MARKET REPORT - MIDDAY
18 May
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London midday: Stocks retreat from record high; Astra drops on miss

London stocks edged a little lower by midday on Friday as investors paused for breath following a record closing high a day earlier, led by AstraZeneca after slightly disappointing quarterly numbers.

17 May
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London midday: Stocks climb as pound eases on Downing St denial of customs report

London stocks had edged up by midday on Thursday as bookies recovered some of their losses, while the pound eased a little after Prime Minister Theresa May denied a report that the UK could stay in the customs union.

16 May
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London midday: Stocks flat as geopolitics weighs amid deluge of results

London stocks had flattened out by midday on Wednesday as investors weighed up solid updates from the likes of Burberry and Micro Focus and deal news for Paddy Power against geopolitical concerns.

15 May
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London midday: Stocks edge up as pound stays lower after UK jobs data

London stocks had edged higher by midday on Tuesday as sterling largely shrugged off the latest round of UK jobs data.

14 May
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London midday: Stocks slip further as pound gains, but deal talks lift IWG

London stocks had edged a little lower by midday on Monday as the pound rallied against the greenback on Brexit speculation, although serviced office provider IWG stormed ahead on the prospect of a bidding war.

11 May
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London midday: Stocks tick lower as pound gains; ZPG rises on takeover deal

London stocks had ticked just a touch lower by midday on Friday as the pound regained some ground a day after being hit by a dovish Bank of England, although ZPG bucked the trend after the Zoopla owner agreed to be bought by US private equity firm Silver Lake.

10 May
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London midday: Stocks maintain gains as BoE stands pat; Next and RBS rally

London stocks were still a little higher by midday on Thursday as the Bank of England stood pat on rates, as expected, with updates from RBS and Next helping to keep the top-flight index afloat as BT disappointed.

09 May
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London midday: Energy shares pace the advance as oil rallies

London stocks had extended gains by midday on Wednesday, with energy shares pacing the advance as Brent crude hit its best levels since 2014 on the back of US President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, with a raft of corporate news also keeping investors busy.

08 May
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London midday: Stocks flat ahead of Trump's Iran call; Shire surges on Takeda deal

London stocks had given up earlier gains to trade flat by midday on Tuesday as caution set in ahead of US President Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal later in the day, with a flurry of deal news to keep investors busy until then.

04 May
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London midday: Stocks warm up ahead of long weekend

London stocks were cooking on gas on Friday, fired up by several upbeat corporate updates, as investors eyed the release of the US non-farm payrolls report, US-China trade talks and a sunny long weekend ahead.

03 May
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London midday: Stocks almost flat as weak services data dampens rate odds

London stocks were just a touch lower at midday as ex-dividends took some points off the main indices as is usual on a Thursday, while sterling shrugged off more weak data that further reduces the odds of a rate hike this month.

02 May
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London midday: Stocks maintain gains even as pound pops on construction data

London stocks were holding on to gains by midday on Wednesday even as the pound popped higher on better-than-expected construction data.

01 May
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London midday: Stocks push up as pound falls below $1.37 on weak manufacturing data

London stocks had extended gains by midday on Tuesday as the pound fell below $1. 37 for the first time since January on weak manufacturing data.

30 Apr
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London midday: Stocks extend gains amid weak pound, Sainsbury's surges on Asda deal

London stocks had extended gains by midday on Monday, underpinned by a weaker pound and deal news after Sainsbury's announced plans to merge with Walmart's UK unit, Asda.

27 Apr
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London midday: Stocks push higher as pound plunges on weak GDP

London stocks had extended gains by midday on Friday as the pound fell below $1. 38 for the first time since the start of March on the back of weak UK growth figures.

26 Apr
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London midday: Stocks turn higher as Barclays gains; ECB presser eyed

London stocks had shaken off small early losses to trade a little higher by midday on Thursday as Barclays turned up, with traders preparing for the latest policy announcement from the European Central Bank and ensuing press conference.

25 Apr
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London midday: Stocks stay red but Sky jumps as Comcast makes formal bid

London stocks fell further into the red by midday on Wednesday, taking their cue from a selloff on Wall Street amid rising bond yields, despite higher takeover offers boosting Sky and Shire.

24 Apr
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London midday: Stocks maintain gains as investors mull data; Shire surges

London stocks were holding on to gains by midday on Tuesday as investors digested the latest government borrowing figures, with Shire pacing the advance as it was said to be nearing a preliminary agreement with Japan's Takeda.

23 Apr
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London midday: Stocks nudge lower despite pound falling to five-month low

London stocks had nudged a touch lower by midday on Monday even as the pound fell to its worst level in five weeks against the dollar amid a new parliamentary Brexit conflict, with investors looking for fresh catalysts following an easing of geopolitical tensions.

20 Apr
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London midday: Stocks maintain gains amid mixed signals on rate hikes

London stocks rose were holding on their gains by midday on Friday as investors mulled dovish comments from Bank of England governor Mark Carney against a more hawkish tone from rate-setter Michael Saunders.