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LSE Volume: 611 M
Avg Vol: 4,194 M -85%
Fallers
1,748
Unchanged 889
Risers
2,379

FTSE100 tipped to inch higher this morning

The headline index is tipped to open mildly firmer this morning, according to financial websites, with overnight gains in the US likely to provide the main positive cue for traders, while Asian markets offered little forward momentum in early deals...

Travis Perkins FY pretax profit improves

Travis Perkins has posted a FY pretax profit of £321.4m, from £312.6m. Revenue was £5.58bn, from £5.15bn. It declared a total dividend of 38p a share, from 31p.

Press Roundup

A brief summary of Tuesday's main business headlines... Extensive coverage of the tech heavy Nasdaq heading into new territory, Vince Cable continues to warn on UK interest rates, IAG boosts profit forecasts, Lloyds and RBS fashion statements, UK factory growth figures and much more...

Barclays' profits

Barclays reports steady progress towards its 'Transform' targets with higher group and core profit before tax driven by focused cost saving initiatives.

TW's earnings

Taylor Wimpey has hiked its FY pretax profit to £468.8m, from £306.2m. Revenue was £2.69bn, from £2.3bn. Its total maintenance dividend was 1.56p a share, from 0.69p, with the final dividend at 1.32p, from 0.47p.