The Dow Jones in contrast was much more subdued, seeing a 23-point climb to 16,374.7. Meanwhile Japanese shares are down heavily this morning. Chinese markets are closed.
We start with official confirmation that online gaming operators Bwin.partyand GVC will merge. The deal is valued at £1.6bn overall. Not such great news for 888 following several weeks of offer and counter offer.
Bwin shareholders will get 25p in cash a share plus 0.231 new GVC shares. "After a carefully managed and diligent review process," says Bwin chairman Philip Yea, "the Board has withdrawn its recommendation for the 888 offer and is now advising bwin.party shareholders to vote in favour of the Offer from GVC."
Originally Bwin had accepted a £900m cash/share 888 offer; the GVC deal though is more complex. The agreement comes on the back of considerable deal consolidation: Paddy Power and Betfair, plus Ladbrokes and Coral.
A similar project in Flamanville Normandy has also been delayed until 2018. The Hinkley start date has already been delayed several times, putting more pressure on generating capacity. Meanwhile coal-fired power plants will be forced to close from air quality legislation.
"All of the experience gained at Flamanville," says Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman and Managing Director, "will be invaluable for other EPR projects, such as Hinkley Point."
Lastly, Ladbrokes says that Darren Shapland will retire from its Board on 24 September after serving for six years as a non-executive director.
Ladbrokes says a search is ongoing for a replacement non-exec director "who will also take on the role of Chair of the Audit Committee with an announcement expected in due course".
"Darren," says chairman Peter Erskine, "has made a significant contribution to the business over the past six years. His insights have been hugely valued, and on behalf of the Board, I wish him every success in his future endeavours."
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