The FTSE 100 lost early gains to finish the day only moderately higher, up 15.3 points to 5082....
The FTSE 100 lost early gains to finish the day only moderately higher, up 15.3 points to 5082.6. The day's trade was marked after twelve members of the London Stock Exchange's staff were tested for anthrax after a suspicious package was found.
The index had been as high as 5158.7 earlier on in the day but by the close, gains had been offset by losses with 55 FTSE 100 gainers against 40 losers.
Index heavyweight Vodafone, fared reasonably well with a gain of 3.75p to 160p, which brings its share decline for the year to 35%. The group admitted it is to axe as much as 6% of its UK workforce.
Reuters was one of the day's heaviest losers after it confessed second-half sales will miss forecasts and it plans to axe 500 jobs. The stock lost 46p to 604p.
At midday over on Wall Street trading was subdued and all the major indices were flat. The Dow Jones shed 30 points to 9317, the Standard & Poor's 500 slipped 1 to 1088 and the Nasdaq dropped 2 to 1694.
It's a big week for company reports this week with over 1,200 US companies due to announce earnings figures. Amongst companies reporting are 180 Standard & Poor's 500 members and half the Dow Jones' companies.
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