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Our Big Mac index shows fundamentals now matter more in currency markets

Our Big Mac index shows fundamentals now matter more in currency markets

Finance
IT IS usually considered quaint to predict foreign-exchange movements by reference to whether currencies are dear or cheap. Metrics such as The Economist’s Big Mac index, a lighthearted guide to exchange rates, hint at how far currency values are out of whack. But they are often driven further out of kilter by capital flows, by fear and greed, by the interventions of policymakers, and so on.Since our last look at the index in July, cheap currencies have narrowed the valuation gap against the dollar—almost completely in case of the Canadian dollar (see chart). Fundamentals, such as fair value, seem (at last) to have greater sway in the foreign-exchange market.Upgrade your inboxReceive our Daily Dispatch and Editors' Picks newsletters.The index is based on the idea of purchasing-power parity
Just Eat set to join blue chip index after share price jump

Just Eat set to join blue chip index after share price jump

Business
An online takeaway firm is set to join the ranks of Britain's biggest businesses this week.Just Eat is expected to be promoted to the FTSE 100 on the back of its soaring share price, and comes just three years after its stock market debut.Its elevation would make it the first such firm to join the blue chip index.The next FTSE reshuffle is based on closing share prices on Tuesday, with engineer Babcock and Alton Towers-owner Merlin at risk of demotion.Just Eat's shares have soared 43% this year on the back of revenue growth and acquisitions. It's £5.5bn market value makes it bigger than Sainsbury's.Just Eat takes online orders from customers and acts as delivery middle man between them and restaurants.Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said Just Eat's growth underlines
The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

Finance
Nearly 10 years ago Berkshire Hathaway CEO (and arguably one of the best investors on Earth), Warren Buffett, issued a challenge to the hedge fund industry — a $ 1 million bet that they could not put together a portfolio of hedge funds that would outperform an S&P 500 Index fund over a 10-year period.Buffett was convinced the combination of active stock-picking and high costs would result in lagging market performance, and he was willing to put his money where his mouth was.One company stepped up to the challenge. Protégé Partners LLC selected five hedge funds (the names of the funds have not been disclosed publicly), and Buffett selected the Vanguard Admiral Shares S&P 500 Index Fund.The 10-year period began January 1, 2008, which means we are in the final year of the challenge. W
Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 6,089.46 down -61.40 points

Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 6,089.46 down -61.40 points

Finance
Shutterstock photoThursday's session closes with the NASDAQ Composite Index at 6,089.46. The total shares traded for the NASDAQ was over 1.95 billion. Declining stocks led advancers by 3.37 to 1 ratio. There were 667 advancers and 2251 decliners for the day. On the NASDAQ Stock Exchange 18 stocks reached a 52 week high and 27 those reaching lows totaled. The most active, advancers, decliners, unusual volume and most active by dollar volume can be monitored intraday on the Most Active Stocks page.The NASDAQ 100 index closed down -.9% for the day; a total of -50.91 points. The current value is 5,597.91. Tesla, Inc. ( TSLA ) had the largest percent change down (-5.58%) while Monster Beverage Corporation ( MNST ) had the largest percent change gain rising 1.66%. The Dow Jones index clo...