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  • *FTSE 100 closes up 0.2 percent. LONDON, Oct 20- Britain's FTSE closed up 0.2 percent on Friday as sterling bounced back on hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, and consumer heavyweights Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser weighed down an index that was earlier lifted by financials. The FTSE 100, which hit a record level last week, was on track for a slight...

  • Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. The latest milestones came as investors drew encouragement from the Senate's passage of a budget bill that is expected to ease the path for the White House's tax cut proposal. "That changed a bit today with the Senate passing the budget resolution for 2018.".

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.1 pct. LONDON, Oct 20- A recovery in financials and basic resource stocks boosted Britain's FTSE on Friday after the previous session's losses, as U.S. progress on plans to cut taxes and stronger metals prices helped support banks and miners. The FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent by 0830 GMT, flirting with the record level it hit last week.

  • HONG KONG— World stock markets pushed higher Friday on investor optimism over the global outlook despite uncertainties over the outcome of political events in China and Japan and speculation over Trump's choice for the next Fed chief. Britain's FTSE 100 climbed 0.2 percent to 7,533.85. CHINA CONGRESS: Markets are keeping an eye on the Chinese Communist...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct at close, mid-caps down 0.6 pct. Disappointing retail sales figures sent sterling to a one-week low before recovering, helping the internationally-exposed FTSE reduce earlier losses slightly. Fresh from a record close, the FTSE 250 ended 0.6 percent lower as workspace group IWG plummeted 32.2 percent after warning on profit.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct. Disappointing retail sales figures sent sterling to a one-week low, helping the internationally-exposed FTSE reduce earlier losses slightly. Fresh from a record close, the FTSE 250 sank 0.7 percent as workspace group IWG plummeted 34 percent after warning on profit.

  • A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market's winning streak and milestone-setting run. "You have a lot of risk assets, especially equities, having done pretty well," said Sameer Samana, global quantitative strategist for Wells Fargo Investment Institute. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks...

  • *China Q3 GDP growth slows slightly to 6.8 pct vs 6.9 pct in Q2. Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE to open 0.1 percent lower, Germany's DAX to start flat and France's CAC to open down 0.1 percent. Data on Thursday showed China's economic growth cooled slightly to 6.8 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, from the second quarter's 6.9 percent, as...

  • A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for U.S. stocks Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 points for the first time. Strong quarterly results drove IBM shares to their biggest one-day gain since 2009. "For us it's just another indication that it is a strong market here, year-to-date," said Paul Springmeyer,...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.4 pct. Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.4 percent at 7,541.98 points by 0907 GMT, helped by a weaker sterling following data showing UK wage growth edged above forecasts, bolstering expectations for a Bank of England rate hike. So far this year Reckitt's shares have gained around 2.5 percent, against a 5.5 percent rise for the FTSE 100..

  • KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent to 5,394 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 13,065. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.5 percent at 7,551. U.S. stocks were poised for a solid opening, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.2 percent. Aluminum firm Alcoa, which has traditionally kicked off the quarterly...

  • LONDON/ MILAN, Oct 17- European shares dipped on Tuesday, falling from a four-month peak as weakness among commodities stocks outweighed gains spurred by results from companies including food group Danone and education firm Pearson. UK's FTSE ended 0.1 percent lower following comments by Bank of England policymakers which were taken as dovish by market...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.1 pct. LONDON, Oct 17- British shares edged lower on Tuesday, with a flurry of trading updates driving sharp swings in individual stocks including tourist attractions operator Merlin Entertainments, which plummeted after disappointing summer sales. The FTSE ended the day 0.1 percent lower, weighed down by a pullback in mining stocks as metals...

  • Health care companies posted some of the biggest gains following strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson& Johnson. News of a plan backed by the White House that would extend federal payments to health insurers also gave the sector a boost. "Expectations of ongoing earnings growth are reasonably strong, but there may be a bit of a wait-and-see at this...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.15 pct. The FTSE had retreated 0.20 percent by 0839 GMT, barely moved by fresh data which showed British inflation rose to its highest level in more than five years and could make the Bank of England more likely to raise interest rates next month. British education group Pearson on the other hand was the FTSE 100 top performer, with a 5.2 percent rise,...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street hit new highs, as China prepared to open a key political meeting. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX lost 0.1 percent to 12,987.49 while France's CAC 40 was unchanged at 5,362.06 and London's FTSE 100 held steady at 7,525.48. On Monday, the CAC 40 gained 0.2 percent and the DAX added 0.1 percent...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct. LONDON, Oct 13- Britain's major share index ended Friday within touching distance of the previous session's record close, boosted by a late rally in mining stocks but dragged down by gains in the pound and a profit warning from engineering group GKN. The FTSE 100 was down 0.28 percent at 7,535.44 points as Britain's pound rose to an 11- day high.

  • Retailers are also up after the Commerce Department said Americans shopped more in September. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 47 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,888. The Nasdaq composite gained 20 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,611. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks remained at 1,505.. Medicaid program administrator Centene lost $3.23, or...

  • European shares near 4- mth highs, Asia hits latest decade high. LONDON, Oct 13- World stocks advanced for a fourth straight day on Friday on expectations of broad-based global growth, while the dollar was on course for its worst week in five as investors awaited U.S. inflation data. Earlier in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan hit a...

  • *European shares near 4- mth highs, Asia hits latest decade high. LONDON, Oct 13- World stocks rose for a fourth straight day on Friday on expectations of broad-based global growth, while the dollar headed for its worst week in five as investors awaited U.S. inflation data. Earlier in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan hit a 10- year high,...