The UK's benchmark the FTSE 100 index having gained in early trading ended the day marginally higher...
The UK's benchmark the FTSE 100 index having gained in early trading ended the day marginally higher after US markets opened lower.
The Footsie gained 10.4 to 5286.10 having climbed more than 40 points to erase most of yesterday's decline.
ICI added 27p to 416.5 after saying profit fell slower than expected. It dropped 11% in the second quarter rather than the expected 12%.
Capita gained 34.5p to 457.5p when the provider of administrative and staffing services said first half profit climbed 52% on wining new orders. Energis meanwhile lost 24p, falling by almost a fifth, to 104p with analysts cutting their recommendations on the internet stock.
Prudential added 26p to 837p when the country's second biggest insurer said first half operating profit rose 11% with sales gaining in the UK.
AstraZeneca added 96p to 3361p to end a three day decline when the drug group said operating profit rose 4.1% due to an increased demand for its ulcer treatment Nexium.
Atlantic Telecom added 2p to 9p to end a five-day decline when the Scottish based telephone group said first quarter growth is line to meet forecasts. Balfour Beatty added 4.25p to 161.25 to end a seven day 16% slide has won a contract to build a new road to London's Stanstead airport.
The US markets opened with losses for its three core indices. The Dow Jones fell 72.79 points to 10,332.88 while the tech focused Nasdaq lost 9.92 to 1974.4 and the Standard & Poor's 500 lost 2.69 to 1187.8.
Hewlett-Packard fell $2.15 to 23.53 on estimates that third-quarter profits are likely to fall between 14-16% - worse than its May estimate of 5%.
Compaq fell 31 cents to $13.81 when the personal computer group said third quarter sales will come in lower than second quarter figures. Dell lost $1.06 to 26.95 and IBM lost $1.61 to 103.28.
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