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London close: Stable oil prices and upbeat retail news buoys Santa rally

London close: Stable oil prices and upbeat retail news buoys Santa rally

Fri, 19 December 2014

The Santa rally continued on its merry way on Friday as oil prices rose and upbeat retail data boosted supermarkets. The FTSE 100 Index closed 79.27 points ahead at 6545.27, its fourth session of gain... [more]

FTSE 100 movers: Oil stocks gain as crude prices rebound

FTSE 100 movers: Oil stocks gain as crude prices rebound

Fri, 19 December 2014

Oil and gas stocks were advancing on Friday after a strong rebound in crude prices, with Tullow Oil, BP, Shell and BG Group putting in decent gains. Brent futures were up 2.7% at $60.85 a barrel on th... [more]

FTSE 250 movers: Oil and gas shares on the rise as crude futures rebound

FTSE 250 movers: Oil and gas shares on the rise as crude futures rebound

Fri, 19 December 2014

Oil and gas firms dominated the risers list on Friday as crude futures soared. Afren, Nostrum Oil & Gas, Soco International and EnQuest were all rising. West Texas futures were advancing 2.755% early ... [more]

London midday: UK stocks extends gains as markets track Wall Street higher

London midday: UK stocks extends gains as markets track Wall Street higher

Fri, 19 December 2014

UK stocks extended their winning streak into the fourth day on Friday as a welcome, albeit late, Santa Rally kicked in following the recent sell-off. The FTSE 100 was trading 0.3% higher at 6,486 by n... [more]

London open: FTSE rises for fourth day as late Santa Rally kicks in

London open: FTSE rises for fourth day as late Santa Rally kicks in

Fri, 19 December 2014

UK stocks rose for a fourth straight day on Friday following massive gains on Wall Street the night before, with the Dow Jones index registering its biggest one-day gain in three years. London's FTSE ... [more]

London pre-open: Stocks expected to surge after gains on Wall Street

Fri, 19 December 2014

UK stocks were expected to rise strongly again on Friday after an impressive performance on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones index registering its biggest one-day gain in three years. City sources pred... [more]

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

Thu, 18 December 2014

London shares soared on Thursday as oil prices staged a slight recovery and merger activity took off in the airline industry. The FTSE 100 Index closed 129.52 points up at 6,466 after Brent crude boun... [more]

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

Thu, 18 December 2014

Retail firms received a boost on Thursday after data showed higher-than-expected UK retail sales. Sales rose 1.7% month-on-month in December, much better than the 0.3% consensus expectation. Drinks gr... [more]

FTSE 250 movers: Oil and gas stocks on the rise during crude upswing

Thu, 18 December 2014

Oil and gas stocks were all rebounding on Thursday as crude continued to bounce, with Brent futures firmly back above $61 a barrel. Enquest, Afren, Hunting and Ophir Energy were all trading with big g... [more]

London midday: Stocks jump as Fed signals "patience", resource shares gain

Thu, 18 December 2014

Upbeat economic data and a positive reaction to comments from the Federal Reserve were helping to push UK stocks higher on Thursday, with markets in positive territory for the third straight day. The ... [more]

London open: UK stocks advance strongly on "patient" Fed

Thu, 18 December 2014

UK stocks gained on Thursday morning following a stellar performance by Wall Street indices after the Federal Reserve said it would be "patient" to tighten monetary policy. The FTSE 100 was up 0.6% at... [more]

London pre-open: Stocks to soar after Federal Reserve statement

Thu, 18 December 2014

UK stocks were set to surge when markets open on Thursday morning following massive gains on Wall Street as investors reacted to comments from the Federal Reserve. City sources predict the FTSE 100 wi... [more]

London close: Santa rally beckons as Footsie holds above 6,300

Wed, 17 December 2014

A Santa rally was in the offing on Wednesday as the London market held steady amid upbeat economic and corporate news. Traders said end-of-year buyers were returning in force as the FTSE 100 Index con... [more]

FTSE 250 movers: Catlin boosted by takeover discussions while real-estate sector slides

Wed, 17 December 2014

Catlin Group was rising substantially Wednesday after XL Group confirmed takeover discussions with the company. XL Group chief executive officer Mike McGavick said: "We both believe that we will be fa... [more]

London midday: UK stocks back in the red ahead of Fed meeting

Wed, 17 December 2014

UK stocks were back in the red on Wednesday after their first gain in seven days the previous session, with investors scaling back risk appetite ahead of a number of risk events. Along with a host of ... [more]

Greece fails to elect a new president in the first round of voting

Wed, 17 December 2014

The first attempt by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to elect a new head of state has failed, after he was unable to gather enough support from lawmakers. In the first round of voting 100 lawmake... [more]

London open: UK stocks drop early on as investors await risk events

Wed, 17 December 2014

UK stocks dropped sharply on Wednesday morning as the sell-off resumed ahead of a busy session for global financial markets. The FTSE 100 was down 0.8% at 6,284 early on. The index had jumped 2.4% th... [more]

London pre-open: Sell-off expected to continue ahead of busy session

Wed, 17 December 2014

The sell-off is expected to resume on Wednesday after a brief pause the previous session, with markets eyeing a number of key 'risk events' across the globe. City sources predict the FTSE 100 will ope... [more]

London close: Shares soar on upbeat Eurozone and bank news

Tue, 16 December 2014

London shares bounced back on Tuesday in the wake of some long-awaited upbeat economic data in the Eurozone and positive news for UK banks. The FTSE 100 Index climbed 149.11 points to 6331.83 as Marki... [more]

FTSE 250 movers: Commodity stocks drop, but Afren jumps after update

Tue, 16 December 2014

Afren's share price rebounded strongly on Tuesday, with investors impressed by the news that the Africa-focused oil explorer has found oil after completing drilling and coring operations on Block 1101... [more]

FTSE 100 movers: Sainsbury hit by Kantar Worldpanel report

Tue, 16 December 2014

Supermarket J Sainsbury fell on Tuesday after Kantar Worldpanel released a report revealing the group's sales fell 1.8% in the 12 weeks to 7 December while its market share fell. The Big Four grocers ... [more]

London midday: Bargain-hunting supports FTSE as stocks rebound from 18-month low

Tue, 16 December 2014

Following a cautious start, UK stocks pushed into positive territory as investors went hunting for bargains. Shares had fallen to an 18-month low in the previous session. Markets erased earlier losse... [more]

London open: UK stocks extend slide as Chinese data disappoints

Tue, 16 December 2014

Yet more disappointing economic data from China pushed UK stocks lower for the seventh straight session on Tuesday, with markets extending losses despite plunging to an 18-month low the previous sessi... [more]

London pre-open: UK stocks to inch higher after heavy sell-off

Tue, 16 December 2014

News that the Bank of England (BoE) has given a clean bill of health to seven out of eight of the UK's largest banks and building societies may offer some respite for financial markets on Tuesday, tho... [more]

London close: Oil price slide fuels fall in equities as rouble tumbles

Mon, 15 December 2014

Oil prices embarked on fresh falls on Monday, dragging the London market down with them. The price of a barrel of US light crude had dropped about 3.7% to $57.8 towards the end of the trading session ... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Tullow Oil 425.60 6.85 16:43
Tesco 185.40 5.46 16:55
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,431.00 4.41 17:03
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets 176.20 3.65 17:03
BHP Billiton 1,377.50 3.57 17:02

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
TUI AG Reg Shs (Post- 16/12/14)(DI) 1,073.00 -3.25 17:01
SSE 1,624.00 -1.46 17:02
Smiths Group 1,072.00 -1.29 17:03
Sky 891.00 -1.22 16:43
Shire Plc 4,629.00 -1.13 17:15