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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 20 Nov 2017, 08:25 GMT *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
7351.35 -
-29.33
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-0.40

Top winner and loser

NMC Health

2727.00 p +
+27.00
+
+1.00

Shire Plc

3611.12 p -
-67.38
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-1.83
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

19768.29 -
-29.54
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-0.15

FTSE 350 Index

4088.10 -
-14.57
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-0.36

FTSE All Share Index

4037.97 -
-13.81
-
-0.34

FTSE Techmark Index

4531.68 -
-21.95
-
-0.48

(Close): The London market made modest gains in Thursday trading, the day after it greeted the annual UK Budget with a 1.6% gain.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index closed 17.12 points or 0.25% higher at 6,962.32.

Next lost 4% despite profits up 12.5%, after it gave a "cautious" sales forecast for this year of 1.5% to 5.5%.

Metals company Fresnillo remains volatile, bouncing back 5.5% after Wednesday's 2.3% fall.

Other mines and resources company shares were among the top five, with Randgold Resources and Antofagasta rising 3.2% and 2% respectively.

On the currency markets, the pound fell 1.46% against the dollar to $1.4741, but rose 0.42% against the euro to €1.3862.

Analysts said sterling's sharp fall against the dollar was due to dovish comments by a Bank of England chief economist, Andy Haldane, that the direction of interest rates could be down rather than up.

He stressed that this was a personal view, but the comments confounded widespread assumptions that the next move would be a rise.