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UK equity markets go crazy in wake of decisive Tory victory at the polls, FTSE 250 jumps 4%

UK equity rallied strongly in early trade on Friday as investors welcome the removal of several key risks that have been hanging over the stock market, sparking the pound to post its biggest gain against the dollar in two and a half years, with £1 worth $1.34. The market now has more confidence that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to pass a Brexit deal and for the UK to formally ...

Market report: Virgin Money soars despite suspended dividend, Vodafone down as it goes ex-dividend

The FTSE 100 got off to a slow start this morning after US president Donald Trump signed into law a bill backing Hong Kong’s protesters. Stock markets around the world fell sharply on the news, fearing that China will retaliate. Beijing has consistently warned the US and other countries against interfering in what it sees as its internal affairs. The UK’s benchmark index no different to ...

Market report: Melrose flies on aerospace sales while Boohoo struts its stuff

The FTSE 100 opens marginally lower at 7,304 on Thursday after the Prime Minister was boxed in by Parliament overnight. MPs from both sides blocked both a no-deal Brexit and a call for a snap election. In addition a number of stocks are trading ex-dividend today, dragging on the index. After the close last night FTSE Russell announced its quarterly index review, making three changes to the FTSE ...

Market report: Intu property buyout falls through, funerals probe and Britvic sweet no sugar switch

Plans to buyout UK shopping centres operator Intu Properties (INTU) have fallen through after a consortium led by the group’s chairman John Whittaker pulled the plug. This comes a huge disappointment to investors in the owner of Manchester's Trafford Centre, sparking a massive 38%-plus slump in the Intu share price, to 117.85p. That values the business at about £1.6bn. This is the second ...

Go-Ahead beats expectations as DfT ponders potential action following timetable havoc

Train operator Go-Ahead (GOG) has continued its strong performance with trading in the year to 30 June exceeding expectations thanks to a strong performance in its rail division. Operating profit of £135.9m beat analysts’ forecasts of £131.2m by approximately 4%. Shares in the Southern and Southeastern operator surged 14.4% to £18.70. Pre-tax profit is up 6.5% at £145.7m. Profit was ...
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