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Former Ofcom boss to take helm at Lloyd's List owner

The former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter was named the next chief executive of the publisher and events group Informa yesterday as Peter Rigby announced he is stepping down in December after 25 years at the top.

Markets keep the Carney glow after US employers hire more staff

Shares held on to most of their Mark Carney-inspired gains yesterday, despite  surprisingly strong job figures from the US sparking fears the Federal Reserve would cut its quantitative easing (QE) programme.

Market Report: Serco transported to new high by US deal

The company that operates Boris bikes, prisons and hospitals was a picture of health yesterday following news of a big contract win in the US.

Market Report: Travis Perkins gets built up to top spot

Punters were betting that builders' merchants will benefit from the stream of new homeowners. New data yesterday revealed that house prices, mortgage approvals and home sales are all up. Investors think the strong housing market will prove a tonic for the new blue-chip entrant Travis Perkins, the builders' merchant that also owns Wickes. It built up more than a 5 per cent gain and took the top spot on the benchmark index yesterday.

Simon Read: The FTSE 100 share index is down! No, it's up! Oh, who cares?

A few weeks ago, I was working on an article to mark the moment when the FTSE 100 – commonly known as the Footsie – topped 7,000 for the first time.

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Global gloom drags FTSE 100 down

A worldwide share plunge saw the FTSE 100 Index fall more than 100 points today as a run of pessimism on the markets pulled leading stocks further down from near-record heights seen just a few weeks ago.

Johnson Matthey on climb despite dent in profits

Johnson Matthey shares put on 6 per cent yesterday despite the world's largest maker of catalytic converters posting a 9 per cent fall in profits.

James Moore: London listing allows Wolseley to ride waves

Outlook Tough times for Wolseley, the multinational plumbers merchant, whose upbeat performance in the UK and the US was tarnished by the continuing struggles of the construction industry in Europe.

Market Report: Halfords is revving up after UBS boost

Investors piled into Halfords yesterday following an upgrade from analysts at UBS, which sent shares in the car repair-to-bikes retailer racing up 19p to 329p. The company has had a mixed time of late and last week admitted profits will fall over the next two years while it invests £100m to turn around its performance.

City traders, including these on the London Metal Exchange, have been getting mixed messages

Should you play bear or bull with markets?

The FTSE 100 reached a 13-year high this week, before falling back. What’s next?

Shares worldwide go on the slide

FTSE 100 down 2 per cent; Nikkei plunges 7.3 per cent; Milan dives by 3 per cent; Paris and Frankfurt fall 2 per cent

New boost with trade gap dip to £3.1bn

The UK trade deficit narrowed slightly in March, adding to hopes that the economy could be beginning to strengthen.

EasyJet numbers soar to 5 million ahead of possible expansion

EasyJet flew 2.5 per cent more passengers in April, taking the total to 5.3 million, despite the early Easter meaning that most holiday trips took place in the previous month.

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