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Quadrise Fuels signs MoU with fuel merchant Freepoint

Quadrise Fuels International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Freepoint Commodities, it announced on Wednesday.

Scancell exercises option for Ichor's TriGrid 2.0

Novel immunotherapies developer Scancell Holdings has exercised its option to a worldwide commercial licence for the use of Ichor Medical Systems' proprietary ‘TriGrid 2. 0’ electroporation delivery system with SCIB1 - Scancell's ‘ImmunoBody’ vaccine for the treatment of melanoma - it announced on Wednesday.

Biffa trading in line, investors told

Waste management company Biffa updated the market on its trading on Wednesday, for the period from 31 March to date.

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Sky gets pat on the back in latest Ofcom complaints stats

As children's entertainment behemoth Disney and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox tussle for control of Sky, Ofcom has revealed the broadcaster and telecoms utility was the least complained about provider in the latest complaints league table.

Asia report: Markets finish mixed after encouraging words from Powell

Markets in Asia started their sessions slightly firmer on Wednesday, but finished up a mixed bag as investors digested reassuring words from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell at his Congressional testimony.

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Smiths Group shares fall on medical division disappointment

Smiths Group shares were in the red on Wednesday morning, despite a relatively upbeat trading update, as investors noticed an effective profit warning for its medical division buried in the RNS release.

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Close Brothers trading in line as it prepares for IFRS 9 impact

Close Brothers Group issued its scheduled pre-close trading update ahead of its 2018 financial year-end on Wednesday, reporting that it had continued to perform “well” across all divisions, consistent with its third quarter trading update.

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BTG trading in line as shareholders muster for AGM

Specialist healthcare company BTG updated the market on its recent progress on Wednesday, as investors gathered for its annual general meeting in London, reporting that in interventional medicine it had made “significant progress” in the key growth drivers of geographic expansion, indication expansion and product innovation in its oncology and vascular businesses.

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Hochschild Mining achieves record production in first half

Hochschild Mining reported “another very strong quarter” in its second-quarter production numbers on Wednesday, with attributable production for the period reaching 5. 0 million ounces of silver and 68,477 ounces of gold.

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Meggitt secures new contracts for business jets and Chinese turboprops

Aerospace and defence engineering group Meggitt announced two new contracts on Wednesday - the first with Textron Aviation, to develop a wireless system that could check tyre pressure on a business jet in a matter of seconds, replacing the need for a manual gauge.

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Focus on convenience a solid play for NewRiver

NewRiver updated the market on its first quarter performance on Wednesday, reporting that it completed a number of acquisitions in core sectors at “attractive” entry prices, with opportunities for further value creation.

BHP posts solid production numbers for 2018 financial year

BHP released its operational review for the year ended 30 June on Wednesday, reporting that it met or exceeded full-year production guidance for petroleum, copper, iron ore and energy coal, as well as its revised guidance for metallurgical coal.

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CRH divests Benelux DIY business in EUR 510m deal

Building materials group CRH has completed the divestment of its DIY business in the Netherlands and Belgium, together with certain related property assets, it announced on Wednesday.

World Cup gives GVC Holdings a boost, Smiths Group sees good performance across divisions

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 30 points higher on Wednesday, having closed up 0. 34% to 7,626. 33 on Tuesday.

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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Brexit, dairy prices, Trump, Russia, Tesla, Rolls-Royce

Theresa May threatened Conservative rebels with a general election this summer if they defeated her plans on customs after Brexit. Tory whips issued the warning to Remain-backing MPs, led by the former ministers Stephen Hammond and Nicky Morgan, minutes before a crucial vote last night that would have kept Britain inside a customs union. - The Times.

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US close: Markets reverse earlier losses to finish in the green

US stocks recovered from a poor open to finish green on Tuesday, as investors digested a disappointing quarterly update from streaming giant Netflix and a Congressional testimony from Fed chair Jerome Powell.

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Huntsworth buys 90pc of Giant Creative in $72m deal

Healthcare and communications group Huntsworth announced on Tuesday the acquisition of 90. 2% of the membership interests of Giant Creative Holdings - a limited liability company and parent of Giant Creative Strategy - from Shamrock Capital Growth Fund III and its affiliates, and Giant's former and existing management, for a cash consideration of $72. 2m funded from existing debt facilities.

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EMIS Group ends first half in line

Connected healthcare software and services provider EMIS Group updated the market for the six months ended 30 June on Tuesday, reporting that trading for the half year had been in line with the board's expectations, with revenue ahead of the comparative period as the group continued to benefit from strong market shares, high levels of recurring revenue and good visibility in its order books and pipelines.

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Empresaria buys majority share of Grupo Solimano

International specialist staffing group Empresaria announced the acquisition of a 60% interest in Grupo Solimano on Tuesday, which it described as an established provider of outsourced and temporary staffing services in Peru.

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Falanx expands further with acquisition of Secure Storm

Cyber security and intelligence provider Falanx Group announced the acquisition of Secure Storm on Tuesday, which it said was in line with its strategy of increasing value in the high-growth cybersecurity market.