Michele Maatouk


Location icon United Kingdom

I worked as a financial journalist for just over six years for Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal. I spent two years as a copy editor and just over four years as a reporter, covering UK and European equity markets.
I'm currently working for John Lewis Fashion Online as a copywriter for the Menswear department.

Buy Diesel Tepphar Slim Fit Carrot Jeans, Mid Wash | John Lewis

Product information Diesel's Tepphar slim carrot jeans are crafted from premium denim to ensure a stylish and comfortable fit. The jeans sit close to the body and feature a five-pocket design with the classic Diesel branding on the coin pocket.

Buy BOSS Cotton Robe, Black | John Lewis

Product information Lounge in style with this classic, pure cotton robe from BOSS, which provides the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. The robe features contrasting trims, a belted waistline and side pockets to keep your hands warm on chilly nights.

Buy Diesel Pascales Jogger Trousers, Black | John Lewis

Product information These Diesel Pascales jogger pants are crafted from 100% cotton and boast an elasticated waistband with a drawstring fastening, elasticated ankle cuffs and a slouchy fit to ensure maximum comfort. The trousers also feature side pockets which are handy for storing your essentials.


Buy Bellerose Dena Slim Fit Jumper, Dark Green | John Lewis

Product information This slim-fit jumper from Bellerose features a touch of cashmere for a soft feel, while the patterned interior of the chest welt pocket adds a contemporary twist to an otherwise classic piece. Team with smart trousers and loafers for a sleek, modern finish.

Buy Levi's Commuter Packable Lightweight Jacket, Blue | John Lewis

Product information This lightweight Levi's Commuter jacket packs away neatly, providing both convenience and protection so you'll never be caught unprepared in the rain. Material 100% polyester Washing Instructions Machine washable Editor's Notes Established in 1853 in the United States by enterprising Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss, Levi's is the original jeans brand, pioneering the use of rivets in trousers to create the world's first jeans.

Buy Diesel W-Dash Jacket, Dark Charcoal | John Lewis

Product information This wool-rich, double-breasted W-Dash jacket from Diesel is a contemporary take on the classic peacoat that will instantly smarten up your everyday style. Material 70% wool, 25% nylon, 5% other Washing Instructions Dry clean Editor's Notes Established in Northern Italy in 1978 by Renzo Russo, Diesel is the brand of choice for the fun and free-spirited and a symbol of youth-culture.

Buy Fred Perry Tartan Crew Neck Jumper, Black | John Lewis

Product information Add a Highland-inspired piece to your jumper collection with this pure lambswool tartan jumper from Fred Perry, which features the brand's signature laurel wreath embroidered on the chest. Material 100% lambswool Washing Instructions Dry clean Editor's Notes Fred Perry prides itself on being the first British heritage brand to successfully blend sportswear with streetwear to create some of the most iconic styles of the last century.

Buy Gant Classic Cotton Raincoat, Navy | John Lewis

Product information Invest in a classic piece with this cotton raincoat from Gant. The coat boasts a concealed button placket, slanted front pockets, adjustable cuffs and a branded locker loop. It also features a single rear vent for ease of movement.

Buy Gant Lambswool Reindeer Jumper, Grey Melange | John Lewis

Product information Made from 100% lambswool, this Gant reindeer jumper will keep you snug while injecting a little festive fun into your knitwear collection. The crew-neck jumper features a ribbed collar, cuffs and hem and sports a reindeer design on the chest. Team with dark denim jeans and chunky boots for a comfy, casual look.

Market Reports

European Stocks Rise as Liquidity Fears Recede

European stocks rose Thursday as sluggish euro-zone growth figures and dovish comments by Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen suggested that accommodative monetary policies from central banks will remain in place for some time. The benchmark Stoxx 600 index closed up 0.8% at 322.43.

Fitch Comments Hit European Stocks

European stocks ended lower, unable to hold on to early gains after a warning by Fitch Ratings over the U.K.'s deficit intensified concern about sovereign debt. As a result, investors sought safety in gold, which hit a record above $1,252 a troy ounce. The euro gained ground against the dollar, while oil prices were slightly higher.

GLOBAL MARKETS: European Stocks Seen Lower; S&P Downgrades In Focus

European stocks called down, but not dramatically -- S&P downgrade of nine euro-zone countries in focus -- EFSF rating now in question -- Euro dips to fresh 11-year low against yen in Asian trade By Michele Maatouk Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones)--European stocks are expected to open lower Monday, as investors react to Standard & Poor's downgrade of nine euro-zone countries, including France, after the close on Friday.


The Turning of the Spanish Tide?

It's hardly surprising that investors aren't tripping over themselves to buy Spanish stocks, given a backdrop of sky-high unemployment-more on this later-and the country's troubled banking system. But is it now time to get involved?

Goldman Says Go Long FTSE After Carney Delivers

All eyes were on Mark Carney as he stepped up to chair his first policy meeting at the Bank of England yesterday, and boy did he deliver. The dovish tone of the surprise statement that accompanied the unchanged policy decision prompted the U.K.'s benchmark stock index, the FTSE 100, to close the day with over 3% gains at its highest level for a month.

FTSE Has All-Time High in Its Sights

On Tuesday we posted on how the the S&P 500 is trading at or near all-time highs. On Wednesday in Europe, the Stoxx 600 index, which contains a wide variety of European stocks, was trading at its highest level since May 2008.

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