News

Below is a selection of recent news from Capital Access Group.

    Publications

  • 17 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 17th April 2018

    Syria is still the central issue today, with a second emergency debate scheduled to go ahead in the House of Commons. Jeremy Corbyn said it would clarify the government's obligation to consult MPs. The government is also facing criticism today over the immigration status of the so-called "Windrush generation". Theresa May will meet Caribbean leaders after thousands of people were incorrectly classified as illegal immigrants. Data to look out for includes: 9:30 – UK unemployment (February) 9:30 – UK average earnings (February) 14:15 – US industrial production (March)

    Press Releases & Blogs

  • 19 April 2018

    Blog: Whither Forecasts?

    On 4th October 2017 we published a short article highlighting the risks posed by MiFID II constraints on the public provision of consensus forecasts. At that time, ahead of the implementation of the new regulations, we speculated that putting analysts’ research behind a paywall would reduce the amount of data provided to third parties such as Bloomberg.

  • 05 March 2018

    Blog: Government Housing Policy – not all bad for the builders

    In a political environment dominated by Brexit, the continued intrusion of the “housing crisis” highlights the importance all sides ascribe to the issue. The coming week promises to be particularly meaningful with the publication of a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Letwin Report (on land banking).

  • 22 February 2018

    Blog: Property Portals and the Shoe Event Horizon

    With the debate around UK housing intensifying, investors may have to ask where long term value is really being created, how sustainable the current structure is and whether it is now time to look to the traditional players (agents and local media alike) who could genuinely take the market back.

  • 14 February 2018

    Blog: UK Housing: A Different Question, A Different Solution?

    Reading the UK business media recently, you could be forgiven for thinking that UK house builders are possibly the root of all evil and certainly the cause of the current housing crisis. One of the more frequent criticisms concerns the house builders’ use of and benefit from the Help to Buy programme. Those long of agenda but short of analysis have decided that this a “subsidy” from UK tax payers which has provided house builders with an unfair advantage; supporting demand while they drive prices up by restricting supply. In our view, this is wrong or, to quote POTUS, fake news.

  • 13 February 2018

    Blog: UK House Builders and Cash

    As the market struggles with the apparent lack of direction from Government on UK housing, investors would do well to consider the builders’ cash flow as much as their sales prospects.

  • 07 February 2018

    Blog: UK Residential and the Equity market: It’s Complicated?

    The UK residential market has had a long and complicated relationship with the equity market. Almost everyone has a vested interest and, therefore, a view. From house builders to estate agents, the equity market’s commentary on relative value has been coloured by political and social, as well as economic, concerns.

  • 01 February 2018

    CAG & MiFID II: A Safe Haven in an Uncertain World

    MiFID II has only been in force for one month and market practice has yet to be established. Given the far-reaching scope of the new regulatory framework, it is unsurprising that there remain differing interpretations of the new rules. However, the UK equity market remains open and corporate life must go on. UK companies with December year-ends are about to announce results for 2017 and to embark on a round of investor contact. Companies, brokers and funds are all “feeling their way” in the new, MiFID II environment, potentially presenting challenges in maintaining the company/investor dialogue on which the equity market depends.

  • 21 December 2017

    Press Release: Capital Access Group is MiFID II Compliant

    Capital Access Group (CAG), one of the UK’s leading independent providers of corporate access, has undertaken a review of the forthcoming regulations under (MiFID) II. As the Firm has no access to trade in financial instruments and CAG’s services cannot be viewed as inducements CAG has concluded that it falls outside the scope of these regulations.

  • 27 November 2017

    RESULTS: Intercede - Interim Results - 27th November 2017

    Intercede has released its Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

  • 14 November 2017

    REPORT: Q3 Investor Survey MiFID II, Corporate Access & the "Broker Exemption"

    Over the last 9 months, Capital Access Group has conducted a series of surveys and interviews with the aim of understanding the implications of the new rules and the attitudes of those affected by MiFID II; companies, investors and brokers. This, our third report this year, focuses on the issue of corporate access under MiFID II.

  • 14 November 2017

    Press Release: Questions companies should ask about MiFID II

    Capital Access Group (CAG), the UK’s leading provider of corporate access to UK companies, today publishes its Q3 Investor Survey and poses questions all companies should ask about the status of their investor meetings under MiFID II.

  • 14 November 2017

    Blog: The "Broker Exemption": An Inconvenient Question

    Our research today reveals that over 90.0% of fund managers are not prepared to pay for broker meetings with companies While 75.0% of those fund managers who are prepared to pay for broker-sponsored meetings are only willing to spend £250 or less for them.

  • 31 October 2017

    Broker Exemption: Deal or No Deal?

    The FCA’s announcement (26th October 2017) that “unconnected” analysts must be able to have access to companies seeking to list on the LSE goes straight to the heart of the current debate around research and corporate access under MiFID II. Specifically, the issue of what constitutes a material or a minor, non-monetary benefit to the fund manager.

  • 23 October 2017

    Blog: A Supplementary Question

    Amidst the wealth of unknowns surrounding MiFID II there is a lack of comment around corporate access; the provision of company meetings with fund managers by regulated firms.

  • 12 October 2017

    Blog: 82 Days

    There are almost as many (few?) days to Christmas as there are to MiFID II. Both encourage an air of expectancy among the young but a sense of impending penury for those who have been around the block a few times.

  • 11 October 2017

    Blog: Gordon Dadds Group – Legal Ease

    Today Capital Access Group (CAG) publishes investment commentary on its latest client, Gordon Dadds Group (GOR.L). The company listed on AIM in July 2017, raising £18.8m at 140p. The funds were used to acquire Gordon Dadds LLP, a full-service law firm, which forms the basis of the listed entity.

  • 04 October 2017

    Blog: MiFID II and research - "If a tree falls..."

    You know that you are tapping into a zeitgeist when your views appear in two major newspapers in the space of three days. Following the coverage we received for our report on MiFID II in CityAM on 2nd October, The Times today has also reported our views in a larger article covering Fidelity’s announcement of its new pricing structure.

  • 02 October 2017

    REPORT: MiFID II - Equity Research & Corporate Access - "More or Less?"

    Our full report on MiFID II and how we expect it to affect Equity Research & Corporate Access.

  • 02 October 2017

    PRESS RELEASE: CAG estimates that UK Investment Research will fall by two thirds by 2021

    UK companies increasingly concerned about MiFID II and market communications Half of all current analysts not “paid” through commission on equity trade Less than 450 analysts providing research to fund managers by 2021 Brokers may not be able to provide companies with new investor meetings

  • 02 October 2017

    Blog: MiFID II, Investment Research & Corporate Access "More or Less?"

    There is a growing sense from some market commentators that MiFID II, while superficially significant, will not change the market fundamentally as banks and brokers adapt to the new regulations quickly. Respectfully, Capital Access Group (CAG) disagrees and has published a report today which outlines the results of MiFID II discussions with over 300 market participants in the last three months together with analysis of trading data from Bloomberg.

  • 02 October 2017

    Blog: Unite Group - The Young Ones are Growing Up

    It is tempting, when asked to write a blog on a visit to a British University to recant tales of excess at “peak” freshers’ week (which now seems to last a fortnight). Tempting but inaccurate.

  • 15 September 2017

    Blog: Galliford Try - Hybrid Engine

    Peter Truscott and Graham Prothero (CEO and CFO respectively) presented the company’s recent final results and 2021 strategy to CAG’s sales force yesterday.

  • 04 September 2017

    BLOG: UK House Builders

    The coming week is a busy one for the UK house builders. We are due to hear from Redrow, Barratt, Berkeley, McCarthy & Stone and Bovis. All of these announcements have a relevance to Persimmon to a greater or lesser extent.

  • 31 July 2017

    Star research analysts to be hawked for $5,000 an hour

    Fund managers, banks and brokers tussle over true value of research ahead of MiFID II, with views from our very own, Scott Fulton.

  • 21 June 2017

    BLOG: TIME SPENT IN RECONNAISSANCE IS NEVER WASTED

    Equity capital markets are based on communication; from corporate issuers to investors and back again. To date, in the UK, generating market intelligence has been dominated by brokers and banks. However, we sense that fund managers are increasingly fed up with the steady stream of feedback requests. They may be becoming more selective in what information they provide and to whom.

  • 06 June 2017

    Blog: CAG Corporate Governance Dinner – Changing Basis

    It seems that UK corporate behaviour has been under one microscope or another for decades. However, from the days of reacting to Polly Peck (Cadbury Report 1992) and Enron (The Smith Report 2003), more recent developments have been proactive, reflecting a growing realisation that corporate governance is a driver of corporate performance.

  • 11 May 2017

    Blog: More MiFID Answers about Corporate Access

    MiFID II will be in force within months. Amongst other effects, this Directive will radically alter the regulatory regime for the provision of both Access and Research.

  • 28 March 2017

    Blog: “Masterly Advice”

    When Alex Masterly (from The Alex Cartoon) comments on MiFID II it is clear that debate regarding the impending regulations has moved from the academic to reality. In a recent strip, Alex Masterly approaches his compliance officer highlighting that none of the bank’s clients have agreed to pay for its investment research. As ever, Alex views this as a positive; “If they don’t think our research is worth anything then it can’t be a bribe can it? So we can scrap all this MiFID nonsense.” Understandably, the compliance officer is not be swayed by this logic.

  • 28 March 2017

    2017 Corporate Governance Survey

    How a company is governed is becoming as important as its financial performance in terms of investor assessment. Recognising this trend, Capital Access Group is pleased to bring you a study into investors’ views on corporate governance performance. The report, critically, examines what investors expect to hear from companies when considering an investment

  • 01 March 2017

    Blog: Galliford Try – Future Proof

    From an equity capital market perspective, there was a lot riding on The Housing White Paper produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on 7th February 2017. It was expected to offer a panacea for the “UK housing crisis”; unlocking a swathe of new home development without compromising the Green Belt, current house prices and Government finances. Unsurprisingly, given the weight of expectation, the White Paper did not please all parties.

  • 16 February 2017

    Blog: Hearts and Minds: Grainger and PRS

    When the economic history of the UK in the early 21st Century is written, the evolution of the housing market is likely to play a significant role. Home ownership was the dominant feature of the market in the latter half of the last Century. The “Right to Buy” programme, mortgage deregulation and regular bouts of real house price inflation (HPI) combined to make a UK house more than just a home. In a very real sense, your house was and is a critical component of your net worth.

  • 07 February 2017

    Blog: Redefining the Cycle

    “May we live in interesting times” is typically described as “the Chinese Curse”, referring to the uncertainty of such a period. However, the Mandarin character for “Crisis” bears the meaning of opportunity. While we live in undoubtedly “interesting times” following the votes for Brexit and The Trump Presidency and may well face undetermined “crises”, Redefine’s Capital Markets Day highlighted how the company is committed to ensuring that it is well placed for any uncertainty and seeks to take advantage of any opportunities which current markets provide.

  • 06 February 2017

    Press Release: Capital Access Group Q1 2017 Investor Perceptions Study

    Capital Access Group (“CAG”), the UK’s leading provider of investor access for listed companies, today publishes the results of the first in a series of quarterly investor perception study.

  • 06 February 2017

    Blog: CAG Investor Perception Study Q1 2017

    The CAG Investor Perception Study is now available. If you would like to receive a copy please contact Ian Barbour, Business Development, on 020 3763 3431 or at ian.barbour@captialaccessgroup.co.uk.

  • 11 January 2017

    Blog: The Capital Access Group Investor Survey

    We are now less than 12 months away from the imposition of MiFID II on the 1st January 2018 and there can be few regulatory changes which have generated as much debate whilst providing so few conclusions. CAG has launched a survey of investor opinion. In the first of a quarterly series of polls, we have asked our investment audience whether they pay for corporate access currently and, critically, whether they expect to pay after MiFID II. We are conducting this survey in conjunction with The Times.

  • 13 December 2016

    Blog: Is the UK's PRS growing up?

    Had Napoleon Bonaparte viewed the United Kingdom today, I doubt that his dismissal of our national character would be any less harsh than it was in the Nineteenth Century. However, while we were truly a “Nation of Shop Keepers” then, we are now more likely to be characterised as a “Nation of Landlords”.

  • 08 December 2016

    Blog: A Quiet Revolution

    It is often said that it is the quiet ones that you have to watch. This is never truer than in the case of revolutions. Such may be the case with Housing Associations.

  • 01 December 2016

    Blog: Remember, remember the month of Movember

    The men of Capital Access Group threw their support behind the Movember campaign.

  • 24 November 2016

    Blog: Zweites Finanzmarktnovellierungsgesetz - Soft Brexit Looks eminently achievable for UK Financial Services Companies

  • 08 November 2016

    Blog: Halifax House Price Index: Continued Momentum

    Halifax has produced its House Price Index (HPI) for October 2016

  • 04 November 2016

    Blog: UK Housing; from demand to supply

    As if to reinforce the “Rumsfeldian” nature of post-Brexit economic debate (“unknown unknowns”), the Bank of England’s latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) report has pointed to a sharp rise in UK inflation but an increased level of economic activity in 2017.

  • 02 November 2016

    Blog: Irish "housing" eyes are smiling

    While it has produced more than its fair share of builders, Ireland’s recent history of residential development is somewhat less impressive.

  • 02 November 2016

    Scott Fulton Joins Capital Access Group

    Capital Access Group has recruited Scott Fulton as head of its Financial PR operations.

  • 29 September 2016

    Blog: MIFID II (3rd Consultation) - Change is inevitable

    The FCA has today published its third consultation paper on MIFID II which is due to be implemented on 3rd January 2018.

  • 26 September 2016

    Blog: Brexit Watch - A broad-based rally with just a few unexplained losers

    In the three months since the UK voted to leave the European Union, equity markets have been surprisingly strong...

  • 08 September 2016

    Blog: How to Play Mobile Tech - Moon-shot or Shovel?

    Ever since the first Californian gold rush, shrewder types have observed that the way to wealth is not necessarily finding gold. Gold mining has the return distribution of a “moonshot” – high upside but low probability. Whilst more speculative types are on their knees prospecting for nuggets, the higher probability way to make a fortune in a gold rush is by selling shovels and other services to the gold mining hopefuls...

  • 01 July 2016

    Blog: BREXIT - Well, we all got that slightly wrong...

    Along with everyone else, we were mildly surprised to wake up on the morning after the referendum to find that the UK had voted to leave the EU

  • 19 May 2016

    Blog: Investment Trusts Seminar - A Short Summary

    Capital Access hosted an investor seminar on the Investment Trust sector. Managers from six closed-end funds (Jupiter US Smaller Companies, Baronsmead VCT, Pantheon International, Apax Global Alpha & Highbridge Multi-Strategy Fund) presented on their strategies, followed by our keynote speaker, Gervais Williams, and a Q&A panel.

  • 09 May 2016

    Blog: Capital Access Group "Brexit Debate" - We will stay in, but it will be close

    We will stay in, but it will be close.

  • 21 April 2016

    EU Referendum Discussion - Monday, 9th May

    Capital Access is hosting an EU Referendum breakfast discussion on Monday, 9th May at 8.30am. The discussion will focus on the economic implications of the referendum from both sides.

  • 11 April 2016

    Blog: What Investors Want from Companies

    Have you ever wished as a quoted company that investors would tell you what they “really, really want”? Well, the Investment Association has just published an Action Plan for the investor community.

  • 08 April 2016

    Blog: Cameron finds a socially useful way to avoid tax

    Passive fund managers seem to be winning the argument versus higher charging active fund managers. ETFs took in a record $372bn of net new assets last year, and the industry now controls nearly $3tn of assets. As more money flows into passive funds, it is worth thinking about some of the possible negative consequences.

  • 05 April 2016

    Blog: Woodford breaks ranks on the cost of research

    Not for the first time, Neil Woodford has broken ranks with the rest of the fund management industry. He has announced that his funds will change the way it pays for research. From this April the fund manager will now pay for research directly. Previously, in line with industry practice, fund managers customers paid for research, and it was hard for those customers to know if they were getting value for money.

  • 01 April 2016

    Extel 2016 Survey Voting Now Open

    The Extel 2016 survey is now open for voting - running through to 29 April. If you value our service, we would appreciate your vote. Capital Access is listed in the ‘Non-Deal Roadshows’ category under ‘Company & Expert Meetings’.

  • 23 March 2016

    BLOG: BANKING'S NEW STORM

    In a relatively benign credit environment post financial crisis (bad debts are down 90% since 2010) revenue at universal banks has shrunk by a third 2010 v 2015. In contrast at the FY results, banks without legacy issues like Shawbrook and Aldermore are growing revenue at double digit rates. Once the new new entrants (with names like Mondo, Civilised, Atom, Tandem and Starling) really hit their stride, there will be many more banks competing in a shrinking revenue pool.

  • 17 March 2016

    BLOG: SAVVY XAVIER

    Well done Xavier Rolet! The deal that London Stock Exchange Group Plc's CEO has negotiated with Deutsche Boerse AG is remarkable. It offers significant benefits. It may also be Europe's last chance to create a credible rival to the huge market operators in the United States.

  • 10 March 2016

    BLOG: SPOTLIGHT ON DATA SCIENCE INITIATIVES IN CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH

    Jaywing, the AIM listed data-led marketing services company last week announced a ground-breaking collaboration with the Data Science Institute (DSI) at Imperial College, London. Jaywing has entered into a three and a half year project intending to deliver a breakthrough in the understanding of cognitive behaviour in the advertising and marketing services industry.

  • 03 March 2016

    CAPITAL ACCESS APPOINTS SIMON BRICKLES AS CHAIR OF NEW ADVISORY GROUP

    Capital Access Group, the leading investor engagement adviser, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Brickles to chair its newly-established Advisory Group.

  • 17 February 2016

    BLOG: IS MARKETPLACE LENDING GOING MAINSTREAM?

    A new report published by Nesta and Cambridge University suggests that P2P lending is becoming more institutionalised. An article in the FT this morning (17 Feb 2016) “Banks behind a quarter of loans on peer-to-peer websites” wrongly attributes this to banks.

  • 12 January 2016

    BRUCE PACKARD JOINS THE CAPITAL ACCESS TEAM

    Capital Access Group, the leading investor engagement adviser, is pleased to announce that Bruce Packard CFA has joined its Investor Analytics team.

  • 11 January 2016

    BLOG: UK FUND REDEMPTION ANALYSIS - DECEMBER 2015

    The downward trend of outflows from UK equities that we saw in October 2015, as measured by Index funds, has now reversed. This trend is also mirrored among active mandates.

  • 06 January 2016

    Capital Access Group appointed by Avation and Eco Animal Health

    Capital Access Group is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by two new clients.

  • 24 November 2015

    BLOG: WPIC REPORT CLAIMS THAT GLOBAL PLATINUM DEMAND COULD RISE POST VW SCANDAL

    It has been a tough year for everyone operating in the platinum market. The spot price has fallen by 14.2% to $855/oz which is its lowest point since November 2008 when it reached $852/ oz and compares with the all time high in March 2008 of $2,066/ oz.

  • 20 November 2015

    BLOG: WHO OWNS UK EQUITY?

    The recently published ONS report on the ownership of UK shares underlined the continuation of some embedded long-term trends. Ownership of UK-quoted equity by UK institutions and individuals continues to fall in favour of overseas headquartered investors.

  • 19 November 2015

    LAUNCH OF CAPITAL ACCESS INSIGHT – INVESTOR PERCEPTION STUDIES

    Capital Access Group, the leading investor engagement adviser, has launched ‘Capital Access Insight’. This will offer listed companies a unique approach to investor perception studies.

  • 10 November 2015

    BLOG: LONG-TERM PROSPECTS FOR HOUSEBUILDERS LOOK PROMISING

    Against the background of a strong Q3 trading update from Persimmon last week, there have been a few negative comments on the sustainability of the housing market recently. We could see little in Persimmon’s current position that supported this (margin improving, land bank strong, new land prices low, strong dividend growth, etc, etc.) but it is worth looking at the arguments for and against.

  • 09 November 2015

    BROKER PROFILE LAUNCHES NEW NAME AND REBRANDING AS CAPITAL ACCESS GROUP

    Broker Profile today announces that it has launched its new name and branding as Capital Access Group.

  • 15 October 2015

    CAPITAL ACCESS GROUP APPOINTED BY EXANE BNP PARIBAS

    Capital Access Group, the leading investor communications consultancy, has been appointed by Exane BNP Paribas to provide advice on its PR strategy.

  • 09 October 2015

    Broker Profile proud to sponsor AIM Award

    Broker Profile, part of the Capital Access Group, the leading investor engagement consultancy, is proud to have sponsored the International Company of the Year Award at the AIM Awards 2015, held last night.

  • 28 July 2015

    BROKER PROFILE ACQUIRED BY NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

    Broker Profile, the specialist Investor Relations consultancy today announces that it has been acquired by Capital Access Group Limited. Capital Access was founded by Richard Feigen and Kevin Lapwood, until recently partners at Hub Capital Partners and, respectively, the ex-Managing Director and ex-Head of Research at stockbrokers, Seymour Pierce.

    Hot Off The Wires - 19th December 2016

  • 15 January 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 15th January 2018

    Asian stocks were at historic highs today after US stocks touched record highs on Friday following better-than-expected results from JP Morgan and Wells Fargo.

  • 10 May 2017

    Hot Off The Wires - 10th May 2017

    The FTSE has opened up as markets are generally on edge after US President Donald Trump's shock dismissal of FBI director James Comey late last night. The move sent the dollar down, other European markets are forecast to open lower this morning

  • 27 April 2017

    Hot Off The Wires - 27th April 2017

    London shares have opened down after stock markets in Asia were broadly lower, with investors cautious following the Bank of Japan's policy statement. The Nikkei was down 0.4% despite a weaker yen. Elsewhere in the region, the Shanghai Composite Index was off 1%, while the Hang Seng fell 0.4% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat. Watch out for: Eurozone consumer confidence and business climate (April), ECB interest rate decision, German CPI (April) and US durable goods orders (March).

    Researches

  • 06 February 2017

    Capital Access Group & The Times: Investor Perception Survey

    Capital Access Group (“CAG”), the UK’s leading provider of investor access for listed companies, today publishes the results of the first in a series of quarterly investor perception study.

Hot Off the Wires Archive

  • 16 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 16th April 2018

    Asian markets are mixed today, led by declines in Hong Kong and China as investors assessed airstrikes against Syria over the weekend and focused on the start of earnings season in the US as well as speeches by Federal Reserve officials. Trading volumes in the US also hit 2018 lows last week on growing geopolitical concerns about trade and the Middle East. Data out today: Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index, BRC Footfall and Vacancies Monitor, Rightmove Monthly House Price Index, Boris Johnson meets EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

  • 13 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 13th April 2018

    Geopolitical concerns eased somewhat yesterday, with Donald Trump tweeting that US air strikes on Syria could "be very soon or not soon at all". The UK government agreed to back the US and France and “keep working closely together on the international response” to the deadly chemical attack last weekend. Watch for: Spanish consumer price index, Eurozone trade balance, US Baker Hughes oil rig count

  • 10 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 10th April 2018

    Facebook will be in the spotlight today as its boss Mark Zuckerberg gets a grilling from the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce over the social media giant's data leak scandal. In his testimony, Zuckerberg will say that Facebook “is an idealistic and optimistic company” and take responsibility for its mistakes. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised foreign companies greater access to China's financial and manufacturing sectors, pledging Beijing's commitment to further economic liberalization amid rising trade tensions with the United States. Mr. Xi said plans are under way to accelerate access to the insurance sector, expand the permitted business scope for foreign financial institutions and reduce tariffs on imported automobiles and ownership limits for foreign car companies.

  • 09 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 9th April 2018

    President Donald Trump kept up a war of words against President Xi Jinping over the weekend. Trump also led international condemnation against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical weapons attack, though the Pentagon has denied reports of a US air strike. In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7%, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.6%. US stock futures were up after Wall Street recorded steep losses on Friday.

  • 06 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 6th April 2018

    Last night threats of a further $100bn (£71.5bn) in tariffs on China by US President Donald Trump reignited fears of a global trade war. Trump threatened the further duties after China had responded to an earlier set of US tariffs with its own penalties that targetted US imports such as soy beans. Chinese markets are closed today for a holiday, but oil prices fell on the news, while Japan's Nikkei stayed flat.

  • 05 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 5th April 2018

    US stocks recovered early losses to close sharply higher as investors turned their focus to earnings and bet recent trade disruptions between the US and China will ultimately get resolved. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.96%, and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.45%, to7,042. Watch For: Services PMI; car registration figures.

  • 04 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 4th April 2018

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 389 points, or 1.65%, to 24,033, the S&P 500 rose 33 points, or 1.26%, to 2,614 and the Nasdaq Composite added 71 points, or 1.04%, to 6,941. The day’s gains were broad, with all 11 S&P 500 sectors closing in positive territory and eight of them, including the technology sector, rising at least 1%. Energy stocks were the top performer with a gain of 2.1% on the back of a 0.9% rise in the price of crude oil.

  • 03 April 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 3rd April 2018

    UK markets have opened down this morning following similar moves in the US as a selloff of tech shares deepened and escalating trade tensions with China dampened investor confidence. US stocks have logged the worst quarterly performance since mid-2015. Watch for: Manufacturing PMI

  • 28 March 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 28th March 2018

    The FTSE rebounded from 1-year lows yesterday on on signs that a trade war may be averted, however we have opened down this morning, following similar moves in the US and Asia. Watch For: CBI Monthly Distributive Trades survey; REC JobsOutlook; Home Secretary questioned by MPs on Brexit; UK government announces a deposit scheme for drinks cans and plastic bottles.

  • 22 March 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 22nd March 2018

    The Bank of England is set to reveal its interest rate decision this lunchtime, with traders particularly keen to see how committee votes are split. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4%, while the MSCI Asia-Pacific excluding Japan fell 0.1%. While there is no planned press conference by the Bank of England (BoE) – and no expected rate rise – traders are placing an increasing number of bets that a hike could come this summer.

  • 21 March 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 21st March 2018

    European markets are expected to edge up this morning with the traders readying themselves for this evening's US Fed interest announcement at which it is expected to raise interest rates. Watch For: U.K. unemployment, public sector finances; U.S. interest rate decision, Fed economic projections

  • 20 March 2018

    Hot Off The Wires - 20th March 2018

    Asian markets were spooked by Wall Street’s tech slide overnight, with traders taking profits amid sector fears. Facebook shares fell 7% last night. With $38bn wiped off its market capitalisation, the social behemoth endured its worst day for four years. Data to look out for includes: 09:30 – UK inflation – consumer and retail price indices (February) 10:00 – ZEW survey – current situation (March) 12:55 – US Redbook index (March)