The FTSE reached a seven-year high today as it rose 29 points to 6,750.3p.
Johnson Matthey became the index's best performing stock, rising 202 points, or 12.07%, to 1876p. Royal Dutch Shell B rose 18 points, or 0.88%, to 2059p. BP rose five points, or 0.81%, to 624p. Royal Dutch Shell A rose 14 points, or 0.68%, to 2059p. Tate & Lyle rose one point, or 0.23%, to 434p.
Northern Rock fell 58.5 points, or 21.41%, to 214.75p despite takeover talks. DSG International fell 9.1 points, or 6.3%, to 135.4p. Alliance & Leicester fell 46.5 points, or 5.81%, to 754p. Royal Bank of Scotland Group fell 28 points, or 5.13%, to 518p. Legal & General Group fell 7.2 points, or 5.08%, to 134.6p.
The Dow Jones fell 113.24 points, or 0.85%, to 13979.84pc.
Exxon Mobil rose 1.15 points, or 1.23%, to 94.63c. Intel Corporation rose 0.27 points, or 1.06%, to 25.83c. Du Pont de Nem rose 0.34 points, or 0.69%, to 49.4c. AT&T rose 0.19 points, or 0.45%, to 42.48c. Altria Group rose 0.17 points, or 0.24%, to 70.23c.
General Motors fell 1.77 points, or 4.15%, to 40.87c. Caterpillar fell 2.38 points, or 2.96%, to 77.92c. American Express fell 1.3 points, or 2.06%, to 61.93c. Boeing fell 1.62 points, or 1.68%, to 95.07c. Home Depot fell 0.46 points, or 1.38%, to 32.98c.
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