Gains narrowed on the FTSE 100 today, with the blue-chip index closing ahead 21.2 points at 6,451.3 after disappointing US economic reports.
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London's blue-chip shares were up today after an economy-boosting interest rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB).
World markets stormed ahead today after forecast-beating results from both sides of the Atlantic.
Sluggish economic data from the world's biggest economy offset gains by buoyant banking stocks today, sending the FTSE 100 Index into the red and continuing a turbulent performance by the top tier.
Mining stocks helped the London market end a five-day losing streak today as bargain-hunters returned to boost the FTSE 100 Index.
Concerns about the health of the world's biggest economy weighed on global stock markets today, holding back a subdued FTSE 100 Index.
Gains in the blue chip mining sector and a bounce back on Wall Street failed to halt losses on London's FTSE 100 Index today.
The FTSE 100 Index ended a four-day winning streak today amid eurozone fears.
London's blue-chip index closed up today as it benefited from increased optimism on world markets.
World markets stormed ahead today as trading set new record highs on Wall Street following encouraging data from the powerhouse Chinese economy.
London's FTSE 100 Index made further progress today amid renewed hopes that Britain would narrowly escape a triple dip recession.
The FTSE 100 Index slid by 1.5% today - its third day of losses - as figures showed the world's largest economy created far fewer jobs than expected in March.
Engineering service firm Amec yesterday highlighted a west-of-Shetland contract as key to meeting its order book targets.
World markets made cautious gains today as Cypriot banks reopened for the first time in nearly two weeks amid relative calm.
Banking shares were in sharp focus today after policymakers ordered them to hold an extra £25billion to act as a cushion against future financial shocks.
Hopes of an imminent bailout deal for debt-laden Cyprus steadied losses on world markets today as the country said it was just hours away from agreeing a solution.
Eurozone fears kept London's FTSE 100 Index in the red today as worries over the bailout vote in debt-laden Cyprus put world markets under pressure.
The FTSE 100 Index moved back above the 6,500 mark today thanks to a shares rally from retailers.
A bout of profit-taking sent the FTSE 100 Index back below the 6,500 barrier today, but upbeat economic data in the US helped ease losses.
A hefty share fall for blue-chip insurer Aviva failed to hold back a rally on London's FTSE 100 Index today as positive US jobs data boosted sentiment.
London's blue-chip index hit its highest level since January 2008 today as optimism for the powerhouse Chinese and US economies triggered a rally in markets around the world.
European markets shook off worries over the inconclusive Italian election result today with the help of better news on the US economy.
Stock markets plunged across Europe today after inconclusive Italian election results reignited fears over eurozone instability.
London's top flight index regained its composure today after a sharp rise in business optimism in the eurozone's powerhouse German economy.
The recent rally on London's FTSE 100 Index came to a halt today amid fears that US policymakers are getting cold feet over their economy-boosting measures.