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Nov 3, 2014

Airlines boost Britain’s FTSE after Ryanair lifts profit outlook

EDINBURGH, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
received strong support from airlines on Monday after Irish peer
Ryanair lifted its profit forecast, though gains were
limited by weakness in HSBC and miners.

Airline operators easyJet and International Airline
Group, which owns British Airways, rose 3 percent and
1.6 percent respectively after the update from Ryanair.

Oct 31, 2014

Rally on FTSE continues after Japan stimulus boost

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Top share index surged in early deals on Friday, after appetite for stocks globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan, with Royal Bank of Scotland and airline IAG leading gainers after encouraging corporate reports.

The FTSE 100 .FTSE was up 0.9 percent to 6,523.38 points by 0848 GMT after the Bank of Japan said it would accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds as part of a massive stimulus package to boost growth and inflation.

Oct 31, 2014

Rally on Britain’s FTSE continues after Japan stimulus boost

EDINBURGH, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
surged in early deals on Friday, after appetite for stocks
globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan,
with Royal Bank of Scotland and airline IAG leading gainers
after encouraging corporate reports.

The FTSE 100 was up 0.9 percent to 6,523.38 points
by 0848 GMT after the Bank of Japan said it would accelerate
purchases of Japanese government bonds as part of a massive
stimulus package to boost growth and inflation.

Oct 30, 2014

UK’s opposition Labour faces collapse in support in Scotland: poll

LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party could be almost wiped out in Scotland at a UK-wide election next year, a poll showed on Thursday, raising questions about its ability to defeat Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.

The poll, by Ipsos MORI, showed Labour could lose 90 percent of its lawmakers in Scotland with just 23 percent of voters planning to back the left-leaning party, which has been hurt by the rising popularity of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Oct 30, 2014

Labour faces collapse in support in Scotland – poll

LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party could be almost wiped out in Scotland at a UK-wide election next year, a poll showed on Thursday, raising questions about its ability to defeat Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.

The poll, by Ipsos MORI, showed Labour could lose 90 percent of its MPs in Scotland with just 23 percent of voters planning to back the left-leaning party, which has been hurt by the rising popularity of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Oct 30, 2014
Oct 30, 2014

FTSE feel weight of commodity stocks after hawkish Fed

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The FTSE 100 edged lower on Thursday, under pressure from commodity stocks after the Federal Reserve struck a surprisingly hawkish tone in its outlook for U.S. interest rates.

The FTSE 100 .FTSE gave away early gains to trade 0.2 percent lower at 6,442.51 at 0903 GMT, underperforming a 0.4 percent rise on the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 and German DAX .DAXI and a 0.7 percent rise on the CAC .FCHI.

Oct 30, 2014

Britain’s FTSE feel weight of commodity stocks after hawkish Fed

EDINBURGH, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
edged lower on Thursday, under pressure from commodity stocks
after the Federal Reserve struck a surprisingly hawkish tone in
its outlook for U.S. interest rates.

The FTSE 100 gave away early gains to trade 0.2
percent lower at 6,442.51 at 0903 GMT, underperforming a 0.4
percent rise on the FTSEurofirst 300 and German DAX
and a 0.7 percent rise on the CAC.

Oct 29, 2014

UK’s Cameron rejects Scottish proposal on EU referendum

LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a majority in each of its four constituent parts vote to do so.

Cameron has promised a referendum in 2017 on the UK’s continued EU membership if his Conservative Party, which has grown increasingly Eurosceptical, wins a 2015 national election.

Oct 29, 2014

FTSE rises ahead of Fed; Next suffers from profit warning

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – British shares rose on Wednesday, as expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will signal it is in no rush to raise interest rates supported global equities, but clothes retailer Next fell after a profit warning.

The FTSE 100 was up 0.3 percent to 6,421.72 at 0835 GMT, with only eight stocks in negative territory in early trade.

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