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September 28, 2011

Cairn drops, closes another exploration well

by Elaine Frei
Cairn drops, closes another exploration well
European equities markets were lower Wednesday on worries that banks holding Greek bonds will have to take bigger writedowns than they agreed to in a summit this summer, although the European Commission is opposed to increasing the banks' losses. The FTSE 100 was down 1.44 percent to 5,217.63 and saw just 13 gainers on the session in London, while the FTSE 250 ...




September 27, 2011

Vedanta, miners lead gains on 100

by Elaine Frei
Vedanta, miners lead gains on 100
European equities markets were higher Tuesday on optimism that leaders in the region will successfully resolve the Eurozone's debt crisis, while gains were also helped by a report showing that US house prices fell less than expected in July, dropping 4.1 percent from prices in July 2010, against analyst expectations of a 4.4 percent decline. The FTSE 100 added 4.02 percent to ...




Price of gold extends losses

by Kay Mitchell
”Price
The price of spot gold fell further today – to a 2½-month low of $1,624 – after reaching a record high of $1,920.94 a troy ounce earlier this month. This represents the sharpest drop since March 2009 – in the aftermath of the collapse of US bank, Lehman Brothers. Gold is now down 9% from its record high as investors no longer see the ...




September 26, 2011

Barclays leads London banks higher

by Elaine Frei
Barclays leads London banks higher
European equities markets were higher Monday as central banks and governments outside the region asked Eurozone policy makers to continue talks toward a solution to the debt problems there, while there was talk that Europe could put into place a program styled on the US Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), with banks higher on the possibility that the European Central Bank could ...




September 23, 2011

Exillon Energy drops 20 percent

by Elaine Frei
Exillon Energy drops 20 percent
Most European equities markets were higher Friday, but did not come anywhere near making back declines from earlier in the week, with banks mostly higher even though Moody's Investors Service cut the credit ratings on eight Greek banks. The FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent to 5,066.81 in London, but the FTSE 250 was down 0.74 percent to 9,815.5, largely due to a ...




September 22, 2011

Vedanta drops 13 percent on 100

by Elaine Frei
Vedanta drops 13 percent on 100
European equities markets were significantly lower Thursday on a statement from the US Federal Reserve that said there are "significant downside risks" to the growth of the US economy and after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the credit ratings of three US-based banks, including Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), citing the possibility that ...




FTSE 100 falls as markets price in Greek debt default

by Brian Turner
The FTSE 100 has fallen as much as 4.28% already in morning trading, as markets price in a Greek debt default. This comes after the failure of the US Federal reserve to implement any real strategy last night, while announcing serious financial headwinds that could potentially put the world's largest economy into recession. While financial stocks have been the main losers so far, all sectors have been affected as markets price in ...




September 21, 2011

Antofagasta leads miners lower

by Elaine Frei
Antofagasta leads miners lower
European equities markets were lower Wednesday as yet another round of talks failed to reach a solution for Greece's debt crisis. The FTSE 100 was down 1.4 percent to 5,288.41 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 0.41 percent to 10,266 as miners and the energy sector were lower as prices for base metals and oil declined. Antofagasta (LSE: ANTO) led declines on the 100 ...




September 20, 2011

Miners up, led by Fresnillo

by Elaine Frei
Miners up, led by Fresnillo
European equities markets were higher Tuesday after Greece characterized talks with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund as "productive" and "substantive", but only after earlier declines after Standard & Poor's cut Italy's credit rating from A+ to A. The FTSE 100 added 1.98 percent to 5,363.71 in London, while the FTSE 250 was up 0.78 percent to 10,308.6. The mining sector saw ...




September 19, 2011

Randgold best on 100

by Elaine Frei
Randgold best on 100
European equities markets were lower Monday as investors were disappointed by the inability of finance ministers to find any new solutions to the region's debt crisis at a meeting over the weekend, sending banks lower on concerns that the crisis could hurt the sector. The FTSE 100 was down 2.03 percent to 5,259.56 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 1.91 percent to 10,229. Gold ...




September 16, 2011

Inmarsat adds 7 percent

by Elaine Frei
Inmarsat adds 7 percent
Most European markets made gains Friday on the hope that finance ministers meeting in Poland will announce new measures to pull the region out of its debt crisis. The FTSE 100 was up 0.58 percent to 5,368.41 in London while the FTSE 250 added 1.01 percent to 10.428.2. Satellite telecommunications specialist Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT) led gains on the 100, adding 6.93 percent in the telecommunications ...




September 15, 2011

New World Resources best among miners

by Elaine Frei
New World Resources best among miners
European equities markets were higher Thursday after the European Central Bank announced a coordinated effort in concert with the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank to insure liquidity through the end of this year, with the ECB lending dollars to Eurozone banks, while markets were also helped by assurance from both ...




September 14, 2011

Next gains on earnings

by Elaine Frei
Next gains on earnings
European equities markets were higher Wednesday as investors speculated that China might buy European bonds even though China's premier said that nations with debt problems should not expect to be rescued. The FTSE 100 was up 1.02 percent to 5,227.02 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 0.97 percent to 10,107.9. Clothing retailer Next (LSE: NXT) led gains on the 100 as it added 6.34 ...




September 13, 2011

RBS leads London banks higher

by Elaine Frei
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European equities markets were higher Tuesday as banks came back from big declines on Monday, helped by a statement from Societe Generale's (Euronext: GLE) CEO that his bank is healthy. The FTSE 100 was up 0.87 percent to 5,174.25 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 0.27 percent to 10,011, with banks the best performers on the 100 and pubs operators seeing the best results on the ...




September 12, 2011

Fresnillo down on silver prices

by Elaine Frei
Fresnillo down on silver prices
European equities markets were lower Monday on the possibility that Greece could default soon and on speculation that Moody's Investors Service could cut its rating on several big banks with holdings tied to Greece. The FTSE 100 was down 1.63 percent to 5,129.62 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 1.65 percent to 9,983.75 as banks, miners and the energy sector were among ...




September 9, 2011

Tullow Oil leads 100 in London

by Elaine Frei
Tullow Oil leads 100 in London
European equities markets were significantly lower Friday on an increased possibility that Greece could default on its debt as soon as this weekend, raising the concern level over the European region's debt problems and ratcheting up worries that the economic recovery is faltering. Additionally, markets reacted to the resignation of European Central Bank board member Juergen Stark over his opposition to bond ...




September 8, 2011

Trader Glencore International up 7.58 percent

by Elaine Frei
Trader Glencore International up 7.58 percent
European equities markets saw gains Thursday as the Bank of England held interest rates steady at 0.5 percent and kept its bond-purchase program at £200 billion, while the European Central Bank also held rates steady, at 1.5 percent, but the ECB cut growth predictions for both this year and next year. The FSTE 100 added 0.41 percent to 5,340.38 in London, while ...




September 7, 2011

Tullow Oil up 7.83 percent

by Elaine Frei
Tullow Oil up 7.83 percent
European markets were higher Wednesday after the German Federal Constitutional Court dismissed three challenges to German participating in a loans package to Greece and another fund aimed at keeping Europe's debt crisis contained. The FTSE 100 was up 3.14 percent to 5,318.59 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 2.48 percent to 10,321.3. The energy sector was higher as Tullow OIl (LSE: TLW) ...




NS&I forced to withdraw index-linked bond

by Kay Mitchell
”NS&I
Savers have once again been hit after Government-backed National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has announced its index-linked bond has been withdrawn from the market. NS&I, which runs Premium Bonds and a variety of savings products, said its index-linked bond (which gives savers protection against inflation) has been pulled. NS&I’s website and call centres ceased accepting new sales of Savings Certificates yesterday. However, postal ...




September 6, 2011

Whitbread adds 7.28 percent on growth

by Elaine Frei
Whitbread adds 7.28 percent on growth
Most equities markets in Europe were lower Tuesday as investors continued to worry about the debt crisis in the region. In London, the FTSE 100 managed to gain 1.06 percent to 5,156.84 after the Institute for Supply Management said its US services index was at 53.3 in August, up from 52.7 in July, but the FTSE 250 dropped 0.13 percent to 10,071.2. Restaurant ...