The FTSE opened this week at 6597.2p after rising 12 points, or 0.18%.
Friends Provident rose 14.1 points, or 7.56%, to 200.5p amid talks of an £8.4bn merger with insurer Resolution. Resolution rose 13 points, or 2.07%, to 642p. Barclays shares rose 14 points, or 1.96%, to 727.5p after it increased its offer for Dutch bank ABN Amro to £45.4bn.
Legal & General rose6.2 points, or 4.1%, to 157.4p. Prudential increased by 15 points, or 2.07%, to 738.5p. Barclays rose 14 points, or 1.96%, to 727.5p.
Lonmin plummeted 50 points, or 1.36%, to 3635p. Johnson Matthey dropped 30 points, or 1.66%, to 1780p. British Land fell 20 points, or 1.47%, to 1336p. Home Retail fell seven points, or 1.56%, to 443p. Smith & Nephew fell 6.5 points, or 1.05%, to 610.5p.
The Dow Jones dropped 149.3 points, or 1.07%, to 13851.08p on Friday night. Boeing rose 1.38 points, or 1.35%, to 103.86p. Hewlett-Packard rose 0.14 points, or 0.29%, to 48.54p. Verizon Communications rose 0.02 points, or 0.05%, to 42.28p.
Caterpillar dropped 3.78 points, or 4.35%, to 83.2p. Alcoa lost 1.54 points, or 3.45%, to 43.08p. Intel slid 0.71 points, or 2.81%, to 24.55p. JPMorgan Chase fell 1.06 points, or 2.18%, to 47.56p. American Express fell 1.04 points, or 1.59%, to 64.51p.
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