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Shanghai 3,057.52 -3.50 (-0.11%)
S&P 500 2,012.89 +40.15 (2.04%)
Nikkei 225 17,210.05 +390.32 (2.32%)
Hang Seng Index 22,832.21 +246.37 (1.09%)
TSEC 8,878.63 +50.27 (0.57%)
EURO STOXX 50 3,101.42 +49.43 (1.62%)
CAC 40 4,175.05 +63.14 (1.54%)
S&P TSX 14,213.39 +351.87 (2.54%)
S&P/ASX 200 5,210.80 +48.90 (0.95%)
BSE Sensex 27,081.23 +371.10 (1.39%)
TA25 1,475.44 +7.24 (0.49%)
SMI 8,892.57 +116.69 (1.33%)
ATX 2,116.61 +36.21 (1.74%)
IBOVESPA 48,713.64
SET 1,503.90 +23.70 (1.60%)
BIST100 82,359.44 +1,538.72 (1.90%)
IBEX 10,204.90 +155.40 (1.55%)
WIG 51,438.09 +505.61 (0.99%)
TASI 8,120.55 +481.65 (6.31%)
MERVAL 7,288.32 +287.43 (4.11%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.5585 +0.0012 (0.08%)
GBP/EUR 1.2650 +0.0027 (0.21%)
GBP/JPY 184.7000 -0.2441 (-0.13%)
GBP/HKD 12.0866 +0.0084 (0.07%)
GBP/CNY 9.6795 +0.0282 (0.29%)
GBP/AUD 1.9074 -0.0092 (-0.48%)
UK sold Royal Mail too cheaply, but not by much - official report
LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in Britain's Royal Mail postal service should have been sold at a higher price when the firm was privatised last year, but the lost revenue was lower than previous estimates, a government-commissioned report said on Thursday.
Royal Mail sale underpriced by �180m, Myners report says  
Taxpayers lost �180million in Royal Mail sell-off last year - but not the �1billion ...  
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There is a rally in world share prices as the US central bank gives an upbeat assessment of the economy. 08:13, UK, Thursday 18 December 2014.
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Wellcome Trust, Britain's biggest charity, has chalked up a �137 million profit on Alibaba shares, helping to sustain its record of double-digit returns for the third successive year.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference.
Air traffic control company Nats has confirmed it is calculating a rebate for air passengers in the wake of aviation disruption caused by a computer glitch.

Trends

GainersChange Mkt Cap
GENL Genel Energy PLC 4.68% 2,058.80M
MGHU M & G High Income Investment Trust PLC 4.64% 1,387.54M
SEPL Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC 4.50% 159,327.11M
RRS Randgold Resources Limited 4.23% 4,020.32M
NEX National Express Group PLC 4.10% 1,275.80M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
CTYA City of London Investment Trust plc -26.32% 1,108.28M
MYIB Murray International Trust plc -6.67% 1,284.59M
MGHC M & G High Income Investment Trust PLC -3.90% 1,293.48M
INVR Investec plc -2.86% 4,883.12M
COLT Colt Group SA -1.94% 1,130.34M
Excludes shares with mkt cap of less than �1,000M. Learn more