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Week ahead: Eyes on Barclays and RBS during frantic week

25 Jul 2014 | 17:03

An extremely busy week lies ahead, with a tumult of the largest companies on the London stock market announcing second-quarter and half-year results.
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Market overview: FTSE ends lower after IMF downgrade

25 Jul 2014 | 16:30

1630: Close The FTSE 100 finished down 29.91 points to 6791.55 after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for world growth. The IMF lowered its global growth predictions, down from the 3.7% figure given in April to 3.4%, attributing the change to the crises in Ukraine and Iraq. British Sky Broadcasting Group was the biggest faller after it offered to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox as some investors said the deal presented challenges for the company.
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UK house prices slow in July, Hometrack survey reveals

25 Jul 2014 | 15:58

House prices in Britain rose at the slowest pace in more than a year in July following the introduction of tougher mortgage rules, according to a Hometrack survey on Friday.
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Spirit Pub non-exec increase stake by a third

25 Jul 2014 | 15:58

A round-up of the biggest director deals today so far.
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Results Round-up

25 Jul 2014 | 15:55

African Barrick Gold has made a small profit for the first half of 2014 compared with a loss of about $700m (£412m) a year earlier, after the mining company increased production and cut costs.
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FTSE 100 movers: RBS tops the leaders after surprise H1 profit

25 Jul 2014 | 15:36

RBS delivered a better-than-expected first half operating performance, but said no one at the 80% taxpayer-owned bank was "complacent about the challenges ahead".
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Market overview: US stocks lower as traders weigh earnings

25 Jul 2014 | 14:47

1447: US stocks were in the red as investors weighed geopolitical concerns on Ukraine and Middle East. Among the fallers was Visa after the payments network cut its forecast for full-year revenue. Amazon also slumped after posting a second quarter loss that missed analysts' estimates.
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FTSE 250 movers: Carillion and Balfour lead on merger talk

25 Jul 2014 | 14:37

Both Carillion and Balfour Beatty leapt after they confirmed rumours they are in discussions about a possible merger. The preliminary talks are to develop a strategy and outline a business plan for a combined entity, which it said would be "underpinned by the evaluation of achievable synergies, future financing arrangements and a number of other essential supporting workstreams".
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