FULL LIST OF STORIES
23 Nov
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Sector movers: Centrica, China sink utilities and banks

Defensive areas of the market performed best on Thursday, aside from utilities that is, as shares of Centrica crumbled.

23 Nov
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Morgan Stanley reaffirms 'buy' on ITV

Analysts at Morgan Stanley stuck by their 'buy' recommendation on shares of ITV and 230p target price, pointing to nine different factors to back up their investment thesis.

23 Nov
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Europe close: Stocks finish near highs, China woes and euro gains weigh on German shares

Stocks finished near their best levels of the day, having mounted a comeback following early weakness that was attributed to an overnight drop in Chinese equities on the heels of continued upwards pressure on bond yields in the Asian giant.

23 Nov
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Europe midday: German political progress and strong PMIs offset drop in Chinese stocks

Stocks are mounting a comeback following early weakness that some market commentary is attributing to an overnight drop in Chinese equities on the heels of continued upwards pressure on bond yields in the Asian giant.

23 Nov
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Belgian business confidence rises above forecasts in November

Business confidence in Belgium rose more than expected in November, led by a sharp improvement in sentiment in busines-related services and construction.

23 Nov
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Several ECB rate-setters push to de-link forward guidance from QE, minutes show

European Central Bank rate-setters believe their so-called 'forward guidance' has helped to anchor interest rate expectations within the bloc, the minutes of their last deliberations reveal, but several also pushed for more flexibility to allow for a quicker end to their asset purchases.

23 Nov
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Many on FOMC believe low inflation may also reflect persistent factors, minutes show

Central bankers in the States are pretty much set on raising their benchmark interest rate again when they meet again on 12-13 December, but the pace at which they will continue to do so in 2018 is less clear, the minutes of their policy meeting have revealed.

23 Nov
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Bonds: Gilts underperform amid Brexit talks optimism, Budget

These were the yields on some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields: US: 2. 32% (-4bp)UK: 1. 28% (+1bp)Germany: 0. 35% (+0bp)France: 0. 67% (-1bp)Spain: 1. 45% (-3bp) Italy: 1. 77% (-1bp)Portugal: 1. 91% (-1bp)Greece: 5. 37% (+3bp)Japan: 0. 03% (-0bp) .

22 Nov
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Sector movers: Industrial metals, food retailers lead

The best performing areas of the market were a mix of cyclicals and defensives.

22 Nov
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Europe close: German stocks give back gains amid political impasse

Stocks ended the session modestly lower as traders waited for the release of the minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last rate-setting meeting in the evening and monitored the news-flow out of Germany, amid speculation that a 'grand coalition' between Germany's two main political parties, the centre-right CDU/CSU and the Socialist SPD, may yet be possible.

22 Nov
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FX round-up: sterling helped higher post budget, weaker dollar lends a hand

The pound received a boost higher on Wednesday following the delivery of the Chancellor's budget, while the greenback fell for a second day.

22 Nov
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US open: Shares hold ground ahead of FOMC minutes

Wall Street is holding its ground following the record highs set the day before, albeit amid lighter than usual trading volumes ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, with investors looking to the release of the minutes of the most recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.

22 Nov
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US consumer confidence holds near best level since 2004, good signal for Xmas

Americans are looking confidently to the future in a potentially strong signal for spending over the Christmas holidays, according to the results of closely-followed survey.

22 Nov
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Eurozone consumer confidence jumps in November

Consumer confidence in the single currency bloc shot higher in November, according to the executive arm of the European Union.

22 Nov
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Durable goods orders fall in October, weighed down by volatile aircraft component

Orders for goods made to last more than three years slowed much more quickly than expected last month amid a decline in those for aircraft, both civilian and military.

22 Nov
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Europe midday: German stocks little changed amid high-level political contacts

Stocks are seeing modest gains as traders wait for the release of the minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last rate-setting meeting in the evening and monitor the news-flow out of Germany, amid speculation that a 'grand coalition' between Germany's two main political parties, the centre-right CDU/CSU and the Socialist SPD, may yet be possible.

22 Nov
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Fresh elections in Germany still most likely outcome, Berenberg says

The German state has not been left moribund by the recent failure of talks aimed at forming a new coalition government, nor will it significantly derail a push for reforming the euro area's architecture or the Brexit negotiations, a top-rated economist said.

22 Nov
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Broker tips: Reckitt Benckiser, QinetiQ, EasyJet

JP Morgan has upgraded its view on shares of Reckitt Benckiser, with its analysts pointing to potential upside in the firm's earnings per share in fiscal year 2020 and the potential for shifts in the company's portfolio of assets to unlock value.

22 Nov
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Investec upgrades EasyJet despite "disappointing" results

Analysts at Investec lifted their target price on shares of EasyJet, despite the company's "disappointing" (albeit in-line with guidance) results the day before in comparison to those from its peer group.

22 Nov
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JP Morgan upgrades Reckitt Benckiser, sees scope for M&A in medium-term

JP Morgan has upgraded its view on shares of Reckitt Benckiser, with its analysts pointing to potential upside in the firm's earnings per share in fiscal year 2020 and the potential for shifts in the company's portfolio of assets to unlock value.