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London close: FTSE lower on US fed, Russian sanctions, corporate news

The FTSE 100 suffered a drop in both early and late trade, ultimately closing 43.33 points lower at 6,730.11 as investors digested Argentina's default, Russian sanctions and turbulence caused by concerns about US monetary policy....[more]

Lloyds' underlying profits ahead of forecasts

Lloyds saw underlying profits improve by 32% to £3.82bn in the first half of the year....[more]

BT earnings per share robust during modest first quarter

First-quarter revenues were down at BT but underlying figures were more positive and profits were 7% higher than the same period last year....[more]

BAE Systems downplays Airbus merger talk as H1 profits dip - UPDATE

Defence group BAE Systems posted lower half-year sales and profits as it flagged up a second half sales bias and a hit from currency headwinds....[more]

Strong second quarter helps BG Group grow H1 EPS by 9%

Natural gas group BG Group lifted its interim by a tenth after a strong second quarter led to a 9% increase in earnings per share (EPS) in the first half....[more]

Balfour Beatty drops plan to merge with Carillion

Construction group Balfour Beatty has called off its planned merger with rival Carillion after Carillion said it would only press ahead with the deal if Balfour ditched plans to sell its Parsons Brinckerhoff US engineering division....[more]

Weir Group's first-half earnings hurt by challenging mining sector

Engineer Weir Group's pre-tax profit slid in the first half, reflecting adverse foreign exchange currency exchange rate movements and challenging conditions in the mining industry....[more]

Shell second-quarter profits gush higher

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell's earnings more than doubled in the second quarter, even when including a $1bn net charge due to impairments....[more]

Astrazeneca raises guidance after better-than-expected Q2

Astrazeneca has lifted its guidance for the year after delivering a 4% increase in second quarter revenue to $6.4bn, ahead of expectations....[more]

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Market overview: FTSE closes down 40 at 6,730

Thu, 31 July 2014

1630: Close The FTSE 100 suffered a drop in both early and late trade, ultimately closing 43.33 points lower at 6,730.11 as investors digested Argentina's default, Russian sanctions and turbulence cau... [more]

Tate & Lyle chairman tops up stake with another 10,000 shares

Thu, 31 July 2014

A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.... [more]

Friday preview: RBS confirms first half results

Thu, 31 July 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will on Friday cap off a busy week of banking results with its first half earnings. ... [more]

Company News [more]

Minoan narrows losses but warns of possible Greek project delays

Thu, 31 July 2014

Travel agency firm Minoan reported narrower half-year losses but warned of potential delays in a Greek resort project. ... [more]

Friday preview: RBS confirms first half results

Thu, 31 July 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will on Friday cap off a busy week of banking results with its first half earnings. ... [more]

Redhall warns on profits amid nuclear contracting problems

Thu, 31 July 2014

Engineering support services group Redhall warned on profits after problems in nuclear contracting and delays in work from big customers. ... [more]

Economic News [more]

Bank of England's Broadbent hints at earlier interest rate hike

Thu, 31 July 2014

The prospect of a rise in UK interest rates loomed larger on Thursday as a senior Bank of England official talked up the case for an earlier increase. ... [more]

UK house prices rise in July slowest since April 2013 says Nationwide

Thu, 31 July 2014

British house prices rose at their slowest rate since April 2013 this month, figures out on Thursday showed. ... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Royal Dutch Shell 'B' 2,558.50 2.67 17:08
Intu Properties 328.10 2.65 16:36
Royal Dutch Shell 'A' 2,442.00 2.46 17:04
ITV 208.60 2.05 16:38
GlaxoSmithKline 1,436.50 0.81 17:14

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Schroders 2,390.00 -4.36 17:14
Weir Group 2,567.00 -3.79 17:00
St James's Place 726.50 -3.77 17:06
Tullow Oil 728.50 -3.57 17:00
Glencore 360.05 -3.08 17:08