Another high street bank, Lloyds TSB, has substantially increased its profits again in the last year but boosted trading on the FTSE 100 by only a fraction this morning.
Lloyds TSB Group this morning reported second-half net income more than tripled to £2.1bn after selling businesses in New Zealand and Brazil, lifting its own share price 8.25p or 1.8% to 462.75p.
This has helped to lift the FTSE 100 a fraction to 4556 points, while the FTSE All-Share index is also up 4 points or 0.2%, to 2275.
Helping trading on its way was GUS, the high street catalogue store chain, after a ratings upgrade. GUS has so far gained 21p or 2.9% to 751.5p.
In Asia today, the Topix index gained just 0.1% to 1132.03 by close of business in Tokyo, however, this was enough to push the index to its highest level since May 2002, thanks to significant gains for steel manufacturers.
Elsewhere, the Hong Kong Hang Seng index rose where most other Asian markets fell, as the Hang Seng also added another 173.03 points to 13,627. That now makes a gain of at least a fifth over the last six months, led by hot demand for property development.
And in the US on Friday, both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 indices made slight gains, while the Nasdaq Composite index dropped a fraction.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index closed up 7 points to just under 10,600 points at 10,595 while the S&P 500 index gained just 1.98 points to 1,156 and the Nasdaq dropped 7.48 points to 2,047.IFAonline
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