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Strength in financials help keep UK stocks steady

* FTSE 100 index flat, consolidates at 4-1/2 year peak * HSBC leads rally by UK banking stocks * Vodafone again lends blue chips its strength * Capita knocked by Canaccord downgrade By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Strength in banks driven by global lender HSBC supported Britain's top share index at mid-session, with the index flat and consolidating at its highest level in four-and-a-half years.

Britain's FTSE slips from 4-1/2 year highs

* FTSE 100 down 0.1 pct, off 4-1/2 year highs * FTSE 100 in technically "overbought" territory on RSI basis * Capita falls after Canaccord Genuity downgrade By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Britain's benchmark share index slipped back on Monday from its highest level in four-and-a-half years, with some technical indicators suggesting that a recent rally would fade away in the near term.

Britain's FTSE higher, edging towards 6,300

* FTSE 100 adds 0.3 percent, hits fresh 2013 highs * Vodafone up again on joint venture sale chatter * Broker upgrades buoy Shell, IAG, and Polymetal * Miners weak; Anglo American Q4 production report mixed By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares pushed higher on Friday, reaching a fresh 4-1/2 year peak, led by strength in market heavyweight Vodafone, banks and energy stocks.

Vodafone, banks help Britain's FTSE edge higher

* FTSE 100 up 0.1 percent, holds near fresh 2013 highs * Banks helped by LTRO early repayment news * Vodafone boosted again by joint venture sale chatter * Miners weak; Anglo American Q4 production report mixed By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Gains in banking stocks and market heavyweight Vodafone helped push Britain's leading shares modestly higher on Friday, with the index consolidating around a fresh 4-1/2 year peak.

Britain's FTSE edges up as investors await GDP figures

* FTSE 100 gains 0.1 percent * IAG and Polymetal lead gainers after upgrade * Investors unwilling to bet on the broad index ahead of GDP * Low volatility suggests underlying confidence in market By Alistair Smout LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - British blue-chips gained in early trade on Friday, as individual company newsflow outweighed investor caution ahead of UK GDP figures and helped the market push on to new multi-year highs.

Britain's FTSE higher as mining stocks, Vodafone gain

* FTSE 100 up 0.1 percent, claws back above 6,200 level * Miners rise after upbeat China factory data * Vodafone bolstered by broker comment * ARM Holdings falls as Apple results disappoint By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index edged higher on Thursday as strength in mining stocks following upbeat data from China and gains by Vodafone L> offset disappointment at results from U.S. tech giant Apple.

Britain's FTSE hits 6,200 after Unilever earnings boost

* FTSE 100 ends up 0.3 pct after hitting new 4 1/2 year high * Unilever touches all-time high after sales beat forecasts * Energy stocks led higher by Tullow on drilling speculation By Alistair Smout LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 share index hit the 6,200 level for the first time since May 2008 on Wednesday after Unilever got the UK earnings season off to an encouraging start, sending its stock to a record high.

Britain's FTSE pinned back at 4-1/2 year peak

* FTSE 100 down 0.03 percent * Banks lower, tracking falls by German peers * Miners weak; Fresnillo down after Q4 update * Kingfisher rallies as Exane ups target By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Britain's leading share index eased a touch on Tuesday stalling after a recent push up to its highest level in four-and-a-half years, weighed by falls in financials and mining stocks.

UK stocks hit by Vodafone, banks, miners weakness

* FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent, just off 4-1/2 year highs * Vodafone falls; U.S. partner Verizon posts Q4 loss * Banks lower, tracking falls by German peers * Miners weak; Fresnillo down after Q4 update By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Falls by market heavyweight Vodafone, banks and mining stocks pulled Britain's top shares lower on Tuesday, with the index slipping back from its highest level in four-and-a-half years.

UK's FTSE scales new heights as mining stocks rise

* FTSE 100 closes up 0.4 pct at 6,154.41 points * Miners rise on new signs of Chinese economic growth * UK retail sales fall hits Kingfisher * FTSE 100 in "overbought" territory on technical basis By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Britain's benchmark share index climbed to its highest level in more than four years on Friday, as investors overlooked domestic economic weakness to snap up mining stocks exposed to the growing Chinese economy.
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