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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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  • Fierce Biotech: AstraZeneca has wrapped another Phase III study of its opioid-induced constipation drug naloxegol, trumpeting the successful outcome of a 52-week safety study

Barclays PLC

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  • The Guardian: Barclays is expected to reveal next week that as many as 600 of its staff are paid more than £1 million, in the most detailed disclosure yet about how much its 140,000 employees take home each year
  • Fox Business: Barclays said the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission was pursuing a case against the bank "to garner additional publicity for its own enforcement activities while seeking to portray Barclays negatively”

BP PLC

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  • Financial Times: BP’s failure to implement effective safety systems led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an expert called as the first witness in the civil trial over the accident
  • Reuters: Rosneft is expected to win unconditional EU regulatory approval for its TNK-BP takeover bid, a source said, taking it closer to completing the $55 billion deal

Elementis PLC

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  • RTT News: Elementis’ profit before income tax declined to $141.2 million in the year to 31 December from $162.0 million in the same period a year ago; profit for the year was $107.1 million down from $124.1 million a year ago

First Quantum Minerals PLC

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  • Reuters: First Quantum Minerals may extend its hostile $4.97 billion bid for rival base metal miner Inmet Mining by a few days, said its President Clive Newall on Tuesday

GKN PLC

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  • The Daily Telegraph: Shares of GKN rose 4% after group sales rose to £6.51 billion last year from £5.75 billion in 2011, while pre-tax profit jumped to £503 million from £306 million

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

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  • Financial Times: A pandemic flu vaccination from GlaxoSmithKline greatly increased the risk of children developing narcolepsy, a rare sleep disorder, according to the UK Health Protection Agency

HSBC Holdings PLC

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  • Reuters: Fitch Ratings has placed some of HSBC Panamanian subsidiaries' ratings on Rating Watch Negative

Legal and General Group PLC

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  • Jags Report: Legal & General Group had its price target upped by JPMorgan Chase from $1.85 to $2.18 in a research report released on Tuesday

Lloyds Group PLC

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  • Financial Times: The Co-operative Bank is facing a capital hole of up to £1 billion, equivalent to half its capital, which is further undermining the lender’s planned acquisition of more than 600 Lloyds Banking Group branches
  • The Daily Telegraph: Nearly 1.4 million complaints were made to Lloyds Banking Group during 2012 about payment protection insurance, figures released on Tuesday showed

Micro Focus International PLC

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  • Daily Political: Credit Suisse boosted price target on shares of Micro Focus International from $9.67 to $11.52 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday

Next PLC

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  • Jags Report: Next had its price target raised by Nomura from $59.14 to $67.48 in a research note released on Tuesday

Rio Tinto PLC

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  • Financial Times: Rio Tinto has been put on notice for a possible credit rating downgrade because of concerns over rising debts
  • Economic Times: Rio Tinto has said that it would not shut down its 2.75 million tonne Gove alumina refinery in India

Royal Dutch Shell Plc

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  • Financial Times: Repsol, the Spanish oil company, has sold a collection of liquefied natural gas assets to Shell for an enterprise value of $6.7 billion
  • Houston Business Journal: LNG Canada Development Inc, a Shell-led consortium, has gained regulators’ approval for a liquefied natural gas export facility in British Columbia, Cananda

Unilever PLC

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  • The Express Tribune: Net revenue of Unilever Pakistan for the financial year ending 31 December 2012 stood at $608.1 million, up 15%
  • Ad Age: Unilever has struck global partnerships with Samsung, Sony’s Arcade Creative Group and EA Sports as the packaged-goods giant looks to expand its universe of deals on the heels of a nearly 40% increase in digital spending last year

Xstrata PLC

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  • Mining Australia: Xstrata said successful commissioning of the Ravensworth North, Ulan West and Ulan open cut projects had helped it boost thermal coal production 7% higher to a record 90.4 million tonnes in the year to 21 December
  • Dominican Today: Xstrata Nickel has denied $100 million tax dodge at a Dominican mine
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