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Shanghai 2,240.21 -5.12 (-0.23%)
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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 3,074.00 -17.11 (-0.55%)
CAC 40 4,225.57 -28.88 (-0.68%)
S&P TSX 15,455.42 -21.75 (-0.14%)
S&P/ASX 200 5,634.60 +10.80 (0.19%)
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 8,522.27 -3.11 (-0.04%)
ATX 2,279.38 -9.63 (-0.42%)
IBOVESPA 58,959.39 +510.10 (0.87%)
SET 1,550.77 +7.92 (0.51%)
BIST100 78,720.27 -555.61 (-0.70%)
IBEX 10,387.50 +1.00 (0.01%)
WIG 52,221.12 +38.01 (0.07%)
TASI 10,716.24 +56.68 (0.53%)
MERVAL 7,023.88 -191.31 (-2.65%)

Currencies

GBP/USD 1.6650 +0.0034 (0.20%)
GBP/EUR 1.2529 +0.0053 (0.43%)
GBP/JPY 171.9624 +0.9474 (0.55%)
GBP/HKD 12.9049 +0.0260 (0.20%)
GBP/CNY 10.2229 +0.0137 (0.13%)
GBP/AUD 1.7882 +0.0016 (0.09%)
Bank of England split on interest rates reopens prospect of a rise in 2014
The Bank of England's MPC split 7-2 in favour of keeping rates at 0.5%, the first divide in three years. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images.
Bank split over interest rate rise  
Bank of England splits over rate hike for first time in 3 years  
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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.
LONDON (Reuters) - British construction company Carillion (CLLN.L) said it was no longer pursing a merger with Balfour Beatty (BALF.

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 -6.65% 3,365.54M
COLT Colt Group SA -4.10% 1,261.93M
INVR Investec plc -3.77% 5,028.67M
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