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Asian stock markets have raced ahead so far in 2021

Thursday 28 Jan 2021

Asian stock markets have enjoyed a soaring start to 2021, having significantly outperformed major Western indices like the FTSE 100 and S&P 500. The best performing major stock market in the world so far this year has been the Hang Seng in Hong Kong with a 10.8% return year-to-date according to...

Companies may tap investors again for cash to survive the crisis

Thursday 28 Jan 2021

The Government’s refusal to provide a clear roadmap towards a permanent reopening is putting pressure on companies, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors, to consider asking investors once again for more cash to help them survive the pandemic. Pubs group JD Wetherspoon ( JDW ) last...

Surge in amateur day traders suggests final stages of market bubble

Thursday 28 Jan 2021

Euphoria by US retail investors over certain stocks has raised concerns that we are in the final stages of a stock market bubble. This adds to a list of under-appreciated risks to markets which includes widespread optimism that stocks will continue to rise due to a combination of easy money,...

Major breakthrough for Netflix as it aims to be self-sustaining

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

The short-term picture for Netflix is looking encouraging after it beat expectations with its fourth quarter subscriber numbers and signalled an end to its reliance on heavy borrowing. However, question marks remain over its longer-term prospects in a highly competitive streaming space. The company...

Three small cap new issues are currently flying high

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

A trio of recently floated small caps have seen their shares perform extremely well since IPO, confirmation that new issues with compelling growth narratives can deliver impressive rapid-fire returns. Swiss-based environmentally-minded materials company HeiQ ( HEIQ ) debuted on the Main Market on 7...

Investors buying IAG shares will have to pay new Spanish tax

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

UK investors buying shares in British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines ( IAG ) will be affected by a new tax that has come into force this week on Spanish-registered companies. Anglo-Spanish IAG, which is listed in London and Madrid, is now under the scope of Spain’s Financial...

Shares in McDonald’s stall as challenges mount

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

Like many established businesses, fast food giant McDonald’s is being forced to adapt rapidly to the changes wrought by a global pandemic – and its ability to do so successfully will be a key focus when it announces fourth quarter earnings on 28 January. Having enjoyed a strong recovery in the six...

Shares in cruise operators start to rise as potential early vaccine beneficiaries

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

Certain travel stocks with relevance to cruises have enjoyed a new lease of life as investors bet on them being early beneficiaries of the Covid vaccine rollout. Cruises are typically popular among people in retirement and vaccines are now widely being administered to those in their 70s and 80s in...

High hopes for Bahamas Petroleum exploration well

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

Small cap London-listed oil firm Bahamas Petroleum ( BPC:AIM ) is currently in the process of drilling among 2021’s most high-impact oil exploration wells anywhere in the world. The Perseverance #1 well has earned its name as the company has been trying in vain to test its large acreage position...

Moonpig and Dr. Martens unveil flotation plans

Thursday 14 Jan 2021

A UK stock market uptick twinned with the inking of a Brexit trade deal have coaxed boot maker Dr. Martens and online greeting card platform Moonpig to pull the trigger on Main Market IPOs. If successful, these could provide the catalyst for a flurry of further flotations in 2021. An iconic British...

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