A bid offer for Scottish & Newcastle led to a surge for the FTSE at close of play today.
The index was up 0.96% to close on 6677.70 helped by the brewer’s shares which rose 18.77% to 765.00. It is expected Carlsberg and Heineken will make a cash offer for S&N shortly.
Other winners today were Tate & Lyle up 7.63% and ICAP up 5.59%. Northern Rock was the biggest loser down 7.16% today while Aviva fell 2.24% despite the news it plans to deliver annualized cost savings of £350m by the end of 2009.
Meanwhile, technology stocks helped the Dow Jones start the day strongly up 46 at 13,950 while the S&P 500 is up 9 to 1,548.
Companies including Yahoo and Intel both announced better than expected earnings figures for the quarter. Other winners were JP Morgan Chase up 3.41%, Microsoft up 2.77% and Coca Cola ahead by 2.77%.IFAonline
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