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Feb 27, 2015

UK’s FTSE hits new record high as StanChart rises

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index hit a
record high on Friday, helped by gains in Asian-focused bank
Standard Chartered and International Consolidated
Airlines Group.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up by 0.2 percent
at 6,962.51 points going into the close of the trading session -
slightly above a previous all-time high of 6,958.89 points hit
on Tuesday.

Feb 27, 2015

Falls at Intu and RBS nudge UK’s FTSE off record peaks

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A drop in the share prices of
Intu Properties and Royal Bank of Scotland
nudged Britain’s top equity index down from record highs on
Friday.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index – which hit a record
intraday peak of 6,958.89 points on Tuesday – dipped 0.2 percent
to 6,936.17 points by the middle of the trading session. The
FTSE remained up around 3 percent since the start of February.

Feb 26, 2015

UK’s FTSE climbs to record closing high as Standard Chartered surges

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index hit a
record closing high on Thursday, helped by a surge in the share
price of the Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered.

Standard Chartered advanced by 5.4 percent as traders
welcomed its appointment of a new chief executive, former
JPMorgan investment bank boss Bill Winters.

Feb 26, 2015

Drops in RBS and RSA shares peg back UK’s FTSE 100

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Share price falls in publisher
Reed Elsevier and financial firms Royal Bank of Scotland
and RSA kept Britain’s top equity index in check
on Thursday, although the market remained near record highs.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was flat at 6,937.77
points going into the close of the trading session, still close
to the record 6,958.89 points reached on Tuesday.

Feb 24, 2015

FTSE steady as BHP offsets fall in Vodafone

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index was steady in sight of record highs on Tuesday, as a rise in the shares of miner BHP Billiton (BLT.L: Quote, Profile, Research) offset a fall in mobile operator Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research).

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE was flat at 6,913.19 points in early session trading – below its record high of 6,950.60 points set in late December 1999.

Feb 24, 2015

UK’s FTSE steady as Billiton offsets fall in Vodafone

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index was
steady in sight of record highs on Tuesday, as a rise in the
shares of miner BHP Billiton offset a fall in mobile
operator Vodafone.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was flat at 6,913.19
points in early session trading – below its record high of
6,950.60 points set in late December 1999.

Feb 23, 2015

Fall in HSBC pegs back UK’s FTSE

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A drop in the shares of banking
group HSBC held back Britain’s top equity index on
Monday, although many traders still expected the UK stock market
to reach record highs soon.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 3.04
points, flat in percentage terms, at 6,912.16 points.

Feb 23, 2015

UK’s FTSE falters as HSBC hits lows

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index fell
from 15-year highs on Monday as a drop in the shares of banking
group HSBC weighed on the market.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.3 percent
at 6,897.24 points going into the close of the day.

Feb 20, 2015

European shares touch multi-year highs, DAX sets new record

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – European stock markets
touched new multi-year highs on Friday, with the German market
near record levels, as euro zone finance ministers prepared
another attempt at reaching a deal on Greece.

Germany’s DAX closed up 0.4 percent at 11,050.64
points – its highest ever closing level and near a record
intraday peak of 11,081.81 points set earlier in the day.

Feb 20, 2015

European shares hover near multi-year highs as Greek talks loom

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – European stock markets
hovered near multi-year highs on Friday, as euro zone finance
ministers prepared another attempt at reaching a deal on Greece.

Shares in Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk rose
around 5 percent after positive trial results for one of its
products. Mining company Eramet jumped 9.3 percent
after better-than-expected results.