Kalkavan from Leixoes to Naples (Carmelo...

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