Lawmakers reach $900bn stimulus deal as UK hit by new coronavirus strain

On Sunday evening, lawmakers reached a deal on a near $900bn stimulus package to help sustain the US economy as the pandemic continues to ravage the country. Recent economic data has highlighted an urgent need for stimulus, with weak retail sales figures and increasing jobless claim figures, demonstrating the fragility of the US economic recovery.Continue reading “Lawmakers reach $900bn stimulus deal as UK hit by new coronavirus strain”

JD Sports buys Shoe Palace in $325 million deal

European markets have edged up this morning, with commodities pushing up the FTSE 100, which is currently gaining 0.4% on the day. The biggest riser is JD Sports which is up over 6% as they announce a deal to buy US sportswear brand Shoe Palace for $325 million in an all cash deal. The dealContinue reading “JD Sports buys Shoe Palace in $325 million deal”

Bitcoin hits new record high

Bitcoin surged to a new all-time high of $19,712. Its adoption by payments giant PayPal, as well as its role in portfolios as a safe haven which can offer diversification away from other assets like equities and bonds, have caused a huge run up in its value this year. It’s one year return is nowContinue reading “Bitcoin hits new record high”

Oil holds near 12-week high, with energy stocks soaring

The price of oil held at over $43 a barrel in overnight trading on Sunday and into this morning’s European open, its highest level since early September. That follows the third straight week of gains for oil prices, as progress towards a widely available Covid-19 vaccine has raised hopes of an improvement in energy demand.Continue reading “Oil holds near 12-week high, with energy stocks soaring”

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