With another gain of about 7 points to 4,254 this morning, the FTSE 100 index is now within 75 point...
With another gain of about 7 points to 4,254 this morning, the FTSE 100 index is now within 75 points of its 52-week high set last August.
Having recovered close to 1,000 points since its March low, and with continued expectations of recovery in earnings and profits, it may not be long before the index pushes towards new highs.
Friends Provident is the top performer, up 4.25p to 138.75p.
Xstrata, the miner, is up 9.75p to 484p after South African coal mining companies reported strong growth in demand from Europe, where power generators have been buying extra fuel to cover record demand from customers using electrically powered fans and air conditioners to stay cool in the record temperatures.
Anglo-American is up for the same reasons, gaining 14.5p to 1166p.
Gus, owner of Argos, is down 10p to 717p after a new survey showed retail customers stayed away in the record heat.
National Grid continues to suffer from last week's record blackout in North America, which involved its Niagara-Mohawk grid, and shares are down another 3.5p to 385.5p.
The FTSE 250 hit another year high with a gain of 4 points to 5,517.
Psion, former maker of handheld computers, is up 5.75p to 73.75p ahead of results due on Thursday.
Michael Page, the recruitment firm, gained 6p to 153p on results out this morning that beat analysts' expectations.
EMI, the record company, is down 6.75p to 153p after reports that its UK single sales have slumped in the past year as online piracy hots up.
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From 6 April 2019