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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 3,096.90 +44.91 (1.47%)
CAC 40 4,166.32 +54.41 (1.32%)
S&P TSX 14,213.39 +351.87 (2.54%)
S&P/ASX 200 5,210.80 +48.90 (0.95%)
BSE Sensex 27,104.44 +394.31 (1.48%)
TA25 1,473.67 +5.47 (0.37%)
SMI 8,891.02 +115.14 (1.31%)
ATX 2,108.64 +28.24 (1.36%)
IBOVESPA 48,713.64
SET 1,503.20 +23.00 (1.55%)
BIST100 82,271.66 +1,450.94 (1.80%)
IBEX 10,192.10 +142.60 (1.42%)
WIG 51,428.94 +496.46 (0.97%)
TASI 8,156.60 +517.70 (6.78%)
MERVAL 7,288.32 +287.43 (4.11%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.5596 +0.0023 (0.15%)
GBP/EUR 1.2651 +0.0028 (0.23%)
GBP/JPY 184.6086 -0.3356 (-0.18%)
GBP/HKD 12.0972 +0.0190 (0.16%)
GBP/CNY 9.6901 +0.0388 (0.40%)
GBP/AUD 1.9076 -0.0089 (-0.46%)
Taxpayers lost �180million in Royal Mail sell-off last year - but not the �1billion ...
Taxpayers were short-changed by �180million after the sale of Royal Mail - but not the �1billion predicted at the time, an official report said today.
UK sold Royal Mail too cheaply, but not by much: official report  
Myners: Government undervalued Royal Mail by �180m  
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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