|Early widespread snows in western US again, with significant snowfall in Mexico expected this weekend. By next weekend, 1/2 to 2/3rds of the US is expected to see snow. Hawaii often gets dustings of snow on its mountains but they have issued a winter weather warning forecasting up to 30 inches this weekend - but only for the central mountain area.
My SIPP finished down 0.16%, -1.04% on the week and is +4.22% YTD - looks like this is a "must do better" year for me!
Enjoy your weekend.|
|I'm up just 0.018% on the day today (FTSE100 -0.329%), down -1.52% on the week (FTSE100 -1.61%) but up 8.09% YTD (FTSE100 +7.82% and HIX +12.10%).
Best rises: SSE +1.65%, BP. +1.57% and IMB +1.51%.
Worst falls: BLT -2.61%, IMI -1.45% and SMDS -1.39%.
No comment about what the market does. The oil price news has cheered up the oilers.
Been doing my Christmas shopping online today, after pointers from my daughter-in-law as to what our son and their children would like to have. Also got Mrs DF sorted out with some new shoes.
+2°C this morning with cloud cover. I'm off to Monmouth in the morning for a memorial service. Decided that I had better get the car cleaned by the mob at Tesco - "Roel's Car Cleaning" - probably Albanian. Anyway I am now filled up and ready to go.
Enjoy the weekend - looks like being chilly again.
|Today's further rise at MCLS, on further digesting yesterday's trading update, helped me to +0.5% overall. That made for a slight gain on the week to +18.5% YTD, which is very pleasing after the £'s rise this week.
I note that traffic on my run home from the quiz seems to be getting lighter in recent weeks. I don't know if this is a Christmas effect or not but it has been a significant economic indicator in the past. We have got nothing from the quiz for about 3 months. We have had barren runs like this before so I expect it will pass. It's not about the winning, anyway, but free beer helps the socialising!
Today's gym session was short. I've been fine a couple of days but have little stamina after that gastric bug.
8.1C high in a day of mixed weather, although only the slightest spots of rain.
Have a good weekend, everyone.|
|A good day for the SIPP helped reduce the weeks losses. SIPP -0.54%, pot -0.73% reducing the YTD figures to +9.70% and +5.13%
Busy family weekend. Birthday do for my brother tomorrow then on Sunday we have all the family round for an early Christmas family meal as we'll be spread out at Christmas. We can tie it in with Sinta Klaas on his way to Holland!
Enjoy your weekends.
|Looks like the fall for the SIPP this week will be evenly split between the individual shares and the managed funds. Although I don't really want it to happen, I'm now looking forward to the CRX deal being concluded which will give a bit of a boost to the SIPP.|
|Thanks blueliner. Must admit I am still struggling to get over the loss of those two babies, especially as we had seen them in the garden a couple of days before and they looked adorable.
This is good news, at least on the speed bump issue http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/97894/axe-speed-bumps-to-improve-air-quality-says-new-report?_mout=1&utm_campaign=autoexpress_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&tpid=120294880050 I actually have to drive over 112 speed humps every single day coming to work and going home for lunch. Most of them are those dangerous square things that larger vehicles can totally ignore but if you are in any sensible small car you have to use all your concentration to make sure you hit them just right with minimal damage. Of course, the distraction puts other road users, and particularly pedestrians, in much greater danger. Whoever thinks they improve safety are presumably on a back hander from the contractors that install them!|
|Morning, well done with the astroturf Mr P. Just 1 Million left according to RSPB who are launching an appeal to promote better land management practices. I'm with the Woodland Trust who are also on the case.
GVC, taking a chunk out of the Folio this morning, despite reducing holding in August.
Meanwhile TCN rising again. MCLS is a buy by Tempus in the Times this morning.|
|Just popped out and it's not as mild as it looks, still only 2°C according to the car and feels much colder without the bright sunshine!
Have one of the banks here shortly to try and tempt me with their FX offerings. They're also after our main accounts but I have been fending them off for months!|
|Good morning. Still a bit nippy down south, I see. We were again a bit lower than forecasted, at 3.3C, and it's damp again.
Minimum Temperature Last 24h - 12/02/2016 at 09:00 UTC No. Location Station ID Amount
1 Pembrey Sands (United Kingdom) 03605 -5.7°C
2 Bournemouth Airport (United Kingdom) 03862 -5.4°C
3 Sennybridge (United Kingdom) 03507 -5.2°C
4 Hereford/Credenhill (United Kingdom) 03522 -5°C
5 Farnborough (United Kingdom) 03768 -4.4°C
6 Yeovilton (United Kingdom) 03853 -4.4°C
7 Shobdon (United Kingdom) 03520 -4.1°C
8 Benson (United Kingdom) 03658 -3.9°C
9 Pershore (United Kingdom) 03529 -3.8°C
10 Filton (United Kingdom) 03628 -3.6°C
11 Middle Wallop (United Kingdom) 03749 -3.4°C
12 Charlwood (United Kingdom) 03769 -3.3°C
13 Larkhill (United Kingdom) 03743 -3.1°C
14 Bala (United Kingdom) 03409 -2.9°C
15 Shoreham Airport (United Kingdom) 03876 -2.9°C
Script courtesy of Michael Holden of Relay Weather. Data courtesy of Ogimet|
Pleased to say we do have at least one resident hedgehog. Very sadly lost two babies in our pond during the summer, despite plenty of bricks and rocks to climb out on so we now have a large piece of astroturf in the pond as a "non-slipway" and thankfully haven't had any casualties since.
A low of -0.2°C last night but had already climbed to a tropical 2.4°C by 6:15 this morning. Thick cloud today so it's much milder, but sad to lose that wall to wall sunshine, been a lovely week.
Another red start I see.|
|-0.45% for the Folio.today. [FTSE250 -0.28%]
Worst value fallers : BRSN -2.9%, GSK -1.8%, CLIG -2.3%, IAP -1.9%, IMB -2.6%.
Highest value risers : IRV +2.4%, BP. +2.3%, BLT +1.9%, ASY +1.7%, PHTM +1.8%.
Falls right across the Bigcaps universe, GSK joining in despite a Shares Mag main tip.
IMB hit with the plain packaging court appeal quashed.
One third of the UK population of Hedgehogs has been wiped out in last 20 years, estimates the RSPB.
A need to relocate more numbers to the mainland from the Hebrides where they thrive.
|5 US retailers issue dodgy updates today:
|I'm down -0.618% on teh day today (FTSE100 -0.455%).
Worst falls: CPG -4.53%, NG. -3.17% and ADM -2.84%.
Best rises: RDSB +7.21%, IMI +4.70% and LGEN +2.76%.
A "tart's drawers" day today, At one stage I had only 3 shares in the blue, RDSB, IMI and BP. Looking at those in the red, they all seemed to be down over 3%. No idea what stimulated the moves, but there we are.
-7°C first thing, about freezing point later with lots of frost still about. I got a pile of shirts ironed this afternoon, after de-clogging the shower head this morning.
My evening viewing will be Who do you think you are?, Grand Designs, Question Time and This Week. I might catch a bit of Sky News review of the papers.
|-0.3%. DX. and MCLS modestly blue. BRCI has failed to move for two days as the Oil and Gas Index has risen pushing 7%. MCLS had a very steady trading update. It would be dull if it hadn't just taken over 300 coops. Dull from here will be what I want.
A bit of drizzle made for a mild damp start to the day. Some intermittent sunshine around lunch lifted us to 9.3C but it clouded and cooled for the shool pick-up and that cloud is now breaking a bit.|
|Pleased to say the pot actually managed a gain on the day, +0.16% thanks to LGEN, RDSB & DC. but despite a sterling effort from BP. the SIPP was clobbered to the tune of -0.36% with GSK, SSE & NG. leading an array of fallers. GSK seems to be having a pretty tough time of it over the last few weeks.
Who Do You Think You Are, The Apprentice and Close To The Enemy tonight, and we have to go out shopping for the staff Christmas chocolates this evening! Have selected Hotel Chocolat this year as they have been good enough to use our products in the past so it's only fair we reciprocate!|
|Both FTSE 100 and 250 testing support ahead of Italian referendum and Austrian election this weekend. Looks like we could lose 500 points if 6700 goes.
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|Coldest of the year here last night, -4°C according to the car on the way in this morning.
I see the earlier mild falls have turned into something more severe for the SIPP with BP. unable to hold everything together single handed. The pound getting closer to my 1.20 target though!|
|Now that the sea between Siberia and Alaska is freezing over, that Deep Siberian cold area is crossing over to Alaska and NW Canada. It is predicted to sweep down over the USA and Mexico next week to add further to the recent widespread snow over the NW 1/3rd of the USA. The Polar Vortex returns.
THey are going to have a hard time spinning 2016 as the hottest year ever when all of Eurasia has had a very cold snowy autumn and North America is also about to turn snowy and bitterly cold early in the season. (And how does Arctic ice recover quickly this autumn if temperatures there are reported to be 10-12C above normal?)
The good news is we get a little warmer as the US plunges into the freezer.|
|Our low was 4.0C even though it was clear all evening. I see it was chilly down south again!
Minimum Temperature Last 24h - 12/01/2016 at 10:00 UTC No. Location Station ID Amount
1 Pembrey Sands (United Kingdom) 03605 -7.3°C
2 Farnborough (United Kingdom) 03768 -7°C
3 Bournemouth Airport (United Kingdom) 03862 -6.9°C
4 Benson (United Kingdom) 03658 -6.8°C
5 Yeovilton (United Kingdom) 03853 -6.7°C
6 Charlwood (United Kingdom) 03769 -6.3°C
7 Pershore (United Kingdom) 03529 -6.2°C
8 Filton (United Kingdom) 03628 -5.9°C
9 Hereford/Credenhill (United Kingdom) 03522 -5.9°C
10 Shobdon (United Kingdom) 03520 -5.6°C
11 Shoreham Airport (United Kingdom) 03876 -5.5°C
12 Larkhill (United Kingdom) 03743 -5.3°C
13 Sennybridge (United Kingdom) 03507 -5.3°C
14 Boscombe Down (United Kingdom) 03746 -5.1°C
15 Middle Wallop (United Kingdom) 03749 -5.1°C
Script courtesy of Michael Holden of Relay Weather. Data courtesy of Ogimet
The consensus seems to be a return to frosts here in a couple of days.|
|GBP Manufacturing PMI 53.4 54.4 54.3|
|That would have been a nice steady one to have been holding over the past couple of years Aleman!|