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Moody's downgrades power utility Eskom

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The rating agency also revised the senior zero coupon Eurobonds (Section 7 debt under the Eskom Conversion Act, 2001) rating to Ba2 from Ba1 in line with the CFR. Old Mutual Life Assurance Company and MMI Group were lowered to Baa2 from Baa1 while Guardrisk and Standard Insurance dropped to Baa3 from Baa2. The agency downgraded other South African banks to one notch above sub-investment grade, including the Development Bank of Southern Africa , the Industrial Development Corporation of ... Read More »

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CDR) Under Analyst Spotlight

The firm earned "Outperform" rating on Monday, April 3 by FBR Capital. As per Tuesday, December 8, the company rating was initiated by Stifel Nicolaus. (PDM ) traded up 0.28% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $21.68. It has underperformed by 9.50% the S&P500. The institutional investor purchased 10,407 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock, valued at approximately $223,000. Read More »

Watch Apple's WWDC 2017 Keynote live stream here

A year ago I reviewed Apple's new iPad Pro and found that it was not quite the laptop replacement that we had hoped for. This is a bold statement, but seeing how the new beta iOS 11 was working on the prototype iPad Pros present at WWDC , we completely believe this to be the case. Read More »

LeBron James: "I don't believe I've played for a super team"

Golden State fought off a charge from defending champions the Cavaliers on Monday to earn their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons with a 129-120 game-five victory. It was recorded during the All-Star break, but just so happened to be released the morning of Game 4, before the Cavs faced a potential sweep. But instead of celebrating Golden State's greatness, former players are poking holes in the Warriors' historic achievements. Read More »

Congressman shot at baseball field in Virginia

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Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice. President Donald Trump says Hodgkinson has died . The House cancelled proceedings for the day. The shooting happened during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans . "And when an assailant has a semi-automatic rifle, he has the odds". Authorities, meanwhile, have not yet said whether there was a motive behind the shooting. Read More »

Inquests to open on London Bridge terror victims

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She responded: "We look after each other". Meanwhile, evidence of the attack can still be seen in Borough Market, with bullet holes clearly visible in the metal shuttering on the fruit and veg stall opposite the Wheatsheaf pub where the three attackers were killed . Read More »

WH Smith's sales rise 2% in 15 weeks to June 10

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WHSmith saw total sales of its travel business increase 8% for the 15-week period from March 1 to June 10; 2% of which relates to foreign exchange benefits from its growing global business. "Our new store opening programme is progressing well both in the United Kingdom and internationally". Although WH Smith noted there was "some uncertainty with regard to the broader economic environment", it said it would continue to focus on investing in the business and driving profitable growth and ... Read More »

Market Focus on Shares of VanEck Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF (RSXJ)

The system does include signals but these should never be considered in isolation. It is a visual technical analysis system and the charts are created to be considered in their entirety to gain a perspective on the overall direction of the share or index and distinguish higher probability opportunities from lower probability ones. Read More »

US Federal Reserve raises interest rate, plans to reduce bond holdings

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The latest move by the Fed shows that the central bank continues to believe that the United States economy is strengthening. The dollar fell 0.4% against major currencies, while gold futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-turns-higher-as-soft-economic-reports-raise-doubts-about-fed-moves-after-wednesday-2017-06-14) rose 0.6% to settle at $1,275.90 an ounce, snapping a five-session skid. Read More »

US consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent in May

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The year on year food inflation rate was 6.3 percent compared with 6.7 percent recorded in April. The 12-month rolling average of annual inflation was 1.0%, down from 0.9%. The Retail Price Index (RPI), a separate measure of inflation which includes council tax and mortgage interest payments, also surged to 3.7 per cent from a rate of 3.5 per cent in April. Read More »

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates for third time in six months

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After a two-day meeting, the Fed raised the target range of the federal funds rate to 1% to 1.25%, the third consecutive quarterly increase. ANALYST TAKE: "The backdrop to the Fed's policy announcement later today is one where United States equity markets moved to record highs yesterday, shrugging off last Friday's sell off in the tech sector", said Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital. Read More »

Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Continue to Fall

The 5 year ARM loans have been quoted at 3.375% at Wells yielding an April of 3.463% at present. Large (in eligible areas) 30 year FHA refinance loan interest rates are on the books at 4.000% yielding an April of 4.007%. ARM loans in the 5 year category are 3.375% at Wells and an April of 3.463%. The 7/1 ARMS are coming out at 3.490% yielding an April of 3.8503%. ARM loans in the 5 year category are on the books at 3.250% at Chase Bank and the April is 3.605% on initial purchase. Read More »

Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ:OCLR): Positive Stock Sentiment

ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: "Oclaro, Inc". Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in OCLR . (NASDAQ:OCLR) news was published by Fool.com which published an article titled: "Why Oclaro, Inc". Finally, Needham & Company LLC reissued a "strong-buy" rating and issued a $14.00 price target on shares of Oclaro in a research note on Thursday, February 23rd. Read More »

The Fed Just Gave the Economy Another Thumbs-Up

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks to reporters in Washington , D.C., on Wednesday after the Fed announced it would increase interest rates by a quarter-point. Johnson & Johnson rose 0.6 percent at US$132.76 after the company's flu drug succeeded in a mid-stage trial. In parallel, the median forecast for the rate of unemployment during the current year came down from the 4.5% projected in March to 4.3%. Read More »

Fed raises key rate and unveils plan to reduce bond holdings

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Even though the Federal Reserve was nearly certain to raise interest rates later in the day, disappointing retail sales and inflation numbers cast doubt on the speed of its monetary policy tightening. Good news: 30-year mortgage rates are still very low at about 3.9%. On Wednesday, the Fed indicated that it would decrease the bond holdings eventually by $50 billion per month, or $600 billion per year. Read More »

United Airlines Sorry About That Video Of Employee Shoving 71-Year-Old

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The video showed that United employees appeared to ignore Tigner on the ground while he laid motionless and it took almost a minute before a passenger came to his aid, KPRC-TV noted. had fallen down". "They literally left him there like a piece of garbage". A man who got paid a GREAT DEAL for being dragged off a United Flight so they could take his seat for one of the stewardesses (yes, I just used that word on objective as United seems very archaic in their practices and beliefs). Read More »

US consumer prices dip 0.1 percent in May

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This data comes ahead of the end of the Fed's two-day meeting on Wednesday, after which it's expected to announce a hike in interest rates . Average weekly earnings for employees in the United Kingdom in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) fell by 0.4% including bonuses, and fell by 0.6% excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. Read More »

The Reynolds American, Inc

During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.50 earnings per share. Sandhill Capital Partners has invested 0.15% in Reynolds American, Inc. About 7,708 shares traded. It has outperformed by 16.77% the S&P500. About shares traded. ICF International Inc (NASDAQ:ICFI) has risen 21.79% since June 13, 2016 and is uptrending. Read More »

Dollar Wavers as Fed Meeting Begins

Fed fund futures prices show investors have priced in about a 96 percent chance that the USA central bank raises overnight interest rates to between 1.00 and 1.25 percent on Wednesday . Should the Fed refrain from hiking in June, the knee-jerk reaction will most likely be to send EUR/USD higher, but we do not expect a move much above the 1.13 level. Read More »

Checking Indicators on Carnival Corp (CCL) — Market Focus

Longer-term investors may not be overly concerned about stock price fluctuations on a day to day basis if they are in a position for the long haul. They may be keeping a close watch on certain stock levels. A value of 50-75 would identify a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would lead to an extremely strong trend. Another technical indicator that may be a powerful resource for determining trend strength is the Average Directional Index or ADX. Read More »

Fed hikes key rate and unveils bond trimming plans

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If they vote to raise rates on Wednesday, it would give the Fed enough room to act again at their meetings scheduled for July, September, October or December. "Tarullo's absence, however, could make a small difference for the 2018 dots: if he were below the median in March (as we believe) and nothing else changes, the '18 median dot would move up by an eighth, implying 3-1/2 hikes next year". Read More »