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Markets

LSE Volume: 63 M
Avg Vol: 3,547 M -98%
Fallers
39
Unchanged 1
Risers
23

FTSE100 tipped to open flat this morning

The headline index is tipped to open broadly flat this morning, according to financial websites, with all eyes firmly focused north of the border as Scottish voters head to local church halls, schools and community centres to decide on whether to seek independence from the UK, with opinion polls showing the result as too close to call…

DS Smith boxes on

DS Smith said its outlook remains positive as volumes continue to grow, despite competitive market conditions. The Board expects continued performance in line with our medium term financial targets and views the remainder of the year with confidence.

The Press Roundup

A brief summary of Thursday’s main business headlines... Extensive coverage of today’s Scottish referendum, Phones 4u conspiracy theories and potential rescue plans, falling unemployment but falling pay levels, US interest rates and much more…

Petroceltic losses

Petroceltic has booked an H1 pretax loss of $48.5m, substantially worse than the prior year's loss of $5.0m. Revenue was $96.3m, from $103.7m. A large portion of the loss was a spike in exploration costs written off to $64.3m, from $21.8m.

Smiths Group profit

Smiths Group's FY pretax profit fell 11% to £445m, from a profit of £498m a year earlier. Revenue was £2.95bn, from £3.11bn. Its total dividend was 40.25p a share, from 39.5p.