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Market Report: Indivior high on opioid surprise as investors rally on US rate cut hopes

London’s FTSE 100 was in positive mood on Thursday as investors digest the apparent stage setting for a US interest rate cut in August. FTSE 100 was 0.3% higher at 7,551.39, while the mid cap FTSE 250 index is also on the front foot, adding 75 points at 19,494.59. Among corporate stories, the big news today comes from drugs developer Indivior (INDV). The company has today raised earnings ...

Market report: British Airways owner tanks, Associated British Foods up as Primark impresses

The FTSE 100 opened virtually unchanged at 7,608.54 this morning as fears grow among economists that the UK could’ve gone into the red in last three months. Given business sentiment surveys in June for construction and manufacturing were pretty dismal, it’s believed that UK gross domestic product (GDP) will have shrunk in the second quarter. There’s also confusion as to whether the Bank ...

Market report: M&S to rebase divi and raise cash as it confirms Ocado tie-up, Ted Baker warns, Metro Bank in doghouse

After admitting to talks yesterday Marks & Spencer (MKS) has on Wednesday confirmed plans to form a £1.8bn grocery joint venture with technology delivery firm Ocado (OCDO). The tie-up, if approved by shareholders, will give M&S a food delivery business for the first time, but it comes at a hefty price. M&S plans to raise £600m through a rights issue to fund its part of the ...

Market report: Housebuilders gain on Galliford update, Dunelm lifted by strong like-for-likes

UK stocks head higher in tune with European markets on Wednesday, the FTSE 100 adding 0.3% to 7,157 to close in on recent highs, although traders have one eye on the pound after the consumer price index dropped below 2% for the first time in a year. Leading the gainers is packaging firm DS Smith (SMDS) with shares up 4% to 349p following strong results from rival Smurfitt Kappa (SKG) which is ...

Barratt Developments raises shareholder returns with extension of special dividends

Shares in the UK’s biggest housebuilder Barratt Developments (BDEV) continue their recent run of good form adding 3% to 565p on today’s first half update. Total revenues were up 7% in the six months to the end of December to £2.1bn driven by a 4% increase in completions and a small increase in the average selling price. Shareholders are also celebrating the extension of Barratt's ...
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