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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 19 Oct 2017, 15:21 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7523.04 -
-19.83
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-0.26

Top winner and loser

Smurfit Kappa Group

2240.00 p +
+78.00
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+3.61

Unilever

4299.00 p -
-249.50
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-5.49
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

20131.52 -
-128.25
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-0.63

FTSE 350 Index

4180.10 -
-13.67
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-0.33

FTSE All Share Index

4127.21 -
-13.40
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-0.32

FTSE Techmark Index

4646.65 -
-12.99
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-0.28

(Close): London's leading share index saw gains on Wednesday as world stock markets rallied amid signs of peace in Ukraine.

The FTSE 100 share index ended the day up 44.41 points, or 0.65%, at 6,873.58, its highest close since December 1999.

Positive data on the state of the UK economy also encouraged investors, with the services sector seeing growth.

The pound has yet to recover from earlier falls, however.

The currency's value has been hit by concerns among investors around recent gains in the Scottish independence "Yes" campaign in the polls.

It fell 0.13% to $1.6448, down from the 1.66 level seen overnight, and has also fallen slightly further against the euro.

In Ukraine, reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko had reached a deal on a permanent ceasefire buoyed markets.

But among the fallers on the markets was stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, which saw its shares drop 5.8%, despite reporting a rise in assets under management and net profits for the first half of the year.