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London close: Stocks end slightly off ahead of Fed

An injection of liquidity into Chinese banks failed to lift UK stocks on Wednesday, as investors treaded cautiously before a policy decision from the Federal Reserve.
[Yesterday 16:50]

FTSE 250 movers: Imagination, JD Sports and DS Smith on the rise

Leading the FTSE 250 higher on Wednesday was Imagination Technologies after the chipmaker reassured investors that "progress will continue in line with its expectations" this year despite volatile currency movements. Imagination had fallen sharply over the last week in the aftermath of an underwhelming product launch from client Apple, which is thought to account for around 30% of the company's revenues.
[Yesterday 15:18]

FTSE 100 movers: Smiths Group drops after results miss forecasts

Engineer Smiths Group was leading the fallers on the FTSE 100 on Wednesday after missing expectations with a 5% fall in annual revenues to 2.95bn on the back of foreign exchange headwinds and a small disposal. Analysts at Deutsche Bank had expected a figure closer to 3.05bn.
[Yesterday 14:32]

London midday: Miners lead UK stocks higher as investors await FOMC

Stimulus measures in China helped UK stocks higher on Wednesday with the heavyweight mining sector on the rise, though gains were limited as investors treaded cautiously before a policy decision from the Federal Reserve.
[Yesterday 11:46]

London open: Stocks edge higher ahead of FOMC, BoE minutes

UK stocks edged higher on Wednesday morning after a positive session on Wall Street, though gains were only modest ahead of the hotly-anticipated Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement and Bank of England minutes.
[Yesterday 08:20]

London pre-open: Stocks expected to rise ahead of FOMC meeting

UK stocks were expected to track gains on Wall Street to push higher on Wednesday as investors took an optimistic approach ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the States.
[Yesterday 07:30]

London close: Stocks end lower ahead of Fed meeting, retailers drag

Weak risk appetite ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting prompted the FTSE 100 to drop into the red on Tuesday.
[Tue 16:33]

FTSE 100 movers: Pearson leads as retailers slide

Pearson led the upside after Morgan Stanley upgraded the publisher from 'equal weight' to 'overweight', citing the increased size of its market.
[Tue 16:06]

FTSE 250 movers: Ophir climbs after unveiling new gas discovery

Africa-focused Ophir Energy rose after it announced a new gas discovery in block R which it says increases the value of its 80%-owned offshore Equatorial Guinea project. The Silenus East-1 well found a 67m gross gas column in the primary target with a high-quality reservoir in line with pre-drill expectations.
[Tue 15:41]

London midday: UK stocks near one-month low as retailers drop

UK stocks were trading at levels not seen in nearly a month on Tuesday as a sharp drop in German economic confidence and disappointing data from China dampened sentiment.
[Tue 11:49]

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