United Utilities was one of a small handful of risers having upped its dividend on the back of what it described as a 'good' set of results, supported by a strong operational performance, which fed through to the quality of service received by its customers. [Thu 15:26]
Worries about the Federal Reserve 'tapering' quantitative easing (QE) prematurely spooked markets on Thursday morning, along with a disappointing reading of manufacturing activity in China. [Thu 08:31]
Strong gains in the utilities sector after a takeover approach for Severn Trent and some well-received results from Babcock International weren't enough to lift markets into positive territory by Tuesday lunchtime, as the FTSE 100 snapped an eight-day winning streak. [14 May '13]
Investor sentiment seems to have firmed a little in the first half of the session. That comes after a cautious start higher after the long weekend and as traders continued to debate about how much further the current push higher in equity markets has to go. [7 May '13]
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