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Feb 20, 2015

Standard Life supports Britain’s FTSE as it hovers below 15-year high

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index stalled
near a 15-year high on Friday as traders remain cautious about
whether a deal can be struck on Greece’s debts, although the
market was supported by encouraging earnings from insurer
Standard Life.

Standard Life rose 2.9 percent, the top gainer on the FTSE
100, after its operating profit jumped 19 percent to 604 million
pounds ($932 million) and it announced a bigger than expected
final dividend.

Feb 19, 2015

Centrica slide pulls UK’s FTSE from 15-year high

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
retreated on Thursday from 15-year highs, with a drop in the
share price of utility Centrica weighing on the market.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which had risen to a
15-year high of 6,921.32 points on Wednesday, edged down 3.12
points, or 0.1 percent to 6,894.96 points at 1130 GMT.

Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015

Forecast-beating German GDP sends DAX to record high

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – European shares rose on
Friday, boosted by robust growth figures from Germany that sent
the country’s blue-chip DAX index to a record high and
a recovery in Greek stocks.

At 1125 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top
European shares was up 0.6 percent at 1,502.25 points, hitting a
seven-year high. Germany’s DAX was up 0.6 percent,
touching a record high at 11,013.850.

Feb 12, 2015
Feb 12, 2015

Equities bask in “weird world” of negative yields

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Investors are pouring money into
stocks as bond yields turn negative, setting aside concerns over
whether political events and flagging growth will derail
Europe’s stock-market rally of the last few years.

Central banks have been driving interest rates down to zero
to revive their economies and avoid deflation, in a move that
has given equities a leg up.

Feb 11, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 9, 2015

Weak utility stocks, HSBC take spark out of Britain’s FTSE

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged
lower on Monday, hurt by a fall in HSBC after the bank
admitted tax failings at its Swiss unit and by softer utility
stocks.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.2 percent,
or 16.29 points, at 6,837.15 points by the close, with United
Utilities, National Grid and Severn Trent
falling by between 3.1 and 2.1 percent.

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