LONDON -- With markets being so volatile these days, we could be forgiven for expecting the FTSE 100
News of falling bond yields -- Spain's are back just below 7% -- lent support to other indexes as well. The German DAX edged up 0.2% to 6,376, but France's CAC 40 lost a few points to fall to 3,108.
Healthcare Locums put on a nice 20% rise this morning, after legal action against the company in the U.S. -- brought by a number of investment managers -- was dropped. Up 0.7 pence, the shares reached 4 pence in early trading.
Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus was a big early riser today on the announcement of a new offer from Ryanair Holdings
Blinkx, the maker of smart video search software, enjoyed some respite today with the announcement of a new partnership with news network Newsy. The hard-pressed shares regained 2.8 pence, or 7.5%, to 40.3 pence.
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Minerals and oil
Gold, minerals, and oil explorers figured in early news, too, with Cluff Gold gaining a shiny 5% to 71 pence following a new gold discovery in Cote d'Ivoire. But antimony miner Tri-Star Resources fell 10% to 0.7 pence after the release of its latest operational update.
The news wasn't good for Gold Oil, which has seen its share price boom and bust in recent months. Today's bad news took the form of a disappointing trading update, and the shares dropped 6% to 4.2 pence.
But Sirius Minerals saw a small 4.5% rise to 16.5p after the appointment of Alan Watling as new managing director of one of its projects.
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