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Britain's FTSE sinks to five-and-a-half-month low as China weighs

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top share index fell to a 5-1/2 month low on Monday, as investors rotated out of growth sensitive stocks as concerns built over growth and liquidity in China. The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> closed 87.07 points lower, down 1.4 percent, at 6,029.10, having hit an intraday low of 6,023.44 not seen since early January.

Britain's FTSE hits five-month low on Fed plans, China

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top shares slid to five-month lows on Thursday, led by miners after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it planned to slow its stimulus program later this year and Chinese data suggested growth there was waning. The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> index closed 189.31 points, or 3 percent, lower at 6,159.51 - leaving it at levels not seen since January and its biggest daily drop since September 2011.

Britain's FTSE 100 up from two-week lows, miners lead

By Toni Vorobyova LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top share index edged up from two-week lows on Thursday, with some investors seeing value in previously laggard miners, but low volumes and the small scale of the rise signaled caution. Precious metals miners Fresnillo <FRES.L>, Randgold <RRS.L> and Polymetal <POLYP.L> were among the top gainers, up 6.2 to 4.9 percent and taking heart from a rebound in gold.

British water supplier Severn Trent faces possible bid

British water supplier Severn Trent said on Tuesday it had been approached by a consortium including Canadian and Kuwaiti investment companies regarding a possible bid, sending its share price surging. "The board of Severn Trent announces that it has received an approach with a view to making a proposal from a consortium made up of (Canadian group) Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., the Kuwait Investment Office and (British pension fund) Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited," said a statement.

European stocks slip; gold hits 2-year low on China GDP

European stock markets fell on Monday and gold plunged to a two-year low on news that the powerful Chinese economy slowed unexpectedly in the first quarter of the year, dealers said. London's FTSE 100 index of top companies lost 0.64 percent to 6,343.60 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 was off by 0.41 percent at 7,712.63 points and in Paris the CAC 40 was down by 0.50 percent at 3,710.48 points.

European stocks slide; gold hits 2-year low on China GDP

European stock markets fell on Monday and gold plunged to a two-year low on news that the powerhouse Chinese economy slowed down in the first quarter of 2013, dealers said. In afternoon trade, London's FTSE 100 index of top companies sank 0.82 percent to 6,332.18 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 was off by 0.43 percent to 7,711.74 points and in Paris the CAC 40 lost 0.67 percent to 3,703.78 points.

European stocks slide; gold at 2-year low on China GDP

European stock markets fell sharply on Monday and gold plunged to a two-year low after news that the powerhouse Chinese economy slowed down in the first quarter of 2013, dealers said. In midday deals, London's FTSE 100 index of top companies sank 1.19 percent to 6,308.17 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 1.04 percent to 7,662.35 points and in Paris the CAC 40 lost 1.02 percent to 3,691.13 points. On the London Bullion Market, gold prices slumped to $1,398.85 per ounce. That was the lowest level since March 2011 and compared with $1,535.50 late on Friday.

Russia's Evraz scraps dividend after 2012 loss

By Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's largest steelmaker Evraz <EVRE.L> scrapped its dividend on Thursday, citing a precarious market outlook as it became the latest giant in the sector to post a major net loss for 2012. The shock loss sent Evraz shares down by 16 percent to an all-time low in London trading, before they recovered to trade 9.2 percent lower on the session - the worst performance of any stock in the FTSE 100 large-cap index.

FTSE snaps three-day rally after miner weakness

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 fell on Friday after a three-day rally, as investors backed away from riskier sectors and U.S. GDP figures came in below expectations. Material and energy stocks, which are sensitive to optimism over the global economic outlook, took 26 points off the FTSE 100, dragging the index into negative territory.

FTSE boosted to fresh 5-yr highs by U.S. jobs data

* FTSE 100 up 0.7 percent, hits 5-yr high * Some profit taking seen after strong U.S. data * Next technical resistance still some way away By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - British equities set fresh 5-year peaks on Friday, posting their fourth successive weekly gain, after key U.S. jobs data showed improvement in the world's top economy and leaving the door open to more stock gains.
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