Opening Bell: 100 new jobs, Apple expectations, Trump's plans for big banks

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100 new jobs at an Irish Software company are being announced this morning.

Globoforce is expanding its Dublin headquarters and plans to grow internationally over the next three years.

The company is looking for highly skilled software engineers, analysts and developers in its first round of recruitment.

It hopes to fill 50 of the positions within this year.


Irish manufacturing has had a strong start to 2017 - the Investec Manufacturing PMI for Ireland rose to 55.0 in April. That was up from 53.6 in March.

New Export Orders rose at the fastest rate since July 2015 and the employment sub-index also showed strong expansion.

However, margins have been squeezed as commodity prices rose and the euro dipped against the dollar.


Donald Trump has told Blooomberg that he is open to creating rules to seperate consumer and investment banking.

"I’m looking at that right now," he told the financial news outlet, "There are some people that want to go back to the old system, right? So we’re going to look at that," he continued.

This policy proposal was mentioned by Trump during some of his campaign rallies. It would need the backing of Congress to be introduced and it is unlikely that such a bill could garner the required support.


Apple shares have hit an all time high ahead of the the unveiling of its first quarter financial results.

Its stocks have appreciated by more than 25% so far in 2017.

Investors are expecting a windfall if Donald Trump introduces some of his proposed tax breaks.

The company is expected to launch a new flagship iPhone in September.