Uk stocks began the day a fraction up, led by Six Continents, after talks that they were considering...
Uk stocks began the day a fraction up, led by Six Continents, after talks that they were considering a £3bn offer for its bars and restaurants division.
However, Smith & Nephew, Europe's largest maker of hospital supplies, dropped 42.25p, or 11%, to 339p after the decision to buy Swiss Rival Centerpulse AG for £1.5 billion.
The benchmark FTSE 100 Index rose by 0.02%, or 0.7p to 3766.1p. The FTSE All-Share Index advanced 1.40p, or 0.08%, to 1848.5p.
The world's biggest producer of gypsym, BPB, rose by 2.3%, or 6p, to 272, while Chelsfield, the owner of offices and retail park throughout the UK, lost 12.5, or 5.9%, to 200.
In Asia, the effects of war was seen as Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average jumped 1.8% to 8195.05, and South Korea's Kospi index advanced with 4.9%. During the last couple of days, the Nikkei has increased with 4.1% and the Kospi has gained 10% as both benchmarks had their largest three-day rallies this year.
In the US, the Dow Jones rose by 71.22p, or 0.87%, to 8265.45p and the S&P Index also advanced by .87%, with 7.57p to 874.02p. However, the Nasdaq dropped by 3.48p, or 0.25%, to 1397.07p.
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