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FTSE slightly ahead in London trading FTSE slightly down in London trading
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London shares were slightly ahead on early trading on Friday. London shares were slightly behind in midday trading on Friday.
The FTSE 100 index of leading shares was up by a meagre eight points at 7,126.44. The FTSE 100 index of leading shares was down by a meagre eight points at 7,111.
There was little corporate news to move share prices, though Reckitt Benckiser led the fallers and was down 2% after reporting flat first quarter sales. There was little corporate news to move share prices, though Reckitt Benckiser led the fallers and was down 1.7% after reporting flat first quarter sales.
Miners were represented among the major winners - who included Rio Tinto, Marks and Spencer, Ashtead Group, BHP Billiton, and Glencore. Major winners included Babcock International, Marks and Spencer, Antofagasta, Aviva, and Mondi. Other fallers included Burberry and Unilever.
Meanwhile, other fallers included Burberry, United Utilities, Centrica and Severn Trent. The pound was down 0.23% against the dollar at $1.2784. Against the euro the pound was down 0.03% at 1.1953 euros.
The pound was unchanged against the dollar at $1.284. Against the euro the pound was down 0.08% at 1.1948 euros.