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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

Barclays PLC

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  • Reuters: Barclays paved the way for other European banks looking to raise Additional Tier 1 in the single currency this week when it priced a heavily oversubscribed EUR1billion perpetual non-call seven-year issue

BP PLC

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  • ABC News: BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that conventional equipment would melt or be crushed by the conditions
  • Bloomberg: ConocoPhillips and BP are among companies that have relocated offshore oil workers to the mainland as production is crimped by a storm that is sweeping across the North Atlantic and North Sea

Drax Group PLC

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  • Nasdaq: Drax Group rose 1.6% on Thursday after JP Morgan Cazenove lifted the utility firm to overweight from neutral
  • Zolmax News: Stock analysts at UBS AG hoisted their target price on shares of Drax Group from $13.83 to $15.06 in a report issued on Thursday

DS Smith PLC

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  • StockMarketWire: DS Smith's H1 pretax profit rose 52% to £85 million, from £55.8 million; revenue for the period was £2.08 billion, up 25% from £1.67 billion

easyJet PLC

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  • Financial Times: Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, is set to take home a pay packet of £6.4 million, up 74% on last year, after a year in which the low-cost airline made record profits
  • Daily Mail: EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has launched a blistering attack on the bosses of the budget airline for pocketing huge pay rises

Essentra PLC

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  • WKRB News & Analysis: Analysts at JP Morgan Chase & Co raised their target price on shares of Essentra from $12.77 to $13.87 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday

HSBC Holdings PLC

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  • WKRB News & Analysis: Analysts at JP Morgan Chase & Co raised their target price on shares of Essentra from $12.77 to $13.87 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday

Prudential PLC

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  • Financial Times: Prudential is to begin selling insurance in Africa for the first time after agreeing to purchase a Ghanaian group that provides protection to individuals who live on less than $2.50 a day

Royal Dutch Shell Plc

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  • Financial Times: Shell has dropped plans for a multibillion-dollar flagship plant in the US that would have converted natural gas into diesel and jet fuel, amid concerns over the costs of the $20 billion-plus project

Travis Perkins PLC

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  • Ticker Report: Equities research analysts at Citigroup boosted their price objective on shares of Travis Perkins from $28.57 to $31.27 in a research note issued to investors on Thursday

Unilever PLC

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  • Financial Times: Unilever is to prune its portfolio of individual products by up to 40% by the end of 2014 in an effort to boost earnings
  • The Courant: Unilever pleaded guilty on Thursday to two felony environmental violations and agreed to make $4.5 million in payments for failure to make timely reports of illegal discharges of industrial waste water at its plant in Clinton, the US
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