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Indexes FTSE

  • *FTSE 100 falls 0.5 pct, mid-caps down 0.1 pct. LONDON, July 21- Britain's major share index fell on Friday but had its strongest weekly gains in two months, sheltered from the battering European stocks experienced at the mercy of a strong euro, while mid-caps had their best week in nearly a year. Britain's FTSE 100 index was down 0.5 percent, substantially...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct, mid caps flat. LONDON, July 21- UK shares rose on Friday, led by a rise in Vodafone's shares and gains among commodity stocks as blue chips headed for their best week in two months. UK mid caps were flat in percentage terms.

  • General Electric slumped after the company issued a weak forecast. European stocks fell and European government bond prices rose after a report said the European Central Bank will make a decision about reducing its economic stimulus in October. POWER DOWN: General Electric tumbled after the company disappointed investors by saying it expects to reach only...

  • Health care companies including Abbott Laboratories are rising as investors focus on quarterly results, while weaker reports are putting a dent in industrial and basic materials companies. HEALTHY, WEALTHY: Abbott Laboratories, which makes infant formula, drugs and medical devices, gained $1.55, or 3.1 percent, to $50.98 after reporting results that were...

  • *FTSE 100 gains 0.6 pct. LONDON, July 19- British shares climbed on Wednesday, helped by a buoyant consumer goods sector after Reckitt Benckiser sold its food business, while housebuilders added to gains. The FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent, with household goods boosting the index, while miners were a weak spot.

  • *FTSE 100 edges up 0.1 pct. LONDON, July 19- British shares edged up on Wednesday, helped by a buoyant consumer goods sector after Reckitt Benckiser sold its food business to a U.S. company, while disappointing earnings reports sent mid-caps lower. The FTSE 100 gained 0.1 percent, with household goods and food sectors boosting the index while miners weighed.

  • *Earnings boost Georg Fischer, Ubisoft. LONDON, July 19- A slew of upbeat updates from European firms helped the region's benchmark index rise on Wednesday and recoup some of the previous session's sharp losses, though weakness among construction firms and cyclical sectors weighed. Europe's tech sector has gained more than 14 percent so far this year, but...

  • LONDON, July 19- A slew of upbeat updates from European firms helped regional indexes rise in early deals on Wednesday and recoup some of the previous session's sharp losses. Falls among mining firms weighed on Britain's FTSE 100, which declined 0.1 percent, while mid caps were flat in percentage terms as utility Drax Group dropped 6 percent after reporting a...

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan highest in over two years. *China optimism supports stocks, commodity prices. SYDNEY, July 19- The dollar huddled near multi-month lows on Wednesday as investors wagered any further tightening in the United States would be slow at best, while optimism on China's economy underpinned Asian shares and commodities.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 19- China stocks rose on Wednesday as investors piled into banking, consumer and resources shares after robust economic growth data earlier in the week and on expectations that Beijing is stepping up efforts to reform lumbering and inefficient state companies. Even badly bruised small caps shrugged off early weakness to end the...

  • *FTSE 100 dips but outperforms Europe. The FTSE 100 ended down 0.2 percent but outperformed heavy losses among European stocks thanks to a weaker pound, which benefits major exporting companies. "The Bank of England's rhetoric has taken an increasingly hawkish tone in recent weeks," Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell said.

  • *FTSE 100 turns higher after inflation figures. The FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent by 0845 GMT, propelled higher by a weaker pound as investors adjusted interest rate expectations after lower inflation figures. Major companies on the FTSE 100 benefit from a weaker pound making their exports relatively cheaper abroad.

  • LONDON, July 18- European shares fell on Tuesday on the back of a disappointing set of results from bluechips including Ericsson and Lufthansa, while scaled-back expectations of rate hikes at central banks spurred some profit-taking in financials. UK peers International Consolidated Air and EasyJet were among top FTSE 100 losers. Struggling UK mid-cap...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fluttered between positive and negative territory and last was slightly higher. Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Mike Lee announced their opposition on Monday to U.S. legislation to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, leaving it without enough votes to...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.4 pct. LONDON, July 17- Britain's major share index started the week with solid gains driven by basic resource firms, while a government contract win by crisis-hit construction firm Carillion gave it some respite from heavy losses sustained last week. Miners pushed the FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent, while mid-caps outperformed, rising 0.6 percent with...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.4 pct. LONDON, July 17- Britain's major share index started the week with solid gains driven by basic resource firms, while a government contract win by crisis-hit construction firm Carillion gave it some respite from heavy losses sustained last week. Miners pushed the FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent, while mid-caps outperformed, rising 0.6 percent with...

  • *Asia stocks gain on Wall Street records, robust China. SINGAPORE, July 17- Asian stocks hit a two-year high on Monday, boosted by stronger-than-expected economic growth in China and bets that lackluster U.S. data will keep the Federal Reserve cautious about the pace of policy tightening. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks hardly budged Monday as smaller firms and retailers rose while health care companies and banks declined. Chemical and mining companies rose as the dollar weakened. "The fundamental picture for investors seems to be sort of strangely perfect, with improving fundamentals and a central bank with its foot that was only weakly on the gas coming...

  • The Standard& Poor's 500 index, Dow Jones industrial average and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks each set records as the market posted its third straight day of gains. The lower yields and a weak forecast from JPMorgan Chase weighed on banks. "The low inflation data will put the Fed more in a wait-and-see mode to really determine if the low...

  • The Federal Reserve chair's second day of testimony to Congress generated little market-moving news. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 dipped 0.1 percent at 7,410.07 but France's CAC 40 added 0.1 percent to 5,240.62 while Germany's DAX was nearly unchanged at 12,643.09. ASIA SCORECARD: Japan's Nikkei 225 added 0.1 percent to 20,118.86 and South Korea's...