The FTSE 100 index /quotes/zigman/3173262 UK:UKX -0.55% fell 0.2% to 6,583.68, adding to a 0.4% loss from Friday. Click to Play Kenya mall terror enters third day Kenyan police seek to clear terrorists from an upscale mall after an attack that killed more than 60 people, with as many as 40 more still missing and perhaps held hostage. The WSJ’s Heidi Vogt has the details. Among notable losers, National Grid PLC /quotes/zigman/381306 UK:NG -1.85% dropped 1.7% after UBS cut the utility firm to neutral from buy, with the analysts saying it is difficult to identify further drivers to push the stock higher from current levels. We believe National Grids U.S. turnaround is largely confirmed, and see no reason to doubt company guidance for 1-3% U.K. [return on equity] outperformance, the analysts said. We also believe National Grid can deliver its real dividend growth policy, although the company no longer stands out in terms of yield. National Grid deserves its premium valuation, in our opinion, although its attractions are now priced in, in our view, they added. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Miners drop on Monday as metals prices move south. Another energy company, Centrica PLC /quotes/zigman/357817 UK:CNA -1.57% ,was also on the decline, off 1.4%, after saying it has decided not to proceed with its new-build gas storage project at Baird in the U.K.s North Sea and to put its project at Caythorpe in East Yorkshire on hold indefinitely. As a sector, mining firms weighed the most on the London benchmark as metals prices dropped across the board .
NFL exec: Team in London ‘clearly’ not happening soon
27 Wembley holds 84,500 for American football, and the games were virtual sellouts within two weeks SHARE 20 CONNECT 20 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE The NFL’s British fan base has grown rapidly since the international series began at Wembley Stadium in 2007. But the league’s head of international business isn’t ready to say the NFL is close to putting a team in London full-time. “We’d like to continue to grow our fan base even more aggressively,” Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international, told USA TODAY Sports this week. “And whether that’s doubling it from where it is today I’m not entirely sure what the exact number is I certainly would want us to be even bigger in the UK before we made a move like that, which clearly wouldn’t be something that would happen in the near term.” For the first time, the international series will put two games in London this year, starting with the Minnesota Vikings “hosting” the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29. The Jacksonville Jaguars who have agreed to play a “home” game in London each season through 2016 and could be the main target if the NFL considers moving a team face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. GOODELL: Speaks out on Goldson appeal Tickets for both games at Wembley Stadium, which holds 84,500 for American football, were virtual sellouts within two weeks, Parsons said. A restricted number of “season tickets” that gave fans tickets for both games were the first to go. “The data that we’ve collected over the past four years really has shown our fan base has grown exponentially,” said Parsons, a UK native who grew up listening to NFL games on Armed Forces Radio and has been working with the league for five years. “When we stack ourselves up against sports in the UK, depending on what metric you’re looking at, we’ve gone from well outside the top 10 to now inside the top 10 in terms of fan numbers and in terms of viewing figures.” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said data shows the fan base has doubled since 2007, with 11.3 million people in the UK (population: about 63.1 million as of the 2011 census) now identifying themselves as NFL fans. “There is a hardcore following,” said Bagley, who traveled with a group of Vikings officials for last year’s international series game between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. “They love the NFL, and they love the real thing not preseason games, not World League of American Football.
National Grid drops in London on broker downgrade
CCTV images of the teenager at Waterloo show she had changed out of her school uniform and into a white flowery dress. She was also wearing a blue denim jacket and was carrying a black school bag and black floral bag with chain straps. CCTV: Surveillance footage showed the 14-year-old getting off a train at Waterloo on September 12 The spokesman said: ‘A call was made to Surrey Police by the Metropolitan Police around 9.40am today to say that the 14-year-old, who went missing on September 12, was at a north London police station. ‘Her safe return is thought to be as a direct result of the media appeals, and the media and public are thanked for their assistance.’ Her 19-year-old sister Sian last week made an emotional appeal to the missing girl, saying: Esme, if you are reading this, I just want to say please come home or at least get in touch so that we know that you are safe. We are all really worried about you and we just want to make sure you are OK. You are not in any trouble so please just get in touch. On camera: The teenager had changed out of her school uniform by the time she arrived in London, pictured More than 4,000 people had ‘liked’ a Facebook page called Find Esme Smith, dedicated to raising awareness of the girl’s disappearance. Her father Mark Smith, who works at Natos Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, said he was ‘worried sick’ about his teenage daughter. Mr Smith has been decorated for service in Afghanistan, the Gulf War and Northern Ireland and he has been commander of medical planning at the Norwegian base since March last year. Esme is a pupil at All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham, where she was last seen by friends at the end of the school day on September 12. LOST AND FOUND: HOW THE SEARCH FOR MISSING ESME SMITH UNFOLDED Discovery: Esme was found following extensive media coverage of her disappearance September 12, 3.15pm: Esme Smith leaves All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham, Surrey. She tells friends she is going to Woking and then to a party. 4pm: She boards a train at Aldershot railway station. 5pm: Esme is seen leaving a train at London’s Waterloo station and walking in the direction of Charing Cross. September 19: Her family launches a public appeal for information, as her sister Sian urges her to get in touch with them. September 20: The teenager’s father Mark says he is ‘worried sick’ about Esme.
Eight arrested over e-theft from Barclays in London
British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system.AFP/File LONDON (AFP) British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system. The men, aged between 24 and 47, were arrested on Thursday and Friday morning on allegations of conspiracy to steal from Barclays and conspiracy to defraud British banks. They are accused of a theft in April, when a man purporting to be an IT engineer arrived at a Barclays branch in north London saying he was there to fix the computers. He then attached a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) device with a 3G router to one of the computers, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police. Such devices are routinely used by people in business to work remotely on their office computer systems, but it allowed the gang to remotely transfer money into their bank accounts. “Those responsible for this offence are significant players within a sophisticated and determined organised criminal network, who used considerable technical abilities and traditional criminal know-how to infiltrate and exploit secure banking systems,” said Detective Inspector Mark Raymond of the Central e-Crime Unit. Barclays recovered “a significant amount” of the money stolen, police said, but the arrests are the first in the five-month investigation into the crime. Officers searched a number of addresses across London and Essex, east of the capital, and seized cash, jewellery, drugs, “thousands of credit cards” and personal data, the statement said. One central London premises searched was described by detectives as the “control” centre of the operation. Police foiled a similar plot against Santander last week, arresting 12 men accused to trying to take control of a computer in a branch in London’s financial district. Four men were later charged with conspiracy to steal.