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As of 04:46 25 February 2017 - Market closed
index value 18588.64 index change: -54.84 index change percentage: down -0.29%
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18643.48
Previous close
18588.64
52 week high
18827.20
52 week low
14967.86

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Yesterday 24.02.2017

16:55

RBS leads FTSE lower as losses mount

RBS is the largest faller in the FTSE 100 after it reports its ninth straight year of losses.

23.02.2017

18:00

FTSE dragged down by ex-dividend firms

Easyjet, Rio Tinto and HSBC lead London lower, while shopping centre owner Intu Properties jumps.
12:29

FTSE slightly lower

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The FTSE 100 is still slightly lower just after midday, having fallen 0.10% to 7294.84.

A number of big firms have gone ex dividend today, which means their shares fall by a corresponding amount to the dividend due to be paid.

Easyjet is down 5.6%, Rio Tinto has shed 3.19%, and HSBC is 2.18% lower.

Barclays is now trading 1.93% higher after a particularly strong set of results sent its shares up more than 3% earlier.

Shopping centre operator Intu Properties has jumped 6.43% after earnings beat expectations and it hiked its dividend.

22.02.2017

17:45

Unilever review bolsters FTSE 100

Unilever is top gainer on the London market after announcing a far-reaching review.
16:55

Unilever and Lloyds boost FTSE 100

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The FTSE 100 closed higher thanks to strong performances from Lloyds Bank and Unilever. 

The benchmark index gained 0.38%, or 27.42 points, to 7,302.25 points.

Unilever was the best performer, rising 4.96% after the company promised a new growth strategy following its rejection of a takeover bid by Kraft Heinz last weekend. 

Lloyds meanwhile gained 4.39% after announcing its profit for last year was up 158%.

The bank's figures were helped by a reduction in payment protection insurance provisions. 

21.02.2017

17:07

London share prices edge lower

Share prices in London fell back slightly on Tuesday with the FTSE 100 index closing 25 points lower at 7,275.

20.02.2017

16:55

Unilever fall leaves FTSE 100 struggling

The London market struggles on Monday as Unilever shares fall sharply.
11:47

FTSE slips as Unilever slides

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After a decent start the FTSE 100 is now in negative territory, trading 0.16% lower at 7,288.18 points.

Connor Campbell, an analyst at SpreadEx, says there are two main reasons for the sluggishness.

"Firstly, [there's] the rather substantial 7% loss by Unilever following Kraft Heinz’s abandoned merger attempt - though it must be noted that the Marmite maker has still benefited from the bid, keeping hold of a decent chunk of last Friday’s growth," he says. 

"Secondly the pound has clawed back a portion of the losses it incurred following last week’s disappointing retail sales, with sterling climbing 0.4% against the dollar and 0.3% against the euro."

A weak pound can boost big FTSE-listed companies which generate much of their income in foreign currencies. 

17.02.2017

17:13

Unilever surge lifts the FTSE 100

A 10% surge in Unilever shares lifts the FTSE 100 into positive ground on news it rejected Kraft's bid.
16:57

Unilever pushes FTSE 100 higher

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The FTSE 100 closed higher after the pound fell against the dollar and Unilever shares jumped following a takeover bid. 

The index gained 0.3%, or 22.04 points, to 7,299.96.

Unilever was by far the best performer, gaining 12.6%, while bottler Coca Cola HBC and tobacco firm Imperial Brands climbed 2.71% and 2.47% respectively. 

The pound fell 0.55% to $1.24210 after a weak set of retail sales figures, although it held up against the euro. 

A weak pound boosts the FTSE 100, as many of its constituents make their profits in foreign currencies. 

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