The FTSE 100 index put in a turnaround showing after three days of losses, adding 29.3 points to 4.0...
The FTSE 100 index put in a turnaround showing after three days of losses, adding 29.3 points to 4.058.1 by the close.
Banks and insurers made strong gains, helping push up the index, which lacked direction from any US indices.
Reckitt Benckiser, the household products maker, was the top gainer, adding nearly 5% or 50p to 1122p.
Legal & General added 4p to 89.75p, Royal & Sun Alliance added 5.5p to 144p, and Friends Provident added 4.75p to 125p.
Prudential added 15.25p to 411.75p.
Wolesely continued its poor run unleashed by yesterday's trading statement, falling another 15.5p to 670.75p.
The FTSE 250 index is down 24.7 points at 5,116.2.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is currently trading up 86 points at 9,122.
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