Archive forNovember, 2014

Draghi endorses comprehensive strategy for Eurozone

The European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi emphasised on an all inclusive strategy combining fiscal policy and structural reforms to improve the condition of the euro area economy. He added that a soft monetary policy alone cannot deliver the desired results.

UK business investment falls in third quarter

UK Office for National Statistics reported business investment fell 0.7% in Q3 2014, following a rise of 3.3% in the previous quarter. However, consumer spending advanced 0.8%. On a y-o-y basis, investment growth stood at 6.3%.

BOE confirms flexible monetary policy

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), reported the central bank could demonstrate ‘considerable flexibility’ in the use of stimulus measures, if deflation fears spread to the UK. However, the Bank remains on course for a hike in interest rates next year.

UK service sector expands in three months to November: CBI

According to a quarterly survey by the Confederation of British Industry, the UK’s services sector grew progressively in the three months to November. Although inflation in the consumer services selling price advanced at a faster pace since 2010, the price of business and professional services declined.

Italian Finance Minister endorses more action by ECB

Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy’s Finance Minister, stated more action is required from the ECB to raise ‘excessively low’ inflation at an accelerated pace. He emphasised the use of all forms of financial instruments, including monetary policy, to support the Euro area’s economy.

Conservatives lose second parliamentary seat to UKIP

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) won the south-eastern English constituency of Rochester and Strood in a special election by defeating Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party. The victory indicates a possible political upheaval in the next year’s national election. UKIP had won its first elected seat, last month.

Bank of Italy doubts ECB credibility over target inflation

Salvatore Rossi, Deputy Governor of Bank of Italy, stated the Eurozone is on the brink of deflation. Raising doubts over the ECB’s credibility, he said the central bank is unlikely to meet its target inflation, with the rate hovering near 0.4% in October.

UK house prices rise in September

The Office for National Statistics revealed that house prices in the UK increased 12.1% y-o-y in September to reach a seven-year high after gaining 11.7% in August. The average house prices inched up 0.5% m-o-m to £273,000 in September.

David Cameron warns of impending global crisis

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron urged parliamentarians to hold firm on economic policies to secure a better future for the country. He stated the economy has responded well to the tough measures undertaken thus far, however the worrying signs from the Eurozone cannot be ignored.

UK house prices decline in November: Rightmove

Rightmove reported the average asking price for a house in the UK contracted 1.7% m-o-m in November to £267,127, following a 2.6% increase in October. On a y-o-y basis, house prices grew 8.5% in the UK compared with 7.6% in the previous month.

Declining oil prices to weaken Russia’s economy: IMF

The IMF spokesman Bill Murray stated the Russian central bank’s decision to float the domestic currency would enhance the country’s ability to control inflation and withstand external shocks. However, the move may not offset the impact of falling crude prices on the oil-dependent economy. IMF expects the Russian economy to grow at 0.5% in 2015.

UK RICS house price index declines

A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors indicated the monthly house price balance fell to +20 in October (weakest since May 2013), from +30 in September. This was largely due to widespread price declines in London.

Standard Chartered plans to close up to 100 branches in 2015

Standard Chartered bank plans to shut around 100 branches or 8% of its network to save US$200m on the proposed US$400m per year. The company’s cost to income ratio stood at 67% in the first half of the year. The bank has been under significant pressure to improve performance after its shares fell 30% this year.

British retail sales improve slightly in October

The British Retail Consortium stated total retail spending in October increased 1.4% y-o-y vis-à-vis a 0.8% y-o-y decline in September. However, retail sales on a like for like basis remained unchanged, after falling 2.1% in the previous month.

Islamic finance gets competitive

The Islamic financial services sector has grown considerably since the 1990s when there were only a few products available to investors. Today there are plenty of interesting products to choose from and more are expected following the government’s recent announcement of further steps to cement Britain’s position as a western hub for Islamic finance.

China producer price index declines again in October

The National Bureau of Statistics in China revealed factory gate prices fell 2.2% y-o-y, for a record 32nd month in October. In contrast, consumer prices advanced 1.6%, unchanged from the rise in the previous month.

PBoC confirms liquidity injection in major banks

The PBoC confirmed that it has provided China’s lenders ¥769.5bn through a newly created medium-term lending facility tool, charging interest at a rate of 3.5% for three months. Lending was spread over two months, with an injection of ¥500bn in September and ¥269.5bn in October.

Japan’s leading index rises to a five month high in September

Japan’s Cabinet Office revealed today that the country’s leading index rose to 105.6 in September, the highest since April, following a reading of 104.4 in August. The coincident index climbed to 109.7, whereas the lagging index dropped to 115.8 in September.

Harry Stevenson talks with DekelOil Public Limited (DKL.L) on, 5th November 2014

Beaufort research analyst, Harry Stevenson speaking with Lincoln Moore (Executive Director) and Andrew Tillery (Non-Executive Chairman) of DekelOil Public Limited (DKL.L) on (Source: – 05/11/2014

EU trims Eurozone growth forecast

European Union (EU) reported the GDP of the 18-nation zone would increase 0.8% this year and 1.1% in 2015, down from previous estimates of 1.2% and 1.7%, respectively. EU lowered its projections for Germany amid poorer-than-expected inflation in the Eurozone.

Italy significantly downgrades 2014 GDP

Istat, Italy’s statistical office, downwardly revised the 2014 GDP outlook to 0.3% contraction from 0.6% expansion earlier. The GDP forecast for 2015 has also been trimmed to 0.5% growth from 1.0%.

China non-manufacturing PMI decelerates in October

The official services Purchasing Managers’ (PMI) index in China fell to 53.8 in October from a reading of 54.0 in September. Few days back, the official manufacturing PMI also indicated weaker growth momentum, with a reading of 50.8 for the month vis-à-vis 51.1 in September.