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22:02
US House of Representatives postpones vote on healthcare reform
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Leaders of the US House of Representatives put on ice plans for a vote on Thursday night on President Trump's proposal to repeal Obamacare.

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18:28
San Francisco Fed chief says forecasts for 3 or 4 hikes in 2017 make sense
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A top US rate-setter said the median expectation from policymakers for a total of three to four interest rate hikes in 2017 would make sense if the economy continued progressing as expected.

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18:10
FX round-up: Sterling rises on hearty UK retail sales as inflation, possible BoE rate rise lurk
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Sterling ticked higher on most major crosses Thursday thanks to better-than-expected UK retail sales figures for February, with rising inflation and a possible Bank of England (BoE) interest rate hike lurking in the background.

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17:17
London close: FTSE gains on clothing retailers after improved UK shop-sales data
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Equities in London rose to a positive close with the FTSE 100 enjoying a rise after UK retail sales for February came in stronger than expected and helped both clothes-related retailers and sterling higher.

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17:03
Commodities: Gold a snip ahead with risk aversion potentially driving further gains
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Gold was pricing a snip higher on Thursday afternoon with present risk aversion in the market potentially able to lift the nil-yielding precious metal higher in the short term.

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16:20
FTSE 100 movers: Next cuts a dash in dull market
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Clothes retailer Next led the FTSE 100 risers despite reporting underlying pre-tax profits fell 3. 8% to £790. 2m last year and warned 2017 will be "another tough year" due to a shift away from spending on clothing and a squeeze on UK wages.

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15:26
FTSE 250 movers: Halma up on trading update; Ted Baker drops
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London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 7% to 18,971. 87 in afternoon trade, as investors sifted through corporate news and digested better-than-expected retail sales figures.

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14:42
US new home sales rise more than expected in February
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Sales of new US single-family homes rose more than expected in February, according to official data released on Thursday.

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13:11
London midday: Stocks flat but pound pops higher after retail sales
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Equity markets in London were little changed by midday, but sterling popped higher following the release of better-than-expected retail sales figures.

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12:58
US initial jobless claims unexpectedly rise
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, according to data from the Labor Department.

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11:21
London attack: Policeman among 4 dead in Westminster outrage
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Four people, including a policeman, were killed on Wednesday after a terrorist mowed down pedestrians in a car before attempting to continue his rampage inside the Palace of Westminster, police said.

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10:23
German consumer confidence remains high, Gfk finds
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German consumer sentiment is expected to worsen in March, according to a survey published on Thursday.

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09:44
London open: Stocks nudge lower ahead of retail sales data
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London stocks nudged a little lower in early trade as investors eyed the release of UK retail sales data, amid ongoing worries about Donald Trump’s economic plans.

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07:36
London pre-open: Stocks seen touch higher but Trump worries remain
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London stocks were set for a slightly firmer open on Thursday following a steady session in the US, although worries about Donald Trump’s economic agenda remained.

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22 Mar
Two more rate hikes in 2017 reasonable, Fed's Kaplan says
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The US central bank should hike interest rates twice more in 2017 and was moving towards the point where the balance sheet could be allowed to start to reduce gradually, a top official said.

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22 Mar
FX round-up: Sterling mixed on Wednesday after UK inflation supercharge ebbs
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Sterling plugged away to achieve a mixed out-turn on major crosses Wednesday, but did manage to craft minor gains against both the US dollar and euro even as its inflation supercharge ebbed from Tuesday.

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22 Mar
Fitch downgrades Saudi Arabia over reform doubts
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Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Saudi Arabia's sovereign debt rating to 'A+' from 'AA-' as it expressed major doubts about the government's financial reform programme.

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22 Mar
London close: FTSE lower as "Trump effect" wanes, Parliament attacked
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Stocks in London ended Wednesday lower as market watchers mulled a waning of the so-called "Trump effect," with traders rightly distracted by a potential lone-wolf terror attack at Parliament.

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22 Mar
Commodities: Crude prices tumble after US inventories build; Brent peeps below $50
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Crude-oil futures are strongly lower Wednesday afternoon in the aftermath of two separate reports -- one this afternoon and the other last night -- that again showed rising US stocks of the black liquid.

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22 Mar
Airlines fly lower amid EU Brexit warning and electronics ban
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Airline shares tumbled on Wednesday after news of potential route restrictions post-Brexit combined with a US and UK ban introduced new restrictions on electronic devices for certain flights.

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