Market participants will seek clarification of the European Central Bank's direction with stimulus when President Mario Draghi holds a news conference today. Amid conflicting data on the eurozone's economic health and prospects, Draghi's statement is keenly awaited, although there is consensus he will not indicate an early end to stimulus.
The UK and the EU have held preliminary discussions to establish the long-term relationship for financial services after Brexit, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has told lawmakers. The UK is "ambitious to make progress" toward a deal in October.
Negotiations between the EU and UK over Brexit are complicating Switzerland's efforts to gain greater access to the European financial services market, said Jorg Gasser, Switzerland's state secretary for international finance."Vis a vis Switzerland, as you can imagine, the EU is not ready to find progressive or interesting solutions that might serve as a precedent for negotiations between the EU and the UK," he said.
A rally of the FTSE 100 index has lost momentum, and the index is likely to embark on a downturn, technical analyst Andy Dodd says. His chart reading shows a bearish engulfing pattern has emerged, indicating scant potential for upward progress and increased probability of decline.
Amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment has surprised market watchers by breaking out of decline and moving sharply upward, prompting technical analyst Bruce Kamich, CMT, to examine the stock's chart for signs of a continued uptrend. Indicators are mixed and progress in the past three months has been bearish, so the stock needs to hold its price for the next few days before a rally is considered sustainable, Kamich writes.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed standard of conduct for brokers and advisors is likely to face "a long and arduous path" toward ratification, says Blaine Aikin of Fi360. Aikin points out numerous obstacles and potential opposition to the proposal, which has been released for public comment.
Barclays has reported a net loss of $1.06 billion in the first quarter compared with a profit of about $265 million in the same period last year, with the difference attributed to a $2 billion settlement it paid to the US Justice Department. Aside from the settlement, Barclays CEO Jes Staley says the bank performed generally well, with its corporate and investment bank achieving a 1% rise in revenue that surpassed analyst expectations.
Compliance and security demands for ATMs have kept banks from putting more effort into innovating them, HSBC Global Self-Service Architect Anton Godfrey said. Although HSBC briefly tried cash recycling, mobile integrations and other features on ATMs, Godfrey said, "I'd like to see less of the services living on these machines and more of this migrating to the cloud."
Facebook has reported a 63% increase in profit, to $4.99 billion, and revenue of $11.97 billion for the first quarter, despite concerns about its association with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook shares climbed 7.1% in after-hours trading Wednesday, reaching $171.
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