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6:15 a.m. Sept. 28, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Uber wins 18-month license to continue to operate London Judge rules Uber “fit and proper,” after the ride-hailing app won an appeal to hold a license in London despite “historical failings.”
2:07 p.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - Associated Press
Boris Johnson defends plan to rewrite Brexit deal, says EU ‘unreasonable’ Conservative government admits bill violates ratified withdrawal treatyBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his plan to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union as an insurance policy against the bloc’s unreasonable behavior — even as his former attorney general joined the ranks of once-loyal lawmakers condemning the contentious move.
12:35 p.m. Sept. 13, 2020 - Associated Press
Former British prime ministers slam Boris Johnson on Brexit plan Major, Blair say government ‘is shaming itself and embarrassing our nation’Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the U.K.’s reputation.
5:36 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
London builders under pressure as regulators open inquiry into leasehold marketLondon stocks were headed for the third straight losing week on Friday, with strong gains for mining companies but losses for building companies amid news regulators will open an investigation into the treatment of leasehold homeowners.
12:32 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Recession-proof your portfolio with these 4 stocks, says analystThe U.K. economy has officially crashed into recession following the economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
5:55 a.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Global unemployment fears rise as a third of U.K. firms prepare for a wave of layoffs Employers across all sectors will keep a tight rein on pay increases over the next 12 monthsLatest government figures show 9.6 million jobs have been furloughed, at a cost of £33.8 billion to the Treasury.
9:20 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Rachel Koning Beals
What if heat waves were named like hurricanes? New push draws mega insurers, Athens and Miami mayors, Red Cross and dozens more stakeholders Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance formed now because by mid-century heat waves are expected to affect more than 3.5 billion people globally Global mayors, insurance executives, scientists, forest restorers, the Red Cross and even more stakeholders are declaring “code red,” saying they can no longer wait to prepare for extreme heat as 30% of the world already copes with deadly heat waves lasting 20 days or longer.
2:08 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global cases of COVID-19 climb above 13 million as California, Hong Kong and India reimpose restrictions on movement Earnings season kicks off with bank earnings showing expected boost in loan loss provisions and strong trading and investment banking resultsThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 13 million on Tuesday, and the world’s eighth biggest economy, California, moved to again temporarily shut down higher-risk businesses such as bars and restaurants after a spike in hospitalizations.
8:06 a.m. July 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Wimbledon is cancelled this year, but it will still pay out $12.5 million in prize money, to be split among 620 players “We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period,” All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said“We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period,” All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said.
11:06 a.m. July 9, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global cases of COVID-19 top 12 million, and WHO warns pandemic is ‘not under control’ ‘We have to shut down again and bring the U.S. back up slowly, in a measured way,’ says Michael OsterholmThe number of confirmed cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus rose above 12 million on Thursday, as the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic is still accelerating and most countries do not have it under control.
10:03 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Amazon drops online retailer Boohoo’s products amid allegations of poor working conditions and no COVID-19 protection Boohoo vows an immediate independent review of Leicester factoryShares of online fashion retailer Boohoo suffered heavy losses for a second day, even as the company said it would launch an immediate independent probe into allegations of poor conditions for workers and no protection from COVID-19.
2:41 a.m. July 6, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Lloyds shares rise as bank says longtime CEO Horta-Osório will step downLloyds Banking Group’s longtime chief executive António Horta-Osório will step down next year, the bank said, in news that appeared to give shares a boost on Monday.
5:13 a.m. June 30, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Pandemic ‘wrecks’ FTSE 100 dividend outlook for 2020, as U.K. payouts fall to lowest levels since 2014 Dividend payments are now expected to fall for two consecutive years before starting to forge a recovery in 2021, according to AJ Bell’s latest Dividend Dashboard reportThe forecast dividend payout for the FTSE 100 in 2020 has plunged by 17% compared with last year, AJ Bell data show.
4:29 a.m. June 8, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
As statue of U.K. slave trader is toppled, these charts show big impact of slavery on British economyBritain’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade came into focus in the U.K. after a statue of a 17th-century slave trader was torn down by protesters.
4:42 a.m. May 30, 2020 - By Lawrence Cunningham
How Warren Buffett is fighting to ‘keep the wolves away’ from Berkshire Hathaway — and winning Famed investor values long-term ‘high quality’ shareholdersFamed investor values long-term ‘high-quality’ shareholders, writes Lawrence Cunningham.
8:52 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Archie Mitchell
Businesses will need to contribute to wage bills as U.K government scales back financial support Furloughed workers will continue to have the majority of their wages covered by the state, but bosses will have to start contributing from AugustGovernment extend payments to the self-employed while scaling back employment support schemes as the U.K. emerges from lockdown
2:53 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
HSBC and Prudential drag down London stocks as investors eye U.S.-China tensionsLondon stocks came under pressure on Friday, putting a stop to a string of winning sessions as investors waited to hear what President Donald Trump will say about China at a planned press conference later.
10:22 p.m. May 20, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
U.K. raids £150 million from forgotten bank accounts to help charities battling the coronavirus crisis Accounts untouched for 15 years are deemed dormantU.K. government pledges to unlock £150m from unused bank accounts to fund ‘good causes.’
8:22 a.m. May 14, 2020 - By Callum Keown
Global insurers face losses of $204 billion from Coronavirus, more than 9/11 and 2017 hurricanes, says Lloyd’s of London The global insurance industry could lose more than $200 billion as a result of coronavirus, according to centuries-old insurance market Lloyd’s of London.
2:37 a.m. May 14, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
FTSE 100 skids on concerns over economyU.K. stocks skidded lower on Thursday on worries markets have climbed too quickly in the face of the coronavirus pandemic still keeping most economies shut.
10:05 p.m. April 26, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Admiral Group says it's suspending special dividendU.K. insurer Admiral Group said it's suspending its planned special dividend of 20.7 pence per share but is going ahead with its normal dividend of 56.3 pence per share, payable on June 1. The company cited "regulatory guidance to insurers urging restraint on the payments of dividends due to the uncertainty of the current economic environment." Admiral said it will review the position in relation to the special dividend alongside the company's half year results, and it currently intends to pay this part of the final dividend later in the year unless there is a significant deterioration in the company's financial position, trading or outlook.
7:30 a.m. April 14, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Central banks around the world have come up short in normalizing credit conditions: IMF Bank capitalizations are worse than during the 2008 financial crisis for many countries, global financial body concludesGlobal financial conditions remain much tighter compared to earlier in the year despite massive central bank intervention, according to a new report on market conditions released by the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.
5:02 a.m. April 8, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
FTSE 100 gives up two days of gains as coronavirus worries dominate and PM Johnson remains in ICU Grocers and insurers under pressureLondon stocks gave up a strong start to the week, dropping on Wednesday as investors kept close watch on an intensifying coronavirus outbreak in the country, and an infected Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care for a second day.
4:15 a.m. April 6, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Legal & General surges after defying regulator request in paying a dividendInsurer Legal & General was the standout mover in London markets on Monday, after defying a Bank of England request by paying a dividend.
8:14 a.m. April 3, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
FTSE 100 heads for 1% weekly loss as BP, insurers decline Insurers asked to halt dividends by European regulatorLondon stocks were set to lose 1% for the week on Friday, with downbeat economic data, climbing coronavirus cases and losses for big oil companies weighing on the FTSE 100.
6:09 a.m. March 24, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
British stocks join global rally on first day of lockdownU.K. equities joined a global rally Tuesday amid hopes Italy has seen the worst of the coronavirus epidemic and U.S. authorities will pass an economic stimulus package.
4:44 a.m. March 19, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Pound remains mired near worst levels since 1985 against the dollarThe pound on Thursday remained mired around the worst levels since 1985 against the dollar as financial markets gyrate due to the coronavirus-induced global slowdown.
1:37 a.m. March 18, 2020 - By Callum Keown
Britain unveils ‘mortgage holiday’ and £350 billion package to support businessesBritain has unveiled an “unprecedented” £330 billion package of loans, tax cuts and grants to protect businesses and new measures to support people financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
2:13 a.m. March 11, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
European stocks rally on surprise Bank of England cut amid hopes for U.S. fiscal stimulusEuropean stocks surged on Wednesday as the Bank of England surprised markets with the timing and size of an interest-rate cut, as expectations also built on a U.S. fiscal response.
5:39 a.m. March 5, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
FTSE 100 slides as coronavirus worries ramp up and Goldman warns of recession riskGoldman Sachs has warned that the U.K. could be pushed to the brink of recession due to the coronavirus, as British stocks joined a global market rout as fears surrounding the coronavirus returned to haunt investors.
6:12 a.m. March 3, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
British stocks, pound surge after surprise rate cut from the FedBritish stocks surged on Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised markets with an intra-meeting half-point rate cut.
4:09 a.m. Feb. 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
A handful of stocks rise in London as FTSE 100 pushes further into correction territoryThe FTSE 100 sank further into correction territory on Friday, as investors sold stocks in fear over the spread of the coronavirus, with Rolls-Royce Holdings almost the only stock gaining ground.
5:26 a.m. Feb. 25, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
British stocks slip after biggest one-day drop in more than four years SIG plc shares fall after resignation of CEO and CFOBritish stocks remained on the defensive Tuesday after the biggest one-day percentage drop in more than four years.
5:47 a.m. Feb. 20, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Smith & Nephew stands out in otherwise struggling London stock market Burberry, Imperial Brands under pressureLondon stocks struggled for direction on Thursday, as investors assessed fresh coronavirus risk, with Smith & Nephew PLC standing out with gains after upbeat results.
2:41 a.m. Feb. 14, 2020 - By Sabela Ojea
RBS to be renamed as NatWest Group and cut size of investment bank unit Bank reports rise in pretax profits, but trims medium-term returns targetRoyal Bank of Scotland said Friday that it intends to rename itself as NatWest Group and reduce the size of its investment-banking business, as it reported an increased profit for the fourth quarter of 2019.
9:17 p.m. Feb. 13, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Get ready for a stock peak this summer, then a U.S. recession, warns fund manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOn a day when the headlines are gloomy, our call of the day may not cheer you up. Pictet fund manager is warning of a stock market peak by summer, and recession by the end of the year.
12:02 a.m. Feb. 13, 2020 - By Sabela Ojea
Barclays profit misses views as CEO faces regulatory probe over Epstein linkBarclays PLC said Thursday that Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley retains the board’s full confidence despite a U.K. regulatory investigation concerning his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, as it reported its 2019 results.
5:20 a.m. Jan. 11, 2020 - By Mohamed A. El-Erian
Giving the stock market more rocket fuel will work for only so long, El-Erian says We can’t count on the Fed or the ECB to keep us out of trouble in 2020While providing ample liquidity can help bond and stock markets, it does not remove existing barriers to sustained and inclusive economic growth, writes Mohamed El-Erian.
4:04 a.m. Jan. 9, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Pound slides as Carney speech highlights possibility of interest-rate cutSterling was one of the worst-performing currencies on Thursday after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivered a speech that was perceived as being suggestive of lower interest rates.
7:42 a.m. Dec. 9, 2019 - By Peter Morici
U.K. elections could be the beginning of the end of the EU Once the rest of Europe sees how Britain prospers, they’ll leave tooThis week’s elections in U.K. could prove to be the beginning of the end for the European Union.
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