Five things investors learned in the last week

23rd February 2014

1)  Facebook has bought WhatsApp in a $19bn deal. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on – what else? – Facebook though the site’s system crashed over the weekend which hasn’t pleased the pundits.

2) UK unemployment falls by 125,000 to 2.35m. Experts divide on the interest rate implications, yet Henderson’s Simon Ward believes wages are on the rise too which may have more a bearing on interest rates.

3) China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan says growth of 7 to 8% can be sustained despite the doomsayers about debt and slightly dodgy savings and investment schemes.

4) Should you follow what the billionaires are doing? Warren Buffet’s latest filing for Berkshire Hathaway shows he has sold down some of his US holdings including Intel and Johnson & Johnson.

5) Vodafone confirms the Verizon deal has completed. UK shareholders will have a lot of consider in terms of buying and selling the US mobile giant but closer to home, the Share Centre last week considered three other potential income payers.

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