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iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU)

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  • Tue, Jan. 6, 7:07 AM
    • U.S. stock index futures are all higher by about 0.25% after the major averages fell by more than 1.5% yesterday.
    • After it's near 4% dive yesterday, Europe is enjoying a meek bounce, the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZahead by 0.6%, led by Italy's (NYSEARCA:EWI1.3% gain. There's no joy yet in the U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU) which is lower by 0.4%.
    • Crude oil took out another milestone overnight, falling below $49 per barrel. It's currently down 1.8% at $49.17.
    • Speaking of milestones, the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield cracked 2% overnight, falling as low as 1.98%. It's currently back at 2.00%, down three basis points on the session.
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  • Mon, Jan. 5, 11:54 AM
    • Europe closes on the lows, the Stoxx 50's (NYSEARCA:FEZ3.7% decline led by Italy's 4.8% slump. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) -3%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ-3.3%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-3.5%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-2.1%.
    • "Grexit" fears were rekindled by a weekend story in Der Spiegel suggesting Angela Merkel feels financial markets are stable enough to handle Greece's withdrawal from EMU. Veterans of the EU debt crisis have seen way too many of these weekend sorties from the Germans to take them seriously, but, for today, it's having its effect. As far as we know, Mario Draghi's "whatever it takes" pledge still holds.
    • Athens fell more than 5% today. GREK -6.8%, NBG -8.4%
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  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
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  • Dec. 16, 2014, 11:49 AM
    • Stocks have reversed opening losses to turn sharply higher, with the Dow (NYSEARCA:DIA) and S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) each ahead by more than 1%, and the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQhigher by 0.7%. Alongside that turnaround is oil (NYSEARCA:USO), which plunged to a $53 handle earlier in the session, but is now ahead by 1.4% to $56.70.
    • Europe - which started in the green and than turned lower - turned around again to close on the highs, the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ+2.4%, with Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI+3.2%, Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG+2.5%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ+2.2%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) +2.1%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU+2.5%.
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  • Dec. 12, 2014, 11:51 AM
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  • Dec. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
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  • Dec. 4, 2014, 1:24 PM
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  • Dec. 1, 2014, 6:15 AM
    • U.K. manufacturing PMI edged up to its highest level in four months, rising slightly to 53.5 in November from 53.3 in October and topping consensus of 53.0.
    • Domestic demand offset falling exports due to sluggish orders from the euro zone and emerging markets.
    • The pound gets a lift and is up 0.5% at $1.5712, while the FTSE 100 is -0.7%.
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK
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  • Oct. 17, 2014, 4:23 AM
    • With bond markets guessing that interest rates could increase in the middle of next year, Andrew Haldane said that this is "not a bad bet."
    • In June, markets had been predicting a hike in November based on Haldane's thoughts.
    • The pound is -0.15% while the FTSE 100 is +1%.
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR
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  • Oct. 17, 2014, 3:54 AM
    • The Bank of England's chief economist, Andrew Haldane, has said that the BOE might need to maintain interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for longer than expected, due to the stuttering global economy, and financial and political risks.
    • Saying that the U.K. economy is "writhing in both agony and ecstasy," Haldane fears that Britain could slip into "secular stagnation," or a long period of poor growth.
    • The pound is -0.2% after dropping sharply and then recovering a bit, while the FTSE 100 is +0.8%.
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR
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  • Oct. 15, 2014, 5:06 AM
    • U.K. unemployment for the three months to August fell to a six-year low of 6% from 6.2% previously and came in below consensus of 6.1%.
    • The number of people without a job dropped to below 2M for the first time since 2008, declining 538,000 on year to 1.97M for the largest annual fall on record.
    • However, average earnings rose just 0.7%, as expected but below the inflation rate of 1.2%. (PR)
    • The pound is +0.1% at $1.5916 and the FTSE is -1.35%.
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR
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  • Oct. 14, 2014, 4:56 AM
    • U.K. CPI was flat on month in September, down from +0.4% in August and below forecasts of +0.2%.
    • On year, inflation dropped to a five-year low of 1.2% from 1.5% and missed consensus of +1.4%.
    • Core inflation +1.5% on year vs +1.9% previously and predictions of +1.8%.
    • "Falls in transport costs (notably sea fares and air fares) and prices for a range of recreational goods provided the largest contributions to the slowdown in the rate of inflation between August and September," the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics says. (PR)
    • Factory output prices (PPI) stayed at -0.1% on month, as expected. (PR)
    • "Inflation falls much faster than expected...kiss goodbye to a U.K. rate hike any time soon," tweets Reuters' James McGeever.
    • The pound adds to its losses and is -0.7% at $1.5974, while the FTSE 100 is -0.5%.
    • Earlier: U.K. retail sales tumble
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR
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  • Oct. 14, 2014, 3:33 AM
    • U.K. comparable retail sales surprisingly slumped 2.1% on year in September after rising 1.3% in August and badly missed forecasts for a rise of 1%.
    • Food sales continued to fall, while and clothing and footwear sales hit record lows.
    • The pound is -0.2% at $1.6051, while the FTSE 100 is -1.5%. (PR)
    • ETFs: FXB, EWU, GBB, EWUS, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR
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  • Sep. 19, 2014, 12:25 PM
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  • Sep. 19, 2014, 3:02 AM
    • European equity futures (NYSEARCA:EWU) indicate positive opens following Scotland's "no" vote. Euro STOXX 50 futures is up 1%, while FTSE 100 futures indicates U.K. markets could open up 1.1%. Pound futures (NYSEARCA:FXB) are up about 0.5%.
    • With 31 of 32 constituencies now final, unionists had won 55% of the vote and separatists had 45%.
    • Shares of stocks exposed to Scotland like Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) and Lloyds (NYSE:LYG) indicate early gains of 2-3%.
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  • Sep. 18, 2014, 9:22 PM
    • Just two of thirty-two regions have reported, but those in favor of Scotland staying in the U.K. have a comfortable lead. The story of the evening so far is remarkably high turnout - most regions are in the 80-90% range; this compared to the 60% range for recent general elections.
    • It's still very early and results from the heavily populated areas of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen aren't due until midnight eastern daylight time.
    • The pound (NYSEARCA:FXB) is higher by 0.7% to $1.6510, and FTSE 100 (NYSEARCA:EWU) futures are up 0.45%.
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The iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the British market, as measured by the MSCI United Kingdom Index.
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