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Investec upgrades BHP Billiton to 'hold' after South32 spin-off

Fri 22nd May 15, 09:20:24

Investec has upgraded its stance on BHP Billiton from 'sell' to 'hold' following the spin-off of the miner's South32 portfolio this week, as well as recent reduced capital and operating cost guidance.

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Nationwide profit rises; CEO to step down next year

Building society Nationwide posted a 32% % rise in underlying annual profit in the year to April 2015, as it regained its position as the UK's second largest saving and mortgage provider. 1 hour ago

German business confidence slips in May but beats forecasts; 1Q GDP growth confirmed at 0.3%

The German Ifo business climate index nudged down to 108.5 in May from 108.6 in April, marking its first drop since October last year, but still a touch ahead of analysts' expectations for a reading of 108.3. 1 hour ago

PRA's Bailey warns UK lenders of return to potentially "fatal" high-risk property loans

The head of the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority has warned of a dangerous shift by UK lenders back towards high-risk property loans. 2 hours ago

Quindell given FCA approval for Slater & Gordon deal

Quindell has received the final regulatory go-ahead to complete the sale of its professional services division to Australian law-firm, Slater & Gordon in a deal worth £700m. 2 hours ago

Europe open: Stocks flat as investors eye speeches from Draghi, Carney and Yellen

European stocks were little changed in early trade, as investors erred on the side of caution ahead of speeches from European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. 3 hours ago

Market overview: German GDP growth confirmed at 0.3% for Q1

0921: German gross domestic product rose 0.3% quarter-on-quarter and 1.1% year-on-year in the first quarter, a final estimate confirmed, as expected by analysts. "Two factors contributed to the relatively low GDP growth rate," said BNP Paribas analysts. "First, import growth, at 1.5% q/q, significantly outpaced export growth, at 0.8% q/q. Second, inventories also subtracted 0.3% p.p. from GDP growth, though it should be cautioned that inventories have taken from growth in the last five quarters." 2 hours ago

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