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  • Share index up 0.3% in first week of January

    The 0.4 per cent decline in the share index today trimmed the gains during the first week of January to 0.3 per cent. Following a very positive start this week, the equity benchmark declined for the past three sessions. Today’s downturn was due to...

  • Risk-on mode gearing up on QE expectations

    Risk-on mode gearing up on QE expectations

    For another day, European equity markets traded on hopes that the ECB will soon take new measures meant to increase the money supply and, hence, the excess liquidity and the hunt for yield. As such, the massive disappointment in German factory...

  • An opportunity for our country

    This week started with great turmoil in the financial markets. All major stock exchanges experienced a downturn in the value of equities which has not been insignificant. One could really claim that if this start to the new year was to be a...

  • Prospect theory: a key to investing success

    Prospect theory: a key to investing success

    Contrary to popular belief, the greatest obstacles to investing successfully aren’t the innate risks and uncertainties found within the markets, nor dishonest or less than competent advisors, or even high fees. The reason why so many investors...

  • Standard Chartered axes equities business

    Standard Chartered axes equities business

    Standard Chartered chief executive Peter Sands moved aggressively yesterday to reverse the Asia-focused lender’s fortunes by closing the bulk of its global equities business and announcing 4,000 job losses in retail banking. The bank said in a...

  • ECB warns Greek funding access hinges on keeping bailout

    Greek banks’ access to European Central Bank funding beyond February will depend on Athens successfully completing a final bailout review and reaching a deal on a follow-up plan with its EU/IMF lenders, the ECB said yesterday. The statement was...

  • UK house price inflation hits 11-month low – Halifax

    UK house price inflation hits 11-month low – Halifax

    The UK’s housing market cooled further in the three months to December as house prices rose by 7.8 per cent compared with the same period last year, the smallest increase since last January, mortgage lender Halifax said yesterday. In December...

  • Oil holds above $51 as traders search for bottom

    Oil holds above $51 as traders search for bottom

    Oil held above $51 a barrel yesterday, supported by a surprise drop in US inventories, as bulls and bears searched for a bottom in the market’s second-biggest rout ever. Crude halted a four-session decline on Wednesday after US crude stockpiles...

  • Wearable tech trending at CES

    Wearable tech trending at CES

    Smart clothing to monitor your vital signs, smartwatches to summon your car and a headset that talks to you as you exercise are just some of the examples of new wearable technology at CES this year. The technology trade show is happening this week...

  • Stocks rally, dollar gains on central bank stances

    Global equity markets surged and the dollar hit a nine-year high yesterday, lifted by the Federal Reserve's confidence in the US economy and hopes of aggressive new stimulus in Europe. Stocks on Wall Street rose about 1.6 per cent and in Europe...

  • Dogs get their own smart collars

    It is not just humans who are getting wearables at CES: a new smart collar for dogs has been unveiled so owners and pets can stay connected. The Scout5000 is from Motorola and video streaming developer Hubble and allows owners to track the...

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    Go Stars HD subscribers will enjoy a number of movie premieres and a new TV series in January. Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, based on The New York Times bestselling true story of four Navy Seals who are ambushed by the enemy in the...

  • MSE Share Index down as BOV drops 1.8%

    Bank of Valletta lost some of its recent gains as the equity shed 1.8% to close at the €2.24 level on total activity of 31,571 shares. The MSE Share Index suffered a 0.3% decline following this drop to 3,354.912 points despite gains in GO and...

  • The main investment themes for 2015

    The main investment themes for 2015

    Despite the fact that equity markets started the year with an uncharacteristic negative tone and persistent concerns regarding the unsustainability of further growth in equity markets, equities still  remain a preferred asset class; if not the...

  • Mixed equity performances

    Mixed equity performances

    Although 15 out of the 22 equities listed on the Malta Stock Exchange performed positively during 2014, the MSE Share Index still closed the year with a decline of 9.6 per cent. The performance of the local equity benchmark is mainly dependent on...

  • Germany says not planning for Greek eurozone exit

    Germany says not planning for Greek eurozone exit

    Germany is not planning for a Greek exit from the eurozone and has not changed its policy towards Athens, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said yesterday, after the Bild newspaper said Berlin was working on contingency plans for such a...

  • Fall in eurozone prices is likely to trigger ECB action

    Eurozone consumer prices fell by more than expected in December because of much cheaper energy, a first estimate by the European statistic office showed in data that is likely to trigger the European Central Bank’s government bond buying...

  • Brent oil slips below $50 on mounting glut, slack demand

    Brent crude oil fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 yesterday, hammered by a growing supply glut and weak global demand. The pace of global business growth eased to its weakest rate in over a year at the end of 2014,...

  • Britain’s sales of new cars reach 10-year high in 2014

    Britain’s sales of new cars reach 10-year high in 2014

    British car sales rose by nearly 10 per cent last year to hit their highest level in 10 years at 2.476 million units, cementing Britain’s place as the European Union’s second-largest car market, an industry body said yesterday. The Society of...

  • Stocks gain as low oil prices feed hopes of ECB stimulus

    US and European stock prices rose yesterday on hopes the European Central Bank would embark on more stimulus soon to avert deflation in the eurozone, and oil prices showed no sign of rebounding soon from their lowest levels since 2009. Crude oil...