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London close: FTSE ends slightly lower ahead of US earnings

FTSE closes down 7.02 points at 6,674.74; Focus turns to Apple and Facebook earnings; UK public sector net borrowing falls
[3 Hours Ago]

FTSE 250 movers: Drax sinks after power station setback

Shares in renewable energy provider Drax lost more than 13 per cent of their value on Wednesday, hit by the group's announcement that one of its power station units was no longer deemed eligible by the UK government for an investment contract.
[4 Hours Ago]

FTSE 100 movers: ABF rises US expansion plans, broker upgrade

Associated British Foods was in the top spot on the FTSE 100 after the company announced its intention to expand its fast-growing Primark brand into the US towards the end of next year.
[5 Hours Ago]

London midday: Stocks inch lower on mixed data and earnings

AB Foods jumps, ARM and Sports Direct fall; UK borrowing falls more than expected; Chinese manufacturing still in contraction; Eurozone business activity improves.
[8 Hours Ago]

London open: Stocks edge higher, AB Foods jumps on Primark expansion

AB Foods jumps on Primark expansion plans; Stocks rise, but upside limited; BoE minutes, economic data ahead; Chinese manufacturing PMI contracts again.
[11 Hours Ago]

London pre-open: FTSE to open marginally lower

Following yesterday's surge on the back of bid speculation and M&A activity within the pharma sector, today's session looks set for a fairly flat start, with the top tier expected to inch marginally lower early on.
[12 Hours Ago]

London close: FTSE closes in positive territory, pharma stocks lead

FTSE closes up 56.51 points at 6,681.76; Easter weekend retail sales disappoint; Monthly US existing home sales down 0.4 per cent
[Yesterday 16:15]

FTSE 250 movers: Pharmaceutical stocks surge

Worldwide Healthcare Trust and Hikma Pharmaceuticals tracked their FTSE 100 peers higher after AstraZeneca gained strongly on the back of takeover speculation, Shire rose following broker comment, and GSK also jumped after announcing a massive three-part deal with Swiss pharmaceuticals peer Novartis.
[Yesterday 15:10]

FTSE 100 movers: AstraZeneca surges on takeover speculation

AstraZeneca was rising strongly on speculation that Pfizer could make a takeover approach for the company, in a transaction valued in the region of 60bn pounds, representing the biggest deal ever in the industry's history and the largest foreign takeover of a UK business on record.
[Yesterday 14:37]

US pre-open: Stocks to open flat despite positive corporate news-flow

The main US stock market averages are being called to start the day in a flat fashion, ahead of the release of relevant new data on the state of the housing market, despite a steady flow of M&A news around the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
[Yesterday 12:43]

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