Markets managed to shrug off the UK ratings downgrade and some disappointing economic data from China on Monday morning, as stocks advanced on the back of optimism surrounding central-bank stimulus. [25 Feb '13]
Gains were trimmed by the close of trade on Wednesday as heavy falls in the insurance and mining sectors partially offset earlier optimism about further stimulus from the Bank of England (BoE). [20 Feb '13]
The FTSE 100 hit a fresh five-year high in morning trade on Wednesday morning on the back of hopes for further stimulus from the Bank of England, as minutes of the latest rate-setting meeting showed that more policy-makers voted for further asset purchases. [20 Feb '13]
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