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Last Updated at 19 Mar 2018, 12:51 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
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Top winner and loser


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Micro Focus International

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FTSE 250 Index

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FTSE 350 Index

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FTSE All Share Index

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FTSE Techmark Index

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(Close): The FTSE 100 closed up 12.6 points at 6,948.

Standard Chartered led the way, rising 5.4% after former JP Morgan executive Bill Winters was named as the bank's new chief executive.

Mining shares also performed well, with Chilean copper miner Antofagasta up 2.1% and Randgold up 2.6%.

Shares in RBS fell 4.1% following the announcement of a £3.5bn loss for last year. The bank also said it would slash the number of countries it operates in.

"RBS is just going to get bashed and bashed and bashed. Although the figures read OK, they've still got some structural issues," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.

Shares in publisher Reed Elsevier fell 4.8% after investors questioned whether the group could maintain its recent strong run on the market.

The company reported annual profits in line with analysts' expectations and forecast another year of growing sales and profits in 2015.

Pizza prized

With a 5.4% jump, Domino's Pizza was one of the biggest winners on the FTSE 250 index.

Britain's biggest pizza delivery firm reported a 15% rise in annual, underlying pre-tax profit to £54.8m.

On the currency markets, the pound was a touch lower against the dollar at $1.5424.

It was a bit higher against the euro at €1.3757.