Banking and financial stocks helped lead the FTSE 100 index to a 146.1 points gain by the close to 4...
Banking and financial stocks helped lead the FTSE 100 index to a 146.1 points gain by the close to 4,240.5.
Schroders non-voting stock gained the most, adding 33.5p, or nearly 8%, to 467p.
Pharmaceuticals did well too, GlaxoSmithKline added 94p to £13.59 and Astrazenica added 153p to £23.55, after the later did a deal on distribution of a cancer treatment.
Royal Bank of Scotland bounded up 97p to £15.40 and miner Rio Tinto added 66p to £10.88.
Royal & Sun Alliance was easily the biggest loser, dropping 30.75p or 21.5% to 112p.
It was easily the biggest one-day loss for the stock in recent years, and came as the firm announced big cuts to staffing levels, the end of new sales of life products and a possible rights issue to raise cash next year, which would dilute existing share holdings.
British American Tobacco was a surprise loser, falling 11.5p top 706p after a report linking higher cigarette taxes to lower tobacco consumption in the US.
The FTSE 250 mid-caps index gained 49.2 points by the close to 4,672.3 after jeweller Signet reported strong second quarter earnings growth and gained 6.5p to 86p.
Securicor gained 5.75p to 93p after further focus on airport security in the run-up to the anniversary of events on 11 September last year.
Enodis, the supplier of restaurant kitchen equipment, fell 16p to 44.5p after forecasting a drop in earnings during the next six months.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is up more than 80 points at present at 8,539, while promises of a massive IMF loan to Brazil have helped the local Bovespa index up nearly 5%.
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