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Tuesday 26 October, 2010

26-Oct-2010 05:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 17:00

FTSE 100 CARNIVAL ORD USD 1.66 2768.00 4.30% PEARSON ORD 25P 966.00 1.95% VODAFONE GRP. ORD USD0.11 3/7 167.40 0.90% KAZAKHMYS ORD 20P 1391.00
26-Oct-2010 05:00 PM

PLUSquoted Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 17:00

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26-Oct-2010 04:30 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers between 15:00 and 16:00

Overall Market HAMELDON RES ORD 0.25P (DI) 0.82 10.00% TOUMAZ ORD 0.25P 8.62 9.52% CHARLES STREET ORD 0.1P 0.43 8.86% BIOME TECH ORD 0.1P 0.25
26-Oct-2010 04:25 PM

Store disposals do not detract from BSS deal, says Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins says disposing of 20 branches to address Office of Fair Trading concerns over the acquisition of BSS does not have a material impact on the attractiveness of the deal. Travis Perkins and BSS said they noted the announcement by the OFT not
26-Oct-2010 04:13 PM

blinkx Cheep opens to all US consumers

Cheep - the social shopping service from blinkx - is opening its site to all consumers in the US following a successful invitation-only beta period. Through a small browser add-on, Cheep recognises when a person is looking at a specific product and helps
26-Oct-2010 04:04 PM

Richmond Manufacturing Index up at 5

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Manufacturing Index rose to 5 in October - up from -2 in September and higher than the forecast of -1. Manufacturing activity in the central Atlantic region advanced modestly in October, following a slight pull
26-Oct-2010 04:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 16:00

FTSE 100 CARNIVAL ORD USD 1.66 2767.00 4.26% PEARSON ORD 25P 968.00 2.16% VODAFONE GRP. ORD USD0.11 3/7 167.05 0.69% RECKITT BEN. GP ORD 10P 3441.00
26-Oct-2010 03:57 PM

King calls for radical bank reforms

Bank of England governor Mervyn King has called for 'radical reforms' to ensure that the next generation is not left with a fragile banking system. He said reforms proposed so far, including Chancellor George Osborne's £2.5bn bank levy, w
26-Oct-2010 03:30 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers between 14:00 and 15:00

Overall Market HAMELDON RES ORD 0.25P (DI) 0.75 42.86% BIOME TECH ORD 0.1P 0.25 13.64% KEDCO ORD EUR0.01 0.04 6.67% BSS GRP. ORD 5P 454.20
26-Oct-2010 03:18 PM

OFT considers Travis Perkins divestment in BSS deal

The Office of Fair Trading is considering store divestments offered by Travis Perkins to address competition concerns in 20 local areas raised by its proposed acquisition of BSS Group. The OFT's merger investigation found that the main overlap in t
26-Oct-2010 03:11 PM

Consumer confidence index up 1.6 points

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in September, increased slightly in October. The index now stands at 50.2 (1985=100), up from 48.6 in September. The Present Situation Index increased to 23.9 from 23.3 while the Expec
26-Oct-2010 03:05 PM

US house prices rise by 0.4%

US house prices rose 0.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis from July to August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's monthly House Price Index. A fall of 0.2% had been forecast. The previously reported 0.5% decline in July was revised t
26-Oct-2010 03:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 15:00

FTSE 100 CARNIVAL ORD USD 1.66 2729.00 2.83% PEARSON ORD 25P 963.50 1.69% RECKITT BEN. GP ORD 10P 3444.00 0.76% TUI TRAVEL ORD 10P 211.90
26-Oct-2010 02:49 PM

Integra president steps down

Integra Group president Felix Lubashevsky is stepping down and transferring his remaining executive responsibility to the CEO, Antonio Campo. Lubashevsky will remain active in the company as a non-executive director and a large shareholder. In additio
26-Oct-2010 02:39 PM

Broker News & Views

Cairn Energy downgraded to neutral from buy at BA-Merrill Lynch, target 485p, down from 535p. WS Atkins downgraded to hold from buy at RBS, target stays 850p. Go-Ahead Group raised to buy from hold at Investec, TP upped to 1450p from 1250p. Reckitt Benc
26-Oct-2010 02:30 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers between 13:00 and 14:00

Overall Market BIOME TECH ORD 0.1P 0.24 9.09% GGG RESOURCES ORD 1P 15.00 5.26% BERKELEY MIN. ORD 1P 4.92 4.23% MANG.BRONZE ORD 25P 57.00
26-Oct-2010 02:26 PM

KazakhGold-Polyus Gold deal terminated

KazakhGold Group's proposed merger with Polyus Gold has been terminated. The two firms said they were continuing to seek a resolution to the issues raised by Kazakh authorities over the consents required for the private exchange offer. But they hav
26-Oct-2010 02:16 PM

Johnson Redbook index rises

The Johnson Redbook Index of US retail sales was up 0.3% to 23 October compared with September. The increase was lower than 0.4% market forecast. Seasonally-adjusted retail sales in the first three weeks in October rose 2.7%, an increase in line with ex
26-Oct-2010 02:04 PM

Murray Income Trust beats benchmark

Murray Income Trust's net asset value rose by 14.4% in the three months to the end of September on a cumulative performance basis. This compares with a 13.6% increase in its benchmark, the FTSE All-Share. The firm's share price rose by 10.9% d
26-Oct-2010 02:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 14:00

FTSE 100 PEARSON ORD 25P 964.00 1.74% RECKITT BEN. GP ORD 10P 3442.00 0.70% INTL POWER ORD 50P 408.30 0.57% SEGRO ORD 10P 296.90
26-Oct-2010 01:49 PM

ShalkiyaZinc first half losses narrow

Kazakhstan zinc and lead mining firm ShalkiyaZinc posts a loss of $4.3m for the six months to the end of June - down from $12.7m a year ago. The group's total assets fell to $42.6m - down from $44.5m at the end of December - and total liabilities in
26-Oct-2010 01:39 PM

Desire North Falkland Basin well at 3000 metres

North Falkland Basin-focused oil and gas firm Desire Petroleum's Rachel 14/15-1Z sidetrack well is currently at 3,000 metres. The firm says it is progressing towards the expected measured total depth of around 3,418 metres. Story provided by Stock
26-Oct-2010 01:30 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers between 12:00 and 13:00

Overall Market ACCIDENT EXCH ORD 5P 1.63 8.67% PENTAGON PROT. ORD 0.1P 0.20 5.41% DCD MEDIA ORD 10P 11.50 4.55% PLUS MKTS. ORD 5P 1.58
26-Oct-2010 01:23 PM

Palace Capital posts first half profit

Palace Capital posts a pre-tax profit of £564 for the six months to the end of July compared with a loss of £26,330 last year. No divided is being paid. The company sold its investment in Grafton Insurance Services, a brokerage specialising in property
26-Oct-2010 01:16 PM

Valiant plugs and abandons Viola North well

Valiant Petroleum has plugged and abandoned its Viola North exploration well as a dry hole. Valiant said the well reached a depth of approximately 16,000 ft and while the Fulmar sand formation was encountered, no hydrocarbons were present in this locati