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Nov 7, 2014

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat

LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Just weeks after seeing their dream of an independent Scotland wiped out in an historic referendum defeat, Scottish nationalists have turned failure into a revival which could transform British politics at next year’s UK general election.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) may have failed to persuade voters to back independence from Britain, but appears to be winning the argument that it can do a better job fighting for Scottish interests than Scottish branches of London parties.

Nov 7, 2014

FTSE outstrips European peers ahead of U.S. jobs data

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index marched higher on Friday, boosted by strength in commodity-related stocks and building on gains made over the last two days.

Traders were cautiously optimistic ahead of U.S. jobs data due at 1330 GMT, the first major jobs report since the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus programme.

Nov 7, 2014

UK’s FTSE 100 outstrips European peers ahead of U.S. jobs data

EDINBURGH, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
marched higher on Friday, boosted by strength in
commodity-related stocks and building on gains made over the
last two days.

Traders were cautiously optimistic ahead of U.S. jobs data
due at 1330 GMT, the first major jobs report since the Federal
Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus programme.

Nov 6, 2014

Retailers support FTSE after encouraging updates

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged lower on Thursday, retracing some strong gains made in the previous session but supported by enthusiasm for retailers after reassuring corporate updates.

WM Morrisons led the FTSE 100 leaderboard, up 5.5 percent, after reassuring investors over its full year outlook despite missing forecasts for quarterly sales.

Nov 6, 2014

Retailers support Britain’s FTSE after encouraging updates

EDINBURGH, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged
lower on Thursday, retracing some strong gains made in the
previous session but supported by enthusiasm for retailers after
reassuring corporate updates.

WM Morrisons led the FTSE 100 leaderboard, up 5.5
percent, after reassuring investors over its full year outlook
despite missing forecasts for quarterly sales.

Nov 5, 2014

Marks & Spencer share rally lifts Britain’s blue-chip FTSE index

EDINBURGH, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
advanced on Wednesday, as reassuring corporate reports helped
counteract modest weakness in commodity-related stocks.

Retailer Marks & Spencer led the market higher,
surging 9.1 percent after raising its margin outlook, while
aircraft parts supplier Meggitt gained on its plan to
start a share buyback programme.

Nov 5, 2014

Marks & Spencer share rally boosts blue-chip FTSE index

EDINBURGH, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
advanced on Wednesday, as strong rises in stocks of firms
issuing reassuring corporate reports helped counteract modest
weakness in commodity-related stocks.

Retailer Marks & Spencer led the market higher after
raising its margin outlook, while aircraft parts supplier
Meggitt gained on its plan to start a share buyback
programme.

Nov 4, 2014

Decline in oil and gas stocks weigh on FTSE

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index edged into positive territory on Tuesday despite losses in heavily weighted oil and gas stocks after the price of Brent crude oil slid to its lowest level for four years.

Falls in the oil and gas sector took 23 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100 index which was up 0.05 percent at 6,491.26 at 1059 GMT. Corporate reports provided support to the market.

Nov 4, 2014

Decline in oil and gas stocks weigh on Britain’s FTSE 100

EDINBURGH, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
edged into positive territory on Tuesday despite losses in
heavily weighted oil and gas stocks after the price of Brent
crude oil slid to its lowest level for four years.

Falls in the oil and gas sector took 23 points off the
blue-chip FTSE 100 index which was up 0.05 percent at
6,491.26 at 1059 GMT. Corporate reports provided support to the
market.

Nov 3, 2014

Airlines boost FTSE after Ryanair lifts profit outlook

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The FTSE 100 received strong support from airlines on Monday after Irish peer Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) lifted its profit forecast, though gains were limited by weakness in HSBC (HSBA.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and miners.

Airline operators easyJet (EZJ.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and International Airline Group IAG.L, which owns British Airways, rose 3 percent and 1.6 percent respectively after the update from Ryanair.

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