Traders eye Wall Street landmark

Focus on whether Yellen speech can help S&P 500 hit 2,000

Vodafone leads FTSE 100

Speculation of AT&T bid lifts stock of UK telecoms group

Equity bulls face slowing share buybacks

Hopes rise that spare cash is now being spent on organic growth

Common sense disappears in mining mergers

Thankfully focus is now on costs, cash and core assets

S&P 500 hits record before Yellen speech

Treasury yields and dollar lose momentum

Sears ‘unacceptable’ results hit retailer

Admission wiped 7% from value of company

Drugmaker link-up puts Astra on top

FTSE 100 gains pared by miners, which fell on China data

‘Fear gauge’ loses its punching power

Vix index a handy ‘buying on the dip’ indicator for equity bulls

Drugmakers help lift FTSE 100

Miners weigh on main index as metals prices fall

ICAP opens Singapore coal derivatives desk

Broker seeks to tap increasing Asia demand for commodities hedging

Fed minutes lift US bond yields and dollar

S&P 500 within whisker of record high

Lowe’s trims sales hopes but holds ground

DIY chain stuck to its annual profit forecast

SSP climbs despite conflicting broker advice

FTSE 100 pares recent gains on rate tightening fears

FTSE 100 supported by defensive stocks

Ex-dividend stocks take toll on main London index

M&A boom must evolve to create growth

Long-term investing

Equities have provided a better insurance than cash or bonds against the risks of unanticipated inflation

Stocks gain as geopolitical worries ease

Home Depot benefits from DIY resurgence

Shares climbed almost 6% on strong sales and earnings

Evraz climbs as sanctions risk downplayed

FTSE 100 rose 0.6 per cent, or 38.06 points, to 6,779.31

US investors cut their European exposure

Net outflows of almost $4bn in the past six weeks

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