- FTSE 100 up 0.2% to 6,724
- Gold up 0.35% to $1,320.26/oz
- £/$ 1.3130
Consumer credit provider Provident Financial was the day's top performer, up 5.7%. Packaging and paper company Mondi added 4.3% and GKN was 3.8% higher
The FTSE 250 slipped 0.1% to 17,069, and the FTSE All-Share index added 0.2% to 3,644.
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In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.2% to 4,394 and the German Xetra Dax gained 0.5% to 10,247.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% to 18,473, the S&P 500 rose one point to 2,169, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.2% higher at 5,110.
Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.7% to 16,664 and the broader Topix index added 1.1% to 1,321. And in China, the CSI 300 lost 1.7% to 3,218, and the Shanghai Composite fell 1.9% to 2,992.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.3110 and against the euro at 1.1920. The dollar was trading at 0.9092 against the euro and 105.45 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, chipmaker ARM Holdings reported a good set of results for the last quarter. In the three months to the end of June revenue rose by 17% to £267.7m, whil adjusted pre-tax profit rose 5% to £130.1m. the company is subject to a £24.3bn takeover bid from Japan's SoftBank.
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