UK stocks slid lower early on in the Thursday session, tracking losses seen in Asia and the US overnight and ahead of the European Central Bank's (ECB) rate decision, which was due out later in the day.
Challenger bank Virgin Money has announced plans for an initial public offering this month, committing to a progressive dividend policy in the process.
Sainsburys gave a poor trading update and downgraded its profits forecasts. What do brokers make of its prospects from here?
The Footsie has begun the Wednesday session trading lower following downbeat performances from both US and Asian markets overnight and ahead of the latest manufacturing sector data out Stateside this afternoon.
Tesco has said the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has started an investigation into its accounting error, after the supermarket revealed last month it had overstated its half year profits by £250m.
Shares in Sainsbury's fell further today after it became the latest supermarket to cut its sales forecast for the full year, following a slump in trading in the second quarter.
Stocks started the Tuesday session slightly lower, weighed down by weakness overnight in Asian markets, although Wall Street did manage to finish off its intra-session lows.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has charged the former treasurer and head of tax at supermarket giant Morrisons with insider dealing.
Sam Cosh of F&C highlights three promising stocks from the European Smaller Companies sector.
George Osborne is expected to announce cuts to a so-called 'death tax' which applies to the untouched pension pots of over-75s at this year's Tory conference.
London's blue chips began the session on a weak footing ahead of what was expected to be a very busy week both at home and abroad in terms of economic data and events, particularly in the latter half.
Investors will be anxious to see if Sainsburys is the new Tesco this week.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell another 11.5 per cent stake in its TSB business, leaving it with a 50 per cent holding in what promises to become a challenger to the UK's existing retail banking industry.
The Footsie slipped quickly into the red after the start of trading on Friday, with US stocks having fallen deeper into the red for the month of September overnight amid on-going geopolitical concerns about both Russia and Iraq.
UK stocks have begun the session with the slightest of gains, with investors focusing on remarks by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, to a Lithuanian publication, to the effect that the ECB could implement additional easing measures.
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