The UK's benchmark index the FTSE 100 ended Tuesday 82.4 points up at 5529.1 to record its fourth su...
The UK's benchmark index the FTSE 100 ended Tuesday 82.4 points up at 5529.1 to record its fourth successive gain and is now more than 250 points higher than its 33-month low of last week.
The All-Share index climbed 36.75 to 2663.92 and the Techmark rose 22.04 to 1573.67. Bank stocks took the Footsie higher - there were gains for proposed merger partners Halifax, up 45.5p to 813p and the Bank of Scotland, up 45p to 809p.
AEA Technology added 17.5p to 337.5p, on news that Schroder Investment purchased more than 500,000 shares in the group helping with the clean up of Chernobyl.
However there were losses for UK listed tech stocks. Dimension Data fell 4.75p to 130.25p, Misys lost 6p to 374p, Ebooker.com fell 12p to 156.5p and Imagination Technology fell 2.5p to 80.5p.
Emerald Energy fell 0.25p to 2p after saying its earnings potential for the year is unlikely to meet earnings expectations and Fusion Oil & Gas fell 8p to 48.5p to extend yesterday's 13% decline - results from an oil exploration off the coast of Mauritania were 'commercially disappointing.'
Investment company Media Square lost 2p to 27.5p after the AIM listed group posted a loss of £137,032 for the six months to end of April this year compared to a loss of £100,108 for the five month period to end of October.
In the US the three core indices gained in value. The Dow Jones gained 160.47 points to 10,562.19 while the tech focused Nasdaq added 33.09 to 2050.93 and the Standard & Poor's 500 added 15.77 to 1220.29.
Pharmaceuticals added in value including Bristol Meyers, Pfizer and Merck while there were also gains for oil groups including Chevron and Texaco.
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