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NASDAQ 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Whole Foods Market Inc. 30.21 5.96 22:10
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. 377.73 4.74 22:10
Discovery Communications Inc. Class A 27.74 4.32 21:51
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. 84.00 4.18 22:00
Kraft Heinz Co. 82.97 3.74 21:51

NASDAQ 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Tesla Motors Inc 211.53 -4.96 22:10
Dish Network Corp. 44.09 -4.24 22:10
Western Digital Corp. 38.13 -3.71 21:58
Endo International Plc 26.59 -2.85 22:10
Stericycle Inc. 95.10 -2.55 22:10

Top News

London close: FTSE ends flat as traders weigh economic data

London close: FTSE ends flat as traders weigh economic data

The FTSE 100 finished flat on Thursday as traders digested economic data and mixed corporate earnings.

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US initial jobless claims rise more than expected

US initial jobless claims rise more than expected

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, according to the Labor Department.

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Oil sector leads in US corporate layoff announcements in April

Oil sector leads in US corporate layoff announcements in April

US corporates announced 65,141 job-cuts in the month of April according to the results of a widely-followed survey.

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Investec upgrades Greggs and eyes 1,250p price

Investec upgrades Greggs and eyes 1,250p price

Investec initiated overage of Greggs with a 'buy' rating ahead of the fast-food group's first-quarter results next Monday.

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KFC takes 'finger lickin' good' to another level with edible nail polish

KFC takes 'finger lickin' good' to another level with edible nail polish

Fried chicken behemoth KFC has taken the phrase ?finger lickin? good? to another level by launching two edible nail polishes......[more]

RSA reports  'good' Q1 underwriting results

RSA reports 'good' Q1 underwriting results

Heavyweight insurer RSA said first quarter......[more]

Morrisons sales continue moving up in first quarter

Morrisons sales continue moving up in first quarter

Fuel was the saviour of the first quarter at......[more]

Smith & Nephew Q1 sales hit by China weakness

Smith & Nephew Q1 sales hit by China weakness

Artificial knee and hip maker Smith & Nephew......[more]

Rolls-Royce trading in line despite headwinds

Rolls-Royce trading in line despite headwinds

Rolls-Royce Holdings was trading in line with......[more]

Hotel Chocolat raises £55m in IPO

Hotel Chocolat raises £55m in IPO

Hotel Chocolat achieved a £167m valuation in its initial public offering on the LSE....[more]

FTSE 250 movers: Tullow shines on oil rally

FTSE 250 movers: Tullow shines on oil rally

London’s FTSE 250 index was down 0.1% to 16,636.27 in afternoon trading.

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Sainsbury's profits fall less than forecast from price fallout

Sainsbury's profits fall less than forecast from price fallout

Sainsbury's annual results showed the severe hit to its finances by the industry price war and ensuring food price deflation but profits fell less than analysts expected.

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UK construction slows more than expected in April

UK construction slows more than expected in April

The pace of UK construction slowed more than expected in April, data released on Wednesday showed.

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Morrisons gains and Tesco loses as UK supermarket sales slow, Kantar says

Morrisons gains and Tesco loses as UK supermarket sales slow, Kantar says

Sales at all four of the big four UK supermarkets fell in recent weeks as grocery growth slowed markedly post-Easter, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

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Thursday newspaper round-up: BT, Wonga, Telefonica, RBS

Thursday newspaper round-up: BT, Wonga, Telefonica, RBS

Liberty Global, the media company that owns Virgin Media in the UK, plans to donate up to £500,000 to the campaign to keep Britain in Europe in one of the largest donations from the corporate sector. The donation, which has to be approved by Liberty Global shareholders, will match the amount already pledged by Goldman Sachs, with a number of other banks also donating lower six-figure amounts. – Financial Times

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Ilika launches miniaturised battery for 'internet of things'

Ilika launches miniaturised battery for 'internet of things'

Materials innovation and solid state battery company Ilika announced its contribution towards solving one of the digital age’s biggest problems on Wednesday, with the launch of its miniaturised solid state battery technology Stereax M250 for the so-called internet of things (IoT).

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Europe close: Stocks get off to weak start in May

Europe close: Stocks get off to weak start in May

A weaker than expected reading on the state of China“s manufacturing sector added to worries about global growth and added to already weak sentiment among analysts heading into what is typically a seasonally weak time of the year for trading in equities, May and summer.

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Sky and EEF criticise BT's digital investment plans

Sky and EEF criticise BT's digital investment plans

BT's newly announced multi-billion-pound investment in the UK's broadband network has received stinging criticism from UK manufacturers and rival Sky over the continued use of legacy copper wire technology and the slow, uncertain pace of improvements to the nation's digital infrastructure.

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Market Buzz [more]

Broker tips: Centrica, Stagecoach, National Grid

Broker tips: Centrica, Stagecoach, National Grid

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Centrica's shares fell as HSBC retained its 'hold' rating on the stock, citing a risk of a credit downgrade by Moody's from Baa1 to Baa2.... [more]

Director dealings: RSA's Hester shows confidence in turnaround

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - RSA Insurance chief executive Stephen Hester bought almost £0.5m worth of shares in the company just after first quarter results from the company showed his turnaround plan appeared... [more]

Thursday newspaper share tips: IAG, BHP Billiton

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - IAG and Ryanair continue to be in another league versus their continental peers such Air France- KLM and Lufthansa, the Financial Times's Lex column said.... [more]

Company News [more]

1pm acquires vehicle lease book for £1.6m

1pm acquires vehicle lease book for £1.6m

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Independent provider of finance facilities for the small-to-medium enterprise sector, 1pm, announced on Thursday that it has acquired a book of receivables for £1.6m cash on complet... [more]

Legendary Investments completes £1m placing

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Legendary Investments had some extra cash in the bank on Thursday, announcing it has raised £1m before expenses through an oversubscribed placing of 333,333,333 ordinary shares of 1... [more]

Equatorial Palm Oil signs MOU with Liberian communities

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - Palm oil development and production company Equatorial Palm Oil announced on Thursday that its Liberian operation has signed a memorandum of understanding with designated community ... [more]

Economic News [more]

UK services PMI slumps to 38-month low in April

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - UK service sector growth slumped to a 38-month low in April, according to figures released on Thursday.... [more]

Director Dealings [more]

Director dealings: RSA's Hester shows confidence in turnaround

Thu, 05 May 2016

(ShareCast News) - RSA Insurance chief executive Stephen Hester bought almost £0.5m worth of shares in the company just after first quarter results from the company showed his turnaround plan appeared... [more]

Week Ahead

Week ahead: Global manufacturing PMIs in focus

Fri, 29 April 2016

(ShareCast News) - Purchasing managers“ indices for the manufacturing and services sector scheduled for release on Tuesday and Thursday will provide further real-time readings on the current state of ... [more]