Market News & Analysis
FTSE under pressure
Fiona Cincotta April 17, 2019 12:26 PM
China’s industrial growth boosts Asian shares
Trading signals coming from Asia are all positive this morning as China reported steady quarterly economic growth despite expectations of a slowdown. The country’s industrial production increased sharply according to official data and consumer demand showed signs of improvement. With the resolution to the trade dispute between the US and China within reach Asian markets are mostly pulling higher.
Bunzl’s surprise decline
Bunzl investors had a shock this morning when shares in the outsourcing company plunged 13% after the company reported a slowdown in underlying revenue growth. The company said recently it is looking to grow through acquisitions and has announced that it has bought Dutch distributor of specialist packaging Coolpack.
A quiet day for sterling?
The forex market has been sedate this week mostly because the flow of Brexit news has ceased for a moment and MPs are taking time off. With the week being shortened by holidays the volumes of trade are lower than usual and sterling is trading flat against the greenback and marginally lower against the euro. The dollar is weaker as concerns are rising that the US markets are in a bubble.
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