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London close: Stocks at four-month high on ECB plan, upbeat data

London close: Stocks at four-month high on ECB plan, upbeat data

UK stocks pushed higher on Friday lifted by improving economic data and continued optimism surrounding a massive bond-buying plan by the European Central Bank....[more]

GSK's Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials

GSK's Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials.

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FTSE 100 movers: CRH and Reckitt rise, while commodity stocks feel the pinch

FTSE 100 movers: CRH and Reckitt rise, while commodity stocks feel the pinch

Irish cement maker CRH jumped on Friday after news emerged it was leading the race to buy assets from rivals Holcim and Lafarge.

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Sector movers: CRH, Balfour Beatty lift construction sector

Sector movers: CRH, Balfour Beatty lift construction sector

M&A speculation surrounding CRH and a broker upgrade for Balfour Beatty were giving the UK construction and materials sector a lift on Friday.

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ECB's QE programme could be extended or expanded, says Coeure

ECB's QE programme could be extended or expanded, says Coeure

ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said the QE programme announced on Thursday could be extended or expanded....[more]

Spectris acquires US-based ReliaSoft for £28m

Spectris acquires US-based ReliaSoft for £28m

Instrumentation and controls developer......[more]

Close Brothers' performance steady

Close Brothers' performance steady

Banking group Close Brothers said its banking......[more]

Carillion wins £200m prison contract with MoJ

Carillion wins £200m prison contract with MoJ

Construction and support services group Carillion......[more]

Ultra Electronics confirms termination of  contract

Ultra Electronics confirms termination of contract

Ultra Electronics, the UK defence, security......[more]

Euro falls below $1.12 following ECB decision

Euro falls below $1.12 following ECB decision

A day after the European Central Bank announced a plan to inject more......[more]

Broker tips: Vodafone, EnQuest, Vedanta

Broker tips: Vodafone, EnQuest, Vedanta

The decline in organic revenues at Vodafone continued to ease in its third quarter......[more]

FTSE 250 movers: Jimmy Choo rallies

FTSE 250 movers: Jimmy Choo rallies

Jimmy Choo was topping the FTSE 250 after reporting net revenue rose 12% to £299m....[more]

UK insurers capital won't rise, says BoE

UK insurers capital won't rise, says BoE

Paul Fischer, the Bank of England executive director for insurance......[more]

Friday newspaper round-up: Saudi King, Iran nuclear talks, O2 takeover...

Friday newspaper round-up: Saudi King, Iran nuclear talks, O2 takeover...

Saudi state TV says King Abdullah, the purported US ally who joined Washington's fight against al-Qaeda, has died following a swirl of reports and rumours about his declining health, The Guardian published. His 79-year-old half brother, Crown Prince Salman, who recently took on the ailing monarch’s responsibilities despite apparently being in poor health and suffering from dementia, was named as the successor, said the paper.

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Broker tips: Vodafone, EnQuest, Vedanta Resources

Broker tips: Vodafone, EnQuest, Vedanta Resources

The decline in organic revenues at Vodafone continued to ease in its third quarter, according to UBS, which hailed the telecom giant’s “good progress in key markets”.

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Sunday newspaper round-up: IAG, Oil price collapse, Standard Chartered

Sunday newspaper round-up: IAG, Oil price collapse, Standard Chartered

Sun, 25 January 2015

International Airlines Group (IAG) is close to buying Aer Lingus after bidding €1.3bn for the Irish airline, according to the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph. Aer Lingus's board is ready to... [more]

Friday tips round-up: Standard Life, Monitise

Fri, 23 January 2015

Shareholders in Standard Life are sitting pretty after the relevant authorities cleared the way for the firm to payout £1.75bn in cash. That comes in the wake of the £2.2bn sale of its Canadian arm la... [more]

Broker tips: Vodafone, EnQuest, Vedanta Resources

Fri, 23 January 2015

The decline in organic revenues at Vodafone continued to ease in its third quarter, according to UBS, which hailed the telecom giant's "good progress in key markets".... [more]

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GSK's Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials

GSK's Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials

Fri, 23 January 2015

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia for first large-scale trials.... [more]

Big four supermarkets will cut small brands and back big names, says Premier Foods CEO

Fri, 23 January 2015

Premier Foods, of Mr Kipling cake fame, is about to win more shelf space in the battle of the 'big four' supermarkets, according to chief executive Gavin Darby.... [more]

UK retail sales post unexpected increase in December

Fri, 23 January 2015

British retail sales registered an unexpected rise in December, boosted by an increased demand for fuel and steady sales over Christmas.... [more]

Economic News [more]

UK car production reaches highest level since 2007

UK car production reaches highest level since 2007

Fri, 23 January 2015

The number of cars produced in the UK last year reached its highest level since 2007, as car plants produced 1.5m vehicles.... [more]

RP Martin executives involved in Libor scandal banned from holding top City jobs

RP Martin executives involved in Libor scandal banned from holding top City jobs

Thu, 22 January 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned the former boss and chief compliance officer at broker RP Martin from holding senior jobs in the City.... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Associated British Foods 3,080.00 3.18 17:00
Reckitt Benckiser Group 5,560.00 2.96 17:09
CRH 1,680.00 2.50 17:01
Unilever 2,854.00 2.48 17:00
Pearson 1,349.00 2.35 16:56

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Glencore 249.40 -5.82 17:08
Antofagasta 685.50 -4.80 17:08
Tullow Oil 371.30 -4.38 17:01
Anglo American 1,103.50 -3.62 17:09
Rio Tinto 2,883.00 -2.81 17:15