Would gft forex deposit buy a nearly new home? Property market continues to lose steam as average UK house price falls 0.
Should I have inherited some of my husband’s state pension after his death? Do you have overdraft charge outrage? Shares in under-fire Olympic security firm G4S enjoyed a reprieve today as bargain-hunters bought into the battered stock. G4S, whose boss Nick Buckles admitted to MPs yesterday that its staffing debacle had been a ‘humiliating shambles’, closed 4. 9p having fallen sharply over the previous four sessions.
Meanwhile, the wider FTSE 100 Index was up 1 per cent or 56. 8 amid improving signs on the other side of the Atlantic, although analysts warned against being ‘over excited’ about today’s rally. US data on housing starts showed home construction increased by a better-than-expected 6. 9 per cent between May and June to an annual rate of 760,000 – the highest level in nearly four years.
This helped offset yesterday’s disappointment over US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s failure to signal more stimulus measures for the world’s biggest economy. The pound was down against the US dollar at 1. 56 after Bank of England minutes hinted at a possible interest rate cut and additional quantitative easing in the months ahead. Sterling was up against the euro at 1.
50 million hit from more than 6,500 UK weather-related claims since June. 35 million impact from two earthquakes in Italy in May and said its combined operating ratio, which shows claims and expenses as a percentage of premium income, had been affected. Outside the top flight, Homeserve rose by 12 per cent at one stage amid newspaper speculation that the home repair and insurance business is in the sights of potential private equity suitors. 1 billion deal could be in the pipeline.
550 million by Tuesday night’s close. Equipment rental firm Speedy Hire rose 2 per cent or 0. 40 million contract to work on a major oil drilling project in the Middle East. 2 billion scheme at the second biggest field in the Persian Gulf.
But there was grim news for shareholders of climate change consultancy AEA Technology after the debt-laden company warned its shares were worthless. The former part of the old Atomic Energy Authority is looking at all options but warned that investors could be left with nothing even if it seals a rescue takeover. Shares dived 84 per cent to just 0. The biggest Footsie risers were Hargreaves Lansdown up 23p at 575. 5p, Aggreko ahead 67p at 1995p, Tullow Oil up 46p at 1428p and Johnson Matthey ahead 65p at 2168p.