The FTSE 100 Index ended flat, down just 0.90 points to 5,884 points today, after a closed Wall Street failed to give direction.
Property developers led the risers as they awaited the publication of Kate Barker’s review of the UK’s planning rules.
Hammerson rose 3.16% to 1,241p, British Land gained 2.85% to 1,333p and Land Securities advanced 2.79% to 1,879p.
Contract caterer Compass gained 0.65% to 273p, as rumours emerged of possible interest from private equity groups.
Drug giant AstraZeneca slipped back 1.38% to 3,219p after ING Financial changed its “buy” recommendation on the shares to “hold” as it awaits key developments over the next few months.
Mortgage lender Northern Rock slipped 0.05% to 1,040p, despite reports naming Spanish peer Santander as a possible suitor. The group has already benefited from talk of a possible merger with Bradford & Bingley.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is closed for Independence Day.IFAonline
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