In the US the Dow Jones help up strongly, helped by a Greek-German deal, climbing almost 155 points to 18,140.4; Boeing was up almsost 3%.
We start this morning with a pre-close update from Primark owner Associated British Foods. Underlying trading remains in line with expectations it says, expecting a marginal dip in adjusted earnings per share for the group for the full year.
Adjusted operating profit for the first half is expected to be lower than last year not helped by sterling strengthening. Good news from Grocery - expected to deliver similar half-year profits to last year; Ingredients and Agriculture make "excellent progress" on the profits front.
Primark sales meanwhile "are expected to be 16% ahead of last year at constant currency driven by an 11% increase in retail selling space and very high sales densities in stores opened during the last year".
Bovis' average sale price climbs 11% from £195,000 to £216,000. The housebuilder claims a strong forward order book for 2015, plus strong growth in land bank sites for the full year.
"The Board is maintaining its guidance on dividends," says boss David Ritchie, "and will be recommending a full year dividend of 35 pence, an increase of 159%. The Board also intends to pay a dividend of at least 35 pence per share in 2015."
Finally, student accomodation Unite Group. It claims earnings of £33.3 million (17.2p per share), up 44% (2013: £23.1 million, 13.6p per share) and 9% overall (2013: £30.6 million, 18p per share).
There's a final dividend of 9p per share (2013: 3.2p), making 11.2p for the full year (2013: 4.8p) and an increased payout ratio of 65% (2013: 35%). There's like-for-like rental growth of 3.3% for the full year (2013: 3.0%), it says.
"We are alert," says chief exec Mark Allan, "to the risks of rising interest rates, development cost inflation and the uncertainty of an impending General Election but are managing the business in a disciplined way and continue to look forward with confidence."
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