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London close: Traders bide their time ahead of US jobs data

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.
[Yesterday 17:26]

FTSE 100 movers: Reckitt Benckiser up on plan for drugs arm

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.
[Yesterday 15:18]

FTSE 250 movers: Debenhams jumps on new CFO

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.
[Yesterday 14:38]

London midday: Stocks edge higher

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.
[Yesterday 12:28]

London open: Stocks in holding pattern ahead of key data

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.
[Yesterday 09:24]

London pre-open: Investors gear up for busy week

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.
[Yesterday 07:37]

London close: FTSE in red on geopolitical tensions, data

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 16:59]

FTSE 100 movers: RBS tops the leaders after surprise H1 profit

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 15:36]

FTSE 250 movers: Carillion and Balfour lead on merger talk

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 14:37]

London midday: FTSE in red despite GDP data, RBS results

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 12:05]

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