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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 15 Dec 2017, 16:21 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7490.57 +
+42.45
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+0.57

Top winner and loser

Sky

1018.00 p +
+28.00
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+2.83

NMC Health

2800.00 p -
-68.00
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-2.37
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

20048.61 +
+42.34
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+0.21

FTSE 350 Index

4162.18 +
+21.06
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+0.51

FTSE All Share Index

4108.96 +
+20.38
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+0.50

FTSE Techmark Index

4562.38 -
-9.97
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-0.22

(Close): The London market continued to inch closer to record levels, helped by signs of a healthy global economy.

US jobs figures released on Friday boosted sentiment, and shares in mining companies were lifted by news of a strong rise in Chinese exports.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 16.79 points at 6875.00. Among the mining companies, Antofagasta rose 1.1% and BHP Billiton was up by 0.63%.

Lloyds fell 1.66% after it announced the price range for the TSB flotation.

It said shares in TSB would go on sale at between 220p and 290p each later this month. At the mid-point of the pricing range, Lloyds said TSB would have a market capitalisation of about £1.275bn.

Sports Direct International rose 1.48% after the retailer set out plans for a new bonus scheme that could lead to a big payout for founder Mike Ashley.

On the currency markets, the pound was unchanged against the dollar to $1.67970, and was up 0.37% against the euro at 1.23610 euros.