The FTSE reached 6745.6p this morning after rising 14.9 points, or 0.22%.
Northern Rock fell 53.25 points, or 19.49%, to 220p, despite continuing takeover talks. Legal & General Group fell 2.9 points, or 2.05%, to 138.9p. Friends Provident fell 3.7 points, or 2.04%, to 177.3p, as Swiss Re and Standard Life prepare a joint takeover bid for Resolution. Barratt Developments fell 13.5 points, or 1.93%, to 685.5p. SABMiller rose 24 points, or 1.62%, to 1459p.
BP rose 18.5 points, or 2.99%, to 637.5p. Vedanta Resources rose 36 points, or 1.59%, to 2303p. Royal Dutch Shell rose 32 points, or 1.57%, to 2073p. HSBC Holdings rose 13.5 points, or 1.42%, to 966.5p. BG Group rose 12.5 points, or 1.4%, to 908.5p.
The Dow Jones reached 14093.08c on Friday after rising 77.96 points, or 0.56%.
General Motors rose 2.65 points, or 6.63%, to 42.64c. AT&T rose 0.68 points, or 1.63%, to 42.29c. McDonald’s rose 0.77 points, or 1.37%, to 57.02c. Honeywell International rose 0.83 points, or 1.36%, to 61.71c. United Technologies rose 1.07 points, or 1.35%, to 80.32c.
Pfizer fell 0.19 points, or 0.75%, to 25.26c. Verizon Communication fell 0.15 points, or 0.33%, to 45.53c. International Business Mahcines fell 0.24 points, or 0.2%, to 117.81c. 3M Company fell 0.19 points, or 0.2%, to 94.17c. Hewlett Packard fell 0.06 points, or 0.12%, to 51.55c.
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