Jamie McGeever, Chief Markets Correspondent for Europe at Reuters joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to cover the big economic news of the day including the fall in number of new homes built in London, Bank of England's Ben Broadbent stance that Trump's elections is "positive" for the UK, the growth in the UK's dominant service sector slowing more than expected last month. They talked about Trump's plan to undo the Dodd Frank law and the gold price hitting a fourth year high. Finally, a quick reaction to US non-farm payroll.
The Year of the Rooster is upon us, but what does this mean for investment strategies, the markets and industries? Sarah McAllister, Founder of Feng Shui Agency, joined Juliette Foster on Share Radio Breakfast to give her insights on the significance of the Year of the Rooster, and what it means for the business landscape in 2017.
The Bank of England has raised its forecast of economic growth to 2% this year, up from the previous forecast of 1.4%, with an increase from 1.5% to 1.6% for next year.
The base rate is unchanged at 0.25% and the bank's quantitative easing or money-printing programme will also continue as planned. The Bank's announcement has triggered a 0.8% fall in the pound at $1.26.
Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to cover the big economic news of the day, including the government White Paper, Reckitt Benckiser's deal and more.
Will solid data be enough for the Bank of England to raise interest rates later? The Bank is expected to keep rates at 0.25 percent, as the economy defied the uncertainty that followed the Brexit vote. BOE Governor Mark Carney will announce his decision at mid-day. Share Radio's James Brydges spoke to Vicky Pryce, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, who explained why she believes that rates will be left where they are.
Investors are already feeling Brexit's impact but this hasn't dampened growth prospects. Consultancy EY found more than half of global investors want to grow their presence in Europe despite uncertainty. Andy Baldwin, EY area managing partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, explained more with Share Radio's Peta Fuller.
Despite positive figures, why are profits not going up at Apple? Plus management shuffles at the top for TalkTalk, Wizz Air profits double but share price still falls, and gold miner Centamin gets generous with dividends. For analysis on this and more, Financial Orbit's Chris Bailey joined Share Radio’s senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding to depart, UK house prices inch upwards according to Nationwide and good days for both the FTSE and pound - what's driving that? For these and more Chris Justham, relationship manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the day's need-to-know economic stories.
There was no shortage of European economic data today - but the most important was the overall figure, with the Eurozone growing 0.5 percent in the final quarter of 2016, taking annual growth to 1.8 percent for the year. That's behind UK growth for 2016 at 2.2% but ahead of the US, at only 1.6 percent. For more detail, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Jennifer McKeown, Chief European Economist at Capital Economics.
All of the day's top economic stories including the FTSE's shift, regional UK construction boom and some concerning signs for UK consumer sentiment. Plus a slew of Eurozone data showing where the strong - and weak - economies are on the continent. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Alex Dryden, market strategist at JP Morgan, to analyse the day's news.
Vodafone's confirmation that it's in talks to merge its Indian subsidiary with a rival have triggered a 2% rise in the share price. Meanwhile shares in engineering firm, WS Atkins are up 5% after an American firm made a takeover approach. And German inflation data is out - is this good news for the key European economy?
Ken Odeluga, market analyst at City Index, joined Ed Bowsher to discuss the big economic and company stories of the day.