Shares of Reynolds American spike after British American Tobacco offers to buy the rest of the tobacco company.
The death toll from a fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh rose to 29 on Sunday as fire crews began digging through debris.
British American Tobacco, Unilever and Diageo have been named as top performers in a review of corporate governance among FTSE 100 members.
JPMorgan just upgraded Philip Morris International to overweight from neutral.
Recent episodes of religious violence in Bangladesh may represent a deepening political crisis in the world's eighth-most populous nation.
Europe's highest court upholds tough EU law on standardising cigarette packaging and banning advertising of e-cigarettes.
European equities finished mixed as investors digested a whole raft of new earnings, ahead of a number of important central bank meetings this week.
Whether through acquisition or inversion deals, many of the American brands we love have moved headquarters abroad, taking jobs with them.
CNBC's David Faber reports on the possibility of a deal between British American Tobacco and Reynolds American.
European markets posted strong gains by Thursday's close, as investors cheered on a positive set of corporate earnings, rather than dwelling on oil.
An adviser to Europe's highest court said an EU law on cigarettes was valid, rebuffing a challenge from British American Tobacco.
European stocks finished higher on Wednesday after a bumper day of earnings, while investors awaited news from a two-day policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
European equities close largely lower as investors focus on the continuing negotiations regarding Greece's debt problems and new economic data.
Three tobacco firms said they would appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than $11 billion in damages to smokers in class action cases.
Explosive growth in the use of e-cigarettes in the U.K. is perhaps the latest sign of changing consumer habits in an era marked by gadgets.
Countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a fund created by Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.
British politicians are expected to approve laws to enforce plain, standardized packaging for cigarettes.
European equities rallied on Thursday, closing nearly 1 percent higher as investors reacted to a raft of corporate earnings and fresh economic data.
European shares overcame a day of fluctuations to close higher on Wednesday, amid speculation over the results of an upcoming bank stress test.
Britain's top bosses earn 143 times their average employee's wage, a report has revealed, amid growing anger over inequality and CEO pay.