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Ryanair reports 8% fall in full-year profit; US
services to commence in 2019
Deutsche Bank AG,
Germany's biggest lender, announced plans on Sunday to sell €8bn of new shares
to raise capital in advance of European bank stress tests.
"We are launching a package of measures designed to reinforce Deutsche Bank's
aspiration to be the leading client-centric global universal bank,"
co-chief executives Jürgen Fitschen and Anshu Jain said in a statement Sunday.
"We are decisively strengthening our capital, further improving our
competitiveness, and investing in targeted growth initiatives across our core
The bank will issue a total of 360m new shares.
The Qatari royal family has agreed to buy 60m valued at €1.75bn via its
investment vehicle Paramount Holdings. The remaining €6.25bn will be sold to
existing investors via a rights offering.
The planned capital increase is expected to boost the bank's financial strength,
its core Tier 1 capital level, to 11.8% of its assets weighted by riskiness,
compared with 9.5% now.
the financial services business, said today in a trading statement that
performance this year is in line with expectations and its businesses have had a
good start to the year.
In an interim management statement for the months from January to the end of
April, IFG said that revenue to date in its Irish business is expanding
It expects a return to reported profitability for the full year while funds
under management in its IFG Corporate Pensions grew to €979m at the end of April
and IFG secured 17 new clients so far this year.
the travel software firm, today reported an 18% jump in transaction revenue in
the first quarter of 2014.
In an interim management statement issued ahead of its AGM today, the company
said it had acquired a number of new customers, including Brussels Airlines,
which is a member of the Lufthansa Group, and Air Transat, Canada’s leading
holiday travel airline.
Datalex said it was planning to open a new office in Beijing this year to
support “both our existing business in the region and our expanding pipeline of
opportunities” in China.
Irish Continental Grouptoday reported a 5.8% rise in group revenue to €76.7m
for the first four months of 2014. This compares with revenues of €72.5m the
same time last year.
In an interim management statement, the Irish Ferries' owner said that earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were €2.9m compared with
€4.8m the same time in 2013.
ICG said that in the 20 weeks up to May 17, Irish Ferries carried 95,000 cars, a
rise of 5% on the previous year.
Regional today reported that it flew a total of
112,435 passengers last month - - an increase of 35% on the same time last year.
The service, operated by Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann), saw robust demand for
new routes introduced during the year.
The airline said that passengers flying to and from Dublin were up 50% with the
Kerry-Dublin route seeing a rise of 38% in April compared to same month last
It said that total passenger numbers are up 14% so far this year compared to
this time last year.
activity bounces back sharply in April: Conall
Mac Coille, chief economist at Davy, commented - - "Stock indices made modest
gains on Friday: the Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 0.3% and the S&P500 0.4%. Concerns
regarding the economic outlook, particularly in Portugal, weighed on sentiment,
offset by M&A activity in the telecoms sector. After an extremely volatile
Thursday’s trading, the euro was relatively stable on Friday, trading close to
$1.371. US 10-year yields rose by 4 basis points to 2.52% after strong housing
market data were released.
Overnight, the UK Rightmove measure of asking prices indicated that house price
inflation was 8.9% in May, with prices up 3.6% on the month. Over the weekend,
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney indicated that the pick-up in house price
inflation is the biggest threat to the UK economy. Having indicated in the May
Inflation Report press conference that interest rates are not the right tool to
address housing market bubbles, Carney has now firmly placed the onus on the
June 17th Financial Policy Committee meeting to take action. Furthermore, deputy
Prime Minister Nick Clegg supported the view that the government should pare
back the Help-to-Buy scheme if recommended by the Bank of England.
US housing starts rose to 1,072,000 in April, up from 947,000 in March. This is
the highest level of activity since November, when housing starts were 1.1m.
Furthermore, with building permits at 1,080,000 in April, the pick-up in
housebuilding looks set to be sustained into the second quarter of 2014.
April’s data suggest that the slowdown in US housing starts in Q1 2014 primarily
reflected exceptionally poor weather conditions through the turn of the year.
The alternative explanation was that the pick-up in mortgage rates had hurt
demand for housing. US 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates rose sharply to
4.7% in the summer of 2013 as markets anticipated the Fed beginning to taper
back its $85bn monthly asset purchases, including mortgaged backed securities.
However, mortgage interest rates have now stabilised, helped by the fall in
30-year Treasury yields towards 3.3%. Similarly, the MBA index of mortgage
applications for house purchase has started to pick-up again, rising in May to
its highest level since late 2013. So both rising transaction levels and housing
starts point to a strong rebound in US construction activity."
In New York Monday, the Dow
rose 27 points or 0.35% to 16,458.
The S&P 500 added 0.29% and
the Nasdaq advanced by 0.20%
US benchmark updates
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 0.3% in Hong
Kong Monday after rising 1.3% last week.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell
0.64%; China's Shanghai Composite slid 1.05%; South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.08%
and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dipped 1.28%; and in Mumbai, the Bombay Stock
Exchange the S&P BSE India Sensex Index rose 1.00% despite a stunning
electoral victory by the pro-business BJP.
In Europe, the
Dow Jones Stoxx Europe 600 is up 0.037 in mid afternoon trading
In Dublin, the
ISEQ is up 2.2%.
Aer Lingus gained 3.08%.
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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.
July 15, 2010, the index fell for the 35th straight session, by 9 points, or
3.11%, to 1,619 points,
On Friday in
London the BDI closed up 6 points or 0.59% to 1,027. The index is down 54.90%
year to date and up 22.12% in 12 month period.
rose by 220% in 2013 to 2,237.
Global rebalancing — the tanker scrapyard index?
Crude oil for June 2014 delivery is trading on the
Chicago York Mercantile Exchange (CME/Nymex)
at $102.66 up 64 cents from Friday's close. In London, Brent for June 2014
delivery is trading on the
International Commodities Exchange at $110.10.
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 $1,304 up $10.20 from Friday'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, 2011.
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