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Banks lead FTSE higher after Japanese stimulus boost

LONDON - Britain's top equity index surged on Friday, as unexpected monetary stimulus measures in Japan boosted appetite for stocks around the world.

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Without a plan, junk status looms for Tesco - Moody's

LONDON - Tesco could see its debt downgraded to "junk" status unless it outlines plans to cut borrowing and improve trading, rating agency Moody's said, raising the prospect of higher financing costs for Britain's biggest grocer.

3:01pm GMT

Warm weather set to push M&S non-food sales down again

LONDON - Marks & Spencer is set to report a 13th straight quarterly fall in underlying non-food sales, with trading hurt by Britain's warm autumnal weather, the continuing "settling in" of a new website and a sluggish economic recovery.

12:06pm GMT

UK consumer morale edges down - GfK

LONDON - British consumer morale edged down for a second month in October as households showed less faith in the outlook for the economy, a survey by researchers GfK showed on Friday.

12:30am GMT

Exclusive: Morgan Stanley commodities staff spooked by CEO comment

NEW YORK - During Morgan Stanley's public earnings call earlier this month, Chief Executive James Gorman made a remark that hit his commodities staff like a bombshell: the bank plans to further "optimise" its business of owning and trading stuff like oil, natural gas, electricity and metals.

2:31pm GMT

Ex-Monte Paschi chairman sentenced to jail in derivatives case

SIENA Italy - An Italian court on Friday sentenced former Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena chairman Giuseppe Mussari to three years and six months in jail for misleading regulators in relation to a 2009 derivative trade with Nomura that prosecutors said was used to conceal losses.

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