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That brings the index back up to 5,203.4 points, continuing the gains made during the past month.
And the gains were widespread, some 84 stocks in the index making gains through the day against just 15 that lost ground.
Technology again led the way, with software companies Logica and Sage bounding up by approximately 10% each.
Reuters put on 51p to 655p following last nights results from US media giant AOL Time Warner, which painted a positive picture about the medium to long-term media market.
Chip maker Arm continued its month-long march upwards, putting on another 34p to 334p following results from US chip giant Intel.
Among the few losers were BA, down 5.75p to 157.25p, and Schroders, down 32p to 739p.
A review of the FTSE sectors shows that just three sector indices retreated today: construction and building materials, food producers and processors and tobacco.
Wall street has edged down slightly on continued anthrax fears, but Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has reported that some indicators are not as bad as expected post 11-September, perhaps setting London up for another day of gains tomorrow.
An ambitious objective
'Something completely new'
'Illusion of control'
Reasons to be cheerful
Total investment reaches £9m