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FTSE 100 closes higher
UK stocks edged higher on Tuesday as a Europe-wide rally after the first round of the French election lost steam.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended up 0.15%, with financials, energy and healthcare stocks supporting gains.
However, shares in Whitbread slumped 7.13% after it reported annual results.
Profits at the Costa Coffee-owner rose, but it said it remained "cautious" about prospects for the next 12 months.
Market rally continues
The market rally on the back of Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of the French presidental election continues.
The FTSE 100 has held onto its gains to be up 1.7% at 7,236 points. On the continent it's a similar story with France's CAC-40 still 4.5% higher and Germany's DAX up almost 3%.
Energy firms are the biggest FTSE losers due to government plans to cap household energy bills. Centrica is down 4.5%, with SSE off 3.2%.
Pound 'the big winner' from election news
The pound is up about 0.8%, buying $1.267, after Theresa May's snap election announcement.
Laith Khalaf of Hargreaves Lansdown says:
"The pound was the big winner from news that a UK general election is in the pipeline, as currency markets bet on the current government winning a greater majority.
"The rising pound helped heap pressure on the UK stock market, which was already on the back foot thanks to declining iron ore prices hitting the resources sector."
Pound pushes higher
The pound has made up lost ground - and more. It's at $1.267, that's 0.86% higher than this morning.
It's up 0.64% agains the euro at 1.188 euro.