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Market Report: Barclays eyes a £5bn share sale to plug hole

Banks have disappointed government and they have disappointed the public, and yesterday Barclays disappointed the City. This time, the crushing disappointment wasn’t due to mis- selling or big bonuses – Barclays yesterday frustrated the Square Mile when it emerged it will pursue a £5bn-plus rights issue to plug the perceived hole in its balance sheet that the Bank of England’s capital requirements have revealed.

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The George pub, in central London

Man in court accused of attempted bank robberies

A man appeared in court today, accused of trying to rob two south London banks with a replica assault rifle.

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Barclays is not only still too big to fail but it is also too big to rescue without huge cost
The George pub, in central London

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The man reportedly ran through a pub, chased by bank security and other members of the public

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Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan sells Barclays stake

An Abu Dhabi sheikh who helped Barclays avoid a government bailout at the height of the financial crisis has sold his stake in the bank, it has emerged.

Barclays to appeal $453m fine for rigging energy markets

Barclays pledged to challenge US energy regulators in court yesterday after they upheld a record $453m (£300m) fine imposed on the bank last year for rigging electricity markets in California.

Jim Armitage: Barclays wants a scrap over this ‘scandal’ just as JPMorgan is set to pay up

It’s never easy to be sympathetic with Barclays, let’s be honest. Clearly, this is a bank which has behaved appallingly in the past, whether in rigging Libor, mis-selling PPI, or allegedly using funny methods of securing billions of bailout money from the Qataris.

US uphold record fine imposed against Barclays

US energy regulators uphold a record $453m fine

James Moore: Barclays’ new signing Tushar Morzaria comes at a price

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The public will be able to buy shares through an online retail offer

Banks to earn millions in Royal Mail privatisation

Of the seven City institutions appointed to steer through the IPO, only one is British

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