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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.
[7 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'.
[7 Hours Ago]

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]

FTSE 250 movers: Amlin sinks on weak profits, Electrocomponents up as chairman buys shares

Amlin, the British insurer and re-insurer, topped the fallers after reporting a drop in full-year pre-tax profit by 21%, as an environment of low interest rates and weaker investment return dented profitability. Broker Numis Securities cut its rating on the stock from' buy' to 'hold', noting the results contained mixed divisional performance
[Mon 13:19]

FTSE 100 movers: Banks rebound, British Land boosted by acquisition

Banking stocks such as Barclays and RBS topped the risers as share prices rebounded after a weak outing last week following some poorly-received annual results. 2014 figures from Barclays, the last UK lender to report, are due out on Tuesday.
[Mon 13:18]

FTSE 250 movers: Rightmove up on strong annual results, IMI struggles with demand and currency

Rightmove was top of the risers as Cannacord Genuity upgraded its rating on the stock from 'hold' to 'buy' on better-than-expected annual results. The broker also hiked its target price for the shares from 2,600p to 3,034p and said it still sees 13% potential upside to this new forecast.
[Fri 15:14]

FTSE 100 movers: IAG soars on higher operating earnings, Intu properties drops on lower rents

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines flew to the top of the risers after reporting operating earnings 80.5% higher at 1.4bn for 2014, thanks partly to cheaper fuel, while its Iberia division swung from a loss to a profit. Chief executive Willie Walsh said the Spanish unit's "turnaround has been remarkable".
[Fri 14:56]

FTSE 250 movers: Ladbrokes up after maintaining dividend, Playtech achieves record revenue and earnings

Ladbrokes was boosted as it revealed it will not cut its 2015 dividend, despite posting a 14% drop in annual profit. Analysts had expected the group to make the cut to help fund marketing expenses, but the group will maintain an 8.9p dividend per share this year.
[Thu 14:18]

FTSE 100 movers: Standard Chartered soars on new CEO, RBS dips after missing forecasts

Standard Chartered surged after appointing former JPMorgan boss Bill Winters as its new chief executive, as it confirmed current head Peter Sands will step down in June. The bank also announced that chairman John Peace will step down in 2016.
[Thu 14:16]

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