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Britain's FTSE set to hit all-time highs in 2014

By Tricia Wright LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top share index looks set to reach record highs in 2014, spurred on by a robust economy and a stabilization of heavyweight mining companies which suffered hefty falls this year, according to a Reuters poll.

FTSE falls, led by Sports Direct and engineers

By Toni Vorobyova LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 fell on Thursday, heading for its longest run of weekly drops since 2008, led by a sell-off in engineering and retail sectors and rattled by concerns about an imminent scaling back of U.S. stimulus. Sports Direct led falling stocks <SPD.L>, down 12.6 percent in its biggest one-day drop for over two years, after disappointing investors by reaffirming rather than upgrading its full-year targets.

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 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.

FTSE falls sharply on Italy election stalemate

* FTSE 100 down 1.4 percent * Italy election vote ends in hung parliament * Randgold bucks weak market trend By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Weak banks and commodity stocks heaped pressure on Britain's top share index on Tuesday after an inconclusive election result in Italy which threatened to reignite the euro zone debt crisis.

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 100 rises to fresh five-year highs

* FTSE 100 breaches key 6,400 point mark * Rexam surges after posting higher profits * RSA slumps after dividend cut By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Britain's benchmark equity index hit fresh five-year peaks on Wednesday lifted by expectations of more monetary stimulus to help the economy while results from drinks-can maker Rexam boosted its shares.

RPT-German data helps Britain's FTSE to close at a five-year high

(Repeats to remove extraneous characters from headline) * FTSE 100 index closes up 1 percent * Index extends gains but lags EU peers after German ZEW * Rolls Royce and StanChart among top risers on upgrades * FTSE still on rising path from last Nov. - technicals By Alistair Smout

RPT-German data helps Britain's FTSE to close at a five-year high

(Repeats to remove extraneous character from headline) * FTSE 100 index closes up 1 percent * Index extends gains but lags EU peers after German ZEW * Rolls Royce and StanChart among top risers on upgrades * FTSE still on rising path from last Nov. - technicals By Alistair Smout
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