Positive sentiment on BP lifts FTSE

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London entered the final quarter of 2010 in positive mood with sentiment lifted by hints from incoming BP boss Bob Dudley the group is ready to restore the dividend payments suspended during the Gulf of Mexico crisis.

Dudley, who becomes chief executive of the oil company today, says the board would meet soon to discuss restoring payouts next year, according to reports. The blue chip index opened up 0.8% or 44 points...

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