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October 22, 2010

TUI Travel advances on FTSE 100

by Elaine Frei
TUI Travel advances on FTSE 100
European equities markets were lower Friday, falling as analysts and investors remained unconvinced that new moves by central banks will be enough to set the economy on the road to a sustainable recovery, with these concerns outweighing a new Ifo business climate index reading that was up to 107.6 in October from 106.8 in September and better than an expected decline ...




October 21, 2010

BT Group in biggest gains on FTSE 100

by Elaine Frei
BT Group in biggest gains on FTSE 100
European equities markets advanced Thursday on positive quarterly reports from several companies. The FTSE 100 was 0.5 percent higher to 5,757.86 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 0.67 percent to 10,904.69. The telecommunications sector was mixed as BT Group (LSE: BT.A) led gains on the 100 with an advance of 4.06 percent, but Cable & Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW) fell ...




October 20, 2010

BAE Systems declines on UK budget cuts

by Elaine Frei
BAE Systems declines on UK budget cuts
European equities markets made gains Wednesday as miners were higher on a weaker US dollar, but advances were limited by the announcement of budget cuts in the UK. The FTSE 100 was up 0.44 percent to 5,728.93 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 0.05 percent to 10,831.86. Defense and aerospace contractor BAE Systems (LSE: BA), which is currently trading ex-dividend, dropped ...




October 19, 2010

Gold miner Fresnillo leads FTSE 100 lower

by Elaine Frei
Gold miner Fresnillo leads FTSE 100 lower
European equities markets were lower Tuesday after China’s central bank raised one-year interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point. The FTSE 100 was down 0.67 percent to 5,703.89 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 0.45 percent to 10,826.21. The mining sector was lower save for a 5.33 percent gain for Kenmare Resources (LSE: KMR), with sector constituents taking ...




October 18, 2010

London up on bid for BlueBay Asset Management

by Elaine Frei
London up on bid for BlueBay Asset Management
European equities markets were up Monday after the financial services sector got a boost from the news that Royal Bank of Canada (TSX: RY) has made a bid for BlueBay Asset Management (LSE: BBAY), offering £963 million ($1.5 billion) for the group. BlueBay led gains in London on news of the offer, adding 29.62 percent on the FTSE 250. The FTSE ...




October 15, 2010

Old Mutual leads insurers lower in London

by Elaine Frei
Old Mutual leads insurers lower in London
European equities markets were mixed Friday as London markets declined but markets in Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid managed gains. London markets were lower as a new consumer sentiment survey from Reuters and the University of Michigan showed that its consumer confidence index in the United States is down to 67.9 this month from 68.2 in October, against an expected rise to ...




October 14, 2010

Standard Chartered gains as other London banks decline

by Elaine Frei
Standard Chartered gains as other London banks decline
European equities markets were mostly lower Thursday on concerns that banks are going to have to raise more cash in order to comply with new rules on required reserves and after the US Labor Department reported that more new jobless claims were filed last week than had been expected as new filings were up by 13,000 to 462,000. The FTSE ...




October 13, 2010

Vedanta Resources leads FTSE 100 higher in London

by Elaine Frei
Vedanta Resources leads FTSE 100 higher in London
European equities markets were higher Wednesday on indications that the US Federal Reserve is getting close to making more moves to help the economy. The FTSE 100 was 1.51 percent higher to 5,747.35 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 1.38 percent to 10,902. The mining sector saw advances after copper prices advanced, with three miners among the top five gainers ...




October 12, 2010

Aquarius Platinum leads London miners lower

by Elaine Frei
Aquarius Platinum leads London miners lower
European equities markets were lower Tuesday as investors waited to see what sort of direction the minutes of the latest meeting of the US Federal Reserve might give as to the Fed’s plans for further steps to aid the US economy. The FTSE 100 fell 0.19 percent to 5,661.59 in London, while the FTSE 250 was down 0.47 percent to 10,753.56 as ...




October 11, 2010

Kenmare Resources leads gains on 250

by Elaine Frei
Kenmare Resources leads gains on 250
European equities markets were mostly higher on the possibility that the US Federal Reserve could supply more help to the US economy after a recent report from the Labor Department showed that the economy in the US lost 95,000 jobs last month, many more than had been anticipated. The FTSE 100 was up 0.26 percent to 5,672.4 in London, while the FTSE ...




October 6, 2010

EasyJet adds 11.99 percent on better-than-expected profits

by Elaine Frei
EasyJet adds 11.99 percent on better-than-expected profits
European equities markets were higher Wednesday on the possibility that other central banks will follow the Bank of Japan’s example and introduce more steps to help their economies recover. The FTSE 100 was up 0.81 percent to 5,681.39 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 1.11 percent to 10,800.23. EasyJet (LSE: EZJ) added 11.99 percent to lead gains on the 250 after ...




October 5, 2010

British Airways leads 100 on higher passenger traffic

by Elaine Frei
British Airways leads 100 on higher passenger traffic
Equities markets were higher in Europe on optimistic data from the US services sector and after the Bank of Japan cut interest rates in an effort to help the economy there. The FTSE 100 added 1.44 percent to 5,635.76 in London, while the FTSE 250 was up 1.12 percent to 10,681.96. The gains came after the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing ...




October 4, 2010

BP down on bond issue to pay for spill

by Elaine Frei
BP down on bond issue to pay for spill
European equities markets were lower Monday on news and data, including a report from the United States that factory orders were down 0.5 percent in August, slightly more than expected, although the National Association of Realtors said that pending home sales were up 4.3 percent in the US in August, raising hopes that the housing market there is ...




October 1, 2010

BG Group leads gainers on 100

by Elaine Frei
BG Group leads gainers on 100
Most European equities markets were lower Friday as early gains on the news that China’s manufacturing activity was up in September gave way to declines after the Institute for Supply Management’s factory index showed that factory activity in the US slowed last month. The ISM’s index was at 54.4 in September, down from 56.3 in August, while China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index rose ...




September 30, 2010

Irish government to take majority stake in Allied Irish Banks

by Elaine Frei
Irish government to take majority stake in Allied Irish Banks
Most European equities markets were lower Thursday on bad news for banks in Ireland, and were not even helped by new data from the United States which showed that new jobless claims were down by 16,000 last week, more than had been predicted by analysts, or by a revised report that showed that the US gross domestic ...




September 29, 2010

Vedanta Resources shares fall after closure of smelter in India

by Elaine Frei
Vedanta Resources shares fall after closure of smelter in India
European equities markets were lower Wednesday as concerns continued about the health of some economies in the region. The FTSE 100 was down 0.16 percent to 5,569.27 in London, but the FTSE 250 was 0.1 percent higher to 10,562.53. Vedanta Resources (LSE: VED) was the worst performer on the 100 and in the mining sector, dropping 4.25 percent after ...




September 28, 2010

Royal Bank of Scotland leads London banks lower

by Elaine Frei
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European equities markets were lower Tuesday as a decline in Irish and Portuguese bonds left concerns that the region’s debt crisis is getting worse, while a drop in US consumer confidence also caused worries as the Conference Board said that it’s confidence index dropped to 48.5, from 53.2 and against an expected drop to 52.1. The concern about Europe’s economy was only amplified when Moody’s Investors ...




September 27, 2010

Sage Group leads FTSE 100 on broker comment

by Elaine Frei
Sage Group leads FTSE 100 on broker comment
European equities markets were lower Monday, with declines coming after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded state-owned Anglo Irish Bank’s debt by three levels, citing a belief that the bank will need another government bailout. The FTSE 100 was down 0.45 percent to 5,573.42 in London, while the FTSE 250 managed to gain 0.22 percent to 10,562.65. Software maker Sage Group (LSE: SGE) ...




September 24, 2010

ARM Holdings higher on possible bid from Oracle

by Elaine Frei
ARM Holdings higher on possible bid from Oracle
European equities markets were higher Friday, helped by an increase in business sentiment in Germany and durable goods orders in the US which came out better in August than had been expected. While the orders for goods expected to last three years or more were down 1.3 percent overall, according to the Commerce Department, orders for nondefense capital goods, excluding ...




September 23, 2010

Amec, Petrofac, BG Group lead 100 higher

by Elaine Frei
Amec, Petrofac, BG Group lead 100 higher
European equities markets were lower Thursday on new concerns about debt issue for some governments in the region. The FTSE 100 was 0.09 percent lower to 5,547.08 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 0.21 percent to 10,426.02. The energy sector was in focus as companies related to the oil and gas industry were the top three gainers on the 100, with ...




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