The FTSE 100 index was dragged up 42 points to 4,058 by good earnings news from Vodafone, which repo...
The FTSE 100 index was dragged up 42 points to 4,058 by good earnings news from Vodafone, which reported a 67% increase in first half sales due to acquisitions while managing to cut costs to boost profits.
Vodafone gained 9.5p to 108p.
AstraZenica was cut to a 'reduce' recommendation from 'accumulate' by Fortis, but still managed to put on 76p to £25.11.
A breakdown in talks between Reuters and Merrill Lynch to supply services to the latter pushed Reuters shares down 5.5p to 192.5p.
Improvements in mid-cap share prices have pushed the FTSE 250 up 4 points to 4,449.
Leading gainer is Aberdeen Asset Management, up 5p to 54.5p.
Luminar announced first half results, saying that trading is increasingly "competitive", an uncertainty which led the market to sell down shares 25p to 622.5p.
Last night the Dow Jones Industrial Average index in New York closed down 178.18 points at 8,358.95.
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