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London close: Stocks erase losses as ITV, StanChart and IAG gain

After a weak start, UK markets managed to push into positive territory by Wednesday's close as decent gains from ITV, Standard Chartered and IAG offset some heavy falls in the mining sector.
[3 Hours Ago]

FTSE 250 movers: Greggs higher on shareholder returns

Greggs topped the risers after the baker grew its pre-tax profit last year by 50%, allowing it to return up to 10m to shareholders in the first half of 2015 by resuming its share buyback programme. The company's chief executive, Roger Whiteside, noted that 2014 was a year of significant change and saw an exceptional step-up in performance as the company began to implement its new strategic plan centred on the growing food-on-the-go market.
[4 Hours Ago]

FTSE 100 movers: ITV soars after beating 2014 forecasts, Fresnillo plunge on weak profits

ITV topped the risers after the strongest advertising performance in five years helped it beat forecasts for 2014, as it hiked its annual dividend 34% and proposed an extra payout for shareholders. Numis Securities upped its rating on the broadcaster and producer from 'add' to 'buy'.
[5 Hours Ago]

London midday: FTSE continues retreat from record highs as mining stocks decline

UK stocks were falling for the fourth straight day on Wednesday after a batch of mixed corporate earnings and global economic data.
[8 Hours Ago]

London open: Stocks slip on mixed earnings, Fresnillo and L&G drop

UK stocks edged lower on Wednesday morning as gains from Standard Chartered and ITV were offset by declines by Fresnillo, Glencore and Legal & General, as investors awaited a barrage of economic data.
[11 Hours Ago]

London pre-open: Subdued start expected ahead of economic data

After closing at their worst level in nearly two weeks, UK stocks are expected to rebound on Wednesday, albeit only slightly, as investors await key economic data.
[12 Hours Ago]

London close: Mixed data, weak earnings pull FTSE below 6,900

A mixed batch of economic data and weak corporate earnings gave investors the excuse to take profits on Tuesday, as markets continued to retreat from their recent record highs.
[Yesterday 16:33]

FTSE 250 movers: Moneysupermarket crumbles on compensation concerns

Despite strong results and positive sentiment from many analysts, led the fallers due to weekend comments from the chairman of the government's Energy and Climate Change Committee, Tim Yeo MP, who called for price comparison companies to compensate customers who had been "duped" into buying energy policies that "may not have been the cheapest or most appropriate for their needs".
[Yesterday 14:14]

FTSE 100 movers: Barclays and Glencore fall after annual results, Taylor Wimpey higher

Shares in Barclays fell after the bank set aside a total of 1.25bn for provisions to cover litigation costs related to ongoing probes into mis-selling PPI and rigging foreign exchange rates. The news came as Barclays reported a pre-tax loss of 532m for the fourth quarter.
[Yesterday 13:44]

London midday: Stocks pull back as corporate earnings disappoint

After coming close to another record high early on, UK stocks flatlined by Tuesday lunchtime as corporate earnings received a cool reaction from investors.
[Yesterday 12:08]

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