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FTSE 100: 6891.70019531 - 16:29:59
FTSE 100 6,891.7002 -95.6402 -1.3681% 26/03/2015
DOW JONES 17,676.7305 -40.3091 -0.2275% 26/03/2015
NASDAQ 100 4,315.2578 -14.0291 -0.3241% 26/03/2015
EUR/USD 1.0880 0.0000 0.0100% 01/01/70 00:00:00
GBP/USD 1.4850 0.0000 0.0290% 01/01/70 00:00:00
GOLD 1,203.1500 0.0755 0.6315% 26/03/15 22:00:13
BRENT CRUDE 58.1500 0.0203 3.6173% 26/03/15 22:00:13
UK RISK PREMIUM 137.0000 10.0000 7.8700% 26/03/15 17:00:03
BITCOIN/USD 135.0000 135.0000 0.0000% 25/02/14 01:59:06

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Weir Group 1,776.00 0.51 16:41
Hikma Pharmaceuticals 2,187.00 0.46 16:37
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,902.00 0.41 17:08
Persimmon 1,698.00 0.00 17:00
Severn Trent 2,090.00 0.00 16:40

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
London Stock Exchange Group 2,395.00 -5.63 17:11
ARM Holdings 1,080.00 -4.17 16:41
Schroders 3,204.00 -4.07 17:08
St James's Place 945.00 -3.47 17:08
Hargreaves Lansdown 1,166.00 -3.40 17:00

Top News

London close: Stocks sink sharply as risk appetite scaled back

London close: Stocks sink sharply as risk appetite scaled back

The UK stock market suffered a sharp sell-off on Thursday, dropping to its lowest level in over a week, as geopolitical and macroeconomic fears hammered investor sentiment.

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Sector Movers: FTSE 100 led down by tech, insurance and financial stocks

Sector Movers: FTSE 100 led down by tech, insurance and financial stocks

Thursday trading put the FTSE 100 firmly in the red with technology, life insurance and financial services sectors bearing the brunt of bearish market sentiment.

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Haversham Holdings confirms British Car Auctions reverse takeover and placing

Haversham Holdings confirms British Car Auctions reverse takeover and placing

AIM's Haversham Holdings has agreed to acquire the owner of British Car Auctions and will rename itself as BCA Marketplace....[more]

ITV warns Downton Abbey sixth series will be the last

ITV warns Downton Abbey sixth series will be the last

ITV and series producer Carnival Films on Thursday revealed that hugely successful television period drama series Downton Abbey will come to an end at the conclusion of the sixth series.

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UK 10-year gilt yields register biggest rise in five months on strong retail sales data

UK 10-year gilt yields register biggest rise in five months on strong retail sales data

UK gilt yields on long dated government bonds shot up with the 10-year paper registering its biggest rise in five months as fixed income markets responded to the country’s strong retail sales data.

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AFC Energy jumps on German plant approval

AFC Energy jumps on German plant approval

Construction work starts at alkaline fuel cell facility....[more]

IMImobile trading in line with expectations

IMImobile trading in line with expectations

Tech group expects strong 2015 after in-line 2014....[more]

Science In Sport losses widen in 2014

Science In Sport losses widen in 2014

Nutrition group says early 2015 trading in line....[more]

Henry Boot full-year profits rise, revenues fall

Henry Boot full-year profits rise, revenues fall

Annual results boosted by improved UK economy....[more]

Greece close to reaching Eurozone pact

Greece close to reaching Eurozone pact

Economy minister says Athens will reach deals by "next week"....[more]

Kingfisher looking at options with Mr Bricolage deal now uncertain

Kingfisher looking at options with Mr Bricolage deal now uncertain

B&Q owner is "considering all of its options" in regards to its proposed acquisition of French DIY chain....[more]

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to launch ground operations in Yemen, report claims

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to launch ground operations in Yemen, report claims

A coalition of Arab countries is to launch ground operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to a report.

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Oil prices spike after airstrikes in Yemen

Oil prices spike after airstrikes in Yemen

Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday...[more]

France set to beat public deficit targets

France set to beat public deficit targets

The economy expanded at a very modest pace by the end of 2014...[more]

Prince's letters made public

Prince's letters made public

The letters sent to ministers can now be disclosed to the press...[more]

Whatsapp voice calls for iOS

Whatsapp voice calls for iOS

Start-up for Apple users in a couple weeks, says CEO...[more]

Thursday newspaper round-up: Schlumberger, US-ISIS airstrikes, Athens

Thursday newspaper round-up: Schlumberger, US-ISIS airstrikes, Athens

The world largest oil-field services company Schlumberger has pleaded guilty to violating sanctions in Iran and Sudan so will have to pay $232.7m, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Broker tips: Easyjet, Antofagasta, Whitbread

Broker tips: Easyjet, Antofagasta, Whitbread

Shares in Easyjet and a number of other travel stocks took a hammering on Thursday from the spike in oil prices, though the budget airline did manage to impress analysts with its latest trading update.

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Thursday broker round-up

Thursday broker round-up

Reckitt Benckiser: JP Morgan ups target price to 2,750p from 2,400p, reiterates underweight.

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Thursday tips round-up: Bellway, CardFactory

Thursday tips round-up: Bellway, CardFactory

There is no sign that housing is cooling off, homebuilder Bellway told investors. Since January its reservations were up by 10%, despite the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming elections. In the latest half-year, ended in January, the company increased its spend on land by 48% to hit £355m – although that will only maintain the number of plots available at its current rate of 4.8 years. Over the last 18 months the company also added three regional subsidiaries.

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Market Buzz [more]

Thursday tips round-up: Bellway, CardFactory

Thursday tips round-up: Bellway, CardFactory

Thu, 26 March 2015

There is no sign that housing is cooling off, homebuilder Bellway told investors. Since January its reservations were up by 10%, despite the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming elections. In the late... [more]

Thursday broker round-up

Thu, 26 March 2015

Reckitt Benckiser: JP Morgan ups target price to 2,750p from 2,400p, reiterates underweight.... [more]

Four Persimmon directors sell shares

Thu, 26 March 2015

Several directors at Persimmon sold some of their shares in the housebuilding group.... [more]

Company News [more]

RBS set to sell Coutts International to Swiss Bank UDP

RBS set to sell Coutts International to Swiss Bank UDP

Thu, 26 March 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has agreed to sell its international private arm Coutts International, to Union Bancaire Privee (UBP), the Swiss private bank.... [more]

Volvere acquires Impetus Automotive for £1.3m

Thu, 26 March 2015

Volvere, an investment company, has bought Impetus Automotive (IAL) for £1.3m.... [more]

ITV warns Downton Abbey sixth series will be the last

Thu, 26 March 2015

ITV and series producer Carnival Films on Thursday revealed that hugely successful television period drama series Downton Abbey will come to an end at the conclusion of the sixth series.... [more]

Economic News [more]

UK needs further measures to tackle British jihadists, MPs say

Thu, 26 March 2015

More needs to be done to prevent people leaving the UK to join Islamic State (IS), a group of MPs said on Thursday.... [more]

Director Dealings [more]

Four Persimmon directors sell shares

Thu, 26 March 2015

Several directors at Persimmon sold some of their shares in the housebuilding group.... [more]

Week Ahead

Week ahead: Eurozone PMIs, UK and US CPI data in focus

Fri, 20 March 2015

The markets' focus in the coming week will be on the results of the latest purchasing managers' surveys in the US and on the consumer price date scheduled for release in the UK and Stateside.... [more]