London Market Report Headlines

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 25

Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 48 points at 7,765 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * SHELL: A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. * VEDANTA RESOURCES: India's Tamil Nadu state said on Thursday that it was seeking a permanent closure of a big copper

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 24

Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 points lower at 7,784 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * BRITISH INFLATION: British inflation fell unexpectedly in April, according to data that prompted fresh questions about when the Bank of England would next raise interest rates and pushed sterling to its lowest level against the dollar this year. * BARCLAYS: Barclays Plc is not actively exploring a potential merger with rivals, two sources close to

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 23

Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 19 points lower at 7,858 on Wednesday, according to CMC Markets. * BANK OF ENGLAND: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday he expected Britain's economy would bounce back from a weak start to the year when it was hit by heavy snowstorms, keeping the prospect of higher interest rates on the table. * SHELL: Top investors in Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday put pressure on the oil and gas giant to commit to hard

Autos, banks fuel European shares as Italy recovers

European shares touched their highest level since the start of February on Tuesday as autos and bank stocks climbed, and Italian shares recovered from Monday's dip on investors' worries over a new government's spending plans.