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FTSE retreats from 3-week high, ‘ex-div’ firms weigh LONDON: Britain's blue-chip share index fell from a three-week high on Wednesday, halting a five-day winning run, with companies trading without the attraction of their latest dividend putting pressure on the broader market.The effect of several major companies, including HSBC , Mondi and British American Tobacco, going "ex-dividend" took about 11 points off the FTSE 100 index . Their shares fell 0.9 to 2.2 percent.The benchmark index was down 0.4 percent, or 27.42 points, at 6,751.89 points by 1049 GMT after gaining for five days in a row and climbing to its highest since late July a day earlier.The FTSE 100 hit a peak of 6,894.88 points in mid-May, which marked its highest level since December 1999, but has since given up much of that ground.Investors are concerns that a likely increase in interest rates in Britain would negatively impact businesses and squeeze consumer spending, analysts said.The minutes from the ...

European shares dip; Carlsberg hit by Russia concerns PARIS: European shares dipped in early trade on Wednesday, ending a sharp two-day rally, with investors rattled after Carlsberg issued a profit warning, blaming deteriorating conditions in Russia. Shares in the Danish brewer plunged 5.8 percent after the warning. It derives 35 percent of its profits from Russia, making it a test case of how European companies will be affected by tensions between the West and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and the impact ...
Britain's FTSE halts five-day winning streak LONDON: British shares fell on Wednesday, halting a five-day winning run as a fall in major mining shares pushed the FTSE index off a three-week high. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.3 percent, or 17.54 points, at 6,761.77 points in early trade. The FTSE 350 Mining Index slipped 0.1 percent, as a fall in the prices of iron ore and steel in China - the world's biggest metals consumer - pegged back ...
Russian shares end 8-day rally, rouble extends losses vs dollar MOSCOW: Russian shares moved lower on Wednesday, breaking an eight-day rally, and the rouble extended losses against the dollar, which strengthened ahead of US Federal Reserve minutes.At 0840 GMT, the dollar-denominated RTS index was down 0.5 percent at 1,249 points, while the rouble-based MICEX was down 0.3 percent at 1,432 points. Analysts said that, despite tentative signs of diplomatic progress, political risk linked to Ukraine remain the main factor weighing on the market. MICEX has ...
Stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets LONDON: World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the US central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month.Sterling jumped after the BoE minutes showed two of the nine policymakers unexpectedly voted to raise rates, while record-low money-market rates in the euro zone took the euro to its weakest against the dollar ...
European stock markets ease at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets dipped at the start of trading on Wednesday after two days of strong gains.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index fell 0.12 percent to 6,771.01 points at the open and Frankfurt's DAX 30 edged down 0.05 percent to 9,329.89.The CAC 40 index in Paris lost 0.10 percent to 4,250.28 points compared with Tuesday's close.European indices had closed higher on Tuesday, extending the previous day's surge as easing fears about the Ukraine crisis ...
Russian shares open mixed, rouble extends losses vs dollar MOSCOW: Russian shares opened mixed on Wednesday, leaving two main stock indexes little changed after eight straight sessions of gains, while the rouble continued to lose value against the dollar. At 0615 GMT, the dollar-denominated RTS index was down 0.1 percent at 1,249 points, while the rouble-based MICEX traded less than 0.1 percent higher at 1,437 points.Many of Russia's most liquid stocks, including top lender Sberbank, were broadly flat on MICEX, where Sberbank was down ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,126.12 0.20
Arrow Nasdaq 5,097.98 0.17
Arrow S&P 2,120.79 0.13
Arrow FTSE 7,040.92 1.11
Arrow DAX 11,677.57 0.79
Arrow CAC-40 5,137.83 0.86
Arrow Nikkei 20,551.46 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 27,454.31 2.23
Arrow Sensex 27,506.71 0.21

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