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FTSE recovers verve ahead of US rates call

FTSE indices recovered their verve this afternoon and shot higher in a session laced with blue-chip news, which provided plenty of trading spurs. The US Federal Reserve makes its rates call at 7 p.m. tonight. Pharmas, several miners and financials were pushing ahead.

Sky hikes FY pretax profit

Sky (SKY) has hiked its FY pretax profit by 48% to £1.52bn on revenue up 34% to £9.99bn. FY dividend was 32.8p, up 3%.

Unilever's bond

Unilever has priced a dual-tranche $1.0bn bond on the US market. $500m 2.1% fixed rate notes are due 30 July 2020, with a further $500m 3.1% fixed rate notes due 30 July 2025. The bond offering is scheduled to close on 31 July 2015.

GSK's upbeat

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has delivered second quarter Group sales of £5.9bn and said it was on track to achieve guidance for 2015. It also remains confident in the outlook for 2016.

BARC's profit

Barclays' group profits rose on both an adjusted and statutory basis in the six months to the end of June. It reported 11% growth in adjusted pretax profit to £3,729m, reflecting improvements in all core operating businesses.

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