James Hester began covering commodities markets before switching to the financial advice sector and then as an investment writer for asset managers, covering equities, fixed income and alternative asset classes. Today, he writes about the global capital markets and the drivers of investors’ returns.
Californian utility group Sempra Energy has agreed to buy Texas-based utility firm Oncor Electric Delivery in a $18.8bn deal.
Shares in Australian miner Fortescue Metals surged today after the company reported strong earnings driven by improving iron ore prices and cost cutting. Fortescue cheered shareholders by hiking its final dividend.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ruled that Heineken´s offer to sell a number of pubs across 33 separate areas was enough to allay earlier concerns over the deal
Oil prices could be set for another weak day of trading after higher US output figures appeared to outweigh positive sentiment related to falling US stockpiles.
CFD trading online and via apps has brought derivatives to more investors. CFDs can be used to profit from upward or downward moves in assets and to hedge risk.
China´s policymakers are facing one of their most significant dilemmas of modern times. In its latest report on the world´s second largest economy, the IMF issued an emphatic warning over rising Chinese debt levels.
Oil services company Wood Group and rival Amec Foster Wheeler were closer to completing their proposed merger after the UK´s competition authority gave a provisional thumbs-up to the deal.
Cereal prices have plunged over recent weeks as investors have pared expectations for disappointing harvests. Wheat futures have fallen to 433 cents per bushel from 560 cents at the beginning of July.
German utility RWE reported strong first half results and announced a special dividend. The company was boosted by a $1.9bn payment from the German government
Glencore shares lost ground today after the company reported strong financial results but disappointed hopes of a share buyback or dividend increase.
Online-payments group Worldpay has agreed the final terms to a merger with US rival Vantiv, creating a combined entity worth around £22bn.
The US dollar edged higher today after an employment indicator substantially beat expectations, fuelling speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates at its September meeting.
Oil investing has become a hit and miss affair, especially given the precipitous decline in oil prices over recent years. Should investors steer clear of oil altogether?
Miners made strong gains today after iron ore prices hit four-month highs.
The Euro Stoxx 50 Index is the most referenced of all the hundreds of indices covering the eurozone equities market. But what does it tell us about the eurozone market and how does a company qualify for inclusion?
Online-payments group Paysafe is to be acquired by private-equity firms Blackstone and CV Capital Partners in a deal worth just under £3bn.
Randgold shares were up 3% this morning after the company reported strong quarterly results and issued upbeat guidance.
Oil prices have retreated after rising US stockpiles and elevated OPEC production hit sentiment.
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are seeing yet another step up in popularity as institutional investors seek out low-cost funds in favour of more expensive investment vehicles such as hedge funds.
S&P Dow Jones is to ban companies from issuing multi-class share structures across certain of its indices amid growing shareholder activism and worries over corporate governance.