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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 21 Nov 2017, 14:38 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
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+26.41
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+0.36

Top winner and loser

easyJet

1349.00 p +
+71.00
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+5.56

Mediclinic International

512.50 p -
-26.00
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-4.83
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FTSE 250 Index

19933.14 +
+61.85
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+0.31

FTSE 350 Index

4123.67 +
+14.36
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+0.35

FTSE All Share Index

4072.14 +
+14.09
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+0.35

FTSE Techmark Index

4565.66 +
+7.86
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+0.17

(Close): London's leading shares edged higher on Wednesday in the market's last session before Christmas.

When the truncated session ended at lunchtime, the FTSE 100 index was up 11.75 points or 0.18% at 6,609.93.

Trading was thin but investors took heart from Tuesday's rally on Wall Street following unexpectedly strong US growth figures.

Medical equipment firm Smith & Nephew added 7.7% on reports that US rival Stryker was planning a takeover bid.

On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.08% against the dollar to $1.5535 and fell 0.1% against the euro to €1.2737.

It was the seventh day in a row that the FTSE 100 ended the session in positive territory.

The London market is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on Monday.