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Market report: FTSE lacks direction and Japan's PM resigns

An up and down start for the FTSE 100 today following the news Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister has resigned due to health issues.

Other main headlines today - Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has confirmed it's joining forces with Microsoft in a bid for the US assets of TikTok. It comes just hours after the video-sharing app's CEO resigned.

Amigo Holdings(LON:AMGO) founder James Benamor is pushing ahead with plans to re-take control of the guaranteed loans specialist and has called for an urgent meeting to remove its senior directors.

Elsewhere today - Integumen (LON:SKIN) has agreed to merge with water monitoring partner Modern Water PLC (LON:MWG) through an all-share takeover worth just over £21mln.

Trident Royalties (LON:TRR) has announced it's paying 800 thousand Australian dollars - in cash and shares - for a package of four existing gold royalties in Western Australia.

And United Oil & Gas (LON:UOG) has revealed that Rockhopper Exploration  has sold its entire 18% stake in the company to a small number of institutional investors and one private investor in a placing.

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