Independent News & Media Plc announced today that
following an application by the trustees of INM’s main
Republic of Ireland defined benefit pension schemes to the Irish Pensions Board,
to slash staff accrued retirement benefits by 39%, the Pensions Board issued an
approval to take effect on 9 September 2013.
INM said based on the estimated deficit on the group’s defined benefit pension
schemes at 30 June 2013, the now approved proposals would achieve a reduction in
the pension deficit of approximately €110m from €199m.
The approval by the Irish Pensions Board clears the way for the
preferred option for the company, a capital raise of a net €40m to enable a
further material debt reduction.
Net debt was at €434.6m at the end of June and this has now been cut to €290.6m
following the disposal of INM’s South African business.
Economic View: Peripheral bond markets
remain in favour; Dermot O'Leary, chief economist of
Goodbody, comments - - "As expectations of a conflict in Syria reduced somewhat
yesterday, markets used this as an excuse and moved up the risk curve. As a
result, equity markets rallied while core bond yields rose. In the US, Treasury
yields rose to close to 3% once again, before finishing the day at 2.93%. In
Europe, 10-year bund yields rose over the 2% level, while UK yields topped 3%.
Among the peripheral economies in the euro area,
Ireland has been the stand out performer over recent weeks. After rising to
4.12% at the end of August, the ten year yield has fallen sharply and has been
able to remain below 4% for the past week. On a spread basis, Irish ten-year
yields are now just 1.95% above the German equivalent. This matches the lowest
spread since April 2010, just prior to the blowout at the time of the original
Ireland is not the only country to be seeing this
trend. Spanish 10-year spreads have fallen to below 2.5% relative to Germany for
the first time since June 2011. Italian bonds have underperformed over recent
weeks due to the on-going political uncertainty in that country. This issue has
the potential to affect the peripheral bond market, but for the time being
peripheral bond markets remain in favour."
In New York Tuesday, the
Dow rose 128 points or 0.85% to 15,191.
The S&P 500 added 0.73%
and the Nasdaq advanced 0.62%.
The MSCI Asia Pacific
Index rose less than 0.1% Wednesday.
Japan's Nikkei 225 gained
0.01%; China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.15%; Korea's Kospi index gained 0.49%;
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.64% and in Mumbai, the Bombay Stock Exchange
the S&P BSE India Sensex Index slid 0.83%.
Jones Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.19%
in mid-morning trade Wednesday.
the ISEQ is down 0.16%.
CRH is off
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The euro is
trading at $1.3271 and at £0.8407.
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The US dollar
fell to $1.6038 per euro on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - an-all time record.
Dry Index, a
measure of shipping costs for dry commodities, hit
an all-time High of 11,771 on the 21st of May, 2008. From
that time it reversed and on the 5th of December, 2008 it hit a low of 663 - -
close to a 1986 low.
On Thursday, July 15, 2010, the index fell
for the 35th straight session, by 9 points, or 0.537%, to 1,700 points, Bloomberg
the BDI rose 63 points 4.26% to 1,541.
Global rebalancing — the tanker
Crude oil for October 2013 delivery is
currently trading on the Chicago
York Mercantile Exchange (CME/Nymex) at
$107.75 up 36 cents from Thursday's close. In London, Brent for October
delivery is trading on the International
Commodities Exchange at
North Sea benchmark accounts for two-thirds of the global market.
Finfacts, July, 15, 2013: US
West Texas Intermediate oil benchmark jumps in July -
- margin between WTI and Brent falls.
Gold spot price
price of an oz of gold is trading on the CME
in Chicago at $1,363.20 down
90 cents from Tuesday's closing.
Gold had hit
a record high of $1,921.15 a troy ounce on Sept 06, 2011.
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