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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 17 Oct 2017, 11:24 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7543.58 +
+16.61
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+0.22

Top winner and loser

Pearson

670.00 p +
+48.50
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+7.80

Merlin Entertainments

367.00 p -
-82.70
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-18.39
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

20146.10 -
-71.03
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-0.35

FTSE 350 Index

4190.08 +
+5.15
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+0.12

FTSE All Share Index

4137.09 +
+4.47
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+0.11

FTSE Techmark Index

4654.51 -
-12.58
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-0.27

(Close): Renewed takeover talk surrounding medical devices maker Smith & Nephew pushed its shares up 3.6%.

Its shares had jumped sharply on Wednesday on reports that US rival Stryker was planning a bid, although this was then denied by Stryker.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 20.07 points at 6,871.29.

Shares in B&Q owner Kingfisher fell 4.9% despite it reporting a 20% rise in retail profit to £142m for the 13 weeks to 3 May.

The profit figure was slightly below City forecasts of £145m, and Kingfisher said profit margins fell 2% in the UK.

Shares in power provider Aggreko were down 4.5%. The company announced on Thursday that British Gas boss Chris Weston was to be its new chief executive. Shares in Centrica - the owner of British Gas - rose 1.66%.

On the currency markets, the pound was flat against the dollar to $1.6716 but fell 0.09% against the euro to 1.2284 euros.