|Enda Kenny, taoiseach, meeting H.E. Abdullah Bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, Qatari prime minister, Tuesday Jan 07, 2014. |
today reported traffic for December with passenger numbers down 0.5%,traffic up
3.1% and capacity down 1.2% for a 3pt increase in load factor to 73.9%.
On short haul, passengers fell by 2% to 563m as
capacity was reduced by 5.1% and load factor increased 1.7pts to 68.3%. Long
haul returned to growth mode with passenger numbers up by just shy of 12% on a
capacity increase of 5% for a 4.3pts increase in load factor to 82%.
H2 2013 acquisition and investment spend of €0.22bn bringing full-year
development activity to c.€0.69bn.
Robert Eason of Goodbody
comments: "CRH has announced that it has spent €220m on nine
transactions in the second half of the year. This brings total spend for the
year to €690m (€470m in H1 and €190m in Q3), representing the highest level of
spend since 2008.
In addition to the already announced deals of Mykolaiv Cement in Ukraine and
Sree Jayajothi Cements in India, this morning’s announcement has a further seven
These include: (i) One transaction in China which
is a cement business with 3.6m tonnes of clinker capacity. This brings Yatai’s
(in which CRH has a 26% stake) total capacity to 32m tonnes; (ii) Three
transactions in US materials with incremental sales of €21m; and, (iii) Three
deals in distribution with incremental sales of €41m (completed on EV/Sales of
0.3x), one in Northern France and two in the US.
These are typical bolt-on deals for CRH and we
note an increased bias in activity towards developing economies (Ukraine, India
and China) and businesses with a focus on rmi."
In New York Tuesday the Dow
is up 118 points or 0.72% to 16,542.
The S&P 500 added 0.47% and
the Nasdaq advanced 0.54%.
The MSCI Asia Pacific
Index dropped 0.4% on Tuesday.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell
0.59%; China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.08%; South Korea's KOSPI added 32%;
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.15% and in Mumbai, the Bombay Stock Exchange
the S&P BSE India Sensex Index dipped 0.47%.
Dow Jones Stoxx Europe 600 is up
0.61% in mid-afternoon trade Tuesday.
the ISEQ has risen 1.22%
gained 2.59%; CRH is up 0.58%.
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The euro is
trading at $1.3598 and at £0.8305.
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The US dollar
fell to $1.6038 per euro on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - an-all time record.
Baltic Dry Index,
a measure of shipping costs for dry commodities,
hit an all-time high of 11,771 on May 21, 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 3.11%, to 1,619 points,
On Monday the
BDI fell 85 points or 4.17% to 1,951. The index rose by 220% in 2013 to 2,237.
Global rebalancing — the
tanker scrapyard index?
Crude oil for February 2014 delivery is trading on the
Chicago York Mercantile Exchange (CME/Nymex)
at $93.61 up 18 cents from Monday's close. In London, Brent for February 2014
delivery is trading on the
International Commodities Exchange at $107.15.
The 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.
The spot price of an oz of gold is trading on the
CME in Chicago at $1,227.20 down $10.10 from Monday's closing - -
the gold price fell 28% in 2013, the biggest
annual plunge since 1981.
Gold had hit a record high of $1,921.15 a troy ounce on Sept 06,
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