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  • EU, US agree to work on increasing trade cooperation – Commission

    EU, US agree to work on increasing trade cooperation – Commission

    The European Union and the United States have agreed to start work on a plan to increase trade cooperation, a European Commission spokeswoman said today. "As far as the Commission is concerned, President Juncker insisted on intensifying trade...

  • The Home Depot – A stock to keep

    The Home Depot – A stock to keep

    About the company The Home Depot, Inc. is an American home improvement supplies retailing company that sells tools, construction products, and services. The company is headquartered at the Atlanta Store Support Center in Cobb County of Atlanta,...

  • A comparison of the net debt to Ebitda across bond issuers

    A comparison of the net debt to Ebitda across bond issuers

    Over the past two weeks I published the return on equity league table and the dividend league table. The ROE and dividend yields are very important financial metrics for equity investors. From a bond perspective, other financial indicators are...

  • Stocks recover despite China downgrade­

    World stock markets recovered yesterday from initial losses after Moody’s first credit downgrade of China in 30 years, with investors turning their attention to US Federal Reserve minutes that could provide more certainty of a rate hike next...

  • Company briefs

    Go Beyond Investing, the international fintech platform has published ‘The Go Beyond Investor Report: The Making of an Asset Class: Winning Angel Investing Portfolio Strategies 2017’. Go Beyond Investing is a fintech company that has transformed...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Green Fast from Annaba to Annaba (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Venezia from Genoa to Catania (Sullivan Maritime) and the MSC Rosa M from Singapore to Barcelona (John Ripard & Co Ltd)...

  • MSE Share Index halts 2-day negative streak

    MSE Share Index halts 2-day negative streak

    Following the declines suffered in the previous two trading sessions, the MSE Share Index rebounded strongly as it advanced by 0.56% to 4,636.252 points today. Out of the 11 actively traded equities, six registered gains, three closed flat whilst...

  • Drivers of an economy

    Drivers of an economy

    Economists, analysts and the majority working in the financial services sector, speak regularly and monitor closely GDP, unemployment figures, inflation. Why is it all important? Among many others, these are the main drivers of a country’s...

  • New president for the Malta Business Bureau

    New president for the Malta Business Bureau

    David Zahra has been appointed president of the Malta Business Bureau (MBB), taking over from John Vassallo. Dr Zahra founded David Zahra & Associates Advocates in 2011, after a number of years practising with one of Malta’s leading law firms. He...

  • Moody's downgrades China

    Moody's downgrades China

    Moody's Investors Service downgraded China's credit ratings today for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy will erode in coming years as growth slows and debt continues to rise. The one-notch...

  • Changing VW culture ‘tougher than expected’

    Changing VW culture ‘tougher than expected’

    Some Volkswagen managers are struggling to adapt to the German carmaker’s drive to improve accountability after its diesel emissions fraud, its chief executive said, suggesting it could take years to establish a new corporate culture. The attempt...

  • International employment disputes

    In principle, parties to a contract have autonomy to choose the law that applies to that contract and to choose the courts that have jurisdiction to determine disputes arising from that contract. In certain instances, however, such autonomy is...

  • Buoyant data bolsters euro rally

    Shares climbed across the euro zone yesterday after data showed robust growth, and Wall Street ticked higher as a US federal budget proposal called for slashing healthcare programmes and boosting military spending. Businesses across the euro zone...

  • Exports, consumers and construction drive German growth surge

    Exports, consumers and construction drive German growth surge

    The German economy picked up steam in the first quarter helped by strong exports, booming construction and higher household and state spending, burnishing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic credentials as she gears up for national...

  • BOV drags the MSE Share Index lower

    BOV drags the MSE Share Index lower

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s drop of 0.19% by a further 0.27% to 4,610.314 points. Trading activity was limited to six equities whilst volumes decreased notably as only €0.21 million worth of shares changed hands. Bank of Valletta plc...

  • Companies should be free to choose electricity source - Chamber

    Companies should be free to choose electricity source - Chamber

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has called for businesses to be allowed to purchase their own energy from the existing available sources. “This way, businesses would be able to choose the source of energy that best suits...

  • Local digital marketing firm prepares for public listing

    Local digital marketing firm prepares for public listing

    Local digital marketing and data firm ANCHOVY. has been given the green light to join the Malta Stock Exchange Prospects list, following the approval of its €1 million bond issue.  The 5.5 per cent unsecured 2027 bonds will have a nominal value of...

  • Anchovy bonds approved on Prospects

    Anchovy bonds approved on Prospects

    The Malta Stock Exchange has approved the listing of Anchovy's bonds on Prospects, the MSE's platform specifically set up for SMEs. Studios plc 5.5% Unsecured Bonds 2027 having a nominal value of €1,000 per Bond. With respect to taking Anchovy to...

  • Inflation down to 1.44% in April

    Inflation down to 1.44% in April

    In April 2017, the annual rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI) decreased to 1.44 per cent, from 1.52 per cent registered in March 2017. The National Statistics Office said today that the largest upward impact on annual...

  • Trump seeks to slash government spending in budget plan

    Trump seeks to slash government spending in budget plan

    The White House will ask today Republicans who control the US Congress – and federal purse strings – to slash spending on healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor as they push ahead on plans to cut taxes and trim the deficit. President...