The FTSE 100 was taking advantage of low volumes on Wednesday morning, registering decent gains by lunchtime as other stock markets across Europe remained closed for the May Day public holiday. [1 May '13]
A slowdown in Chinese manufacturing growth didn't have too much of an effect on stock markets on Wednesday morning as traders showed optimism in anticipation of a continuation of monetary stimulus from the US and a rate cut in Europe this week. [1 May '13]
First quarter revenues and profits were down at engineering giant Weir with input falling 14 per cent against the prior year's comparator, but 14 per cent higher than the preceding quarter. [1 May '13]
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