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Lloyds Banking Group’s first quarter profit increased with the part state-owned bank still on track to meet its 2017 targets.
European stocks declined for the first time in seven days on Thursday as investors awaited the European Central Bank’s policy decision.
Hochschild Mining’s silver and gold production increased in the first quarter as the miner remained on track to meet its 2017 targets.
Deltex Medical Group, a maker for blood monitoring and fluid management equipment for use in surgical operations, has won a €50,000 grant from the European Union.
AIM-listed Mission Marketing Group has bought RJW & Partners, a provider of consultancy services to the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, for up to £6. 23m.
Insurer Jardine Lloyd Thompson said that it made a “good” start to the year but warned that the “challenging trading conditions of 2016 in many markets around the world have continued in 2017”.
Healthcare provider Mediclinic International said that it will monitor the changes on its Middle East business after Abu Dhabi waived 20% of the co-payment for Thiqa health insurance card holders.
FTSE 250 housebuilder Countryside Properties announced that the chief executive of its partnership division, Richard Cherry, is to retire after 35 years.
US stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited a speech on tax reform by President Donald Trump.
Glanbia is to sell a 60% stake in its Irish dairy business, to Glanbia Co-operative Society for €112m.
Shares in Crawshaw Group tumbled after the butcher announced it has entered into a supply chain partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group, one of Europe's largest meat and food producers.
Electrical power generation company Drax Group has completed the acquisition of Louisiana Pellets for $35. 4m, following a court hearing to approve the result of an auction.
European equities struggled to hold on to previous gains and were little changed by midday as investors looked to a potential tax reform announcement in the US later in the day and the European Central Bank’s press conference on Thursday.
AIM-listed explorer Kodal Minerals’ initial assay results have confirmed high-grade lithium mineralisation within the pegmatite intersections at its Bougouni project in Mali.
As part of its restructuring plans, offshore drilling contractor Seadrill has agreed with Archer, an oil services company, and its lenders to cancel about $253m in financial guarantees provided by Seadrill in exchange for a cash payment of about $25m.
Shares in PCI-PAL surged on Wednesday after the contact centre solutions provider announced it had won a contract with an automotive repair company.
Jefferies has upgraded Sky to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ and hiked its price target to 1,200p from 1,050p as it believes the broadcaster is “materially” undervalued with or without the potential £11. 7bn merger with Fox.
With three months to go before its year-end, BHP Billiton downgraded its full year guidance for copper and metallurgical coal, but iron ore production was not too badly affected by Cyclone Debbie in Australia.
Fresnillo’s gold production fell in the first quarter although silver increased and the miner said it remained on track to meet its full 2017 production guidance.
GKN had a good first quarter with organic sales growth, but the engineer warned that its growth rate may not be sustained for the full year due to tough comparisons with last year.