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FTSE 100 books record close on financials

FTSE indices reversed early softness to close in positive territory with blue chips booking another record close, its highest since April 15. Financial stocks were in particular focus, with banks and insurers notable. Wall St opened mostly firmer.

RBS sells another folio of corporate loans

Royal Bank of Scotland Group has entered into a definitive agreement with Mizuho Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of the Mizuho Financial Group, for the sale of a further portfolio of corporate loan commitments. This transaction follows the announcement on 26 February 2015 of a sale to Mizuho of a portfolio of US and Canadian loan commitments.

GSR's find

Golden Saint Resources has found a 9.475 carat clear white diamond which the board considers to be of good quality during the bulk sampling programme in Tongo.

STAF's deal

Staffline has agreed to acquire A4e Limited, a provider of welfare to work and skills training services across the UK, on a debt free/cash free basis for a total consideration of £34.5m.

DGS updates

Digital Globe Services has noted that a proposed three-way merger of its largest customers - Comcast Cable, TimeWarnerCable and Charter Communications which was first announced in February 2014 - has been terminated.