The benchmark FTSE 100 closed down 15.90 points today at 4,190.50 after this morning's gains were pa...
The benchmark FTSE 100 closed down 15.90 points today at 4,190.50 after this morning's gains were pared by losses made by hotel chains Hilton and InterContinental.
Hilton Group shed 5p to 197p after it announced that first-half profit dropped 50% - hit by the slump in travelling.
InterContinental Hotels Group also dropped 15.25p to 498.75p.
BHP Billiton rose 8p to 411.5p, after it announced a six-fold gain in fourth-quarter profit on higher oil prices and iron ore, nickel and copper production.
Man Group climbed 16p to 1,226p, after an analyst at Morgan Stanley raised his recommendation on the stock to "overweight/in-line" from "equal-weight/in-line".
Newcastle United shed 4.5p to 32p after the soccer club failed to qualify for this year's European Champions League.
Rentokil Initial climbed 5.25p to 204.75p. The pest-control company reported that first-half profit increased 7.6% to £144.9m from £134.7m a year-ago.
Smith & Nephew rose 9p to 402p, after it announced that its $2.45bn offer for Centerpulse AG expired.
In the meantime, the UK's largest bookseller W.H. Smith fell 24p to 353p after it said fiscal 2003 profit won't meet analysts' forecasts.
Across the Atlantic, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index is currently down 28.71 points to 9,305.08 and the S&P 500 index is also down 1.42 points to 995.37.
Nasdaq's Composite index has so far advanced 1.62 points to 1,783.75.
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