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FTSE mildly up on housebuilders, financials

FTSE indices closed mildly firmer, but shy of record end-of-session highs, as house builders, mining and financial stocks set the pace in a day slim on corporate news flow. Wall St gained, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq racing ahead.

HSBC to launch review of UK base

HSBC is to review the location of its headquarters, its annual general meeting was told. Chairman Douglas Flint says the board has asked management to conduct a full review of its UK domicile and look at where the best place is for HSBC to be headquartered.

Totally's rise

Totally has noted the rise this morning in the Company's share price and confirmed that is not aware of any reason for the share price movement.

Pearson steady

Pearson PLC said it is trading in line with the expectations set out during its full-year results announcement on Feb. 27 and continues to expect to report adjusted earnings per share of between 75p and 80p for the 12-month period.

Smiths's bond

Smiths Group confirms the launch and pricing yesterday of a 600m euros senior bond offering for general corporate funding purposes and to repay certain existing debt.