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FTSE 100: 6466.00000000 - 17:14:47
FTSE 100 6,466.0000 129.5200 2.0440% 17:14:47
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NASDAQ 100 4,244.2021 79.1029 1.8992% 13:00:00
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GOLD 1,199.0000 0.0325 0.2718% 18/12/14 14:13:18
BRENT CRUDE 61.8100 0.0190 3.1714% 18/12/14 14:18:35
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BITCOIN/USD 135.0000 135.0000 0.0000% 25/02/14 01:59:06

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Old Mutual 189.90 5.68 17:00
SABMiller 3,374.50 5.59 17:11
Aberdeen Asset Management 431.40 5.58 17:00
IMI 1,237.00 5.37 16:47
ARM Holdings 975.50 4.89 16:47

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Coca-Cola HBC AG (CDI) 1,221.00 -1.61 16:43
Glencore 290.00 -0.84 17:12
United Utilities Group 914.50 -0.38 17:11
BT Group 399.90 -0.25 17:11
TUI AG Reg Shs (Prior To 01/10/14) (DI) 1,127.00 -0.00 17:11

Top News

London close: Shares lift off on airline merger bid and oil-price revival

London close: Shares lift off on airline merger bid and oil-price revival

London shares soared on Thursday as oil prices staged a slight recovery and merger activity took off in the airline industry.

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GlaxoSmithKline shareholders approve  £12.7bn deal with Novartis

GlaxoSmithKline shareholders approve £12.7bn deal with Novartis

British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline said its shareholders have given the green light to a deal with Swiss firm Novartis....[more]

Aer Lingus rejects takeover bid from International Airlines Group

Aer Lingus rejects takeover bid from International Airlines Group

British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has made a takeover bid for Aer Lingus, IAG said in a statement on Thursday....[more]

Sector movers: Tesco leads grocers higher on customer-service push, strong data

Sector movers: Tesco leads grocers higher on customer-service push, strong data

A surge in the share price of supermarket giant Tesco gave the UK food and drug retail sector a big boost on Thursday, as investors reacted to upbeat economic data and showed optimism about the company's turnaround efforts.

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FTSE 100 movers: Retail sector boosted by data report while BT slides

FTSE 100 movers: Retail sector boosted by data report while BT slides

Retail firms received a boost on Thursday after data showed higher-than-expected UK retail sales. ...[more]

Balfour Beatty buys offshore project

Balfour Beatty buys offshore project

Balfour Beatty has reached financial close....[more]

Fortune Oil to be bought by majority owners

Fortune Oil to be bought by majority owners

The owner of a majority stake in Fortune Oil....[more]

Synthomer confirms new CEO appointment

Synthomer confirms new CEO appointment

Polymers producer Synthomer ......[more]

Incadea recommends 122m takeover bid

Incadea recommends 122m takeover bid

Incadea has received a £121.6m takeover bid....[more]

Numis downgrades Imagination Technologies

Numis downgrades Imagination Technologies

Numis Securities is recommending investors to sell shares of Imagination Technologies......[more]

Charles Stanley upgrades Friends Life

Charles Stanley upgrades Friends Life

Charles Stanley has lifted its stance on insurance firm Friends Life Group....[more]

Broker tips: Tesco, Friends Life

Broker tips: Tesco, Friends Life

Shore Capital has welcomed new measures by Tesco to ?crank up the customer......[more]

Iran says drop in oil is conspiracy

Iran says drop in oil is conspiracy

Iran's oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has blamed the drop in oil......[more]

Snapchat CEO upset about plan leak

Snapchat CEO upset about plan leak

Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel said he feels devastated......[more]

Thursday newspaper round-up: Federal Reserve, Tesco, Lloyds...

Thursday newspaper round-up: Federal Reserve, Tesco, Lloyds...

US stock markets soared on Wednesday night after the Federal Reserve “gave its clearest signal yet that it intends to raise borrowing costs by — or even before — the middle of next year”, writes The Times. Fed chair Janet Yellen said the bank was “unlikely” to hike interest rates “for at least the next couple of meetings”.

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Market Buzz [more]

Friday preview: GfK releases reports on UK and German consumer confidence

Friday preview: GfK releases reports on UK and German consumer confidence

Thu, 18 December 2014

UK and German consumer confidence may have risen slightly, GfK is expected to reveal in separate reports scheduled for release on Friday.... [more]

Jelf Group chairman buys shares following acquisition, strong full-year results

Thu, 18 December 2014

Christopher Jelf, founder and chairman of Jelf Group, and his wife purchased a total of 56,300 shares at the insurance company on Thursday.... [more]

Sector movers: Tesco leads grocers higher on customer-service push, strong data

Thu, 18 December 2014

A surge in the share price of supermarket giant Tesco gave the UK food and drug retail sector a big boost on Thursday, as investors reacted to upbeat economic data and showed optimism about the compan... [more]

Company News [more]

Friday preview: GfK releases reports on UK and German consumer confidence

Friday preview: GfK releases reports on UK and German consumer confidence

Thu, 18 December 2014

UK and German consumer confidence may have risen slightly, GfK is expected to reveal in separate reports scheduled for release on Friday.... [more]

Armour Group faces takeover bid from investor

Thu, 18 December 2014

Armour Group is facing a takeover after an investment vehicle increased its stake in the audio and electronics investor to more than 46%.... [more]

Snacktime unveils wider losses but voices confidence

Thu, 18 December 2014

Vending machine and water cooler supplier Snacktime served up lower half-year turnover and wider operating losses, but said a new majority shareholder would help it to enter the cashless payment marke... [more]

Economic News [more]

Gross mortgage lending falls to £16.9bn in November

Thu, 18 December 2014

UK gross mortgage lending reached £16.9bn in November, down from a month earlier, according to estimates by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.... [more]

Director Dealings [more]

Jelf Group chairman buys shares following acquisition, strong full-year results

Thu, 18 December 2014

Christopher Jelf, founder and chairman of Jelf Group, and his wife purchased a total of 56,300 shares at the insurance company on Thursday.... [more]

Week Ahead

Week ahead: Raft of risk events lies ahead, Chinese PMI to set the mood

Fri, 12 December 2014

By the looks of next week's economic calendar, traders thinking of taking off early for their Christmas Holidays may be forced to rethink their travel plans.... [more]