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London open: Stocks slip as investors digest earnings, Barclays rises

Wed 30th Jul 14, 08:26

Benjamin Chiou

UK markets opened slightly lower on Wednesday as investors digested a wave of corporate earnings and cautiously awaited economic data and a policy decision Stateside later on.

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Market overview: Barclays leads gains after interims

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