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Mar 3, 2015

German data keeps European shares near multi-year highs

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – European stock markets hovered
close to multi-year highs on Tuesday, helped by
better-than-expected German retail sales data and merger
speculation in the Portuguese banking sector.

Bid rumours also drove up the shares of French steel pipe
maker Vallourec, which rose 7 percent after investment
bank Macquarie said Vallourec could be a bid target. Vallourec
declined to comment on the speculation.

Mar 2, 2015

UK’s FTSE touches new record high as Intertek and miners rise

LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
climbed on Monday to set a new record high, breaking through
last month’s peak, as a rise in mining stocks and Intertek
lifted the market.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 equity index rose as much as
0.3 percent to a record intraday high of 6,972.01 points. The
index is up around 6 percent since the start of 2015.

Feb 27, 2015

UK’s FTSE touches record highs as IAG, Standard Chartered rise

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
touched 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 at one stage rose as
much as 0.3 percent to a record intraday high of 6,967.24
points, before easing back to close flat at 6,946.66 points.

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.