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Weekahead ; Marketwatch [Birmingham Post (England)]
[February 20, 2014]

Weekahead ; Marketwatch [Birmingham Post (England)]

(Birmingham Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Next week's gargantuan Pounds 51bn dividend payment from FTSE100 telecoms giant Vodafone will naturally be a welcome windfall for the firm's shareholders. However the effect will likely have a significant positive tangible effect on the FTSE100 as a whole. The cash which has effectively been brought over the pond from the sale of Vodafone's 45% stake in US carrier Verizon Wireless, will of course to an extent line the pockets of shareholders, but much of the cash (particularly in the case of institutional investment funds) is expected to make its way back into the UK stock market. Naturally we can only speculate as to where the cash will find a new home, but the consensus of the investment community is that the funds will likely move back into Vodafone itself or other similar dividend paying shares.

This morning investors will be very keen to thoroughly analyse the Federal Open Market Comity's meeting minutes, which will document the decision making process the Fed went through, when opting to continue down the road of tapering in January. There has been real concern surrounding recent data from the US economy (in particular regarding the labour market) suggesting that Fed should have taken its foot off the tapering pedal, however much of the weak data has been put down to adverse weather conditions.

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