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London open: Stocks steady ahead of Brexit votes

London stocks were steady in early trade on Tuesday amid signs of progress in US-China trade talks, but with investors cautious as Boris Johnson's Brexit deal faced its first major parliamentary hurdle.

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Whitbread profits fall as Brexit woes hamper hotel demand

Premier Inn owner Whitbread on Tuesday reported a drop in interim profit and flat revenue after Brexit uncertainty impacted regional hotel demand.

HgCapital to put £31.6m into oil information firm Argus Media

HgCapital Trust plans to invest in global energy and commodity price reporting provider Argus Media, it announced on Tuesday, subject to regulatory approval.

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Synthomer confident in chairman despite concerns from some shareholders

Synthomer updated the market on the voting outcomes of its 2019 annual general meeting on Tuesday, following a “significant” minority vote against the resolution relating to the re-election of its chairman Neil Johnson as a non-executive director.

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Minas-Rio boosts Anglo American Q3; warns on copper output

Anglo American on Tuesday said third quarter production rose 4% driven by a ramp up in iron ore output at its Brazilian operation where it raised full year guidance.

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Travis Perkins pauses sale of plumbing and heating business; Q3 sales rise

Builders' merchant Travis Perkins said on Tuesday that it had paused the sale of its plumbing and heating business as it reported a jump in third-quarter sales.

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St. James's Place maintains positive flows amid 'uncertain' environment

Wealth management company St. James’s Place updated the market on its new business and funds under management for the third quarter on Tuesday, with gross inflows falling to £3. 74bn from £3. 83bn last year.

Reckitt Benckiser cuts FY sales growth forecast

Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser cut its full-year sales growth forecast on Tuesday after a "disappointing" third quarter, amid slowing demand for some of its products in the US and China.

Bunzl Q3 revenue up, Whitbread interim profit declines

London open The FTSE 100 was called to open seven points higher at 7,170.

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London pre-open: Stocks to nudge up as Brexit remains in focus

London stocks were set to nudge tentatively higher on Tuesday as investors turn their attention to parliament.

Tuesday newspaper round-up: Pay gaps, Asda, Smith & Nephew

The UK government needs to make companies employing more than 30 people report their gender pay gaps if inroads are to be made into the persistent bias in wages and salaries, a senior Bank of England official has said. Andy Haldane, Threadneedle Street’s chief economist, said only 40% of the private-sector workforce was covered by legislation that obliges companies with more than 250 staff members to publish details of differences in pay between men and women doing identical jobs.

Bunzl Q3 revenues rise against mixed markets

Distribution and services group Bunzl said third quarter revenue grew by 4% and reaffirmed full year expectations against mixed global macroeconomic conditions.

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US close: Markets finish positive on trade and Brexit hopes

Trading on Wall Street finished as it started on Monday - in the green - thanks to positive headlines around the US-China trade talks emanating from Beijing and Washington, and increasing optimism that the UK would be able to avoid crashing out of the European Union.

21 Oct
Tuesday preview: Government withdrawal bill firmly in the spotlight

Markets' focus on Tuesday will remain on Brexit, with the government expected to propose a programme motion laying out an accelerated timeline for approval of its withdrawal bill by 31 October.

21 Oct
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Director dealings: Enquest chief picks up shares

Enquest chief, Amjad Bseisu, bought 2,154,756 shares in the oil explorer on Friday at an individual price of 18. 5p for a total transaction amount of £398,629. 86.

21 Oct
Europe close: Stocks gain on US-China trade hopes

European stocks finished higher on Monday, as investors digested positive signs for Sino-US relations after a chaotic weekend of Brexit action.

21 Oct
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Broker tips: Petropavlovsk, ABF, Man Group

Analysts at Cannacord Genuity reiterated their 'buy' recommendation and 16. 0p target price on shares of gold miner Petropavlovsk thid quarter sales and production data.

21 Oct
US open: S&P 500 edges past 3,000-point mark on trade hopes

Trading on Wall Street got off to a good start on Monday, thanks to positive headlines around the US-China trade talks emanating from Beijing and Washington and increasing optimism that the UK would be able to avoid crashing out of the European Union, although according to analysts passage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit proposal could turn out to be less straightforward than some expected.

21 Oct
London close: Stocks up ahead of key day in Parliament and amid positive trade headlines

Stocks finished in the green on Monday, even after the speaker of the House of Commons decided against allowing a meaningful vote on the government's Brexit proposal, helped by positive headlines around the US-China trade negotiations.

21 Oct
Pound gains despite postponement of Brexit deal vote

The pound was unfazed by the Speaker of the House, John Bercow's, decision not to allow a "meaningful vote" on the Prime Minister's Brexit proposal to go ahead on Monday, as some observers had correctly anticipated.