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Financial Spread Betting News

: 19 March 2015

European equities are set to start mixed as traders take different spins on the dovish FOMC overnight.

Whilst UK equities are still basking in the post budget giveaway, the cooling of hawkish temptations from the Fed has added to that bullish sentiment.

However, over on the continent the Germans, the world's third largest exporter, aren't enjoying he prospect of a weaker dollar/stronger euro hitting their economy so we see the Dax lower on the open, whilst France doesn't' seem to have made its mid up yet.

As widely expected, the FOMC dropped 'the patience' code word replacing it with reasonably confidence.

The statement spurred bets the Fed is in no rush to raise interest rates and showed its uneasiness about the modest economic data seen recently.

As a result, the Dow Jones rallied steeply, gaining 218 points to 18,068.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 18 March 2015

Modest gains are expected for European equities this morning.

With a fairly quiet economic calendar in the morning and the FOMC Statement this evening, markets are likely to be void of any direction as traders head to the side-lines.

Ahead of the Fed interest rate decision the US economic numbers continued to disappoint with housing starts plunging the most since February 2011.

However, the consensus seems to be the US economy has gained enough momentum to warrant the removal of forward guidance with any action becoming data dependent.

The Dow Jones lost 67 points to 17,850.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 17 March 2015

European equities are set to take a breather after yesterday's solid gains with a marginal dip on the open.

Also keeping traders from being too active on the open today is the looming Fed meeting, which is sure to keep them on the side-lines.

Although the ECB is giving the bulls a strong impetus to take markets higher, there's a natural reticence to do so just ahead of the Fed meeting where they may set markets up for a June rate hike.

With the Fed possibly diverging from all the other major central banks and tightening at a theoretically questionable time in the business cycle, don't expect this to go down well with the bulls.

It's widely expected the Fed could end forward guidance by dropping 'patience' from the statement at this week's meeting.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 16 March 2015

European equities are set to trade higher on the open.

Although US markets are buckling under the threat of a hawkish Fed, European equities appear to be able to shrug off all and any negative cues due to the ECBs dovish monetary policy.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stated that there had been no progress on the Greek debt talks and a poll showed that 52% of Germans want Greece out of the EU, however, as long as Mario Draghi is manning the printing presses; the bulls can take this all in their stride.

The euphoria regarding the US nonfarm payrolls report has been eroded by the drop in inflation at the producer level as PPI declined 0.5% against expectations for 0.2% rise.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 13 March 2015

European equities are set to gain on the open following strong gains overnight in the US.

A much weaker than expected Retail Sales figure for the US has, at least temporarily, put the brakes on Fed tightening in the minds of traders.

However, one data point doesn't make a rally and all that bullish optimism could easily be undone by the Fed at next week's meeting.

Closer to home continental equities continue to be well supported by the ECB's quantitative easing efforts but the deteriorating relationship between Greece and its creditors still remains a cause for concern.

With little progress and constant bickering the odds of Greece leaving the euro zone remain uncomfortably high.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 12 March 2015

European equities are set to open higher following overnight gains in Asia.

Despite a marginally weaker US session, European traders are shrugging it off and instead focusing on the bullish session in Asia which saw the Nikkei hit a 15-year high, briefly trading above 19,000.

However, keeping a lid on bullish over-optimism is the continuing saga in Greece.

Despite continuing negotiations with its creditors, it's almost as if Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to subconsciously scupper the talks by bringing the issue of Nazi war reparations into the equation.

US equities extended their losses yesterday, led by a slump in consumer and technology shares with the Dow Jones dropping 32 points to 17,661.

At the next FOMC meeting, chair Janet Yellen is expected to remove the guidance rhetoric, with future action becoming more of a data dependent function.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 11 March 2015

European equities are set to start higher, with a minuscule bounce after yesterday's steep losses.

Oil prices, Greece and US interest rates all conspired to drag markets lower yesterday, and although they seemed to have found an area of support; traders aren't giving it much chance of holding.

With all of the above hanging over markets, nobody has had time to keep an eye on what's happening in Russia.

With NATO and Russia currently holding large scale military exercises at the same time, sabre-ratting on such a scale surely cannot bode well.

Richard Fisher of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas revealed that he's in favour of raising interest rates as the labour market improves.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 10 March 2015

European equities are set to dip on the open as they shrug off overnight gains in the US and continue to fret about Greece.

Reports that the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has told Greece to stop wasting time has caused more nerves to be frayed over an already shaky situation.

However, the feeling is probably shared by markets because without a clear plan that the troika is behind, the possibility of a Grexit will still exist.

Corporate deals managed to trigger a rebound in US equities yesterday with the Dow Jones gaining 113 points to 17,983.

At the same time, it seems the start of quantitative easing in Europe also had a positive effect as a good chunk of US companies have their earnings coming from abroad.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 09 March 2015

European equities are set to slide on the open as traders continue to digest Friday's strong US job data and the Greek crisis looks likely to flare up again.

Many eyes were actually fixed on the US wage growth figure which remained sluggish on Friday; however, the knock out jobs creation figure swept aside those concerns as the strong pace of job creation is bound to pick up the slack in the labour market.

With this pick, expectations for a summer rate hike have firmed up.

Also taking the wind out of the bulls is more turmoil in Greece.

Reports that the Greek proposals for government reforms has not gone down well with the Euro group has supposedly caused Yanis Varoufakis to threaten calling a referendum or another election.

With anti Syriza protests growing and dissent within its own ranks, this is looking like a threat to self-immolate if the euro group don't agree to their demands.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 06 March 2015

European equities are set to drift lower ahead of todays' non-farm payrolls.

After yesterday's unleashing of QE by the ECB, the bulls had a nice rally off the back of it but as usual, there's a little trepidation ahead of the big jobs figure.

On the other side of the Atlantic however, there were only modest gains and US traders turned cautious that another batch of good data firm up the possibility of a rate hike this summer.

The US has been pumping out +200K jobs now for the last 11 months and if we see a pickup in wage growth as well, the bulls may get nervous that the Fed will start prepping markets for a summer rate hike at the March meeting.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 05 March 2015

European equities are set to open mixed this morning as traders move to the sidelines ahead of today's European Central Bank meeting.

The ECB is set to unleash quantitative easing but it's not a done deal that the day will belong to the bulls, because sentiment will be decided by the details.

There was a lot of forward guidance leading up to the actual announcement of QE, so there's been plenty of time to price it in.

Traders will be trying to determine the scale and possible effectiveness of the ECB's programme.

Bulls will be hoping that the programme is an open-ended affair that carries on well beyond September 2016, but with economic data already picking up bears may seize on any caveats that indicate the programme could end before that date.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 04 March 2015

European equities are set to edge higher on the open.

Yesterday's pullback from all-time highs showed that there's some reluctance on the part of the bulls to keep markets marching ever higher when here's so much uncertainty around.

Also with some a heavy economic data ahead you can understand their hesitance to party like its 1999.

Amid predictions the US stocks could see their profits fall in the current quarter, technology and health care stocks led yesterday's sell off from record highs.

On Friday, the US nonfarm payrolls report will be closely watched as investors will look for extra clues regarding the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase.

The Dow Jones dropped 66 points to 18,195.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 03 March 2015

European equities are set to open mixed as they continue to tread water ahead of key economic releases.

Although US indices hit all-time highs overnight, bulls aren't taking it as cue to blindly follow this morning and instead waiting for domestic fundamentals to provide the impetus.

Consumer spending in the US rose 0.3% adjusted for inflation, signalling the world's biggest economy is on the right track.

The optimism easily spilled over into equities triggering another sharp rally with the Dow Jones surging to a fresh record high and posting a gain of 106 points to 18,264 for the day.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 02 March 2015

European equities are set to start mixed on the open.

An overnight rate cut by the PBoC has largely been shrugged off by the European markets, what with so many central banks resorting to the policy to prop up their economies, it's more a sign of weakness than as something to get the bulls geed up about.

This week's economic calendar is also keeping traders on the side lines as host of big impact economic data and central bank meeting are set to turn up the volatility a couple of notches.

The US Commerce Department showed the GDP rose at 2.2% annualized rate down from an initial estimate of 2.6%.

On top of that pending home sales figures and Chicago PMI also disappointed investors sparking a selloff in the last trading session of the month.

As a result the Dow Jones dropped 49 points to 18,163.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 27 February 2015

European equities are set to open marginally lower on the open.

Although the main indices are pushing all-time highs, there isn't the runaway optimism seen during other bull markets.

With such negative cues hanging over the markets such as Greece, the Ukraine and worries about global growth and deflation; there's certainly a bit of reluctance on the part of the bulls to take markets higher.

With a host of big economic figures and central bank meetings out next week, traders are likely to tread cautiously going into the weekend.

A slump in oil prices led the energy sector lower yesterday.

But it was counterbalanced by the fact that core consumer price index, a measure of inflation closely watched by the Fed rose more than estimates.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 26 February 2015

European equities are set to tread cautiously on the open.

A lack of clear direction and mixed sessions descended onto the markets yesterday on both sides of the Atlantic and we are set to see the same again this morning.

Doubts are setting in over the viability of the Greek debt deal.

On the one hand he Germans are instinctively dis-trustful of the Greeks ability to meet their commitments whilst in Greece itself, hard-line left wingers are disappointed that Tsipras bowed down to creditors and reneged on policies he was elected on.

In her second testimony before the US lawmakers, the Fed Chair Janet Yellen reiterated that low inflation and wage growth do not justify the rush to hike interest rates.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 25 February 2015

European equities are set to open mixed as a little caution descends on traders after major indices hit all-time highs.

Yesterday's session proved profitable for bulls as Greece's left-wing government backed down on some of its policies and traders took Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's testimony as dovish.

However, the global economy is in a completely different place compared to previous historic highs and there is sure to be a debate about whether or not current valuations are justified.

With growth sluggish and inflation either low or negative, one could hardly say that things are booming.

Regarding the Fed's guidance on interest rates, Ms Yellen said it will not commit to a specific timetable for raising borrowing costs.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 24 February 2015

European equities are set to dip on the open as caution sets in amongst traders ahead of key risk events.

Greece's inability to deliver their reform plan by Monday's deadline hasn't caused too many tremors in the markets overnight and leaked drafts of the proposals has allowed to traders remain cautiously optimistic that a deal is still in the offing.

Also keeping traders on edge today will be Jane Yellen's testimony in front of the Senate.

Following the dovish FOMC minutes, traders will be looking for concrete evidence that they should shift their rate hike expectations further out from June.

At the moment, despite low inflation, the pickup in the US economy still has the consensus anchored to a June hike.

With Greece busy doing the homework, it was left to the US economic data to provide some sort of direction for equities.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 23 February 2015

European equities are set to perk up on the open as Greece takes a step closer to a deal.

An agreement to extend Greece's bailout by four months was agreed late on Friday.

However, to secure the deal Greece must present a list of reforms to its creditors.

For a party elected on the premise of anti-austerity, it is hard to see how the reforms, which are to be presented today, can accommodate the wishes of both the Greek electorate and creditors.

Amid fresh expectations that the US Federal Reserve will keep interest rates unchanged for longer, the Dow Jones surged 138 points to close at a new record high of 18,129.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 20 February 2015

European equities are set to slip on the open as the game of brinkmanship between Greece and its creditors reaches an extreme.

With Greece adamant that it will not continue with the austerity measures and, most prominently Germany adamant that they do, Greece is hurtling towards insolvency.

However, considering how little time is left and how strongly both sides are sticking to their guns, markets are still of the belief that a compromise deal will be done.

The US labour market seems to be making further progress as fewer Americans than estimated filed for unemployment benefits last week.

However, that was trumped by the FOMC's patience to raise interest rates and ongoing concerns over Greece's bailout talks.

Despite moving higher in the morning session, the Dow Jones finished 28 points in the red at 17,986.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 19 February 2015

European equities are set to dip on the open as Greek uncertainty continues to weigh.

As time runs out for Greece to secure a deal, even news of a surprisingly dovish Fed overnight has failed to raise the animal spirits amongst the bulls this morning.

News that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is to present his plan for a loan extension today is also failing to inspire any confidence in markets.

Markets aren't sharing his optimism that he can somehow get Greece's creditors to agree an extension whilst reneging on the bailout austerity measures.

Traders are nervously waiting for his plan to be thrown back in his face.

The release of the last FOMC meeting minutes indicated a reluctance of raising interest rates too soon.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 18 February 2015

European equities are set to edge higher on the open as the perpetually optimistic bulls shrug off any uncertainty from Greece.

Despite the fact that the gulf between Greece and its creditors looks nowhere near to being closed and the ECB may kick away the support pillars from the Greek banking system today, the bulls are having none of it.

Despite cash fleeing from Greek banks and the nation itself having to look down the back of the sofa to pay its bills, the bulls seem to be clinging on the rumour circulating that Greece will seek an extension to its loan agreement today.

However, if hey do it's unlikely to contain any of the commitments to the bailout austerity which would be unpalatable to its creditors so we'd be back at square one again, but for the bulls that's a matter for another day.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 17 February 2015

European equities are set to slump on the open as Euro group finance ministers develop some backbone.

Overnight talks between Greece and its creditors ended in a stalemate despite market optimism of a deal last week.

The Euro group stuck to their guns and insisted that Greece continues with the agreed upon austerity measures, which is set to side swipe traders who thought that Greece's creditors would back down from that condition and give them some leeway.

The game of chicken continues and worries are escalating that neither side will blink and an all mighty car crash is about to ensue.

Utilities like Centrica and SSE led the UK equities lower yesterday on the back of concerns that Greece won't reach an agreement with the euro area counterparts.

FTSE 100 retraced from a five months high, losing 42 points to 6838.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 16 February 2015

European equities are set to open flat to marginally higher on the open as traders await the Euro group meeting.

A lot of optimism has been priced into markets at the end of last week following the Euro group meeting n Wednesday and the EU Economic Summit on Thursday.

Although no deal had actually been done, positive comments from both Greece and is creditors have stoked the feeling amongst traders that a deal is in the offing soon.

Lower energy prices continue to boost the US consumer spending which accounts for 70% of economic growth.

So the US economy is now regarded as being able to sustain itself, is on firmer footing than a few years ago.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 13 February 2015

European equities are set to rise on the open as bearish cues appear to have dissipated.

The bulls have been remarkably resilient over the last few days not letting the troubles brewing in Ukraine and Greece get them down too much.

Maybe they had a crystal ball as progress on both issues appears to have been reached and we are expecting decent gains to be seen on the open.

In the Ukraine, although the previous cease fire didn't bear any fruit and there is already scepticism about the latest attempt, for now, there is optimism that both sides have pulled back from an intensification of fighting.

Also giving the bulls a nudge higher is the apparent coming together of stances between Greece and its creditors with hopes that a deal can be reached on Monday.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 12 February 2015

European equities are set to open mixed on Greek confusion.

Overnight news saw conflicting assessments of the Greek and European Union officials negotiations and markets seem to be picking and choosing which newswire to take their cue from.

The fact that no agreement was reached seems to have brought the bears out in some quarters of the market, however, the upbeat tone from Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis seems to have got optimists bullish that a deal may be done on Monday.

The Dow Jones rallied 73 points to 17,934 towards the close on optimism Greece will strike a deal with its creditors and avoid a funding crunch.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 11 February 2015

European equities are set to edge higher on the open tracking overnight gains in the US and Asia.

The bulls ability shrug off bad news remains strong, even though the news that a deal between Greece and its creditors has been rebuked by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, they are still holding onto their gains from yesterday.

Despite Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras sounding solidly committed about reneging on the bailout in front of his parliament last night and Wolfgang Schaeuble once again slapping down an idea of a negotiation, the bulls don't appear to be too rattled ahead todays face to face showdown at the Eurogroup meeting.

The US equities posted a recovery on the back of optimism that Brussels would be willing to allow an extension to Greek bailout.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 10 February 2015

European equities are set to open flat.

Despite the looming bearish cues hanging over markets at the moment, traders are set to show some remarkable resilience this morning with the FTSE and DAX still within a whisker of their all-time highs.

Despite a Grexit looking like a wholly probable outcome, the US about to be dragged into the Ukraine conflict and another batch of poor Chinese data out overnight, the bulls are shrugging all of this off and are determined to be long if/when we get that pop to new all-time highs.

The Dow Jones dropped 49 points to 17,752 yesterday after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tzipras vowed to end the austerity program, ruling out an extension of bailout.



Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

The information and comments provided herein under no circumstances are to be considered an offer or solicitation to invest and nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. The information provided is believed to be accurate at the date the information is produced.

By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



Financial Spread Betting News

: 09 February 2015

European equities are set to slide on the open following a multitude of bearish cues.

Overnight data from China showed a worrisome slump in imports and exports which has continued to stoke the fears of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

The tension in Greece also continues to ratchet up.

As the ECB and Wolfgang Schäuble slapped down Greece's attempt at negotiations last week and essentially told them to stick to the bailout plan, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave a defiant speech on Sunday saying that they would do no such thing.

With both sides looking too far apart to compromise, this doesn't look like this will end in a calm, timely and orderly manner.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 06 February 2015

European equities are set to drift lower as traders prepare for today's US jobs number.

Traders will be hoping for a goldilocks number just above 200k, showing that the US economy is ticking over nicely but not roaring ahead as to invoke the Fed to start tightening.

Also keeping traders treading cautiously this morning will be the impasse reached in the Greek debt talks.

Despite all the fanfare and optimism Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis caused at the start of the week by stating that he wouldn't seek a debt write off and instead proposed some interesting restructuring ideas, it looks as though the ECB and Wolfgang Schaeuble have slapped that idea down.

With little support from its creditors and essentially been told to stick to the austerity programme, there's a lot nervousness about what Alexis Tsipras's next move will be.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 05 February 2015

European equities are set to fall sharply on the open as the ECB starts to play hard ball.

The ECB's decision not to accept Greek government bonds as collateral for loans to its commercial banks came as a surprise late last night and US equity markets sold off accordingly.

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that this move had put pressure on Greece and it's creditors to find a 'mutually beneficial' solution, but this looks more like the ECB telling Greece that it had better continue with austerity and the already agreed upon bailout programme or they'll cut Greece loose.

The move is rather timely as Varoufakis meets with the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble today who is also likely to reiterate that Greece must stay on its current path.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 04 February 2015

European equities are set to open higher as the Greek debt proposal continues to give momentum to the bulls.

Despite the fact that there are very few details and the response from Eurozone officials has been sceptical, traders believe that actual progress has been made and the probability of a debt write off has been reduced.

Whilst the bulls seem to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, today sees Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis meet with Mario Drahi and tomorrow with Wolfgang Schaeuble where he will be surely reminded that they must stick to their original commitments on austerity and debt repayment.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 03 February 2015

European equities are set to creep higher on speculation of progress in the Greek debt standoff.

Late news yesterday that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had dropped the idea of a debt write off and instead proposed a restructuring set US markets alight in the last hour turning a choppy day into one of solid gains.

However, European traders are treating the proposal with a little more scepticism and waiting for something a little more concrete so we aren't seeing the same out and out bullishness that we did across the Atlantic.

Surprisingly, the US ISM Manufacturing PMI dropped to one year low of 53.5 (consensus was 54.9) from a robust reading of 55.1 in December.

It sparked concerns that a strong dollar and sluggish global growth are starting to have a negative impact.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 02 February 2015

European equities are set to dip on global growth worries.

Overnight, weak Chinese manufacturing data added to the bearish sentiment following Fridays slip in US GDP.

The unexpected contraction has only further fuelled speculation that all is not well in the global economy and that the deflationary spiral is picking up speed.

The US economic growth slowed sharply in the last quarter to 2.6% below expectations of 3% expansion.

Coming after an impressive 5% growth rate in the third quarter it felt like a disappointment sending the Wall Street 290 points down to 17,197.

However, consumer spending rose 4.3%, the fastest pace since 2006.

Amid renewed concerns over how the newly elected Greek government will choose to deal with Brussels, the single currency dropped 18 pips versus the greenback to 1.1299 albeit in a rather tight range.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 30 January 2015

European equities are set to gain on the open following overnight rally in the US. A late in the session rally over in the US turned what was going to be an ugly day in to a triple digit winner.

The indices were rather down beat following the upbeat assessment of the US economy at the FOMC and were taken a-back by the lack of dovishness.

However, Janet Yellen must have been watching the financial markets as she came to the rescue when, at a meeting with Senate Democrats, she said that she wasn't going to raise rates immediately.

The US jobless claims tumbled to the lowest level in nearly 15 years spurring optimism on the employment sector which spilled over into the equity markets.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 29 January 2015

European equities are set to open lower following last night's FOMC statement.

There was no chance in the language or their stance that they remain patient on raising rates but this sent US markets into a tail spin because for traders who are now addicted to accommodative monetary policy, even 'patient' is deemed to be hawkish.

With a host of central banks either cutting interest rates this year already or alluding to the possibility that they may in the face of slowing growth and deflation, it was hoped that there would have been a bit of loosening up in the Feds timeline.

However, the Feds commitment to at least begin normalising rates at some point is enough to get traders heading for the exit, without central bank morphine the pain is just too great.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 27 January 2015

European equities are set to gain as bullish optimism continues to shrug off the Greek election result.

There appears to be some sort of blind faith that even though Syriza and the Troika are clearly drawing lines in the sand in preparation for an all mighty clash; in the end there will be some sort of amicable settlement that doesn't cause too much disruption.

Tsipras's attempts to appear reasonable by calling for 'negotiations' masks the fact that he means negotiate about a debt write down.

However, despite Greece's creditors coming out and stating that a debt write-down is not in the offing, markets seem be taking this as sabre rattling and instead see them blinking first.

After opening lower on the back of Greek elections results, the US shares posted a steady recovery throughout the session with the Dow even closing slightly higher at 17,692.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 26 January 2015

European equities are set to slide following the Syriza win in Greece.

The anti-austerity party swept to power with a much larger margin than had been expected with only 2 seats shy of a majority.

Pervious speculations were that a rainbow coalition may tone down Tsipras's ability to enact his anti-austerity pledges, but markets are beginning to tremble as his electoral success has put Greece on a head-on collision course with its creditors.

The bullish scenario, one where Tsipras ends austerity and the Troika continue to provide Greece with emergency funding looks unlikely.

One side will have to blink soon.

Amid ongoing assessment of how much confidence was injected into global markets by the recent ECB's actions, the US investors refocused on the domestic agenda.

As such, the disappointing corporate earnings results made headlines and sent the Dow Jones 157 points down to 17,650.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 23 January 2015

European equities are set to start with gains as a little more post ECB QE euphoria nudges the markets higher.

However, it's never plain sailing with the Eurozone and going into the weekend traders will have to decide how they want to be positioned for the Greek election.

The bulls have enjoyed some decent gains already this year so it will be understandable if we see a bit of profit taking today.

Alexis Tsipras, a former communist who's described the imposed austerity on Greece as 'fiscal waterboarding', looks set to take the premiership according to recent polls.

A win for the left winger will spark concern that he'll go through with his pledge to reverse austerity and refuse to pay their debts, creating a head on collision between Greece and the Troika.

ECB finally came to the table expanding the stimulus plan, a move that easily spilled over into the global markets.

At the same time, across the pond, banks and transportation shares rallied on higher than anticipated earnings thus accentuating the surge.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 22 January 2015

European equities are set to open flat as traders hunker down ahead of the ECB meeting announcement.

Traders have been well prepped for what to expect today and there shouldn't be any surprises.

Assuming they do opt for the €50bn a month purchases for the next one to two years, as suggested by yesterday's leak, the deeper question is will it be enough?

Probably not, chucking printed money at the Eurozone when some southern states are running amok refusing or are incapable of implementing economic reforms leaves the real problems of the union untouched.

However, for equities traders this could be the start of a huge bull run.

Just like Japan, the US and UK, one round of QE is never enough – once you pop, you can't stop!!



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 21 January 2015

European equities are set to gain once more on the expectation of QE from the ECB this Thursday.

However, momentum is waning and there's a little apprehension in the air since Draghi and other members of the ECB have been dropping so many hints over the last few months, markets appear to have priced in a fair wedge of stimulus already.

With everyone on the planet expecting the bazooka to be fired, there is a risk that Draghi underwhelms the markets and only pulls out a shotgun.

Amid heightened volatility, the Dow Jones gained just 23 points to 17,494 as investors are getting concerned that a slowing economic growth at the global level could hurt the US economy.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 20 January 2015

European equities are set to continue their upward move as dovish hopes continue to support sentiment.

Overnight the IMF downgraded global growth forecast for 2015 and 2016, and urged central banks to continue with their loose monetary policies, something which the bulls will heartily welcome.

Also overnight, China had a goldilocks GDP figure for the bulls.

The annual figure dipped to 7.4%, just below the government's target of 7.5%, which although weak, doesn't imply a total collapse yet still leaves the door open for some more stimulus efforts.

Add to that the expected effort from the ECB this Thursday and you can see that the bulls are confident to hold onto their long positions.

FTSE 100 rallied 22 points to 6593 yesterday led by gains for Tesco, Travis Perkins which both had their rating upgraded and Balfour Beatty which won a contract for public works.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 19 January 2015

European equities are set to start with gains this morning on expectation of global dovish central bank policy.

On Friday weak inflation data in the US pushed back the likelihood of the Fed tightening this year, overnight a move by Chinese regulators to curb trading on margin has been seen as a pre-emptive move to stop future PBoC stimulus going into speculative assets instead of the real economy and this Thursday markets are seeing the ECB launching of a sovereign bond buying program as a dead cert.

A rally in energy stocks was one of the main drivers pushing US shares higher last Friday.

At the same time a jump in the US consumer confidence managed to overturn investors' pessimism following the Swiss currency shock.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 16 January 2015

European equities are set to open lower, giving back some of yesterday's mammoth gains after a roller coaster session.

However, despite the lower open, if anything, sentiment has turned bullish.

After the SNB caused a spasm across all markets and assets yesterday, traders have come to the conclusion that the SNB capitulated in the face of overwhelming ECB action next week.

Although Thomas Jordan said that the peg was currently unsustainable, market suspicion is that in a dark, mahogany lined, smoke filled room somewhere in the land of banking secrecy, someone from the ECB has tipped him off over how big their bond purchasing program will be and concluded that it would be a futile exercise to try and maintain the peg.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 15 January 2015

European equities are set to start with gains and make a valiant effort at clawing back some of yesterday's losses.

However, although copper has stabilised overnight, the overall bearish sentiment still remains in place and so any buying is probably due to short covering.

It's a fairly quiet morning for European economic data so attention turns to the US where we'll get PPI which is expected to show a second month of negative readings.

This year alone, we've had weak PPI readings from Europe, China, the UK and Japan so adding the US to the list is sure to keep those alarm bells over the global economy ringing.

An unexpected drop in the US retail sales figures (down 0.9% compared with forecast for 0.2% gain) reignited fears over growth prospect in the worlds' biggest economy.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 14 January 2015

European equities are set to slump on the open tracking an overnight sell off in the US.

European equities were riding high in to the close yesterday as weak UK inflation added to the expectation that central banks will have to maintain their dovish stance a little while longer.

However, alarm bells should have started ringing when David Cameron tweeted his elation over the weak inflation data, a classic bad omen of politicians counting their chickens before they've hatched.

Just as European traders shut up shop for the day, US markets did an about face as oil and global deflation worries took over.

The bulls have been able to palm off the slump in oil as a consequence of over supply but an overnight slump in copper prices has spurred fears that it is a lack of demand, the bad kind of deflation that has the potential to spiral downwards.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 13 January 2015

European equities are set to open flat as traders look for reassurance after yesterdays out of character rally.

Oil prices continued to plunge, Syriza firmed up their lead in Greek election polls and US markets headed south straight from the open yesterday but the prospect of an ECB quantitative easing blitz is keeping continental bulls well supported.

Closer to home we have UK inflation data which is set to make a 12 year low.

While the wider picture could be interpreted as the spectre of deflation setting in across the global economy, no doubt bulls will be cheering the implications for a BoE rate hike being nudged back.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 12 January 2015

European equities are set to open mixed as traders still try to digest Fridays US jobs number.

The headline figure beat expectations and the major European indices saw a bit of a rally initially.

However, rather surprisingly, markets looked a little deeper beyond the headline figure and saw that wage growth was plummeting, sparking a sell off on fears of looming deflation.

With plunging oil prices, Europe actually in deflation and declining inflation rates across the world, the spectre of a deflationary spiral is certainly a possibility.

The US Labour Department indicated a rise of 252,000 jobs in December amid a drop in unemployment rate to 5.6%, the lowest level since June 2008.

However, the wage growth (driving consumer spending) is still lagging so some investors are yet to be convinced this year's GDP can expand by more than 3%.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 09 January 2015

European equities are set to edge lower on the open as bulls take a breather after 2 days of solid gains.

A slightly better than expected Retail Sales figure in Europe didn't dent the perverse inverse rational of 'bad news is good news' if the ECB has to start printing thinking that has halted bears in their tracks.

Equities have shrugged off completely the bearishness from Greece and plunging oil prices that troubled them so much at the start of the week and instead resorted to that time tested belief that a central bank can soothe all problems with a bit of monopoly money.

A little bit of profit taking is seen before Non Farms but nothing to worry the bulls as Draghi is on his way with a late Christmas present.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 08 January 2015

European equities are set to gain on the open as traders sense dovishness from central banks.

Yesterday's dip into deflation for Europe has set alight expectations that the ECB will have to pull out the big guns and start quantitative easing at some point soon.

Also, a cautious FOMC minutes overnight that extolled patience over the first rate hike has given traders some respite until at least April.

The FOMC minutes released last evening confirmed the consensus that interest rates in the US are unlikely to rise before late April especially amid volatile markets.

So, the Dow Jones already higher at the time of announcement maintained its bullish mood, recovering 210 points to 17,593.

Overnight, Fed Member Charles Evans said borrowing costs should not be raised given an improvement in the economy because inflation may stay low for several years.

As a result the Dow is still rallying.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 07 January 2015

European equities are set to make modest gains on the open as the bears take a breather.

Overnight US markets plunged once again on oil and Greek fears but bearish sentiment seems to have paused in Asia as they stage a mild recovery and that uptick is seen filtering into the European open.

However, the bearish cues haven't subsided and another plunge in the price of oil or a poll showing Syriza increasing their lead could well trigger another dump in the markets.

Ahead of the release of the FOMC minutes, the US equities extended their losing streak, led by energy sector as oil slumped further below $50 a barrel.

The Dow Jones fell 177 points to 17,368 amid increased volume, yet another sign of negative sentiment.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 06 January 2015

A mixed start is expected for the European indices as Greece and plunging oil prices keep uncertainty high.

There's still 3 weeks to go before the Greek election but with Syriza still having a marginal lead in the polls traders can't help but relive the nightmares of the Eurozone crisis.

A few of Angela Merkel's subordinates tried to back track on her earlier comments about being comfortable with a Greek exit but the damage to risk sentiment had already been done.

Oils plunge below $50 continues to spark debate amongst traders about whether or not this is actually a bullish or bearish cue.

However, at the moment those who believe it's a sign of slowing global demand and an impending deflationary spiral seem to be winning.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 05 January 2015

It's a New Year but it's the same old story.

European equities are set to dip on the open as Eurozone jitters get markets wobbling again.

Reports that Angela Merkel said that the Eurozone could handle a Greek exit if the anti-austerity party Syriza win this month's election has reignited old fears that the union's days are numbered.

If the Greeks decide to bilk on their debts Germany may well be able to pick up the tab in that isolated scenario, but it's the nightmare scenario where contagion effects reach Italy, Spain and Portugal that should be worrying traders.

Initially the Dow Jones moved higher during the first trading session of 2015 only to run out of steam in the afternoon and consequently end up 41 points in the red at 17,796.

However, the market price remains close to the all-time high record above 18,000 mark and already this early morning we see bulls' appetite to potentially test that.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 19 December 2014

European spread betting markets are set to surge tracking bullish sessions overnight in the US and Asia.

The divergent interpretation of yesterday's FOMC continues to spread apart with equities guys taking it as dovish whilst FX and bonds guys took it as hawkish.

Even though the oil price continues to plunge and Russia's about to enter the economic winter of recession, there are rumblings in the Chinese credit markets and Greece could be about to kick of the Eurozone crisis again, risk on sentiment is set to pervade in Europe today solely because of US bullish hysteria.

We saw a rally of more than 400 points in the Dow Jones yesterday to 17,792 with the US index posting the strongest 2 days gain since 2011.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 18 December 2014

European equities are set to gain following bullish sentiment overnight in the US and Asia.

Quite where this bullish sentiment has come from is quite perplexing as equities traders viewed the FOMC as dovish while FX and bonds traders took it as hawkish as the dollar surged and US yields rose.

Although she dropped 'considerable time', a dovish Fed Chair Janet Yellen offered stock markets a breath of fresh air by saying the first increase in interest rates is not foreseen 'for at least the next couple of meetings'.

That indicated the Fed does not see inflation pressure yet, sparking a sharp climb in equities.

As such the Dow Jones rallied 268 points to 17,354, the biggest gain since 2013.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 17 December 2014

European equities are set to resume their slump on the open tracking a timely selloff in the US.

You could forgive European traders for going home with a sense of relief yesterday as it appeared the selloff had found a bottom.

However, with impeccable timing, just after the European markets closed, US markets did an about face and summarily sold off marking another consecutive day of heavy losses in the US.

Although it's FOMC day which usually marks a subdued session as traders wait to see how much appetite the Fed has for hawkish action, traders are likely to go into damage limitation mode as the geopolitical jitters get whipped up.

With OPEC seemingly comfortable with the volatility in oil markets and no need for an emergency meeting before June, Russia looks like it's about to implode.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 16 December 2014

European equities are set to start with miniscule gains, in comparison to the recent selloff, this morning.

However, don't be fooled in to thinking this is a sign of a reversal in sentiment and bargain hunters stepping up to the plate, it's probably more to do with shorts booking some profits following the 7%-9% slumps we've seen in the major European indices over the last week.

Equities seem to be inextricably tied to oil prices now and with OPEC saying they are comfortable with $40 a barrel it looks like there could be a lot more pain ahead for the bulls.

Initially the US stocks rebounded on the back of strong manufacturing data with Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Rate figures surpassing estimates.

However, everyone is now closely watching the selloff in oil which takes precedence over pretty much everything.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 15 December 2014

European equities are set to slump on the open once again tracking a late selloff in the US on Friday and a weak session in Asia overnight.

Traders have shrugged off the recovery in oil prices overnight as an overall sense of bearishness takes over.

Reports that the PBoC themselves have said that Chinese growth could slow to 7.1% next year and a weak reading for the BoJ's Tankan Survey haven't helped by stirring concerns over the health of the global economy .

It doesn't appear as though equities have hit a level where bargain hunters feel confident enough to come out yet and at this time of year, with only a handful of trading sessions left before the thin holiday period, traders may leave it to the new ear to be a contrarian.

Amid ongoing sell off in the oil market and renewed concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese growth, the US stocks sank again on Friday.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 12 December 2014

European equities are set to slump on the open as overnight declines in commodities are set to batter energy and mining stocks once again.

Despite overnight gains in the US and Asia we are expecting over 1% drops for the major indices on the open.

Overnight, WTI broke the $60 dollar handle and now looks quite settled below this level whilst gold, having a choppy sessions yesterday but ultimately flat on the day, is now flirting with yesterday's lows.

Better than expected retail sales data in the US spurred a rebound of 63 points in the Dow Jones yesterday.

Following a significant sell off in the previous three session, a bounce back was somewhat expected.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 11 December 2014

European equities are set to slide on the open once more as the risk off sentiment fails to abate.

Steep falls overnight in the US and Asia indicate that the bears are still running rampant and certain to be active on the open.

With the major European indices chopping around the flat mark for the year and prospects for the global economy looking dim next year, many traders won't want to ruin their Christmas's by being on the wrong side of the markets next major move so moving to cash in the short term looks like the default move.

Amid fast declining oil prices, OPEC announced that its forecast for next year's oil demand was downgraded sparking a sharp selloff in energy stocks.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 10 December 2014

European equities are set to perk up on the open tracking an afternoon recovery in US markets.

When European markets closed yesterday it looked as though the bears were going to run rampant across equities all over the world.

However, after the European close, US markets were able to pare back the majority of the earlier declines and this turn around in sentiment is being reflected in today open.

Fresh concerns over growth in China and renewed political turmoil in Greece sparked a sharp plunge in global equities of which the Dow Jones was no stranger.

It fell 69 points to 17,793 led by selloffs in Verizon, Merck and AT&T.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 09 December 2014

European equities are set to slump on the open as yesterday's rout continues.

Although lower oil prices should be a positive cue for pretty much every other sector other than energy, it's the persistent weakness amongst the energy shares that's overshadowing any benefits and dragging down the major indices.

The geopolitical games being played out in the oil market at the moment are stirring up too much uncertainty and having unintended negative consequences right across the asset spectrum that could be the ruin of many a traders Christmas.

Equities have had a nice bounce since mid-October so traders will be forgiven for booking profits as we come to year end.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 08 December 2014

European equities are set to open flat on mixed global cues.

Overnight news from Asia that Japans slump was even deeper than expected and weak Chinese trade data has taken the shine off sentiment following the knockout Non-Farm Payrolls on Friday.

A previous reading of an annual decline of 1.6% in Japan lurched even lower to 1.9% whilst a slump in Chinese imports and below expectation growth in exports are all conspiring to paint a weak picture of the global economy.

The US nonfarm payrolls report indicated employers added 321,000 jobs in November, a record since January 2012 while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%.

It surpassed estimates and at the same time bolstered investors' sentiment in the strength of the overall economy.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 05 December 2014

With cash markets closing to a sour finish, equity markets have rebounded and will start the day considerably up.

Draghi stayed tight-lipped yesterday during his press conference over further QE and stated he will 'reassess' come the next meeting in January.

Surely QE is a necessity sooner rather later given the five-year low inflation rate and diminishing confidence in the European economy.

However the futures markets regained some of the losses during the Feds Brainard's speech and US markets almost finished with record highs once more.

Plenty of data to mull over today, including European GDP, UK consumer inflation expectations and of course the U.S Non-Farm Payrolls.

Although it reached higher intraday to a record 17,938.5 the Dow Jones closed 4 points lower to 17,899 as markets were rather disappointed by the ECB's lack of action.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 04 December 2014

European equities are set to open with modest gains today.

George Osborne stuck to his guns yesterday and repeated the need to tackle the budget deficit, now the consensus immediately turns to Mark Carney and the MPC to drive the economy.

The Bank of England will release its interest rate decision today and will most probably be a non-event.

Even though we have had some good data of late, calming some anxiety building over the true state of the economy, a rate hike is certainly not on the cards.

Similarly eyes will also be firmly fixed on the ECB and Mario Draghi as they release their rate decision as well as monetary policy statement followed by a press conference.

Since the last meeting, economic data has gotten worse, and with President Draghi throwing everything he can besides printing money in his bedroom, investors will want to hear that more QE is at least in the pipeline.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 03 December 2014

European equities are set to open higher this morning following gains in the U.S trading session.

European retail sales and UK Services PMI will accompany George Osborne as the most telling data today along with the Canadian Interest rate decision for our western friends.

Chancellor Osborne is expected to deliver some hope today amidst concerns of 'out of control' borrowing.

One policy will give aid to the housing market and especially first-time buyers by radically amending stamp duty on houses.

Pressure will surely be mounting on the Chancellors shoulders with the election around the corner, but in defiant mode he stated, stick with me and 'stay on course to prosperity'.

The Dow Jones climbed to a fresh all time high, gaining 113 points to 17,882 with the rally being led by energy and biotechnology shares.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 02 December 2014

European equities are set for muted gains this morning driven by some solid moves in Asia and Australia overnight.

The Reserve Bank of Australia maintained its record low interest rates in an attempt to boost the jobs market amidst an economy where commodity prices continue to fall.

In recent days equity markets have been reactive to the volatile commodity markets, however today there is plenty of economic data in Europe for investors to mull over and gauge the current economic health.

Apple led the US stocks down yesterday after manufacturing data from China and Europe disappointed investors.

The Institute for Supply Management showed US factory beating estimates but that was not enough to stop the Dow Jones from dropping 25 points to 17,771.5.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 01 December 2014

European indices are set to open considerably lower after overnight trading.

Friday saw big losses for commodities after OPEC stated it would not cut production, and this downward spiral continued early Monday morning as oil hits fresh 4 year lows.

However the biggest mover has been the metals, especially Gold, which tanked on the open after news that Switzerland rejected an initiative to hold a fifth of its assets in the precious metal.

US equity markets have followed suit, with concerns mounting over disinflation and deflation.

A slew of data this week will provide traders with a real insight into the state of the British and European economy, starting on Wednesday when all eyes will be on the autumn statement as Chancellor Osborne updates the country on the Government's plans for the economy.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 28 November 2014

European equities are set to start soft on a lack of overnight cues.

With the US out of action yesterday and Asia trading mixed there's not much driving sentiment this morning.

There's a bit of economic data out today in the form of EU Flash CPI, but an expected decline back down to 0.3% isn't really a surprise and Mario Draghi has already firmed up expectations of sovereign QE next year enough this week already.

Instead, markets are likely to drift as traders try and hang onto respectable gains for November and get ready for next week's big data and central bank deluge.

As US markets were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, in the UK shares were kept in a tight range and ended largely unchanged.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 27 November 2014

European equities are set to open higher tracking overnight gains in Asia.

A mixed bag of data from the US yesterday in the form of better GDP but a surprising slump in consumer confidence led to flat finishes in the US.

Also, the strong GDP figure capped gains on hawkish Fed fears.

However, overnight Asian markets have weighed things up and tipped the balance in favour of the bulls by registering modest gains.

GDP will be in focus again today as we get the second estimate for UK Q3 GDP and this will be a good reminder of the gaping growth chasm that's developing between the US and everybody else.

Even though the rest of the global economy looks shaky, markets are happy to ignore their own domestic plight and instead believe that a rising US can drag up all the other laggards, for now.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 26 November 2014

European equities are set to open higher tracking overnight gains in Asia.

A mixed bag of data from the US yesterday in the form of better GDP but a surprising slump in consumer confidence led to flat finishes in the US.

Also, the strong GDP figure capped gains on hawkish Fed fears.

However, overnight Asian markets have weighed things up and tipped the balance in favour of the bulls by registering modest gains.

GDP will be in focus again today as we get the second estimate for UK Q3 GDP and this will be a good reminder of the gaping growth chasm that's developing between the US and everybody else.

Even though the rest of the global economy looks shaky, financial markets are happy to ignore their own domestic plight and instead believe that a rising US can drag up all the other laggards, for now.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 25 November 2014

European equities are set to edge higher on the open.

Mixed closes for Europe and the US yesterday and Asia also currently unable to get a consensus of what's going on show the indecision traders are wrestling with at the moment.

Although central banks around the world seem to be chucking the kitchen sink at the global economy, Jens Weidmann's comments yesterday that ultra-loose monetary policy 'cannot permanently boost growth prospects' is an uncomfortable truth that many market participants deep down know to be true.

Ahead of the US consumer confidence data, the Dow Jones climbed 13 points to 17,818 a new record high closing level.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 24 November 2014

European equities are set to start flat, already fully digesting Friday's central bank euphoria.

A surprise rate cut from the PBoC and a big hint from Mario Draghi that outright sovereign bond purchases are getting closer sent equities soaring on Friday.

However, the dovish news wasn't enough to keep the rally going in the US session, and although the major US indices notched up yet more gains, they closed well off their session highs.

The marginal rate of return on each attempt by a central bank to pump up a flagging global economy seems to be deteriorating fast.

The fact that so many of the world's major central banks seem to be falling back on loose monetary policy so close together has the more suspicious traders wondering how dire the global economy really is to warrant such action.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 21 November 2014

European equities are set to open flat as persistent weakness continues to keep the bulls tempered.

Despite US markets' continuing to plough ever higher, that optimism is being offset by European traders instead focussing on weak domestic factors.

Yesterday's weak manufacturing and services PMI data were another indication of how precariously balanced Europe's economy is on the edge of recession.

On Monday Draghi said that the ECB will do more but wants to assess how current tools were working.

Well, they don't seem to be having any immediate impact so traders will be on the lookout for some dovish comments from Draghi when he speaks this morning.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 20 November 2014

European equities are set to open flat following an uneventful FOMC Meeting Minutes release.

The timing of the first rate hike still remains data dependant but from the minutes there seems to be a large amount of arguing over the semantics of the 'considerable time' phrase, but nothing really of any significance for traders.

One event that should be of huge significance for traders in the UK is the Rochester by- election.

Most traders will be looking to today's UK Retails Sales for direction but the implications of today's by-election dwarf the importance of one little data point.

If UKIP can come out of nowhere and overturn a Tory majority of 10,000, we could be seeing not only the downfall of the traditional Tory party but of the two party political systems.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 19 November 2014

European equities are set to open flat to marginally higher.

After yesterdays ramp higher, traders are set to ease off the accelerator ahead of central bank meeting minutes.

Today sees minutes from the BoE and after Carney and Haldane expressed their concerns about low inflation earlier in the week, markets will want to see how prevalent this fairly recent worry is amongst the rest of the MPC.

Disinflationary storm clouds seem to be spreading out all over the global economy with even the US failing to hit its target and the issue seems to be over taking that of growth.

Previous concerns that a strong UK economy will necessitate a rate hike sometime in 2015 seemed to have subsided and the issue of importing disinflation from Asia and the continent is becoming more prominent.

However, for equity markets this is a big green light to get long as the only policy tool to fight such a problem is loose monetary policy.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 18 November 2014

European equities are set to creep higher on the prospects of continuing loose monetary policy.

Although markets have continued to power ahead over the last month, this is against a back drop of deep concerns about the global economy.

David Cameron's unusually insightful warning of flashing red warning lights is something that traders have uneasily been storing in the back of their minds during this rally.

However, since the financial crisis, central banks have always been there to pick up the bulls when they seem to be flagging and now doesn't look to be any different.

Draghi managed to do something without actually doing something again by hinting that sovereign bonds could be included in future unconventional tools and Carney's 'huge disinflationary forces' comment seems to have pushed back expectations for a BoE rate hike out to 2016.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 17 November 2014

European equities are set to open lower following Japans dip into recession.

Although financial traders are set to hit the sell button on the headline, there's already a silver lining to the story as the second sales tax to be implemented next year is certainly set to be delayed indefinitely and the Nikkei is already managing to pick itself up from it's lows.

However, as much as people like to lament about Japans financial mismanagement, people in Europe can't really talk what with Fridays GDP figures just skimming the bounds of acceptability.

Look to today's testimony from Draghi on how Europe can avoid a similar fate as Japan.

Expect him to reiterate his line that monetary policy can only do so much and that fiscal policy needs to be reformed - but watch out for hints that he may help out with some unconventional tools.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 14 November 2014

European equities are set to open flat ahead of European GDP data.

Although the FTSE has managed to gain some ground this week, the DAX and CAC are practically flat highlighting the immense indecision and debate that has been raging about how to interpret today's releases.

Some traditionalists are suggesting that if we get a good batch of readings, then it's a sign that Europe is pulling away from the edge so should be a risk on trigger.

On the other hand, we have the bad news is good news crowd, whom probably have their fingers crossed for a dire set of readings so that the pressure on the ECB to launch Sovereign QE is insurmountable.

It's going to be a volatile day as the competing camps square off against each other.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 13 November 2014

European equities are set to make a modest attempt at making back some of yesterday's losses with small gains seen on the open.

However, after such a sustained rally, there doesn't appear to be any new buyers up at these levels so spread betting markets are consolidating whilst they wait for something to shake up the equilibrium.

Europe is still in a real mess and as yesterdays German Wholesale Prices showed and today's Final CPI will surely show; deflation is a very real threat.

This should actually buoy traders because of the 'bad news is good news' if it leads to the ECB firing off some QE mentality, but there are concerns that Draghi is permanently locating policy behind the curve.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 12 November 2014

European equities are set to open flat on a lack of cues.

With little in the way of news or economic data and the US session muted because of Veterans Day, there was little for traders to get their teeth into yesterday.

The rally from mid October looks to be still intact but definitely losing steam.

Whilst US pundits and markets seem to have awarded themselves an early Santa rally, European markets don't seem to be as festive.

Their inability to retake their annual highs shows that traders do actually understand how divergent the US and European economies are and this week's BoE Inflation and Economic projections and European GDP readings should put it into bare light also.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 11 November 2014

European equities are set to perk up on overnight gains in the US and Asia.

Confidence in the US economy seems to be brushing off any domestic concerns and the bulls are running with it.

Forget that Europe is on the precipice of deflation or that China is spluttering along, if the Dow can make new all-time highs then that's all the evidence buyers need for a rally.

US equities have continued its rich vein of form extending another 40 points to continue soaring into all-time highs.

Now trading at 17570 investors are surely taking advantage of low interest rates, positive economic data and solid earnings releases.



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Financial Spread Betting News

: 10 November 2014

European equities are set to open mixed as traders struggle to find direction.

The indecision shown by mixed closes in the US on Friday and Asians indices going in different directions overnight indicates that there's no consensus for markets at the moment.

The US jobs data seems to be the source of this uncertainty as the headline figure missed expectations, but the previous month was revised higher and unemployment unexpectedly declined.

No one's quite sure if this was a positive or negative indicator of the economy; hence no one's quite sure if this tugs the Fed in a dovish or hawkish direction.

With that mental state, traders are set to start today on an uneasy footing and are likely to be susceptible to whatever news or data hits the wires.



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By Jonathan Sudaria, Financial Spreads.



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The FTSE is expected to edge lower on the open and by looking at the plunge in sterling on Sunday night, we expect jitters over the Scottish referendum to take its...read more - FTSE 100 Follows Sterling Lower as Poll Raises Scottish Referendum Concerns.


Continental European Markets Soar on Surprise ECB Rate Cut
Although the FTSE was unchanged yesterday as the MPC stood pat on rates, continental markets were sent soaring following the ECB's surprise rate cut, and so we...read more - Continental European Markets Soar on Surprise ECB Rate Cut.


Mixed Open for Europe on Difficulty in Assessing Ukrainian Situation
European equities are set to open mixed as traders struggle to asses the flare up in Ukraine. The Russian military seems to have been crossing into...read more - Mixed Open for Europe on Difficulty in Assessing Ukrainian Situation.


Traders Focus on the Central Bank Symposium in Jackson Hole
With little in the way of economic data out today attention turns towards the Jackson Hole Symposium where traders will look for further clarity on global...read more - Traders Focus on the Central Bank Symposium in Jackson Hole.


Stock Indices Remain Cautious Ahead of European GDP Data
Despite Mario Draghi stating that the euro zone's recovery remained on track last week, today's GDP data from the EU and maybe more importantly Germany, may...read more - Stock Indices Remain Cautious Ahead of European GDP Data.


US Futures Nosedive as Obama Authorises Airstrikes Against ISIS
Overnight reports that President Obama has authorised military strikes against ISIS in Iraq has sent US index futures and Asian markets plunging. The geopolitical landscape...read more - US Futures Nosedive as Obama Authorises Airstrikes Against ISIS.


Equity Markets Slump as Multitude of Negative Factors Weigh on Sentiment
A multitude of negative cues from Russia, weak economic and corporate data, the Fed and even Argentina all conspired to strip away any reason to hold...read more - Equity Markets Slump as Multitude of Negative Factors Weigh on Sentiment.


European Stocks Gain on Lack of Cohesive Response to Russian Actions
Markets have been buoyed by Europe's lack of cohesive action over Russia, but today sees the European Commission debate the tougher economic sanctions that were mentioned at...read more - European Stocks Gain on Lack of Cohesive Response to Russian Actions.


Indices Rally as Chinese Growth Figures Beat Estimates
European equities are set edge higher on the open as Chinese GDP comes in just above expectations. Traders are able to breath easy that...read more - Indices Rally as Chinese Growth Figures Beat Estimates.


Portuguese Debt Concerns Drag Equities Lower as Eurozone Crisis Raises Its Head
It's been a bad weak for the bulls already but with the euro zone crisis making an unwelcome come back yesterday, traders are getting concerned that the bearish flood gates are...read more - Portuguese Debt Concerns Drag Equities Lower as Eurozone Crisis Raises Its Head.


Bulls Cheer Jump in US Non-Farms Figure on Hopes of Economic Recovery
The good US jobs number were cheered on by the bulls as a sign that the real economy is starting (for the umpteenth time) to show signs of getting to take off speed, whilst...read more - Bulls Cheer Jump in US Non-Farms Figure on Hopes of Economic Recovery.


Gold Surges on Speculation that Central Banks Will Remain Accommodative
Investors are wagering on continued relaxed monetary policy in Europe and the US for a while yet. This was highlighted by one of the single greatest rises in Gold in the...read more - Gold Surges on Speculation that Central Banks Will Remain Accommodative.


Markets See Profit Taking as World Bank Downgrades Growth Forecasts
Many traders used the World Banks cut to its global growth forecast as an excuse for a bit of profit taking which resulted in a fairly orderly exit out of equities. Volume did pick up a bit on...read more - Markets See Profit Taking as World Bank Downgrades Growth Forecasts.


ECB Rate Cuts and Draghi Action Plan Lead European Stocks Higher
European equities are set to open higher, being dragged up by overnight moves in the US and Asia. Although Mario Draghi lobbed a few dovish grenades in the form of rate cuts and...read more - ECB Rate Cuts and Draghi Action Plan Lead European Stocks Higher.


German DAX 30 Looks to Break Above the Key 10,000 Level
The DAX will be looking to join the Dow Jones and Nikkei in the exclusive 'five figure' club today. The top 30 German stocks are only 50 points away from a major level and...read more - German DAX 30 Looks to Break Above the Key 10,000 Level.


Indices Dip as Anti-Establishment Parties Look Set to Gain in European Elections
It's been quite a while since the euro zone crisis had its last flare up but with polls suggesting that 25%-30% of the seats will go to anti establishment parties, traders maybe concerned...read more - Indices Dip as Anti-Establishment Parties Look Set to Gain in European Elections.


Valuation Concerns See Stocks Struggle Despite Shrugging Off Ukraine Crisis
Whilst the markets have demonstrated a remarkable ability to shrug off the crisis in the Ukraine and interpret weak China data as a positive, there is a sense of foreboding about...read more - Valuation Concerns See Stocks Struggle Despite Shrugging Off Ukraine Crisis.


Dovish Draghi Weakens the Euro on Hints of a Rate Cut
Mario Draghi strengthened stocks but put a banana skin underneath the heels of the Euro in his press conference yesterday. Initially, the shared currency nearly hit...read more - Dovish Draghi Weakens the Euro on Hints of a Rate Cut.


Strong Corporate Results and Economic Data Buoy Stock Markets
Earnings really are driving the markets this week. The bulls are riding waves of good economic data, and solid earnings have consequently pushed markets back in...read more - Strong Corporate Results and Economic Data Buoy Stock Markets.


Signs of Weak Chinese Manufacturing Weighs Despite Strong US Earnings
Although the US's earning season appears to be doing a good job of keeping the bulls fuelled, looking east another sign of weakness from China's manufacturing...read more - Signs of Weak Chinese Manufacturing Weighs Despite Strong US Earnings.


European Indices Track US Gains Despite Concerns Over Ukraine
European equities are set to open higher tracking an overnight surge in the US markets. Although yesterday's European session was dogged by worries of the escalating situation in...read more - European Indices Track US Gains Despite Concerns Over Ukraine.


Dovish FOMC Minutes Counteract Yellen Comments and See Stocks Rally
European equities are set to show modest gains on the open due to a dovish FOMC Meeting minutes overnight. The minutes confirmed that Janet Yellens 'six months' comment about...read more - Dovish FOMC Minutes Counteract Yellen Comments and See Stocks Rally.


Global Markets Rally on Expectations of Improved Non-Farm Payrolls Figure
European equities are set to creep higher as traders expect a solid Non Farm Payrolls figure. Follow last months upside surprise, many think the bad weather effect to...read more - Global Markets Rally on Expectations of Improved Non-Farm Payrolls Figure.


Indices Slump on Concerns Over Overvaluation of US Technology Shares
European equities are set to open lower dragged down by overnight losses in the US. Concerns that the tech sector has pumped itself up into a bubble again were...read more - Indices Slump on Concerns Over Overvaluation of US Technology Shares.


Equity Markets Plummet on Janet Yellen Interest Rate Comments
European equities are set to open lower on a knee jerk reaction to Yellen comments. Overnight at the FOMC press conference, after a very dovish statement...read more - Equity Markets Plummet on Janet Yellen Interest Rate Comments.


Profit Taking Sees Indices Rebound but they Remain Lower on the Week
A bounce is expected for the European indices this morning on the open, but in relation to this weeks declines they look negligible. Whilst a little highly speculative...read more - Profit Taking Sees Indices Rebound but they Remain Lower on the Week.


European Stock Markets Tumble on Russian Incursion into Crimea
European equities are set to open sharply lower as the weekends headlines sends traders heading for their bunkers. Russia's incursion into the Crimea over...read more - European Stock Markets Tumble on Russian Incursion into Crimea.


Yellen Testimony and Ukrainian Tensions See European Stocks Slide
Yet more losses are expected for the start of trade in Europe as sentiment remains firmly cautious. Yellen's testimony this afternoon may be partly to blame but...read more - Yellen Testimony and Ukrainian Tensions See European Stocks Slide.


Indices Sell Off as Surprise Fed Hawkishness Points to Early Rate Rise
Some surprise hawkishness from the FOMC minutes has perked up speculation that interest rates in the US could be heading higher sooner than expected as...read more - Indices Sell Off as Surprise Fed Hawkishness Points to Early Rate Rise.


Sterling Focuses on Quarterly Inflation Report and Update to Guidance
For the UK and sterling the main event will be the Quarterly Inflation Report, however, with inflation seemingly back under control, traders will be more interested in...read more - Sterling Focuses on Quarterly Inflation Report and Update to Guidance.


Asian Markets Buoy Europe as Investors Price in Emerging Market Fears
European equities are set to open higher following a buoyant Asian session. Whether this is due to the emerging market fears being fully priced in or...read more - Asian Markets Buoy Europe as Investors Price in Emerging Market Fears.


Emerging Market Concerns Sends Selling Ripple Around the Globe
European equities are set to open marginally lower as the emerging market and slowing China stories continue to cause waves around the globe. Overnight the Feds persistence...read more - Emerging Market Concerns Sends Selling Ripple Around the Globe.


Global Equities Tumble as Chinese Manufacturing Data Contracts
An unexpected contraction in Chinese manufacturing according to a preliminary report sent shivers down investors' spine and in turn triggered a sharp selloff in the global...read more - Global Equities Tumble as Chinese Manufacturing Data Contracts.


US Retail Sales See Major Indices Rally into Positive Territory for 2014
European equities look likely to maintain the bullish mood and open higher this morning. Yesterdays rally pushed the major indices in to positive territory for the year and...read more - US Retail Sales See Major Indices Rally into Positive Territory for 2014.


Weak Chinese Services Data Weighs Heavily on European Shares
European equities are set to edge lower on the open as Asian weakness taints the proper start to the year for financial markets. Overnight the HSBC services PMI came in...read more - Weak Chinese Services Data Weighs Heavily on European Shares.


Stock Market Indices Surge as Federal Reserve Starts Tapering Process
European equities are set to open significantly stronger following last nights FOMC meeting decision to begin tapering. Bernanke once again wrong foots consensus and...read more - Stock Market Indices Surge as Federal Reserve Starts Tapering Process.


European Indices Slip as US Budget Deal Stirs Fears Over Fed Tapering
European equities are set to open significantly lower as concerns over the taper get stronger. The budget deal in the US has got the bearish ball rolling with one reason for...read more - European Indices Slip as US Budget Deal Stirs Fears Over Fed Tapering.


Stocks Struggle for Direction Ahead of Key December Jobs Figures
This is it, the day of the big job number. For all of this weeks jostling, this is what traders have been building themselves up for and as always before such high impact...read more - Stocks Struggle for Direction Ahead of Key December Jobs Figures.


DAX and CAC Stock Market Indices Rally Ahead of UK GDP Figures
The DAX and CAC look set to open higher today, recovering some of the ground lost just before the close yesterday. Traders will be keeping a keen eye on revised third quarter UK GDP figures...read more - DAX and CAC Stock Market Indices Rally Ahead of UK GDP Figures.


Cautious Investors Weigh on Indices Ahead of BoE and Fed Minutes
European equities look set to open down today after a choppy trading session yesterday. With minutes released from both the Fed and The Bank of England today, spread traders will...read more - Cautious Investors Weigh on Indices Ahead of BoE and Fed Minutes.


FTSE Outperforms European Benchmarks on Good UK Housing Data
European markets will open fairly flat today while the FTSE looks set to open higher after making a nice move to the upside overnight. The UK housing market is riding high and...read more - FTSE Outperforms European Benchmarks on Good UK Housing Data.


Stock Market Indices Slump as Mario Draghi Cuts ECB Interest Rate
European equities are set to sink on the open as the uncertainty over global monetary policy clears and traders give a dim verdict. After Mario Draghi surprised markets and...read more - Stock Market Indices Slump as Mario Draghi Cuts ECB Interest Rate.


European Indices Sag Despite US Reaching Last Minute Debt Deal
European equities are set to sag on the open as the US manages to shove a deal through their legislature. It sounds counterintuitive to have such a deflated reaction but...read more - European Indices Sag Despite US Reaching Last Minute Debt Deal.


Stocks Rally on Obama Meeting with Republicans as Shutdown Continues
Concern over the US shutdown and then the debt limit had ground away at valuations but the meeting between Obama and the Republicans has been interpreted as...read more - Stocks Rally on Obama Meeting with Republicans as Shutdown Continues.


Indices Grind Lower as Markets Price in Possibility of US Default
European equities are set to grind lower on the open as forward looking traders begin to price in the possibility of a US default. Whilst the repercussions of a shutdown didn't...read more - Indices Grind Lower as Markets Price in Possibility of US Default.


European Stocks Continue to Slide on US Tapering and Debt Ceiling Concerns
Another day of gentle declines is expected on the European open as the big market unknowns of tapering and the debt ceiling keep traders relegated to...read more - European Stocks Continue to Slide on US Tapering and Debt Ceiling Concerns.


Spread Betting Markets Drift Lower on Surprise Fed Move Not to Taper
European equities are set to drift lower on the open as markets take time to ponder just what is going on. Following the Fed's double back flip somersault u-turn on tapering; market uncertainty has...read more - Spread Betting Markets Drift Lower on Surprise Fed Move Not to Taper.


GBP/USD Hits 7 Month High as Unemployment Data Boosts Positive UK Picture
The pound reached a seven month high against the dollar yesterday as jobs data added some more sparkle to an increasingly rosy picture in the UK, and Osborne doubters are...read more - GBP/USD Hits 7 Month High as Unemployment Data Boosts Positive UK Picture.


European Stocks Rally Despite Rising Syrian Concerns and Tapering Chances
European equities are set to open marginally higher as the bulls run up a head of steam. The markets acted rather strangely yesterday. Recently two things have seen investors running...read more - European Stocks Rally Despite Rising Syrian Concerns and Tapering Chances.


Dow Jones Slumps as Markets Worry About Western Intervention in Syria
Growing concerns over a possible military intervention in Syria trumped pretty much everything yesterday and sent the Dow Jones plunging 178 points to 14,776. It happened despite a...read more - Dow Jones Slumps as Markets Worry About Western Intervention in Syria.


Indices Fall as Inconclusive FOMC Minutes Fail to Address Tapering Timetable
Equities are set to take another beating on the open as the big question of 'when' tapering will begin is still left to speculation after last nights inconclusive FOMC minutes. The committee members...read more - Indices Fall as Inconclusive FOMC Minutes Fail to Address Tapering Timetable.


European Equities Sell Off on Concerns Over Fed Tapering
European equities are set to open lower as yesterdays 'taper tantrum' continues. Despite the Fed giving ample warning and market pundits reaching a consensus about the end of bond purchases...read more - European Equities Sell Off on Concerns Over Fed Tapering.


Positive Chinese Trade Data and Inflation Boost Stock Market Indices
European equities are set to creep higher as moderate inflation in China adds another to the argument that the world's second largest economy is on the mend. Following upbeat trade data...read more - Positive Chinese Trade Data and Inflation Boost Stock Market Indices.


Asian Markets Boost European Stocks as Chinese Manufacturing PMI Improves
Modest gains are expected on the open in Europe on overnight Asian strength, but central bank meetings keep gains capped. Official Chinese Manufacturing PMI data came in better than expected and...read more - Asian Markets Boost European Stocks as Chinese Manufacturing PMI Improves.


Shinzo Abe Japanese Election Win Sees Stock Market Indices Surge
A bit of optimism seems to have crept in to the markets this morning, with European indices set to start higher. A possible source for the buoyancy could be the upper house election win in Japan for...read more - Shinzo Abe Japanese Election Win Sees Stock Market Indices Surge.


European Equities Gain as Chinese GDP Figures Come in as Expected
European equities are set to start the week with a slight bid at the open on Chinese data. Overnight, China's GDP in the second quarter dropped to 7.5% which was inline with expectations. Although hopes...read more - European Equities Gain as Chinese GDP Figures Come in as Expected.


Equities Gain as Dovish Bernanke Overcomes Dithering Fed Minutes
European equities are set to start on a firm footing as Ben Bernanke outweighs dithering Fed. Bernanke left no confusion about where he lay on the monetary spectrum with his...read more - Equities Gain as Dovish Bernanke Overcomes Dithering Fed Minutes.


UK Stock Markets Surge as Carney and Draghi Offer Dovish Forward Guidance
The bulls sprung back in to life yesterday as the Carney and Draghi double team jolted markets higher with their forward guidance defibrillators. With such a dovish back stop in place the...read more - UK Stock Markets Surge as Carney and Draghi Offer Dovish Forward Guidance.


Weak US GDP Figures Boost Stocks on Hopes of Delay to QE Tapering
Yesterdays sub par US GDP figure has buoyed traders because the Feds tapering time scale is dependant on some overly optimistic economic projections coming to fruition. With those...read more - Weak US GDP Figures Boost Stocks on Hopes of Delay to QE Tapering.


Indices Fall Despite Bernanke's Suggestion that Tapering Would be Data Dependent
European equities are set to open sharply lower despite Ben Bernanke treading a diplomatic line. It was made clear that tapering would be data dependant and while the current state of the...read more - Indices Fall Despite Bernanke's Suggestion that Tapering Would be Data Dependent.


European Stock Markets Slump on Prospect of Reduced Monetary Stimulus
European equities are set to slump on the open as persistent weakness in the US and Asia spills over. The prospect of a world without quantitative easing makes markets shudder...read more - European Stock Markets Slump on Prospect of Reduced Monetary Stimulus.


Dow Jones Falls on Upbeat US Consumer Confidence Figures Amid Tapering Concerns
With good economic data in the US now warranting a sell off, this week's raft of releases is surely set to ramp up volatility. The Dow Jones lost 205 points to 15,125 as investors increased bets the Fed might...read more - Dow Jones Falls on Upbeat US Consumer Confidence Figures Amid Tapering Concerns.


Financial Markets Rises Despite OECD Downgrade to Global Growth Forecasts
European equities are set to open marginally higher but traders still appear to be bewildered over a mixed economic outlook. A downbeat forecast from the OECD on global growth confirmed what most had...read more - Financial Markets Rises Despite OECD Downgrade to Global Growth Forecasts.


European Indices Tumble as Nikkei 225 Lurches 7% Lower
European equities are set to open flat as the Nikkei takes another lurch lower. The last time the Nikkei dropped 7% in a single day was when the Tsunami struck the...read more - European Indices Tumble as Nikkei 225 Lurches 7% Lower.


Poor Economic Data Sees American Stock Markets Head Higher
Another afternoon of awful US data yesterday looked set to be the basis for the now common place move higher on bad news across the Atlantic. However, Fed member Richard Fisher joined the recent chorus of...read more - Poor Economic Data Sees American Stock Markets Head Higher.


US Stocks Slide as Fed Member Suggests Tapering QE
The US's recent winning streak came to an end when the Feds Charles Plosser, a known uber hawk, came out and surprise surprise said something hawkish. While his views on scaling back the pace of bond buying are...read more - US Stocks Slide as Fed Member Suggests Tapering QE.


Spread Betting Markets May be Disappointed if Draghi Fails to Cut Rates
Today is the turn of the ECB and whilst an interest rate cut is largely priced in, despite the dovish actions markets may also be disappointed. Mario Draghi is likely to bleat on about how the central bank is...read more - Spread Betting Markets May be Disappointed if Draghi Fails to Cut Rates.


Spread Trading: Markets Rally on Easing Expectations
European equities are set to open higher tracking a strong close in the US and firm gains in Asia as an expectation of further monetary easing continues to fuel the bullish mood. The corporate earnings in...read more - Spread Trading: Markets Rally on Easing Expectations.


Weak Chinese GDP Figure Drags Global Equities Lower
European equities are set to decline on the open as the rout continues. The weak China GDP seems to have been the tipping point and enthusiasm for the global recovery seems to have been...read more - Weak Chinese GDP Figure Drags Global Equities Lower.


European Shares Price in FOMC Minutes After Surprise Release
The main event of the week, the FOMC meeting minutes, were inadvertently released early during the European session so their effect has been fully priced in already. Although there was a...read more - European Shares Price in FOMC Minutes After Surprise Release.


Stock Market Indices Slump as ADP Jobs Figure Disappoints
Stock markets started the week on a fairly positive footing, shrugging off quite a few pieces of weak economic data. However, Wednesday's disappointing ADP payrolls figure and its...read more - Stock Market Indices Slump as ADP Jobs Figure Disappoints.


Trading News and Market Analysis
No deal yet for Cyprus and the pressure on equity markets continues. An empty handed Cypriot finance minister returning from Russia maybe a sigh of relief for European leaders to the extent that...read more - Trading News and Market Analysis.


Financial Spread Betting News and Analysis
What's the point in opening a bank if you can't get your money out? As Cypriot banks prepare to open again today there are likely to be long queues formed outside the doors and some very...read more - Financial Spread Betting News and Analysis.


Financial Spread Betting News and Market Analysis
Sir Mervyn King mentioned that he thought the pound had reached a fair value following months of declines. Cable dragged itself back above the $1.5000 mark yesterday and is...read more - Financial Spread Betting News and Market Analysis.


Spread Betting News and Market Analysis
Buying momentum in the US markets remains underpinned by confidence that central bank stimulus will remain ongoing for the foreseeable future. The Dow Jones recorded its highest level...read more - Spread Betting News and Market Analysis.


Trading News and Analysis
Central banks are back to the rescue as Ben Bernanke made his commitment clear to keep the money presses going until unemployment in the US has declined. US stocks soared...read more - Trading News and Analysis.


Spread Betting News and Analysis
Amazing what difference 24 hours makes. From the dizzy heights of 6400 to below 6300 in one session as there were triple digit losses recorded by most European...read more - Spread Betting News and Analysis.


Financial Spreads Trading News
So far this morning we've seen some very disappointing GDP data from the two powerhouses of Europe with both the French and Germans showing that their economies contracted in...read more - Financial Spreads Trading News.


2013 Market Analysis
US markets remain near their year's highs despite comments from ECB President Mario Draghi that a strong euro could make a euro area economic recovery harder to...read more - 2013 Market Analysis.


2013 Trading News and Market Analysis
The pause for breath seems to have been short lived as European spread trading markets are set to bounce following the two previous days of profit taking. With some slightly...read more - 2013 Trading News and Market Analysis.


2013 Spread Betting News and Analysis
All eyes will be on Our Dave today as he makes his keynote speech on Europe, whilst at the same time the annual World Economic Forum in Davos gets into full swing. The pressure from...read more - 2013 Spread Betting News and Analysis.


Financial Spreads Trading Update
Risk appetite continues to show signs of recovery as yesterday saw a sharp rebound in equities despite a negative start. Across the pond, the Dow Jones didn't even...read more - Financial Spreads Trading Update.




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