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KOSPI 2,072.78 +1.64 (0.08%)
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ATX 2,280.39 -8.62 (-0.38%)
IBOVESPA 58,944.96 +495.67 (0.85%)
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BIST100 78,874.02 -401.86 (-0.51%)
IBEX 10,404.10 +17.60 (0.17%)
WIG 52,239.00 +55.89 (0.11%)
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Currencies

GBP/USD 1.6648 +0.0032 (0.19%)
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GBP/JPY 171.9298 +0.9148 (0.53%)
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GBP/AUD 1.7889 +0.0024 (0.13%)
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  
Market Chart
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Top stories

... * 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.
Carillion has abandoned its �3bn deal with rival Balfour Beatty after it was rejected for the third time earlier today. Balfour Beatty snubbed a sweetened merger proposal from Carillion, which failed to woo the board with a larger slice of the combined company.

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 -7.96% 1,624.53M
HIK Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc -6.54% 3,369.53M
COLT Colt Group SA -4.23% 1,260.13M
INVR Investec plc -3.77% 5,028.67M
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