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FTSE mixed as energy issues fall ahead of OPEC

FTSE indices crept off their opening levels in early deals — the blue chip down, the mid cap up — with energy stocks casting a pall from the outset ahead of today’s OPEC meeting. Wall St rose overnight, while Asian markets were lower. FTSE 100 opened 14.4 points down, or 0.21%, to 6714.77. FTSE 250 […]

FTSE down on travel stocks as resources gain

FTSE indices closed down with falls in travel-related stocks finally outstripping gains among resources. Hefty losses in Thomas Cook Group were the story of the day. Wall St was mixed after a raft of US economic data was out this afternoon. At the close, FTSE 100 was up 12.95 points, or 0.19%, to 6744.09, while […]

Premier Oil upgraded by Liberum

Liberum Capital has upgraded its recommendation on Premier Oil (LON:PMO) to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’, believing the independent oil and gas exploration and production company has removed a key risk by finding a pragmatic and sensible way to unlock value in Sea Lion in a low oil price environment. The broker also highlighted the recent share […]

IGas Energy makes statement on finance facility

IGas Energy has issued a statement on Andrew Austin’s financial interests in its shares. Under the terms of the finance ‎facility with Equities First Holdings (EFH) announced in January, Mr Austin transferred a total of 7.5m shares to EFH and received the net sum of £7,009,533, equivalent to 93.46p per share transferred under the agreement. […]

FTSE mixed as resources up, Thomas Cook sags

FTSE indices were mixed in early deals — blue chip up, mid cap down — as resources stocks nudged higher following yesterday’s falls in a session so far rich in corporate news. Wall St was mixed overnight, while Asian markets were up this morning. Shortly after the open, FTSE 100 was up 18.54 points, or […]

National Grid buyback programme

National Grid has entered into new arrangements to buy back ordinary shares following the expiry of arrangements previously announced on 5 August. The programme forms part of the company’s continuing management of the dilution resulting from the take-up of its scrip dividend. At 2:54pm: (LON:NG.) National Grid PLC share price was +5.25p at 945.75p Story […]

National Grid buyback programme

National Grid has entered into new arrangements to buy back ordinary shares following the expiry of arrangements previously announced on 5 August. The programme forms part of the company’s continuing management of the dilution resulting from the take-up of its scrip dividend. At 2:54pm: (LON:NG.) National Grid PLC share price was +5.25p at 945.75p Story […]

Petroceltic notes ‘put up or shut up’ deadline for Dragon

Petroceltic has noted an announcement earlier today by the Irish Takeover Panel, setting a deadline of 5.00pm on 19 December 2014 for Dragon Oil to either announce an intention to make an offer or announce that it will not proceed. Petroceltic issued the full text of the Irish Takeover Panel announcement which says: “On 6 […]

Petroceltic notes ‘put up or shut up’ deadline for Dragon

Petroceltic has noted an announcement earlier today by the Irish Takeover Panel, setting a deadline of 5.00pm on 19 December 2014 for Dragon Oil to either announce an intention to make an offer or announce that it will not proceed. Petroceltic issued the full text of the Irish Takeover Panel announcement which says: “On 6 […]

Broker downgrades for Petrofac

It should come as no great surprise to learn that today’s broker reaction to yesterday’s profit warning from Petrofac (LON:PFC) was overwhelmingly negative, as the company witnessed a quarter of its value disappear in a day. Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Investec all downgraded their recommendations to ‘hold’ (from ‘buy’), ‘neutral’ (from ‘outperform’) and ‘hold’ […]

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