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Market report: stocks trip on Mexico tariff threat while Wizz fizzles on outlook

Stock markets and commodities are on the back foot on the last trading day of May as the trade war spills over into threats of US tariffs on Mexico. The core European Stoxx 50 benchmark is down 1.2% for a loss of nearly 7% on the month while the FTSE 100 index is down 0.9% at 7,154 for a 4% loss on the month. With investors moving money out of stocks into bonds, pushing yields to historic lows ...

Market report: Domino's in demand, Games Workshop slumps on unspecified 'uncertainties' just weeks after on-track update

UK and European stocks are holding their ground in early trading on Thursday after falls in stock markets in Asia. China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite index earlier hit a 4-year low as fears of a damaging trade war linger. After their best day in six months on Tuesday, US stocks finished modestly lower last night following minutes from the Federal Reserve which confirmed market expectations ...

Market report: Price comparison sites hit by Amazon reports, Kingfisher and Rank fail to impress

Price comparison websites could be the latest industry ripe for disruption as reports suggest that Amazon is mulling a move into the space. According to reports, the US online sales giant has been talking to some of Europe’s top insurance firms to see if they would contribute products to an Amazon UK price comparison website. This would be Amazon’s first major move into financial services ...

Rank issues profit warning as weak consumer confidence and cold weather deters visitors

Casino and bingo operator Rank (RNK) has revealed a profit warning as weaker consumer confidence and cold weather kept visitors away. The bad news triggered a sell-off with the shares plummeting 14.4% to 182.7p. The company says operating profit in the year to 30 June 2018 will now be between £76m and £78m. The impact of its weaker trading is expected to continue into the next financial ...

Pubs, gaming firms and gold miners among handful to survive the stock market sell-off

Pubs, gaming firms and gold miners are among the handful of UK-quoted companies largely escaping Tuesday's stock market sell-off. Gold prices rose 0.7% at $1,342 per ounce on Tuesday. Gold is typically seen as a ‘safe haven’ during geopolitical crises or stock market crashes so it comes as little surprise that investors are today turning to the metal. Today's increase in the gold price ...
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