Peter Gold

Halfords Suffers a Mixed Performance in the First Quarter

28 Mar 2012 @ 16:34
Automotive and cycling retailer Halfords Group (LSE:HFD) released its quarterly results today, announcing that sales were down 2.3% compared to the first quarter of 2011. The company attributes a slip in consumer demand within the automotive sector due to a particularly warm winter, when the retailer usually sees increased sales of replacement parts due to […]

ADVFN Announces Partnership With TheStreet

28 Mar 2012 @ 14:27
In a statement released today, ADVFN (LSE:AFN) announced it will be partnering with TheStreet, Inc., a US-based financial news and services website founded by host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” and former hedge fund guru Jim Cramer. ADVFN will distribute TheStreet’s core premium products to its various markets across the globe. The partnership comes as ADVFN […]

BP Set to Begin Shetland Drilling Within Days

23 Mar 2012 @ 14:14
Drilling at a controversial BP (LSE:BP.) deepwater oil well off the coast of the Shetland Islands could begin within days in spite of recent controversy over the well’s environmental impact. The oil giant was given the go ahead to begin drilling after thorough review of the well’s environmental impact and emergency contingency plans by the […]

GSK Announces New £500M Manufacturing Investment

22 Mar 2012 @ 13:51
GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK), the pharmaceutical giant, announced today that it will be investing £500M in manufacturing, including a brand new £350M manufacturing facility in Ulverston, Cumbria. The remaining investment will be used for improvements to existing factories in Scotland and England, where key ingredients in the company’s vaccines are manufactured. The investment, strengthening...

UK's Chief Regulator to Step Down in June

16 Mar 2012 @ 15:24
Hector Sants, chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), announced today that he will resign from his post in June. This sudden resignation leaves the regulatory body reeling, as several senior employees have also resigned. Sants was expected to oversee the FSA’s transition to the “twin peaks model,” effective April 2nd.  Under this structure, the […]

SSE Loses Appeal in Mis-Selling Case

16 Mar 2012 @ 15:21
Scottish & Southern Energy (LSE:SSE), a “big six” energy company, today lost an appeal against charges that the company had engaged in illegal sales techniques. Three judges at the Court of Appeals in London threw out the plea on the grounds that they “were not convinced that the conviction was unsafe.” Last May, the Surrey […]

Goldman Executive Exposes "Toxic" Culture in Scathing Editorial

15 Mar 2012 @ 14:56
Shares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) closed down 3.4% yesterday after a now former executive published a scathingly expository editorial in the New York Times. The London-based executive, Greg Smith, headed the firm’s United States equity derivatives department in EMEA and had been with the firm for 12 years, beginning as a summer intern. Smith asserted […]

Barclays Reports Executive Remuneration

09 Mar 2012 @ 15:47
Barclays (LSE:BARC) Chief Executive Bob Diamond earned £6.3m in remuneration last year according to its annual report, made available online today. For 2011, Diamond earned £1.35m in base salary, £2.7m in bonuses, and £2.2m in long-term incentives. Though Diamond earned £9m in 2010, £2.7m more than 2011, the announcement comes at a time when banking […]

Aviva Posts Earnings Gain in Spite of Euro Crisis

08 Mar 2012 @ 15:28
Aviva (LSEAV.), Britain’s largest provider of general and life insurance, posted a 6% gain in earnings today as the company released its financial results for 2011.  The company reported an operating profit of £2.5bn for 2011, outperforming analysts’ predictions of £2.41bn.  Furthermore, capital surpluses within the Insurance Groups Directive, an important measure of capital...

RBS Executive Receives Hostile Public Reception for Hefty Bonus

27 Jan 2012 @ 09:36
Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE:RBS) CEO, Stephen Hester bonus of £963,000 in shares has come under scrutiny from various parties. To the anger of many Britons, the board of directors of the state-owned bank awarded Mr. Hester with the annual bonus which a majority of ordinary workers struggle to earn in a lifetime. The move […]
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