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FTSE 100: 6755.47998047 - 16:35:00
FTSE 100 6,755.4800 -23.8301 -0.3515% 16:35:00
DOW JONES 16,947.1992 29.4902 0.1743% 17:20:00
NASDAQ 100 4,043.3491 3.2191 0.0797% 17:15:00
EUR/USD 1.3280 -0.0030 -0.2590% 20/08/14 16:20:00
GBP/USD 1.6630 0.0020 0.1050% 20/08/14 16:20:00
GOLD 1,295.0000 -0.0150 -0.1157% 20/08/14 14:07:24
BRENT CRUDE 102.2900 0.0103 1.0172% 20/08/14 14:16:18
UK RISK PREMIUM 143.0000 3.0000 2.1400% 20/08/14 16:40:02
BITCOIN/USD 135.0000 135.0000 0.0000% 25/02/14 01:59:06

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
United Utilities Group 890.00 1.60 17:01
Royal Mail 445.70 1.57 17:05
Rio Tinto 3,458.00 1.27 17:05
AstraZeneca 4,285.00 1.10 17:07
Anglo American 1,594.00 0.98 16:37

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
CRH 1,373.00 -3.85 17:01
3i Group 381.60 -2.65 17:01
Barratt Developments 359.60 -2.44 17:07
Associated British Foods 2,826.00 -2.38 17:05
Hammerson 601.50 -2.12 17:01

Top News

London close: FTSE drops on BoE minutes, ex-divis, Fed minutes

London's blue chips dropped into the red on Wednesday, hit by a combination of Bank of England (BoE) minutes, ex-dividends, and a degree of profit taking....[more]

FTSE 250 movers: Ex-divi stocks and Balfour lead index lower

Berkeley Group, Fidessa Group and Taylor Wimpey all dropped into the red after going ex-dividend on Wednesday....[more]

Glencore unveils $1bn buyback as first-half profits rise

Mining and trading giant Glencore reported an 11% increase in its interim dividend and unveiled a $1bn share buyback after profits rose in the first half of 2014....[more]

Balfour Beatty rejects Carillion offer and critiques value calculations

As expected, construction group Balfour Beatty rejected a merger offer from rival Carillion as not in its shareholders' best interests, noting that Tuesday's third offer was only a "small value change" from the preceding bid....[more]

Broker tips: BHP Billiton, StanChart, Balfour Beatty, Debenhams

Credit Suisse said it sees a "lack of upside" at BHP Billiton after the company underwhelmed the market with its demerger plans, downgrading the mining stock from 'neutral' to 'underperform'....[more]

German minister accuses Qatar of financing IS

A German government minister has accused Qatar of financing the jihadist terror group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis)...[more]

Apple shares reach record high

Apple shares closed on Tuesday at a record high, as investors expect new products to boost revenue growth....[more]

MPC round-up: Economists see 2015 hike in Bank Rate as most likely

While the 7-2 vote was more hawkish than expected,...[more]

Carlsberg slumps after cutting its full-year earnings forecast

Carlsberg cut its outlook for the second half of the year after performing badly at the first half due to tensions in Eastern Europe....[more]

Market Buzz [more]

Thursday preview: UK retail sales, manufacturing data to be released

Wed, 20 August 2014

A busy economic calendar on Thursday will be in focus amid a lack of earnings results. ... [more]

Executive Director at Development Securities grows stake

Wed, 20 August 2014

A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.... [more]

Market overview: FTSE closes lower after BoE meeting minutes

Wed, 20 August 2014

1630: Close The FTSE 100 dropped 23.83 points to 6755.88 after the Bank of England's minutes from its 7 August meeting showed policymakers were divided on raising interest rates. Martin Weale and Ian ... [more]

Company News [more]

Thursday preview: UK retail sales, manufacturing data to be released

Wed, 20 August 2014

A busy economic calendar on Thursday will be in focus amid a lack of earnings results. ... [more]

Carillion drops pursuit of Balfour Beatty after third attempt runs foul

Wed, 20 August 2014

Construction firm Carillion has officially pulled out of the running for a merger with rival Balfour Beatty after yet another rejection by the infrastructure specialist on Wednesday. ... [more]

Green Reit to acquire four properties for €23m

Wed, 20 August 2014

Irish property investment group Green Reit has exchanged contracts to acquire a building in Dublin for €23m. ... [more]

Economic News [more]

Gross mortgage lending reaches record £19.1bn in July, CML says

Wed, 20 August 2014

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said on Wednesday the gross mortgage lending reached £19.1bn in July this year, the highest monthly figure since August 2008, when it reached £19.3bn. ... [more]

Director Dealings [more]

Executive Director at Development Securities grows stake

Wed, 20 August 2014

A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.... [more]

Week Ahead

Week ahead: Fed and MPC minutes in focus

Fri, 15 August 2014

Just how and when does the US Federal Reserve plan to exit from quantitative easing? With the possible exception of the risk that any of the current geopolitical flash-points might flare up unexpected... [more]