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Betting firms in the doldrums
Shares in bookmaking businesses remain in the doldrums as stock markets head towards midday.
William Hill is leading the FTSE 250 fallers, down 12% followed by Ladbrokes Coral Group which is trading 8.5% lower.
Sportingbet-owner GVC Holdings is off 2.7%.
The wider FTSE 250 is down 16.23 points at 20,637.09.
The FTSE 100 is trading marginally higher at 7,734.81 led by BT Group, up 2.7%.
Markets: Ocado soars; Dixons up
Let's have a look at some of the shares making early moves in London.
Ocado has jumped almost 10% after it announced a deal to supply its delivery expertise to Canada's second biggest supermarket chain.
Dixons Carphone is up more than 2% after it reported a solid Christmas trading period.
Lonmin is down 1.6% after the miner reported a 65% drop in profits for 2017.
Overall the FTSE 100 is down slightly.
Carpetright and Dignity shares crash on open
Shares at troubled carpet retailer Carpetright have plummeted an epic 44.7% or 73.5 points to 91p after reporting disappointing post-Christmas trading figures.
The FTSE 100 has opened flat, down just 0.06% or 4.6 points to 7,696.32.
Womenswear retailer Bonmarché has fallen 18.6% to 103p on disappointing Christmas trading figures.
Funeral provider Dignity has also seen its shares sink 53% to 900p after issuing a profit alert.
Kingfisher heads the losers, falling 1.8% to 337.7p, while EasyJet leads the winners, rising 2.6% to £15.52.
The FTSE 250 meanwhile is down 0.2% or 39.8 points to 20,625.22.
Funeral provider Dignity is top of the losers, down 41.3% to £11.25 after issuing a profit warning.
FTSE falls - again
The FTSE 100 has lost ground for a second day, falling 0.3% to 7,700 points.
Primark owner ABF was the day's biggest faller, down 3.6%, while the top gainer was Hargreaves Lansdown - up 4.3%.
Midday market update
A quick check in on the FTSE just before noon shows the index drifting lower again today (after a fall on Wednesday).
The FTSE is down 30 points - or 0.39% at 7,695.33.
FTSE's top gainer is Hargreaves Lansdown up 4.1% after Barclays and others put out very positive notes on the Bristol-based business.
Top of the loser board is SSE - down 3% - because investors are expecting a price cap to affect revenues.
Subdued open for markets
The FTSE 100 index opened down 11.71 points at 7,713.72 on Thursday morning.
Investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown is leading the risers, up 2.6% at £18.89 while energy provider SSE is the largest faller, down 2.3% at £13.11.
The FTSE 250 is also trading lower, losing 13.41 points to 20,755.95.
The pound is marginally ahead against the dollar at $1.38370.
Sterling is down 0.19% on the euro at €1.13290.
The FTSE 100 has ended 0.4% lower at 7,725 points, dragged lower by a 9% slide in Burberry.
Informa, which has made a bid for rival UBM, dipped 5.8% as investors reacted negatively to the terms of the proposed tie-up. FTSE 250-listed UBM soared almost 12%, however.
Rolls-Royce was the day's biggest blue-chip riser, up 5.4%.
FTSE 100 dips, Informa tumbles
The FTSE 100 is currently down 0.3%, or 22.2 points, at 7,733.71.
Investors in Informa, the events and publishing firm, have sent its shares down 7.4% to 691.8p after it outlined a £3bn bid for rival UBM.
Burberry has dropped 7% to £16.60 after third quarter like-for-like sales growth slowed to 2% and revenue fell in the UK.
Meanwhile, shares in Pearson, the education publishing group, tumbled 6.4% to 672.8p following a trading update.
Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 is down 0.5% or 100.8 points to 20,776.53.
Provident Financial has sustained a second day of falls - its shares are down 15.2% to 682p - after it said on Tuesday that it expects to report a £120m loss on its doorstep lending business.
Cineworld's shares dropped 4.4% to 539p after asking shareholders for £1.7bn to finance its acquisition of Regal Entertainment.
A bigger bite for Greggs
Shares in Greggs ended 2.4% higher after reporting a 7.4% jump in total sales last year.
The bakery chain opened 90 new stores in 2017, while its existing stores enjoyed the 17th consecutive quarter of sales growth.
"The ongoing expansion has delivered great results for investors over several decades now," said Nicholas Hyett at Hargreaves Lansdown.
"An ardent Greggs fan who invested £1,000 when the group first listed on the market back in 1984 would today have enough money to binge on around 276,244 of Greggs’ famous sausage rolls. A very healthy return.”
That adds up to a lot of calories...
FTSE ends lower
London's blue-chip index has ended the day 0.3% lower at 7,747 points - though that remains very close to a record high.
FTSE 250-listed Provident Financial was the day's biggest loser in London, shedding almost 12%, with Capita also down 6%.
Sterling is also down a touch at $1.3766.