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Citywire Top Stocks Daily News Digest

Citywire Top Stocks Daily News Digest

All the news from across the web about the companies featured in Citywire's Top Stocks

AstraZeneca PLC

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  • The Daily Telegraph: AstraZeneca has joined forces with governments and health organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help control or eliminate 10 "neglected tropical diseases", including leprosy, by 2020

Barclays PLC

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  • Bloomberg: Barclays’ Robert Diamond will probably receive his bonus even as his counterparts at state-backed lenders are forced to forgo theirs

BP PLC

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  • Fox Business: Production at a BP run oil and gas field in the North Sea has been halted after a leak was discovered in an underwater connecting pipeline
  • Miami Herald: BP is asking a federal judge to block two plaintiffs' experts from testifying about an alleged disregard for safety throughout the energy company that those experts say led to the largest offshore oil spill in the US

Centrica PLC

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  • Centrica PLC: Centrica has struck a $223-million deal with ConocoPhillips that will nearly double its interest in a key North Sea field

DS Smith PLC

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  • ShareCast: Chairman of the Audit Committee at DS Smith, Jonathan Nicholls, has bought £74,366 worth of shares in the recycled packaging firm

HSBC Holdings PLC

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  • Bloomberg: HSBC will return about $52 million to bankrupt Lehman Brothers in the latest stage of a transfer of collateral, Lehman said in a court filing
  • The Asset: HSBC Securities has launched its third-party clearing service in Japan allowing broker dealers to outsource their securities back-office operations to HSBC

ITV PLC

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  • The Hollywood Reporter: The BBC and ITV have signed landmark deals with BSkyB allowing their catch-up services to be carried on the Sky platform
  • C21 Media: ITV is beginning closed-door trials using MTG’s Pay Wizard, as it prepares to begin charging viewers to watch content online

Lloyds Banking Group PLC

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  • Bloomberg: Lloyds Banking Group plans to sell UK mortgage-backed securities denominated in dollars, euros, pounds and yen from its Arkle master issuer programme
  • Bloomberg: Lloyds will withdraw Halifax and Bank of Scotland charity credit cards at the end of February as it doesn’t consider them a cost-effective way of donating to charity

Reed Elsevier PLC

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  • FNN Online: Shares of Reed Elsevier fell 2.4% to $32.80 in New York on Monday

Rio Tinto PLC

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  • Platts: Rio Tinto has not declared force majeure on coal deliveries due to rainfall in Queensland, Australia, contrary to market talk
  • The Australian: Engineering concern Monadelphous Group has been awarded contracts worth more than $180 million by Rio Tinto and Chevron

Royal Dutch Shell Plc

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  • Shell: An eminent group of scientists and professionals have asked the Norwegian Government Pension Fund to divest shares in Shell on ethical grounds

Tate and Lyle PLC

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  • SacBee: Verenium Corporation has entered into agreement with Tate & Lyle for the use of one of its proprietary enzyme products in the development of novel food ingredients

Unilever PLC

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  • BBC: Union representatives from Unilever's UK factories will meet in Liverpool on Saturday to plan the next stage of their campaign against changes to their pension scheme
  • Bloomberg: Unilever Ghana said net income rose 75% to $24 million last year on earnings from the sale of its palm-oil unit
  • Reuters: Unilever said it will resume deliveries to Schlecker on Wednesday, more than a week after Germany's biggest drugstore chain filed for insolvency

Virgin Media Inc

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  • T3: Virgin Media is currently under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority, following a complaint over its claimed broadband speeds

Vodafone Group PLC

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  • Light Reading: Vodafone Portugal is getting ready to light up Long Term Evolution in the country after releasing price plans for the new service on Monday

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