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  • HSBC shares rally by 4.5 per cent

    The MSE index broke a four-week losing streak having advanced by 0.757 per cent to close at 4,664.233 points. This was primarily triggered by solid gains registered by heavyweight HSBC Bank Malta plc. A total of 17 issues were active during the...

  • Even before latest political chaos, British economy was limping

    Even before latest  political chaos, British economy was limping

    Britain’s economy appeared to be struggling to pick up pace even before yesterday’s inconclusive election result, with industrial output rising less than expected in April after a poor start to 2017. The combination of a lack of economic momentum...

  • Dollar cleans up as election shock stuns sterling

    A shock British election result that left no single party with a clear claim to power hit sterling yesterday and left the dollar on course for its best day in over a month. The outcome of the snap poll, called by Prime Minister Theresa May to try...

  • French central bank raises growth forecast

    French central bank raises growth forecast

    The French economy is set to expand slightly more than expected through 2019 thanks to stronger international trade, but is at risk of breaking its public deficit commitments. Though the economy was picking up faster than expected, Bank of France...

  • Daily currency report

    The Euro fell back towards $1.12 against the US dollar and held above €1.15 against the British pound as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi failed to deliver the headlines that investors had been looking for this week by not giving any...

  • MSE Share Index halts 3-day positive streak

    MSE Share Index halts 3-day positive streak

    After reaching a one-month high of 4,676.729 points yesterday, the MSE Share Index dropped by 0.27% today to 4,664.233 points as the declines in the share prices of four equities (including those of MIA, HSBC and GO) outweighed the small gain in...

  • Exports and imports down in first four months of 2017

    Exports and imports down in first four months of 2017

    Both imports and exports show decreases of €331.2 million and €219.4 million respectively in the first four months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. There was a considerable 45% decrease in imports of machinery and transport equipment...

  • China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    China-mounting pressures over future GDP growth

    Over the past 25 years, gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth rate in China averaged 9.88%. However, woes of a declining momentum in terms of growth continued to hinder investors’ sentiment. This was reflected in market volatility experienced...

  • L'Oreal set to sell The Body Shop to Brazil's Natura

    L'Oreal set to sell The Body Shop to Brazil's Natura

    French cosmetics and luxury goods group L'Oreal has started exclusive talks to sell its The Body Shop business to Brazilian make-up company Natura Cosmeticos in a possible €1 billion deal. L'Oreal said earlier this year it was reviewing its...

  • Robust outlook for economy

    Robust outlook for economy

    Economic activity in Malta is expected to remain robust over the projection horizon, supported by both demand and supply factors, the Central Bank of Malta said today. “In particular, the energy reforms that have taken place in recent years, new...

  • UK business lobby group says needs functioning government

    UK business lobby group says needs functioning government

    British politicians must get their act together and form a functioning government to protect the economy, business lobby group the CBI said today after Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives failed to win a majority in parliament. With 645 out...

  • Boeing barrels ahead on 787 and 777 cost reductions

    Boeing barrels ahead on 787 and 777 cost reductions

    Boeing Co is streamlining its aircraft production systems at its largest factory, trying to cut costs to compete with rival Airbus and chip away at the near-$30 billion deficit created by its 787 Dreamliner. Dozens of complex robots are replacing...

  • Rising industry output points to German economic upswing

    Rising industry output points to German economic upswing

    German industrial production rose by more than expected in April, data showed yesterday, reviving hopes the sector can extend an upturn in Europe’s biggest economy after orders data disappointed. Industrial output rose by 0.8 per cent on the month...

  • Renault plans foray into energy market with mega battery

    Renault plans foray into energy market with mega battery

    Renault-Nissan is drawing up plans to build a 100 megawatt power storage plant in Europe, sources told Reuters, hoping to give electric car batteries a second life in a project that could eventually compete with utility companies. Like rival...

  • Can a machine take my job?

    One topic that keeps coming up in a business environment is that concerning to what extent computers will take the place of the human person at work. There are already a number of tasks that used to be done by humans and which are now being done...

  • What does a CEO look like?

    What does a CEO look like?

    From a Peruvian trout farm manager to the head of an Indonesian meatball company, a list of 500 women entrepreneurs in emerging markets was launched yesterday to challenge the stereotype of a typical company boss and inspire women globally. The...

  • MSE Share Index climbs to a 1-month high

    MSE Share Index climbs to a 1-month high

    The MSE Share Index posted a three-day positive steak as it gained a further 0.53% to a one-month high of 4,676.729 points, mainly reflecting the 2.5% increase in the share price of HSBC Bank Malta plc which reached a near seven-week high of €2.09.

  • More upbeat, the ECB signals end to rate cuts

    More upbeat, the ECB signals end to rate cuts

    The European Central Bank signalled today it planned no further interest rate cuts as eurozone prospects improved, but said subdued inflation meant it would continue to pump more stimulus into the region's economy. The currency bloc has been on...

  • ECB to keep taps open as economic outlook uncertain

    ECB to keep taps open as economic outlook uncertain

    The European Central Bank is likely to keep the money taps fully open at its meeting today as inflation remains below its target despite stronger economic growth in the eurozone. The currency bloc's economy has been on its best run for a decade...

  • Short-term trading risks

    Short-term trading risks

    I cannot define myself a good trader; by a trader I imply a person that attempts to buy shares at a low price and sell at high price in a short period of time, or vice versa. It is not that I have not tried my luck. I have studied technical...