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FTSE up as BoE stays rates, QE while financials rise

FTSE indices rose to midday, inching closer to the psychological 7000 mark on results-driven gains by Aviva (AV.) and Schroders (SDR). The upbeat sentiment was unsurprising as Bank of England held its benchmark rate at 0.5% and stayed its stimulus package at £375bn.

Wm Sinclair warns

Wm Sinclair sees its FY underlying results materially worse than the previous year, and has today appointed Stuart Burgin as its incoming CEO, replacing Peter Rush who departs the company. It has also launched a transformation plan.

Schroders' profit

Schroders has booked a FY pretax profit up 16% to £517.1m, from £447.5m. Assets under management rose 14% to £300.0bn, from £262.9bn. Its FY dividend was up 34% to 78p a share, from 58p.

Aviva earnings

Aviva posts an operating profit before tax of £2,173m for 2014 - 6% up on last time. IFRS net asset value per share increased 26% to 340p (FY13: 270p) and MCEV net asset per share is 14% higher at 527p (FY13: 463p).

Admiral's flushes

Insurance group Admiral posts pre-tax profits of £357m, for the year to the end of December - 4% down on last time. Earnings per share fell by 2% to 103.0p and the full year dividend of 98.4p per share is down 1%.

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