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05 Dec
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UK could be locked into Irish backstop, says Brexit legal advice

The UK could be locked indefinitely into the proposed Brexit backstop arrangement on Northern Ireland, according to the government's legal advice published on Wednesday.

05 Dec
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Europe close: Stocks end the day at session lows

Stocks on the Continent finished near their worst levels of the day although losses were but a fraction of those seen on Wall Street overnight, as China sounded a positive note on the likelihood of being able to reach a trade deal with the US.

05 Dec
Commodities: Brent futures dip ahead of OPEC+ meeting

The energy space was in focus on Wednesday, ahead of the ministerial meeting of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies scheduled for the following session.

05 Dec
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Eight Peaks swings to a loss in first half following name change

London-listed investment firm Eight Peaks swung to a loss in the first half of its trading year on the back of declining investment gains and heightened admin expenses.

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Google's delivery drones to hit Europe next year

Google will test its drone delivery service in Finland next year, the company announced on Wednesday.

05 Dec
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Broker tips: GlaxoSmithKline, Ted Baker, Pearson, Centrica

Barclays has cut GlaxoSmithKline to 'equalweight' from 'overweight' and trimmed the price target to 1,600p from 1,750p after the pharmaceuticals giant announced earlier in the week that it was selling its Horlicks business and other consumer health brands to Unilever for £3bn and buying US drug company Tesaro for $5. 1bn.

05 Dec
London close: Stocks drop even as risk of no-deal Brexit recedes

London stocks finished in the red on Wednesday, albeit with the pound clawing back some ground as some traders now saw a lower chance of a no-deal Brexit.

05 Dec
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Sector movers: Oil engineers and defence down, housebuilders up

Oil engineers and construction companies led the downside as stock markets endured another down day, while the house building and real estate sectors led the upside on Brexit hopes.

05 Dec
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UBS downgrades Centrica on 'more balanced' risk/reward scenario

Analysts at UBS downgraded Centrica to 'neutral' on Wednesday, highlighting a "more balanced" risk/reward scenario in the wake of the FTSE 100 constituent's most recent trading update.

05 Dec
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FTSE 250 movers: Thomas Cook back from the dead, Spire slumps

London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 07% at 18,341. 83 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, as Thomas Cook staged a desperate recovery after a series of negative sessions.

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Director dealings: DMGT chairman lowers stake

Daily Mail And General Trust chairman Jonathan Rothermere sold 52,101 ordinary shares in the British media giant on Wednesday, less than a week after the newspaper group saw shares tumble in the wake of a warning around "volatile" conditions in consumer media.

05 Dec
Thursday preview: Barrage of US data, Parliament and OPEC+ all ahead

Investors on both sides of the Atlantic will struggle to digest the heavy flow of economic reports that are set for release on Thursday.

05 Dec
PCF boosts dividend after banking a profit increase

PCF Group hiked its final dividend by over 50% on Wednesday after reporting that full-year profits jumped in its first full year as a bank.

05 Dec
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Disappointing results from Pearson rival bode badly, says Liberum

Liberum reiterated its 'sell' rating on education publisher Pearson on Wednesday, saying that disappointing second-quarter results from Barnes & Noble Education in the US provide warning signs.

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EnQuest expects to meet FY production targets following Magnus acquisition

British oil and gas firm EnQuest said it was on target to meet full-year production targets following the completion of its acquisition of the Magnus oil field from BP.

05 Dec
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Takeda's Shire takeover approved by both sets of shareholders

Takeda Pharmaceutical's £46bn takeover of London-listed pharmaceutical group Shire has been approved by both sets of shareholders on Wednesday.

05 Dec
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Carolyn McCall and Emma Walmsley named most admired UK business leaders

According to Management Today's annual Britain's Most Admired Companies survey, head of ITV Carolyn McCall and head of GSK Emma Walmsley are the most admired leaders in the country.

05 Dec
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Companies warned for failing to address shareholder rebellions

The Investment Association has contacted more than 30 British companies, including media giant WPP and drugs firm AstraZeneca, to express concerns over how shareholder revolts are being handled.

05 Dec
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Itaconix signs detergent agreement with Canada's New Wave

Sustainable specialty polymers provider Itaconix has signed a licence agreement with New Wave Global Services of Ontario, Canada for a new proprietary non-phosphate automatic dishwasher detergent formula based on its ‘Itaconix CHT’ polymer, it announced on Wednesday.

05 Dec
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FTSE 100 movers: Ashtead slumps but housebuilders buck trend

London's FTSE 100 was down 1% at 6,949. 89 in afternoon trade on Wednesday amid Brexit uncertainty.