Precious metals are again attracting a lot of attention with Gold and Silver futures long positioning reaching the highest level since 2013 according to CFTC data. Long-term investors are also starting to jump in, on fear of missing out according to UBS research. China started a yuan-denominated gold fix to compete with London Bullion fixing, yet the impact gold price remains to be evaluated.
Commerzbank expects first quarter results are worse than those of the last part of 2015, in light of the low interest rates and the volatility of the market at the beginning of the year. It was the AD Marting Blessing to declare the annual meeting of the bank's shareholders. "This will have an effect on the entire year. It will be clearly more difficult to achieve the results achieved in 2015". The Blessing sentences prompted the title in the negative to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. At around 11.10 Commerzabank yields 2.74% to 8.23 euro, while the price yields 0.4%
Standard & Poor's announced that he had confirmed its judgment on the merits of Japan's sovereign credit issuer, 'A +' long-term and 'A-1' short on, with prospects that remain stable. In a note dedicated to today's decision the agency estimates that the gross domestic product per capita will remain in a range 32.000- $ 35,000 per year until the close of the fiscal year 2019, ie until 31 March 2020.
The Basel Syngenta agrochemical group has recorded in the first quarter of 2016 a decrease in turnover by 7% to $ 3.7 billion. This was announced by the same company in a note, gisutificando the negative sign for the too strong dollar, which affected the business in the first three months of the year. At constant currency rates, however, sales have remained stable, while volumes have suffered a fall of 2%. As a specific company in a statement, prices have registered a 2% rise in part due to an increase in the countries of the Community of Independent States (CEI) to offset the impact of the depreciation of the currencies.
Intel, the US semiconductor giant, will cut 12,000 jobs worldwide by the middle of 2017, a quota equal to 11% of its workforce. The scissors kick is part of the restructuring plan, developed by the Santa Clara group to accelerate its transformation to a higher growth sectors, such as the cloud. The plan provides for the consolidation of the various subsidiaries, a combination of voluntary and mandatory exit and re-evaluation of certain programs. The restructuring plan is expected to generate savings of $ 1.4 billion a year when completed, of which 750 million this year. But immediately the plan will result in an extraordinary expenditure of about 1.2 billion which will weigh on second-quarter accounts.
US housing starts declined more than expected in March, while permits for future home construction slipped to a one-year low, indicating some cooling in the housing market in line with signs of a steep slowdown in economic activity in the first quarter. Housing starts plunged 8.8% from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 million in March, according to the Commerce Department. At the same time, new applications for building permits, a bellwether for forthcoming construction, dropped 7.7% to 1.086 million, from a revised February rate of 1.177 million. Demand for housing has been robust over the past year, with home prices up in many markets amid a shortage of inventory. Buyers could turn to new homes, which only account for about 10% of the overall housing market, as the supply of existing homes declines.
Christine Lagarde, via Twitter, responded publicly to the applications received. At the end of the IMF and World Bank work, the general manager of the Fund is entrusted to the popular social network to explain the IMF recipes. On the possibility that Britain bait by the European Union, Lagarde reiterated that creates '' uncertainty '': '' We have already revised down its UK growth forecasts, there is already uncertainty '' and there will also after the pending referendum for the definition of relations between Great Britain and Europe. An uncertainty which has a '' impact '' on the economy but also on the European English, dealing with the political crisis and social refugees. '' It 'a global humanitarian issue that, if not managed well, can worsen. If managed well can lead '' economic benefits declared the number one of the IMF. '' In Europe need more cooperation, serves a real banking union ''.
Severe judgment by the European Court of Auditors concerning the work of the EU Commission: lack of rigor and consistency in the practical application of the excessive deficit procedure, in particular as regards the monitoring of structural reforms, focusing more on the legal aspects than on ' effective implementation of reforms. The reference is to the EDF procedure (excessive deficit procedure) governing compliance with the rules on deficits and debt of EU countries. Governed by Article 126 of the Stability Pact, the procedure provides for the satisfaction of a dual criteria - deficit and debt of EU countries must not be greater than 3% and 60% of gross domestic product. Otherwise, the 'corrective arm' of the fixed repayment terms precise procedure for the correction of the public finances.
It improves beyond expectations the confidence of analysts and investors in Germany in April, despite persistent concerns about the consequences of the weakening of growth in China and other emerging countries in particular, German exports. The ZEW economic expectations index rose to 11.2 points in a decisive manner, a leap considering that departed from 4.3 in April. Expectations, elaborated in a Reuters poll, showed a more modest increase, at an altitude of 8.0.
Today Morgan Stanley confirmed the data on employment: the first quarter of 2016 has been characterized by the greatest number of layoffs for the US bank since the beginning of 2013. There are about 1,440 jobs cut in an effort to contain costs , of all has been the fixed income division one most targeted by the redundancies by the end of 2015, following the decline in trading profits.
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