Carillion and Balfour gain on merger hope

Combined group could join the UK’s premier stock listings league

FTSE 100 banks follow RBS higher

Index slips overall as investors sell defensive stocks

EasyJet lands at bottom of FTSE 100

Kingfisher leads losses for retail stocks

The big test: what happens when rates rise

Prospect of UK increase has done little to hurt stocks so far

Drax gains on hopes for project approval

Glaxo profit warning flattens wider UK stock market

Kazakhmys details plans to split up company

Spin-off will cut the number of copper mines from 16 to five

Capita tops London leaderboard

FTSE 100’s rally cools after one of best trading days of 2014

Long-term returns boosted by illiquidity

The less liquid a stock, the better it will perform over time

StanChart expansion grinds to a halt

Worst profits slide in more than 12 years as Asia rivals race ahead

EasyJet gains altitude on rally hopes

FTSE 100 gained 1 per cent to 6,795.34, a rise of 66.9 points

Arm heads FTSE as licensing revenue rises

Miners add support as FTSE 100 climbs 0.6 per cent

Tesco rivals hit by Clarke departure

FTSE 100 fell 0.3 per cent to 6,728.44, a loss of 21 points

Tesco tops FTSE 100 after chief quits

Profit warning from supermarket hits shares of rivals

Rate increases will test the market mood

Once the Fed raises rates in earnest it could be painful

Shire rises as AbbVie takeover is sealed

Banks lead broad FTSE 100 losses

All but five members of London index fall in early trade

UK media lifted by M&A upsurge

But financial stocks contribute to FTSE 100 weakness

Deal activity sets pace on FTSE 100

Bid news and speculation stands out as London index slips

Airlines lifted by upbeat broker advice

FTSE 100 in best one-day rally since March

Meggitt tops FTSE on bid talk

Royal Mail shares fall on antitrust probe at French unit