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  • Third Quarter Earnings Season Starts - 16 October 2014
  • JP Morgan Chase started the ball rolling in third quarter earnings for the banking sector, reporting $5.57 billion third quarter profit – results much different from the $380 million loss reported for the same period last year. A boost to the fixed income trading unit of the nation's largest bank was one of the motivating factors behind the turnaround, as fixed income revenues rose 2.1 percent year-on-year to beat analysts' forecasts. Earnings were weakened by the $1.1 billion reserved for legal costs*, resulting in a drop of 26 cents per share. Nonetheless, JP Morgan's results have raised investors' hopes that other Wall Street financial institutions will present favorable results in the coming weeks.

  • Ethical Investing and Shareholder Activism - 6 October 2014
  • A growing number of investors are building investment portfolios that include companies considered to be ethical – in their products, services, carbon footprint, social responsibility and other criteria relating to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) . While it's clear that the whole point of investing is to make money, there is a group of investors who believe that there is money to be made while sticking to their principles. Moreover, with the increased demand for transparency in publicly traded companies, dodgy dealings are difficult to get away with and can result in billions of dollars in litigation and payouts that inevitably have an impact on shareholders.

  • High Frequency Trading - 8 March 2012
  • With the anniversary of the May 2010 "flash crash" coming up, high frequency trading continues to be a somewhat controversial topic, with proponents pointing out that any major shift in investing tends to unsettle investors and traders, and critics voicing concern that nanosecond trading could bring the whole system to its knees. On May 6, 2010, at 14h42 EDT the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted by 600 points in just 6 minutes before rebounding by 15h07. It was the index's most volatile intraday activity in its 114-year history and high frequency trading is thought to have been the trigger.

  • Stock Exchange Listing and Delisting - 23 February 2012
  • With the spotlight on high-profile initial purchase offerings (IPO) in recent months, investors may get the impression that once a company has been listed on a stock exchange, the only way is up. However, this is not always the case, and when stocks no longer meet the minimum requirement for being listed, they can be delisted, usually with far less fanfare than the initial listing.

    Getting listed on a stock exchange is an expensive, and often lengthy, endeavor. For example, a US company looking to list on the NYSE first needs to request a confidential review to ascertain whether it is eligible. Reviews and application fees can run into tens of thousands of dollars, so it is in the company management's best interest to assess their eligibility before even approaching an exchange.

  • World Markets Affected by Greek Debt Resolution Delays - 9 February 2012
  • As the European Central Bank struggles to reach consensus on how it will contribute to the restructuring of Greece's debt, stocks on Wall Street closed higher than expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.75 points to 12,884; the Nasdaq Composite climbed 11.8 points to 2,916; and the Standard & Poor's 500 rose by 2.9 points to close the day at 1,350. In contrast London's FTSE dropped by 0.24 percent, with Germany's DAX closing down 0.08 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.54 percent, and Japan's Nikkei Average close 1.1 percent up.

  • Wall St Boosted by Fed Rates Forecast - 26 January 2012
  • Following a slow start on Wall Street on Wednesday, US stocks rebounded on news that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates low through to late 2014 – an adjustment of its previous indication that rates would be kept low through to mid-2013. The announcement came as the Fed's two-day policy meeting drew to a close, and by the end of the day the Dow Jones industrial average had gained 83 points, recovering from its loss of 95 points in the morning trading session. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 11 points, after having lost 7 points earlier. The Nasdaq composite added 32 points, with Apple and software company CA Inc reporting better than expected earnings and boosting the tech-favored index.

  • NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Boerse Deal May Be in Jeopardy - 12 January 2012
  • While a final decision has not been made yet, it has been reported that the European Union has strong reservations about giving the go-ahead to the NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Boerse. Sources in the know have revealed that European Union antitrust regulators have made a recommendation that the deal should not be finalized, citing concerns that this may result in a European monopoly in exchange-traded futures and options. While speculation is rife, the final say on whether the deal can proceed or not lies with the twenty-seven European Union commissioners. They are scheduled to meet on February 1, with their ruling expected on or before February 9.

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