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OUR CITY" ARTICLE. 'ii J4..fí i\'¡' c. THE prospects of financial and commercial, affairs have suddenly changed. The favourable state. of the weather for the crops, the easier c*. n- ditioti of the Money Market, and the confidence evinced by the public in a recovery of prices, have produced quite a rally, and the result is a, better business throughout the departments than has beea transacted for a long while past. Toe opera- tions in the discount market, the payment of the Australian bills on Saturday, with thw favourable advices from the Continent, indicate most clearly a turn in the right direction, and if only discretion be exercised, there is every hope that the next- three or four months will be most prosperous. r Now we are emerging from the gloom which has surrounded us since the middle of last year, a word of caution is requisite with regard to the stimulus given to ordinary engagements. Any strong endeavours to excite an unhealthy busitsess should be avoided, the general public havixs« suffered, so greatly from the "limited liability" mania, not that there is any great chance of it, the lessons of experience gained being thoroughly appreciated. Still promoters and others may set-k to push their schemes forward, and if encouraged in the least may endanger the steady restoration to good order and tranquillity, the advent of which appears to be approaching. The amalgamation of the railways that have been competing with each other, and with suuh frightful results, is now advocated in almost every quarter. The success of the committee of tbe London, Brighton, and South Coast Company shows that the shareholders were in the rVnt, and the directors will now have to smccumb. It is believed, however, that there is no intention to tight them ahard battle; the desire is, if possible, I to restore the property. This will be properly accomplished if the arrangement witti. the South I Eastern shall be effected, and working plans matured with the London, Chatham, and Dover, and the South Western Companies. The majority of our readers will remember the beneficial con- sequences that followed the North Eastei n arrange- ment, when the York and North Midland, the York, Newcastle, and Berwick, and other lines entered into that alliance. If in different dis- tricts throughout other parts of the country similar arrangements could be made with otaer undertakings the great rivalry which previously existed will be arrested, and little ground will be J left for the inroads of contractors or the expenses J of lawyers which have resulted from all these ] Parliamentary contests. The business transacted in Consols during the j third week in May was on a moderate scale, with j prices steadily ascending. The absence of any political uneasiness at home or abroad, coupled with the expectation of large bullion arrivals from J Australia and America, whilst the letters from j Paris countermanding orders to some of our large J firms for the transmission of gold thither, have I been received; although the exports of the precious metals will thus be materially diminished, yet remittances will be made to Spain and Italy. An impression, therefore, prevails that, provided no untoward, event occur, the directors of the Bank of England may reduce the minimum ra, e of discount to 2| per cent. The Government broker has not as yet commenced his purchases for the Sinking Fund, although the Chancellor of the Exchequer may apply his surplus to some other purpose. Should, however, the £ 340,000, as is expected, be bought in the box," the effect upon the market will be favourable, as the supply of Consols is now very smallin the hauds of the dealers. Exchequer Bills are scarcely obtainable, and the quotations are consequently exceedingly firm. In the Foreign Market the dealings have been on an ex- tensive scale. The solid dividend-paying securities show at length signs of recovery from their late prostration. The Egyptain Railway Loan, also the Five per Cent. Peruvian, neither of which has hitherto been well placed among the public, COrti- mence to attract attention, and a quiet daily- absorption by investors is experienced. In regard to the more t-peoulative stocks, Spanish Passive and Certificates have been extensively purchased, founded en the expectation that at last some reasonable view ia entertained of Spain making a satisfactory arrangement with her foreign creditors. Very little animation has been exhibited in the market for Miscellaneous and Finance shares, and prices have not varied to any important extent, with the exception of Atlantic Telegraph. Eight, per Cents., which have receded 10. An^lo-American Telegraph have also declined â, Telegraph Con- struction and Maintenance 1, Peninsular and Oriental Steam 3, and City Offices i, while Electric and International Telegraph have imoroved 1 to 134 138, London Financial 1 to 23 21 dis., Peel River Land 1 to 36 39, South Australian Land 1 to 33 35, Ebbw Vale f to 151141 dis., National 4 q 2 Discount Company i to n prem., East India Land Credit J to 7 6 die., Hudson's Bay Company i to 16f and Universal Marine Insurance i to 2' 2 dis. Bank Shares have been dealt in to a very great extent, but in a few instances prices have shewn more firmness. London and River PJate have advanced 2 to 7 9 prem London and Westminster 1 to 93 95, National Bank 1 to 61 63, Imperial Ottoman f to 1^- f dis., City Bank to 12^ 13^, English, Scottish and Australian Chartered i to 17 18, and Atiglo-Austrian, ito It If prem., while 4 4 Land Mortgage Bank of India declined to 2121 4 4 dis. Ailiance Bank 1 to 11 10 dis., and Merchant Bank New Shares 1 to 13 11 dis. The market for American Securities during the past week has been devoid of any special feature of interest, and the smail amount of business transacted has not resulted in any material altera- tion in quotations. United States Government Six per Cent. 5.20 Bonds 1862 have improved t to 72i 72f, ditto 1865 issue £ to 7li 71 Erie Railway shares, however, have declined J to 41f Illinois shares -4- to 76 76h. Atlantic and Great Western Railway Debentures do not show any change, closing at 28 30 ex div., and the Con- solidated Mortgage Bonds at 21A 22 In the Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning a vigorous attempt was made to drive rail way stocks up still higher, the bulla having sought to trade upon the impression produced on Monday that the public were coming in to buy. The attempt succeeded for a little time, but it was too trans- parent an effort to rig the market, and a reaction 'et in which reduced prices from their morning quotations fully 1 per cent. At the close of the evening the Great Western were quoted at f lower, North Western | lower, Midland 1, and Brighton f lower. Great Northern are i better, South Eastern i better, Lancashire and Yorkshire J better, Metropolitan t, ditto Extension J, and ditto District 1 better. The quotations are: Great Eastern, 3If, §; Great Western, 43, i; Great Northern, 111, 13; ditto A, 114, i; North Western, 114, J j North British, 341, 51; North Eastern, 102, 3; South Eastern, 662, 7; London, Chatham, and Dover. 18, i Lan- cashire and Yorkshire, 1261 HMetropolitan, 120|, 11; ditto Extension, 106 £ 7i; ditto Dis- trict, 78, 80; Sheffield, 48, t; Midland, 1031, Brighton, 58,

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