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  • Europe close: Europe up after awful year Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 18:07 GMT

    Well that's that. Europe is officially done for 2011. You might say 2011 almost did for Europe. These were the movements on the major indexes by the close of play

  • London close: In the blue as investors say adieu to 2011 Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 13:33 GMT

    London's top shares clawed back into positive territory as investors bid farewell to a turbulent 2011.

  • 1300 London's FTSE 100 settled up 5 points, in Friday's shortened session, after spending most of the morning in the red. Trading was thin as investors bid farewell to what has been a turbulent year. The ...

  • Germany plans to accelerate payments into the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in 2012, provided that other Eurozone countries are also willing to double their contributions. In a Bloomberg interview, ...

  • The German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expects the debt crisis in the Eurozone to stabilize next year and does not foresee any countries exiting the single currency, according to an interview with ...

  • Hot Tuna exits US Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 10:44 GMT

    Shares in surfwear brand Hot Tuna tumbled 40% as it warned revenue has not met forecasts and cashflows are not expected to support the business through 2012 as it winds down business in the US.

  • London open: Subdued half day trading Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 10:40 GMT

    London's leading shares fell in light trading with financial and commodity plays under pressure in the year's final half-day trading session.

  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson gobbles up Irish food insurance firm Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 10:40 GMT

    The FTSE 250 insurance company Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has bought the Irish firm FBD Insurance Brokers

  • Europe open: Modest gains in last day of trading Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 10:39 GMT

    European stocks mostly rose on Friday, in the last trading day of a troubled year as investors cheered solid US economic data.

  • DS Smith completes Spicers sale Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 09:45 GMT

    DS Smith, the recycled packaging company, has seen its shares rise 1% after revealing it has completed the sale of stationery business Spicers.

  • BG Group sees Brazil project nearing production Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 09:31 GMT

    BG Group, the gas company, has seen its share price rise 1.6% this morning on news that one of its assets in Brazil is nearing production.

  • Good morning on the last trading day of the year.

  • Asia: Nikkei edges higher, closes year with 17% loss Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 00:45 GMT

    The Nikkei settled up 0.67% on Friday but closed the year down 17% as March's devastating quake and the euro zone crisis dominated headlines.

  • Europe mid-session: markets up on euro hopes Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 00:24 GMT

    So farewell then 2011, it's been a blast. As we head to the end of the last trading day of the year these are the movements on the main indexes.

  • Market overview: Footsie remains in the red Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 00:09 GMT

    1200 Leading shares remained in negative territory ahead of Friday's earlier than usual close at 1230 GMT. Financials and commodities came under pressure in otherwise light trading. The footsie fell 0.39% ...

  • London midday: Footsie retreats ahead of early close Sharecast - Fri, Dec 30, 2011 00:05 GMT

    London's top shares remained in the red in midday trading, with trading light on the ground ahead of Friday's earlier than usual lunchtime close.

  • Europe close: US business data boosts markets Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 17:32 GMT

    European stocks put on a good show as we come to the end of a very troubled year. Almost all major indices were up on strong business data from the US and a mildly better picture on Italian debt:

  • London's reaction to the keenly awaited Italian bond auction bordered on indifference, but investors took heart from US business activity data. Propelled by Wall Street's tail-winds, Footsie finished on ...

  • Market overview: Footsie finishes on a high Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 16:53 GMT

    1630 close: A firm start by US equities gave a sluggish London market an afternoon fillip. Resource stocks failed to join the party, with the likes of Fresnillo, Vedanta and Kazakhmys finishing in the ...

  • Europe mid-session: Markets mixed on Italian bond news Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 16:42 GMT

    At the mid-point on Thursday the main equity indices were mixed, although news from Italy appeared to have swung sentiment mildly bullish. These were the movements at just before 1pm Central European Time:...

  • US open: Clawing back some of Wednesday's losses Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:27 GMT

    Dow Jones industrials: +83 at 12,235

  • US open: Wednesday off to dull start Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:15 GMT

    DOW: -51 at 12,240

  • Lamprell to deliver Mexican jackup rig Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:12 GMT

    Oil and gas engineer Lamprell has won a contract to build the Hull 108, a Friede & Goldman-designed Super M2 self-elevating mobile offshore drilling platform.

  • HSBC sells Maltese card acquiring unit Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:11 GMT

    Global banking titan HSBC is to offload its Maltese card acquiring business for €11.075m.

  • London midday: Footsie up after Italian auction Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:10 GMT

    After a subdued start, London's FTSE 100 index jumped higher in morning trade, helped by a strong Italian bond auction.

  • Max Petroleum's SAGW-2 not commercial Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:06 GMT

    Shares in AIM-listed oil and gas firm Max Petroleum fell on Wednesday after it revealed that one of its appraisal wells in the Blocks A&E Licence proved not to be commercial.

  • Eurozone banks deposit record high in ECB Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:04 GMT

    Eurozone banks deposited a record €452bn in the European Central Bank's (ECB's) overnight deposit facility on Tuesday, beating the previous record of €412bn broken the day before.

  • MCB to beat full-year forecasts Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:03 GMT

    Europe-focused consumer finance firm MCB Finance jumped on Wednesday after revealing that both revenue and net income for the full-year should beat market forecasts.

  • Evraz refinances in North America with $610m facility Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 15:00 GMT

    Shares in steel giant Evraz fell in morning trade on Wednesday after the firm signed a $610m five-year revolving credit facility for its US and Canadian subsidiaries.

  • Europe open: Mixed start, eyes on Italian bond auction Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:59 GMT

    CAC 40: +4 at 3,108

  • London open: Footsie flat ahead of Italian bond auction Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:57 GMT

    Stock markets across Europe opened mixed on Wednesday morning, ahead of a keenly-watched Italian debt auction. The Footsie started just slightly lower, down seven points from last Friday's close of 5,513. ...

  • RBS off US hook Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:49 GMT

    The US Department of Justice is dropping a deferred prosecution against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) that has been hanging over the group's American operations since 2007.

  • Small disposal by cash-strapped Thomas Cook Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:44 GMT

    Thomas Cook, the travel firm which came perilously close to bankruptcy earlier this month, has sold a property in the Netherlands to boost its cash flow.

  • Relief over Wednesday's Italian bond auction Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:31 GMT

    Italy managed to borrow over €10bn on international debt markets on Wednesday at interest rates sharply lower than recent times.

  • Europe midday: Italian bond auction provides fillip Sharecast - Thu, Dec 29, 2011 14:29 GMT

    European markets responded strongly to news that Italy had managed to sell over €10bn worth of bonds at sharply reduced rates. At 12:45 Central European Time these were the movements on the main exchanges:...

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