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As of 15:59 25 September 2017 - Market open
index value 7302.24 index change: -8.40 index change percentage: down -0.11%
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7310.64
Previous close
7310.64
52 week high
7547.63
52 week low
6693.26

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Today 25.09.2017

12:12

Imagination Tech soars on buyer news

Shares in the former Apple supplier jump 30% on news it will be bought.

22.09.2017

17:32

FTSE up, sterling down

UK shares reversed early losses to finish higher as the pound lost ground against other currencies.

North Korea's threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific had hit stocks in early trading, but the FTSE 100 share index then recovered to close 47 points higher at 7,311.

The pound slipped 0.4% against the dollar to $1.352, and fell 0.5% against the euro to €1.131.

Markets were reacting to Theresa May's speech in Florence. The UK prime minister said there should be a two-year transition period after Brexit, during which trade should continue on current terms.

The FTSE 100's rise took the index to a week's high as the weaker pound boosted its mainly foreign-earning constituents.

Among the main movers, Smiths Group dropped 5.6% despite the conglomerate reporting a 17% rise in profit to £528m for the year to 31 July.

Analysts focused on Smiths' slight dip in underlying revenues, with Morgan Stanley describing it as "disappointing".

After jumping more than 14% on Thursday, shares in Johnson Matthey continued to rise, climbing a further 1.2%. Investors had cheered the company confirming its full-year sales guidance and the announcement of a £200m fund to invest in developing battery materials so it can benefit from the growth in electric cars.

UK government bond futures briefly rallied by around 15 ticks to a two-day high during May's speech, before paring gains to trade at around the level they were before she started.

17:27

FTSE 100 recovers as sterling slips

UK shares reverse early losses to head higher while the pound dips after Theresa May's Brexit speech.

21.09.2017

18:05

Johnson Matthey is London highlight

Johnson Matthey says it will spend £200m developing batteries for electric cars.
17:15

FTSE closes lower

Johnson Matthey was the stand-out riser on the FTSE 100, up 16.6% after the speciality chemicals company unveiled big battery technology plans.

The rise, though, didn't stop the index closing down 0.11% at 7,263.9 points. Kingfisher, a strong riser on Wednesday, fell 4%, as did Sainsbury.

The FTSE 250 ended down 0.63% at 19,418.

08:25

FTSE treads water

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The blue-chip index is up a mere 7 points at 7,279 as trading gets underway.

CRH is the top riser after the Irish building materials firm said it would buy US cement maker Ash Grove Cement for $3.5bn to expand in North America.

Randgold is the biggest faller, down 2.9%.

On the FTSE 250, Capita has sunk 9% after profits fell following the sale of unwanted businesses.

The outsourcing giant's activities include designing the tunnels for Crossrail in London.

20.09.2017

17:16

FTSE flat

The FTSE 100 drifted between positive and negative territory during the day, eventually finishing just 3.3 points down at 7,272.

Defence firm Babcock rose 5.8% on the back of a trading update. Drinks giant Diageo was the biggest loser, also after a trading report. The shares fell 2.8%.

The FTSE 250 rose 5.3 points to 19,540.

12:14

Kingfisher climbs as FTSE edges higher

Shares in the retail group add 6.7%, despite its reporting of a 5.9% fall in half-year profits.
11:14

London stocks flat

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The FTSE 100 is largely unchanged at mid-morning trading, with the blue chip index down 7.6 points at 7,267.5.

Kingfisher and Diageo continue to lead the risers and fallers respectively.

Shares in the B&Q and Screwfix-owner are ahead 5.4%, or 16p, at 312.4p after announcing its results for the first six months of the year.

Shares in the world's largest drinks maker extended their losses to trade 2.1% lower at £24.42 after admitting a late Chinese New Year (pictured) would hit first-half sales.

The pound is up 0.3% against the dollar at $1.3550 and 0.1% up on the euro at 1.1281 euros.

08:27

Kingfisher takes flight

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Kingfisher shares soared in opening trade on Wednesday after it announced its interim results.

The B&Q and Screwfix owner's share price rose 5.4% to 312.5p, leading the FTSE 100 risers.

Diageo's warning that a later Chinese New Year and a ban on roadside alcohol sales in India would impact first half sales sent its shares down 1.6% at £24.55.

Overall, the FTSE 100 briefly opened higher before falling 6 points to 7,269.2.

In contrast, the FTSE 250 edged 11.3 points higher to 19,546.8.

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