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Stock Name Stock Symbol Market Stock Type Stock ISIN Stock Description
Barclays Plc BARC London Ordinary Share GB0031348658 ORD 25P
  Price Change Price Change % Stock Price Last Trade
4.44 2.51% 181.54 16:35:26
Open Price Low Price High Price Close Price Previous Close
179.20 178.72 182.88 181.54 177.10
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johnwise: (May 08, 2021 04:00AM ET) Bank of England Governor Says Bitcoin Investors Could Lose All Their Money Andrew Bailey, a prominent Bitcoin critic since 2017, who is now the Bank of England Governor once again reiterated his views on cryptocurrency in a recent press conference.
stonedyou: Activist investor Bramson sells out of Barclays... An activist investor that waged a three-year campaign to bring change at Barclays has sold its 6 per cent stake in the bank. Sherborne Investors, led by the New York-based Edward Bramson, announced this morning that it was walking away, having sold at an average price of 186p, down from just over £2 that it bought at. Sherborne, which has been backed by several British fund managers, including Aviva, Schroders and Jupiter Asset Management, surprised the financial world in March 2018 by revealing that it was targeting Barclays. It called on the British bank to scale back its investment bank and direct more capital into areas such as credit cards. Since then tensions have mounted, with Bramson trying unsuccessfully to gain a seat on the Continue reading
joestalin: Two fingers to little Greta as common sense prevails:- August Graham, PA City Reporter Wed, 5 May 2021, 3:02 pm·2-min read Barclays shareholders have defeated an attempt by campaigners to force the bank to phase out the multi-billion pound financing it provides to coal, oil and gas projects around the world. Investors voted against the proposal which set timeframes consistent with two articles of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The suggestion from Market Forces, an affiliate member of Friends of the Earth Australia, would also have required the bank to produce an annual report on how it is progressing against that strategy. “The bank’s current policies will allow funding of the coal industry well into the 2030s, with no end date in sight,” said Adam McGibbon, the UK campaign lead at Market Forces. Last year, Barclays unveiled a target to get to net zero – that is to say not emitting any more greenhouse gases than it absorbs. But Mr McGibbon added that in 2020 alone Barclays has provided financing worth 27 billion US dollars (£19 billion) to the coal, oil and gas sectors. The bank has also increased its funding of fracking, tar sands and Arctic oil by nearly a third compared to 2019, Mr McGibbon told shareholders during the Barclays annual general meeting. “Despite what the board claims, these are not the actions of a bank aligning itself with the Paris Agreement. Investor pressure forced Barclays to improve their policies last year, and investor pressure is needed again to continue that improvement.” In response, chairman Nigel Higgins defended Barclays’ climate change position. “We agree with the nature of the climate challenge,” Mr Higgins said. “We totally agree that this has to be about action, and not just words. It would be extraordinarily foolish if we were just about words because the data that we have committed to publish is going to reveal whether we back up our promises with action.” However, he said that the bank disagrees with some of the data on fossil fuel financing that Mr McGibbon cited. It measures financing provided to oil majors, regardless of what those companies spend that money on.
johnwise: Yet the government only jumps into action when it's about football. British companies have been sold and lost abroad for years and governments of all colours have allowed it to happen. Then they wonder where the tax revenues have gone... How Beijing is buying up Britain: Chinese investors 'have spent £134 BILLION on UK assets including infrastructure, private schools and FTSE 100 firms' Chinese investors have stakes in key infrastructure firms such as Thames Water Heathrow and UK Power Networks also have Chinese stakeholders, reports say There is also reportedly at least £57billion Chinese investment in FTSE 100 firms Of £134billion total, £44billion said to be from Chinese state-owned companies However Sunday Times reports total investment may be higher than £134billion
johnwise: It doesn't take a genius to work out it is a scam. It's imaginary currency with no asset base and not guaranteed by anybody. Crypto one of the better known Ponzi schemes doing the rounds.. Goldman Sachs Showcases Crypto Stocks for Wary Investors
bernie37: While "the trend is your friend" when it comes to short-term investing or trading, timing entries into the trend is a key determinant of success. And increasing the odds of success by making sure the sustainability of a trend isn't easy. Often, the direction of a stock's price movement reverses quickly after taking a position in it, making investors incur a short-term capital loss. So, it's important to ensure that there are enough factors -- such as sound fundamentals, positive earnings estimate revisions, etc. -- that could keep the momentum in the stock going. Our "Recent Price Strength" screen, which is created on a unique short-term trading strategy, could be pretty useful in this regard. This predefined screen makes it really easy to shortlist the stocks that have enough fundamental strength to maintain their recent uptrend. Also, the screen passes only the stocks that are trading in the upper portion of their 52-week high-low range, which is usually an indicator of bullishness. Barclays (BCS) is one of the several suitable candidates that passed through the screen. Here are the key reasons why it could be a profitable bet for "trend" investors. A solid price increase over a period of 12 weeks reflects investors' continued willingness to pay more for the potential upside in a stock. BCS is quite a good fit in this regard, gaining 29.9% over this period. However, it's not enough to look at the price change for around three months, as it doesn't reflect any trend reversal that might have happened in a shorter time frame. It's important for a potential winner to maintain the price trend. A price increase of 1.5% over the past four weeks ensures that the trend is still in place for the stock of this financial holding company. Moreover, BCS is currently trading at 97.4% of its 52-week High-Low Range, hinting that it can be on the verge of a breakout. Looking at the fundamentals, the stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), which means it is in the top 20% of more than the 4,000 stocks that we rank based on trends in earnings estimate revisions and EPS surprises -- the key factors that impact a stock's near-term price movements. The Zacks Rank stock-rating system, which uses four factors related to earnings estimates to classify stocks into five groups, ranging from Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) to Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive externally-audited track record, with Zacks Rank #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>> Another factor that confirms the company's fundamental strength is its Average Broker Recommendation of #1 (Strong Buy). This indicates that the brokerage community is highly optimistic about the stock's near-term price performance. So, the price trend in BCS may not reverse anytime soon. In addition to BCS, there are several other stocks that currently pass through our "Recent Price Strength" screen. You may consider investing in them and start looking for the newest stocks that fit these criteria. This is not the only screen that could help you find your next winning stock pick. Based on your personal investing style, you may choose from over 45 Zacks Premium Screens that are strategically created to beat the market. However, keep in mind that the key to a successful stock-picking strategy is to ensure that it produced profitable results in the past. You could easily do that with the help of the Zacks Research Wizard. In addition to allowing you to backtest the effectiveness of your strategy, the program comes loaded with some of our most successful stock-picking strategies.
johnwise: 74% Of U.S Investors Believe Bitcoin Is A Bubble: Bank Of America Survey Bitcoin’s institutional adoption has been off the charts in the past year, with Wall Street finally jumping aboard the Bitcoin bandwagon. However, a new report has revealed that only a few believe in its potential, despite the public show of support and heavy investment. The survey showed that one in three investors believe the top cryptocurrency is a bubble.
johnwise: Buying back stock can also be an easy way to make a business look more attractive to investors. By reducing the number of outstanding shares, a company's earnings per share (EPS) ratio is automatically increased – because its annual earnings are now divided by a lower number of outstanding shares. For example, a company that earns $10 million in a year with 100,000 outstanding shares has an EPS of $100. If it repurchases 10,000 of those shares, reducing its total outstanding shares to 90,000, its EPS increases to $111.11 without any actual increase in earnings. Also, short-term investors often look to make quick money by investing in a company leading up to a scheduled buyback. The rapid influx of investors artificially inflates the stock's valuation and boosts the company's price to earnings ratio (P/E). The return on equity (ROE) ratio is another important financial metric that receives an automatic boost. One interpretation of a buyback is that the company is financially healthy and no longer needs excess equity funding. It can also be viewed by the market that management has enough confidence in the company to reinvest in itself. Share buybacks are generally seen as less risky than investing in research and development for new technology or acquiring a competitor; it's a profitable action, as long as the company continues to grow. Investors typically see share buybacks as a positive sign for appreciation in the future. As a result, share buybacks can lead to a rush of investors buying the stock. Downside of Buybacks A stock buyback affects a company's credit rating if it has to borrow money to repurchase the shares. Many companies finance stock buybacks because the loan interest is tax-deductible. However, debt obligations drain cash reserves, which are frequently needed when economic winds shift against a company. For this reason, credit reporting agencies view such-financed stock buybacks in a negative light: They do not see boosting EPS or capitalizing on undervalued shares as a good justification for taking on debt. A downgrade in credit rating often follows such a maneuver.
bernie37: Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc may have won a fight with financier Amanda Staveley, but the ruling could have repercussions for a related regulatory probe that’s haunted the bank for almost a decade. Even while a judge dismissed the case last week, he said the bank was “guilty” of serious deceit as executives negotiated a rescue in 2008. Lawyers said that the findings may be of interest to the Financial Conduct Authority as it continues a probe that could lead to a multi-million pound fine. “It seems very difficult for the FCA to ignore the fact that the bank made fraudulent misrepresentations and very senior people at that,” said Janine Alexander, a financial disputes lawyer at Collyer Bristow who wasn’t involved in the case. “The FCA are going to have to take it seriously.” The case dates back to the chaos of the financial crisis when Barclays officials sought a massive injection of private financing to stave off a government bailout. The regulator is investigating how Barclays communicated with investors in 2008 and is considering a 50-million pound ($70 million) fine, the bank said in its annual report. In addition to the civil case, both the bank and some former executives successfully fought off criminal charges related to the fundraising. A spokeswoman for the bank declined to comment on the implications of the ruling. The FCA said separately the case was currently before its internal tribunal -- one of the final steps before it issues a decision. ‘Same Deal’ Staveley sought 660 million pounds in damages in the lawsuit, saying the bank deceived her about the terms of the investment. The trial focused on the treatment of Middle Eastern investors that participated in the fundraising. Staveley, who partnered with Abu Dhabi, said the bank promised the “same deal” but then lied about the fact that Qatari investors got far better terms. The judge in Friday’s ruling said that while bank officials misled Staveley about the investment, she wasn’t eligible for damages because she wouldn’t have been able to raise the funds necessary to participate in the deal. “We hope that the regulators will have a close look at this judgment and the conclusions the judge reaches on the behavior of senior personnel within Barclays,” a lawyer for Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners said after the ruling last week. One former FCA lawyer said that the civil case ruling could even lead the regulator to re-open a probe into some of the individuals called out by the judge. The watchdog shut investigations into former chief executive John Varley and former Middle East chief Roger Jenkins in April last year. “One wonders whether the FCA may consider reopening investigations into senior executives following the findings,” said Tim Thomas, who now works at law firm Richardson Lissack. Lawyers for Jenkins and Varley didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
bernie37: It has been widely said by fund managers that Covid-19 has accelerated certain pre-existing trends, which has created both winners and losers. The standout winners, following millions of people shifting to work from home, have been technology businesses. Among the losers have been sectors and industries that prior to Covid-19 looked structurally challenged and now appear in terminal decline, such as bricks-and-mortar retailers that do not possess an online presence. Income-seeking investors, particularly those backing UK funds or shares, have also been among the losers, following widespread dividend cuts in response to Covid-19. The latest figures from Link Group, which monitors UK dividend payments, forecast a 39% year-on-year decline for dividend payments in 2020. While this is a blow for income investors, the UK dividend cuts are another example of the acceleration of a pre-existing trend, notes Blake Hutchins, co-manager of the Trojan Income fund. He says: “For a while, ahead of Covid-19, the UK market stood out for its high dividend yield versus other countries. We took the view that there was trouble ahead and a day of reckoning, as we felt the biggest dividend companies in the UK were struggling to grow and therefore the dividends were looking less and less sustainable. “Covid-19 has accelerated the decline of certain industries, which has put pressure on these big firms, which dominate the headline figure for overall dividend payments for the UK market.” At the start of 2020, payments from the 15 biggest UK dividend payers were expected to account for 60% of all income paid out from UK-listed companies. Ahead of the dividend drought playing out, the Trojan Income fund moved into an even more defensive gear than usual (it ordinarily adopts a cautious stance) in the second half of last year. Exposure to holdings with market-beating yields (4% plus) that were deemed to be over-distributing on the income front were reduced. Holdings kicked into touch included utilities Severn Trent (LSE: SVT) and Pennon (LSE: PNN), while Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) was also sent packing. In the first quarter of 2020, the fund completed the sale of other income stalwarts: Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY), BP (LSE: BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB). The proceeds were used to invest in “higher-quality businesses”, says Hutchins, that tend to have lower dividend yields but greater scope for dividend growth, as a sufficient amount of cash is being generated to pay dividends. Croda (LSE: CRDA) and Intertek (LSE: ITRK) were two new holdings added to the portfolio. Hutchins cautions that in 2021 dividends for the UK market as a whole are going to be “lower in the future (compared to 2019 dividend levels), but at more sensible levels”, which he views as a silver lining. Another potential silver lining, which will give income-seeking investors hope that 2021 will be a better year, is that companies that have suspended dividends are ready to resume payments, according to Kevin Murphy, co-manager of the Schroder Income fund. However, Murphy also cautions that 2021 will not be the year when dividends for the overall market return to prior levels. UK dividend payments hit record levels for three years on the spin (2017, 2018 and 2019), with payouts last year coming in at £110.5 billion. To put this figure in context, this is more than double the total value of dividends paid a decade ago (£54.6 billion) following the global financial crisis. For 2020, Link Group expects UK dividends, excluding special dividends, to fall to around £60 billion. Murphy says: “Companies want to pay a dividend and have the cash to do so, but do not want to look foolish through the lens of hindsight. On a 12-month view, large numbers of companies will come back to the dividend register, but it may not be at the same levels of previous payments.” He points out that, from a mathematical point of view, the greatest prospect for dividend growth is when a share cuts its dividend, which is another silver lining. Therefore, Murphy expects 2021 to be a better year for income seekers. How most fund managers attempt to ‘ignore market noise’ Take control of your retirement planning with our award-winning, low-cost Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) Responding to the dividend drought Schroder Income’s performance suffered in 2020 due to its deep value approach of investing in out-of-form shares that have dividend potential. In response, Murphy says that he has tilted the portfolio to become more diversified, but still maintain its value credentials. Two new holdings are M&G (LSE: MNG) and ITV (LSE: ITV). Henry Dixon, manager of the Man GLG Income fund, one of interactive investor’s Super 60 choices, is tackling the dividend drought with a three-pronged approach. First, he is focusing on “suitably high levels of income from shares, which in our opinion also have the potential to grow these in future, [and] also having good weightings to shares that may have a lower perceived credit risk than the UK government. We believe GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) has been a good example.” Second, Dixon is targeting shares with both an attractive yield and the prospect of catching up payments for foregone dividends. “Here, we want to isolate companies that took an extremely conservative approach during the pandemic, and have continued to trade well. Morrisons (LSE: MRW) would fall into this category.” Finally, Dixon has exposure to shares that fully cut their dividend. He looks for those that “have been poor performers, but in our view can return faster than their sector to dividend-paying status”. He adds: “Persimmon (LSE: PSN) managed this in the housebuilder sector and has outperformed its peers. Within banking we are pleased by Close Brothers' (LSE: CBG) return to dividend-paying status and it, too, has outperformed its sector.” These articles are provided for information purposes only. Occasionally, an opinion about whether to buy or sell a specific investment may be provided by third parties. The content is not intended to be a personal recommendation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product, or to adopt any investment strategy as it is not provided based on an assessment of your investing knowledge and experience, your financial situation or your investment objectives. The value of your investments, and the income derived from them, may go down as well as up. You may not get back all the money that you invest. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. Full performance can be found on the company or index summary page on the interactive investor website. Simply click on the company's or index name highlighted in the article.
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