James Hester

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.

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Pylons

Sempra Energy to buy Oncor in $18.8bn deal

Californian utility group Sempra Energy has agreed to buy Texas-based utility firm Oncor Electric Delivery in a $18.8bn deal.

James Hester
mining

Fortescue shares jump on dividend hike

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.

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Heineken

CMA gives green light for Heineken-Punch deal

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

James Hester
oil

Oil prices fall on higher US production figures

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.

James Hester
CFD

Interested in derivatives? Try CFD trading

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.

James Hester
Shanghai

IMF warning for China: Reduce debt or face bigger problems

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.

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oil

Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler come closer to sealing merger

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.

James Hester
wheat

Cereal prices plunge on stronger production forecasts

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.

James Hester
power

RWE gets nuclear tax refund boost

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

James Hester
mining

Glencore shares slip despite profits jump

Glencore shares lost ground today after the company reported strong financial results but disappointed hopes of a share buyback or dividend increase.

James Hester
payments

Worldpay agrees £9.3bn merger with Vantiv

Online-payments group Worldpay has agreed the final terms to a merger with US rival Vantiv, creating a combined entity worth around £22bn.

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dollar

US dollar pushes higher on strong jobs data

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.

James Hester
oil

Is oil investing safe as the price drops?

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?

James Hester
iron ore

Iron ore futures rally on production cuts

Miners made strong gains today after iron ore prices hit four-month highs.

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eurozone

Eurovision: the Euro STOXX 50 beauty contest

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?

James Hester
payments

Paysafe recommends £3bn private-equity offer

Online-payments group Paysafe is to be acquired by private-equity firms Blackstone and CV Capital Partners in a deal worth just under £3bn.

James Hester

Randgold shares rise on strong results and upbeat guidance

Randgold shares were up 3% this morning after the company reported strong quarterly results and issued upbeat guidance.

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rigs

Oil prices dip on rising US stockpiles and higher OPEC production

Oil prices have retreated after rising US stockpiles and elevated OPEC production hit sentiment.

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chart

ETFs move further ahead of hedge funds

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.

James Hester
governance

S&P Dow Jones to ban multi-class share structures

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.

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