Trading Update
21-Aug-14, 9:14am: The major equity indices are higher this morning ahead of UK retail sales data, European PMI and confidence figures.

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21-Aug-14, 9:38am:

What to Look Out for When Trading Mining and Metals Stocks

The recent volatility in the precious metal markets and an increase in political risk has had a significant impact on the share prices of mining stocks.

In this trading video, IG talks to Simon Popple from Brookville Capital about what to look for when investing in metal producers.

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21-Aug-14, 11:50am:

Dow Jones Looks to Break 17,000 and Target Channel Highs

This trading video from Brenda Kelly at IG takes a detailed technical look at a range of key markets and their trading channels ahead of the Jackson Hole central bank conference.

The update considers the Dow Jones, the FTSE, the DAX, gold and GBP/USD.

Update by Brenda Kelly, Senior Market Strategist,
21-Aug-14, 2:29pm:

Will the Hawkish Fed Minutes Weigh on Gold?

Comments in the latest FOMC minutes which suggest that US rates may rise earlier than expected could well put downwards pressure on gold.

The precious metal has been trading within a range around $1,300 over the last few months but is now retesting key support around $1,280.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst,
21-Aug-14, 4:38pm:

Kazakhmys Beats Cost-Cutting Expectations

The mining firm faces some interesting questions as a fall in the share price has encouraged plans to sell off parts of the business and cut costs.

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