It was the turn of the big named firms to see the best gains today in the London stock markets. But ...
It was the turn of the big named firms to see the best gains today in the London stock markets. But it was as a result of the dollar rising again against the pound that boosted their presence.
Each time the dollar rises against the pound - as it has done four days out of five this week - Drinks firm Diageo and helicopters manufacturer GKN see their profit potential rise because they do so much business in the US.
This helped the FTSE 100 index to close up a fraction on the week at 4160.
Diageo gained 12.5p or 1.8% to 699.5p by close of business while GKN saw its share price climb 10p or 4.4% to 236p.
BSkyB Group has seen its share price drop 14p or 2% today to 683p after the FT this morning revealed the English Premier League was planning to divide the broadcasting rights held by BSkyB for 2004/2005 matches.
Datamonitor, the market research firm which also supplies information to the financial services industry, saw its share price rise 6p, or 11% to 60p as it now expects to make a pre-tax for H1, compared to losses a year ago.
Stagecoach, which now owns both coaches and trains, also gained 1.75p or 3.2% to 56.75p thanks to Transport Secretary Alistair Darling's plans to allow train fares to rise by 1% more than inflation.
Biggest news in the US is not what is is happening in the equity markets but General Motors' plans to sell $13bn worth of bonds.
The bulk of these bonds are being sold as $10bn worth of convertible bonds in a bid to close its huge pension fund deficit.
The remaining $3bn is being raised to help finance the car manufacturing business.
The Dow Jones was up 70.87 points or 0.77% to 9,250.4 by the close of London trading while the S&P500 index was up 5.27 points or 0.53% to just under the 100 mark at 999.97. And the Nasdaq was up a fraction to 1,649.8 points.
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