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US close: Dow closes 140 points higher as housing data streams in

US stocks closed higher on Tuesday as investors thumbed over a slew of data releases and digested a series of updates from tech giant Apple.

Wednesday preview: UK Parliamentt, US-China trade talks in the spotlight

The focus will continue to be firmly on the UK Parliament come Wednesday, with the House of Commons said to cast indicative votes on a slate of alternative plans for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and to approve postponing the 29 March deadline for Britain to leave.

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EU calls for fairer trade relationship with China

Europe’s top leaders told President Xi Jinping on Tuesday at talks held in Paris they wanted a fairer trading relationship with China.

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BP pledges $100m to greenhouse gas emissions reduction project

BP announced on Tuesday it will commit $100m to a fund for projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its Upstream oil and gas operations.

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FTSE 250 movers: Clarkson surges, Spectris slips

London's FTSE 250 index was up 0. 80% at 18,949. 26 in afternoon trade on Tuesday, as Clarkson pulled the index upwards.

Sector movers: US worries drag on construction & materials

Retailers and housebuilders were both higher on Tuesday, but were outperformed by food producers.

Europe close: Growth fears ease despite mixed data

Stocks on the Continent bounced back despite a mixed set of economic data, with global growth fears - stoked by recent sharp falls in US government bond yields - apparently easing.

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London close: FTSE led higher by retailers, builders

London stocks on Tuesday recouped the losses from the day before, helped along by the retail and housebuilding sectors, while sterling made its way tentatively higher on faint hopes for some progress in Westminster.

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Director dealings: Be Heard CEO ups stake

Be Heard chief executive Simon Pyper acquired 397,768 ordinary shares in the digital marketing outfit on Tuesday.

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STM Group's profits flat on acquisitions

STM Group on Tuesday reported flat annual profits and revenues after a year that saw the company enter the workplace pensions market and gain two acquisitions.

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Broker tips: Ocado, Spectris, Rolls-Royce, Amigo

Societe General sees Ocado shares as "significantly overvalued" after the online grocery group hit a new all-time high, reiterating its 'sell' rating.

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RBC reiterates 'outperform' rating on 'undervalued' Amigo

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets dropped their target price on British guarantor loans lender Amigo on Tuesday but still feel the firm is being "undervalued" by both markets and the regulator.

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Carbon emissions hit record high in 2018

Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels hit a record high in 2018 as energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade (+2. 3%).

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Ocado 'significantly overvalued' after hitting all-time high, says SocGen

Societe General sees Ocado shares as "significantly overvalued" after the online grocery group hit a new all-time high, reiterating its 'sell' rating.

US consumer confidence weakens further in March, Conference Board says

Consumer spirits in the US weakened further in March, as volatility in financial markets and soft readings on the jobs market dented Americans' assessment of the economy and of hiring conditions.

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Ferguson cuts guidance as market growth slows

Ferguson reported a strong first half but the plumbing specialist cut its full-year guidance as growth has "moderated" in its markets.

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Synectics wins multimillion dollar casino contract in Macau

Surveillance technology and security systems provider Synectics has secured a new contract in the gambling sector, it announced on Tuesday.

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FTSE 100 movers: Ocado rallies on contract win; Carnival sinks

London' s FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% at 7,207. 49 in afternoon trade on Tuesday, with Ocado pacing the gains.

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Galantas Gold expands gold milling operations at Omagh

Galantas Gold Corporation reported an expansion of gold milling operations at the Omagh, Northern Ireland processing plant on Tuesday.

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TfL renews calls to take over suburban trains for Tube-style service

The Mayor of London called on the Government to make Transport for London the rail infrastructure manager for its devolved suburban services on Tuesday, in a bid to pave the way for a “metro-style service” in south and south east London.