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Sunday papers: May's Brexit talks, sterling shorts, GSK, PMIs, Ashley

Sunday papers: May's Brexit talks, sterling shorts, GSK, PMIs, Ashley

Hedge funds and other speculators have cranked up bets against the pound to their highest-ever level as sterling rises close to a three-week high. Short positions on the pound worth £5.9bn......[more]

US real GDP growth seen at 2% in H2 2016 by Barclays Research

US real GDP growth seen at 2% in H2 2016 by Barclays Research

US real gross domestic product looks good to hit 2% in second-half 2016, says Barclays Research after Friday's rise in second-quarter......[more]

Case for US interest-rate hike has strengthened, says Fed's Yellen

Case for US interest-rate hike has strengthened, says Fed's Yellen

The case for an increase in US interest rates has strengthened in recent months, US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said.

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Tesco to sell Euphorium Bakery business to Soho Coffee

Tesco to sell Euphorium Bakery business to Soho Coffee

Supermarket chain Tesco has agreed to sell its Euphorium Bakery business to coffee shop chain Soho Coffee for an undisclosed sum.

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Two rate hikes possible in 2016, Fed's Fischer says

Two rate hikes possible in 2016, Fed's Fischer says

Even two rate hikes before 2016 was out were possible, a top US central bank official said.

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Segro sells London industrial estate for £79.5m

Segro sells London industrial estate for £79.5m

Segro said it has exchanged contracts......[more]

Restaurant Group swings to loss, to close 33 outlets

Restaurant Group swings to loss, to close 33 outlets

Restaurant Group swung to a pre-tax loss in......[more]

Computacenter sees strength in French and German sectors

Computacenter sees strength in French and German sectors

Strong performances in France and Germany......[more]

SolGold placing raises $25.1m in first stage of financing

SolGold placing raises $25.1m in first stage of financing

Australian gold and copper miner SolGold confirmed......[more]

FTSE 250 movers: Restaurant Group gains

FTSE 250 movers: Restaurant Group gains

Shares in Restaurant Group rose as the company said it had swung to a pre-tax loss......[more]

FTSE 100 movers: Miners shine

FTSE 100 movers: Miners shine

Mining stocks rallied on the FTSE 100 as metal prices rose with Glencore, Rio Tinto......[more]

Broker tips: CRH, Amec Foster Wheeler, BAE

Broker tips: CRH, Amec Foster Wheeler, BAE

Societe Generale downgraded its recommendation on building materials group CRH to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ following the stock’s outperformance.

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US warns Europe over Apple tax probe

US warns Europe over Apple tax probe

The US has warned the European Commission about demanding billions of dollars over tax avoidance allegations against Apple and other American multinationals.

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Brick shortage could worsen housing crisis, estate agents warn

Brick shortage could worsen housing crisis, estate agents warn

A shortage of bricks in the UK will continue to restrain supply and force house prices ever higher, according to a housing industry body, while the Brexit vote could further hamper building levels by squeezing imports and numbers of skilled construction workers.

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Tiffany & Co' s second-quarter profit beats views, but revenue misses

Tiffany & Co' s second-quarter profit beats views, but revenue misses

Tiffany & Co. rallied in pre-market trade after the luxury jeweller’s second-quarter profit came in ahead of expectations.

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S&P Global Ratings warns of 'Big Six' margin pressure, earnings volatility

S&P Global Ratings warns of 'Big Six' margin pressure, earnings volatility

Energy market reforms may reduce market share and margins, and hike earnings volatility for the so-called 'Big Six' sector players in the UK, warns S&P Global Ratings.

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Guess shares jump despite flat second quarter sales

Guess shares jump despite flat second quarter sales

Guess? delivered improved second quarter earnings despite flat sales and boosted its EPS guidance for the following quarter, as the company continued to restructure its operations.

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Case for interest rate hike is strengthening, Fed's Kaplan says

Case for interest rate hike is strengthening, Fed's Kaplan says

The case for an interest rate hike was strengthening, a top US central bank official.

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Friday newspaper round-up: NHS, House prices, Energy supply, Google

Friday newspaper round-up: NHS, House prices, Energy supply, Google

NHS bosses throughout England are quietly drawing up plans for hospital closures, cutbacks and radical changes to the way healthcare is delivered in an attempt to meet spiralling demand and plug the hole in their finances, an investigation by the Guardian and campaign group 38 Degrees has revealed. Without the changes, the NHS at local level could be facing a financial shortfall of about £20bn by 2020-21 if no action is taken, the research suggests. -The Guardian

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Cisco guides towards flat sales in first quarter 2017, shares dip

Cisco guides towards flat sales in first quarter 2017, shares dip

Cisco Systems came out and beat analysts’ forecasts for its latest quarter even as it announced lay-offs as it looked to cloud software to cement its future and guided towards flat sales in the next quarter.

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Volkswagen to invest in tech start-ups after emissions scandal

Volkswagen to invest in tech start-ups after emissions scandal

In a bid to recover from the diesel emissions scandal German automotive giant Volkswagen is turning to technology startups in Silicon Valley.

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ITM Power inks hydrogen supply agreement with Commercial Group

ITM Power inks hydrogen supply agreement with Commercial Group

ITM Power inked another deal to supply hydrogen fuel as it continued to roll-out its refuelling network.

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Sunday newspaper round-up: Sterling, PMIs, May's Brexit talks, GSK, Sports Direct

Sunday newspaper round-up: Sterling, PMIs, May's Brexit talks, GSK, Sports Direct

Sun, 28 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - Hedge funds and other speculators have cranked up bets against the pound to their highest-ever level as sterling rises close to a three-week high. Short positions on the pound worth... [more]

Sunday share tips: Gym Group, Concepta

Sun, 28 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - Buy shares in Gym Group, said the Sunday Times' Inside the City column, as they are cheap and the company is in healthy shape. At just over 200p, stock is available for only slightl... [more]

Sector movers: Mining, Big Oil race to the top

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - Mining raced to the top of the leaderboard on Friday, boosted by an initial burst of volatility in global capital markets after Yellen's speech that saw the US dollar dip and commod... [more]

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Directors dealings: Hikma's Said Darwazah buys £4.32m of shares

Directors dealings: Hikma's Said Darwazah buys £4.32m of shares

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - Hikma Pharmaceuticals chairman and chief executive Said Darwazah has splashed on £4.32m worth of the firm's shares, just a day after they dived on comments from US presidential hope... [more]

AFC Energy's finance director steps down

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - AFC Energy said on Friday its finance director Christopher Tawney will step down from the board with immediate effect to pursue other business interests.... [more]

ECR Minerals terminates earn-in option at Philippine gold mine

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - Gold explorer ECR Minerals has terminated its earn-in option at its joint venture gold project in the Philippines with Tiger International Resources and Cordillera Tiger Gold Resour... [more]

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US real GDP growth seen at 2% in H2 2016 by Barclays Research

US real GDP growth seen at 2% in H2 2016 by Barclays Research

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - US real gross domestic product looks good to hit 2% in second-half 2016, says Barclays Research after Friday's rise in second-quarter US gross domestic product (GDP).... [more]

US second-estimate 'real' GDP rises at 1.1% annual rate in Q2

US second-estimate 'real' GDP rises at 1.1% annual rate in Q2

Fri, 26 August 2016

(ShareCast News) - US real gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter rose at an annual rate of 1.1%, a "second" estimate from US Bureau of Economic Analysis showed. In the first quarter, real... [more]