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Lloyds reportedly targeting acquisitions for first time since bailout

Lloyds reportedly targeting acquisitions for first time since bailout

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly starting to look at acquisitions for the first time since it required its state bailout. According to a person with knowledge of the matter cited ... [more]

Active Energy shares rise as investigation delayed

Active Energy shares rise as investigation delayed

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - An investigation into Active Energy's involvement in a joint venture which could have breached protected forest rules in Canada was delayed. Shares in the woodchip supplier rose to ... [more]

Proxama secures contract with South African Diners Club

Proxama secures contract with South African Diners Club

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Shares in Proxama jumped on Friday after the marketing and mobile payment solutions group announced a new contract with Diners Club. Diners Club, the South African franchise of the ... [more]

Chime Comms agrees takeover by WPP and US buyout firm

Chime Comms agrees takeover by WPP and US buyout firm

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Advertising giant WPP and US buyout firm Providence have signed a deal to buy London-listed Chime Communications for £374m. Shares in the sports marketing agency rose 4.56% on the n... [more]

Barclays said to be cutting 150 investment bank jobs

Barclays said to be cutting 150 investment bank jobs

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Barclays is reportedly cutting about 150 jobs at its investment bank as part of an attempt to reduce costs and improve profitability. According to sources cited by Reuters, affected... [more]

Parkmead shares up on licence news

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Shares in oil and gas company Parkmead were up after the company said it had won three new licenses in offshore blocks. At 1323 BST shares in AIM listed Parkmead were up 4.07% to 11... [more]

NatWest customers suffer more technical glitches

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - NatWest Bank is looking into problems with its online services after customers complained that payments, including salaries, were not going through. Customers said the website was r... [more]

Inspired Energy shares up post acquisition

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Shares in Inspired Energy were up after the energy consultant completed the purchase of Wholesale Power UK. At 1205 BST shares in the AIM-listed stock were up by 4.07% to 11.19p. I... [more]

Learning Tech shares fall on acquisition news

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Shares in Learning Technologies Group fell after it said it would buy compliance specialist Eukleia in a deal worth up to £11m. The London-listed company said it would pay £6m in ca... [more]

Afren placed in administration after refinancing talks fail

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Embattled African oil company Afren, which earlier in July suspended its shares amid uncertainty over its financial position, has been placed into administration as it failed to agr... [more]

AA executive director quits

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Roadside assistance company AA said its executive director has quit for personal reasons. Nick Hewitt will step down from his role immediately but will remain an employee of the com... [more]

Coca-Cola bottlers eye European three-way merger

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - European Coke bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises is in advanced talks about merging with its Iberian and German Coca-Cola bottling counterparts. US-based Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, which... [more]

InterContinental Hotels slumps after denying Starwood merger talks

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - InterContinental Hotels Group was under pressure after denying it was in merger talks with Starwood Hotels. The company said: "Following recent market speculation, the board of dire... [more]

Jimmy Choo appoints publishing executive Meribeth Parker as director

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Luxury brand Jimmy Choo has appointed consultant Meribeth Parker as a non-executive director. The shoe company also appointed Anna-Lena Kamenetzky as a non-executive director. Kame... [more]

AO World promotes Mark Higgins to chief financial officer

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Online domestic appliances retailer AO World has appointed Mark Higgins as chief financial officer and executive director with effect from 1 August. Steve Caunce, who has held the c... [more]

easyHotel appoints new CEO

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Hotel owner and operator easyHotel has appointed Guy Parsons as its new chief executive, the company said on Friday. Parsons, who has over 25 years of experience in the industry and... [more]

Moneysupermarket falls after Martin Lewis sells 9m shares

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Moneysupermarket.com Group shares were down almost 5% after personal finance commentator Martin Lewis trousered £25m from the sale of 9m shares. Lewis's sale, which was brokered by ... [more]

IMI drips lower as fluid market challenges continue

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Sales at IMI, the fluid control engineer, declined more than expected in the first six months of the year, as its markets continued to provide a challenging backdrop, with a tentati... [more]

Essentra's interim revenue soars but profit decline on Clondalkin acquisition

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Plastic and fibre producer Essentra reported a decline in interim profits on the back of exceptional costs, although revenue soared following the acquisition of Clondalkin specialis... [more]

Legal & General in talks to sell French insurance unit to APICIL

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Legal & General has entered into exclusive talks to sell its French insurance unit to APICIL for an undisclosed sum. L&G's chief financial officer, Mark Gregory, said: "We have an i... [more]

Vesuvius interim profit declines on lower output

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Vesuvius reported a decline in interim pre-tax profit due to a decline in global steel output and inventory volumes, which dragged revenue lower in the first half. The molten metal ... [more]

Vedanta's first-quarter earnings and revenue drop as commodity prices weigh

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Vedanta Resources posted a drop in first-quarter earnings and revenue, weighed by a decline in commodity prices, particularly oil. Total earnings before interest, taxes, depreciatio... [more]

Alent sales up, trading in line with expectations

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Alent said net sales increased by 1.9% for the first half of 2015, reflecting end-market headwinds. The chemical and materials supplier, which has just agreed to £1.35bn takeover bi... [more]

Liberty Global ups stake in ITV to just under 10%

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Liberty Global has acquired 138.7m shares in ITV, upping its stake in the broadcaster to 9.9%. The purchase brings the telecommunications and cable group's total holding to 398.5m. ... [more]

Berendsen interim profit and revenue drop on weakening euro

Fri, 31 July 2015

(ShareCast News) - Textile services group Berendsen said the weakening euro hit its interim profit and revenue. Berendsen said its pre-tax profit declined 4.1% year-on-year to 48.5m, while revenue dro... [more]

NASDAQ 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Expedia Inc. 121.44 12.85 22:10
Amgen Inc. 176.59 2.85 21:50
Staples Inc. 14.71 2.72 22:10
Netflix Inc. 114.31 2.47 22:09
Discovery Communications Inc. Class A 33.02 2.45 22:10

NASDAQ 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Micron Technology Inc. 18.51 -6.98 21:54
Yahoo! Inc. 36.67 -2.00 22:10
Avago Technologies Ltd. 125.14 -1.97 22:10
Broadcom Corp. 50.61 -1.44 22:10
Seagate Technology Plc 50.60 -1.35 22:10