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US open: Dow trades above 26,000 for first time; Citigroup earnings in focus

US stocks were at record highs in early trade on Tuesday as the Dow breached the 26,000 level for the first time, with sentiment underpinned by earnings from the likes of Citigroup and UnitedHealth.

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RBC downgrades Premier Oil to 'sector perform'

Analysts at RBC downgraded their recommendation on shares of Premier Oil from 'outperform' to 'sector perform' after the shares had reached their 100p target price, which was unchanged.

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Wednesday preview: Might Burberry appoint new creative director alongside trading update?

A trading update from Burberry could provide an early highlight on Wednesday before the Bank of Canada grabs the spotlight on what is expected to be a quieter day for financial news.

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Empire State index dips in January

Factory sector activity in the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve bank of New York cooled a tad in January, according to the results of its widely-followed regional gauge.

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Europe midday: German stocks pace gains, SPD vote on coalition talks in focus

German issues are pacing gains on the Continent, thanks to a pause in the single currency's recent rapid move higher following news of a potential setback for German lawmakers to craft a coalition government.

Capita loses Prudential life and pensions contract to TCS

Prudential is transferring the administration of its life and pensions business from Capita to Tata Consultancy Services in July as part of a wider customer and technology transformation programme.

Gym Group revenues rise as membership numbers grow, new sites opened

The Gym Group reported a rise in full-year revenue on Tuesday as membership numbers grew and the company opened more sites.

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Carillion directors face probe, as fallout continues for suppliers, workers, banks

Fallout from the collapse into compulsory insolvency of construction giant Carillion continued on Tuesday, with £1bn of unpaid bills jolting suppliers, banks needing to write off most of the £1. 6bn debt pile and employees under private sector contracts going jobless the following day.

Europe open: Stocks edge higher after Japanese FX intervention

Stocks are edging higher thanks to a pause in the single currency's recent rapid move higher after Japan's finance minister cautioned overnight against "big swings" in foreign exchange markets.

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Science In Sport gets the formula right, sales up more than a quarter

Sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SIS) witnessed a 28% uptick in sales throughout its last trading year, as continued investment into the group's online platform and operations resulted in direct sales increasing by more than half.

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Tuesday broker round-up

Hunting plc: Morgan Stanley upgrades to overweight with a target price of 860p.

Hummingbird Resources prepares to open Malian gold mine

Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources saw production begin on budget and on schedule at its Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali during its fourth trading quarter, setting the firm up for a promising 2018.

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London midday: Stocks turn lower as investors digest inflation data; miners weigh

London stocks reversed small gains to trade a touch lower by midday on Tuesday, with losses in the mining sector holding back the main index and offsetting any benefit from a fall in the pound as data showed UK inflation fell slightly last month to give the Bank of England more breathing space.

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Anglo Asian Mining tops full-year production guidance despite pit closure

AIM-quoted gold exploration and development firm Anglo Asian Mining saw production top out at the upper end of its guidance over the year ended 31 December, but fell short of besting its previous outing.

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Asia close: Hang Seng tops 2007 highs

Equities in the Asia Pacific region raced ahead on Wednesday, led by gains in Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index, which topped its pre-crisis highs.

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US pre-open: Stocks to hit fresh highs as investors eye Citigroup earnings

US futures pointed to a much firmer open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with indices set to hit new highs as markets reopen after the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

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CPI dips to suggest UK inflation may have peaked

UK inflation retreated slightly last month, reducing pressure on the Bank of England over interest rates.

Gordon Dadds buys White & Black solicitors for £2.9m

Law firm Gordon Dadds Group said it had bought specialist technology solicitors, White & Black Ltd for £2. 9m plus amounts realised from £0. 52m of debtors and work-in-progress.

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UK MPs attack Whirlpool's 'woeful' response to tumble dryer fire risk

Whitegoods maker Whirlpool has been lambasted by a UK parliamentary committee for its “woeful response” to a defect in its tumble dryers that led them to cause fires.