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AO World and Tesla Motors shows appetite for risk growing – another Tulip and South Sea company bubble?

Feb 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Walking in the City of London right now you feel like this is the midst of another boom. Cranes are everywhere, new skyscapers are popping up everywhere. The newspapers are full of stories of booming house prices, gazumping, a glut of foreign buyers. News this week that mortgage lending is back to pre-financial crisis levels. It all feels so familiar to where we were before the boom and bust of the sub-prime crisis in 2008/2009.

Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin’s virtual currency future in doubt

Feb 26, 2014 at 6:44 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

A further crisis of confidence in the new virtual currency of Bitcoin was triggered yesterday when one of the leading exchanges, Mt. Gox went offline and removed its entire Twitter history. On other Bitcoin exchanges, the price of a bitcoin was down heavily as investor fears mounted that the problems of Mt Gox were the tip of the iceberg and potentially even the end of the emerging currency.

Collaboration is key for more North Sea Oil and Gas Production according to Sir Ian Wood

Feb 25, 2014 at 6:45 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Yesterday the report entitled UKCS Maximising recovery review: final report authored by Sir Ian Wood was published.. The report calls for a new regulator to be established separate from the existing DECC (Department of Energy and Climate change) to manage oil and gas assets in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Fine wine investment still off the boil compared with 2011 bubble

Feb 24, 2014 at 6:39 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

After the huge growth in the fine wine market in 2011 many investors in alternatives were rubbing their hands with glee. The peak of the fine wine market coincided with the October 2010 Hong Kong auction hosted by Sotheby’s in which three bottles of Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild 1869 were sold at a price of $232,692 a bottle – 29,000 a glass.

FTSE 100 edges towards all time highs as Vodafone – Verizon deal closes

Feb 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm in General Trading by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Vodafone shares finished on Friday with a 3% gain to 236p, making it a 48% gain for lucky shareholders in this FTSE 100 company over the last 12 months. Verizon Communications revealed that it has completed the acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% indirect interest in Verizon wireless and rumours are swirling that the UK mobile phone group could be the subject of an acquisition.

Facebook continues to build its mobile ecosystem with WhatsApp deal for $19 billion

Feb 21, 2014 at 7:53 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Facebook has just announced its acquision for WhatsApps for $19 billion. The deal is the most expensive acquisition of a private venture capital-backed company yet. Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash with another $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over the next four years.

Robert Peston’s “How China fooled the world” documentary highlights that country might be house of cards

Feb 19, 2014 at 6:57 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Peston highlights that since 2008, “China has built a new skyscraper every five days, more than 30 airports, metros in 25 cities, the three longest bridges in the world, more than 6,000 miles of high speed railway lines, 26,000 miles of motorway…..”. This explosion of building has been financed by a surge in lending by Chinese banks.

Bounce in gold price seen as short lived by many analysts

Feb 18, 2014 at 11:09 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Gold is down $15 today to $1315 an ounce after a 10% rise in the period up to mid Februry 2014 – the best start to a year since 1983 as weak manufacturing data from the U.S. last week helped the metal have a 5% week on week gain.

Opportunistic bid to take Essar Energy private with low ball offer follows ENRC debacle

Feb 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

A bid to take Essar Energy private by its biggest shareholder has raised further concerns about the decision to admit several companies based in emerging markets onto the London Stock Exchange despite dubious credentials.

Gold price rebounds this week as US manufacturing data comes in light

Feb 16, 2014 at 8:08 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Another positive week for the markets this week to follow last weeks recovery in sentiment. The big move over the week was gold, which moved up 5% to $1,320 an ounce, a three month high, meaning it is up 9.5% for 2014 but still down 19% in the last 12 months.