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By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index fell on Wednesday, slipping back into negative territory for the year, after concerns about a smoking ban in China knocked back tobacco companies and following a cautious outlook from Sainsbury. The FTSE 100 closed down 33.67 points, or 0.5 percent, at 6,716.16 by 1551 British Read More

LONDON (ShareCast) – 1630: Close The FTSE 100 closed 25 points higher today, driven higher by financials, in particular Lloyds. IAG climbed after posting a 10.6 per cent leap in its December traffic. In today’s economic news, the BCC (Shenzhen: 002455.SZ – news) predicted three per cent growth in the economy this year, while Goldman Read More

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LONDON (ShareCast) – – FTSE 100 at highest level since November 4th – Eurozone inflation ramps up interest-rate speculation – Banks helped by funding data – IAG reports strong December traffic figures techMARK 2,789.43 -0.10% FTSE 100 6,755.45 +0.37% FTSE 250 16,069.19 +0.12% UK markets finished with decent gains on Tuesday as a decent performance Read More

* FTSE 100 edges up by 0.5 pct as charts hint at more gains * Lloyds leads rally in financials * Analyst comments hit Severn Trent (Other OTC: STRNY – news) , Morrison By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s blue chip share index rose to a one-week high on Tuesday, with gains Read More

* FTSE 100 edges up by 0.5 pct as charts hint at more gains * Lloyds leads rally in financials * Barclays (LSE: BARC.L – news) strategists forecast weak sales for retailers By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s blue chip share index touched a one-week high on Tuesday, with gains in financial Read More

* FTSE 100 edges up by 0.4 pct as charts hint at more gains * Lloyds leads rally in financials * Analyst comments hit Severn Trent (Other OTC: STRNY – news) , Morrison By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s blue chip share index rose to a one-week high on Tuesday, with gains Read More

By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index steadied on Tuesday as stronger bank stocks offset weaker retail stocks, and many traders kept a longer-term positive outlook, helped by signs of a gradual UK economic recovery. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which rose 14.4 percent in 2013 to post its best annual gain Read More