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Trump backs tariffs and threatens to quit WTO - EMEA brief 31 Aug

Trump back introduction of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in ongoing trade dispute with China US president also threatens to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organisation "if they don't shape up", claiming unfair treatment US & Canadian leaders optimistic in reaching revised NAFTA agreement by today's deadline Panasonic are set to move their European base outside of London to mitigate risk going into Brexit Argentinian government raises interest rates to 60% after slump in Peso Gold enters fifth straight month of decline; longest losing streak since 2013 Asian overnight: Yet again we have seen Donald Trump force the agenda on global markets, with his statement that the US could leave the WTO dampening sentiment throughout the overnight session. Losses throughout China, Hong Kong, and Australia were accompanied by marginal gains on the Nikkei and a flat Topix in Japan. The developing focus of late has shifted to Argentina following recent developments in Turkey and Venezuela. Despite the Argentine central bank ramping up rates to 60%, we still saw developing markets suffer, with the Turkish lira, Indonesian rupiah, and Indian rupee all losing ground overnight. Data-wise, the Chinese PMI surveys saw a stronger than expected reading for both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. However, with a potential $200 billion of US tariffs looming, Chinese traders has little to celebrate. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the eurozone comes into view, with the release of unemployment and inflation data bringing expectations of a rise in euro volatility. The rise in eurozone CPI has seen the reading hit 2.1% last month; the highest level since 2012. Any further upside would no doubt put further pressure on the ECB. In the US, traders will be looking out for the Chicago PMI and Michigan consumer sentiment surveys. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST)
  10am – eurozone unemployment rate (July), inflation (August): unemployment rate forecast to rise to 8.4% from 8.3%, while inflation forecast to be 2% YoY from 2.1%, and core inflation to be 1.2% from 1.1%. Market to watch: EUR crosses

2.45pm – Chicago PMI (August): forecast to fall to 63 from 65.5. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades John Laing Fund saw a rise in Net asset value to 130p, from 124p in the first six months of 2018. The total return of the fund now stands at 75%; 7.5% on an annualised compound basis. Profit before tax for the six-month period stands came in at £89.0 million compared with £34.7 million the same time last year. The 3.57p per share dividend announced in May 2018 is now joined by a 3.57p per share for the six months to 30 June 2018. Whitbread has agreed to sell Costa Coffee to The Coca-Cola company, in a deal worth £3.9 billion. That price represents 16.4 times the operating earnings of Costa in the 2018 financial year. IAG reinstated as Buy at Citi
EasyJet rated new Buy at Citi
Ryanair rated new Buy at Citi Lufthansa reinitiated as Sell with Citi IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary. 

Hassan

Hassan

What will happen to the price of bitcoin if the SEC approve an ETF?

Cryptocurrencies have been going through a period of relative stability, which is almost unheard of for the asset class that gained notoriety for its volatile price movements. The stock market selloff that punished the tech sector in the first half of October coincided with Bitcoin losing 7.5% of its value in a single day. Does this correlation in market movements suggest that as Bitcoin and other cryptos have become more mainstream, and adoption by centralised financial institutions has risen, the price is now at the mercy of the same institutions and financial markets it was seeking to circumvent? Or could the selloff be more indicative of general investor sentiment at that time when confidence in the markets was low? One interpretation of the current market movement suggests that the correlation between the crypto class to the major indices are largely unrelated. This interpretation may be supported by the fact that as the more traditional markets have continued to fall through October (with tech having its worst month in a decade) bitcoin’s price action has remained stable, whilst simultaneously seeing a 17-month low volatility rate, even with yesterday’s 2% fall. Technical analysis of the price of Bitcoin shows that the coin was hitting its resistance line and the markets were already likely to turn bearish. The below chart illustrates a falling wedge formation with an almost horizontal support of $6000 that has developed since the February market sell off which shows bitcoins price consolidate and volatility reduce. The wedge shows that the support and resistance lines are expected to congregate by early November but it’s important to remember that a breakout can occur at any time as the price boundaries tighten as investors may take any breach of these lines as an indication of the future price of Bitcoin over the medium to long term. The fake-out of Monday the 10th suggests that investors are poised for any news that can drive price action.      Coinciding with this November timeline is a deadline set by the SEC to allow the public to submit opinions on whether to allow Bitcoin ETF’s in the United States. The deadline, which has been moved from October 26th to November 5th follows the SEC’s original decision to reject the ETF’s citing a lack of compliance to prevent market manipulation. This decision by the securities authority could fundamentally define how investors perceive the currency as a further integration into financial markets is either halted again or finally given the green light. The ability for this type of announcement to move prices should not be underestimated as bitcoin hit its all-time high just six days after the first Bitcoin futures contract was announced by the CBOE. Granted this happened during an upwards trending bull market, but it undeniably added to that movement. The announcement to review the initial decision just one day after rejecting the first application, as well as a published statement of official dissent by commissioner Pierce of the SEC, could indicate a potential swing in judgement from the SEC. However, this may not represent a full shift of opinion by the commission as it only takes one commissioner to open a review. Following the deadline, an official decision will not come from the SEC until they have had a chance to review the public submissions, but investors will be listening intently for any early indication of how the decision might go. More recently, reports that some of the concerns that the SEC have over introducing the ETF have been mitigated by the organisations producing the ETF’s have saw speculators expectations heighten for a prospect that at one point seemed rather unlikely. The concerns of the SEC include market liquidity, volatility, pricing and market manipulation. However, proponents have argued that the SEC’s demand for a ‘significant’ futures market allowed them to be non-committal as they have not defined what they classify as significant. The imminence of impending large technical and fundamental focal points implies we may be on the brink of a spike in volatility but what price can investors reasonably expect the currency to move to if the market were to shift? The previous decision by the SEC preceded a $400 dip in the price of the coin in one day and fell back down almost $2000 in the following two weeks to the previously mentioned support level of $6000. Speculators may be hoping a reversal in the decision could see Bitcoin return to $8000 or higher. It’s hard to predict how low the price could go as these prices haven’t been seen since before the all-time high but proponents of the technology wishing for continued stability will be hoping that the lack of a bitcoin ETF is already priced into the market.  

IGAaronC

IGAaronC

Trade wars, brexit and the Fed - DFX key themes

This blog post is to update everyone of the themes that DailyFX expects to focus on in the week ahead. Given the focus of previous weeks, the backdrop market conditions and the event risk ahead; the three topics below will be particularly important in our coverage. 
Risk trends amid trade wars If you somehow were in doubt that trade wars were already underway, the enactment of reciprocal $34 billion tariffs by the United States and China on each other this past week should banish that disbelief. For much of the world, the score is one whereby the US has triggered an opening import tax on the  world’s second largest economy for what it perceives as intellectual property theft, and China has retaliated in kind. From the Trump administration’s perspective, the actions are a long overdue move to balance decades of unfair trade practices. Both feel they are reacting rather than instigating which gives both sides a sense of righteousness that can sustain escalating reprisals. Yet, as discussed previously, this is not the first move in the economic engagement. The United States’ metals tariffs was the first outright move that came without the pretense of operating through WTO channels. And, in a speculative market where the future is factored into current market price; the unilateral and extraordinary threats should be considered the actual start. The anticipation of a curb on global growth and capital flow very likely was a contributing factor to the stalled speculative reach and increased volatility over the past three months. Yet, markets have not collapsed under the fear of an economic stall with values pushing unreasonable heights. Perhaps this market simply needs to see the actual evidence of fallout before it starts moving to protect itself. This past week, the midnight cue for the tariffs notably didn’t send capital markets stumbling. In fact, the major US indices all advanced through Friday’s session. Blissful ignorance can last for ‘a little longer’, but blatant disregard for overt risks on a further reach for yield is hoping for too much.
  A Brexit breakthrough…to the next obstacle Heading into a full cabinet meeting this past Friday, headlines leveraged serious worries that UK Prime Minister Theresa May would find herself moving further into a corner on a split Brexit view from which she would no longer be able to escape a confidence vote checkmate. Yet, the reported rebel ministers that were pushing for a more stringent position on trade and market access in the divorce procedures seemingly relented. May was free to pursue a ‘free trade area for goods’ with close customs ties (though bank access would be restricted somewhat). From the market’s perspective, this is a tangible improvement in the general situation as it removes at least one level of ambiguity in a very complicated web. The foundation of ‘risk’ – as I’m fond to reiterate – is the uncertainty of future returns. If your investment is 95% likely to yield a given return, there is little risk involved. On the other hand, if that return is only 10% (regardless of how large it may be) there is a high risk associated. The same evaluation of this amorphous event applies. With the UK government on the same page in its return to the negotiation table, there is measurably less uncertainty. That said, this was only an agreement from one side of the discussion; and the EU has little incentive to give particularly favorable terms which would encourage other members to start their own withdrawal procedures. Furthermore, there is still a considerable range of issues for which the government and parliament are still at odds. If you are interested in the Pound, consider what is feasible for any bullish exposure with the cloud cover of uncertainty edging down from 100% to 90%.
Fed monetary policy can only disappoint from here We don’t have a FOMC meeting scheduled for this coming week; but in some ways, what is on the docket may have greater sway over monetary policy speculation. The US central bank has maintained a policy of extreme transparency, going so far as to nourish speculation for rate hikes through their own forecasts and falling just short of pre-committing. They cannot pre-commit to a definitive path for policy because they must maintain the ability to respond to sudden changes in the economic and financial backdrop. And, making a sudden change from a vowed move will trigger the exact volatility the policy authority is committed to avoiding. Yet, how significant is the difference between an explicit vow on future monetary policy and a very heavy allusion in an effort at ‘transparency’. The markets adapt to the availability of evidence for our course and fill in with whatever gaps there are with speculation. This level of openness by the Fed sets a dangerous level of certainty in the markets. With that said, what is the course that we could feasibly take from here? Is it probable that the rate forecast continues to rise from here – further broadening the gap between the Fed and other central banks? That is what is likely necessary to earn the Dollar or US equities greater relative value given its current favorable standing isn’t earning further gains. More likely, the outlook for the Fed will cool whether that be due to the US closing in on its perceived neutral rate, economic conditions cooling amid trade wars or the increasing volatility of the financial markets jeopardizing onerous yields. Where the Dollar may have underperformed given the Fed’s policy drive in 2017, it still carries a premium which can deflate as their outlook fades. This puts the upcoming June US CPI reading and the Fed’s monetary policy update for Congress in a different light. All of this said, this is not the only fundamental theme at play when it comes to the Dollar. There is trade wars, reserve diversification and general risk trends. Interestingly enough, all of those carry the same skew when it comes to the potential for impact.   Any questions, just ask.
John Kicklighter

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

Dividend Adjustments 16 July - 20 July

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 16th July 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
NB: Special Divs are highlighted in orange  Special Dividends No special divs this week. How do dividend adjustments work?  As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

BoE Super Thursday - EMEA brief 2 Aug

Poor EoY results helped  pushed the FTSE lower yesterday as miners sold off, whilst the White House threat for further Chinese tariffs had a negative impact on the S&P energy and industrial sector which also suffered. In the US the Fed decided to hold rates ahead of a likely September hike. Range remains in the 1.75 to 2 per cent channel. According to a US trade representative, the refusal of China to meet US demands, along with implementation of retaliatory tariffs on US goods, spurred the decision to increase the 10% tariff to 25% on $200bn worth of Chinese imports. After consecutive losses for the previous couple of days, oil prices rose over the last session as speculators look for a bounce.  BoE widely expected to raise interest rates today. If a hike is confirmed from Threadneedle Street later today, this would only be the second this decade. Video from IGTV talking about the banks interest rate rises is below. Asian overnight: Trade war concerns have come back into focus to see Asian markets on the decline once again. Losses in Asian equity markets are substantial with China's Shanghai Composite down over 2% on the day. Chinese and Hong Kong stocks were the big losers amid a sea of red overnight, as markets reacted to the potential of the US to raise a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Recent tones of dissatisfaction from the Chinese over US blackmail seem to have a basis in this threat, and with the Chinese importing nowhere near $200 billion worth of US goods, this raises questions over what their response will be. The main data point overnight came from Australia, where a sharp rise in the trade balance surplus highlighted the sharp deterioration in imports (-1% from 3%) rather than anything major on the exports side (3% from 4%). UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the UK PMI focus continues, with the construction sector under the microscope in the morning. That UK theme continues at midday, with the Bank of England widely expected to raise rates for the first time this year. A relatively quiet US session means that there will be a greater focus on wider economic issues and corporate earnings reports. With Caterpillar, Apple, and Tesla all out of the way, today sees reports from the likes of GoPro, Kellogg, and AIG. South Africa: US Index futures are also lower but to a lesser extent, and in turn we are expecting a soft start on the Jse Top40 Index today. The dollar has firmed and precious metals remain at depressed prices. Base metals trade mixed this morning. BHP Billiton is down 3.3% in Australia suggestive of a weak start for local diversified resources. Tencent Holdings is down 3% in Asia suggestive of a soft start for major holding company Naspers.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST)
9.30am – UK construction PMI (July): expected to fall to 52.5 from 53.1. Market to watch: GBP crosses

12pm – BoE rate decision: an increase in interest rates to 0.75% is possible, and would be expected, but given recent weakness in UK data the bank may yet demur once again. Markets to watch: FTSE 100/250, GBP crosses

1.30pm – US initial jobless claims: expected to rise to 220k from 217k. Market to watch: USD crosses Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Barclays saw their H1 profits whittled away amid huge litigation costs and settlements eroded what would have been a 20% rise in pre-tax profits for the firm. Instead, pre-tax profits fell to £1.6 billion, from £2.3 billion after a circa £2 billion pay-out, which includes a £1.4 billion settlement with the US DoJ. Looking behind those charges, the company saw a strong performance, with the UK arm raising pre-tax profits by 30%. Aviva reported a 2% fall in operating profits compared with last year, with the firm citing the impact of disposals, tough market conditions in Canada and higher weather related claims for the fall. Despite this, they expect to see these trends to reverse in H2, with the firm remaining on track to hit their 5% growth target for the year. Their EPS number came in above market estimates, with an operating EPS of 26.8p (vs 25.1p expected). The dividend was increased by 10% to 9.25p per share. Rolls-Royce expects their 2018 earnings results to come in towards the upper end of its guidance range, following a stronger than expected showing from their civil aerospace and power systems businesses. This comes despite a £554 million charge for issues relating to their Trent 1000 engine, which has been shrouded by issues over their durability. That figure will cover the Trent 1000 issues up until 2022. On the earnings side, the firm saw underlying revenues jump 14%, with underlying profits rising by £205 million, to £141 million. Liberty Holdings (SA) Interim results showed normalised headline earnings per share to have increased by 6%  Elementis upgraded to overweight at JPMorgan
Asos rated new outperform at Wells Fargo
Gamma Communications rated new buy at Citi
Norma upgraded to buy at HSBC
Macquarie upgrades AECI to outperform with a target price of 12800c
Renaissance Capital upgrade  African Rainbow Mineralsto buy with a target price of 15000c Shell cut to equal-weight at Morgan Stanley
Sodexo downgraded to market perform at Bernstein
Subsea 7 downgraded to underperform at Macquarie
WDP downgraded to neutral at Kempen & Co
  Featured Video Please note: This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

Trump tweets OPEC "Get prices down now!" - EMEA brief 21 Sep

Global equity markets are shining with the Japanese Nikkei hitting an 8-month high, Chinese shares on course to make their biggest weekly gains in 2 years, and a strong earnings outlook expected to continue. US stock market also looks to continue it's march to record highs are strong fund inflows support the market. Figures released on Thursday by EPFR Global quoted a $14.5bn inflow. The Hong Kong dollar (pegged to that of the USD) strengthened early Friday ahead of the US Federal Reserve meeting next week, and an expected rise in interest rates. Brent crude has its eyes on $80 a barrel and is currently trading at its highest level in 4 years, all despite efforts of Trump's Tweets for OPEC to "get prices down now". Crypto exchanges have hit back at a damning NY Attorney General report. Assets in the sector have rallied over the last session with bitcoin up around 5% in the last 4 days, and ether pushing a 17% gain in the same time period.  Join our #IGFXChat and put your currency
questions to our expert panel now! Asian overnight: Asian markets are back on a positive footing, with the Chinese indices leading the gains amid widespread upside. This week has largely seen the markets take an optimistic outlook to US-China trade talks, and the gains seen overnight are an extension of that. On the data front, Japan was the centre of market focus, with national core CPI rising to 0.9% (from 0.8%), while the flash manufacturing PMI rose less than expected to 52.9 (from 52.5). Oil prices were mixed after falling in the previous session as President Donald Trump urged OPEC to lower crude prices ahead of its meeting in Algeria this weekend.  For many industrial buyers and energy companies out there it seems they are cautious and possibly expectant of higher prices in the future. UK, US and Europe: New data out recently has shown that the US has become the EU's largest supplier of soyabeans, with nearly 1.5 million tonnes supplied in the last quarter. This shows an increase of nearly 130% compared to the same period last year. This is seen as important by both Brussels and Trump, as it featured prominently in the President's plan for improving US-EU relations. Looking forward this could signal a success for both sides, as continued efforts to "reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, [and] medical products". Europe is ending the week in busy fashion, with a raft of eurozone PMIs released throughout the morning. Manufacturing and services PMI readings from the likes of France, Germany, and the eurozone should keep the euro in focus. In the US session, we also see those same PMI readings released later in the day. Also keep an eye out for the Canadian retail sales and CPI numbers. Finally, given the current events surrounding oil, Trump and OPEC it's going to be increasingly important to stay up to date with figures out on the black gold. Baker Hughes should keep you in your chairs at 6pm BST today. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone mfg & services PMI (September, flash): French services PMI to rise to 56.1 from 55.4, and mfg fall to 53.4 from 53.5. German services PMI to rise to 55.1 from 55 and mfg to fall to 55.4 from 55.9. Eurozone services PMI to hold at 54.4 and mfg to fall to 54.4 from 54.6. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses 1.30pm – Canada CPI (August), retail sales (July): CPI to be 2.8% YoY from 3% and 0.2% Mom from 0.5%. Core CPI to be 1.5% YoY from 1.6%. Retail sales to rise 0.4% MoM from -0.2%. Markets to watch: CAD crosses 2.45pm – US mfg & services PMI (September, flash): mfg to fall to 53.8 from 54.7, and services to fall to 53.6 from 54.8. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Smiths Group said pre-tax profit for the year was down 28% to £435 million, while revenue fell 2% to £3.21 billion. Operating margin fell 110 basis points to 16.9%.  SIG reported a 28% drop in operating profit, to £26.9 million, while revenue was down 4% to £1.38 billion. Poor weather in the UK hit performance, but the trading environment was better in mainland Europe and Ireland.  EDF upgraded to neutral at Exane
Enel upgraded to outperform at Exane
Maersk upgraded to buy at HSBC Endesa downgraded to neutral at Exane
Suedzucker downgraded to sell at Bankhaus Lampe
Verbund downgraded to underperform at Exane IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary. 

JamesIG

JamesIG

'Bellwether' copper slides - EMEA brief 6th July

Trump tariffs now in effect, however markets have generally priced this in. Fed hints at last nights FOMC that it could raise rates twice more this year. Greenback gains removing some of the earlier gains from GBPUSD. Carney warns that Trumps trade tariffs could damage the global economy knocking up to 2.5 percentage points of global growth over three years, but has warned Trump that these tariffs will hurt the US the most. Carney still upbeat about UK growth. New figures show that UK high street retailers could suffer the ‘worst year on record’. Copper extends losses on worries about global growth. The metal, seen as a bellwether of economic health, has hit a fresh 11 month low in London's LME. This week alone the metal has shed nearly 5% which has put it on it's steepest weekly drop since mid November 2017. Asian overnight: Asian markets were in surprisingly positive mood overnight, as a dovish Fed meeting helped ease any fears over the ramp up in tariffs between the US and China today. The imposition of tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods in either direction have done little to market sentiment, with much of the implications seemingly priced in. However, we have since seen Donald Trump mention the possibility of adding another $300 billion on top of the $200 billion in goods already mentioned in the past. Markets are however gaining despite this trade war result, suggesting that perhaps the news has already been priced in. The rebound in global markets should be treated with caution as we await further retaliation from China and the suggested escalation from the US regarding this matter. Overnight data saw Japanese household spending fall, while average cash holding improved significantly. UK, US and Europe: A busy day for the US follows a relatively quiet economic calendar in Europe, with one of the main figures already released in the form of the German industrial production number (2.6% from -1.3%). The focus for most will be the US and Canadian jobs report, with markets set to see whether the headline NFP number will follow the ADP figure lower. With market expectations of a September already elevated, todays jobs figures will add another important piece of that puzzle for traders. South Africa: South Africa's local equity market is expected to initially follow gains in the US and Asia, although could trade tentatively into the US employment data releases this afternoon. South Africa's gold and foreign exchange reserves for June 2018 were reported to have been recorded at slightly lower levels than in the previous month. The rand has managed to claw back some strength today which is expected to aid gains in local banking and retail counters. BHP Billiton is trading 0.85% higher in Australia this morning suggestive of a positive start for local resource counters. Tencent Holdings is up 0.26% in Asia, suggestive of a marginally positive start for major holding company Naspers, although the stronger rand may temper some of these gains.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) 1.30pm – US non-farm payrolls (June): payrolls expected to fall to 190K from 223K, while the unemployment rate holds at 3.8%. Average hourly earnings forecast to be 0.2% higher MoM, from 0.3%. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses

1.30pm – Canada employment data (June): 17,500 jobs expected to have been created, from a 7500 fall in May. Unemployment rate to hold at 5.8%. Market to watch: CAD crosses

3pm – Canada Ivey PMI (June, seasonally-adjusted): forecast to fall to 60.7 from 62.5. Market to watch: CAD crosses Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Glencore, the copper, nickel and iron ore mining specialist, announced it will initiate a $1bn share buy back scheme. Stobart said that it had started the year ‘satisfactorily’, and has also announced a new five-year lease partnership with Ryanair.  Rolls-Royce has sold its commercial marine business to Norwegian firm Kongsberg for £500 million.  Eurazeo upgraded to buy at HSBC
ITV upgraded to buy at SocGen
Petra Diamonds raised to buy at Panmure Gordon & Co
Shell upgraded to buy at DZ Bank Daily Mail downgraded to sell at SocGen
Direct Line cut to equal-weight at Barclays
Esure downgraded to underweight at Barclays
Pearson downgraded to hold at SocGen Featured Video from IGTV Please note: This information has been prpared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

Trade War 'Relief', Key Rate Decisions and Apple Earnings - DailyFX Key Themes

Trade War Relief, But How Much? Finally, some trade war respite. Or at least, what looks like relief. Following week after week of steadily escalating threats and a few decisive actions (and retaliations) along the way, there was finally a joint statement of agreement between key global leaders. Following their meeting in Washington DC, US President Donald Trump and European Union President Jean Claude-Juncker issued a statement of success this past Wednesday. Any pause in this quickly ballooning threat to the global economic and financial order is welcome, but that doesn’t mean we should accept the event at face value. Did this summit result in a legitimate course correction for the growing destructive force was the press conference a political event designed to allow both leaders to claim a victory for their constituents? To evaluate that, we need to consider the terms. There was a commitment made by the EU to purchase more US-produced soybeans and natural gas. That seems encouraging at first blush, but pressing individual members to increase consumption is not reasonable. Vows to continue working towards solutions to the metals tariffs and avoiding tax on autos along with the suggestion that  they would work together towards ‘zero tariffs’ is likely more enthusiasm than a plan of action. Not everything was a means to score political point. The agreement not to introduce new tariffs so long as they were negotiating is material as it curbs fear of an impending 20 percent tariff on European autos by the US and the $300 billion retaliation threatened by the EU. This glad-handing may be lacking for tangible action, but it can help curb fears of imminent escalation. That said, general capital market benchmarks – such as US equity indices – seemed little perturbed by actual progress in the economic fight these past few months. Let’s hope that aloofness and the fresh optimism holds moving forward, because this theme has not likely hit its crest. The largest threats have been made by the US against China. The Trump administration is likely putting tension on other fronts besides China as a means to amplify the leverage on this economic powerhouse. When the US eases back against developed world counterparts like EU, perhaps they expect those countries to ingratiate themselves to the US and head off critique for their handling of relationships with China. Don’t expect trade wars to truly be on the decline – much less resolved – with last week’s developments. Fed, BoE and BoJ Rate Decisions for Individual and Collective Influence The ECB rate decision this past week didn’t earn the Euro much in the way of productive volatility. Compare that to the speculation it drove – much to the central bank’s chagrin – throughout 2017. For many traders, that makes it an event to disregard. However, market participants would be wise to keep tabs on these fundamental themes for both their longer term influence on the target currency over the coming weeks and months; but it is arguably even more important to account for such events collective sway over more systemic matters like the inextricable link between global monetary policy and risk trends. It would be wise to consider these larger concerns through the week ahead as we wade into a run of central bank decisions. On tap, we have five large central bank rate decision, but only three of them are ‘majors’. The greatest weight will be hefted by the Federal Reserve. In monetary policy terms, everything about this meeting will be well fleshed out by speculators. Through exceptionally transparent forward guidance, we know the group expects to hike four times this year and that they have operated ‘on the quarters’. This meeting is out of sync for that trend. The real interest is the language used to either maintain path to a September rate hike or to start pulling back from it. Furthermore, there will be some degree of interest to see if the Fed replies to the President’s critique of policy and the currency – though that may be more appropriate for individual members’ reflections. Meanwhile, the Bank of England’s (BoE) Super Thursday meeting is expected to deliver a hike (77% chance according to swaps) and the Quarterly Inflation report. This is the most action-oriented event, but it will compete with Brexit for Sterling momentum and scaling up to global risk trends is not something this group’s policies have been capable of in this cycle. Finally, the Bank of Japan will no doubt keep its rates in place and the size of its stimulus program untouched. However, last week, reports surfaced that the group was discussing changing its stimulus approach to make it more ‘sustainable’. It is unclear exactly what that would entail, but given they are already at an extreme, it was read as a ‘hawkish’ shift. While these events can generate movement in their own currencies and local capital markets, do not underestimate the malleability of global risk trends under monetary policy. Years of excessive (extended well beyond the needs to stabilize growth and past the point of proving it would not readily translate into desired inflation) monetary policy has inflated market levels. It won’t be the wholesale withdrawal of stimulus across the board that will prompt sentiment rebalance but rather the anticipation normally associated to risk trends.  FANG Has Set Up Apple as a More Important Capital Market Driver Earnings season has been mixed in the US thus far, but more important than the report of corporate numbers each trading session is the shift in bias surrounding these updates. There is considerable amount of ‘fudge’ room in reporting quarterly figures due to the dubious accounting allowances in GAAP (I obviously am not a fan). Yet, the details in questionable figures can be played up or played down depending on what the audience is willing to tolerate – or is actively seeking. With benchmark US indices struggling to regain the remarkably progress of 2017, sentiment has notably shifted towards earnings. No longer are the impressive elements of comprehensive reports amplified and the disappointing downplayed. The shortcomings are starting to be interpreted more readily in the general shortcomings that are more apparent in other areas of the economy. It is against this backdrop that we have had a troubled quarter from the concentrated speculative leader in the FANG. For those not familiar, it is an acronym of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – some of the largest and fasting growing market cap stocks in the world. The fact that they are also tech, which is the sector that has outperformed in US markets; and US equities which have outpaced most other liquid ‘risk’ benchmarks speaks to the concentration. As important as this group is, there support is starting to turn to borderline burden. Where Google and Amazon’s figures were positive (though they came with very clear caveats in fines and income), the Netflix and Facebook reporting were outright pained. The former dropped while the latter collapsed from record high to official bear market in a day. Given what the FANG represents, the market has paid closer attention to the state of earnings and perhaps the bias that has been applied here so consistently. How to settle a 50/50 split in the FANG updates and the plateau established in the group’s price indexing? Add an ‘A’. Due Tuesday after the bell, Apple’s earnings will tap into key US tech firms and it has its own innate amplitude as the world’s largest market cap stock. It will be important whether it beats or misses, but even more crucial is how the market treats a better or worse outcome than expected. This event can carry far more weight than just the immediate reaction for AAPL shares. 
 

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

Dividend Adjustments 13 Aug - 17 Aug

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 13 Aug 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
NB: Special Divs are highlighted in orange  How do dividend adjustments work?  As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

Brexit secretary resigns - EMEA brief 9th July

David Davis resigns from his poll position as Brexit secretary. Sterling feels the pinch.   Global equity markets rally on US jobs relief, whilst dollar falters.  Balanced U.S. jobs data suggest Fed can stay gradual on hikes  Oil inches up whilst gold gains on the weaker dollar. NYSE technology chief has jumped ship to join the Winklevoss ‘bitcoin billionaires’ cryptocurrency venture as their first CTO for Gemini. Asian overnight: Asian markets have seen substantial gains overnight, as we see a continued feedback from Friday’s strong US jobs data and easing fears over the US - China trade war. The US non-farm jobs report alluded to an improving labour market with 213 000 people being added t the payroll last month, where expectation was for 195000 people to have been added. The dollar has softened somewhat lifting commodity prices, in particular that of precious metals. UK, US and Europe: The overnight resignation of UK Brexit Secretary David Davis had added a focus onto the pound, with the weekend gap higher erased as markets seek to find answers of what this means for negotiations with the EU. British Chambers of Commerce believe forward looking indicators predicting the growth of the economy are not strong enough to warrant a rate rise at the next MPC meeting on August 2nd. A poll conducted by the group reviewed more than 6000 firms from the UK. The economic calendar looks relatively quiet for the day ahead, and that bullish theme overnight seems likely to carry through into European trade. Look out for appearances from ECB governor Mario Draghi, alongside BoE member Broadbent.  South Africa:  The rand has managed to claw back some of its recent losses, as outflows from emerging markets halt for the time being. We are expecting broad-based gains on the JSe initially, with a stronger rand aiding a rebound in local banking and retail counters. BHP Billiton is up 2% in Australia suggestive of a positive start for resource counters. Tencent Holdings is up 2.53% suggestive of a positive start for local holding company Naspers.    Company earnings: Pepsi will report second quarter results tomorrow, whilst fashion house Burberry and America's Delta Airlines will follow on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. We also see big banknames Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup finish the week on Friday. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Centamin said that gold production fell 25% in Q2, due to low metal grades at its Egypt mine. Production was expected to be 505,000 to 515,000 ounces for the full year.  Purplebricks has completed the acquisition of Canadian estate agency Duproprio/Comfree, for £29.3 million. Murray & Roberts Holdings (SA) - Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on SENS today by Aveng regarding a notification received from ATON on Thursday, 5 July 2018, indicating that ATON and its wholly owned subsidiary ATON Austria Holdings GmbH, have in aggregate, acquired an interest in the ordinary shares of Aveng, such that the total interest in the ordinary shares of Aveng now amounts to 25.42% of the total issued ordinary shares of
Aveng.  Beazley upgraded to top pick at RBC
G4S upgraded to top pick at RBC
Meggitt upgraded to buy at Berenberg
TalkTalk upgraded to neutral at JPMorgan
UBS upgrade Barclays Africa from sell to neutral with a target price of 19700c
Nedbank Limited’s (SA) national scale rating was upgraded to ‘zaAA+’ from ‘zaAA’ by S&P Hargreaves Lansdown cut to underweight at JPMorgan
Virgin Money cut to equal-weight at Barclays Featured Video from IGTV Please note: This information has been prpared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

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Tariffs spook markets - EMEA brief 11th July

The Trump house looks to impose 10% tariffs on $200 bln of Chinese goods. Shanghai and Hong Kong equity markets drag down the wider overnight Asian session. The bidding war on Sky continues with Murdoch's Fox offering £14/share beating Comcasts previous £12.50. Copper and zinc slide to 1-year low, oil also sharply lower on trade war fears. Asian overnight: Asian markets were back in the red overnight, as Donald Trump has once again ramped up trade war fears, driving away any optimism built in recent days. With Trump starting the process that will ultimately lead to the imposition of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, there is reason to believe we are entering the next stage of the trade war between the two countries. Unsurprisingly we have seen losses across the board overnight, with the heaviest falls centred upon the Chinese and Hong Kong markets. US and European futures are trading lower this morning as well. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, central banks are in focus, with appearances from ECB and BoE governors Mario Draghi and Mark Carney. The big event of the day comes in the form of the Bank of Canada rate decision, where the committee is expected to push interest rates higher for the first time in 2018. Also keep an eye out for US PPI, and crude oil inventories data. South Africa: We are expecting a softer open on the local SA index as the trade war narrative see's escalation once again. We have seen some strength returning to the dollar and in turn mostly weaker commodity prices and a softer rand. Tencent is trading 2.3% lower in Asia this morning, suggestive of a similar start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Billiton is trading 1.3% lower in Australia, suggestive of an initial decline for local resource counters. A softer rand is expected to continue to weigh on financial counters as well as local retail counters.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) 1.30pm – US PPI (June): forecast to be 0.1% from 0.5% MoM, while core PPI falls to 0.2% from 0.3%. Market to watch: USD crosses 3pm – Bank of Canada rate decision: rates expected to remain at 1.25%. Market to watch: CAD crosses 3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 6 July): stockpiles expected to fall by 230,000 barrels from a 1.5 million barrel drop a week earlier. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Sky has agreed new terms for its takeover by 21st Century Fox, with the US firm offering £14 per share, up from the previous £10.75 per share.   Burberry reported a 3% rise in like-for-like sales for Q1, and there was no change to full year guidance.  Indivior said that guidance for its financial year was ‘no longer valid’, as a rival generic product in the US has a major impact on operations. The revenue impact could be $25 million for 2018.  Barratt Developments expects record profit for the year, bolstered by Help to Buy. Pre-tax profits are expected to be £835 million, from £765.1 million a year ago. The firm completed 17,579 homes, compared to 17,395 last year, while the number of plots sold was up 4%.  Coca-Cola HBC upgraded to buy at Jefferies
Drax upgraded to outperform at Macquarie
LPKF upgraded to buy at HSBC
HSBC upgraded to overweight at JPMorgan
UBS upgrade Barclays Africa from sell to neutral with a target price of 19700c BHP downgraded to hold at Renaissance Capital
CYBG downgraded to underperform at KBW
Trelleborg downgraded to hold at SEB Equities
Virgin Money downgraded to market perform at KBW Featured Video from IGTV Please note: This information has been prpared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

Dividend Adjustments 30 Jul - 03 Aug

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 30 July 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
NB: Special Divs are highlighted in orange  Special Dividends Index Bloomberg Code Effective Date Summary Dividend Amount RUSSELL MC US 01/08/2018 Special Div 1.5 RUSSELL JBSS US 02/08/2018 Special Div 2 RUSSELL UFCS US 02/08/2018 Special Div 3 As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements.How do dividend adjustments work?  This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

China trade war escalates - EMEA brief 23 Aug

China trade war escalates as new tariffs kick in: U.S. economy set to slow from here on, damaged by trade war EM ASIA FX soften as dollar recovers after falling for six straight sessions Wall Street sets record for longest bull run in history; Key S&P 500 index passes landmark as it goes 3,453 days without major correction Brexit contingency plan papers released; Brexit could be good news for Britain's farmers Australian dollar drops as three government ministers quit Crude oil sees it's largest gains in two months on varying signs of ebbing supply Asian overnight:  Another indecisive session overnight has seen weakness in Hong Kong and Australian stocks counteract the already unimpressive gains seen in Japan and China. The Australian dollar came under pressure after three main cabinet members resigned to switch allegiance to Peter Dutton, who aims to become the next Liberal leader and ultimately the next Prime Minister. The dollar also strengthened overnight following an optimistic outlook from the Fed, with yesterday’s minutes pointing towards a rate hike at the next meeting despite concerns over trade tensions. Trade talks in China continue into their second day today, yet with neither side likely to cede much ground, it seems likely we will see a positive resolution.  UK, US and Europe:  A very busy economic calendar sees the day kick off with a host of eurozone PMI readings from the likes of the French, German, and eurozone services and manufacturing sectors. This does carry into the afternoon, with the US manufacturing and services PMI surveys due for release. Also keep an eye out for the eurozone minutes, alongside consumer confidence data, which will both bring expectations of heightened volatility for the euro. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 8am – 9am – French, German, eurozone mfg & services PMI (August, flash): German mfg PMI to fall to 55.5 from 56.9, while eurozone mfg PMI to fall to 54.6 from 55.1. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses 12.30pm – ECB meeting minutes: these could provide some support to a flagging euro if they reinforce the image of a bank moving towards tightening policy in the longer term. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses 1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 18 August): claims expected to rise to 217K from 212K. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 2.45pm – US mfg & services PMI (August, flash): mfg PMI to fall to 55.2 from 55.3, while services PMI to fall to 54 from 56. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – US new home sales (July): forecast to rise 0.6% MoM from -5.3%. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (August, flash): forecast to fall to -0.7 from -0.6. Markets to watch: eurozone indices, EUR crosses
  Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades CRH said that first-half profits rose 4.6% to €497 million, while sales were 1% higher at €11.9 billion. Performance was affected by weather disruption in Europe and North America, and currency headwinds. The dividend was raised by 2.1% to 19.6 cents per share.  Premier Oil reported pre-tax profit of $98.4 million for the first half, up from $40.7 a year earlier, while cash flow fell to $276.6 million from $282.7 million. Net debt was cut to $2.65 billion from $2.72 billion a year earlier.  OneSavings Bank has upgraded tis growth forecast thanks to a good start to 2018. Pre-tax profit in the first half rose 17% to £91.8 million, with the loan book up 11% to £8.1 billion. Growth is now expected to be in the ‘high teens’, from a previous ‘mid-teens’ forecast.   BNP Paribas upgraded to buy at Bankhaus Lampe
Masmovil upgraded to overweight at Barclays
Sunrise upgraded to overweight at Barclays
Zooplus upgraded to hold at Kepler Cheuvreux Deutsche Euroshop cut to hold at Berenberg
Terveystalo cut to underweight at Morgan Stanley
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NadelinaIG

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Dividend Adjustments 25 June - 29 June

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing the 25th of June 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
NB: Special Divs are highlighted in orange  Special Dividends No special dividends expected this week.  How do dividend adjustments work?  As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JamesIG

JamesIG

Theme overload, Fed's Powell's testimony, China data - DFX key themes

So Much Risk, Status Quo is an Improvement In individual trading sessions or entire weeks where there is an overwhelming amount of important, scheduled event risk; we often find the market frozen with concern of imminent volatility. Even as a remarkable surprise prints on the docket early in the week, the impact it generates is often truncated by the concern that the subsequent release can generate just as much shock value but in the opposite direction. Many opportunities have been spoiled by such situations. Yet, what happens if we face the same situation on a grander scale? What if the threats are thematic, global and frequently lacking a specific time frame? We are facing just such a scenario now. The most troublesome subject is the unpredictable winds from the global trade wars. For influence, this is a systemic threat as the economic pain will inevitably come to a head. If we had an end date to work with, there would be a more decisive risk aversion, but it is the uncertainty of pacing that leaves the markets to drift with anxiety. Most critical updates in this ‘war’ have come out of the blue in the form of a tweet from US President Donald Trump. Add to this fully capable theme conflicting – though less capricious – matters, and there is just enough sense of opportunity in short-term efforts to keep bulls clinging to hope. Monetary policy, new and failing economic relationships, corporate earnings and more can fill in between shocks of new tariff threats. Though, if we came to a scenario of a universal dovish shift in central banks (or any other theme for that matter), would it be enough to offset the blight to global growth from trade wars? Not likely. Any Whiff of Fed Worry and a Dollar with Everything to Lose I weighed out my theory last week that Fed policy can only disappoint moving forward. That is not to say it can maintain a sense of status quo – it certainly can. However, the genuine opportunities for this central bank to ‘surprise in favor of the bulls’ is so improbable as to be impractical. It has already established a pace remarkably aggressive relative to counterparts. If conditions continue to support growth and optimism, it would lead other central banks onto a path to close the gap with the Fed. If economic and financial health floundered, the Fed would in turn have to ease its pace. This past week, the CPI data gave quantitative support for the status quo – though not any material Dollar lift. The Fed’s monetary policy update to Congress on the other hand laced its confidence on the economic outlook with modest concern over the fallout from trade wars while a separate report suggested the tax cuts would have less positive effect on the economy than previously anticipated. You can bet Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will have to address questions on both fronts when he testifies before the Senate Wednesday in the semi-annual Humphrey-Hawkins testimony. There are many Congressmen and –women from both parties who have called out the President’s aggressive position on trade as self-defeating. Powell will want to avoid triggering market fears (avoiding volatility is a third, unspoken mandate of the central bank), but the lawmakers will push the topic whether to illustrate the damage they fear or to earn political points. If he admits growth is at risk from the advance of trade wars, it would signal to the market that the pacing already baked in is less stable than what is presumed, and the passive premium behind the dollar may start to bleed off. China Data Run and Data Questions  China is in a very difficult position. It is attempting to transition itself from methods of growth that are impossible to maintain over the long term without inadvertently causing disastrous instability. To successfully make this ‘evolution’ to an economy primarily supported by domestic consumption, stable capital markets and a wealthier population (rather than leveraged financing and questionable export policies), the government requires a remarkable amount of stability. The healthy risk appetite and moderate growth registered for the global economy over the past five years was the perfect environment upon which to pursue this effort. That is especially true because the Chinese data that already draws a fair amount of skepticism from the rest of the world would look like an unlikely idyllic steering for the economy – a pace that could be dubiously attributed to the general environment. Now, however, that gentle landing has been disrupted by the aggression from the United States. The drive to escalate trade wars threatens not just the important trade between to two countries, it risks pushing disbelief over China’s statistics to the breaking point. Though they would not likely show serious pressure in any area of the economy or financial system that they control, markets have grown adept at reading between the official lines when it comes to China. Spurring fears of a ‘hard landing’ for the world’s second largest economy could spur capital flight as foreign investors look to repatriate and nationals attempt to slip through controls to diversify their exposure. It should be said that if there is a crisis in China, it will spread to the rest of the world; but some may be happy if China were permanently put off the path to securing its position as the antipodean super power to the US. It is this big picture landscape that we must keep in mind as the important data of the coming week – China 2Q GDP, fixed investment, surveyed jobless rate, retail sales and foreign direct investment – crosses the wires with unsurprisingly little impact on the controlled USDCNH exchange rate. Any questions, just ask.
John Kicklighter

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

Twitter earnings today - EMEA brief 27th July

European shares seen opening slightly higher Interest rates and details of asset purchases by the ECB remain unchanged after yesterdays meeting. No mention of protectionist policy or further details on the supposed resolution of aluminium and steel tariffs were given by Draghi. Prescription cannabis for medical use is now legal in the UK after a reclassification of the drug. Amazon smash forecasts of $2.54 EPS with a healthy $5.07 for their end of years. Sky broadcaster and broadband provider profits are soaring amidst the Comcast and 21st Century Fox bidding war. Copper is looking to gain this week for the first time in seven. After three days worth of gains oil slipped on a quieter trading day, however the black gold remains supported by Saudi transport disruption. Asian overnight: A somewhat steady, if indecisive session overnight saw moderate gains across the Japanese and Australian indices, while Chinese and Hong Kong markets drifted lower throughout the session. Asian markets are trading marginally lower this morning although the Australian All Ordinaries is up nearly 1%. Yesterday’s Facebook driven losses on the Nasdaq had a limited impact on tech shares in Asia, with Hong Kong the only market to see downside for their tech sector. On the data front, Japanese Tokyo core CPI rose to 0.8% (from 0.7%), in a welcome continuation of the rare rise seen last month.
 
UK, US and Europe:  US Index Futures are staging a partial rebound this morning after yesterday's Nasdaq led decline following worse than expected results from Facebook.  The dollar has softened overnight and in turn we have seen some marginal gains in commodity prices. Looking ahead, a quiet day from Europe means the focus will be firmly fixed on the US GDP figure, which is expected to rise sharply to over 4%. Trump’s excitement at the ‘best financial numbers on the planet’ could possibly be another lead on the potential release, given his announcement about “looking forward to the jobs numbers” on the day of a massive NFP outperformance back in June. The corporate calendar remains busy, with Twitter earnings maintaining the focus on tech stocks today. Meanwhile, we also have the likes of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Colgate, Merck, and American Airlines numbers to look out for. South Africa: The rand is slightly firmer against the majors. BHP Billiton is up 2.2% in Australia, suggestive of a positive start for local diversified miners. Tencent Holdings is down 0.75% in Asia, suggestive of a similar start for major holding company Naspers. Markets are expected to trade cautiously into this afternoons US GDP data release where consensus estimates predict an economic expansion of more than 4% q/q in the worlds largest economy.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST)
1.30pm – US GDP (Q2, first reading): growth forecast to be 2.1% QoQ. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – US Michigan confidence index (July, final): forecast to fall to 97.1 from 98.2. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Reckitt Benckiser saw an outperformance in its infant formula business, with a 7% rise in sales for that segment helping drive a 4% increase in like-for-like sales for the business as a whole over the second quarter. It was that bullish development in their infant formula business, particularly in China, which helped raise their full-year sales outlook. Pearson are on track to return the business to profitability this year, after a rise in demand in US and online helped deliver an outperformance for what is traditionally a quiet first half of the year. The second half of the year is usually where the company makes the bulk of its profits, and with first-half adjusted operating profit of £107m, this was well ahead of the £85m expected. BT Group saw a 1% rise in core earnings for the first quarter, thanks largely to cost savings, and strong business in its EE mobile unit. However, the firm also saw underlying revenue down 2%, which fell in line with market expectations. Rightmove saw pre-tax profit rise 12% in the six months to June, with revenue up 10% as their revenue per advertiser rose to £987, from £911. The number of agents using the platform remained largely flat despite housing market struggles, helping enable a 14% rise in their interim dividend, to 25p a share. Oando Plc  Interim results showed turnover increased by 11%, N297.3 billion compared to N267.0 billion (H1 2017). Gross Profit increased by 53%, N51.0 billion compared to N33.4 billion (H1 2017).  Royal Bafokeng Platinum anticipates a loss per share ("LPS") for the six months ended 30 June 2018, of between 13.5 cents and 10.5 cents (representing an improvement of between 10% and 30%), compared to a LPS of 15 cents for the previous corresponding period (the six months ended (30 June 2017). A headline loss per share (“HLPS”) of between 7.5 cents and 4.5 cents (representing an improvement of between 51% and 70.6%) is anticipated, compared to a HLPS of 15.3 cents for the previous corresponding period.  William Hill Upgraded to Hold at Peel Hunt
Tekmar Group Rated New Buy at Berenberg
NCC Upgraded to Buy at Berenberg
Rosneft GDRs Upgraded to Buy at Goldman Amerisur Resources Cut to Sector Perform at RBC
Inchcape Downgraded to Hold at HSBC
SSE Downgraded to Hold at HSBC
Ebro Foods Downgraded to Neutral at Haitong
  Featured Video   Please note: This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

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Dividend Adjustments 6 Aug - 10 Aug

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 6 Aug 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
NB: Special Divs are highlighted in orange  How do dividend adjustments work?  As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

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US Sanctions, Currency Wars and Financial Crises - DFX Key Themes

It is Not Wise to Start Financial Fires in a Market so Parched for Value The financial markets find themselves in between two storm fronts. On the one hand, there is the seasonal liquidity drain that is associated with Summer trade. More historical norm than actual exchange closures, the ‘Summer Doldrums’ present a consistent curb on volume, open interest, volatility and productive trend year after year. However, the restraint is not guaranteed. Though not as common as those Fall (for the Northern Hemisphere) triggered crises and deep bear trends, there are certainly bouts of panic that originate in these quiet months. And that is why we should pay closer attention to the other storm front that has consistently stood at the border of our collective consciousness. We have watched as growth forecasts have cooled, the limitations of monetary policy to offer temporary support have entered mainstream discourse and protectionism has emerged to threaten one of the most consistent sources of stability in globalization. These are not new risks, but they have been regularly brushed to the side in favor of short speculative opportunities to be pursue distractedly. Yet, draining liquidity in these questionable conditions has acted to call greater attention to the risks at hand. And, now with the tension applied by the United States on peers and counterparts alike, we are seeing the growth of clear conflict threatening to force the issue of more candid evaluations of value. Trade wars had – and still has – the capacity to trigger a full scale deleveraging of excess risk, but the temporary stay in the spread of kind-for-kind retaliations among developed world giants soothed imminent fears. This front is likely to erupt once again in the not-to-distant future under more pressing circumstances. In the meantime, a sister action in the form of US sanctions placed on less-friendly countries may take up the reins on global sentient. The Trump administration reversed its participation in the nuclear deal with Iran (27th largest economy) and restored sanctions on the country much to the condemnation of the other participants of the deal. The US has also moved to apply new penalties on Russia (12th largest economy) in response to its supposed use of nerve agent on a former spy. The USDRUB soared to a two year high this past week. And, showing the most severe short-term impact of all was the quickly escalating sanctions that the US is placing on Turkey (17th largest economy) for ostensibly the country’s refusal to release a US pastor swept up during the failed coup. The country’s currency has dropped over 55% versus the Dollar (through Monday’s open), and this time the financial exposure for major economies (particularly European) was quickly seized upon. Let’s see if this fire can be contained. 
Is the US Placing Pressure on Major Counterparts Like the  EU Through Proxy?  The Trump Administration has likely started to recognize that there are rumblings of coordination from those countries that are already under the influence of the United States’ sanctions or feel they soon will be. That is likely a key reason the President struck a conciliatory tone with EU President Juncker when a few weeks ago he agreed not to pursue further tariffs – particularly on autos – so long as the two economic superpowers were negotiating. That said, it is clear that the strategy being employed on the US side depends on applying enough pressure that counterparts are willing to sacrifice more in order to win a compromise to find relief. That brings in the proxy pressures that the US has seemingly favored over the past weeks in the stead of outright trade wars. As mentioned above, the US has announced sanctions against Iran, Russia and Turkey in short order. These moves would certainly draw less criticism from Americans dubious of the government’s foreign policy moves as each is considered more adversary than ally. Yet, there may be more to these pursuits than simply following a moral compass with global relations. Other countries have supported efforts to promote relationships with these countries over the past years which has entailed exceptional investment alongside diplomatic capital. On two fronts in particular, this particular application of pressure has had enormous side effects for the Europe. With Iran, the EU is still trying to hold together the agreement made between the OPEC member and the other participants of the original nuclear agreement, taking a lead to promote stability. When President Trump stated in a tweet that those that county to do business with Iran could have their business with the US halted, some business leaders took it seriously and looked to curb trade. Yet, the EU responded saying any European companies that complied with the United States’ demands on Iran – and thus jeopardized the effort to hold the agreement together – would face penalties from European authorities. With Turkey, there is no slow build up. The rapid tumble in the country’s currency (Lira) has risked the stability of assets foreign interests have pursued. European banks are particularly exposed and that led the ECB to voice concern over their connection should instability grow. While this rapidly escalating proxy pressure on Europe by the United States’ actions maybe unintentional, the nature of how it is playing out suggests otherwise. 
Dollar Rally a Result of Policy and Justification to Devalue? On July 20, President Trump lashed out (via Tweet as his want) at the Euro and Chinese Yuan claiming the currencies were being manipulated to render an unfair competitive advantage to their respective economies. Such claims are dubious at best. With the Yuan, history shows the country has a penchant for exerting influence over the activity level and direction of its ‘Renminbi’ to help promote economic, financial and social stability at home. However, their ability to keep all these efforts leveled out on the horizon is increasingly troubled. What’s more, a steady charge higher for USDCNH is exactly what would be expected if the United States’ tariffs on China were having their intend effects. As to the criticism of the Euro, there is little evidence to support that view. Four years ago, the anger would have been justified when the ECB said it would applied monetary policy in order to prevent the EURUSD exchange rate from passing 1.4000 – there must have been an agreement behind closed doors to allow this given how blatant the effort. This claim now, however, finds little support in action or event threat. Again, this is likely evidence of a strategy with questionable execution. Making a claim that multiple major currencies are being unfairly devalued – one others may agree to out of historical assumption and the other more dubious – can be used as pretext for enacting a policy aimed at counteracting the stated inequity. If there is indeed interest for US officials to abandon the ‘strong Dollar’ policy as has been hinted at multiple times over the past months and actually introduce policy to sink the currency, that appetite will be significantly bolstered this past week with the surge for the USD versus both the ‘majors’ and emerging market currencies. Arguably the result of the Trump Administration’s own policies, it may nonetheless serve as the foundation for a new course of global financial conflict. 

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

ECB and BoE Rate Decisions, New Territory in Trade Wars, Global Political Risks - DFX key themes

Important European Central Bank Rate Decisions As we find distraction in trade wars and political risk, it is important to remember that we are still dealing with more traditional fundamental issues in the background. One of the most systemically important and extremely underpriced risks is the global market’s long-standing dependency on massive stimulus from the world’s largest central banks. That wave of easy money through massive rate cuts and largest stimulus programs has noticeably receded while recognition of more recent iterations of the collective effort have failed to earn the impact that it was pursued for: a return to steady inflation, faster economic activity and wage growth that outpaced the cost of goods. Instead, we are just left with the very effective but increasingly unwanted side effect of artificially inflated speculative assets.  Eventually, this big-picture fundamental gap will be reconsidered by the investing masses; and if that occurs amid a financial unwind, it could readily turn mere risk aversion into full-scale panic. As we await the inevitable reckoning, we will take in two important monetary policy updates from major central banks on opposite ends of the spectrum: the Bank of England (BoE) and European Central Bank (ECB). The BoE’s policy meeting is not expected to deliver another rate hike, and anticipation for forecasting is likely rather restrained. Currently, swaps are pricing in less than a 50 percent chance that the central bank will hike rates again before mid-2019. Given that this is a group that has already hiked a few times and has inflation figures to justify further moves if Governor Carney and Co want a reason, this decision can help establish the outlook for global monetary policy as a baseline for economic expectations.  Alternatively, evaluation of the ECB’s decision comes from the opposite perspective. The central bank is still employing its stimulus program but is expected to cut if off later this year. Following that, the expectation is for a rate hike to be triggered sometime mid-2019, but swaps currently put that outcome at a sparse 20 percent whereas a few months ago, it was supported by a more than 80 percent probability. Beyond just the rate decision and press conference, we are also expecting macroeconomic projections from the group. If one of the world’s most prolific (profligate?) policy groups deems the outlook does not deserve a steer away from crisis-level settings, what would that say about the health of the economy and financial system?   Another Week in the Trade Wars Another week and another escalation in the ever-expanding global trade wars. From the heaviest front of the economic confrontation, the period for public feedback on the Trump administration’s proposed $200 billion increase in tariffs on key trade counterpart China came to a close. It is not clear how quickly this will be turned from theory into action, but the markets certainly aren’t simply discounting this marked intensification of the trade war between the two super powers as mere bluster. As remarkable as this threat is on its own, President Trump wasn’t content to leave the heavy threat to linger in the air. On Air Force One, the ‘leader of the free world’ said he was in fact considering a further increase in the United States’ pressure against its rival to the tune of $267 billion. That is $267 billion in addition to the as-yet realized $200 billion. A few months ago, the President – following on the initial warning of the $200 billion jump – said he was prepared to tax all Chinese tariffs.  With these successive programs, he would be taxing more than the United States total imports of Chinese goods through 2017 – over $517 billion with the $50 billion and metals taxes already in place versus $506 billion actually purchased. If we only realize the first massive slug of additional taxes, the retaliation from China will further complicate this situation. It will not be able to do a like-for-like retaliation as it will soon eclipse the total imports the country consumes from the US. Resorting to other measures to approximate can easily be construed by this administration as not just response but escalation. Meanwhile, not content to keeping the fight on one shore, the US failed to find a compromise with Canada in its ongoing negotiations to shore up – or more likely replace – NAFTA. If a breakthrough is found next week, the Canadian Dollar is still significantly discounted and could generate a hefty rally in response to the good news. And yet, settling the dispute for the North American trade partners will not raise much enthusiasm for the rest of the world.  In addition to Trump’s threats to raise the bill on China, he also made a very thinly veiled threat aimed at Japan who the US is currently engaging in trade discussions. A ‘good deal’ for the US is likely one for which Japanese officials will balk at even with the obvious risk of having to engage in a trade war. On the bright side, the US and EU have not furthered their war of words (autos tariffs, accusations of currency manipulation, threats to circumvent the other’s currency for causing systemic trouble)  to one of action. Yet, considering much of this seems to move in cycles for who is targeted each week, give it time.  Global Political Risk Always Simmering and A President That Lashes Out Under Pressure  Political risks seemed to deflate in the US, UK and Euro-area this past week, but they certainly haven’t been resolved. Far from it. The coalition government in Italy is starting to run out of room for making commitments to both live up to campaign promises of increased government spending and checks on EU influence will simultaneously meeting obligations to control budget that will not send European officials and financial markets into a panic. From the UK, the Prime Minister Theresa May continues to find pressure from her government, cabinet and EU counterparts in navigating a Brexit negotiation that would somehow please all parties involved. This is ultimately impossible as the groups are in essence demanding outcomes that the antithesis of each other.  What we are left with when trading the Pound is a sentiment that seems to oscillate regularly but keeps landing back into the realm of firm warnings to prepare for a ‘no deal’ outcome. In the United States, President Trump is continually bombarded by the news media with scandals that are coming dangerously close to the leader himself. His penchant for retaliating on social media and in rallies is doing the opposite of quelling the storm. In general, it is important to leave our own political beliefs out of our investing – and especially out of our trading (short-term). There have been both economic booms and recessions under both Democrat and Republican administrations – and through various combinations of Executive and Legislative concerns.  However, political risks can spill into more immediate financial and economic issues which in turn can charge the market. Trump has said recently that he has considered shutting the government down again if Congress does not curb the rebellion against his agenda. There is also suggestion of a second tax cut being floated and we are still awaiting word that the fiscal stimulus promised on the campaign trail will be revived. What is particularly unique to the US President is his tendency to react to personal pressure from the Mueller investigation and news media’s general criticism with aggressive policy on other fronts. Would he have made the $267 billion threat of escalation against China this past week if the scrutiny over his actions were not so intense? It is difficult to argue that he is too level-headed for that retaliation against the world as there are too many examples to suggest the opposite.   USD price action ahead of ECB and BoE  

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 25 Sep - 01 Oct

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 25 Sep 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video.  NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
cash neutral adjustment on your account. Special Divs are highlighted in orange. Special dividends  You can see the special dividends listed below. Unfortunately we do not have granular insight on the effect on the index for the index in question, however the below maybe helpful for some. Please note the dates below are the stock adjustments in the underlying individual instrument, whilst the index div adjustments are taken out the day before on the IG platform at the cash close. Index Bloomberg Code Effective Date Summary Dividend Amount UKX MRW LN 27/09/2018 Special Div 2 UKX HL/LN 27/09/2018 Special Div 7.8 NKY 1803 JP 26/09/2018 Special Div 600 HIS 1109 HK 24/09/2018 Special Div 13 AEX RAND NA 24/09/2018 Special Div 69 RTY PCH US 26/09/2018 Special Div 354 RTY KRNY US 02/10/2018 Special Div 16 How do dividend adjustments work?  As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is effected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

JasmineC

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Japan and China to repair ties- EMEA Brief 26 Oct

Japan and China sign a bilateral currency swap to improve financial stability Asia predicted to be more vulnerable than the US in regards to the sell-off in global stock markets, according to managing director of FX strategy for BK Asset Management US Futures direct more than a 200-point drop for Dow Jones, after seeing a slight recovery on Thursday Amazon shares drop nearly 9% in after-hours trading, regardless of hitting record profits of nearly $2.9billion in the last quarter in comparison to $256million last year, and sales increasing 29% in the third-quarter to $56.6billion. Revenue for its cloud services business also rises by 46% year-on-year and its advertising business by 122%. Alphabet shares fall 3.9% in after-hours trading as third-quarter sales doesn’t reach expectations Cryptocurrencies remaining stable regardless of global stock market sell-off, with Bitcoin, XRP and Ethereum falling 0.23%, 2.09% and 1.38% in comparison to 4% for Bitcoin and more than 11% for XRP and Ethereum on October 11th UBS’s net profit 32% higher than expected as it increases in third quarter to 1.2billion Swiss Francs As predicted, Turkey’s Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged, causing the Turkish Lira to initially weaken to 5.71 against the Dollar Net-long positions for EUR/USD reach its second month high, at an estimate of 61.3% Asian overnight: Asian markets are back in the red today, with the Australian ASX 200 providing the only market that kept its head above water. The Chinese Yuan hit the lowest level since the financial crisis overnight, with US-China trade dispute showing no signs of improvement. Data-wise, the Tokyo core CPI figure came in steady at 1%.

Japanese Prime Minister met Chinese President in Beijing, signing a bilateral currency swap arrangement, effective until 25th October 2021. According to the Bank of Japan, this agreement will allow the exchange of local currencies of up to 200billion Yuan/3.4trillion Yen between the two central banks. UK, US and Europe: A somewhat quiet economic calendar sees markets focus in on the US GDP reading as the one top tier piece of data worth keeping an eye out for. Market predictions point towards a sharp fall to 2.6% from 4.2% last quarter. Elsewhere, keep an eye out for the latest earnings from Exxon Mobil. US stocks recover on Thursday from its previous lows, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 400 points, S&P 500 gaining nearly 2% and the Nasdaq increasing by 3.2%, in comparison to a fall on Wednesday of 608.01 points, 3.1 and 4.4% retrospectively. However, US stocks decline after Thursday’s close with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 dropping at 5.6% and 7.2% for October, and the Nasdaq falling 9.1%. The on-going concerns of longer border checks at Calais continue as the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, warns The House of Commons of a worst-case scenario, which could lead to the French authorities potentially introducing a “go-slow” policy, if the UK leaves without a deal. Raab suggested to MPs to “prepare for the worst case scenario where the authorities at Calais are deliberately directing a go-slow approach by supporting a diversion of the flow to more amenable ports in other countries”. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 1.30pm – US GDP (Q3, preliminary): growth to be 2.6% QoQ from 4.2%. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades RBS reported an operating profit before tax of £961 million for Q3 2018, up from £871 million in Q3 2017. The bank is reducing its costs through transformation and digitisation, with expenses for the year falling 3.3% compared with 2017. In preparation for Brexit, the bank has gained approval from the Dutch regulators for a banking license.   IAG posted an operating profit of €1,460 million in the nine months to September 30, 2018, up from €1,450 million last year. Rising fuel price and foreign exchange factors provided headwinds for the firm over the period, yet the firm still proposed an interim dividend of 14.5 euro cents per share. Glencore saw improved Copper, Cobalt, Nickel and coal production in the third quarter, with zinc the one disappointing segment of the business. Own sourced copper production was 12% higher than the comparable 2017 period, while cobalt production was up 44%after the firm restarted Katanga's processing operations. Nickel production was 13% higher, reflecting the progressive ramp-up of Koniambo, with its second production line. However, Zinc output fell 5% after African assets were sold to Trevali Mining. Adjusting for that disposal, zinc production was up 7%.  Tesla Model 3 to come to the UK and Australia by mid-2019, according to the CEO Nokia to cut thousands of jobs as part of a cost reduction program, after third-quarter profit falls 27% to 487million Euros, in comparison to the previous year at 668million Euros Volvo buys a stake in FreeWire Technoligies Debenhams to close around 50 stores as it hits a record low of a £491.5 loss due to charges on leases and goodwill, the biggest fall in its 240-year history. BT Group CEO Gavin Patterson to be replaced by Philip Jansen from February 1st British Airways face second hack attack which may affect over 185,000 individuals in relation to payment card details being stolen CEO of Google admits the company had sexual harassment issues, causing 48 employees to be fired Burberry upgraded to hold at HSBC
Kion upgraded to overweight at JPMorgan
Lloyds upgraded to neutral at Macquarie
LVMH upgraded to buy at HSBC
  AB InBev downgraded to hold at Independent Research
Covestro downgraded to hold at Berenberg
Hexpol downgraded to hold at SEB Equities
Valeo downgraded to inline at Evercore
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China to cut US car tariffs from 40% to 15%- EMEA Brief 12 Dec

Asia stocks were higher Wednesday morning; Nikkei 225 rising over 2%, ASX 200 up by 1.25% and Hang Seng Index around 1.36%. This was followed by the news of China to cut US car tariffs from the planned 40% to 15%, the same tax charge on car imports from other countries May traveled on Tuesday back to Europe to try and gain a few more concessions from the European side, in regards to the Brexit deal. It is rumoured that 48 letters of no longer supporting May have been sent. May to face a vote of no confidence on Wednesday between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT. Canada grants bail by setting a $10million CAD bail for Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, following charges of “improperly taking payments from Iran in violation of sanctions against the country” EU Ambassador states that technology transfers should be regulated as EU companies should not be obliged to transfer technology to gain access to the Chinese market US President, Trump, announced that he would intervene in the case against Huawei CFO if this could contribute to closing a trade deal with China New charges are filed against Malaysian former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, and former CEO of 1MDB, in relation to alleged tampering of the audit report and theft of billions of dollars from the fund Trump comments on the expected rise in interest rates from the Federal Reserve as a “mistake”, as Trump needs the flexibility of lower rates to support the trade war between the US and China Saudi Arabia convinced two dozen oil producers to cut production levels as part of a “Saudi first” policy France budget deficit to potentially increase as President Macron announces a plan to raise minimum wage by 100Euros ($114) a month and overtime will not be taxed, as well as a reverse on tax hike on pensions for those earning less than 2000Euros a month UK government to spend an extra £100million to support the renewable energy projects in Africa, as well as committing to invest £5.8billion in international climate finance by 2020 Asian overnight: Asian markets have enjoyed a bullish session overnight, as improved sentiment over US-China relations is helping drive a more positive outlook for risk assets. A Chinese reduction in tariffs on US car imports looks like the first in many steps, while the US seem to be softening their stance to the Huawei CFO who has been granted bail in Canada. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the eurozone industrial production release represents the only European event of note, while US CPI brings inflation issues back into the picture. Given the recent deterioration in energy prices, it comes as no surprise to see that the headline CPI reading is expected to decline this month. Finally, watch out for the crude inventories figure, which is expected to follow up last week’s surprisingly sharp decline with another negative reading this time around. It's also worth looking ahead at tomorrow, when the European Central Bank's president, Mario Draghi, is expected to confirm an end to QE (quantitative easing) in the form of 2.6 trillion euros worth of bond buybacks. The process, echoed by many central banks such as the US Fed and the Bank of England, has been hotly debated within the eurozone where more stable northern states didn't want to take on the political risk of weaker southern areas.  When it comes to energies, a warmer winter is expected to send LNG prices to a 6 month low, whilst forwards buying earlier this year - notably over summer - haven't helped. Whilst heating demand normally pushes the price action of energies up (as seen last year) it looks like some unsold cargoes are still looking for a home. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT)  Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 1.30pm – US CPI (November): CPI to rise 2.4% YoY from 2.5%, and 0.1% from 0.3% MoM. Core CPI to rise 0.2% MoM and 2.2% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses
3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 7 December): stockpiles to rise by 1.9 million barrels. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Rolls-Royce expects earnings and cash flow for the year to be at the upper end of previous guidance. The firm’s restructuring remains on target, it added.  British American Tobacco said that it was on track to meet targets, as performance in combustibles and vaping offset weakness thanks to FX markets.  Superdry has issued a profit warning, saying that warm weather in November and December had hit performance, although first half pre-tax profit rose to £26.4 million from £9.1 million a year earlier.  Deliveroo to open its first customer-facing restaurant in Hong Kong Brandlogic, a clothing brand, launched a legal claim against Bentley Motors, for “badly damaging its business” Facebook evacuating buildings in Silicon Valley due to bomb threat, but later found no explosives in the building Alfa Financial upgraded to hold at Berenberg
Rational upgraded to buy at HSBC
Siegfried upgraded to buy at Baader Helvea

DWS downgraded to underweight at JPMorgan
Man Group downgraded to neutral at JPMorgan
Salvatore Ferragamo cut to reduce at Kepler Cheuvreux
Metro Bank downgraded to neutral at Citi IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary. 

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Dividend Adjustments 17 Sep - 21 Sep

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 17 Sep 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video.  NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a 
cash neutral adjustment on your account. Special Divs are highlighted in orange. Special dividends  You can see the special dividends listed below. Unfortunately we do not have granular insight on the effect on the index for the index in question, however the below maybe helpful for some. Please note the dates below are the stock adjustments in the underlying individual instrument, whilst the index div adjustments are taken out the day before on the IG platform at the cash close. Index   Bloomberg Code Effective Date Dividend Amount AS51   QUB AU 18/09/2018 28.571 TOP40   OMU SJ 19/09/2018 100 AS51     SPK AU 20/09/2018 19.375 XIN9I   601857 CH 21/09/2018 2.22 HIS   27 HK 21/09/2018 50 AEX   RAND NA 24/09/2018 69 How do dividend adjustments work? As you know, constituent stocks of an index will periodically pay dividends to shareholders. When they do, the overall value of the index is affected, causing it to drop by a certain amount. Each week, we receive the forecast for the number of points any index is due to drop by, and we publish this for you. As dividends are scheduled, public events, it is important to remember that leveraged index traders can neither profit nor lose from such price movements. This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

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Smooth Sailing for Brexit? - EMEA Brief 04 Oct

Theresa May declares to end austerity in the much anticipated Conservative party conference yesterday. Bloomberg has also reported this morning that the prime minister plans to rush her Brexit deal through parliament in a bid to stop the opposition voting down the treaty. The DOW hits record highs of 26,951.81 but stocks close with minimal change on the day as rising interest rates have made investors wary. The tension between the U.S. and China continues as China plans to sell $3bn worth of dollar bonds. In EM the Brazilian stock market is having it's strongest rally over the past two years, up more than 3%, as far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has extended his lead in the Brazilian election, according to opinion polls.  European market regulators, ESMA, are drafting a number of bilateral agreements with the FCA in an effort to reduce market instability going into Brexit. A lack of political agreement is the main worry, which the second tier financial regulation helps to mitigate.  The 10-year US treasury rose to a seven year high in response to yesterday’s impressive US data which also drove the likes of the Dow and S&P 500 to record highs. AUD has fallen steadily against the US dollar, coming in at the lowest since mid-September, initially fueled by the release of weaker than anticipated local building approvals data in Australia.  Asian overnight: Yet another day of losses for Asian markets has seen Japanese and Hong Kong indices trading in the red, with Australia representing the one outlier to that story. China remains on holiday and will do so for the duration of the week. Data-wise, the Australian trade data saw an improvement to the overall balance following a rise in exports (1% from -1%) and flat imports (0%). UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, we have precious few notable economic events to look out for, with US unemployment claims, factory orders, and the Canadian Ivey PMI numbers providing the only releases worth watching out for. This leaves markets to ponder ongoing themes, with Brexit (post-Conservative conference), Italian deficit (as coalition aim to produce budget) and the US-China trade war remaining key drivers of uncertainty.  Theresa May has called for party unity over her plan to divorce the UK from the EU or risk having "no Brexit at all". The cry for support comes after Boris Johnson's explosive speech on Tuesday, which the prime minister admits made her "cross". RBS Boss, Ross McEwan, is someone who is hoping that Brexit does not get to the stage of a no-deal, as he warns a bad Brexit could see the UK go into a recession. The recent rallying of oil prices seems to have come to an end as prices fell from four-year highs. This is the result of rising U.S. oil inventories and multiple sources reporting that Saudi Arabia and Russia struck a private deal in September to raise output without consulting other producers, including OPEC.  South Africa: US Index Futures and Asian equity markets are suggesting a softer start for our local bourse (Jse All Share Index). A stronger than expected US private sector jobs report yesterday, has resulted in a strengthening dollar and higher treasury yields. In turn precious metal prices have come under pressure while the rand has softened against the greenback. Tencent Holdings is trading 2.5% lower in Asia, suggestive of a similar start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Billiton is up 0.9% in Australia, suggestive of a positive start for local diversified resource counters. Today's economic calendar is light in terms of scheduled news events, with perhaps FOMC member Quarles' public address at 3:15pm the most relevant to watch out for.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 1.30pm – US initial jobless claims (w/e 29 September): claims forecast to fall to 206K from 214K. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – Canada Ivey PMI (September, seasonally adjusted): expected to decline to 61.4 from 61.9. Market to watch: CAD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Ted Baker said that revenue rose 3.5% to £306 million for the first half, but pre-tax profit dropped 3.2% to £24.5 million.   Electrocomponents reported a 10% rise in like-for-like sales for the first half, and half-year adjusted pre-tax profit is expected to be around £100 million, up from £79 million. Aston Martin shares fell on it's first full day of trading, having opened at £19 the shares fell as low as £17.75 before closing for the day at £18.10. Another recent company that had an IPO in the UK, the Funding Circle, also saw their stock price dive as much as 24%. With both of the recent high-profile IPO's in the UK failing to live up to initial expectations, it will be interesting to see trader sentiment for upcoming IPO's. The disappointing debuts have put the spotlight on some of the biggest investment banks in the world who were involved in the IPO's, such as BoAML, JPM, Morgan Stanley and Goldman, as analysts suggest the newly-listed companies were not priced correctly. Barnes and Noble is up 20% as the board has initiated a review process which aims to evaluate strategic alternatives, which includes the sale of the company. Cannabis stock Tilray has fallen 12% in the extended session after the firm announced plans to offer $400 million in convertible notes to institutional Canadian investors, which can be converted into shares. Watch out for Constellation, Corona beer owner, who are reporting earnings later today at 15:30 UK time. The company made headlines earlier this year as they poured $4bn into Canopy Growth, Canada's top cannabis producer. Software companies Horton and Cloudera have announced a merger which saw both shares raise 19% and 18% respectively. Swisscom Raised to Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley
Gecina Rated New Overweight at Barclays
Shaftesbury Upgraded to Neutral at Kempen & Co Swedbank Downgraded to Neutral at JPMorgan
Sunrise Cut to Underweight at Morgan Stanley IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.  

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Deutsche Bank kicks-off European Banking Season - EMEA Brief 24 Oct

Deutsche Bank has kicked off the banking season in Europe today as the bank announced a net profit of €229 million, with analysts expecting a profit of €149 million, as the investment bank branch loses ground. Barclays has followed by beating expectations as net income came in at £1 billion vs. £723 million expected, Jes Staley announced he is "very pleased" with the Q3 results. The EU continues to mount pressure on the Italian government as Valdis Domborvskis, vice-president of the European Commission, has told Italy that it’s budget is “not sufficient” highlighting issues with further increasing debt in Italy. The Dow ended 126 points lower but recovered from the earlier 500-point loss during the day, as corporate results from Caterpillar and 3M disappointed. Nasdaq closed 0.4% lower whilst the S&P 500 slipped 0.6% Japanese manufacturing expanded to its fastest rate in six months In October a preliminary survey indicates PMI rising to 53.1, up from 52.5 in September. China's Shanghai Composite slipped 2.3% on Tuesday, counteracting the surge seen on Monday. China is in a state of doing  "whatever it takes" to put an end to its stock market falling, as President Xi Jinping pledges to provide unwavering support for the Chinese private sector. Oil prices plunged more than 4% yesterday amid concerns amongst investors about increasing global tensions with Saudi Arabia and slowing global economic growth. Saudi Arabia's minister of energy has attempted to assure the markets that the Khashoggi scandal will not impact the supply of crude oil, with little success so far. Asian overnight: Asian stocks managed to arrest their recent slide, with markets throughout China, Japan and Hong Kong gaining ground overnight. The one outlier to this recovery came from the Australian ASX 200, which lost ground thanks to a sharp decline in the energy sector. With Saudi Arabia promising to keep the oil market well supplied, we saw a sharp decline in crude prices throughout the night despite an attempted rebound. Recent fears over the trade war impact on the Chinese economy have clearly shook stocks in Asia, and with the Italy-EU standoff looking set to rumble on, a risk-off sentiment is likely to stick around for some time yet.  UK, US and Europe: The US stock market is still in a sell-off state as the S&P 500 recorded its fifth straight decline, with all other major indices down at least 4.8% for the month of October. The driving force for the sell-off is the on-going trade tensions with China, which do not seem to be easing as Chinese government leaders indicate that they are not scared of a trade war with the US. Adding to this, Donald Trump continues his assault on the American central bank, when speaking to the Wall Street Journal he claimed that the Fed is the "biggest threat to the US economy", adding further scepticism around the US stock market. Trump's relationship with the Fed and China-US relations will be intriguing to follow over the coming days and how both factors impact trader sentiment in the US market. Looking ahead, we have a host of PMI releases from both Europe and the US. Preliminary eurozone PMI for France, Germany and the eurozone cover both services and manufacturing sectors, while the afternoon sees those same sectors covered by Markit for the US. The big release of the day comes from Canada, where the BoC is expected to raise rates once more. Keep an eye out for CAD volatility.  Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 8.15am – 9am – French, German, eurozone mfg & services PMI (October, flash): eurozone mfg reading to rise to 54.4 and services to rise to 55.1. Market to watch: EUR crosses 2.45pm – US mfg services & mfg PMI (October, flash): mfg index to hold at 55.6, while services rises to 53.9. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – Bank of Canada decision: rates expected to rise to 1.75% from 1.5%. Market to watch: CAD crosses 3pm – US new home sales (September): expected to rise 0.5% MoM. Market to watch: USD crosses 3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 19 October): stockpiles to rise by 1.9 million barrels from 6.49 million a week earlier. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Barclays said Q3 profit fell to £3.12 billion from £3.45 billion, although excluding litigation and conduct charges group pre-tax profit was up 23% to £5.3 billion.   Wells Fargo has been hit with a $65 million fine related into an investigation into statements made to investors regarding alleged fraudulent claims to "cross-sell" its business model. Caterpillar's disappointing results saw the stock closed 7.6% lower as the company highlights issues with increasing costs due to global trade conditions. Deutsche Bank report net profit of €229 million, a 65% fall in profits, in the third quarter amid the restructuring of the companies leadership. Analysts expected a sharper decrease than reported, a Reuters poll expected a net profit of €149 million.  Another bank that has reported earnings today is Metro Bank, the company announced pre-tax profits of £39.2 million which is three times than the amount recorded in the same period of the previous year. Stobart saw a net loss of £17.5 million for the first half, compared to a profit of £111.9 million a year earlier. Revenue was up 21% to £151.3 million, while the dividend was raised 20% to 9p per share.  Beer company Heineken has revealed impressive sales as volume grew by 9.2% and net profit increased to €1.606 million, fueled by warm weather in Europe. Shares in 3M slipped as much as 8.4% before recovering and trading at about 3.3% lower than its open, due to quarterly revenue missing expectations and adjusting its earnings perspective for 2018. Banco BPM upgraded to hold at Kepler Cheuvreux
Datagroup upgraded to hold at Baader Helvea
Salvatore Ferragamo raised to neutral at MainFirst
Wartsila upgraded to buy at ABG Baader Bank downgraded to hold at HSBC
Bayer downgraded to add at AlphaValue
Cineworld downgraded to equal-weight at Barclays
GAM Holding downgraded to neutral at MainFirst IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary. 

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