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CAC 40 4,226.28 -28.17 (-0.66%)
S&P TSX 15,464.87 -12.30 (-0.08%)
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BSE Sensex 26,314.29 -106.38 (-0.40%)
TA25 1,372.33 -6.55 (-0.48%)
KOSPI 2,072.78 +1.64 (0.08%)
SMI 8,520.80 -4.58 (-0.05%)
ATX 2,279.75 -9.26 (-0.40%)
IBOVESPA 58,962.09 +512.80 (0.88%)
SET 1,550.77 +7.92 (0.51%)
BIST100 78,717.48 -558.41 (-0.70%)
IBEX 10,387.80 +1.30 (0.01%)
WIG 52,223.85 +40.74 (0.08%)
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MERVAL 7,023.92 -191.27 (-2.65%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.6652 +0.0035 (0.21%)
GBP/EUR 1.2529 +0.0053 (0.42%)
GBP/JPY 171.9700 +0.9550 (0.56%)
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GBP/CNY 10.2240 +0.0147 (0.14%)
GBP/AUD 1.7891 +0.0026 (0.14%)
Bank split over interest rate rise
Two members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.
Bank of England split on interest rates reopens prospect of a rise in 2014  
Bank of England splits over rate hike for first time in 3 years  
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... * FTSE 100 edges lower after 5-day winning run. * Ex-dividends take around 11 points off the index. * MPC minutes show two members voted for tightening.
A pedestrian walks past the entrance to Standard Chartered Plc's headquarters in London, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Standard Chartered is probing why anti-money laundering controls implemented as part of a 2012 deal with New York's banking ...
The most common jobs for the 4.6 million self-employed are in construction, taxi driving (above) and carpentry and joinery. Photograph: Caroline Purser/Getty Images.
LONDON (Reuters) - Commodities group Glencore (GLEN.L) became the first of the large miners to honor promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback program of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.
Photo. Tower cranes in central London in 2008.Credit Shaun Curry/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images. LONDON - The British construction and services company Carillion said on Wednesday that it would abandon the pursuit of its rival Balfour Beatty ...

Trends

GainersChange Mkt Cap
BA69 City of London Investment Trust plc 8.00% 1,090.00M
NEPI New Europe Property Investments plc 7.69% 1,561.05M
FGP FirstGroup plc 5.44% 1,516.80M
BXP Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited 2.48% 17,466.55M
SEPL Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC 2.01% 392,532.26M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
CTYA City of London Investment Trust plc -26.32% 1,090.00M
BBY Balfour Beatty plc -7.03% 1,641.01M
HIK Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc -6.54% 3,369.53M
COLT Colt Group SA -4.10% 1,261.93M
INVR Investec plc -3.77% 5,028.67M
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