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Wednesday 09 March, 2011

09-Mar-2011 05:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 17:00

FTSE 100 PRUDENTIAL PLC ORD 5P 749.00 4.90% IMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP PLC ORD 10P 1978.00 3.45% RANDGOLD RESOURCES LD ORD $0.05 4629.00 3.33% ROLLS-ROYCE GROUP PLC ORD 20P 619.50
09-Mar-2011 05:00 PM

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

PLUS Market Trafalgar New Homes plc 19.50 1200.00% Ivy Medical Chemicals plc 32.50 233.33% All Star Minerals plc 1.50 200.00% Adalta Real plc 1.50
09-Mar-2011 04:30 PM

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

Overall Market POWER CAPITAL GLOBAL LIMITED ORD NP 9.50 11.76% URANIUM RESOURCES PLC ORD 0.1P 3.75 10.95% VYKE COMMUNICATIONS PLC ORD 1P 0.55 5.77% AVATION PLC ORD 1P 113.00
09-Mar-2011 04:26 PM

Eesti Energia to acquire Oil Shale Exploration Co

Eesti Energia has agreed to acquire 100% of Oil Shale Exploration Co, a US company which holds the largest privately-owned oil shale resources in Utah. Eesti Energia will obtain over 3.1 billion tons of in place oil shale that contains nearly 2.1 billio
09-Mar-2011 04:15 PM

Tupras operating profits rise

Operating profits at Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri AS rose 2% to TL1,034.1m in the year to the end of December. Sales revenues rose 29% to TL26,218.7m while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation increased by 4% to TL1,255.2m. It sai
09-Mar-2011 04:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 16:00

FTSE 100 PRUDENTIAL PLC ORD 5P 747.25 4.66% RANDGOLD RESOURCES LD ORD $0.05 4630.50 3.36% ROLLS-ROYCE GROUP PLC ORD 20P 617.25 2.79% IMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP PLC ORD 10P 1962.50
09-Mar-2011 03:46 PM

ECR Minerals pre-tax loss of £3.5m

ECR Minerals posts pre-tax losses of £3.5m for the year to the end of September. This compares with a loss of £4.4m in the 15 months to the end of September 2009. Operating losses were £2.99m against £3.5m in 2009. Revenues totalled £4.8m compared with
09-Mar-2011 03:35 PM

RM wins Scottish education electronic marking system contract

International education group RM has won a five year contract with the Scottish Qualifications Authority for outsourced, on-screen electronic marking services. The system will be based on RM's innovative scoris platform, and builds from existing S
09-Mar-2011 03:33 PM

US crude oil inventories rise by 2.5m barrels

US commercial crude oil inventories increased by 2.5 million barrels in the week ending 4 March, the Energy Information Administration said today (9 March). At 348.9 million barrels, US crude oil inventories are above the upper limit of the average rang
09-Mar-2011 03:30 PM

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

Overall Market VERDES MANAGEMENT PLC ORD 0.1P 1.10 19.57% VYKE COMMUNICATIONS PLC ORD 1P 0.55 10.00% PHYSIOMICS PLC ORD 0.04P 0.49 8.89% GAS TURBINE EFFICIENCY PLC ORD 0.2P 0.70
09-Mar-2011 03:27 PM

Sable Mining discovers major iron ore targets in Liberia

Sable Mining Africa has discovered major iron ore exploration targets in Liberia. The firm said the discovery follows the completion of an aeromagnetic survey of the Bopulu and Timbo reconnaissance licence areas, with shallow strikes up to 14km long bein
09-Mar-2011 03:19 PM

Broker News & Views

Wolseley upgraded to neutral from underweight at HSBC, target price raised to 2,300p from 1,150p. Intertek Group cut to add from buy at Seymour Pierce. Weir Group raised to buy from hold at Altium, target price 1813p up from 1670p. Ashtead upgraded to b
09-Mar-2011 03:17 PM

Final salary pensions closing to existing members at record rate

A record number of final salary pension schemes have closed their doors to future contributions from existing members, the National Association of Pension Funds revealed today. Its annual survey showed that nearly one-in-five (17%) schemes have shut the
09-Mar-2011 03:13 PM

EADS bounces back into the black

European aerospace and defence group EADS bounced back into the black with full-year net income of €553m compared with a loss of €763m last time. Revenues rose 7% to €45,752m while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisati
09-Mar-2011 03:06 PM

US wholesale inventories rise

US wholesale inventories rose to $436.9bn at the end of January - up 1.1% from the revised December level and 11.9% up on a year ago. TheDecember preliminary estimate was revised upward $1.5bn or 0.3%. End-of-month inventories of durable goods were up
09-Mar-2011 03:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 15:00

FTSE 100 PRUDENTIAL PLC ORD 5P 745.00 4.34% RANDGOLD RESOURCES LD ORD $0.05 4615.00 3.01% AUTONOMY CORPORATION PLC ORD SHS 1/ 1696.00 2.66% ROLLS-ROYCE GROUP PLC ORD 20P 616.25
09-Mar-2011 02:53 PM

MMK-Atakas commissions electric arc furnace facility

MMM-Atakas - a joint venture of OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) and Atakas Group - has commissioned an electric arc furnace facility at the industrial complex in Iskenderun, Turkey. Output at the plant - which was commissioned in the presence
09-Mar-2011 02:48 PM

Network Rail executives will not get a bonus

Network Rail will not be paying an annual bonus to its executive directors in respect for the 2010-11 financial year. Remuneration committee chairman Steve Russell said: "Last year, the board suspended the management incentive framework for executiv
09-Mar-2011 02:44 PM

Government clamp down on tobacco displays at shops

The Government has unveiled plans to stop shops displaying tobacco products in England. Cigarettes and other tobacco products will have to be kept under-the-counter from 2012 at large stores and fro 2015 at small shops. The move is part of a programme o
09-Mar-2011 02:30 PM

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

Overall Market VERDES MANAGEMENT PLC ORD 0.1P 1.05 22.09% GAS TURBINE EFFICIENCY PLC ORD 0.2P 0.77 18.46% ACTIVE ENERGY GROUP PLC ORD 1P 3.37 8.01% ACUITY GROWTH VCT PLC ORD 1P 30.50
09-Mar-2011 02:07 PM

Fubon Financial releases February figures

Fubon Financial Holdings reports pre-tax profits of NT$3.99bn for February. The firm said pre-tax profits for January and February totalled NT$9.27bn. February pre-tax profits figures for the bank, security, insurance and life subsidiaries were NT$0.70b
09-Mar-2011 02:01 PM

NIBC Bank net profits up 73%

NIBC Bank's net profits rose by 73% to €76m in 2010 while impairments came down significantly and funding diversification improved. Net interest income nearly doubled to €142m continuing the positive trend from 2009. The main drivers we
09-Mar-2011 02:00 PM

Market Movers - Top risers and fallers at 14:00

FTSE 100 PRUDENTIAL PLC ORD 5P 745.50 4.41% RANDGOLD RESOURCES LD ORD $0.05 4613.50 2.98% AUTONOMY CORPORATION PLC ORD SHS 1/ 1697.00 2.72% ROLLS-ROYCE GROUP PLC ORD 20P 616.00
09-Mar-2011 01:53 PM

Empyrean pleased with Sugarloaf reserves estimate

Empyrean Energy has received the first independent reserves estimate for its interest in the Sugarloaf project in Texas . And it says the report - carried out by Netherland Sewell & Associates - has confirmed the value of the project. The report estimat
09-Mar-2011 01:33 PM

Chi-Med operating losses down 52%

Hutchison China MediTech reduced operating losses by 52% to $2.2m in the year to the end of December. Revenues rose 21% to £134.5m and the net loss attributable to equity holders fell by 22% to $6.9m. CEO Christian Hogg said: "2010 was another good