* Indexes up: Dow 0.01 pct, S&P 0.14 pct, Nasdaq 0.36 pct (Updates to early afternoon)
U.S. STOCKS TRIM SOME GAINS AFTER FED CHAIR YELLEN'S REMARKS ON RATE HIKE
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LONDON, May 27 Britain's FTSE 100 ended slightly firmer on Friday, led higher by Royal Mail, with the blue-chip index posting its biggest weekly gain for six weeks.
FRANKFURT, May 27 Activist hedge fund TCI backs plans for a merger of Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange, fund founder Chris Hohn told German magazine Der Spiegel, 11 years after winning a high-profile campaign to prevent a deal.
May 27 Wall Street was higher in late morning trading on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its largest weekly gain since March, helped by gains in consumer discretionary and health stocks and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
All American Indices
|.DJI||Dow Jones Industrial Average||7:03pm BST||17,828.60||+0.31||--%|
|.IXIC||Nasdaq Composite Index||7:03pm BST||4,915.04||+13.28||+0.27%|
|.TRXFLDUSP||Thomson Reuters Equity US Index||6:45pm BST||185.59||+0.54||+0.29%|
|.TRXFLDCAP||Thomson Reuters Equity Canada Index||6:45pm BST||265.13||+1.01||+0.38%|
|.GSPTSE||S&P/TSX Composite Index||7:03pm BST||14,094.50||+45.30||+0.32%|
|.XAX||AMEX Composite Index||7:03pm BST||2,325.90||-6.13||-0.26%|
|.MXX||MXSE IPC||6:56pm BST||46,064.56||+24.87||+0.05%|