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Market report: Slow start for UK stocks as Royal Mail fights strike threat and Games Workshop jumps

UK share dealing gets off to a slow start on a typically quiet Friday morning session with investor attention elsewhere. At the start of share trading the benchmark FTSE 100 is down roughly 25 points at 7,382.04, led by miners Evraz (EVR) and Anglo American (AAL), both off by around 3% at 373.7p and £20.495 respectively. British American Tobacco (BATS) tops the FTSE 100 leader board on ...

Market report: FTSE struggles on disappointing corporate updates as De La Rue warns again and Next sees lower growth

UK stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday as markets digested news of the first UK December general election since 1923. The FTSE 100 index of leading stocks was down 14 points or 0.2% to 7,293 while the FTSE 250 was down 36 points or 0.2% to 20,131. Healthcare, Food producers and beverages were leading the market while general retailers, Oil services and mining stocks were showing ...

Market report: Gains in Asia-focused banks offset domestic political concerns

UK shares opened firmer on Wednesday despite further political uncertainty after MPs voted against the Government last night, prompting fears that the prime minister would seek a snap general election under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. The FTSE 100 index gains 0.6% to 7,312 with banks, insurers, miners, oils and retailers contributing positively. Among the banks, index heavy-weight HSBC ...

Market report: Profit misses at HSBC and BHP although dividends maintained, Greggs soars on vegan lines

Dividends take centre stage in early trade on Tuesday as banking giant HSBC (HSBA) and mining group BHP Billiton (BHP) maintain payouts to investors, while hotels operator Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) ups its own shareholder hand out by 10%. HSBC continues to demonstrate what a profitable core business it has as it increasingly concentrates on Asia, posting a near 16% rise in pre-tax profit ...
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