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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 20 Feb 2018, 15:45 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7230.32 -
-17.34
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-0.24

Top winner and loser

Evraz

429.50 p +
+17.50
+
+4.25

BHP Billiton

1482.20 p -
-79.80
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-5.11
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

19789.23 +
+135.66
+
+0.69

FTSE 350 Index

4032.96 -
-3.23
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-0.08

FTSE All Share Index

3984.88 -
-3.45
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-0.09

FTSE Techmark Index

4456.87 +
+57.61
+
+1.31

(Close): Drugmaker Shire led the FTSE 100 higher amid expectations that the firm could become a bid target.

Shire's share price was up 3.5% after it emerged that the firm had taken on investment bank Citi to advise it on defence strategies.

Overall, the FTSE 100 was 12.13 points up, or 0.18%, at 6766.77, helping to reverse a recent slump.

Whitbread rose 2.18% after the Costa Coffee and Premier Inn chain said sales rose 12.7% in the 13 weeks to 29 May.

Outside the top flight, Crest Nicholson delivered one of the biggest rises in the FTSE 250 index after the housebuilder announced a better-than-expected rise in first-half earnings. Crest shares closed 3.69% ahead.

On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.13% against the dollar to 1.6962, but rose 0.10% against the euro to 1.2526 euros.