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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

NEW YORK –  The FTSE 100 Index traded flat on the day at 6,731.27. RSA Insurance Group PLC led the market gainers, adding 6.1% as investors turned optimistic that the troubled insurance company’s Irish operations were an isolated incident. Fresnillo PLC dropped 2.9%, while Randgold Resources Ltd. dropped 2.5% Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.

* FTSE 100 down 0.06 pct * RSA rallies ahead of PWC report on Irish issues * M&S hit by concern over Christmas sales By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 edged lower on Monday, with weakness in miners and retailers at the start of the first full week of 2014 Read More

By This Is Money Reporters PUBLISHED: 03:33 EST, 6 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:38 EST, 6 January 2014 5.30pm (CLOSE): Marks & Spencer’s investors headed for the check-out today amid fears that the retailer will emerge as one of the sector’s losers from the festive season. Sainsbury’s shares also slipped on the possibility that it Read More

* FTSE 100 index ends flat after choppy trading * Miners under pressure on China growth concerns * RSA up on expectations of averting more writedowns By Atul Prakash LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – London-listed mining equities fell on Monday as new signs of economic weakness in China, the world’s top metals consumer, prompted investors Read More

LONDON (ShareCast) – 1630: Close The FTSE 100 ended today’s session flat as investors digested a raft of data from both home and abroad. The UK service sector showed a slight dip on the month before, although optimism was its highest since March 2010. Meanwhile, a Lloyds survey revealed UK business confidence has reached its Read More

The membership of the FTSE 100 is not just a measure of the shift in the UK economy from manufacturing to services. It is also an illustration of London’s role in a globalised financial marketplace, with many of the index’s constituents using the London Stock Exchange as a listing of convenience, unrelated to their provenance Read More

By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index was steady by midday on Monday, with weaker mining and retail equities cancelling out sharp gains in RSA Insurance on expectations it would avoid further writedowns. RSA rose 6.7 percent after the Sunday Telegraph newspaper said a probe into its Irish business was expected to Read More

1630: Close The FTSE finished the week up 37 points and the day 13 points higher, lifted by Next which helped drive the retail sector as a whole higher. In today’s macro news, UK house prices rose in December by the biggest amount in more than four years, up 1.4 per cent month-on-month. Elsewhere, lending Read More

The last year was a positive one for the FTSE 100 (UKX), with the blue-chip index rising 14.4% over the course of 2013. What caused the index to rise and fall over the last 12 months and what can we expect as we move into 2014? January In the early part of the year, the Read More