MARKET PULSE
02 Oct
US close: Stocks notch record high closes on upbeat manufacturing data
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US stocks kicked off the month of October in style, with all three of the main indices notching record high closes on the back of upbeat manufacturing data.

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02 Oct
Director dealings: Spire's new CEO buys-in near 52 week lows
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Spire Healthcare's incoming new chief Justin Ash bought into the stock of the company he will soon be running just off its 52-week lows.

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02 Oct
Europe close: Stocks close near session highs
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Europe's main stockmarkets ended the session higher with the notable exception of Spain's Ibex 35 following the violence-marred illegal referendum held in Catalonia at the weekend, as the region's leaders chose the path of provocation even after the courts had ruled it was unconstitutional.

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02 Oct
London close: Stocks extend gains as pound falls back
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The top flight index extended its recent gains as the pound fell further after data showed that growth in the UK manufacturing sector eased back more than expected last month, with airlines and housebuilders on a tear.

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02 Oct
US open: Wall Street starts new quarter on front foot
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Wall Street has started the third quarter on the front foot in the wake of a strong reading on US factory sector activity, albeit amid weakness in oil futures as the Greenback extends its recent rebound.

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02 Oct
Savannah Resources upbeat on hydrogeological assessment results
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Savannah Resources announced on Monday that the results of a hydrogeological baseline assessment would bolster the ‘in-principle’ approval of its proposed tailings storage facility, adding that key approvals relating to the Block 5 Mahab 4 and Maqail South mining licence applications for copper development in Oman had been received.

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02 Oct
Angling Direct snaps up Birmingham's Fosters Fishing
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Specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer Angling Direct has acquired the entire issued share capital of Fosters Fishing for a total consideration of £3m, payable in cash, it confirmed on Monday.

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02 Oct
Tuesday preview: Cash return expected with Ferguson finals
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Results from Ferguson will be under the spotlight on Tuesday as analysts predict a not-insubstantial cash return, while Greggs and Electrocomponents both provide trading updates.

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02 Oct
RWS swallows Article One Partners in $8m deal
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Intellectual property support services provider RWS Holdings announced the acquisition of US-based IP information business Article One Partners on Monday, for a cash consideration of $8m.

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02 Oct
FTSE 250 movers: Wizz gains on Monarch collapse, Nex slumps
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London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 3% to 19,938. 02 in afternoon trade on Monday.

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02 Oct
Avacta establishes US commercial team
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Affirmer biotherapeutic and reagent developer Avacta Group announced on Monday that it has established a commercial team of three people in the US, including the appointment of Dr Matthew Vincent as vice president therapeutics business development.

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02 Oct
ISM manufacturing index hits highest level since 2004 in September
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Growth in the US economy's manufacturing sector unexpectedly improved in September, according to data from the US Institute for Supply Management.

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02 Oct
Uber's UK head stands down as CEO arrives in London
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Jo Bertram has stood down from her role as head of operations for ride-hailing app Uber in northern Europe as the company's global chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, arrived in London in order to plead his case to Transport for London for the reinstatement of the firm's licence in the capital.

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02 Oct
Time Out to open second US market in Boston
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Media and entertainment business Time Out Group announced that it has signed a lease agreement for a new Time Out Market in Boston, with the benefit of planning for the site already secured.

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02 Oct
Premier African Minerals raises £3.5m in discounted share offer
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AIM-traded multi-commodity mining and resource development company Premier African Minerals saw "strong" demand at the weekend for its newly issued shares from both private and institutional investors.

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02 Oct
US manufacturing activity picks up in September - IHS Markit
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Manufacturing activity in the US grew a little more than initially estimated in September, according to figures released on Monday.

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02 Oct
FTSE 100 movers: Airlines, housebuilders rally; Imperial hit by broker note
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London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 7% to 7,421. 26 in afternoon trade on Monday as the pound slipped back on disappointing manufacturing data.

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02 Oct
Stanley Gibbons sells interiors assets to Gurr Johns
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After a false start, Stanley Gibbons confirmed the successful sale of a big chunk of its interiors division on Monday, offloading its Dreweatts 1759 assets to Gurr Johns.

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02 Oct
TfL names Blackhorse Road development partners
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Transport for London has awarded a consortium formed between Barratt Developments and London & Quadrant as the preferred joint venture partner to develop a 1. 8 acre former car park opposite Blackhorse Road station in northeast London.

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02 Oct
Baillie Gifford Japan Trust outperforms benchmark
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Edinburgh-based investment company Baillie Gifford Japan Trust announced on Monday that it had beaten market expectations in its fiscal year ended 31 August thanks to above average performances from Japanese equities over the period.

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