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Latest News - Caelainn Barr

FTSE 100 at nine-month high on Fed hopes

Markets rise on hopes of extended bond buying programme from the US Federal Reserve.

FTSE 100 ekes out small gains as Tullow sinks

Whitbread and Tullow Oil top and tail the FTSE 100. Euro moves higher.

Pound edges lower in muted City reaction to Autumn Statement

Sterling weakens only slightly as chancellor George Osborne delivers his economic update, but FTSE buoyed by US jobs data

Tullow weighs on FTSE as well comes up dry

Equity markets gloomy and commodity prices fall as a solution to prevent a ‘fiscal cliff’ in the US remains elusive.

Marks & Spencer jumps as pension debt cut

Markets inch ahead as US fiscal cliff debate continues and BP prevented from winning government contracts.

Greek debt breakthrough market boost fades

(Update) Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds among top risers on FTSE as earlier market gains are pared.

FTSE breaks through 5,800 as Greece talks progress

(Update) After a quiet start the FTSE 100 raced higher to close one of the best weeks this year for the UK stock market. 

FTSE rises as China recovery hopes boost markets

Beer giant SABMiller leads the FTSE 100 higher after its half-year results as stronger Chinese and eurozone data cheer investors.

Xstrata leads FTSE rebound as investors back Glencore merger

The oil price fell back after yesterday’s sharp rise amid reports that a ceasefire deal is to be announced in the Gaza conflict.

Oil surges as Middle East tensions flare

(Update) US markets rally on hopes of a resolution to the fiscal cliff, rising homebuilder sentiment and flaring tensions in the Middle East.