Shares and Indices

Shares and Indices

Earnings Report: Brambles Limited

The Logistics Company has reported a 27% decline in net profit (after tax) for the six months ended 31 December. The drop in profit is mainly due to higher costs on: Fuel Transport Brexit-proofing costs. The company was also deprived of the one-off tax benefit of US$130 million from a year ago. Below is a summary of key metrics: Sour...

February 18, 2019
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Boeing and Facebook Earnings

Boeing (BA) The Aerospace giant beat estimates and reported a record $101.1bn revenue for the year 2018. It is the first time that the company reports more than $100bn as annual revenue. Below is a summary of the fourth quarter earnings. Record revenue of $28.3 billion and record operating profit of $4.2 billion driven by higher volume Reco...

January 31, 2019
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Apple’s First Quarter Results

Today, Apple reported its First Quarter Results which was largely in-line with expectations, except for the iPhone revenue, which that fell slightly short of estimates. Quarterly revenue came at $84.3bn instead of $83.97bn forecasted. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it is a 5% decline. iPhone Revenue declined by 15% from the previous ye...

January 30, 2019
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‘FAANG’ Stocks and Their Role In The Markets

If you follow any form of financial market publication, news source or have ever watched 15 minutes of Bloomberg, then you will undoubtedly have heard the term ‘FAANG’ stocks. But what does ‘FAANG’ mean? In simple terms, it is the acronym for the shares of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet inc.) Coined due to...

January 17, 2019
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Amazon Acquired Market-Cap Title

  After a turbulent year for the technology giants, Amazon was crowned leader of the technology sector by market capitalisation on Monday. It has surpassed Microsoft to become the “New King in Town”. Technology stocks have been the primary driver of the global stock markets in the past decade. The overall performance of the tech se...

January 8, 2019
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average

Source: Bloomberg Terminal For the traders returning from the Christmas break, the sudden surge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average is probably the main event of significance to monitor. Major US equity benchmarks experienced the biggest daily gain in a decade. Until recently, those benchmarks were flirting with the bear market levels. What has ...

December 27, 2018
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Is Trump the Santa Stock Markets Need?

Without any doubt it was a difficult year for the stock markets. Recently nearly all equity indices have erased their 2018 gains. October has also lived up to its reputation in being the worst month for equities. The stock markets bled red, and investors were anxious and cautious. The equity markets have gone through their longest bull run, an...

November 30, 2018
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October Stock Market Volatility – The Myth

The Psychological effect behind the Stock Markets’ Most Volatile Month. Generally, the volatility in October has been well-above average, and this does have a psychological effect on investors’ minds. The biggest market crashes – Black Monday/Tuesday and other turmoil had occurred in October making it the “Jinx Month”. The sharp an...

October 22, 2018
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A Rise in U.S Bond Yields

Is rising bond yields bad news for the equity markets? Bond yields are an important indicator to gauge the direction of equities. They have an inverse relationship which explains why the stocks markets were in a sea of red when the US 10 -Yr Treasury yields soared to multi-year highs on Wednesday. The catalysts behind the surge in yields are mai...

October 5, 2018
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Apple—Can It Survive In Next Decade?

Apple is the first company on this planet to reach a $1 Trillion Market value, each year continuing to release brand new innovative products including the latest iPhone to hit shelves. There is no doubt that Apple is the technology king of this generation given its following, constant growth, and company profits. However, can it maintain its innova...

September 25, 2018
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Amazon Joins the Trillion Club

Just over a month ago Apple became the first company to reach $1 trillion market cap after its shares closed at $207 per share. Now Amazon has become the second company to hit the historic milestone after its share price rose to $2,050 per share.  In case you didn’t know, Amazon offers a range of products and services through its websites. The...

September 5, 2018
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Warning Signs Of An Economic Storm Front

In Economics, the difference between 10 Year and 2 Year Bond Yields is one of the leading indicators that help investors to observe any significant changes in the economy. Let's break things down a little further. Firstly, common sense dictates that if you want to make a term deposit in the bank, the rate you can get from the long-term deposit wil...

August 17, 2018
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Are the bond markets overwhelming or intimidating?

By ​Deepta Bolaky The intermarket relationships between commodities, currency, equity and bond markets are key in understanding the way the markets interact and move. Some markets will move with each other while others will move against each other. There are different types of bonds but for the purpose of this article, we will use the U.S Treas...

August 7, 2018
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Bullish Technical Reversal Trend

By ​Deepta Bolaky “Buy the Dips” and “Sell the Rallies” are widely followed strategies by new or experienced traders.  Buy-the-dip strategy is becoming increasingly popular based on the theory of market fluctuations. It takes into consideration that the market will eventually rally up at pre-dip prices at some point. “Nowadays, t...

July 31, 2018
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World’s Largest Stock Exchanges

Almost every country in the world has a stock exchange with some countries having multiple exchanges. There are over 60 major exchanges across the globe with the total market cap of over $85 trillion. But only 18 of those are in the so-called ''$1 trillion club''. The top 18 stock exchanges have a total value of $77 trillion which makes up around 9...

July 30, 2018
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