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Associated British Foods, SABMiller soar, most stocks up

News - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The FTSE 100 index is showing strong gains today, trading at 5,778.26 by 13:00 BST, up 0.9 per cent or 50 points. Despite an initial fall back banking stocks recovered and are showing some gains. Trading statements from SABMiller and Associated British Foods bumped each stock to the top of the leader board.

Second volcanic ash cloud dashes British Airways share prices turnaround

News - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

British Airways (LON:BAY) share prices recovery appears to be short-lived following the news that a second wave of volcanic ash cloud could be venturing towards British airspace again today, putting a hammer blow to yesterday’s late resurgence in prices.

Travel firms battered, Goldman Sachs fallout still weigh down banks

News - Monday, April 19, 2010

The FTSE 100 closed down 0.28 per cent or 16.05 points today to close at 5,727.91 as miners, banks and travel companies all slid. Continuing disruptions in air travel are prompting investors to sell off travel stocks fearing the impact of current losses and reduced future earnings. Banks are still moving downwards on Friday's news of fraud charges against Goldman Sachs. Miners continued recent losses, dominating the bottom of the list.

RBS heads FTSE 100 high risers followed by Lloyds Banking Group

News - Monday, April 19, 2010

Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) has climbed to the peak of the FTSE 100 high risers table today after receiving good backing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to benefit from the economic recovery and the potential recuperation of millions of pounds from under-fire Goldman Sachs.

Banks, miners, travel stocks push FTSE down

News - Monday, April 19, 2010

London stocks continue to fall today as the news of the fraud charge against Goldman Sachs is still sinking in while travel stocks are declining as the extent of losses due to the disruption caused by the volcanic eruption is becoming clear. By 13:00 BST the FTSE 100 index was down 0.63 per cent or 35.95 points to 5,708.01.

Software specialists shine on declining FTSE

News - Monday, April 19, 2010

Travel-orientated groups may be dragging share prices on the FTSE down today, but software specialists are showing signs of positive activity for the week pushing their share prices in the opposite direction.

Five-day flight cancellations ground travel shares

News - Monday, April 19, 2010

Ongoing uncertainty surrounding when British airports will begin operating normally again has badly hit travel groups on the FTSE with global economic losses being predicted at £164m a day due to the volcanic ash cloud that’s restricting British airspace.

Sharp dip for FTSE index as Goldman Sachs charged

News - Friday, April 16, 2010

Britain's top share index suffered a sharp fall towards the end of trading today of 1.4 per cent, the biggest one day drop since February 5th, in response to the surprise announcement of fraud charges against Goldman Sachs. Banks and miners were the big losers, with the exception of RBS which was the top performer of the day. The unexpected news sent the FTSE 100 index down by 81.05 points to 5,743.96. Mid-cap shares were less affected, The FTSE 250 dipped by 0.87 per cent.

ITV shares hit year high thanks to predicted ad revenue increase

News - Friday, April 16, 2010

ITV (LON:ITV) shares hit a new 52-week high today of 69.55p as TV ad revenue has been predicted to grow some 10 per cent year-on-year.

Banks perform on U.S. banks' earnings reports, FTSE flat

News - Friday, April 16, 2010

By midday weak miners was balanced against strong performance from banking stocks to keep the FTSE 100 index unchanged. By 13:15 BST the FTSE 100 was almost unchanged at 5,825.16. RBS is the best performer so far, up by a striking 8.27 per cent, trading at 49.75p by mid-day. Autonomy Corporation is down by 4.86 per cent currently trading at 1,758.00p.

Imperial Tobacco Group shares drop following £112.3m fine

News - Friday, April 16, 2010

Imperial Tobacco Group (LON:IMT) shares dropped sufficiently this morning after the UK Office of Fair Trading confirmed it has fined the company £112.3m for restricting competition.

FTSE continues to make modest progress, closing at 5,825.01

News - Thursday, April 15, 2010

Banks were the leading stocks today as the FTSE again toyed with a 22 month high. Mining stocks lost ground but failed to pull the top share index lower. China reported stronger than expected economic growth which suggested a sustained global economic recovery is underway. The FTSE 100 closed higher by 0.5 per cent or 28.76 points.

Volcanic ash cloud fails to ground British Airways on FTSE

News - Thursday, April 15, 2010

A volcanic ash cloud might have turned the UK into a no-fly zone, but it’s done little to stop British Airways (LON:BAY) share prices from climbing high today.

Top index moving sideways, banks provide some support

News - Thursday, April 15, 2010

At mid-day FTSE 100 shares were flat, showing little movement by 13:00 BST as the FTSE 100 index inched up by 0.12 per cent or 6.71 points. The 22 month high attained yesterday is being maintained with the index currently trading at just over 5,800. Banks remained in demand after JPMorgan's positive results this week. Miners however are moving down after an update from Rio Tinto and weak news from China.

Carnival sails into the FTSE 100 high risers

News - Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cruise liner firm Carnival (LON:CCL) has benefitted from being named on the first UK-based Best Ideas list selected by Morgan Stanley today.

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