Economic and Market News for 4 January 2018

  • 04 Jan
    Wall Street surges into fresh territory on upbeat economic data

    US markets pushed higher on Thursday after ADP's latest national employment report showed a 250k increase in private sector employment during December. Jobless claims were little changed in the...

  • 04 Jan
    US Services PMI at 53.7 in December

    The seasonally adjusted final Markit US Services Business Activity Index registered 53.7 in December, down from 54.5 in November. The latest index was higher than the earlier 'flash' reading...

  • 04 Jan
    US private sector adds 250k jobs in December, says ADP

    US private-sector employment increased by 250,000 from November to December, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to ADP's latest national employment report. Small firms (1-49 employees)...

  • 04 Jan
    Aura Energy in equity issue

    Aura Energy has issued 333,333 new ordinary shares following the exercise of options and 4,424,423 to settle outstanding obligations to consultants and contractors. At 9:57am: (LON:AURA) Aura...

  • 04 Jan
    Jupiter US Smaller Cos buys back shares

    Jupiter US Smaller Companies has bought back 4,111 ordinary shares at 888.00p apiece to be held in treasury. At 9:51am: (LON:JUS) Jupiter US Smaller Companies Plc share price was +3p at 891p...

  • 04 Jan
    UK lending to individuals stable in November

    Secured net lending to individuals remained stable in November at £3.5bn, broadly in line with the average seen since 2016. Mortgage approvals rose in November, driven by a continuing increase in...

  • 04 Jan
    UK service sector sees upturn in activity

    Business activity growth picked up across the UK service sector in December, but there were softer rises in new work and employment numbers. At the same time, service providers indicated another...

  • 04 Jan
    Henderson Far East Income in equity issue

    Henderson Far East Income issued 100,000 ordinary shares yesterday at 383.5p apiece under its block listing facility. At 9:32am: (LON:HFEL) Henderson Far East Income share price was +2.5p at...

  • 04 Jan
    Spain new order growth improves

    After having eased in recent months, Spain's rates of growth in services business activity and new orders improved in December. Confidence regarding the 12-month outlook for activity also...

  • 04 Jan
    Italy's service sector ends 2017 on a high note

    Italy's service sector rounded off 2017 in a positive fashion, recording strong gains in activity and new orders amid reports of positive market conditions, according to HIS Markit. As a number...

  • 04 Jan
    French service sector growth remains sharp

    Business activity in the French service sector improved markedly at the end of 2017, despite a slight slowdown from November's recent peak. Growth continued to be underpinned by strong client...

  • 04 Jan
    German service sector business activity hits two-year high

    Business activity in Germany's service sector rose at the fastest rate for two years in December, marking a strong finish to a highly positive year for the eurozone's largest economy, according to...

  • 04 Jan
    Eurozone economic growth highest since 2011

    The euro area economy gathered further growth momentum at the end of 2017, spurred on by a near-record expansion of manufacturing production and the steepest increase in service sector activity for...

  • 04 Jan
    UK house prices up by 2.6%

    UK annual house price growth ended the year at 2.6%, within the 2-4% range that prevailed throughout 2017, according to Nationwide. This was in line with expectations and broadly consistent with...

  • 04 Jan
    Kingfisher buys back shares

    Kingfisher bought back 521,360 ordinary shares yesterday at an average price of 342.3454p apiece for cancellation. At 8:48am: (LON:KGF) Kingfisher PLC share price was +0.5p at 342.7p Story...

  • 04 Jan
    Man Group buys back shares

    Man Group bought back 130,210 ordinary shares yesterday for cancellation at a weighted average price of 207.7761p apiece under its US$100m repurchase programme. At 8:44am: (LON:EMG) Man Group PLC...

  • 04 Jan
    Allianz Technology Trust confirms voting rights

    Allianz Technology Trust has confirmed it had 26,904,427 ordinary shares in issue at the end of December each with voting rights. The company also held 1,398,453 shares in treasury which did not...

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