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Market buzz: FTSE 250 outshines sibling, change in HSBC strategy

1620: The internationally focused FTSE 100 is in the red but the more domestically exposed FTSE 250 is firmly higher. The blue chip index's losses come as traders continue to fear the tightening implications of a hawkish shift in monetary policy thanks to rising inflation, says analyst Joshua Mahony at IG.

Wednesday preview: UK wages, US Fed minutes and Lloyds strategy in focus

Wednesday is a big and busy day for macro news, with crucial UK labour market data, initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and a closely watched set of FOMC minutes, plus corporate results from Lloyds Banking Group, Glencore and Barratt Developments.

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Shore Capital upgrades Britvic to 'buy'

Britvic’s shares have fallen by 15% in the past month and Shore Capital now thinks the drink maker looks like a 'buy'.

Asda growth slows in fourth quarter, adding to Walmart disappointments

Asda, Britain's third-largest supermarket chain, grew sales in the fourth quarter but it was far from enough to help parent Wamart from reporting a disappointing profits over the key festive period.

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Fox increases news commitments to seal Sky deal

21st Century Fox has strengthened its commitments to investment in Sky's UK news channel in a bid to secure a takeover of the European cable network.

Dunelm dives as profits decline and CFO departs

Dunelm's profits dipped in the first half of the year and homeware retailer said chief financial officer Keith Down will leave the company in June.

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Fidessa in talks about being taken over by Temenos

Fidessa has confirmed that it is in "advanced discussions" about being taken over by Swiss banking software group Temenos for around £1. 4bn of cash.

16 Feb
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Acacia Mining in talks with Chinese investors over possible asset sale

Acacia Mining has begun talks about potentially selling a stake in some or all of its Tanzanian gold mining operations.

16 Feb
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Week ahead: UK wages, Fed minutes, bank results

Wednesday will be the big day next week, with UK labour market data, initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and Federal Reserve minutes, with bank results the key theme on the London corporate calendar.

16 Feb
Market buzz: FTSE adds 200 points over week, dollar facing 'volatile weeks'

1635: The FTSE 100 closed 59. 89 points or 0. 83% higher at 7,294. 70 on Friday, adding 202. 5 or 2. 9% over the week. The pound is off it's lows from earlier in the afternoon, but still down 0. 3% against the dollar at 1. 4055 but up 0. 2% on the euro at 1. 1294.

16 Feb
WPP hits six-month high on renewed TV ad optimism, Goldman tips ITV

WPP shares have rallied to a six-month high amid a recent improvement in the ad market, capped off by a bullish view given by analysts at Goldman Sachs and Numis on Friday.

16 Feb
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Balfour Beatty wins share of $2bn LAX airport shuttle contract

Balfour Beatty has won a share worth around £420m of a huge contract to design and build an 'automated people mover' at Los Angeles International airport.

16 Feb
BGEO reports strong year, explains dividend plans ahead of split

BGEO Group, the investment company that owns the Bank of Georgia, grew profits 8. 1% last year as it prepares to split into two in 2018.

15 Feb
Jefferies reiterates 'buy' on Indivior's strong guidance

Jefferies, RBC Capital Markets and Numis reiterated their positive recommendations on Indivior as the opioid addiction drug maker's shares slipped on the back of final results on Thursday.

15 Feb
Friday preview: Silver lining for UK retail sales, Segro results due

Data from the Office for National Statistics is unlikely to lift the dark clouds over UK retail but a better month is expected and could prove a thin ray of sunshine.

15 Feb
Indivior increases profits, legal provisions, 2018 guidance

Indivior, the opioid addiction drug specialist, increased its financial provisions over potential US litigation by $210m as it reported 3% revenue growth for last year and guided to further growth in 2018.

15 Feb
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Market buzz: Bitcoin approaching $10K, US econ data 'unspectacular'

1500: Despite the recent more than havling in its price, Bitcoin is still out there (somewhere . probably), with prices edging back towards the $10,000 mark. "Volatility and bitcoin go together hand-in-hand, so expect plenty more highs and lows over the coming weeks and months," writes Dennis de Jong at UFX. Despite Berkshire Hathaway's Charles Munger dubing it "noxious poison", de Jong believes that won't stop investors from plunging their money in. As an aside, CBoE's VIX down 4.

15 Feb
South African assets lifted as Ramaphosa replaces Zuma

Cyril Ramaphosa was voted in as President of South Africa, senior members of the African National Congress party confirmed on Thursday, lifting the rand and companies exposed to the currency.

15 Feb
CapCo confirms talks with Mayor's Office of West London building

Capital & Counties is in talks with the office of the Mayor of London over the ongoing use of the Empress State Building in West London by the Metropolitan Police.

15 Feb
Italy's election offers many risks but 'little chance of Italexit'

Italy's election early next month is unlikely to result in an 'Italexit' from the European Union, said Berenberg on Thursday, but is likely to see former leader Silvio Berlusconi emerge as a kingmaker and could still result in the country holding referendum on its membership of the euro and reverse recent labour reforms.