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FTSE 100 closes above 6,400 for the first time in five years

* FTSE 100 gains 1.4 percent * StanChart leads up banks, Xstrata helps miners * Serco surges to leave Intu in line for blue-chip demotion By Alistair Smout LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Britain's blue chip shares surged on Tuesday to close above 6,400 for the first time in over five years helped by solid company reports and supportive central bank comments.

FTSE rises on policy support but stalls near five-year highs

* FTSE 100 index rises 0.7 percent * Cyclicals gain after China, U.S. promise growth stimulus * Standard Chartered gains after 10th straight profit rise * Serco, Wood Group surge, could retain blue-chip status By Alistair Smout LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Britain's blue chip shares rose on Tuesday, as policymakers' comments and solid company reports took it towards five-year highs, but it was unable to sustain a break above a key resistance level.

Weak miners knock Britain's FTSE on China concerns

* FTSE 100 drops 0.5 pct * Miners knocked, led down by Kazakhmys * HSBC down 2.5 pct on results miss * Next big faller on Debenhams warning read-across By Tricia Wright LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares fell on Monday on concern about prospects for global growth, with a murky outlook for metal demand from top consumer China shunting miners to the top of the fallers' list.

FTSE climbs on busy results day, WPP firms

* FTSE 100 up 0.2 percent * WPP firms, growth beats forecast * Lloyds big faller after results By Tricia Wright LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares crept higher on Friday as investors waded through another flurry of corporate earnings reports, with WPP gaining after it delivered forecast-beating growth. The FTSE 100 was up 11.03 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,371.84 by 0921 GMT, after it rose 0.6 percent on Thursday.

FTSE extends longest monthly winning streak for 16 years

* FTSE adds 0.6 percent * Top index rises for ninth month in a row * Gains supporting by U.S. Fed comments, data * IAG surges 7.9 percent after beating expectations By Alistair Smout LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index rose on Thursday, extending its monthly winning streak to nine months, buoyed by assurances from U.S. and European central banks that they would continue to pursue supportive monetary policy.

Britain's FTSE recovers part of post-Italy vote slump

* FTSE 100 up 0.9 percent, recovers 2/3 of Tuesday's fall * Wolseley rallies on strong U.S. housing data * Volumes 20 percent lower than during steep sell off By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 edged higher on Wednesday, with some investors using the previous day's steep fall to snap up stocks at cheaper levels, reassured by solid U.S. data and prospects of sustained central bank stimulus.

UPDATE 2-Petrofac unsettles investors with vague 2013 guidance

* FY net profit up 17 pct to $632 mln vs $636 mln forecast * Company guides for "good growth" in 2013 * Analysts disappointed by lack of quantitative target * Shares down 3.3 pct By Sarah Young LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - British oil services firm Petrofac just missed 2012 profit forecasts and failed to give a specific target for this year, spooking investors already unnerved by a rivals' shock profit warning.

FTSE at 2-1/2 week closing low on Italy election stalemate

* FTSE 100 down 1.3 percent * Italy election vote ends in hung parliament * Randgold Resources bucks weak market trend By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Weak banks and commodity stocks sent Britain's top shares to a more than two-week closing low on Tuesday after an inconclusive election result in Italy revived euro zone debt crisis concerns.

Britain's FTSE takes hit from Italy poll deadlock

* FTSE 100 down 1.4 percent * Italy election vote ends in hung parliament * Vote potentially disrupts economic reform and Europe recovery * Financials take most points off the FTSE 100 By David Brett LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - A tumble for bank shares dragged Britain's stock market sharply lower on Tuesday after election results threatened to leave Italy's economic reforms in tatters, reigniting concerns over the euro zone's debt crisis.

Britain's FTSE rebounds cautiously as traders eye Italy

* FTSE 100 up 0.7 percent * Traders cautious ahead of Italy election * Financials, miners lead rebound * Burberry up on bid talk * G4S falls as HSBC downgrades By David Brett LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Britain's blue chip shares rebounded in early trade on Friday after sharp falls the previous session, led by mining and financial stocks, but traders said gains could be stifled ahead of the weekend election in Italy.
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