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FTSE finishes lower following dire GDP reading, Paypoint plunges on Ofgem probe

Despite Wall Street heading higher on stimulus package hopes on Wednesday afternoon, helping European markets to regain their footing, the FTSE 100 finished 0.53% lower at 5,866.10. Weighing on sentiment was the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which revealed UK GDP dropped 19.8% in the second quarter of this year, better than the first estimate of 20.4%. Despite the ...

Director deals: Paypoint founder cashes in, Glencore finance boss keeps the faith

A founder cashing in and two finance directors buying and selling shares are among the most significant director deals of the past week. The biggest deal comes from Paypoint (PAY) founder Tim Waktin-Rees and his spouse Eve Watkin-Ress, who sold just under 500,000 shares in a series of transactions, at an average price of 973p for a total amount of £4.9m. Paypoint shares have had a bit of a ...

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: Guidance cut by Aston Martin sees shares crash, ITV woos Love Island fans

Luxury sports cars maker Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) has issued a profit warning on Wednesday blaming pressure on its caused by ongoing economic uncertainty, much of which is being caused by Brexit unknowns. Shares in the company crashed 23% to 799.8p with full guidance for full year car volumes and earnings cut, and worryingly, hinting that things may yet get worse. ‘We anticipate that ...

Market report: FTSE 100 plunges to two-year low on US slowdown fears, DS Smith continues slide

UK stocks fall in line with continental Europe and US index futures as worries over the strength of the US economy begin to weigh on sentiment. In early trade the FTSE 100 index gives up almost 2% to 6,792.10, a new two-year low, while the FTSE 250 gives up 1.5% to a low for the year of 17,995 points. Tomorrow sees the release of three closely-watched indicators of the health of the US economy ...
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