Monday, 24th November 2014

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London close: UK stocks retreat from two-month high as Petrofac, miners fall

Mon 24th Nov 14, 16:23:12

A wave of M&A news failed to give UK markets a boost on Monday as investors took profits after stocks hit their highest in two months the previous session.

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GB Group finance director adds 24,000 shares after in-line results

The finance and operations director of GB Group has acquired 24,000 shares in the identity intelligence solutions firm following the release of an upbeat half-year report. 28 minutes ago

FTSE 250 movers: FirstGroup leads fallers as TalkTalk jumps

FirstGroup took a hit amid claims it has missed out on the opportunity to acquire the East Coast mainline. It seems the company's bid will be overlooked in favour of Eurostar and Keolis when the government releases a statement on the final decision this week. FirstGroup has failed to win several prestigious franchises prior to this, including the Thameslink Great Northern service and the Essex Thameside operations. 1 hour ago

FTSE 100 movers: Petrofac shares slide on profit warning

Petrofac's share price dropped by a quarter after the group scaled back its profit assumptions, saying that depressed oil prices and the timing of deliveries will result in a weaker bottom line. The company said net profits for 2014 will be at the lower end of the guided $580m-600m range, but would fall to just $500m in 2015. It had previously predicted "strong earnings growth" next year. 1 hour ago

Synergies from Aviva-Friends Life deal could be 'substantial', says The Share Centre

The proposed tie-up between insurance groups Aviva and Friends Life Group could create "substantial synergies", according to The Share Centre, details of which still remain unknown. 1 hour ago

Tuesday preview: US economic data in focus with GDP and consumer confidence

The market will on Tuesday have its eye on US data, including gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer confidence, to monitor the health of the world's biggest economy. 2 hours ago

Ryanair partners with Booking.com

Budget airline Ryanair announced a partnership with online hotel and accommodation website Booking.com. 2 hours ago

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