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Aug 20 - Markets closed

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Shanghai 2,240.21 -5.12 (-0.23%)
S&P 500 1,984.73 +3.13 (0.16%)
Nikkei 225 15,454.45 +4.66 (0.03%)
Hang Seng Index 25,159.76 +36.81 (0.15%)
TSEC 9,288.05 +44.27 (0.48%)
EURO STOXX 50 3,083.50 -7.61 (-0.25%)
CAC 40 4,240.79 -13.66 (-0.32%)
S&P TSX 15,515.53 +38.36 (0.25%)
S&P/ASX 200 5,634.60 +10.80 (0.19%)
BSE Sensex 26,314.29 -106.38 (-0.40%)
TA25 1,374.34 -4.54 (-0.33%)
KOSPI 2,072.78 +1.64 (0.08%)
SMI 8,527.91 +2.53 (0.03%)
ATX 2,274.24 -14.77 (-0.65%)
IBOVESPA 58,459.53 +10.24 (0.02%)
SET 1,550.77 +7.92 (0.51%)
BIST100 78,866.91 -408.98 (-0.52%)
IBEX 10,420.90 +34.40 (0.33%)
WIG 52,304.36 +121.25 (0.23%)
TASI 10,716.24 +56.68 (0.53%)
MERVAL 7,151.27 -63.92 (-0.89%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.6606 -0.0010 (-0.06%)
GBP/EUR 1.2517 +0.0041 (0.33%)
GBP/JPY 172.1321 +1.1171 (0.65%)
GBP/HKD 12.8711 -0.0078 (-0.06%)
GBP/CNY 10.1961 -0.0132 (-0.13%)
GBP/AUD 1.7878 +0.0012 (0.07%)
Dissent makes rate rise more likely
The prospect of an interest rate hike before the end of the year was reopened today as it was revealed that two members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) voted for a 0.25% rise this month.
Stocks pause as central banks hog limelight  
BoE looks at shifting money market operations from crisis settings  
Market Chart
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Top stories

Alex Salmond's predictions about about the strength of Scotland's economy under independence have come under scrutiny. Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis.
With Carillion's bid for its rival dead in the water, Balfour Beatty can now concentrate on its public-private portfolio. Until now, the market has paid more attention to the potential �700m sale of Balfour's US design business Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The number of people who are self-employed has increased by over 730,000 in the past six years, but average income has slumped by 22 per cent, a new study has revealed.
Mortgage lending Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a large increase in mortgage lending for July. Photograph: Martin Keene/PA.
A rose in overseas demand meant British factory orders grew faster than expected in August, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)' s industrial trends survey found.

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 6.11% 1,526.44M
AA AA PLC 2.64% 1,506.88M
BXP Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited 2.48% 17,466.55M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
CTYA City of London Investment Trust plc -26.32% 1,090.00M
BBY Balfour Beatty plc -6.68% 1,647.22M
HIK Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc -6.21% 3,381.53M
INVR Investec plc -3.77% 5,028.67M
COLT Colt Group SA -3.72% 1,266.87M
Excludes shares with mkt cap of less than �1,000M. Learn more