MARKET REPORTS UK
17 Feb
London close: FTSE mixed as Unilever flies after rebuffed Kraft Heinz bid
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London stocks closed mixed after a Friday session that saw blue-chip consumer goods giant Unilever fly higher after it slapped away a $143bn offer from Kraft Heinz, which has indicated it will return to the table.

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17 Feb
London midday: Stocks nudge up as pound drops on retail sales data
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London stocks nudged higher, while the pound lost ground against the dollar after data showed UK retail sales fell again in January.

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17 Feb
London open: Stocks flat as investors eye retail sales
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London stocks were little changed in early trade as investors awaited the release of UK retail sales figures.

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17 Feb
London pre-open: Stocks seen muted ahead of retail sales
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London stocks were set for a muted open on Friday as investors await the release of retail sales figures.

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16 Feb
London close: FTSE falls on dollar dip, ex-divs and tendency to gold safety
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London equities limped to a lower close Thursday, pulled down by a trinity of factors including dollar weakness, a tendency to safe-haven gold and ex-dividend stocks.

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16 Feb
London midday: Stronger pound, miners and ex-divs weigh on FTSE
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London equities were lower at noon on Thursday as a fall in the dollar combined with several blue chips going ex-dividend, as UK investors awaited fresh catalysts.

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16 Feb
London open: Stocks nudge lower as investors mull corporate news
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London equities nudged lower in early trade as several big income stocks went ex-dividend and investors sifted through corporate news, awaiting fresh catalysts.

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16 Feb
London pre-open: Stocks to edge lower despite US gains
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London stocks were set to edge a little lower at the open despite stocks on Wall Street closing at records for a fifth straight session on Wednesday.

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15 Feb
London close: FTSE gains on financials as US consumer inflation surprises
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London stocks ended Wednesday higher as investors considered news that UK's jobless rate held steady at end-2016, with forecast-busting US inflation numbers helping boost global markets led north by financials.

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15 Feb
London midday: Stocks edge up as investors mull employment data
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London stocks edged higher, with financials boosted by unexpectedly hawkish comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday, as investors digested news that UK wage growth has slowed but unemployment has picked up.

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15 Feb
London open: Stocks edge higher ahead of employment data

London stocks edged higher in early trade, taking their cue from a positive session in the US, where equities were boosted by unexpectedly hawkish comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, as investors eyed some key figures on unemployment and wages.

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15 Feb
London pre-open: Stocks to rise ahead of unemployment data
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London stocks were predicted to rise 20 points on Wednesday ahead of UK labour market data and after US stocks rose overnight in the wake of unexpectedly hawkish comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

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14 Feb
US open: Stocks fall after Yellen speech, while dollar strengthens
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US stocks opened lower and the dollar rallied on Tuesday as Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told Congress that interest rate hikes could rise gradually in 2017.

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14 Feb
London close: FTSE mixed after UK inflation, Yellen testimony
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UK stocks ended Tuesday's see-saw session on a mixed note as less-than-enthusiastic investors scrutinised UK inflation data and after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's words to the Senate banking committee.

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14 Feb
London midday: Lower than expected CPI props up stocks
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Stocks had recovered from early losses come midday on Tuesday, propped up by lower-than-expected UK CPI data and ahead of a key speech from US central bank chair Janet Yellen scheduled for later in the day.

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14 Feb
Europe midday: Stocks waver on lower than expected eurozone GDP data
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European stocks wavered on Tuesday after data showed that the eurozone economy grew less than expected in the final quarter of 2016, while investors were also eyeing US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before Congress.

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14 Feb
London open: Focus on UK CPI, Fed's Yellen
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Stocks began Tuesday's session moving lower, with traders in a defensive crouch ahead of key risk events scheduled for later in the day.

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14 Feb
London pre-open: Traders playing it safe ahead of CPI data, Fed´s Yellen
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Traders were keeping their cards close to their chests before the opening bell ahead of key risk events scheduled for later in the day.

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13 Feb
London close: Blue chips, mid caps end higher as miners rally with copper prices
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UK blue chips and mid caps chimed Monday's close on a positive note, with the latter at yet another record high, as mining-related stocks surged alongside the price of the industrial-favourite copper.

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13 Feb
US open: Record highs as Trump appointments inspire gains
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US equity markets were sprouting green on Monday as new President Donald Trump inspired further gains and investors looked ahead with no fear for Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen semi-annual testimony before Congress.

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