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HSBC buybacks pause in steady quarter

May 5, 2017 10:13 am by

HSBC needed to demonstrate that its new year was off to a reassuringly boring start, after reaching peak face-palm with an unexpected multi-billion write down in the final quarter of 2016.

Will Apple be US’s 1st $1T company?

May 3, 2017 5:23 pm by

S&P’s IT sector is finally challenging levels last seen during the turn-of-the-century dot com boom. Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and other giants are lifting the overall market.

Weekly equity focus: Miners shine as banks struggle on

February 17, 2017 10:57 am by

After last week’s pause, the earnings season for London’s biggest companies will resume with a flood of disclosure over the next few days. There’ll be a focus on the FTSE’s four giant banking groups and on three further global miners, after Rio Tinto and Randgold earnings earlier in the month.

FTSE miners emerge from a hole

February 7, 2017 5:05 pm by

The final quarter of 2016 is showing the strongest signs yet that global miners have dug themselves out of a hole. 2017 even looks set to bring the first increases in spending by the FTSE’s biggest miners, Glencore, BHP, Rio Tinto for half a decade.

Another Apple crunch?

January 31, 2017 4:48 pm by

Apple’s universal brand and status as the world’s No. 1 company by market value make the importance of its earnings difficult to overstate, particularly when markets are nervy, like now.

U.S. earnings offer ‘protection’

January 24, 2017 4:05 pm by

For all Donald Trump’s fist-pumping vows to ‘make America great again’, leading U.S. companies occupy one of several spheres that barely need the President’s ‘help’.

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