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Wednesday preview: Fed minutes, PBoC decision in focus

Central banks on either side of the Pacific will be in focus on Wednesday, as the US Federal Reserve releases the minutes of the 29-30 October Federal Open Market Committee meeting and rate-setters at the People's Bank of China meet to decide on policy.

Europe close: US-China trade war clouds dampen investor sentiment

European stocks ended on a mixed note on Tuesday, as Chinese trade war gloom appeared to overshadow good news for Huawei.

London close: Dip in pound ahead of TV debate buoys stocks

London stocks extended their gains on Tuesday, helped along by a weaker pound and some well-received corporate releases, as investors mulled mixed news on the trade front.

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Canaccord Genuity sees 'attractive' shareholder value in Forterra and Ibstock

Cannacord Genuity initiated coverage of shares in Forterra and Ibstock with 'buy' and 'hold' recommendations, respectively, telling clients their expectation was for both companies to "deliver attractive profitability and returns for the foreseeable future".

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Morgan Stanley shows preference for Lloyds among UK listed lenders

Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded their view on European lenders' shares, including for the various London-listed banks, from 'in-line' to 'attractive'.

US housing starts rise a bit more slowly than expected in October

US housing starts grew a bit more slowly than anticipated last month, but the 'miss' versus consensus forecasts was tempered by the fact that a lead indicator for activity rose more strongly than had been expected.

18 Nov
Europe close: Stocks little changed amid mixed US-China trade news

European shares finished on a mixed note on Monday following conflicting reports about the current state of US-China trade negotiations.

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Tuesday preview: US-China trade, Easyjet in the spotlight

The market spotlight on Tuesday will continue to be on the headlines around the ongoing US-China trade talks.

18 Nov
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London close: Stocks edge higher despite gains for pound

London listed shares edged higher at the start of the week despite conflicting reports regarding the status of ongoing trade talks between Washington and Beijing and strength in Sterling.

18 Nov
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Director dealings: TalkTalk founder picks up shares

TalkTalk executive chairman and founder, Charles Dunstone, picked up a big batch of shares in the telecommunications carrier at the end of the previous week.

18 Nov
Chinese officials grow more pessimistic on chances of US-China trade deal

US President Donald Trump's recent announcement that he had not agreed to any roll-back in already imposed trade tariffs on China had made authorities in Beijing turn more pessimistic on the chances that a phase-one deal between the two economic giants could be reached.

18 Nov
US open: Wall Street stumbles amid conflicting reports around US-China talks

Stocks in the States were trading on a mixed note at the start of the week on the back of somewhat downbeat reports around the state of the ongoing trade talks between the US and China.

18 Nov
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Broker tips: HSBC, Vodafone, Consort Medical

Analysts at Jefferies upgraded their recommendation for shares of HSBC from 'hold' to 'buy' in anticipation of an uplift to the lender's return on capital as it restructured some of its operations.

18 Nov
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Berenberg hails Vodafone's move towards Open RAN technology

Analysts at Berenberg reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of Vodafone following the company's announcement that it was studying a possible redesign of all its European cell sites based on so-called Open RAN technology which the analysts said could yield multiple benefits, including sharply reduced operating and capital expenditure costs.

18 Nov
London midday: Stocks edge up after 'constructive' US-China talks, PBoC rate cut

London listed shares were holding on to their gains come midday on the back of news of "constructive" contacts between top US and Chinese trade negotiators at the weekend and after China's central bank trimmed its main official short-term policy interest rate.

18 Nov
US pre-open: Stocks set for slightly higher start, Morgan Stanley shuns US equities

US stock market futures were pointing to a slightly higher open in the States on Monday, following 'constructive' trade talks between the US and China at the weekend and a small interest rate cut by the People's Bank of China overnight.

18 Nov
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Jefferies upgrades HSBC to 'buy' on restructuring plans

Analysts at Jefferies upgraded their recommendation for shares of HSBC from 'hold' to 'buy' in anticipation of an uplift to the lender's return on capital as it restructured some of its operations.

18 Nov
Week ahead: Central banks, US-China trade talks in focus

The flow of fresh economic data is set to slow perceptibly over the coming week, with investors' focus likely to continue to be on all things related with the ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China.

18 Nov
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ShoreCap downgrades Consort Medical to 'hold' after all-cash offer from Recipharm

Analysts at ShoreCap downgraded their recommendation for shares of Consort Medical from 'buy' to 'hold' following the recommended cash offer from Recipharm.

18 Nov
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Swiss group SIX launches bid for Spain's stock market operator BME

Consolidation among the world's main stockmarket operators heated up further at the start of the week as Swiss-based SIX Group launched a "friendly" bid for Spain's BME, even as the Madrid-based firm confirmed that it was in talks with pan-European exchange group . Euronext about a possible tie-up.