StockMarketWire.com - Investors were being cautious ahead of the first European Central Bank meeting since the Brexit vote, pushing the FTSE 100 0.3% lower to 6,705.34.

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) dipped 3.9% to 404.3p in response to negative trading statements from other airlines including a profit warning from German-listed Lufthansa.

Budget carrier Easyjet (EZJ) struck a downbeat note as the airline said a tougher environment and tragic events in Turkey and Nice hit consumer confidence. Shares fell 6.4% to 1,055p.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was 0.3% higher at $45.87 and Brent crude advanced 0.2% to $47.26 per barrel, respectively.

Gold cheapened at $1,312.8 per ounce and copper was up 0.4% to $4,982.53 per tonne.

BLUE CHIP RISERS AND FALLERS

Retail developer Land Securities (LAND) dropped 25p to £10.75 on subdued demand forecasts linked to uncertainty surrounding terms of the UK's separation from the European Union (EU).

Magnum ice cream seller Unilever (ULVR) retreated 27.5p to 3,547.5p despite pre-tax profit improving marginally.

MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) reported UK sales grew by a quarter amid improving brand awareness, as well as progress with the European business, prompting a rise of 7.8% to 144.8p.

Bookmaker William Hill (WMH) sacked chief executive James Henderson, whose reign was dogged by a profit warning following the Cheltenham Festival and struggling online business, boosting shares 5.7% to 290.8p.

Food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle (TATE) soured 2.5p to 696p, despite a strong first quarter update. With most of the company's sales based in the US dollar, Tate & Lyle said it could increase earning if present currency trends continue when factoring in the drop in sterling.

Soft drinks group Britvic (BVIC) fell flat after third quarter organic sales dropped, made worse by wet weather in June. It also warned the Brexit vote created additional consumer and economic uncertainty, causing shares to fall 5.5p to 616.2p.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Investors were unimpressed by Metminco's (MNC) new mineral resource estimate for the Miraflores gold deposit in Colombia, pushing it 7.4% lower to 0.16p.

Online retailer MySale (MYSL) said it was ahead of market expectations for both revenue and underlying EBITDA in the year to June 30, following revenue growth in all territories.

Sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SIS) jumped 10.5% to 51.9p after reporting strong sales growth in the six months to June 30, and significant progress in execution of its growth strategy.

Disinfectant solution provider Tristel (TSTL) reported turnover and pre-tax profit ahead of market expectations, boosted by increased revenue from overseas markets. Shares rose 10.9% to 124.7p.

Recruitment firm Empresaria (EMR) said it remained on course to meet market expectations for the full year as result of strong trading in its Continental Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas regions.

7digital (7DIG) was up 2.5% to 7p after winning several contracts worth a combined £1.1 million.

Premier African Minerals (PREM) advanced 12.7% to 0.7p after confirming the potential for lithium mineralisation at the Zulu Lithium and Tantalum project in Zimbabwe.

Cyber-security software provider Osirium Technologies (OSI) dropped 9.3% to 170p after posting a wider operating loss and decline in revenue.


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