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Shanghai 2,532.88 +46.09 (1.85%)
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Hang Seng Index 23,893.14 +456.02 (1.95%)
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EURO STOXX 50 3,223.20 +28.98 (0.91%)
CAC 40 4,381.71 +34.48 (0.79%)
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TA25 1,449.59 +3.72 (0.26%)
KOSPI 1,978.54 +13.70 (0.70%)
SMI 9,076.66 -3.89 (-0.04%)
ATX 2,284.53 +6.89 (0.30%)
IBOVESPA 56,301.64 +217.60 (0.39%)
SET 1,590.14 +10.94 (0.69%)
BIST100 82,957.81 -323.98 (-0.39%)
IBEX 10,682.70 +161.90 (1.54%)
WIG 53,270.66 +54.79 (0.10%)
TASI 9,404.76 -110.88 (-1.17%)
MERVAL 8,948.26 +206.59 (2.36%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.5681 +0.0036 (0.23%)
GBP/EUR 1.2632 -0.0014 (-0.11%)
GBP/JPY 185.4611 +1.1884 (0.64%)
GBP/HKD 12.1621 +0.0258 (0.21%)
GBP/CNY 9.6305 +0.0480 (0.50%)
GBP/AUD 1.8172 +0.0149 (0.83%)
BT shares jump on 'preliminary talks' with Telefonica over sale of O2
BT has set the City alight as it revealed that it is in talks over a takeover of either mobile rival O2 or EE in a deal worth as much as �10 billion.
BT and Telefonica in 'preliminary' talks over O2 sale  
BT in talks with Telef�nica to buy O2 in plan for EU-wide mobile alliance  
Market Chart
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Top stories

LONDON - Shares of the British insurer Aviva declined nearly 5 percent in early trading on Monday after it reached a preliminary agreement to acquire its rival Friends Life Group in an all-share deal worth about 5.6 billion pounds, or about $8.8 billion.
US business outlook in October, meaning its optimism regarding future business activity, has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, says a new report issued by Markit Economics.
The so-called �Draghi effect� sent dealers diving into Spanish and Italian bond markets as speculation over a full-blown money-printing programme in the euro zone intensified on Monday.
Fortnum & Mason has reported a surge in profits, buoyed by new outlets and demand for its hampers and caddies of loose-leaf tea.
(Noon): Shares in Petrofac fell by nearly a quarter after the oil and gas services firm issued a profits warning, due to lower oil prices and problems with a project in the Shetland Islands.

Trends

GainersChange Mkt Cap
NEPI New Europe Property Investments plc 6.25% 2,199.72M
TALK Talktalk Telecom Group PLC 5.77% 2,853.44M
SN Smith & Nephew plc 5.41% 10,295.25M
FLG Friends Life Group Ltd 4.17% 5,114.18M
POLY Polymetal International PLC 3.79% 2,419.72M
LosersChange Mkt Cap
CTYA City of London Investment Trust plc -26.32% 1,143.20M
PFC Petrofac Limited -24.73% 3,114.02M
LRE Lancashire Holdings Limited -11.94% 1,026.19M
FGP FirstGroup plc -10.35% 1,293.92M
MYIB Murray International Trust plc -6.20% 1,236.14M
Excludes shares with mkt cap of less than �1,000M. Learn more