- The FTSE 100 struggled to gain any positive momentum after US President Donald Trump criticised the amount of interest rate rises in the US.

This hit the value of the dollar against the pound, and undermined the relative value of the FTSE's dollar earnings, causing the index to close 0.3% lower at 7,565.

On Wall Street, investor sentiment was strong as the S&P 500 jumped 0.5% to 2,865 around 4:45pm UK time.


Housebuilder Persimmon unveiled a jump in pre-tax profits to £516.3m thanks to higher new home sales, but this failed to spark any significant gains at £24.41.

Miner BHP Billiton missed earnings expectations, which overshadow better underlying profits as the stock retreated 2.1% to £16.10.

Energy services firm John Wood pleased the market after reporting first half results at the upper end of expectations, triggering a 7.6% rally to 712p.

Specialist lender Charter Court Financial rose 0.7% to 335.2p after announcing a strong performance in its first half for profitability.

IP Group reported its portfolio company Ceres Power entered a strategic partnership with Robert Bosch and received £9m in investment. Shares in IP dimmed 2.6% to 119p, while Ceres jumped 9.7% to 164.2p.


Online hostel-focused booking platform Hostelworld warned growth could stall if the hot weather continues following softer bookings in July and August, causing the shares to decline 5.1% to 277p.

Video games seller Game Digital gained 12.5% to 31p on a 12.2% jump in sales in an annual trading update.

Fishing tackle retailer Angling Direct smashed management expectations as sales beat forecasts despite bad weather and a weak outlook for UK consumer spending. The stock surged 18.5% to 98.9p.

Panthera Resources said its prospecting licence application made on behalf of its Bhukia joint venture was rejected, wiping off nearly a third of Panthera's market cap value.

There was also bad news from Marechale Capital, which reported a 'disappointing' financial year and said it will consider its future strategy. The shares plummeted 24% to 1.6p. Story provided by