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Legal & General posts 18% rise in first-half profit, lifts dividend

Legal & General posts 18% rise in first-half profit, lifts dividend

Insurer Legal & General posted a 6% rise in first-half pre-tax profit and an 18% increase in operating profit on the back of strong organic growth in the UK and US....[more]

SFO reportedly to bring Libor charges against more bankers

SFO reportedly to bring Libor charges against more bankers

Britain's Serious Fraud Office is planning to bring criminal charges against more former bankers for allegedly... ...[more]

Food prices spike but UK shop price deflation rolls on, says BRC-Nielsen

Food prices spike but UK shop price deflation rolls on, says BRC-Nielsen

Food prices prices rose for the first time in seven months, but UK shop price deflation rolled on for the 27th consecutive month....[more]

NIESR downgrades global economic forecasts for 2015 and 2016

NIESR downgrades global economic forecasts for 2015 and 2016

The world economy will soon slow to its lowest rate since the economic crisis, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said....[more]

Wednesday newspaper round-up: Official statistics, RBS sale, Shire

Wednesday newspaper round-up: Official statistics, RBS sale, Shire

Sir Charlie Bean, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, will today launch his official review into the nation?s economic numbers....[more]

Oil firm investigated by SFO for Somali contract bid

Oil firm investigated by SFO for Somali contract bid

UK oil company Soma Oil and Gas......[more]

Nedbank first half profits rise 15.7%

Nedbank first half profits rise 15.7%

Old Mutual subsidiary Nedbank upped......[more]

ARM Holdings reshuffles board

ARM Holdings reshuffles board

Stephen Pusey and Lawton Fitt......[more]

Spirax completes sale of M&M to Rotork

Spirax completes sale of M&M to Rotork

Industrial engineering group Spirax-Sarco......[more]

FTSE 250 movers: Vedanta rallies

FTSE 250 movers: Vedanta rallies

London’s FTSE 250 was trading little changed at 1420 BST, up just 0.1% at 17,686.96.

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Sector movers: Miners recover, but oil lower

Sector movers: Miners recover, but oil lower

Mining stocks largely recovered on Tuesday, but oil and gas stocks......[more]

FTSE 100 movers: Shire slips on bid rebuff

FTSE 100 movers: Shire slips on bid rebuff

The FTSE 100 was marginally in the red on Tuesday afternoon......[more]

Canada PM dissolves parliament, calls general election

Canada PM dissolves parliament, calls general election

Stephen Harper has called for a general election will be held on 19 October....[more]

UK and France urge EU

UK and France urge EU

Both countries urged the EU to help fight against the migrant crisis in Calais...[more]

London tube strike to go ahead Wednesday

London tube strike to go ahead Wednesday

London Underground will see new strikes this week after the union rejected its offer...[more]

Former City trader Tom Hayes found guilty of rigging Libor rates

Former City trader Tom Hayes found guilty of rigging Libor rates

Former City trader Tom Hayes has been found guilty of rigging global Libor interest rates by a London court on Monday.

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Puerto Rico defaults on debt

Puerto Rico defaults on debt

It was the first time in history that the island defaulted...[more]

UK oil firm investigated by SFO for Somali contract bid

UK oil firm investigated by SFO for Somali contract bid

Soma Oil and Gas allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars ...[more]

UK house prices increase 0.4%, says Nationwide

UK house prices increase 0.4%, says Nationwide

British house prices bounced back after growth fell to a two-year low in June...[more]

Dambusters pilot Les Munro dies

Dambusters pilot Les Munro dies

Dambusters' pilot John Leslie Les Munro died in New Zealand at the age of 96...[more]

Supertyphoon Soudelor heads for Taiwan

Supertyphoon Soudelor heads for Taiwan

It has become the world's most powerful storm so far in 2015...[more]

Greece expects bailout deal by 18 August

Greece expects bailout deal by 18 August

As stock exchange falls for second day...[more]

UK extends Iraqi air campaign against Islamic State

UK extends Iraqi air campaign against Islamic State

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced UK will extend its campaign until March 2017...[more]

BT secures TV deal with Breaking Bad producers AMC

BT secures TV deal with Breaking Bad producers AMC

BT Group has secured the rights to show new TV series from US cable and satellite television channel AMC in the UK...[more]

Train derailment leaves 28 dead in India

Train derailment leaves 28 dead in India

Two passenger trains derailed in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh ...[more]

Market overview: FTSE finishes in negative territory

Market overview: FTSE finishes in negative territory

1630 (Close): The FTSE closed lower after an unexpected slowdown in UK construction activity growth and as concerns over Greece continued to weigh on sentiment. The Markit/CIPS PMI on UK construction eased to 57.1 in July from 58.1 a month earlier, missing forecasts for a reading of 58.5. The Athens stock market fell for a second day as worries about the country’s finances dragged. Shire was leading the fallers as the Dublin-headquartered pharmaceuticals group made a hostile takeover approach for US immune deficiencies specialist Baxalta at roughly $30.6bn, only a month after it was spun out by Baxter International.

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Market overview: Equities shoot higher as European PMI reports mixed

Market overview: Equities shoot higher as European PMI reports mixed

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - 0900: Europe's main indices shot higher on Wednesday morning after a mixed batch of European data. Just before 0900 BST, London's FTSE 100 was up 0.37%, Germany's Dax was storming u... [more]

Wednesday newspaper round-up: Official statistics, RBS sale, Shire

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Sir Charlie Bean, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, will today put the nation's number crunchers on notice that the status quo is untenable, arguing that the internet r... [more]

Broker tips: Smiths Group, Meggitt, Coca Cola Hellenic

Tue, 04 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - After US activist investor ValueAct built a near-5% stake in Smiths Group, Credit Suisse calculated a 1,500p-per-share break-up value for the aerospace engineer.... [more]

Company News [more]

Ryanair flies higher on record July passenger numbers

Ryanair flies higher on record July passenger numbers

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Ryanair said it was the first ever airline to carry over 10m passengers in one calendar month.... [more]

LondonMetric sells facility in Northamptonshire

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Property investment group LondonMetric Property has completed the sale of a distribution facility in Northamptonshire to an institutional investor for £29.2m.... [more]

Polypipe and Electra agree deal for ventilation company Nuaire

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Electra Private Equity, the FTSE 250 investment group, has agreed to sell its interest in Welsh ventilation systems manufacturer Nuaire to Polypipe Group for a total of £145m.... [more]

Economic News [more]

Food prices spike but UK shop price deflation rolls on, says BRC-Nielsen

Food prices spike but UK shop price deflation rolls on, says BRC-Nielsen

Wed, 05 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Food prices prices rose for the first time in seven months, although this was not enough to offset continued non-food price falls in July as UK shop price deflation rolled on for th... [more]

SFO reportedly to bring Libor charges against more bankers

SFO reportedly to bring Libor charges against more bankers

Tue, 04 August 2015

(ShareCast News) - Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is planning to bring criminal charges against more former bankers for allegedly manipulating the Libor rate, the Wall Street Journal reported on... [more]

NASDAQ 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Netflix Inc. 121.15 7.63 22:10
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. 579.74 4.81 21:54
Priceline Group Inc 1,283.99 3.51 22:10
Tesla Motors Inc 266.28 2.42 22:01
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. 140.30 2.42 21:57

NASDAQ 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Apple Inc. 114.64 -3.21 22:10
Nxp Semiconductors Nv 95.28 -2.75 22:03
Monster Beverage Corp 151.72 -2.62 22:10
PACCAR Inc. 63.14 -2.08 22:10
Applied Materials Inc. 16.83 -1.92 22:10