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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 17 Oct 2017, 13:36 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7546.91 +
+19.94
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+0.26

Top winner and loser

Pearson

670.50 p +
+49.00
+
+7.88

Merlin Entertainments

374.70 p -
-75.00
-
-16.68
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

20133.46 -
-83.67
-
-0.41

FTSE 350 Index

4191.17 +
+6.24
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+0.15

FTSE All Share Index

4138.15 +
+5.53
+
+0.13

FTSE Techmark Index

4655.35 -
-11.74
-
-0.25

(Close): Shares in London ended the day higher despite spending much of the trading day in negative territory.

The FTSE 100 closed up 30 points, or 0.5%, to stand at 6,706.

Analysts cited comments from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi as helping the market. Mr Draghi said eurozone monetary policy would stay supportive for a long time.

Mining stocks also rallied, helping push the market back into the black in the last hour of trading.

BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Anglo American were all among the biggest risers.

Royal Mail shares fell more than 3% despite the announcement of a Business Committee inquiry into competition from its main rival Whistl - previously called TNT Post.

Tesco shares fell in and out of the red throughout the day, but ended up slightly to 194.9p.

The supermarket giant saw its share price slump below the £2 mark earlier this week after it announced it had overstated its profit guidance by £250m.

On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.25% against the dollar to $1.6349 but climbed 0.2% against the euro to 1.2784 euros.