Market buzz: Pound pops on EU transition deal, Facebook falls

1700:Close The top tier index started the week on a weak note amid a near perfect storm of pound strength, soft base metals' prices, a twitter-storm on Capitol Hill at the weekend and ongoing trade and geopolitical frictions. Somewhat ironically, the chief trigger behind the downdraft in London-listed stocks was a relative 'positive' for the economy, in the form an understanding between Brussels and Westminster on the broad contours of the post-Brexit transition deal.

Tuesday preview: Eyes on CPI ahead of BoE, Wood and Ocado report

UK inflation is expected to ease off on Tuesday ahead of the Bank of England monetary policy meeting later in the week, while updates are expected from the likes of Ocado and Wood Group.

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UK agrees Brexit transition deal with EU, loose threads remain

Britain and the European Union have agreed a 21-month Brexit transition deal to smooth the break-up after March 2019, though the Irish border remains one of several issues not yet resolved and it was described by some as "not a decisive breakthrough".

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Relief for bookies over gambling machines reports

Shares in bookmakers Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill galloped higher on Monday after reports that they will avoid the worst scenarios envisaged from the government's triennial review on fixed-odds betting terminals.

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Conviviality calls time on boss Hunter

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has thrown in the towel at the Bargain Booze owner after a succession of profit warnings, accounting and tax issues.

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Micro Focus nosedives on HPE integration issues, CEO Hsu walks

Micro Focus International chief executive Chris Hsu has resigned as the company downgraded its profits guidance less than six months after completing the reverse takeover of HP Enterprise's software arm.

16 Mar
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London close: Financials lead the way as Berkeley rant misfires

London stocks finished the week with a second step higher, as financials and miners rose again to offset caution hitting the housebuilding and retail sectors.

16 Mar
Market buzz: Tullow increases debt fundraise, and what's NEX worth?

1701: Tullow Oil has increased its bond offer to $880m from $650m. It's raising cash from debt by issuing senior debt notes offering 7%, due 2025 at par.

16 Mar
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FTSE 100 movers: EasyJet flies on technical flag, Berkeley rant misfires

London's FTSE 100 was lifted by financials and commodity stocks on Friday, with the index up 0. 62% to 7,183. 99.

16 Mar
Emerging markets to offer better consumer growth for 'decades more'

Emerging markets still offer much better potential from consumer growth than developed markets, says Credit Suisse, suggesting a range of countries and stocks for investors to back.

16 Mar
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London open: FTSE indecisive as Berkeley's barks weigh on builders

London stocks resumed their indecisive shift sideway as the week drew to a close, 10 years to the day that JP Morgan originally agreed to buy the stricken Bear Stearns.

16 Mar
NEX rockets after CME Group makes takeover approach

NEX Group shares shot up to an all-time high after the inter-dealer broker, formerly known as ICAP, confirmed overnight that it has received a preliminary approach by US giant CME Group regarding a potential takeover.

16 Mar
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London midday: Miners and financials lift FTSE as Berkeley update hits builders

London equity indices were doing their darnedest to try and finish the week on a positive note, with the mining and financial heavyweights offsetting caution hitting the housebuilding and retail sectors.

16 Mar
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Berkeley aggressively defends house-building rate, maintains profit guidance

Berkeley Group reported a resilient level of house sales in the past four months and while it was confident enough about the "compelling" fundamentals of the London and South East housing market to maintain profit and dividend guidance, had a fairly aggressive message for the government.

16 Mar
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London pre-open: FTSE still struggling for direction, Shell exits New Zealand

London stocks were expected to resume their decline on Friday after a ending a three-day losing streak in the previous session and a mixed day overnight on Wall Street.

15 Mar
Market buzz: NEX receives approach from CME, Unilever picks Rotterdam

1748: NEX Group, Icap as was, has confirmed (in an announcement at 1737 GMT) that it has received a preliminary approach by CME Group regarding a potential acquisition of NEX. "Discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that an offer for NEX will be made, nor as to the terms of any offer, if made. " .

15 Mar
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London close: Financials help FTSE perk up after three-day decline

Having hummed and hawed all day amid a buzz of UK corporate and global geopolitical news on Thursday, London's blue chip share index showed signs of life after being laid up for the first three days of the week.

15 Mar
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FTSE 250 movers: Hikma looks over hiccup, Cussons warns again

London's FTSE 250 index was little moved on Thursday, with a rallying Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Cineworld leading the risers as PZ Cussons and Spirax fell.

15 Mar
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GKN's largest customer tolls death knell for Melrose deal

GKN's largest customer, Airbus, has suggested it would withdraw custom from the FTSE 100 engineer in the event of the proposed hostile takeover by Melrose International.

15 Mar
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Cineworld confident for Regal challenge in blockbuster-heavy year

Cineworld reported strong profits growth for a 'momentous' 2017 and was feeling boffo about newly acquired US cinema chain Regal and a bulging slate of blockbusters in 2018.