The FTSE 100 neared 7,400 ending the day at 7,388.13 though it hit 7,398.58 at one point. The two biggest climbers were Hargreaves Lansdown and Associated British Foods up 2.70% and 2.38% respectively to 1,446p and 2,877p. Barclays shares also came good, up 2.26% at 209.95p.
- FTSE 100 7,385.24 +0.59%
- Dax 12,757.46 +0.07%
- CAC 40 5,400.46 +0.05%
- Dow 20,954.93 -0.10%
- S&P 500 2,397.57 +0.03%
- Gold 1,221.10 +0.41%
- Oil WTI 47.46 +3.44%
Few FBI jitters
Reaction to Donald Trump’s sacking of his FBI chief was muted with modest initial falls. Late afternoon saw the Dow down -0.10% at 20,954. Gold was up 0.43% at 1,221.20; the euro barely budged at 1.0874, down -0.1% with the pound at 1.2935.
A tranche of Barclays directors have been re-elected with big majorities though there was a 2.8% rejection of boss Jes Staley's re-appointment. Other banking shares were also up.
Staley meanwhile has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping his UK workforce this side of the channel describing Brexit as a “manageable challenge”.
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