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LONDON MARKETS: U.K. Stocks Up On Strong Earnings

By Preeti Upadhyaya, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- U.K. stocks rose Wednesday, boosted by strong corporate results and shrugging off fresh concerns over Greece's ability to repay debt and a 0.7% contraction in U.K. gross domestic product, while miners and banks lent support. The FTSE 100 was up 0.4% at 5,519.32. The U.K.'s GDP dropped 0.7% in the second-quarter compared with the first quarter of 2012, below analysts' prediction of a 0.2% drop. Weighing the index, BT Group PLC (BT) dropped 3.9% after reporting first-quarter earnings that fell short of expectations, with disappointing revenue figures. Also on the move down, Johnson Matthey PLC fell 2.% following first-quarter results. Tim Stevenson, chairman of Johnson Matthey, cited "a substantial reduction in operating profit from Precious Metal Products Division which was particularly impacted by the effect of lower precious metal prices." British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) fell 0.4% after posting slight gains in profit but flat volumes. Among other notable losers, Tullow Oil PLC fell 4.7% despite posting strong second-quarter results. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) dropped 1.4% after releasing second-quarter results that missed expectations. GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Sir Andrew Witty pointed to "the challenging macro-economic environment in which we are operating and the continued transition of our product portfolio." Lending support in London, semiconductor firm ARM Holdings PLC added 6.4% after its second-quarter results beat expectations. ARM Chief Executive Warren East said, "ARM's royalty revenues continued to outperform the overall semiconductor industry as our customers gained market share within existing markets and launched products which are taking ARM technology into new markets." Capita PLC climbed 3.8% following second-quarter results that showed the personnel firm had landed several new contracts and 10 new businesses in 2012. RSA Insurance Group PLC was also on the rise, picking up 3.4%. Further lifting the index, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (RBS) jumped 3.3%, while banking major HSBC Holdings PLC (HBC) picked up 1.4%. Standard Chartered PLC rose 1.1%. Barclays PLC (BCS) gained 1%. Mining firms lent additional support, as metal prices rose across the board. Vedanta Resources PLC added 2.4% and Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. PLC climbed 1.8%. Industry giant Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) gained 0.9%. Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

Stock News for British American Tobacco (BTI)
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09/11/201213:02:04LONDON MARKETS: Burberry Tumbles 21% As London Miners Retreat
09/11/201212:52:07British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury
09/10/201212:49:11British American Tobacco Buys Back 315,000 Shares
09/07/201212:39:08British American Tobacco Buys Back 300,000 Shares
09/06/201212:53:11British American Tobacco Buys Back 220,000 Shares for Treasury/3,232.6771P
09/05/201212:40:04British American Tobacco Buys 300,000 Shares for Treasury/3,221.8702P
09/03/201212:54:15British American Tobacco Buys Back 115,000 Shares For Treasury/3,321.0775P
08/31/201213:01:35British American Tobacco Buys Back 218,517 Shares
08/30/201213:01:52British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Cancellation...
08/29/201213:09:49British American Tobacco Buys 250,000 Own Shares to Hold
08/28/201218:34:07Mexican Industry Group Blames Cigarette Contraband on Tax
08/28/201212:55:08British American Tobacco Buys 175,000 shares at 3,292P
08/24/201212:39:23British American Tobacco Buys Back 200,000 Shares
08/23/201212:54:24LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Trades Choppy As Data Disappoint
08/23/201212:52:00British American Tobacco Buys Back 175,000 Shares For Treasury
08/22/201213:35:05British American Tobacco Buys Back 220,000 Shares for Treasury
08/20/201212:56:03British American Tobacco Buys Back 160,000 Shares For Treasury
08/17/201212:34:19British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury at...
08/16/201212:47:25British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury at...
08/15/201212:59:46British American Tobacco Buys Back 185,000 Shares

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