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Friday preview: Eurozone consumer price data in focus

Friday preview: Eurozone consumer price data in focus

Thu, 29 January 2015

The Eurozone is expected to have entered further into deflation in January, adding pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) after it launched a major quantitative easing (QE) package. Eurostat figu... [more]

Sector movers: Shell dampens energy stocks, gold miners track bullion lower

Sector movers: Shell dampens energy stocks, gold miners track bullion lower

Thu, 29 January 2015

Worse-than-expected results from one of the biggest oil companies in the world hit stocks in the energy sector on Thursday. Royal Dutch Shell delivered a 12% year-on-year increase in adjusted profits ... [more]

Broker tips: Shell, Easyjet, Standard Life

Broker tips: Shell, Easyjet, Standard Life

Thu, 29 January 2015

Charles Stanley has cut its recommendation for Royal Dutch Shell from 'buy' to 'accumulate', saying it sees less upside after fourth-quarter profits came in well below forecasts. The broker said: "The... [more]

Barclays upgrades Easyjet after strong first quarter

Barclays upgrades Easyjet after strong first quarter

Thu, 29 January 2015

Easyjet's shares were flying higher on Thursday after analysts at Barclays Capital upgraded their stance on the stock from 'equalweight' to 'overweight' and hiked their target price from 1,850p to 2,1... [more]

Market overview: CBI distributive trades index beats forecasts

Market overview: CBI distributive trades index beats forecasts

Thu, 29 January 2015

1100: The Confederation of British Industry's Distributive Trades survey total sales index slipped to a reading of 39 for February from 61 in the month before (consensus: 33). 1000: Reports citing Reu... [more]

Shell no longer a 'buy' due to challenging outlook, says Charles Stanley

Thu, 29 January 2015

Charles Stanley has cut its recommendation for Royal Dutch Shell from 'buy' to 'accumulate', saying it sees less upside after fourth-quarter profits came in well below forecasts. Shell announced that ... [more]

Thursday broker round-up

Thu, 29 January 2015

Antofagasta: Charles Stanley downgrades to 'reduce'. Avon Rubber: WH Ireland ups target price from 825p to 900p and keeps a 'buy' recommendation. Investec downgrades from 'buy' to 'hold' with a target... [more]

Market overview: FTSE 100 ends lower as energy stocks drag

Thu, 29 January 2015

1630 (Close): London's FTSE 100 closed at 6,811, down 0.2% on the day with the energy sector providing a drag after oil major Royal Dutch Shell missed quarterly forecasts and scaled back its investmen... [more]

Canaccord downgrades Standard Life to 'hold'

Thu, 29 January 2015

Canaccord Genuity said it was "taking a more cautious view" on the near-term growth outlook at Standard Life, as it lowered its rating on the insurer from 'buy' to 'hold'. The broker is worried about ... [more]

Thursday newspaper round-up: Tesco, Mark Carney, McDonald's...

Thu, 29 January 2015

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis revealed the names of 43 Tesco stores that will be closed down in an attempt to reduce overheads, said the City A.M. The chain revealed it will close 30 convenience st... [more]

Thursday preview: Diageo reports half year amid tough trading conditions

Wed, 28 January 2015

Drinks maker Diageo is expected to report a slump in half-year interims on Thursday, reflecting weak sales in Asia. Beijing's decision to cut back on luxury spending has affected Diageo's Asian divisi... [more]

SABMiller CFO raises £1.1m from share sale

Wed, 28 January 2015

The chief financial officer (CFO) of SABMiller has raised over one million pounds from selling shares one week after the beverages group reported a decline in lager volumes due to falling sales in Chi... [more]

Sector movers: Apple results give UK tech stocks a boost, ARM rises

Wed, 28 January 2015

Forecast-busting results from US smartphone and tablet giant Apple gave London-listed tech shares a boost on Wednesday, especially those of supplier ARM Holdings. ARM, the semiconductor and software d... [more]

Broker tips: Experian, Balfour Beatty, Anglo American, Afren

Wed, 28 January 2015

Broker Liberum reiterated its 'buy' rating on Experian after the information services firm announced an unexpected £394.7m buyback, which amounts to 5% of its stock. "Experian's sustainable superior c... [more]

Westhouse downgrades Afren to 'sell', cuts target by 97.8%

Wed, 28 January 2015

Broker Westhouse Securities has cut Afren from 'neutral' to 'sell' and slashed its target price from 90p to just 2p, saying that the risk of owning shares in the struggling oil producer is too high. A... [more]

Experian's cash generation a 'key strength', says Liberum

Wed, 28 January 2015

Broker Liberum reiterated its 'buy' rating on Experian stock after the information services firm announced an unexpected $600m (£394.7m) buyback, which amounts to 5% of its stock. On Wednesday, the FT... [more]

Numis on Experian

Wed, 28 January 2015

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Shore Capital expects 'negative reaction' after Anglo American's Q4 output declines

Wed, 28 January 2015

Broker Shore Capital said it expected a "negative market reaction" after mining giant Anglo American reported a decline in output in the fourth quarter. The London-based group said reported fourth-qua... [more]

Upside limited at Balfour Beatty but sentiment has improved, says UBS

Wed, 28 January 2015

UBS has lifted its target price for Balfour Beatty's shares, saying that the recent rally in the stock shows that the market is giving the infrastructure group "the benefit of the doubt" after a tough... [more]

Wednesday broker round-up

Wed, 28 January 2015

Bag (AG): N+1 Singer downgrades from 'hold' to 'sell'. Balfour Beatty: UBS ups target price from 200p to 235p and retains a 'neutral'. BG Group: Deutsche Bank reduces target price from 1175p to 1050p... [more]

Wednesday newspaper round-up: NHS, Ed Miliband, Ebola...

Wed, 28 January 2015

A drug worth £10m per patient will soon be available on the NHS after gaining approval, said The Times. The drug is called Eculizumab and will provide life-saving treatment for around 200 people a yea... [more]

Tuesday tips round-up: Petra Diamonds, Aveva

Tue, 27 January 2015

Mining is a laborious process. It takes time to get at the precious stones and ores buried deep underneath our feet. Nevertheless, eventually it can be quite a lucrative undertaking. The same is true ... [more]

Wednesday preview: Federal Reserve expected to reiterate plans for mid-2015 rate hike

Tue, 27 January 2015

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announces its latest interest rate decision following a two-day meeting. The US central bank is expected to keep interest rates at 0.25% and reiterate plans for an inc... [more]

Learning Technologies Group chief executive sells shares

Tue, 27 January 2015

Learning Technologies Group's chief executive Jonhathan Satchell increased his stake in the e-learning group on Tuesday. Satchell sold 3m shares at an individual price of 18.5p pocketing a total of £5... [more]

Sector movers: Utility stocks gain as investors welcome price cuts

Tue, 27 January 2015

Utility stocks were the best performers on London's stock market on Tuesday, as moves by energy providers to cut costs were welcomed by investors. SSE became the latest group to cut household gas bill... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
easyJet 1,876.00 6.17 17:00
Hargreaves Lansdown 1,033.00 3.82 17:10
Diageo 2,022.50 3.08 17:10
Barratt Developments 470.40 2.77 17:00
Taylor Wimpey 137.60 2.46 17:00

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Fresnillo 862.50 -5.22 17:00
Royal Dutch Shell 'B' 2,138.00 -4.89 17:08
Royal Dutch Shell 'A' 2,057.00 -4.34 17:08
Randgold Resources Ltd. 5,420.00 -2.95 17:10
Glencore 250.00 -2.93 17:09