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(Close): The FTSE 100 closed slightly higher on Thursday, up 22.18 points, or 0.3%, to 6,777.66.

AstraZeneca rose 3%, the top gainer, amid stock market speculation that Pfizer may not have totally given up on trying to buy the UK company.

Fresnillo shares, which have slipped this week, were down another 2.8%.

In Paris, the Cac index reversed early losses, jumping 1.2%, to 4,292.93, while Frankfurt's Dax was 0.93% up, at 9,401.53.