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CAC 40 4,484.21 0.00 (0.00%)
S&P TSX 14,555.97 +62.29 (0.43%)
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BSE Sensex 22,881.35 +122.98 (0.54%)
TA25 1,405.79 +0.56 (0.04%)
KOSPI 2,000.37 -3.85 (-0.19%)
SMI 8,461.30 0.00 (0.00%)
ATX 2,517.96 0.00 (0.00%)
IBOVESPA 51,976.86 -134.99 (-0.26%)
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BIST100 73,170.03 -276.66 (-0.38%)
IBEX 10,437.80 0.00 (0.00%)
WIG 52,026.61 0.00 (0.00%)
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(Adds detail). LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Associated British Foods met forecasts with a 1 percent rise in first-half profit with a strong performance from its Primark clothing chain and progress in its grocery operation offsetting a major fall in its sugar business.
Sitting just two miles apart on opposite banks of the Rhine river in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis AG (NOVN) and Roche Holding AG (ROG) have long had a complex crosstown rivalry.
China's manufacturing activity contracted for a fourth month in April but at a slower pace, according to HSBC. The bank's flash - or preliminary - purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 48.3 in April from a final reading of 48 in March - 50 is the dividing line ...
AstraZeneca �39.60+178�p. Questor says BUY. ASTRAZENECA shares are cheap, even after bid talk in the pharmaceuticals giant sent the shares 8pc higher in morning trading yesterday.
TESCO is cutting prices across more everyday items and its online grocery service as it fights back against competition, including the rise of discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Trends

GainersChange Mkt Cap
QPP Quindell PLC 7.41% 1,578.31M
SEPL SEPLAT Petroleum Development Co Ltd 5.14% 1,249.55M
ABF Associated British Foods plc 4.96% 22,618.13M
CNA Centrica PLC 3.63% 17,425.96M
OML Old Mutual plc 3.03% 9,992.04M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
NEPI New Europe Property Investments plc -15.56% 1,059.49M
ARM ARM Holdings plc -3.36% 13,385.11M
IVO Imperial Innovations Group plc -2.95% 4,373.03M
COLT Colt Group SA -2.31% 1,135.41M
CUK Care UK Plc -1.76% 7,992.41M
Excludes shares with mkt cap of less than �1,000M. Learn more