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Spire shares hit as takeover talks end

<b>Shares in private hospital group Spire dropped sharply after Mediclinic scrapped a bid for the company.</b><p>Spire had rejected a revised bid that valued its shares at 315.5p each, saying the offer "undervalued Spire and its prospects".<p>Shares in the FTSE 250-listed Spire fell more than 7% on the news, …

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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Dips As Pound Rises On News Mueller Subpoenaed Trump Campaign

Carillion tanks more than 40% after profit warning<p>U.K. stocks slipped and headed for a second straight weekly loss on Friday, pushed lower by a stronger pound. Sterling is rising against the dollar on the back of a report that Donald Trump's campaign has been ordered to hand over documents in a …

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FTSE 100 set to break five-day losing run as oil rebounds - Financial News

Engineering firm GKN slumps after chief executive designate ousted<p>UK stocks rose for the first time in six sessions on Thursday, boosted by a rebound …

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FTSE 100 credit checking firm Experian got a bosst from the massive Equifax hack

A massive data breach at US credit checking agency Equifax may have toppled its boss and left millions of customers' data exposed, but it was good …

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Commodities sell-off knocks stocks further from recent highs

A trend for disappointing Chinese economic data and an outlook for rising oil supply is taking a toll on commodities prices and related stocks, …

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Oil and mining stocks drag FTSE 100 lower

<b>The UK's main share index fell to a six-week low on Wednesday, weighed down by falls in mining and oil stocks.</b><p>The FTSE 100 dropped 37 points, or 0.5%, to 7,377 points by lunchtime, its lowest level since early October.<p>The biggest losers were mining firms including Glencore and Anglo American, along …

Oil

Commodity stocks drag FTSE 100 towards fifth straight decline - Financial News

Stocks in the UK fell Wednesday, heading for a fifth straight loss, as a slide in oil prices pulled energy producer shares lower. Elsewhere in …

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FTSE 100 aims to break losing streak as Tesco, Vodafone move higher - Financial News

Markets focused on UK inflation figures published this morning by the Bank of England<p>UK stocks stepped higher Tuesday, eyeing their first win in four …

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Stocks lack energy as cautious mood prevails

Steady on.<p>European stock markets are ticking higher after heavy pressure during the previous session, as investors continue to buy dips in the recent …

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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Ends Lower For 4th Day In A Row As Miners Slump After China Data

Tesco shares rally after merger deal clears major hurdle<p>U.K.'s benchmark stock index closed with a tiny loss on Tuesday, with miners weighing the most after Chinese data suggested economic growth in the world's second-largest economy is slowing down.<p>The losses, however, were kept in check by shares …

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Vodafone and Tesco lead FTSE 100 higher

A series of positive trading updates led by Vodafone helped lift the FTSE 100 on Tuesday morning, putting the UK’s blue chip index on track for its …

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GoCompare spurns takeover offer

<b>Price comparison website GoCompare has rejected a £460m takeover bid from rival ZPG.</b><p>GoCompare, said it had "unanimously and unequivocally" rejected the unsolicited offer from the Zoopla and uSwitch owner.<p>GoCompare shares jumped 10% after news of the approach, while shares in ZPG edged up 0.4%, …

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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Heads For A Win As Political Turmoil Drags Down The Pound

Blue-chip benchmark set to break 2-day run of losses; Coca-Cola HBC shares downgraded<p>U.K. blue chips stocks marched higher Monday, as the pound fell on reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing pressure to resign. Sterling's slide drove shares of multinational companies higher and …

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MARKET REPORT: Defence shares in retreat after cutbacks

Troubles within the UK defence market sent shares in Ultra Electronics tumbling yesterday as the contractor issued a stark profit warning.<p>Citing …

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FTSE 100 falls as pound hit by political uncertainty

<b>Renewed speculation over the future of Theresa May sent the pound lower against other major currencies.</b><p>A report in the Sunday Times said that 40 Conservative MPs had agreed to sign a letter of no-confidence in the prime minister.<p>Sterling fell 0.8% against the dollar to $1.3090 and dropped 0.7% …

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Global stocks mixed after Wall Street's losing week

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Monday following Wall Street's losing week as investors looked ahead to data releases and public comments by central bankers.<p>KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 7,452.04 while France's CAC 40 was little changed at …

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FTSE 100 tumbles to its lowest in a month as the pound rises sharply

The FTSE 100 ended the week close to its lowest point in a month as a sharp rise in the pound pushed it lower.<p>The index finished the day 0.7 per cent …

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High St worries weigh on returns from FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 suffered its worst day of trading in two weeks as it was weighed down by a gloomy outlook for the High Street, combined with results …

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ASX to open down, US tax plan disappoints

Local shares are set to open lower following a turbulent night in global markets where rising concerns that a US Senate Republican tax plan may delay …

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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Declines As Burberry Shares Sink, House Builders Drop

AstraZeneca shares rise after results; Hikma cuts guidance<p>Blue-chip stocks in the U.K. declined Thursday, as house builders fell following soft industry figures and as Burberry Group PLC shares tumbled the most in more than five years after a disappointing earnings report from the luxury-goods …

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8@eight: ASX set to finish week on dour note

Finally some signs of life in the market. At a certain point, low volatility becomes more burden than boon as there is no return for taking on the …

Economy

FTSE 100 slides as Burberry shares fall out of fashion

<b>Shares in Burberry sank 10% after the fashion house announced plans to move further upmarket.</b><p>The company said it would close some stores in the US and Europe as part of its plans to "sharpen" the brand.<p>The news came as it reported a 26% rise in half-year profits to £128m with like-for-like sales up …

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Number of senior women in Britain's boardrooms unchanged in 10 years

Proportion of women in influential non-executive roles is just 8%, compared with 6% a decade ago, according to Cranfield School of Management<p>The number of women holding the most senior jobs in the boardrooms of Britain’s biggest 100 companies has barely changed in the past 10 years, despite a …

Business

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Ends Higher, Helped By Marks And Spencer's Gain After Earnings

Miners rise despite a slowdown in growth of Chinese imports, exports<p>U.K. stocks closed with a modest gain Wednesday, as Marks and Spencer Group PLC shares rose after the big retail chain's results and as miners gained despite a downbeat reading on Chinese trade.<p>What markets are doing: The FTSE 100 …

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UK stocks: SSE climbs on Npower combination; M&S falls amid food weakness

SSE topped the FTSE 100 in early trading on Wednesday morning after the British energy company announced plans to combine its household supply …

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Here's why housebuilder shares are down today

It was a bad morning for housebuilders, with companies listed on both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 dragging the indices lower.<p>Persimmon, the UK's …

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Women still face uphill battle to break into British boardrooms

, Business Editor<p>Next, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and EasyJet are among the UK’s biggest public companies with the most gender-diverse leadership, …

Governance

Firms urged to appoint more women to top jobs

<b>Some of the UK's biggest firms are being urged to do more to recruit women into senior positions.</b><p>The call came in a government-backed review which found that FTSE 100 companies were "on course" to meet a voluntary 33% target for women on boards by 2020.<p>But it said smaller firms on the London Stock …

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Persimmon weighs on FTSE 100

<b>Housebuilder Persimmon was one of the biggest fallers on Wednesday, losing almost 4% after issuing a poorly received trading update.</b><p>It gave few details in its update, but said that sales were "in line with the prior year" and "pricing remains firm across our regional markets".<p>Rival builder Barratt …

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LONDON MARKETS: Tumble For Retailers Helps Send FTSE 100 To Lower Close

U.K. blue-chip benchmark drops from record; British house prices rise<p>U.K. blue-chip stocks closed lower Tuesday, pulling back from a record made in the prior session, as shares in retailers declined following downbeat industry sales figures.<p>Security services firm G4S PLC's shares was the FTSE 100's …

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