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News Tag: European equities

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 ...




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 ...




September 22, 2010

Antofagasta leads miners higher as London markets decline

by Elaine Frei
Antofagasta leads miners higher as London markets decline
European equities markets were lower Wednesday on concerns that central banks will have to extend more stimulus measures in order to promote recovery from the recession after the US Federal Reserve yesterday said that it stands ready to act if necessary and on today’s release of the minutes of the latest meeting of the Bank of England’s monetary policy ...




September 21, 2010

Wellstream Holdings adds 29 percent on approaches

by Elaine Frei
Wellstream Holdings adds 29 percent on approaches
European equities markets were mostly lower Tuesday as investors hesitated to make moves ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates, due later in the day, and after Deutsche Bank (FWB: DBK) warned on 3rd-quarter losses while Finland-based phone manufacture Nokia (OMX: NOK1V) denied reports that it will delay shipment of its newest smartphone. All of this overshadowed the ...




September 17, 2010

Barclays Bank leads London sector lower

by Elaine Frei
Barclays bank leads London sector lower
European equities markets were lower Friday on concerns that Irish banks could need help from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, despite denials from both government sources and the IMF, and also after US consumer confidence dropped this month from last in a preliminary survey. The FTSE 100 was down 0.57 percent to 5,508.45 in London, while the FTSE 250 ...




September 16, 2010

Robert Wiseman Dairies drops 29 percent on profits warning

by Elaine Frei
Robert Wiseman Dairies drops 29 percent on profits warning
European equities markets were lower after retail sales declined unexpectedly in the UK, dropping 0.5 percent in August from July, against an anticipated gain of 0.3 percent. The FTSE 100 was down 0.28 percent to 5,540.14 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 0.5 percent to 10,442.12. The biggest decliner by far was Robert Wiseman Dairies (LSE: RWD), which dropped ...




September 15, 2010

Next is best perfomer in retail sector, leads 100 higher

by Elaine Frei
Next is best performer in retail sector, leads 100 higher
European equities markets were lower Wednesday after unemployment claims in the UK unexpectedly rose in August for the first time in seven months, according to the Office of National Statistics, and on a report from the US that manufacturing activity expanded more slowly than had been anticipated in the New York region. The FTSE 100 was down 0.21 ...




September 14, 2010

Essar Energy leads gains on 100

by Elaine Frei
Essar Energy leads gains on 100
European equities markets were mostly higher Tuesday, but not much higher in most cases as the ZEW Center for European Economic Research reported that German investor confidence fell more than expected this month to a 19-month low. The FTSE 100 was up just 0.03 percent to 5,567.41 in London, while the FTSE 250 was down 0.34 percent to 10,472.44 after the Office ...




September 13, 2010

Lloyds leads London bankers higher after Basel Committee decision

by Elaine Frei
Lloyds leads London bankers higher after Basel Committee decision
European equities markets were higher Monday on the news that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has agreed on rules stipulating the amount of equity that banks must hold in reserve in order to avoid another financial crisis, and on gains in industrial output in China. The Chinese statistics bureau announced over the weekend that industrial production in China ...




September 10, 2010

JD Wetherspoon leads pubs operators lower

by Elaine Frei
JD Wetherspoon leads pubs operators lower
European equities markets were mixed Friday as markets in London and Paris saw gains but Frankfurt and Madrid markets as well as the pan-European Eurofirst 300 declined. The FTSE 100 was 0.14 percent higher to 5,501.64 in London, while the FTSE 250 was up 0.74 percent to 10,401.78. Pubs operators were lower after JD Wetherspoon (LSE: JDW) said that the biggest issue in ...




September 9, 2010

Royal Bank of Scotland leads London banks higher

by Elaine Frei
Royal Bank of Scotland leads London banks higher
European equities markets were higher Thursday after the US Labor Department reported that new jobless claims were lower in the United States last week, adding confidence that the economy will recover from the recent recession. The FTSE 100 was up 1.19 percent to 5,494.16 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 1.07 percent to 10,325.7 after the Bank of England ...




BP gains after it issues report sharing blame for leak

by Elaine Frei
BP gains after it issues report sharing blame for leak
European equities markets were higher Wednesday on improved sentiment after good demand during a government bond auction in Portugal, calming recent renewed worries about debt problems in the region. The FTSE 100 added 0.41 percent to 5,429.74 in London, while the FTSE 250 was up 0.35 percent to 10,216.71. BP (LSE: BP) added 1.32 percent after it issued a ...




September 7, 2010

Barclays leads London banks lower as European banks decline

by Elaine Frei
Barclays leads London banks lower as European banks decline
European equities markets were lower on Tuesday as concerns returned that the debt crisis in some nations in the region could hurt economic recovery around the world. Banks all over the region declined on analyst comment that a default by even one nation could destroy trust in all banks. London banks were lower, led by a 2.57 percent decline for ...




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