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Brussels will be hosting another European meeting today and this time it is the turn of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The close proximity of EU finance ministers, especially after the recent Greek elections, could well lead to a number of interesting quotes throughout the day.
UK preliminary quarterly GDP figures have come in worse than expected and this afternoon it will be the turn of US durable goods orders and CB consumer confidence figures to improve the sentiment. Following a number of weeks charging higher, gold is struggling to hang onto its gains. Both Oil - US Crude and Oil - Brent Crude continue to float mid-range in the $40’s but are looking more likely to continue drifting lower than mount a serious recovery.
easyJet shares took off as soon as the markets opened following the announcement that first-half losses in the quieter winter months were less than expected, and likely to be half of the previous year's. An improvement in business travel numbers and cost efficient fuel prices have collaborated to send the shares higher. Having already lost its CFO to ARM Holdings the airline will be hoping this further success will not add to the attractions of CEO Carolyn McCall.
Sticking with the airlines, Willie Walsh looks to have got his way as the Aer Lingus board has now recommended IAG’s third offer worth €2.55 a share for the Irish Airline.
Peppa Pig continues to bring home the bacon for Entertainment One following its 100% year-on-year growth which has helped return almost $1 billion in global retail sales. This has helped drive the share price up by 2.67% in the morning session.
Last night saw Microsoft join an illustrious list of US companies that have missed EPS expectations. The markets have come to expect 75% of companies to beat projections, but this quarter is beginning to look like the exception to the rule.
Ahead of the open we expect the Dow Jones to start 47 points lower at 17,631.