Nigerian banking shares rally on recovery hopes

First Bank Holdings led a rally of Nigerian banking stocks on Tuesday, fuelled by hopes that Nigeria will emerge from recession soon, dealers said. First Bank Holdings, the parent company of Nigeria’s oldest commercial lender First Bank, rose 10.02 percent in early trade to 5.38 naira ($0.0171), a level last seen on Oct 10, 2015, […]

U.S. stock futures little changed ahead of economic data

U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, after the three-day holiday weekend, as investors awaited economic data for clues regarding the health of the economy, Reuters reports. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite closed at record highs on Friday. The S&P 500 posted its seventh straight session of gains, matching a winning […]

African markets – Factors to watch on May 25

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May 25 – The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Thursday. – – – – – GLOBAL MARKETS Asian shares scaled two-year highs on Thursday while the dollar and U.S. bond yields slipped after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a cautious approach […]

Markets wrap: Stocks, currencies on hold as traders await federal reserve

Markets were largely in a holding pattern Wednesday, with U.S. equities little changed near record levels and the dollar edging lower as investors awaited fresh insight on the path for borrowing costs in the world’s biggest economy. The S&P 500 Index was sitting at the 2,400 mark, within points of its all-time high. European shares […]

African markets – Factors to watch on May 24

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. – – – – – GLOBAL MARKETS China’s main stock index fell one percent and the Australian dollar slipped on Wednesday after Moody’s cut its sovereign credit rating on China. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil […]

Markets Wrap: Europe stocks gain, dollar steady before Fed clues

European stocks rose and U.S. equity futures and the dollar both steadied as investors awaited fresh insights into the path for borrowing costs from the Federal Reserve. A credit-rating downgrade in China sank industrial metals and oil’s winning streak continued. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed a second day, but struggled to gain momentum as […]

U.S. stock futures higher ahead Trump’s budget plan to cut spending

U.S. stock index futures were modestly higher on Tuesday, shrugging off a deadly bomb blast in Britain and ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first full budget plan that is aimed at slashing government spending. U.S. futures slipped slightly on Monday evening, before recovering, on news of the suicide attack that killed at least 22 […]

Wall St higher as oil, defense stocks gain

Wall Street gained in early trading on Monday, helped by higher oil prices and as defense stocks rose after a $110 billion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Oil prices were up about 0.6 percent, bolstered by confidence that top exporters will this week agree to extend supply curbs, with suggestions that […]