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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.
FTSE 100 slides after election announcement
The FTSE 100 has been heading lower since the Prime Minister announced that she would seek a June election.
The benchmark index is down 1.6% at 7,211.
The pound has reversed direction and is now trading higher, which tends to weigh on the big, international FTSE 100 firms.
Miners continue to lead the index lower, BHP Billiton and Glencore are down almost 4%.
Those shares have been hurt by falls in the prices of metals and oil.
FTSE 100 lower in early trading; Ladbrokes up
The FTSE 100 is lower in the early going. The benchmark index is down 0.3% at 7,306.
Ladbrokes Coral is up 3%, helped by an upgrade by analysts at Irish wealth manager Davy.
Bovis Homes Group is up 1.6%, also helped by positive analyst comments, this time from analysts at Jefferies.
FTSE 100 down; Primark-owner up
The FTSE 100 is down 0.5% in the early going, with the stronger pound not helping.
(Investors don't like the strong pound as it drags on the profits of the international companies of the FTSE 100.)
Associated British Foods is one eye-catching mover. The owner of Primark is up 3.3% after analysts at Jefferies upgraded the company's shares to a "buy".
Royal Mail is up 2.2% after confirming plans to close its pension scheme.