There's some gloomy news on Brexit with 58 percent of larger companies saying it's already having a negative impact on their business - that's according to Ipsos Mori. And the pound's drop is pushing up company costs, according to the British Chambers of Commerce. While in the US, is Trump right on currency policy? For these stories and more, Jeremy Stretch, Head of G10 FX Strategy at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, joined Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
Randgold's share price is up almost 5% after the miner announced a record year and raised its dividend by 58%, while Ryanair maintains its outlook despite profits falling. For this and more of the day's company news, Ed Bowsher was joined by Ken Odeluga of City Index.
Gregory Daco, Head of US Economics at Oxford Economics, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the latest US non-farm payroll report which saw the number of jobs added in January soaring to 227,000, much higher than the 175,000 expected by economists.
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.
It could be the biggest technolgy IPO since Facebook. Snapchat's parent company Snap is now starting the process of listing on the stock market, and the valuation could be as much as $25 billion. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Garry White from Charles Stanley, for his take on Snapchat and today's other corporate stories.
The Government faced a new legal challenge today over its Brexit plans from the pro-single market organisation British Influence. The group was arguing that separate legislation would be required for the UK to leave the European Economic Area on top of the departure from the EU, but this fresh Brexit legal challenge has been blocked by the High Court. For more on this, and to find out whether there might be an appeal, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by David Golten, Head of Commercial Litigation at Wedlake Bell.
Jeremy Corbyn's team is braced for a second rebellion next week when MPs vote again on Article 50. Tensions within the party have intensified over the leadership's decision to support the government's Brexit Bill. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined on the line by Asa Bennett, Assistant Comment Editor at the Telegraph for his take.
British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Nurofen amongst many other brands, is in advanced talks to buy baby formula company, Mead Johnson. Plus results from Shell, AstraZeneca and Vodafone - who's doing well and who's struggling? Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Richard Hunter, Head of Research at Wilson King Investment Management, for his take on the day's big company news.
It's time for our weekly catch up with MoneyWeek magazine, not with Merryn Somerset Webb this week, instead with John Stepek, Executive Editor of the magazine. John joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher on the line to preview articles from this week's issue.
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.