The U.K. economy continued its robust expansion in the second quarter, and is now larger than at its pre-crisis peak at the start of 2008.
Russians have been blamed for inflating London house prices, but they are now turning their attention to the rental market.
Royal Bank of Scotland said it made a pretax profit of 1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the second quarter, far better than analysts had expected.
Vodafone received no relief from tough market conditions in the first quarter, with a slowdown in Spain and South Africa resulting in another heavy drop in its key revenue measure.
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Todd Horwitz, author and founder of Averagejoeoptions.com, says the S&P could break above the 2,000 mark on Friday and that all eyes are on next week's U.S. GDP data.
Andrii Kuzmenko, acting Ukrainian ambassador to the U.K., says Russia would see a retaliation from Ukraine as grounds to invade and urges the EU and U.S. to implement sectorial sanctions.
Jordan Crook, writer at TechCrunch, says shareholders should remain patient with Amazon as it's "making a land-grab" to bring in future yields.