Company news from ShareCast
United Carpets rolls out higher half-year profits
Fri 19 December 2014 15:06
People have been buying more carpets as the British housing market recovered, helping floor covering retailer United Carpets to roll out higher profits.
SSE falls short of target in power generation bid
Fri 19 December 2014 08:47
Power generator and retailer SSE has not won all the generation business it wanted in a UK energy generation capacity auction.
Berendsen underlying revenue up 3% from 2013
Fri 19 December 2014 08:16
Textile service company Berendsen said that underlying revenue, at constant exchange rates, for the 11 months ended 30 November rose 3% year-on-year.
Carillion wins £100m contract for King's Cross redevelopment
Fri 19 December 2014 08:07
Construction and support services group Carillion has been selected by Argent as the preferred bidder to deliver three new buildings at the King's Cross regeneration project.
Smiths Group CEO Philip Bowman to retire at end of 2015
Fri 19 December 2014 08:07
Philip Bowman, the long-running boss of Smiths Group, is to step down at the end of next year, the technology company revealed on Friday.
Police clear Serco of wrongdoing on prisoner escort contract
Fri 19 December 2014 07:34
Support services group Serco said on Friday that police and prosecutors would not be bringing charges against the company in relation to a probe into its UK government contract to move prisoners from custody to courts.
RIT Capital agrees deal to acquire GVOIM
Fri 19 December 2014 07:28
Investment trust RIT Capital Partners has agreed a deal to acquire GVO Investment Management Limited (GVOIM) from Hansa Aktiengesellschaft for an undisclosed sum.
British American Tobacco pays $575m to settle legacy asbestos litigation
Fri 19 December 2014 07:22
British American Tobacco (BAT) is to pay out $575m to settle a legacy litigation case with a company involved in the production and sale of asbestos-containing products in the 1980s.
UBM seals £599m Advanstar deal
Fri 19 December 2014 07:03
Marketing and communication group UBM has completed the acquisition of US-based VSS-AHC Consolidated Holdings for £599m.
Friday preview: GfK releases reports on UK and German consumer confidence
Thu 18 December 2014 17:36
UK and German consumer confidence may have risen slightly, GfK is expected to reveal in separate reports scheduled for release on Friday.
Armour Group faces takeover bid from investor
Thu 18 December 2014 16:30
Armour Group is facing a takeover after an investment vehicle increased its stake in the audio and electronics investor to more than 46%.
Aer Lingus rejects takeover bid from IAG
Thu 18 December 2014 15:39
British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has made a takeover bid for Aer Lingus, IAG said in a statement on Thursday, although the Irish flag carrier rejected it.
GM suspends deliveries to Russian dealers
Thu 18 December 2014 14:39
Following the rouble's sharp decline, US car-maker General Motors (GM) has suspended the delivery of cars to dealerships in Russia.
GSK shareholders approve Novartis deal
Thu 18 December 2014 14:04
British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline said its shareholders have given the green light to a deal with Swiss firm Novartis, which will see the two groups trade over £12.7bn of assets.
British Polythene Industries sees lower costs in early 2015
Thu 18 December 2014 13:56
Plastics maker British Polythene Industries (BPI) unveiled upbeat news on costs as it voiced confidence about hitting annual targets.
Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust buys half of University of Law campus
Thu 18 December 2014 12:19
Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust has completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in the University of Law campus in London's Bloomsbury for £34m.
Severfield wins £43m of contracts including Liverpool FC deal
Thu 18 December 2014 12:08
Structural steel group Severfield has won six contracts worth £43m including a deal from Liverpool Football Club.
Snapchat chief "devastated" by leak of three-year business plan
Thu 18 December 2014 11:25
The chief executive of photo-sharing service Snapchat said he feels "angry" and "devastated" about the leak of his business plans.
Riverstone Holdings increases investment in Castex by $150m
Thu 18 December 2014 09:38
Holding group Riverstone Holdings has announced it has increased its investment in Castex Energy by approximately $150m.
Synthomer confirms new CEO appointment
Thu 18 December 2014 08:56
Polymers producer Synthomer PLC has confirmed that Calum MacLean will formally succeed Adrian Whitfield as the group chief executive on 22 January.
Royal Mail shares were underpriced at IPO, says Lord Myner
Thu 18 December 2014 08:47
According to a report commissioned by Business Secretary Vince Cable, the government under priced the £2bn sale of Royal Mail by around £180m.
Galliford Try secures place on £250m regional capital works framework in Scotland
Thu 18 December 2014 07:56
Housebuilding and construction firm Galliford Try said it had been appointed to the Ministry of Defence's Next Generation Estates Contract (NGEC) Framework agreement for capital works projects in Scotland.
Balfour Beatty buys offshore transmission project
Thu 18 December 2014 07:14
Civil engineering group Balfour Beatty has reached financial close and completed the acquisition of the £164m Thanet offshore transmission project (OFTO) in the UK, in which it will invest more than £20m of equity.
LSE making progress across the board as new issues rise
Thu 18 December 2014 07:13
Stock exchange operator London Stock Exchange (LSE) said it has made "good progress" over the course of 2014, with strong performances across all main business areas.
Astrazeneca's Lynparza capsules given green light from European Commission
Thu 18 December 2014 07:09
British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has received marketing authorisation from the European Commission for its Lynparza cancer treatment.
Hansteen to receive £43.9m for 11 UK-based assets
Thu 18 December 2014 07:02
Property investment group Hansteen has completed the sale of 11 UK assets from the Ashtenne Industrial Fund, in which it has a 36.7% interest, for a combined price of £43.9m.
Thursday preview: Carnival reports full-year results, UK retail sales, US jobless claims
Wed 17 December 2014 17:26
Carnival is a major beneficiary of the collapse in the price of oil, Numis said ahead of the cruise operator's annual results on Thursday.
Catlin Group confirms possible offer from XL Group
Wed 17 December 2014 15:43
Lloyd's of London insurer Catlin Group has officially confirmed the receipt of a possible offer from global conglomerate XL Group.
Motive Television launches Tablet TV in the US
Wed 17 December 2014 11:24
Tablet TV, the American joint venture of Motive Television, on Wednesday announced its marketing and distribution launch in San Francisco.
Babcock acquires £140m Defence Support Group
Wed 17 December 2014 08:18
Engineering support company Babcock has agreed contracts with the Ministry of Defence to buy its Defence Support Group and associated service provision contract.
Xaar sees better-than-expected FY profits after Chinese pick-up
Wed 17 December 2014 08:06
Digital inkjet printing technology group Xaar forecast better-than-expected annual profit after a recovery in the Chinese ceramic tile market.
Over-50s services firm Saga trading in line with forecasts
Wed 17 December 2014 07:53
Over-50s tour operator and insurance provider Saga Group, which floated in London in the spring, said it expects to meet market expectations for the full year.
TUI AG and TUI Travel complete merger
Wed 17 December 2014 07:36
British and German travel companies TUI Travel and TUI AG have completed their €6.5bn merger to create the world's biggest tour operator, the pair said on Wednesday.
WPP appoints IMI chairman as Lader replacement
Wed 17 December 2014 07:16
Advertising and media giant WPP has named a successor to Philip Lader who announced his plan to step down as long-running chairman earlier this year.
Dixons Carphone hails strong H1 in UK but shakes up Dutch and German ops
Wed 17 December 2014 07:07
Electrical retailer Dixons Carphone said a strong first half in the UK had put it in a good position in the run-up to Christmas, but it warned that trading in the Netherlands and Germany was still tough and it was taking action to review and restructure t
Apple halts Russian sales after crash in rouble
Tue 16 December 2014 19:50
Apple has halted its on-line sales in Russia due to the "extreme" rouble fluctuations, the company said.
Wednesday preview: Federal Reserve policy decision, BoE meeting minutes ahead
Tue 16 December 2014 15:53
The Federal Reserve releases its economic projections and announces its latest policy decision on Wednesday, amid speculation surrounding the timing of the central bank's first interest rate hike.
St Ives profit and revenue ahead of last year
Tue 16 December 2014 14:42
Marketing and printing group St Ives reported higher profits and revenue than last year and said its new financial year had got off to a good start.
Gazprom might lay off 25% of staff
Tue 16 December 2014 14:06
Russian gas company Gazprom is reportedly considering laying off 25% of its workforce, even as the biggest economic crisis in 16 years takes hold of the country.
888 on track to hit annual targets
Tue 16 December 2014 11:43
Online gaming group 888 vowed to hit annual targets as it updated the market on trading on Tuesday.
Jelf acquires insurance broker Beaumonts
Tue 16 December 2014 11:30
Jelf has acquired Yorkshire-based insurance broker, Beaumonts Insurance Group, for an undisclosed sum, in a move that will extend the group's network of offices across the north.
Gulf Keystone Petroleum set to boost production in KRI
Tue 16 December 2014 08:48
Gulf Keystone Petroleum has taken a step forward towards increasing production from its operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
RBS, Lloyds narrowly pass BoE bank stress tests
Tue 16 December 2014 08:46
Part-nationalised lenders Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group only just passed the minimum requirements in the Bank of England's (BoE) assessments of banks' balance sheets in a hypothetical economic downturn.
Domino Printing reports rise in annual profits, boosted by Europe sales
Tue 16 December 2014 08:20
Domino Printing reported a 9% rise in annual pre-tax profit to £57.6m on the back of growth in sales, driven by Europe.
Imagination Technologies H1 in line, sees much stronger H2
Tue 16 December 2014 07:57
Graphics and video microchip maker Imagination Technologies posted lower first-half revenue and profits, but reported good first-half progress and said the second six months should be much stronger.
Afren finds oil as drilling completes in Madagascar
Tue 16 December 2014 07:51
Africa-focused oil explorer Afren said it has found oil after completing drilling and coring operations on Block 1101 onshore Madagascar.
Royal Bank of Scotland sells Irish loan portfolio for £1.1bn
Tue 16 December 2014 07:47
Royal Bank of Scotland is selling a portfolio of Irish real estate loans to a business controlled by private equity group Cerberus for £1.1bn.
Intercontinental Hotels buys boutique hotel operator for $430m
Tue 16 December 2014 07:25
Intercontinental Hotels is buying independent boutique hotel operator Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $430m in cash.
Seven out of eight UK banks pass BoE stress tests, Co-op Bank fails
Tue 16 December 2014 07:10
Seven out of eight of the UK's largest banks and building societies have passed the Bank of England's (BoE) latest round of stress tests, with the struggling Co-operative Bank being the only lender to have failed.
Tuesday preview: Chinese manufacturing data ahead
Mon 15 December 2014 18:12
The flow of economic data will pick up considerably tomorrow, with a raft of figures on the state of the global manufacturing sector scheduled for release.
BT enters exclusive talks with EE over mobile buy
Mon 15 December 2014 17:12
Telecoms group BT has entered exclusive talks with Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Orange about buying their mobile operation EE for £12.5bn, the company said on Monday.
Rolls-Royce to power largest Airbus A330 order in history with new engine
Mon 15 December 2014 15:54
Rolls Royce will provide engines to power 10 Airbus A330ceo and 55 Airbus A330neo planes ordered by Asia's largest low-cost airline, AirAsia X.
Talisman Energy confirms it has received various approaches
Mon 15 December 2014 14:54
On Monday afternoon, Talisman Energy confirmed reports which had appeared earlier in the day in the Spanish press that it was engaged in discussions with Repsol regarding a "potential corporate transaction".
Fox Marble enters partnership with Chinese marble seller
Mon 15 December 2014 14:40
Fox Marble Holdings on Monday said its Kosovo subsidiary had entered a sales agency agreement with Chinese outfit Zhong Shengdestone (ZSC).
Former boss of JJB Sports sentenced for £1m fraud
Mon 15 December 2014 13:05
Former JJB Sports chief executive Chris Ronnie was sentenced for four years after being found guilty of a £1m fraud.
Terra Firma announces intention to sell its stake at Infinis
Mon 15 December 2014 11:45
Terra Firma Investments on Monday said it plans to sell its stake at green energy group Infinis.
Evraz delays IPO of North American unit
Mon 15 December 2014 10:47
The biggest steel maker in Russia, Evraz, has shelved plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of its North American unit, due to the drop in the price of oil.
BT may unveil exclusive mobile talks as soon as Monday - report
Mon 15 December 2014 10:39
UK telecoms group BT could take a step forward in its bid to buy a mobile phone operator on Monday, according to a report.
H&M reports 10% hike in November sales
Mon 15 December 2014 10:17
Low-cost fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) reported a jump in sales during November, after the firm switched its attention to online sales.
Amec Foster Wheeler completes Scopus Group acquisition
Mon 15 December 2014 08:03
Strategic and complex assets designer Amec Foster Wheeler has completed the acquisition of Scopus Group for an undisclosed amount.
Carpetright forecasts annual profit at top end of hopes
Mon 15 December 2014 07:59
Carpet retailer Carpetright rolled out higher first-half profits and sales and forecast annual profit towards the top of market hopes, boosting its shares.
Pennon will not appeal final regulatory settlement
Mon 15 December 2014 07:54
South West Water (SWW) owner Pennon Group says it will not challenge a final settlement on its pricing and investment plan imposed by UK utility regulator Ofwat.
Carillion reaches financial close on £550m Scottish road scheme
Mon 15 December 2014 07:33
Construction group Carillion has sealed a £500m deal to build a by-pass in north east Scotland.
CRH to sell clay and concrete business in £414m deal
Mon 15 December 2014 07:32
Building material group CRH has agreed to sell its clay and concrete businesses in Britain and its clay business in the US to funds managed by Bain Capital Europe.
Greggs set to serve up better than-expected FY profits
Mon 15 December 2014 07:24
Good weather has helped baker Greggs to predict annual profits ahead of hopes.
Segro sells six industrial estates for over £110m
Mon 15 December 2014 07:13
Real estate investment trust Segro has agreed to sell a portfolio of six industrial estates to Orchard Street Investment Management for £113.8m.
Johnson Matthey sells gold and silver refining business for £118m
Mon 15 December 2014 07:10
Chemical firm Johnson Matthey has agreed to sell its gold and silver refining business to Asahi Holdings for £118m in cash.
Drax shares plunge on proposed plans to change biomass schemes
Fri 12 December 2014 12:27
Energy firm Drax shares plunged after the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced planned changes to one of its subsidy schemes for biomass plants.
Yodel stops collecting orders as customers face delays on deliveries
Fri 12 December 2014 11:10
Courier firm Yodel has stopped collecting parcels from retailers, after admitting it is struggling to deliver the backlog of orders from Black Friday.
Carillion issues £150m worth of bonds
Fri 12 December 2014 07:47
British support services group Carillion has announced the launch of a £150m offering of senior unsecured convertible bonds.
Bellway confident of significant profit growth after solid start
Fri 12 December 2014 07:13
Housebuilder Bellway is looking forward to "another significant increase in profitability" this year after a solid start, with reservation rates up on last year.
BAE Systems completes acquisition of SilverSky for £144.4m
Fri 12 December 2014 07:09
Defence and security group BAE Systems has completed the acquisition of commercial cyber service provider Perimeter Internetworking, which trades as SilverSky, for £144.4m.
SAB Miller and Coca Cola appoint Coca Cola Africa's new CEO
Fri 12 December 2014 07:02
Brewing and beverage group SABMiller, soft drink giant The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments have named Hüseyin M. Akin as chief executive officer designate of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.
P2P lending outfit Lending Club rockets in stock market debut
Thu 11 December 2014 17:05
Shares in peer-to-peer lender Lending Club's are rocketing in their stock market debut.
Friday preview: Investors await flurry of data from China, Europe, US
Thu 11 December 2014 14:35
Friday is set to be a quiet session in terms of corporate results, but the data calendar is looking pretty full, with a string of economic indicators due out in China, Europe and the US.
Pressfit plummets as it warns of possible share suspension
Thu 11 December 2014 12:22
Pressfit shares tumbled on Thursday after warning of a possible share suspension.
Wood Group wins $750m contract from BP
Thu 11 December 2014 08:53
Energy services firm John Wood Group has been awarded a five-year contract worth an estimated $750m from oil giant BP.
SuperGroup posts 30% drop in profits
Thu 11 December 2014 08:52
Superdry-owner SuperGroup suffered a 30% drop in pre-tax profits, warning of lower gross margins after unseasonable autumn weather weighed heavily on sales in the six month period ended 25 October.
Ocado reports jump in end-of-year sales
Thu 11 December 2014 07:59
Ocado Group has cheered its investors with news of a jump in gross sales during the 16 weeks to 30 November.
Bunzl revenues rise 6% in 2014 as company eyes acquisitions
Thu 11 December 2014 07:55
Distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl said revenues are expected to rise around 6% over 2014 at constant exchange rates, and said it sees further "opportunities" to invest and grow.
Polymetal agrees $80m five-year loan with Eurasian Development Bank
Thu 11 December 2014 07:55
Mining group Polymetal has entered a five-year non-revolving committed credit facility with Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) for $80m.
Keller Group wins Caspian region contract
Thu 11 December 2014 07:44
Ground engineering firm Keller Group has been awarded a contract for the supply and installation of precast piles in the Caspian region.
Sports Direct grows underlying H1 profits by 10%
Thu 11 December 2014 07:28
Underlying profits at Sports Direct rose by a tenth in the first half as decent top-line growth was met with a strong improvement in margins - a result the sports retailer described as "solid" considering the many headwinds it faced.
Whitbread LFL growth slows, but Costa owner still on track
Thu 11 December 2014 07:12
Whitbread, the owner of Costa coffee, Premier Inn and Beefeater, saw a slight slowdown in like-for-like (LFL) sales growth in the third quarter but said it remains on track to hit full-year forecasts.
Spectris acquires ESG for £36m
Thu 11 December 2014 07:07
Instrumentation and controls group Spectris has completed the acquisition of Canada-based Engineering Seismology Group (ESG) for £36m.
E-Bay may cut thousands of positions
Wed 10 December 2014 23:12
Online auctioneer E-Bay may reduce its overall headcount by 10% towards the start of 2015 as it prepares to split the company into two separately listed entities.
Microfocus reports decrease in operating cash-flows
Wed 10 December 2014 22:25
Business application software developer Micro Focus saw a sharp drop in profits at the half-year stage, driven by a fall in licence sales.
Jobs at risk as BP warns of $1bn restructuring plan amid oil-price plunge
Wed 10 December 2014 15:47
Oil major BP warned of $1bn of restructuring charges over the coming year on Wednesday, as turmoil in the crude market continued with prices dropping to a fresh five-year low.
Thursday preview: Whitbread and Sports Direct report interims
Wed 10 December 2014 15:24
Whitbread's third quarter interims on Thursday are expected to show 7.5% like-for-life growth at Premier Inn and 6.5% at Costa, according to Numis.
TUI AG announces "successful" full year following merger with TUI Travel
Wed 10 December 2014 14:42
German multinational travel and tourism company TUI AG on Wednesday said it has a "very successful financial year" after its merger with the UK's TUI Travel.
OPEC cuts forecasts for 2015 crude oil demand
Wed 10 December 2014 12:34
A jump in US shale supplies has prompted the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to slash its projected volume of crude oil demand for next year to a 12-year low.
Stagecoach Group lowers FY profit expectations for US and UK bus operations
Wed 10 December 2014 12:33
Public transport group Stagecoach dropped sharply on Wednesday after announcing that full year profit from its UK and US bus operations will be lower than previously expected. said it is in an "excellent financial shape" despite a drop in its profit
Serco renews five-year contract with Australian immigration authorities
Wed 10 December 2014 09:01
Outsourcing giant Serco has renewed a five-year contract with an Australian government agency to provide on-shore immigration detention services
Carillion expects full-year revenue to be in line with 2013
Wed 10 December 2014 08:53
Construction group Carillion anticipates its total revenue for 2014 will be similar to the £4.1bn delivered in 2013, due mainly to a reduction in revenue from public-private partnerships (PPP).
N Brown sees trading improve in third quarter
Wed 10 December 2014 08:45
Home-shopping fashion retailer N Brown Group said that trading performance had improved since September following a reported decline in revenues.
Carillion joint venture selected for school building programme in the Midlands
Wed 10 December 2014 08:36
Carillion's joint venture with Equitix has been selected for a £190m public-private partnership project (PPP) in the Midlands under the priority school building programme.
Ashtead shares jump on record first-half profit, upbeat outlook
Wed 10 December 2014 08:11
Shares in Ashtead surged on Wednesday after the equipment-rental firm reported a big jump in first-half profits and lifted its full-year expectations.
Rolls-Royce announces £1bn share buyback
Wed 10 December 2014 08:09
Rolls-Royce Holdings on Wednesday announced a £1bn share buyback following the completion of the sale of its energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens.
US oversight of sanction compliance at Standard Chartered extended three years
Wed 10 December 2014 07:40
Standard Chartered will face a further three years of being under scrutiny from US authorities, after it was fined over £400m in 2012 for breaching American sanctions on Iran.
BG Group sells Australian gas pipeline for $5bn
Wed 10 December 2014 07:21
Natural gas giant BG Group is to raise $5bn (£3.2bn) from the sale of a gas pipeline in Australia which is planned to go towards reducing debt and future growth investments.
PZ Cussons takes hits from weak trading in Africa, depreciation in Naira
Wed 10 December 2014 07:08
High levels of disruption in the northern region of Africa and the 8% depreciation in the Nigerian Naira continued to negatively impact sales at PZ Cussons, dragging half-year group operating profits 4% below those for the same period last year.
Anglo American says falling commodity prices will hurt targets
Tue 09 December 2014 17:25
Anglo American's chief executive on Wednesday warned that falling commodity prices will affect targets.
Netdimensions signs deal with one of the world's largest manufacturing groups.
Tue 09 December 2014 16:17
Netdimensions rose on the news it has signed a new products and services contract with one of the world's largest manufacturing groups.
Wednesday preview: Ashtead reports, Chinese inflation, UK trade
Tue 09 December 2014 15:00
Ashtead's second quarter results are expected to reflect strong demand in the US and improving UK markets.
John Lewis reports 10.9% jump in sales
Tue 09 December 2014 10:41
Department store John Lewis has delivered a 10.9% year-on-year jump in its sales for the week ended 6 December.
Asos sees sales slow down despite Black Friday lift
Tue 09 December 2014 08:59
Online fashion retailer Asos saw its shares drop lower on Tuesday after reporting "challenging" trading conditions in the international markets during the first quarter of its financial year.
Soco International receives confirmation of potential of TGT field
Tue 09 December 2014 08:19
SOCO International said on Tuesday that its long standing view of the size and production potential of the TGT field offshore Vietnam had been confirmed by the now completed evaluation by ERC Equipoise.
Victrex beats annual profit forecasts, announces £43m special dividend
Tue 09 December 2014 07:47
Plastics group Victrex beat forecasts with a 9% increase in annual profits as the company noted continued momentum across its markets and gave a positive outlook for next year.
Support and resistance levels for the main equity benchmarks
Tue 09 December 2014 07:45
The following are the technical support and resistance levels for the major global equity benchmarks:
Land Securities sells two Scottish retail assets as portfolio reshape continues
Tue 09 December 2014 07:29
UK-listed property giant Land Securities has sold two retail assets in Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland, as it continues to refocus its shopping centre portfolio.
Tesco shares plummet as supermarket surprises with another profit warning
Tue 09 December 2014 07:05
Shares in Tesco plunged on Tuesday after the struggling supermarket chain published an unscheduled trading statement, guiding to at least a 58% drop in trading profits for the full year, much worse than feared.
Astrazeneca granted approval for opioid-induced constipation treatment
Tue 09 December 2014 07:05
Astrazeneca announced that, Moventig, its treatment for adults with opioid-induced constipation (OIC), has been granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission for patients who have had an inadequate response to laxatives.
Sale of Coutts International proceeding apace
Mon 08 December 2014 21:14
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is seeking offers for the international arm of its private-wealth division, Coutts International, this week.
US Supreme Court refuses to hear BP challenge to Gulf payments
Mon 08 December 2014 17:13
The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case brought to it by BP over its liability for compensation claims resulting from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday preview: UK industrial production, US small business confidence, Victrex annual results
Mon 08 December 2014 16:12
UK industrial production may have risen 1.8% in October following a 1.5% increase a month earlier, according to analysts' forecasts ahead of the release of data on Tuesday.
Lonmin stops furnace after finding leak
Mon 08 December 2014 12:43
Shares in mining group Lonmin declined after the company announced that it has stopped one of its furnaces following a leak of molten furnace matte.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson to acquire Hayward Aviation for £27m
Mon 08 December 2014 12:41
Insurance provider Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has agreed to acquire Hayward Aviation from Towergate Insurance in a deal worth £27m.
Nighthawk accelerates oil production
Mon 08 December 2014 12:16
US oil development and production company Nighthawk Energy has issued an upbeat production update, following increased production in newly drilled wells.
Vmoto signals encouraging year-end earnings
Mon 08 December 2014 11:54
Scooter manufacturer Vmoto has seen continued strong growth in its operations this year, with 2015 earnings expected to come in at the top end of guidance.
Kefi Minerals awarded second major licence in Saudi Arabia
Mon 08 December 2014 11:34
AIM-listed gold miner Kefi Minerals has been awarded its second major licence in Saudi Arabia.
Cohort lands triple contract win
Mon 08 December 2014 10:25
MASS, a subsidiary of technology group Cohort has been awarded three contracts to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) operational support services with a value of around £8m.
Circassia Pharma disappoints with ragweed allergy treatment study results
Mon 08 December 2014 09:43
Circassia Pharmaceuticals has disappointed with its top-line results from a study into a drug being developed for ragweed allergy.
PWC to conduct investigation into Quindell's accounting practices
Mon 08 December 2014 09:07
Embattled insurance outsourcer Quindell announced it has hired accounting firm PWC to carry out an independent review into its accounting practices.
Sainsbury could become target of activist share raid, report claims
Mon 08 December 2014 08:31
Sainsbury could become the target of a share raid that could lead to an attempt to take over of the supermarket giant, a report by the Telegraph said over the weekend.
Access Intelligence warns on both revenue and profit
Mon 08 December 2014 08:23
Software as a Service (SaaS) group Access Intelligence has warned that both its revenue profit will be below market expectations for the year ended 30 November, blaming the revenue recognition basis of the SaaS business model.
Gocompare valued at £190m as Esure buys remaining 50% stake
Mon 08 December 2014 07:46
UK insurer Esure has agreed to buy the remaining 50% stake of price-comparison group Gocompare.com Holdings for £95m.
Scottish Investment Trust warns of impact from US rate hike as profits fall
Mon 08 December 2014 07:44
Global investment trust group Scottish Investment Trust (SIT) on Monday reported a decline in annual profits and warned that an interest-rate hike in the States could rattle financial markets.
Ultra Electronics awarded Royal Navy contract
Mon 08 December 2014 07:29
Ultra Electronics Holdings has been awarded a £27m contract for the Royal Navy's Sonar 2050 Technology Refresh Programme.
IHG accepts £261m offer for Le Grand building in Paris
Mon 08 December 2014 07:06
Global hotels operator Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has accepted a €330m (£261m) offer for its Le Grand building in Paris.
Carillion signs contract with Liverpool Football Club
Mon 08 December 2014 07:04
Carillion has signed a contract with Liverpool Football Club to deliver the expansion of its main stand to add around 8,500 seats and increase the overall capacity of Anfield Stadium to some 54,000.
Segro sells £36m worth of industrial estates
Mon 08 December 2014 07:02
Real estate investment trust Segro has sold seven regional German industrial estates and has agreed to dispose of a further three to Hansteen Holdings, for a total of €45.8m (£36.1m).
Saint Gobain set to secure controlling stake in Sika
Mon 08 December 2014 06:52
French building materials giant Saint-Gobain has announced plans to take a controlling stake in Swiss construction chemicals firm Sika for €2.3bn despite the opposition of the latter's board.
Wonga set to introduce lower costs loans
Sun 07 December 2014 16:46
Payday lender Wonga has reportedly begun trials of lower costs loans, ahead of a deadline set by the City regulator to comply with new regulations.
Premier Foods will simplify controversial demand for investment from suppliers
Sun 07 December 2014 14:42
Premier Foods, the owner of some of the most famous UK's food brands, will drop its request for investment from suppliers but will ask for a discount on the prices it pays for goods.
|FTSE All Share||3,515.70||+1.17%|
|Paris CAC 40||4,241.65||-0.18%|
|Tullow Oil plc||424.20||+6.85%|
|Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets||176.20||+3.65%|
|BHP Billiton plc||1377.50||+3.57%|
|Smiths Group Plc||1072.00||-1.29%|
Articles on the economy and stock markets
18 December 2014
Head of Investment Analysis Richard Troue looks at the economic and market turmoil in Russia.
18 December 2014
Japan's ruling coalition has won an election seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Abe's economic policy. Richard Troue looks at the implications.
17 December 2014
Ben Brettell gives his reaction to recent stock market movements.