Tue, 29 Jul, 2014

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Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
A positive response to updates from engineer GKN and fashion retailer Next drove the FTSE 100 index 19.68 points higher to 6,807.75.
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
GKN climbed to the top spot after saying that a good performance by its automotive business fuelled 6% higher profits at the engineering group in the first half to £296m. However, a strong pound saw sales fall 1%.
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
A "resilient" first-half performance and a 5% increase in the interim dividend helped lift shares in Elementis during today's session. The speciality global chemicals company, which posted a 3% rise in sales and a 7% increase in profit, said that it had been able to achieve growth despite weather issues in the first quarter and varied global growth rates, largely thanks to its geographic footprint and broad end-markets.
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
UK stocks snapped a two-day losing streak on Tuesday, helped by strong gains from GKN, Next, Mondi and Standard Chartered.
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
Strong gains from GKN, Next and Mondi helped UK markets higher on Tuesday morning, with stocks tracking gains in the US and Asia overnight.
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014
Lifted by an upbeat session in Asia, London's blue chips are expected to move higher early on.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
The Footsie finished the session slightly lower as traders bided their time ahead of a raft of key data and events later in the week, including the latest US jobs report and a Federal Reserve policy meeting, on Wednesday.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
Household goods group Reckitt Benckiser climbed after it unveiled plans to hive off its drug arm into a separate UK-listed company. The rise came despite the group warning of a potentially tough second half.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
High street retailer Debenhams raced to the top of the leaderboard on the news it has appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Mothercare to the same role on its own board. Matt Smith, who has been CFO at Mothercare since last year and has previously been Finance Director of Home Retail's Argos, will take up his new role once he has satisfied the terms of his current contract.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
The Footsie was largely unchanged come the midday point of the day ahead of a raft of key data and events later in the week, including the latest US jobs report and a Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
The Footsie was trading little changed early on in the session, ahead of what was set to be a busy week, particularly in the latter half.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
The FTSE is set for a small gain early on, ahead of what is set to be a busy week, particularly in the latter half.
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
UK stocks ended the final session of the week in the red as geopolitical tensions, housing data and and downgrade from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) all provided a drag to sentiment.
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
RBS delivered a better-than-expected first half operating performance, but said no one at the 80% taxpayer-owned bank was "complacent about the challenges ahead".
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
Both Carillion and Balfour Beatty leapt after they confirmed rumours they are in discussions about a possible merger. The preliminary talks are to develop a strategy and outline a business plan for a combined entity, which it said would be "underpinned by the evaluation of achievable synergies, future financing arrangements and a number of other essential supporting workstreams".
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
London's blue chips remained in the red by lunchtime despite a strong performance by the banking sector and an in-line second quarter growth figure.
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
The FTSE opened in the red but losses were largely reversed following a surprise first-half profit from Royal Bank of Scotland, which jumped early on.
Fri, 25 Jul, 2014
UK stocks are expected to move lower at the opening bell after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again lowered its global growth predictions and ahead of the release of the first estimate of UK GDP.
Thu, 24 Jul, 2014
London-listed stocks ended the day higher following a relatively steady morning of gains and a slight dip mid afternoon, with the FTSE 100 ending 23.31 points higher at 6,821.46.
Thu, 24 Jul, 2014
Reed Elsevier was the top riser after it reported a 4% increase in half year revenue at constant currency and a 5% increase in the dividend.
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