The FTSE 100 index achieved the rare today, closing unchanged at 4,204.40. Royal & Sun Allia...
The FTSE 100 index achieved the rare today, closing unchanged at 4,204.40.
Royal & Sun Alliance led the gainers, rising 5.5p to 149.5p ahead of Thursday's results.
Exel, the logistics and freight forwarding company, gained 23p to 710p as further evidence of stronger US growth increased its chances of growing earnings.
HBOS led the banking sector with an 18.5p rise to 722.5p.
ICI was another firm doing well from signs of US recovery, increasing 4.25p to 407p.
United Utilities agreed a joint venture with Scottish Water to meet new infrastructure investment requirements, but the news sent shares down 3.25p to 104p.
Anglo-American slipped 15.5p to 1192.5p and BHP Billiton shed 5.5p to 420.5p after mining companies reported costs rising because of South Africa's appreciating currency.
The FTSE 250 index hit a new 12-month high of 5,687.3 after gaining 41.5 points today.
Dimension Data rose 2.75p, or nearly 10% to 32.5p after investors continued buying in for a third day running on the back of an upbeat assessment by analysts of new sales prospects.
Britannic jumped 24p to 302.5p after announcing it was moving to restore the dividend in the wake of recovery.
Brambles dropped 20.5p to 170p after reporting an 80% drop in second-half profit.
Following a long weekend, markets in the US are up on improving economic data.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is up 17 points to 9,433, while the broader S&P 500 index is up 4 points to 1,011.
To promote 'long-term investment'
Switching 'hard and expensive'
Smaller funds still packing a punch
To drive progress